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Courgette & lemon linguine

400g linguine
3 courgettes, coarsely grated
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
zest 1 unwaxed lemon
large pinch crushed chillies
handful of torn basil leaves

Cook the linguine till at dente, then drain quickly so some cooking water is still clinging to the strands.
Tip back into the cooking pan with the grated courgettes, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, chillies and most of the basil.
Season, then toss everything together.
Scatter with remaining basil leaves and add an extra drizzle of oil, if you like.

This also makes a great pasta salad. Just swap the linguine for a pasta shape like farfalle or fusilli, drain well, mix with the other ingredients and cool before serving – the pasta will absorb the flavours while it cools.

Spicy Beanburgers with Courgette

serves 8

  • 1 can red kidney beans (or half kidney beans, half chickpeas)

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 2 (or more) cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • 8 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • 1 red pepper, diced

  • 1 courgette, grated

  • 3 slices of bread, grated into crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon (or more) hot chilli powder

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Try using grated carrot or squash, pureed broad beans, mushroom, peas, spring onions, or sweetcorn.

1. Preheat the oven to 200C.

2. Heat some oil in a large saucepan, the gently sauté the onion and garlic for 3 or 4 minutes.

3. Add the red pepper and sauté for another minute, then the grated courgette, and then the spices and cook for another couple of minutes.

4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped tomatoes.

6. Puree the beans in a blender with more of olive oil and a tiny splash of water if it’s too thick.

7. Stir the puree into the cooked mix along with the bread crumbs, adding the breadcrumbs in a little at a time until the mixture is holding together like a dough.

8. Taste and adjust seasoning / spices for your preference.

9. Use your hands to create eight equal sized ‘patties’. If the mix gets really stuck to your palms and fingers, you probably want to add more breadcrumbs, otherwise the burgers will be more like dollops that won’t hold together – your hands should stay relatively clean.

10. Place the patties onto a lightly oiled baking tray and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes on each side.

11. Serve the patties hot on a bed of fresh salad leaves.

LOVELY LATKES

6 eggs
1/4 pt milk
1.2 lb Cheddar cheese, grated
Lots of cardamon powder
plain yoghourt
honey

First take five eggs, beat them well into the milk and make as many thin omelette as you can, Then beat the last egg well, mix it into the cheese and mix in a hearty teaspoon of cardamon powder. Pop a dollop onto each omelette, roll it up and tuck in the edges as the cheese will melt everywhere if you don’t. Bake in a moderate oven for 25 minutes, and serve very hot, with yoghourt and honey dripped lavishly on top. Great for dinner parties or children: they sounds odd, but they’re wonderful!!

Heaven Balls

I tin unsweetened chestnut puree
10 oz mixed nuts & seeds (no peanuts)
10 oz dried fruit (not vine fruits)
desiccated coconut or sesame seeds to taste
a little salt
a little lemon juice

Grind up the nuts and seeds, and the dried fruits (I like a mixture of dried apple and apricots); blend together, add the chestnut puree. Roll into small marble sized balls, and then roll them in either sesame seeds or coconut. Huge amounts of vits and mins in them.They can be frozen, chilled or stored in tins, and they aren’t called Heaven Balls for nothing, everybody loves them!

Glorious pancakes: wheat free/ low starch

4 tbs chestnut flour optionals
1 tbs rice flour omega mix seeds
1 egg any berries
1/2 pint milk cream
butter cinnamon
1 thinly sliced apple

Blend flours, egg and milk, with a little extra water is needed.

Heat butter in a suitable pan and gently fry the apple until it has softened and turned golden. Pour in the pancake mix and cook quite slowly, as the proteins take longer than gluten to thicken. Loosen the pancake when one side is done – and a good trick instead of turning it, you can upside down it onto a plate and then slide it back into the pan to cook on the other side. Then add delicious berries, just to warm them all, turn out and eat with optional cream. It’s scrumptious!

this recipe is also wonderful with almond or rice milk.

Cabbage with Creme Fraiche

Ingredients:

Oil
White cabbage
Vinegar
Salt
Dill
Garlic
Creme Fraiche
Flour
Grate the cabbage on a food processor or grater. Braise it in oil on low heat with lead on it. (Should loose its juice and not burn down but boil in that. Or little water has to be added. ) Smesh or chopp the garlic and add to the cabbage. Sprinkle with vinegar, add salt.
Mix 2-3 ts of flour with creme fraiche knotsless and add to the cabbage towards the end when is already tender. Add finelly cut dill on the end and give it a last, short , fast boil.
The consistency should be something like the mashed potatoes. Serve as garnish with steaks or just simply with french toast, halloumi cheese, whatever.

Chestnut, Mushroom & Coconut Soup

This one’s a corker!

6 large mushrooms
1 lge Onion ½ Tin Coconut milk (or ¼ block)
Garlic Herbs
4 tbs chestnut flour 1/2 tsp cumin, coriander, ginger to taste
Salt 1 pint water or stock

Gently cook chopped onions and garlic in a generous amount of oil until transparent, add the spices and stir for I minute. Add the flour and the coconut, stirring in well and then add the liquid, Cook gently for 5 minutes, then add chopped mushrooms and herbs. Let it cook over a gentle heat for 20 minutes and it’s done. Really tasty!

Traditional Dumpling Bake

Ingredients:

Onions
Garlic
Diced carrot, leek, parsnip, swede, other veg to taste
Diced meat (optional) Wine (optional)
3 oz butter/oil/lard 4 oz chestnut flour
Fresh mint, thyme, sage & peppercorns
Tomato puree
Spices to taste
1 pint stock.

Gently fry chopped onions and garlic in a suitable oil, add the meat and spices, tomato puree and cook for a minute. Add the wine, stock and vegetables, and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.

Make the dumplings:
Put the chestnut flour in a bowl, add the softened butter and chopped herbs and rub in until a crumbly texture is reached. Add a very little water and mix it in, then roll the dough out into little balls.

Pour the stew into an oven dish and spread the dumplings over the surface. Cover with a lid or tinfoil and bake for 40 minutes in a moderate oven, checking occasionally. Then dish up with some tasty steamed green leaves, and this can’t be beat. I usually do either a vegetarian dish with extra mushrooms in, or lamb with plenty of mint in the dumpling mixture. This is just wonderful, filling and delicious.

Beansprout Stir-Fry

This quick and simple recipe takes about 10 minutes to cook, cost a couple of quick and can be made with almost all local, seasonal ingredients. Perfect!

250g bean sprouts (try aduki or chickpeas) Here’s how to sprout your own!
250g egg noodles
250g beef (go for an inexpensive cut of local, organic beef)
3 tbsp oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
6 spring onions
2 sticks of celery
1 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp beef stock or bouillon
2 tbsp soy sauce
salt

1) Cook egg noodles to directions
2) Cut beef into very thin strips, 5cm long.
3) Heat oil in large pan to very high temperature. Add meat and fry to seal for 1min.
4) Lower heat to med-high. Stir in finely chopped onion, crushed garlic, finely chopped spring onions and finely chopped celery.
5) Add ginger, stock, soy sauce and fry over moderate heat until meat is tender (about 15mins). Season.
6) Lower heat to low-med and add drained noodles and bean sprouts. Heat through, stirring well. Serve.

How to sprout beans

aduki

Ingredients and Materials

  • Aduki beans or chickpeas or any whole dried bean (as many as you’ll eat in salads, stirfrys etc)
  • A Jar, colander and clean cloth.

Method

1) Rinse the beans, then cover in water and soak overnight.
2) The next day, tip the beans into the colander and rinse thoroughly. Allow to drain then place in the jar and cover the mouth with a cloth to allow the beans to breath. Leave the jar in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
3) Rinse and drain the beans twice a day until they have tails at least 1/2cm long. Taste your sprouts after each rinse, as texture and flavour changes over time.
4) Give your sprouts a final rinse and then leave them to drain for a few hours. In a sealed jar your sprouts will keep in the fridge for 3-6 weeks.

Total time: 3 days – 1 week.

Now… use them in a quick stir fry: Bean Sprout Stir Fry