Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Vegan Swedish Meatballs

I have been watching a lot of Nordic Noir a genre of crime fiction from Nordic countries, .  This began a couple of years back when British TV was failing to excite in the evening (as I am not into costume drama, reality shows and celebrity nonsense).  It began when we decided to order a Box Set called The Killing, the original TV Series and we have not looked back watching.....  

Recently we have seen Modus and now Valkyrien, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Well this leads me to dinner. 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Autumnal Stew with Mangetout

This Autumnal Stew with Mangetout  was made a few months ago on a bleak day and mangetout was in season, but I think it is okay to share today as the weather outside had turned proper cold. The raindrops have been icy and all week in the morning, D had been scraping ice off the car, but still no snow in this part of Wales.  I am pleased for now, but I have a feeling that we will see it this year.
You will not normally find mangetout in stews, but this one has some as at the time I had some in the fridge crying to be used, otherwise it would have got overlooked and gone into the compost bin in the garden.  I added the mangetout towards the end of the dish as I wanted it to retain its crunch. I do also love the autumnal colours in this stew and the belly warming flavours that include cumin, coriander and chilli. 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Estonian Beetroot and Potato Salad

I made this Estonian Beetroot and Potato Salad back in September when I made the Beetroot Balsamic Orzo Pasta with Green Beans for work. 
Estonian Beetroot and Potato Salad is known as Rosolje.  Obviously it has beetroot and potatoes, but it also has pickled gherkins, red onion, slithers of eating apple and for flavour soured cream, of course those of you who are vegan can substitute this with a vegan alternative, mustard and seasoning to taste. One of the recipes that I adapted (see links below) had herring, which omitted.  The recipe also suggested hard boiled eggs, which I also left out. 

This Estonian Beetroot and Potato Salad made for a nice change for lunch at work.  I am not a huge fan of beetroot salads, but D does love them, and I like to please him.  Saying this though, I did actually enjoy eating this, I especially liked the piquancy from the pickled gherkins.
I am sharing this Estonian Beetroot and Potato Salad with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen.  Recipe adapted from Estonian Eating and Cooking and Nami Nami: An Estonian Food Blog

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Preserved Lemon Coriander Orzo Salad

Remember the Preserved Lemon Coriander Salsa that I shared early on this week, well, some of it was stirred through cooked Orzo Pasta to take into work for lunch.
I have to say, it was okay, but it did not work quite as well as the piquancy of the Preserved Lemons did not cling onto the Orzo Pasta so well.  I won't grumble though, it filled a little hole in my belly.  The best part for me was the fragrant coriander, but then I do like coriander very much.  
I am sharing this Preserved Lemon Coriander Orzo Pasta Salad with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen.  

Monday, 13 November 2017

Preserved Lemon Coriander Salsa

I would not describe myself as an early riser in the morning.  I do like my snug bed, but when it comes to work - I like many working people, have to get up and go.  I am often at work 7am in the morning, if not earlier.

This morning the car journey into work was a little more interesting.  We got to see Venus and Jupiter together in the pre-dawn sky.  I had not tweaked what it was and said out loud to D, 'those stars look like they are going to collide'.  He then mentioned that he had heard on the radio whilst showering something about some astronomical phenomenon happening today at dawn. Well didn't we, well me mostly get lucky to see two of the brightest planets Venus and Jupiter appearing together.  It was truly amazing, a bit like the red sun a couple of weeks ago.   The skies recently have been quite spectacular.
I made this Preserved Lemon Coriander Salsa at the weekend with what we had in the fridge as I could not be bothered to venture far.  Its made mostly from fresh ingredients other than the preserved lemons which came from a jar.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Easy Pear and Cinnamon Loaf

I have to confess that I have really lost my blogging mojo lately, so regular readers I do hope you will forgive me.  I just don't have the mental energy when I get home from work so my blogging is likely to be weekly, I hope you will stick around. 

I share with you a recipe for an Easy Pear and Cinnamon Loaf adapted from A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe. 
I flicked through the cookbook to see if it had a recipe for pears as I had a load that were beginning to go really soft.  I could not find a pear recipe int he cookbook but noted that I could adapt the Apple and Cinnamon Loaf. 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Roasted Butternut Squash, Fennel, Orzo Salad

I lose track when exactly I made this Roasted Butternut Squash, Fennel Orzo Salad, but it was around the time I made Beetroot Orzo Pasta and Green Bean Salad for work.  This was made in the same week as I had cooked way too much orzo.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar wither Orzo, Orzo is Italian and translates as barley from which it was originally made.  These days, orzo is made from hard wheat semolina.  For people like me, orzo often means rice-shaped pasta. 
Talking of orzo translating as barley, a few months ago when we went to Swansea VegFest, we went into the city of Swansea and stopped at an Italian eatery for a light snack.  

I had a popular Italian drink known as Caffe d'orzo, an Italian caffeine free Barley drink often drunk as a coffee substitute. 
 It is an acquired taste and made for an interesting change from real coffee. 

Anyway, this  Roasted Butternut Squash, Fennel Orzo Salad is a very simple recipe.  To the cooked orzo pasta, I added roasted butternut squash and fennel, sliced black olives and red onion.  
Other Butternut Squash Salad Recipes
Farro, Feta and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Spiced Chickpeas and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Turmeric Pasta with Blood Orange Chilli Oil
Broccoli, Butternut and cranberry Couscous Salad

I am sharing this Orzo Pasta Salad with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen.  

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

One of Three Banditos in my November Kitchen

I am afraid to say that there is not that much new In My Kitchen this November as I have been bogged down with work distractions and finding that when I get home, that I am very tired and therefore not spending much time in my kitchen, and not thinking about it much either.
I did however find some things in my kitchen to share.  

I picked up this Salsa Habernero Hot Sauce from Harvey Nichols when we went to Birmingham a few months ago.  I have to confess we fell for the mean Mexican Bandit - he was one of Three Banditos, but his mean moustache won us over.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Creole Split Pea, Red Pepper and Sweetcorn Soup

I made this Creole style Yellow Split Pea,  Red Pepper and Sweetcorn Soup last month, but I am seriously wishing that I was tucking into it this evening.

It is getting proper cold now.
This golden Yellow Split Pea and Sweetcorn Soup is enhanced with red pepper and a good dash of creole spice blend and fresh thyme from the garden. 
I am sharing this with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

#EatYourGreens October Round Up

We have  5 seasonal green recipes to share for Eat Your Greens this month. 
What is interesting about the entries for October they show the change in the season colours too - think fading green to yellows, gold and even bronze. Read on you will see what I mean.
The first Eat Your Greens recipe comes from Sudha from Simply Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous.  Sudhna shares with us an aromatic recipe full of rich greens from Broccoli, Lima Beans and Fenugreek 
Johanna who blogs over at Green Gourmet Giraffe shares with a belly warming Potato, Pea and Corn Pot Pies topped with a blanket of comfort.
Kat The Baking Explorer joined in with her Leek, Butternut and Stilton Tart.  Now don't you just want a generous slice of that golden flakiness.
My co-host the Veg Hog shares with us a bowl of Artichoke Heart Pasta.  For anyone who has ever prepared artichokes, will know that a dish like this is made with love.  
And finally, my own contribution which was Roasted Marrow, Potato and Black Olive Salad.

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to #EatYourGreens, please do take time to visit and comment on every contributors recipe if you can.  

The Veg Hog will be hosting #EatYourGreens challenge this month.  Please Follow this link on how to join in