Tangy Pork Casserole

 

Tangy Pork Casserole

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 750g piece boneless pork, cut into large chunks
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic, crushed
  • ¾ cup dry apple cider
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Chilli seasoning, salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Side recommendationss: Sautéed Red cabbage, leeks and crispy potatoes

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Brown the pork pieces for 4-5 Remove from the pan and place in a casserole dish.
  • Add the onion, celery and garlic to the pan and cook for two minutes, or until golden. Add the onion mixture to the casserole dish with the cider, stock, barbecue sauce, mustard, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings.
  • Cover the casserole dish with a lid and bake for 2 – 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally, until the pork is very tender.
  • Shred the pork chunks with two forks and serve garnished with the parsley.

Thai Green Beef Curry

Thai Green Curry - Beef

Thai green curry is a very versatile dish, able to accommodate beef, chicken, shrimp, even vegetarian (it’s great with asparagus!). The recipe will vary depending on who you ask; below is the recipe from Annie Bell’s Gorgeous Suppers, but feel free to play around with the flavours to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:

• 400g beef schnitzel (or other fast-cooking cut), sliced into finger-length strips
•4 tablespoons groundnut or vegetable oil
• 8 spring onions, sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
• 2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
• 425ml beef or chicken stock
• 2 x 400ml cans coconut milk
• 6 lime leaves
• 4 whole chillies
• 200g shelled peas (fresh or frozen)
• 3 tablespoons fish sauce
• 1 tablespoon caster sugar
• Fresh basil leaves
• Fresh coriander leaves
• Cooked rice and lime wedges to serve

Method:

• Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over high heat and brown the beef in several batches, seasoning it with salt, removing it to a bowl as you go.
• Heat the remaining oil in a large casserole or saucepan over a medium-low heat, and cook the spring onions and garlic for a few minutes until they soften.
• Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute longer, then add the stock, one of the cans of coconut milk, lime leaves, and chillies. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes.
• You can prepare the recipe to this point in advance and finish cooking it for 10 minutes before you want to eat. Cook the rice at this point too.
• Bring the sauce back to the boil over a medium heat, add the beef and peas and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir the remaining tin of coconut milk, the fish sauce, sugar and herbs into the curry, and bring back to the boil.
• Serve the curry ladled over rice and accompany with lime wedges. You can leave in the whole chillies and lime leaves and remove them as you eat.

Thai Green Chicken Curry

Thai Green Curry - Chicken

Thai green curry is a very versatile dish, able to accommodate chicken, beef, shrimp, even vegetarian (it’s great with asparagus!). The recipe will vary depending on who you ask; below is the recipe from Annie Bell’s Gorgeous Suppers, but feel free to play around with the flavours to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:

• 6 skinned chicken breasts, sliced into finger-length strips
•4 tablespoons groundnut or vegetable oil
• 8 spring onions, sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
• 2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
• 425ml chicken stock
• 2 x 400ml cans coconut milk
• 6 lime leaves
• 4 whole chillies
• 200g shelled peas (fresh or frozen)
• 3 tablespoons fish sauce
• 1 tablespoon caster sugar
• Fresh basil leaves
• Fresh coriander leaves
• Cooked rice and lime wedges to serve

Method:

• Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over high heat and brown the chicken in several batches, seasoning it with salt, removing it to a bowl as you go.
• Heat the remaining oil in a large casserole or saucepan over a medium-low heat, and cook the spring onions and garlic for a few minutes until they soften.
• Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute longer, then add the stock, one of the cans of coconut milk, lime leaves, and chillies. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes.
• You can prepare the recipe to this point in advance and finish cooking it for 10 minutes before you want to eat. Cook the rice at this point too.
• Bring the sauce back to the boil over a medium heat, add the chicken and peas and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir the remaining tin of coconut milk, the fish sauce, sugar and herbs into the curry, and bring back to the boil.
• Serve the curry ladled over rice and accompany with lime wedges. You can leave in the whole chillies and lime leaves and remove them as you eat.

Spiced Chickpea and Lemon Soup

Spiced Chickpea and Lemon Soup

From 500 Soups.

Ingredients:

• Olive oil
• 1 onion, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground ginger
• Two 400g (14oz) cans chickpeas
• 450g (1 lb) ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped (or canned if out of season)
• 1 litre (1 ¾ pts) chicken or vegetable stock
• 2 tablespons chopped fresh parsley
• Juice of about half a lemon,
• Salt and pepper.

Method:

• Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic, and cook gently for 4 minutes.
• Stir in the cumin, cinnamon and ginger, then add half the chickpeas, the tomatoes and most of the stock, reserving about 200ml (7 fl oz). Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
• Meanwhile, process the remaining chickpeas and reserved stock to a smooth purée in a food processor or blender.
• Stir the purée into the soup. Stir in the parsley. Add salt and pepper, and lemon juice to taste, and serve.

Beetroot and Lentil Salad

Beetroot and Lentil Salad

From Community. I was missing some of the leafy herbs, and I cheated by using canned beetroot, but the great thing about salads is that you can usually get away with messing with the ingredients a bit. I have included the original recipe in full below, so you can see how it’s supposed to be done.

Ingredients:

  • 300g lentils
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eschalots, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ cup dill fronds
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 200g aged cheddar
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves

Pickled beetroot:

  • 6 beetroots (750g)
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 3 whole cloves

Method:

  • To pickle the beetroots, scrub and clean the beetroots well. Combine all the ingredients in a large stockpot. Stir and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 – 1 ½ hours until the beetroots are tender. When cool, peel the beetroots and cut into 2cm cubes.
  • Place the lentils in a saucepan and cover with plenty of cold water. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and cook for 20-25 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the eschalots, garlic, sugar and cumin and sauté until tender and starting to brown. While the lentils are still warm, stir through the eschalot mixture, along with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finely chop the parsley, dill and coriander. Break the cheddar into rough bite-sized chunks.
  • Spoon the lentils onto a plate and top with the pickled beetroot. Scatter over the spinach leaves, herbs and cheddar. Finish with a drizzle of oil and season well with salt and pepper.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

You can make these with any chocolate cupcake recipe, and add peanut butter frosting on top. This recipe uses my favourite cupcake base, but check out my cupcake page for other chocolate cupcake options.

Gluten-free vegan option: Make these GF/V by combining the basic GF/V chocolate cupcake recipe with the vegan peanut butter frosting listed on my buttercream post. 

Ingredients – cupcakes:

• 3 eggs
• 180g sugar
• 250g peeled and finely grated carrot
• 2 tablespoons strong coffee
• 120g rice flour
• 50g almond flour
• 40g cocoa
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• Pinch of salt
• 100g chocolate chips

Ingredients – icing:

• 100g butter, softened
• 65g smooth peanut butter
• 3 cups / 360g icing sugar
• 3 tablespoons 45ml milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 100g dark chocolate, melted

Method – cupcakes:

• In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar for five minutes until the mixture is quadrupled in volume and extremely fluffy.
• Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
• Whisk the carrot and coffee into the mixture.
• When they are fully incorporated, add the flour, ground almonds, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Beat with an electric whisk or fold with a wooden spoon until well combined.
• Fold in the chocolate chips.
• Spoon into prepared muffin trays lined with paper cases, so the mixture reaches four fifths of the way up the sides.
• Bake for 25 minutes.
• Leave to cool in the tin for ten minutes, then at room temperature for at least half an hour before icing. Make the icing while you wait.

Method – icing:

• Using an electric beater, whisk the butter until pale and softened.
• Add the icing sugar, milk and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

• Pipe melted chocolate into shapes onto a tray lined with baking paper. Leave to set, then garnish the cupcakes. Alternative options include drizzling melted chocolate over the icing, or sprinkling with dark chocolate chips.