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Zingy courgette and pea soup

Cooking Time
30 mins

Serves
4

Ingredients
4 courgettes
250g frozen peas
150ml half fat creme fraiche
Juice of half a lime
1 finger chilli
3 cloves of garlic
750ml of chicken or vegetable stock
Splash of olive oil
Salt to season

This is a super zingy summer soup using courgettes and peas so it’s super healthy as well as tasty and so easy to make!

First heat the oven to 180 c and get a roasting tin/sheet ready.  Chop the courgettes into 2cm discs and add to the tin along with the chilli halved lengthways and the whole garlic still in its skin.

Add a good splash of olive oil to coat everything and a generous pinch of sea salt (about a tsp).

Roast the vegetables in the oven for about half an hour; halfway through move the mixture around so you get a colour on all the veg; they should be golden brown and cooked soft rather than brown!

If you have a blender the next bit is easy.  Simply add the courgette and chilli to the blender, squeeze out the garlic and add the garlic minus the skin; add the lime juice, a stock cube, hot water and creme fraiche and blitz to a  a smooth consistency.

If you don’t have a blender then do this in a pan and use a stick blender to  make the soup smooth and silky

Chorizo and bean chilli with fried egg

This chorizo with bean chilli served with a fried egg is a great alternative to the usual version with mince and very easy to make.  You could make it vegetarian by using more beans and leaving out the chorizo but it won’t be as good

First fry the chorizo in a small amount of olive oil on a medium high heat for a few minutes until golden brown; remove with a slotted spoon and remove the excess oil from the chorizo to keep things healthy. Continue reading Chorizo and bean chilli with fried egg

Lamb and spinach karahi

This is an amazing curry and you can beef or chicken (used in the photo) instead of lamb for this lamb and spinach karahi.  Heat the oil in a karahi (or wok), add onions and cook gently for 20-30 mins until soft and light brown.  Put tomatoes, water, ginger and garlic into a whizzer and whizz until smooth. Remove the fried onions with a slotted spoon, add them to paste and whizz again. Continue reading Lamb and spinach karahi

Focaccia breaded chicken with salad

This is an excellent twist on a simple breaded chicken recipe using an old foccacia to give it an Italian twist.  Its better if you can make your own focaccia.

First make your breadcrumbs by finely blending the foccacia – you need one that was flavoured with rosemary, garlic and salt.  Next mix with 50g of parmesan cheese and set aside in a bowl.

Continue reading Focaccia breaded chicken with salad

Smoked mackerel sushi

This is a really easy smoked mackerel sushi dish and requires hardly any cooking.  You’ll need a rolling mat which you can buy from a Chinese supermarket or specialist (ahem) tobacconists!

First cook the rice, sushi rice is quite short and high in starch so it becomes quite sticky.  This recipe used a rice which had 1 cup of rice to 1.3 cups of water.  basically bring it to the boil then turn down and simmer until cooked, it takes around 20 mins. Continue reading Smoked mackerel sushi