Cold Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

 

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There’s nothing like a really cold noodle salad packed with crunchy veggies and flavored with the absolute deliciousness of peanut butter. It so easy to make and you can just improvise and add any veggie you fancy. It’s really great that you can cook something really delicious without frying or sautéing anything. This is a vegetarian version but if you are not, and happen to have some left over roasted chicken, just throw it in. The dressing is really, really delicious. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and in this recipe it adds so much flavor. Continue reading

Chicken Chow Mein (Rosie’s noodles)

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Everybody loves noodles. Especially home-cooked noodles. Rosie -a precious lady, whose every day help makes my life so much easier and keeps my sanity at (barely) acceptable levels- makes the most fantastic noodles. She uses rice noodles, chicken and whatever veggies she finds in the fridge. With the right amount of chilli and sauces, she always manages to present a great meal. I’ve watched her many times and eventually I created my version of this lovely dish. Continue reading

Stir-fried Orange Chicken

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Orange chicken is a Chinese take-away favourite. It’s batter coated, deep fried pieces of chicken, with a fairly thin coating of sweet and spicy orange-soy sauce. I decided to create a stir-fried version of this dish, to avoid the deep frying. I know, I’m not always proud of my healthy food choices, but who needs deep frying when a dish tastes this good with one third of the oil. I also made it a bit more saucy so that you can feel the sweet, tangy, spicy, orangey sauce in every bite, and not just a hint of it. This dish can be done in half an hour. Serve it with rice but plain is also fantastic. This beats Chinese take-away any day. Continue reading

Spiced Lentil Soup with Coriander and Coconut Milk

 

lentil soup.jpgSince I found my favourite recipe for lentil curry, I have been eager to turn it into a soup. All those spices and aromas pureed and served into a bowl with some crusty bread and a generous squeeze of lemon, it’s just perfect on a winter’s day. This soup is great. It’s very easy to prepare and incredibly hearty and filling. Red lentils, cooked with spices like cumin and mustard seeds then finished off with creamy coconut milk, fresh coriander leaves and lemon juice. Continue reading

A Colourful Chicken Biryani

biryiani2This is it. The aromatic, flavorful, spicy, delicious chicken biryani. If you don’t like spending time in the kitchen, this dish is not for you. But if you really enjoy cooking (and eating) then all the time you spend will be justified when you eat the first bite of this fantastic dish. In India, this is a celebration dish, usually cooked with goat. It consists of aromatic, saffron infused basmati rice, layered with fragrant meat curry and sweet onions. I made this with chicken and it was absolutely delicious. Continue reading

Spiced Lentil Balls

lentil ballsThis indian inspired version of a meat-less-ball, is fantastic. I love lentils, they are actually number 2 on my list of favourite ingredients (number one is of course, chocolate!). The coconut and ginger together with the green chilies and spices, make this dish so fragrant and tasty. Serve these lentil balls, in pita bread with yogurt, fresh coriander and a generous squeeze of lemon. Like falafel, but not quite. Continue reading