Tandoori Chickpea and Potato Curry…in a hurry : )

Tandoori Chickpea and Potato Curry

Serves 2 or 3 people

Ingredients

  • 4 x Potatoes chopped into bite sized squares (it was about 3 cups full)
  • 2 x Small onions or 1 large one
  • 2 x Red chillies (with the ends removed and then sliced down the middle)
  • 3 x Garlic cloves (Finely chopped)
  • 1 x Tin of chickpeas
  • 4 x Heaped tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1/2 x A tin of coconut milk
  • 2 x Heaped tbsp tandoori spice mix (This can be bought in super markets with a good world food isles)
  • 2 x Large handfuls of spinach (about 120g)
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper (amount to suit your taste)
  • Salt to season
  • Water (to make the curry saucier 😉)
  • Fry Light spray
  • 1/2 x A cup of frozen peas (Although I forgot to use them on this occasion).

 

Directions

  1. Start by boiling the cubed potatoes in a pan (I don’t peel them, but you can if you like too).
  2. In a frying pan sizzle some onions until they start to turn golden brown. (Around 10 minutes)
  3. Add the chopped garlic to the pan and stir to avoid sticking. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chickpeas, tomato paste, coconut milk and the tandoori spice mix. Stir the ingredients together until the sauce looks a lovely red colour.
  5. If the sauce starts to dry out, add some water and stir, this helps the sauce to loosen up. (Add water when necessary.
  6. Now add the spinach, cayenne pepper and salt to season. Stir and allow the spinach to wilt.
  7. Add the potatoes and make sure everything is coated in the sauce.
  8. Serve to your favorite people…or just eat it all to yourself.

 

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I made this beautiful tandoori curry for my friends Birthday party!! Not one to blow my own trumpet…however on this occasion the trumpet is out and tooting with success !! So successful was this curry that another mate of mine has requested the recipe…and as a woman of my word here it is…

Packed with flavour and easy to make…I chose to use a ready made tandoori powder for convenience. However you can make your own… Using 3 x tbsp of paprika, 1 x tsp of turmeric, 1 x tsp of garlic powder, 1 x tsp of nutmeg, 1 x tsp cayenne pepper, 1 x tsp ginger, 1 x tsp coriander, 1 x tsp cumin and lastly 1 x tsp cloves…but it’s just a lot easier to use the pre-made.

So…What are you waiting for my lovely Vegan flockers…pans at the ready…get cooking 🙂😎

Satay Stir fry

Vegan Satay Sauce stir fry

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 x Large diced onion
  • 1 x whole broccoli broken into florets
  • 160g Cauldron Marinated tofu pieces
  • 3 x Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 x spiralised courgette
  • 1 x spiralised carrot
  • 4 x baby sweetcorn (cut in half)
  • 3 x Spring onions (thinly chopped)
  • 1 x Half a red pepper cut into strips.
  • 1 x Chilli cut in half
  • 3 x Tbsp of premium dark soya sauce
  • 3 x Tbsp of natural Tahini or 2 x Tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 x Heaped Tbsp of sweetener or sugar
  • 1 x Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt to season
  • Fresh coriander and sesame seeds to garnish
  • Fry Light spray

Tip – If you are using peanut butter, add water to the mixture a little bit at a time to thin the consistency.

Directions

1. Blanch the broccoli florets in a pan with boiling water for 3 minutes. Place to one side when ready.

2. In a pan cook the onion and garlic in fry light spray. Saute until golden brown.

3. Add the sweetener, peanut butter and soya sauce to the pan and stir. This is were you may need to add some water.

4. Now add the rest of the ingredients to the pan (except the garnish) and cook until the they have heated through (about 5 to 10 minutes). Ensure all the ingredients are coated in the sauce.

4. Garnish with coriander and sesame seeds.

 

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Better then take away!! After having a long day… I often feel like I need to pig out! This meal can be made in around 20 minutes and is worth every second! Unlike the very often underwhelming take away…this meal leaves you feeling happy and wanting more… To be truthful, it was a struggle to restrain myself not to eat the portion I had left for my lunch for the next day!

So….get to your ‘flocking’ kitchen and try this recipe. Let me know how the recipe works for you…I would love to see any photos. You can send these to me via facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The direct links are on my main page 🙂

Sweet Potato and Beetroot Flan…A Sweet Beet Treat!!!

Sweet potato and Beetroot Flan

Ingredients

  • 4 x Tsp of Agar Agar
  • 3 x Peeled sweet potatoes (1 x extra sweet potato if you would like to add the sweet potato flower)
  • 1 x Half a cup of soya milk
  • 1 x Quarter of a cup of soya cream
  • 1 x Tsp salt
  • 2 x Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 x Heaped tbsp of fennel seeds
  • 1 x Tsp pepper
  • 1 x Tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 x Tbsp of vegan gravy granules
  • 1 x Large onion diced
  • 2 x 250g Packs of precooked beetroot, cut into chunks
  • Garnish with coriander leaves

Directions

  1. Slice the peeled sweet potato and boil for 5 minutes until partially cooked. Then drain the water, add a pinch of salt and place the potato slices in a silicone tray. Microwaved the sweet potato to help dry them and stick them together.
  2. Place the sweet potato in the oven on 225 degrees and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large pan brown the diced onion and then add the garlic.
  4. Add the fennel seeds, soya cream, soya milk, pepper, salt, cider vinegar and gravy granules and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Now ad the beetroot, being sure to cut off any hard pieced of root.
  6. Blitz the mixture with a hand blender.
  7. Now add the agar agar and allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes. This allows the Agar Agar to dissolve properly.
  8. Get the sweet potatoes out of the oven and pour over the beetroot mixture. Place in the fridge and allow it to set for around 1 hour.
  9. For an added touch of beauty mash a sweet potato and cut a flower shape into it using a mold. Add this to the top of the flan and decorate it with coriander leaves.

 

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Hummus Dib Dab!!! (Well it is international hummus day after all)

Hummus and Dukkah style dip dab

Ingredients

  • 2 x Tins of chickpeas
  • 3 x Tsp of Tahini or smooth peanut butter
  • 1 x Avocado
  • 1 x crushed garlic clove
  • 1 x Tsp cider vinigar
  • 2 x Tbsp soya milk
  • 1 x Tsp salt
  • 5 x Tbsp sesame coated caramel peanuts
  • 2 x Tbsp of coriander seeds
  • 2 x Tbsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 x Pinch of Cayenne
  • Pomegranate jewels
  • fresh coriander

Directions

1. Place the chickpeas, avocado, tahini, garlic, salt, cider vingar and soya milk in a large bowl and blitz with a hand blender.

2. Place the hummus in a presentable bowl and make a well in the middle for the dukka dib dab to go.

3. In a pestle and mortar crush the sesame coated peanuts, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

4. In a pan toast the nuts and seeds. Be careful not to burn the mixture.

5.  Now place the dib dab in the hummus well.

6. Serve with toasted pitta bread and garnish with pomegranate jewels and fresh coriander…. Simply delicious 🙂

Rhyme time –

Hail hummus…the king of all dips

A place for you to dunk your chips.

A dukkah style dib dab that packs a punch

Its sure to cause envy if in your packed lunch.

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Stuffing Good Stew and Dumplings

Mediterranean stew and stuffing dumplings

Ingredients

  • 2 x Tins of chopped tomatoes with herbs
  • 2 x Leeks (chopped)
  • 3 x Cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 x Heaped tbsp of capers
  • 4 x Gherkins (chopped)
  • 15x Black olives
  • 2 x Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 x Tbsp liquid seasoning or a crumbled vegetable stock cube
  • 1 x Tbsp sweetener or sugar
  • 1 x Tin of butter beans
  • 1 1/2 x Cup of chopped peppers
  • 1 x Pack of stuffing
  • 1 x Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Fry Light spray
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Cook the leeks in a frying pan with some Fry Light spray for around 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and liquid seasoning to the pan and stir. Cook for around 5 minutes.
  4. Place the tinned tomatoes in a large oven proof bowl and blitz with a hand blender until they turn into juice.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients  (except the stuffing), to the tomatoes and stir.
  6. Place the lid on the oven proof dish and cook the stew in the oven.
  7. Whilst the stew is cooking make the stuffing mixture (as directed on the packet).
  8. Once the stuffing has cooled enough, roll it into balls.
  9. Place the balls on a baking tray and cook for about 25 minutes at 225°c.
  10. When the balls have cooked and turned a crispy, add them to the stew and cook for a further 30/35 minutes.

 

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The story behind the stew… Whilst on holiday in Tenerife last year, as you can imagine it wasn’t that easy to find places to eat as a vegan. I managed to find a restaurant that had one vegan meal… a tropical avocado salad. Looking forward to the avocado element of the salad, I sat waiting with excitement (that I might eat that day). However I was to experience great disappointment when the food finally appeared at the table because there was no avocado…I asked the waiter who informed me avocados were not in season at that time?? I thought…Ridiculous…and looking back… why they didn’t tell me when I ordered? I will never know! But the silver lining to this tale was that after this experience Barry and I managed to find a real beauty of a veggie restaurant (which also understood vegans) and we ate there for the rest of the week. I Can’t for the life of me remember the name of this little gem. I have tried to find it on Trip Advisor, but with no luck…but the food was lovely! One dish they made for me was polenta with a tomato sauce. The tomato sauce was amazing and the ingredient that made it stand out from other tomato sauces was the capers!! This is where the inspiration for the stew sauce came from…The stuffing dumplings was an idea I thought of when roaming through the cupboard and realised I had a packet of stuffing that needed to be used left over from Christmas! Rather then do stuffing with a Sunday roast I chose to do something different…hence the Mediterranean stew with stuffing dumplings.
So my fellow Vegan flockers… Get to the kitchen and get those balls cooking!! Flock this way and follow me on Instagram @flower_bird_and_dock, Facebook @flowerbirdanddock or on Twitter @Flowerbirdndock.

 

 

Dahl…icious Lentils!

Lentil Dahl, serving 3 or 4 people

Ingredients

(Just a quick note…my tablespoon measurements are large…so heap those bad boys!!)

  • 1 1/2 cups x Red split lentils (I soaked mine for 6 hours, to help them break down, however just follow the instructions on the bag)
  • 1 x Large onion (diced)
  • 3 x Garlic cloves (Finely chopped)
  • 2 x Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 x Red chilli (cut in half)
  • 1 x Tsp Finely grated fresh ginger
  • 4 x Cardamom pods
  • 1 x Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 x Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 x Tsp turmeric
  • 1 x Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 x cups home made stock
  • 3/4 x Cup of Alpro soya milk
  • Salt to season

Instructions

  1. Place the diced onion into a frying pan with some Fry Light spray. Cook on a medium heat for around 10 minutes (until golden brown).
  2. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger to the onions. Allow to cook but keep stirring to ensure it doesn’t burn or stick to the pan.
  3. Bash the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar (they don’t have to be ground to a powder, its just to let the flavours out).
  4. Add the coriander seeds, cardamon pods, turmeric, cayenne pepper and the tomato paste. Keep stirring the pot.
  5. Now add the lentils and 1 cup of stock. Allow the stock to simmer and reduce. Once it has reduced add the remaining stock.
  6. Add the Alpro milk a bit at a time and allow to reduce. The milk makes the Dahl creamy but is a lower calorie option.
  7. Add salt to your desired taste.
  8. Cook the lentils until soft. This was around 30/40 minutes.

 

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I served this beautiful lentil dahl with sweet potato and parsnip sliced chips…I enjoyed using the sliced chips to scoop up the dahl… like a little edible spoon (yummy). You could serve it on its own, with rice or a roti…any of these would work, however I was trying to be healthy (on this occasion). To make the sliced chips I simply part cooked the sliced potato/parsnips in boiling water and then drained the water and oven cooked them with some fry light spray and some salt. Easy-peesy!

One thing I love about the internet is the inspiration you can give to others…but also what you can learnfrom it yourself… especially when cooking. On this occasion I was browsing Instagram (@flower_bird_and-dock) and came across a nice looking lentil dahl, created by @crueltyfreeromy…she very kindly sent me across her recipe. I used her recipe to inspire my own…I changed it and added things to it to make it my own. It really is a tasty treat and I would highly recommend people try it…even tweek it (or twerk it) to your own taste buds! Now get yourself to the flocking kitchen and get cooking. Hope you enjoy!

This Dahl got the seal of approval from my boyfriend…who is a self confessed curry connoisseur (and he eats meat)…so I reckon if he loves it…then you will too! So why don’t you add this to your menu my little Petals. Enjoy and share your inspiring food recipes 🙂

Lean… Mean…Green Machine Soup

Green machine soup

Serves 2/3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 x leek
  • half a celeriac
  • 2 giant handfuls of spinach  (half a large bag)
  • 1 x cup of home made stock + more to get to your desired consistency
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 x large garlic cloves
  • Fry light spray

Instruction

  1. To make your own home made stock…simply save all your vegetable peelings (onion skin, garlic, potato skin, carrot peelings etc). Put them in a pan with salt and cover with boiling water. Boil for 30 minutes. Drain the liquid into a container. This can be frozen and saved for all types of recipes.
  2. Rinse of the leek, celeriac and the spinach.
  3. Peel the celeriac and then roughly chopped it into cubes.
  4. Cook the celeriac in boiling water on a medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  5. Chop the leeks and put them into the pan with some fry light spray.
  6. Cook them on a medium heat and allow them to sweat.
  7. Finley chop the garlic and add to the leeks. Keep stirring the mix so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  8. Add the handfuls of spinach to the leek mixture and allow to wilt.
  9. Once the celeriac is cooked, drain the water and combine the mixtures into a deep pan.
  10. Add as much stock as you require (people like there soup in different thickness) and blend.
  11. Add the salt and pepper.
  12. For added vanity…add a swirl of alpro plain vegan yogurt and some parsley sprinklings.

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This is the easiest recipe that you will ever made…If you can’t get hold of celeriac you can use a couple of potatoes in its place and it will work just the same. Through the working week I usually eat as healthy as possible but I also want to be full… This little beauty ticks all the boxes… You might get some funny looks from people because of its Hulk green color…but I know I have the last laugh because its ‘flocking’ good!! Why not give it a try 🙂