Feta, asparagus and lentil salad




Feta, asparagus and lentil salad

100g Greek feta cheese
1 tsp Dijon mustard
15ml white wine vinegar
50g wild rocket
250g black beluga lentils (ready to eat)
120g asparagus spears
1 lemon
125g baby plum tomatoes
15g pumpkin seeds

Heat a large wide-based pan with a matching lid over a medium heat. Meanwhile chop the asparagus in half. Once hot, add the asparagus to the pan with a pinch of salt and splash of cold water. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until bright green and tender with a slight bite. Once done, remove from the heat and set aside until serving.

Meanwhile, chop the baby plum tomatoes in half. Add the chopped tomatoes and washed rocket to a large mixing bowl. Cook the beluga lentils in the microwave according to pack instructions.

Meanwhile, crumble the feta cheese into rough, bite-sized pieces. Combine the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, the juice of ½ lemon and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper – this is your lemony dressing. Added the cooked lentils to the bowl of tomatoes and rocket with the lemony dressing and give everything a good mix up – this is your lentil salad. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges.

Serve the lentil salad on the table to share. Top with the asparagus, crumbled feta, pumpkin seeds and lemon wedges. Season with a grind of black pepper and let everyone dig in.

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Curried Gazelle



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This land-locked Central African country once thrived on its copper reserves, which are now dwindling. Farming methods are primitive, using bush-fallow cultivation methods, but the potential of agricultural expansion is promising. Peasant farmers grow the bulk of local foodstuffs but there is little surplus for sale so that currently a great deal of food is imported. In the bush the hunter can rely on a more substantial meal.
Zambia is renowned for its prolific wild life, with large game parks teeming with classic African animals such as the elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, zebra, antelope and many more.

Serves 4.
Ingredients Edit
1 kg of gazelle rump steak, or beef chump steak cut into bite-size cubes
2 onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large chilies, seeded and finely chopped (minced)
2 plantains or bananas, sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp seedless raisins
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp paprika
2 tsp mild curry powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
300 ml coconut milk

Lightly sauté the onions in the oil for 3 minutes and then add garlic.
Taste. If it tastes sweet, add more garlic.
Fry for 1 minute then add chillies, frying for another 3 minutes.
Add steak and brown on all sides. Add the tomato paste, raisins, curry powder and spices, stirring.
Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add plantains.
Cook, covered, for another 30 minutes. Test occasionally to ensure the liquid has not boiled away too much – there should be a rich sauce.

Serve curry on a bed of rice.

delicious chick pea salad [borrowed]

Tomato Chickpea Salad
Serves 4

For the salad:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
For the vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon minced shallot
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
For the salad:
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the beans and spread out into a single layer. Cook without stirring until lightly browned on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir, add a big pinch of salt, and spread the beans out again. Cook for another 2 minutes, then stir and spread out again as needed, until golden-brown and blistered on all sides. From start to finish, this will take about 6 to 7 minutes total.

Remove from the heat, add the cumin, and toss to coat. While the chickpeas are cooking, make the vinaigrette.

For the vinaigrette:
Whisk the oil, vinegar, shallot, a pinch of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper together in a large bowl.

Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and parsley to the vinaigrette. Toss everything to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

sprouts love them or hate them

OHHHHH not sprouts
Those perfect little cabbages with tough to peel leaves..
Well they are delicious if you cook them a little bit differently from the way your grandmother did
Couldn’t buy loose ones here in RAK so had to buy a bag now thinking and searching ways to use the others
And boy do they taste good

Have several idea’s and hearing fro others also

One Brit/KSA friend roasts them with honey, rosemary and olive oil roasted
Fig balsamic and sea salt
My sister found chestnuts and bacon [will substitute beef bacon] and will try that tomorrow as found loose chestnuts in LUL RAK MALL

Then there was this Jamie Oliver one

MAIN THING is to cut them in half not to do those fiddly little crosses in the abse taught so perfectly by my late father

ENJOY what ever you do with them

Bursting with Middle Eastern flavours, this recipe will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about sprouts.


500g small brussels sprouts
1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted
2 small red onions, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp white sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup (35g) hazelnuts, toasted
3/4 cup (200g) thick Greek-style yoghurt
2 tsp tahini
1 small garlic clove, crushed
Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp sumac
Coriander, dill and mint leaves, to serve
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1 Preheat oven to 200°C.
2 Parboil sprouts in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 3 minutes or until almost tender. Transfer to a colander and set aside to drain.
3 Using a mortar and pestle, finely pound the cumin and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt. Transfer three-quarters crushed spices to a large bowl and add sprouts, onion, fennel and oil. Toss to combine, then spread sprouts in an even layer over one roasting pan, and the onion and fennel over a second roasting pan.
4 Roast onion mixture for 1 hour or until caramelised, and sprouts for 40 minutes or until beginning to caramelise. Once roasted, toss onion mixture with sprouts to combine. Cover and keep warm.
5 Meanwhile, using a mortar and pestle, pound sesame seeds and hazelnuts until coarsely ground. Combine with remaining crushed spice mixture and set aside.
6 When ready to serve, combine the yoghurt with the tahini, garlic and lemon zest and juice. Season, and spread evenly over a large serving platter. Sprinkle with sumac.
7 Spoon the warm roasted sprout mixture over the yoghurt mixture, scraping up all the crispy bits left in the pan. Sprinkle with the sesame and spice mixture, and scatter with coriander, dill and mint leaves to serve

avocado yummy


Avocado recipes
Rice bowl with ginger, radish and avocado
Rice bowl with ginger, radish and avocado

By Nigella Lawson
Sometimes also called an avocado pear, the avocado is the fruit of the Persea Americana tree, which is native to the subtropical regions of the American continent. It has green, buttery flesh and a large central stone. In Britain, two main avocado varieties are available: Hass and Fuerte. The Hass variety has a knobbly purple-black exterior and a creamy-textured, richly flavoured interior; the Fuerte variety has a smooth green skin. Avocados are very high in both protein and oil. The avocado has the highest protein and oil content of any fruit. In fact, this soft-fleshed fruit can contain up to 30 per cent fat. Don’t let the high fat content put you off, though; avocados contain only monounsaturated fat, which may help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
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Buyer’s guide
These days, as well as growing throughout Central and South America, the avocado also thrives in parts of Africa, Australia, Israel and the Canaries. Look for avocadoes that have unblemished skins with no soft spots, which suggest bruising. They are ready to eat when the flesh yields slightly when pressed with the thumb.
Extra virgin avocado oil is now widely available in UK supermarkets. Use it as you would olive oil, for roasting and drizzling over salads; or serve it as a dip with crusty bread.
When it comes to cooking, the Mexican dip called guacamole is without a doubt the best-known avocado dish. But Mexicans use avocados in a wide array of other dishes, from ceviche to tacos. In some parts of Mexico, avocado leaves are toasted and ground to imbue dishes with an anise flavour. In the Philippines, savoury-sweet avocado ice cream is popular.
Avocados must be allowed to ripen in a warm place before they’re used; speed up the process by wrapping them in brown paper. To test ripeness, press the skin lightly with your thumb. If it feels slightly yielding, it’s ready to eat. Cut lengthways down to the stone and twist to separate the two halves. Pierce the stone carefully with a knife to embed the knife’s tip, then pull the stone out.
The yellow-green flesh should come away from the skin easily, but it will go brown when exposed to air, so always prepare avocados just before serving or drench in lemon juice to prevent the browning. The trick is to combine avocado with ingredients that will enhance its nuttiness but cut back on its richness. Savour the pale flesh for breakfast or lunch by crushing it on toasted sourdough bread along with a squeeze of lime juice, sea salt and pepper. Or make it into a coarse salsa with tomatoes, onion, chilli, lime and coriander to accompany grilled meats. Alternatively, toss the creamy wedges gently in a salad with green leaves, crabmeat, spring onions and a little lemon.



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yorkshire puddings and gravy for blood…..

Yorkshire pudding wrap: Reinventing the humble delicacy
22 September 2017
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Hungry yet?
They have been around for hundreds of years but now Yorkshire puddings have found themselves thrust into the culinary spotlight.
This week a BBC video about a Yorkshire pudding wrap was viewed more than 13 million times online, making the dish and how to eat it a real talking point.
It’s polarised opinion, with some saying it’s food heaven and others claiming it is sacrilege and food hell.
But what’s behind the revival of this humble recipe?
And who is qualified to say how it’s best eaten?
What is a Yorkshire pudding anyway?
The Yorkshire pudding is made from a simple batter of eggs, flour and milk and needs to be light yet crispy and well-risen. The general rule is that the fat – often dripping or goose fat – needs to be red hot in the tin before the batter is added, avoiding the much-feared soggy bottom.
Making Yorkshire pudding batter
According to Yorkshire food historian Peter Brears, the recipe first appeared in a book called The Art Of Cookery by Hannah Glasse in 1747. She *whisper* came from Northumberland.
How did it get its name?
As for how it got its name, Mr Brears said it is likely to have come from Yorkshire miners, who worked incredibly hard but were well paid enough to be able to afford meat and be given free coal to keep a fire going. “A fire and roasted meat were essentials for making Yorkshire pudding,” he said.
It started to be taken up as a Yorkshire symbol in the 1890s when it started appearing on postcards – yes, postcards. From then on, well, it is just folklore.
How is it traditionally served?
The Yorkshire pudding is usually made in a rectangular tin and cut into squares to be served with a roast dinner. It can also be made with whole sausages cooked within it, a dish known as toad-in-the-hole.
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The baked batter treat is believed to have been originally served as a starter with gravy. That way diners were filled up before the main course so whoever was feeding them could get away with serving less meat.
Some people also like to eat it cold the next day with jam.
What are the new incarnations of the regional speciality?
So far, so good. For the uninitiated, that’s the basics covered. But if the idea of eating something called a “pudding” with a savoury course isn’t mind-bending enough, how about trying it in even more exotic forms from wraps to burritos?
The wraps have been on sale for a while, with a stall dedicated to selling them in Leeds Kirkgate Market and a cafe in York has reportedly had customers queuing out of the door for one since being featured in the online video.
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Yorkshire pudding? As a wrap? Really? (Via BBC Radio York)
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The Yorkshire pudding burrito is also a thing, which is possibly similar to a wrap but with more stuffing. Both feature the elements of a roast dinner encased in a fluffy light batter wrap, and are proving extremely popular.
Earlier this month it was reported a diner in Beverley, Hull, was serving a Yorkshire pudding pizza. The huge pudding is used as a base before a layer of sausage and tomato is added with a cheese topping. Not quite as traditional maybe, but does it work?
Maybe the proof of the pudding really is in the eating.
Has it actually always been a kind of fast food?
Mr Brears who has published several books on the history of food and worked with The National Trust and English Heritage, said the thought of a Yorkshire wrap reminds him of how it was eaten as factory food in the mid to late-19th Century.
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Yorkshire pudding wraps have been on sale in Leeds Kirkgate Market since last year
He said: “When you’d have your Sunday roast you would always cook more potatoes and more veg, and when you went to the mill you took a basin with meat and potatoes and gravy in the bottom and a piece of Yorkshire pudding on top.
“You would wrap it up and then during the day you would stand it on the steam pipes to warm it up.”
How has the Yorkshire pudding wrap gone down online?
Commenting on the BBC News video, Alice Elizabeth Ruggiero said: “My grandmother was a true Yorkshirewomen, she served individual puddings before a dinner of stew – she filled the pudding with the gravy and we ate it like a starter with the meat and vegetables after. It was delicious.”
Shona Court said: “I want our town to have a least three of these places. I would be in heaven as, according to my son, I don’t have blood, I have gravy!!!!”
The Yorkshire pudding wrap
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The Yorkshire pudding wrap is basically a roast dinner, wrapped in a Yorkshire
Not everyone is a fan. Jan Starkey Dean said: “Isn’t anything sacred anymore, why does everything have to be on the go? Are people so busy they can’t sit down to eat? I think a lot of it is laziness.”
And Patricia Pope said: “Think I will stick with the traditional Sunday roast beef dinner and Yorkshire pudding sitting down at the dinner table so that I can enjoy it thoroughly.”
What does the rest of the world make of a Yorkshire pudding?
US resident Jim Cotton said: “As an American I must admit we don’t understand Yorkshire pudding (although I had some once in the UK and enjoyed it).
Yorkshire wraps for sale sign
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Love them or hate them, you can’t go on social media this week without seeing one
“But this does look great. Maybe a new franchise operation in central Texas?”
Camden Gilbreath added: “I’m American, I had no idea what a Yorkshire pudding was and not super clear on the broad definition of the word “pudding” in the English language, because I think creamy slightly gross dessert.
“All that said call it whatever you will that looks just delicious, idk [I don’t know] what a regular Yorkshire pudding looks like but man that looks good all wrapped up.”
Ok, so enough about actually eating them. What else can you do with a Yorkshire pudding?
These tasty treats make pretty good sporting props, it turns out.
Across the Pennines in Ramsbottom they are used as targets in the annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, which celebrates the historic rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Contestants lobbed the black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings placed on a platform
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In Ramsbottom, contestants throw black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings on a high platform
Contestants throw black puddings with the aim of knocking off as many Yorkshire puddings as possible from a 20ft (6m) platform.
Last year on Yorkshire Day, a Yorkshire pudding throwing contest was held in York to celebrate the region.
They made the sport headlines in April, when Sheffield’s Danny Willett, who won last year’s opening major of the year, promised to include Yorkshire pudding on the menu of the Masters Champions Dinner.
Staying in sport, the parents of triathletes Jonny and Alistair Brownlee joke that the secret of their sons’ success is “roast beef and Yorkshire puddings”.