Sunday, 5 April 2009

Vegetarian Curried Soup

Ok so this one is a made up one but I have seen lots of similar variations out there.

This came from a time when my friend Maia came to stay and we decided to use whatever we had on hand in the fridge to cook something for all of us one night. Vegetable soup it was.

I'm sorry if you want exact measurements. I can't really give those to you as it varies with how much I am making. I'll go for what I normally make though which serves about five large bowls.

The Ingredients

1 leek finely chopped (or one large onion finely chopped)
2 carrots chopped
1 zucchini chopped
2 medium sized potatoes chopped
half(???) a sweet potatoe chopped - perhaps two or three cups worth at a guess
one cup worth of chopped pumpkin.
One large carton of vegetable stock (or chicken if you don't mind that)
Cummin - ground 1/2 teaspoon to a full teaspoon
Coriander - ground - as above
Indian curry powder - 1 teaspoon
Tumeric - ground - 1 teaspoon
Fennel - ground - I/4 teaspoon (but that's because I'm not huge on fennel)
Black mustard seeds - teaspoon or so
2 Fresh red chillies finely chopped or a teaspoon of Chillie flakes (which gives it a greater kick)
Soy Sauce - just a splash or two
Small can of coconut milk or coconut cream depending how naughty you feel.
Crusty bread rolls to serve on the side.

The How To:
Gently fry the leek and then add your spices and fry until the aroma is rich and tickles your nose :-)
Add the vegetables and stir that around for a few minutes. Add the stock and soy sauce, bring to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are cooked - 10 minutes or so. I like to add my zucchini a few minutes after the other veggies as they take less time to cook.
Grab your stick blender and mush it all up until it's nice and smooth.
Return to a low heat and add the coconut milk. Heat gently. Salt and Pepper to taste. You won't need much salt though if you add the soy sauce. I use quite a decent amount of pepper because that's how we roll here.

The other day, I used korma curry paste that I needed to use up instead of all the other spices and the soy and it was equally as yummy so that is a good alternative. So is adding red lentils to it..though you will need more stock if you're going to do that.

This is one of my most requested soups from the family (except fussy britches Tara who only eats her vegetables raw and when forced to).

Friday, 3 April 2009

The best meatballs you'll ever eat.

I'm not going to retype the recipe as I follow this one as is except for the meat. I use chicken mince rather than veal and pork as we don't do either of those in this house.

I LOVE these meatballs. They are moist, tasty and tender. The sauce is nice too :-)

Taken from Exclusively - the best meatballs ever!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Berry Meringue Smash

I've decided that whilst I often adapt most recipes I come across and use, for the most part I just follow a recipe and therefore I feel a bit awkard about posting them as they are not original. Stuff it. I want to share with you recipes that I love and that I cook often. I'll source where I can and steal pictures too if I can. It's rare for me to take pics myself as they always turn out so awful (chilli fried rice as an example), so a lot of what I'm going to post won't have a picture attached. You just have to trust me, ok that it is GOOD! onto today's recipe. This is a recent one I have discovered. It is so insanely easy and so insanely delicious. Comes from Super Food Ideas and you'll find it on

Berry Meringue Smash

The Ingredients:
2 Cups fresh berries (or use frozen either is ok but fresh is best). Use a mix if you can.
150ml Thickened Cream
100g packet Pavlova nests
100g chocolate - the original recipe asks for white chocolate but I much prefer a good quality dark.

The How To:
This recipe is best put together just prior to serving. Otherwise you'll find the pavlova isn't crunchy anymore.
Beat the cream until soft peaks form.
Gently break the pav nests into chunks. Just use your hands but don't break them up too finely.. a bit of fine is fine but not too much ok?
Chop up your chocolate. I don't like mine too chunky so fine is good here :-)
Combine it all very gently with the cream.
Gently mash the berries in a bowl. There is a theme here isn't there...gently gently with it all.
Yep you guessed it, gently add the berries to the cream mixture and fold in. Too much mixing will cause the cream to turn pink, which is ok if this happens. Don't stress too much.

Serve into individual dessert bowls or a fancy martini/wide champagne glasses.