Recipe | Deliciously Easy, Jackfruit Curry

I was dubious about jackfruit when I first tried it, but when I started marinating my own, I really got into it.

I find that this way the flavour is much fresher and you can tweak it to suit your taste too

This recipe is for a really easy, basic curry.

Jackfruit has very little protein so I recommend serving with a protein source, such as sprinkling with nuts, adding a side of fried tempeh or tofu, or adding beans to your rice.

Prep time: 30mins to 3hrs (depending how long you marinade for)

Cooking time: 25mins

Ingredients

For the jackfruit:

  • 1 tin jackfruit, drained
  • 3tsp garam masala
  • 0.5tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 1tsp dried sage
  • 1tsp chopped garlic
  • 0.5tsp dried chilli flakes (more if you want it super spicy)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the curry:

  • 1 cinammon stick
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped into chunks
  • Chopped veggies of your choice (I used green peppers)
  • 0.5tin coconut milk
  • 300ml veg stock
  • (Rice to serve with)

Recipe:

Jackfruit marinade

  • Put the drained jackfruit in a bowl and shred it using forks / a fork and knife
  • Thoroughly stir in the spices, garlic and lemon juice
  • Cover and leave in the fridge to marinade for at least 30mins. (I left mine for 3hrs.)

Curry:

  • In a small amount of oil, fry on a medium heat the cinammon stick, cumin seeds and onion for 30 seconds (my photo, below has extra garlic instead of onion asI don’t eat onion)

  • Add the veg and fry for a further 5 mins
  • Add the jackfruit and fry for a couple of minutes to fry off the spices
  • Add the stock and tomatoes, cover and simmer for 20 minutes (add more water if it seems too dry – if you included more veg than me, you will need more)

  • After 20minutes, add the coconut milk and simmer until the sauce is the consistency you like
  • Serve with rice and a protein source, such as nuts, tempeh or tofu.

Recipe | Sweet and Spicy Marinated Aubergine

I haven’t posted a recipe for a while; I’ve been on holiday, and also generally eating out a lot 😁 but I’m back in the swing of cooking at home and here is my first invention; spicy marinated aubergine.

Its super easy and delicious; smoky, sweet and a bit spicy, its perfect with couscous, salad or as a side dish with a main meal. The marinade also works well on oven baked tofu.

Preparation time: approx 5 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 1cm slices lengthways (approx 4 slices)

Marinade:

  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1tsp harissa paste
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped / 0.5tsp pre-chopped garlic

Recipe:

  • Score the aubergine slices on one side – cut into to make shallow cuts, but don’t go all the way through
  • Place the aubergine on a lightly oiled tray

  • In a bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients until well combined
  • With a pastry brush (or back of a spoon) spread half the marinade on the top of the aubergine slices

  • Cook for 10mins at 200C
  • Turn the slices over, spread the rest of the marinade on this side of the aubergine, and cook again for 10 mins

  • Turn the aubergine slices again to the first side, and finish off by cooking for a final 10 mins

Enjoy 😊

Recipe | Spicy papaya salsa

Disclaimer: papaya can cause an allergic reaction in people allergic to latex

This recipe is a delicious fruity alternative to a mango or pineapple salsa. Papaya is not too sweet so its perfect for a savoury, spicy salsa.

This recipe is so easy and so quick but very tasty; I love it with fajitas or nachos!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large tomato
  • Half a papaya, with skin and seeds removed
  • 0.5 tsp chopped garlic / 1 small chopped clove
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger (I used pre-crushed from a jar)
  • 0.5tsp chilli flakes
  • A quarter of a small red onion
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pepper to taste

Recipe:

  • Finely chop the tomato, papaya and onion and add to a bowl

  • Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and lime and black pepper to taste
  • Stir well and leave to stand for at least 30mins before serving

  • Stir occasionally
  • Its that easy!! Serve with nachos, fajitas, chilli, or your favourite spicy dish

Recipe | Spicy roast okra

Prep time 10mins

Cook time 20-25 mins

Okra is a tasty vegetable (technically a fruit) which is delicious in curries and stews, but its also great as as side dish when roasted. This is how I have them, and its such an easy recipe to prepare and cook

I found a tip in an online forum once that if you soak them in cold water an df lime juice they lose some of the sliminess so i do that. I’m not sure if it works but if not you get some lime flavour on the okra. I assume lemon would work fine too

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack okra
  • 1 lime
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tsp black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 1tsp chopped garlic
  • 0.25tsp chilli flakes
  • 0.5tsp salt flakes
  • 0.25 onion, chopped into chunks
  • Spray oil to coat

Recipe:

  • Chop the tops off the okra and place in a dish or bowl
  • Squeeze the lime juice over them and cover with cold water. You may have to put a spoon on them as they float quite successfully

  • Leave for 10 mins, then drain
  • Transfer to a baking tray
  • Sprinkle over the cumin, onion seeds, garlic and chilli, and chopped onion

  • Spray to coat with oil (or drizzle with oil), sprinkle with salt, and place in 200C oven
  • Cook for 20-25 mins or until the onions and okra are looking crisp
  • Serve on the side of your favourite curry

Recipe | Zingy pickled fennel

This recipe is so simple but makes a very tasty coleslaw-esque side dish.

It is crunchy and zingy, and with a mild aniseedy flavour. Perfect alongside a potato salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 0.5tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed or mashed / 0.5 tsp if from a jar
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt

Recipe;

  • Slice the fennel as thinly as you can
  • Put in a large, flat bottomed container, like a lunchbox, so the fennel will get maximum exposure to the lemon juice and flavours
  • Add juice of 3 lemons, the fennel seeds, garlic, ground black pepper and 2 pinches of sea salt

  • Stir, cover and refrigerate
  • Stir occasionally
  • It will be ok to eat within 30minutes but the flavour is best if left overnight to pickle and so the flavours can infuse.

Its that simple; enjoy! 😊

Vegan brocolli and “blue cheese” soup

Being vegan does not mean having to miss out on your favourites; this is my take on the old classic, brocolli and blue cheese soup.

There are many good tasting vegan cheeses out there. I used the blue style cheese by Mouses Favourite – “CamBlue” which is cashew based.

There are many vegan blue cheeses out there. Mozzarisella, Nutcrafter, Vegusto, are my favourite that do blue cheese varieties, but theres many out there and some available from most mainstream supermarkets these days

(Always check the ingredients as many are made from nuts, coconut or soya or other allergens)

Ingredients:

  • 7/8 large brocolli florets, chopped into small pieces – keep the little green bits that fall off; they are tasty and add colour
  • 150g potato, peeled and chopped into small chunks, approx 1cm across
  • 1pint veg stock
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp savoury yeast flakes (I use Engevita with added B12)
  • 30g blue cheese alternative, chopped or grated

Method:

  • Add the onion and garlic to a oan with a small amount of oil and fry for a couple of minutes, just to soften slightly
  • Add the brocolli and potato
  • Fry again for 2minutes or so
  • Add the stock, yeast flakes and herbs and season with pepper to your own taste

  • Simmer for approximately 30mins until the soup has thickened and the potato and brocolli have broken down to smaller pieces and softened
  • Add extra water if it is needed while it cooks – the amount you will need will vary depending how fast you simmer as this will have an effect on how much evaporates
  • Add the cheese, stir until its melted
  • Serve with some nice crusty bread 😋