Friday, 23 August 2019

Tomato Pilau with Coconut and Cashew Nuts

Here is another tomato recipe that I came across whilst browsing The Guardian's New Vegan food and drink section.  

The re recipe in question this time is for Summer Pilau with Tomato, Coconut and Cashew Nuts again and once again comes from Meera Sodha.  Some of you will remember that recently I made her Lebanese Green Beans and Vermicelli Rice
I stuck to Meera Sodha's recipe for the Tomato Pilau, the only two things that were different.  I used dried curry leaves as I am not easily able to find fresh where I live; and secondly, this was due to my impatience - I did not brown the onions well, hence why my Pilau is not as golden, but let me tell you it was still delicious.  

D loved it and said I should make this for our American guests when they come in September.  Hopefully we will still have tomatoes coming from the greenhouse, in which case I shall be making it again.  
Meera suggests serving it with a fresh green salad.  I told my husband this and he rolled his eyes and suggested that I should have thrown in some of our homegrown green beans to the Pilau.  Instead he had his with a dollop of mango chutney, I think it was a good decision. If I have tempted you once again, then please check out the full recipe

Other Pilau Recipes you may like
Broad Beans Pilau with Mint
 Butter Bean and Kale Curried Turmeric  Rice
Cauliflower Pilau
Fenugreek and Radish Rice
Rainbow Carrot Rice Pilau
Savoury Jerusalem Artichoke Rice
Savoy Cabbage and Lentil Rice
Wild Garlic and peas Rice

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Meera Sodha's Lebanese Tomato and Bean and Stew

Well homegrown tasty tomatoes keep on coming and some of you may have seem my link to some of my homemade tomato recipes, but I have also been seeking inspiration elsewhere and it came recently whilst browsing The Guardian's New Vegan food and drink section.  
The recipe for Lebanese Green Beans and Vermicelli Rice comes from Meera Sodha. 
It not only gave me the opportunity to use my homegrown tomatoes which are plentiful, but also green beans and runner beans that are coming by the bucket load.  

I did tweak the recipe just a little as I did not have vermicelli to hand, so used small star shaped pasta that I use in soups in place of the vermicelli for the rice.  I also kept some tomatoes back and added them in towards the end mostly for aesthetic reasons, and would you not agree it look darn delicious?! and it really was - really, really flavourful.  I served it with a generous dollop of labneh doused in za'atar.

I f I have tempted you, then please check out the full recipe by Meera Sodha's Lebanese Green Beans and Vermicelli Rice from her new cookbook East which is on my wish list.  Perhaps I will get it earlier, but I may have to wait for my Birthday, or later still - Christmas.  I wish...

Monday, 19 August 2019

Tumbling Plums and Unruly Beans

So another week and another harvest.

This week I am sharing plums from the garden. 
Those of you who came by last week will remember me mentioning that part of our plum tree was damaged in the high winds, taking a load of branches laden with unripe plums with it. I had left the branch on the side hoping the plums still clinging on it would ripen, well they did.  These are those plums and they have already been used in baking into Cinnamon Plum Cake, its one I make every year and more than once.  
I also wanted to show the difference between our plums and the neighbours plums.  The large glossy ones belong to my neighbour. Its the first year my neighbours plum tree has produced.
As well as our own plums, we are being gifted by plums from the neighbours tree too, as half the tree is leaning on our side of the garden.
I thought I'd share the flowered artichokes with you too.  See how pretty they are, blooming sharp and prickly too!
Half way through last week, we also harvested globe courgettes, a variety of beans in all sizes and of course plums.  
With the green beans I made Sarah Beatties Peixinhos da horta which translates as 'little fish from the kitchen garden' 

I also adapted Sarah Beatties Green Bean Korma recipe to include my homegrown round courgettes and runner beans.  
Finally from my husbands greenhouse, a colourful selection of  tomatoes.  Here's a link to some tomato recipe inspiration.  

I am sharing my homegrown fruit and vegetables with Dave at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week and I'd like to add he does a grand job at it too.