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Kitchen Goddess on a Roll: my best homemade dishes of the week

Published February 12, 2013 by The Feminist

I’m guessing you have a very busy life. With all of the commitments of family and work responsibilities pulling you into a thousand different directions. So I can imagine that it must often seem like a real chore to get dinner on the table. But if I can do it, so can you! Please don’t think that because I’m still a university student, I don’t know what I’m talking about. Because I do! I attend classes, do research for master papers and write blog posts ( 😉 ) and a whole other bunch of stuff that I will wisely not mention. So yes, I do know what stress is all about.
All the more reason to eat wholesome, home-cooked meals that will comfort body and soul, don’t you think?
I hope these three dishes, inspired by three different continents, will motivate you to put on that apron and get cooking. (Because cooking is far less expensive than a therapist.)
1) Asian Salmon Curry with Rice noodles

This recipe is both healthy and comforting at the same time!

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Ingredients:

• 250gr rice noodles
• 2 large salmon fillets
• 1 pak choi, sliced
• 1 broccoli, separated into florets
• 500ml coconut milk
• 1 tablespoon muscovado sugar
• 2 large red chillies
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1 onion
• 2 teaspoons of chilli powder
• 1 tablespoon of ground coriander and cumin
• 5cm piece of fresh ginger

Method:

1) For the curry paste, place the chillies, garlic, onion, chili powder, cumin, coriander and ginger in a food processor and blitz to a paste.
2) Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet.
3) Stir-fry the vegetables for 3-5 minutes and take them out of the wok.
4) Heat some vegetable oil in the wok and add the red curry paste and fry for 3 minutes, or until fragrant. (leaving some of the curry paste for the salmon)
5) Stir in the coconut milk and sugar, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes
6) Season your salmon by rubbing it with the remainder of the curry paste and pan-fry the salmon until just cooked. The salmon should be pink and slightly translucent in the middle. Flake the salmon into bite size pieces.
7) Add the noodles, the vegetables and salmon to the curry sauce and season to taste with fish sauce.
8) Serve on a large plate and sprinkle some freshly chopped spring onion and coriander on top.
9) Your Asian omega 3 bomb is ready to enjoy!

2) Mexican Chilli sin Carne con Chocolate

Chocolate and chili are the Brad and Angelina of flavour combinations. That says it all, I guess 😉

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Ingredients:

• 250gr of minced seitan
• 2 carrots, diced
• 2 red peppers, diced
• 1 onion
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1 x 400gr can red kidney beans
• 2 x 400gr cans of chopped tomatoes
• 2 red chillies
• ½ tsp smoked paprika
• 1 tbsp cumin
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 25gr of dark chocolate

Method:

1) Heat some oil in a saucepan over a medium to high heat. Add the onion, garlic, chillies, carrots, and peppers and fry until softened.
2) Add the seitan, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano and cinnamon and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Fry for a further 4-5 minutes, stirring well.
3) Add the drained kidney beans and the chopped tinned tomatoes and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, then half-cover the pan with a lid and simmer for about 15 minutes.
4) Stir in the chocolate until melted.
5) Serve the chilli with a bowl of steamed rice and top each serving with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and coriander.

3) Moroccan Rabbit Tagine with orange and couscous

This is my take on a classic chicken tagine. The warm flavours of the cinnamon, dried raisins and orange make this tagine unforgettable.

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Ingredients

• 2 large onions, roughly chopped
• 1 rabbit, jointed
• 275ml of chicken stock
• 1 cinnamon stick
• Juice of 2 oranges
• 2tbsp of clear honey
• 100gr of raisins
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 1 tsp ground ginger

Method:

1) Fry the rabbit on both sides until golden brown and set aside.
2) Fry the onions with the honey in the same pot you used for the rabbit until the onions start caramelizing.
3) Add the carrots, the raisins, cinnamon and ginger and fry for a couple of minutes.
4) Add the rabbit and cover with the orange juice and chicken stock.
5) Bring to the boil and when it boils, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the meat falls of the bone.
6) Serve with a couscous salad with chickpeas and orange and garnish with toasted almonds.

That’s Amore: Me & La Cucina Siciliana

Published February 2, 2013 by The Feminist

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Of all the different regional cuisines Italy has to offer, Sicilian food is by far my favourite. The island’s food culture hasn’t just been influenced by the Italian continent, it has also adopted ingredients and flavour combinations from Spain, Greece and North Africa, giving Sicilian food its unique authenticity. Sicilians are masters when it comes to the balancing of flavours, with striking dishes such as pasta tossed in freshly grilled sardines, raisins, garlic, saffron and pine nuts.

… I’ll give you some time to process this example of heavenliness…

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As a tribute to “La cucina Siciliana” I decided to conjure up a dish inspired by my love for Sicilian food.

Stuffed peppers with raisins, olives, white beans and lemon zest.

(Served with some sunny tomato sauce.)

Ingredients (for one portion ):

• 1 red or yellow pepper
• 150g of white beans
• A handful of raisins
• 1 clove of garlic
• Lemon zest
• A handful of chopped olives
• Parmesan cheese

Method:

1. Mix the white beans, raisins, garlic and olives together in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, a pinch of cinnamon and chili powder and finally grate in some lemon zest.
2. Add a good tablespoon of olive oil and give it a quick taste (warning: it is very tempting to eat the whole lot… try to control yourself!)
3. Cut the red pepper in half and stuff the peppers with the yummy filling.
4. Put in a preheated oven at 200°C for 20 to 30 minutes.
5. Serve with tomato sauce and pasta, rice or Sicilian couscous.

Culinary genius at work

Published December 2, 2012 by The Feminist

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I don’t like following recipes. I never stick to measurements and I always add more flavours. I simply wing it and go on instinct. (A very good instinct, I might add! 😉 )

When I was standing in front of my pantry this morning, I discovered I had all the ingredients to make a wonderful paella. Unfortunately though, one key ingredient was missing: the actual paella rice. Being the culinary genius I am, I decided to do a Middle Eastern twist on the Spanish paella. Instead of rice, I used couscous!

To those who don’t have the oddball-gene and find my chaotic cooking terribly confusing :
Stop frowning, because it was utterly delicious! So do me a favour, throw those previous paella assumptions overboard: paella isn’t about following a recipe, it is about your state of mind. As long as you’re cooking with passion and love, everything you cook will be worthy of the name “paella”.

Ps: I added some yummy panfried mackerel as well to turn this lovely dish into a true showstopper!