Carrot, chickpeas and cumin filled pittas

Ingredients

 

  • 3 x Spring onions, chopped
  • 6 x Carrots (organic are sweeter)
  • 1 x Large Orange
  • 1 x Tin of chickpeas (400g net weight)
  • 1 x Tsp of star anise powder
  • 1 x Tsp of black onion seeds
  • 2 x Heaped tbsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 x Tsp of corn flour
  • 1 x Stock cube
  • 1 x Tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 x Tsp of sweetener or sugar
  • Salt
  • Pitta breads
  • Optional garnish – fresh chilli and coriander

 

Directions

 

1. Peel and chop the carrots (about the same width as a pound coin, this way they cook quicker).
2. Place the carrots in a pan and squeeze all the juice from the orange over the carrots.
3. Push the carrots to one side of the pan. Now place the corn flour into the juice and mix it in until the flour dissolves. This will help thicken the juice.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients excluding the pitta bread and garnish into the pan.
5. Place the lid on the pan and allow to cook on a medium heat until the carrots are soft or al dente.
6. Toast the pitta bread and fill it with the carrot and chickpea mixture.
7. I added coriander and fresh chopped chilli to look good…but also popped them in the pitta’s for an extra boost of heat and flavour.

 

 

This is healthy, cheap, quick and tasty…you couldn’t ask for much more from a meal. Again like with all of my recipes…they are not concrete and you could do some experimenting yourself… add a different spice you like…try it with cous cous instead of pitta bread, have fun with your food. It’s all about being creative. If you do try any of my recipes I would love to hear from you and how it went. Happy flocking cooking people.

Flower Burger…. and Bop

Makes 8 burgers

Ingredients

  • 600g x Peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • 250g x Pre-cooked whole grain rice (one packet of the precooked rice)
  • 1 x Tin of chickpeas drained
  • 4 oz x Coconut powder
  • 8 oz x Walnuts
  • 2 x Tbsp of liquid seasoning
  • 1 x Tsp chilli powder
  • 2 x Tbsp of brown mustard seeds
  • 2 x Tbsp of cumin seeds
  • 2 x Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 x Tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 x Jar of sliced beetroot
  • 1 x Handful of fresh and chopped coriander
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Place the peeled and cubed sweet potato into a microwavable bowl with a tbsp of water. Cook in the microwave for 8 to 10 minutes until the potato is cooked.
  2. Place the coriander, cumin, fennel, and mustard seeds into a pan and toasts for a couple of minutes. Be sure to stir them regularly to avoid burning.
  3. Once the sweet potato has cooked place the packet of rice in the microwave to cook. Follow the cooking method on the packet for exact times.
  4. Whilst the rice is cooking, drain the chickpeas and cook the excess moisture off them in a pan. I cooked them for a couple of minutes.
  5. Now place all of the ingredients (except the beetroot) in the bowl and use a hand blender to blitz the ingredients into a paste. Due to the ingredients being quite dry and starchy they bind together perfectly.
  6. Now take a handful of the mixture and hand mould into a burger shape and then use a flower mould to cut the burgers into flower shapes.
  7. Place the burgers on tin foil and grill them for 10/15 minutes. Turn them when they start to go golden brown.
  8. Take a slice of beetroot and use a water bottle cap to cut perfect circles for the centre of the flower.
  9. Serve the Flower Burgers on a bread bun, with salad or next to chips. We actually ate ours with salad and melted some cheese and sweet chilli sauce on ours which was very nice.

 

 

 

My friend Lisa is a feeder… it is impossible to leave her house without feeling stuffed. Prior to my visit to see them I said I will make some food for everyone…but bless her she could not go to the shop without buying 101 things to cater for a vegan guest. She messaged me a massive list of a wide variety of foods that she had bought and set me a challenge (like Ready Steady Cook) to cook something with the ingredients… Flower Burgers are what I created.

Now you are probably wondering why I called the burgers Flower Burger and Bop… It relates to the help I had in the kitchen at the time of preparation. My beautiful god daughter Emi (nickname Bop) helped with the stirring and eating of the ingredients as we were going along… So this is where I decided upon the name…. Flower Burger and Bop. It also quite nicely sounds like my blog name Flower Bird and Dock.

This is my little helper Bop…

 

 

These burgers got a thumbs up all around and tasted equally as impressive as they look. So why not impress your friends with these fancy flower burgers.

Homemade Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 x Large diced onion
  • 2 x Large garlic cloves
  • 4 x Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 x Tins of butter beans
  • 1 x Tsp Cider vinegar
  • 2 x Heaped tbsp sumac
  • 1 x Heaped tsp of sugar or sweetener
  • 1 x Tbsp of paprika
  • The juice of half a lime
  • Salt
  • Half a chilli
  • Fry light

Directions

  1. In a large pan cook the diced onions in the Fry light spray, on a medium heat for around 5/10 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic and chilli to the onions and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Now add the rest of the ingredients and cook for around 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. If the mixture starts to dry you can add a little water and mix.
  5. The beans can be served with a jacket potato on toast or with salad.

 

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A couple of months back Barry and I walked from St Bee’s to Robin hoods bay whilst doing the Coast to Coast. It was an incredible 2 week adventure, we climbed loads of mountains, met some interesting people and camped along the route. The only thing we had to worry about was where we were pitching our tent, getting lost and where our next meals was coming from. This is where the inspiration for this recipe came from…whilst on this amazing adventure I would often end up eating cold baked beans straight out of the tin for breakfast. So after eating Heinz for 2 weeks I decided to make my own version… homemade baked beans. Enjoy.

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