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 🙂

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 🙂

Sloppy Joe’s

Carrot sloppy Joe’s

Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 carrots
  • 1 x large onion
  • 3 x garlic cloves
  • 4 x heaped tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 x tin of kidney beans
  • Plenty of salt and pepper
  • 1 x half a lime
  • 2 x tsp of balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. In a pan cook the diced onions in some fry light spray.
2. Add the finley chopped garlic to the onions and cook on a medium heat until golden brown. Stiring occasionally to avoid sticking.
3. Grate the carrots (I cheated and did mine in the food processor).
4. Add the carrots and the kidney beans to the onions.
5. Add a squeeze of the lime juice.
6. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to cook for a 5 minutes, until the carrots are cooked.

When it comes to the salt and pepper…I like quite a lot. But the best policy is to add a little bit at a time and taste, until it suits you 🙂

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Sloppy Joe!!

The original sloppy Joe is made with mince meat and named after a man named Joe from Iowa, according to Google (this must mean it is true). However my version is a lot healthier and made with carrots. I have decided to dedicate this one to the best Joe in the world…my dad! I love this recipe… It’s so simple to make and hardly cost anything. When your cupboards are bare…you have usually got the ingredients to rustle up this delightful little dish… hope you enjoy… share the foodspiration guys 🙂

Bread and butter pudding…With a mothers day twist

Savory Bread and Butter pudding

Serving me, my mother and a few others

Ingredients

  • 1 x Loaf of bread
  • 1 x Pot of red pepper hummus
  • 1 x Jar of sun blushed tomatoes
  • 1 x Handful of fresh basil
  • Flour
  • Soya milk
  • 1 x Tbsp soya butter
  • 1 x Tub of herb cream cheese (I used Violife)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

1. Spread the hummus onto the bread and cut into quarters. Repeat this until you have enough to fill your oven proof dish. (For added love to the dish, I chose to cut out some heart shapes using a template. I put tomato paste on the middle heart and hummus on the others.)
2. Once the bread is in the dish, drain the sun blushed tomatoes from the oil. Now cut them into small pieces.
3. Place the sun blushed tomatoes in between each piece of bread along with some torn up basil leaves.
4. Scatter any remaining tomatoes over the top.
5. Now prepare a ‘cream cheese’ bechamel sauce. Melt a tbsp spoonful of ‘butter’ in a pan on medium heat.
6. Now add 1 or 2 tbsp of flour and stir, until the mix binds together, making a clumpy, doughy consistency.
7. Now slowly add small amounts of the milk, a little at a time and stir continuously.
As you keep adding the milk and stirring it whilst on the heat, it will start to form a thick sauce.
8. Now add the tub of cream cheese and melt it into your sauce.
9. Add salt and pepper.
10. Now pour the sauce over the bread and place it into the oven at 180°c and cook for around 35 minutes. But just keep checking on it. You want it to look golden brown.
11. Once it is cooked, serve with a salad of your choice. I made caramelised onions and avocado salad stacks.

 

My Mum…also know as Mother 🙂

When I think of my mum, lots of things come to mind…Tales which will help you to build a picture of who she is to me…When I was little and she was getting ready to go out (usually with my fairy godmother, Teresa)…I would look up to her in awe, she always looked amazing, but could not and still can’t see it herself.

Even when she got married in her mustard and black polka dot dress, with a matching black hat…she still looked cool as hell!!…she can just pull the quirky look off!

I would beg her to let me go out with her. Obviously as a toddler it wouldn’t have been appropriate, but she would tell me ‘when you are old enough’. Sure enough…she is a woman of her word… Now I love going to the Northern soul doo’s with her and Teresa…I’ve still not perfected the dance moves though.

She is the hardest worker I know and the best person in her line of work. I know no one who is as good at enabling people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible…she is a great teacher too… in a weird coincidence, my final year placement tutor was a student taught by my mum. She told me that my mum was her biggest inspiration in leading her into a career working with people with disabilities. If that isn’t a compliment, I don’t know what is!!

I loved Christmas time as a child, when mum, Nathan and I would spend hours playing sonic the hedgehog…One time we even slept downstairs, pulling an all nighter to defeat Dr Robotnic.

She has also put me in some funny predicaments…she is an avid Manchester United fan and says Eric Cantona is her god! One day we went to Old Trafford for a mooch around. They were re-turfing at the time (Yes mum, if you are reading this you remember the story). Mum says to me…’get a bit of that turf’, so me being non the wiser…slid my foot under the fence and scraped a bit of the mud out with my foot. When I turned around, my mum and brother were walking/jogging away from me. I was chasing them shouting ‘I’ve got some’…Nathan was saying ‘drop it, drop it’..mum saying ‘no don’t’. There was lots of work men stood laughing at me…probably because I looked far from inconspicuous…as I was wearing a large united bobble hat that was bouncing around as I chased them down the road. We still have that turf in a pot in the garden.

As you can see my mum is an amazing, crazy and unique person and I love every bit of her. So as a tribute to this fabulous woman. I created this new and exclusive savory, hummus, sun blushed tomato, bread and butter pudding with a avocado and caramelised onion salad . One of my mum’s favorite desserts is the traditional bread and butter pudding… However this one has a savory twist.

It’s not hard to make… So why don’t you give it a go!