A Chilli & Garlic Red Sauce For Ravioli

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I love pasta and find that making your own pasta sauce is very comforting.  You can add extra vegetables or make it spicy and vary it each time depending upon the type of pasta you are using.

My recent pasta dish allowed me to explore the simplicity of the red sauce.  All I wanted was a strong garlic and chilli hit to accompany some spinach and ricotta ravioli I had.  Which we polished off with a nice crisp glass of white wine.  A perfect sauce for ravioli..not too much going on in the sauce, just enough to add and bring out the flavours of the ravioli

I think I’m going to go and make some more! Ummmm…Have a relaxing weekend friends!, Enjoy…Much love, D x

INGREDIENTS

4 garlic cloves crushed
500g crushed tomato passata
Salt to taste
1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
1 large chilli chopped

METHOD

Heat the olive oil along with the crushed garlic and chilli on a low heat for 5 to 7minutes, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn

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Slowly pour in the tomato passata, season with the salt and leave to simmer on a low heat still

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I cover the saucepan and leave the sauce to cook through for at least 20 to 30 minutes.  If it gets to thick then add a little water to thin in down

Serve the sauce drizzled over a ravioli of your choice

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Taking some over to the weekly party over @ The Novice Gardener

Shahi potato curry

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The Potato curry is a much loved dish in Indian food. The usual Bombay potatoes always appears on an Indian menu.
I thought I would make this curry tangy and spicy, with the warmth of ginger that comes through with every mouthful. The aromatic Shahi masala transforms this potato curry with its blend of cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, mace and star anise to name but a few, into a stunning and original new potato curry ~ Enjoy x

INGREDIENTS

15 new baby potatoes
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
1 inch piece of ginger peeled
1 small green chilli
1 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves
pinch of asafoetida
200g tomato passata/crushed tomato
1 level tsp salt
1 heaped tsp shahi masala
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground cumin & coriander powder
pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp sugar
A little water

METHOD

1. Parboil the potatoes until slightly tender, should take about 10-12 minutes. Drain and crush potatoes a little and set aside

2. Grind the onion, ginger, garlic and chilli in a food processor to a paste consistency

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan with the mustard, cumin seeds, cloves and asafoetida. Once seeds start to pop mix in the onion paste. Throw in the salt this will stop the paste from catching. Reduce to a low flame and cook for 2 minutes

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4. Sprinkle in the rest of the dry seasoning, cook and cover for a further 5 minutes.

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Pour in the tomato passata and stir in sugar, to take the edge off the acidity from the passata. Bring to a boil and reduce to the lowest flame, cover and cook for a further 5 minutes

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5. At this point you may need to add a little water to loosen out the sauce. Combine the par boiled potatoes into the sauce and gently combine, avoiding breaking the potatoes. You may wish to crush them a little further to ensure better infusion of flavours

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6. Cook curry covered on a low flame for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Once done serve with buttered pitta bread

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Spicy Spinach & Cheese Omelette

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How lovely is it that the tables have turned and you are able to cook for your parents now. It was so lovely when my mum came to spend time with me last Friday and requested me to make her a spicy spinach and cheese omelette! She loves loves chilli, don’t know where I  get that from? 😉

So to heat up the flavours, I decided to shallow fry off the 2 chillies in the oil base.  This way the oil started to infuse the spicy heat and this then transferred itself to the whole yummy omelette!  Such a simple and tasty dish yet so satisfying.  Mum was happy and so was I!
Here’s to more foodie requests from our families for us to make for them!

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded spinach
1/3 cup grated mature cheddar cheese
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 tbsp milk
Salt to taste
1/3 tsp ground cumin powder
Pinch of turmeric powder
1 tbsp olive oil

METHOD

Heat the oil in a non stick frying pan on a low heat. Beat the eggs and milk with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well

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Pour into the frying pan and still on a low heat let it set. Once set, place a lid or plate onto the pan so that the top of the omelette cooks in its own steam

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Wait a few minutes, making sure all of it is cooked through

Serve with some buttered toast and savour the spiciness!

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A Warm Summer Salad

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I do like my reddy pink radishes hot and peppery and when I saw these gorgeous jewels placed in a bunch amongst the greenest of leaves, I just had to buy them!

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With it these adorable boiled pearl potatoes, fresh spring onions and salty halloumi cheese. A peri peri lemon olive oil dressing to bring all the flavours together, to add a certain zinginess that brings this summer salad alive!

One of my favorite meals and I really hope all of you enjoy it too! Have an exciting day! Much love, D x

INGREDIENTS

500g pearl potatoes
Bunch of radishes
Halloumi cheese block
4 spring onions sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
6 tbsp olive oil
1 heaped tsp peri peri spice mix
Salt to taste
1 garlic clove minced

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METHOD

Boil the pearl potatoes with skin on for 12 to 15 minutes until they are tender and soft. Drain and set aside

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Cut the halloumi cheese into thin slices and place in a hot non stick frying pan with a little olive oil. Keep on a medium heat and brown off on both sides. Be careful as the moisture from the cheese will spit when cooking

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Meanwhile roughly chop the radishes and spring onions

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In a jug or small bowl. Add the lemon juice to the olive oil for the dressing. Season with salt. I used about 1 teaspoon and stir in the peri peri spice plus the minced garlic

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Now to combine. Put all the salad components into a large saucepan, drench in the dressing and toss to ensure all is covered in the dressing

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Ready to serve….

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Roasted Radishes In A Brown Butter Sauce

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I like radishes being sprinkled with salt and then being dipped in a little butter. I once saw them being served in this way on a cooking programme. Then yesterday, I had this thought in my mind as to roasting them. I’ve never roasted radishes before, but after doing so realised they make a wonderful side dish.

What makes this dish, is the brown butter sauce that seeps into the white pores of the radishes and is released gently when bitten into. I know I will be making these again for sure. Especially on Sunday’s with our veggie roast!

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Such a great colour, comforting warm taste and butter!…just love it! Watch out for my Fab 4 tomorrow…I’m so excited!!!
Have a beautiful day, Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch of red radishes
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
2 thin slabs of unsalted butter
Dried coriander leaves

METHOD

• Preheat the oven to 190°c. Chop the green tops off the radishes and slice thickly lengthwise

• Place in a lined baking tray, sprinkle some salt and massage in the olive oil

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• Roast for 20-25 minutes until radishes are tender

• Meanwhile in a thick skillet pan, melt the butter on a low heat and stir

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The butter will start foaming

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Brown speckles will appear quite quickly, once you see this the butter is ready. Take off the heat and set aside

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• Once the radishes are roasted, place in a serving bowl. Pour over the brown butter sauce and delicately flutter dried coriander leaves on top to garnish

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Gujarati Khandvi With Baby Spinach

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This is one of my favourite traditional dishes of the region of Gujarat in India. Gram flour and fresh yoghurt based pasta sheets, rolled into tasty little delights. This is the second time I have made them and normally coriander is used as a garnish but I wanted to change it up a bit as I do! I found some crisp fresh baby spinach, shredded it and garnished the khandvi along with coconut

Have a look Tangy rolls of khandvi with baby spinach

Try them out and let me know how you like them..Have a gorgeous weekend friends! Much love, D x

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Fiery Ginger Chickpeas

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Healthy, filling and tasty! What more do we want? I normally prefer the white chickpea but recently have taken to the dark brown variety. My husband loves them, so they were perfect to make as a side to the lentil dal and rice I had made yesterday for dinner. I had to spice them up obviously! As I do! But this time the real warmth and heat comes from the ginger. It adds an edge to them and makes them so moreish!

Give them a go friends and let me know what you think…Have a fantastic day, see you soon, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

1 tin dark brown chickpeas
1 tsp sunflower oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
1/2 tsp piri piri mix or smoked paprika
1 tsp ground coriander powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup tomato passata
Pinch of dark brown sugar

METHOD

In a small saucepan, heat the oil in a medium heat with the cumin seeds, piri piri or paprika, stir in the ginger along with the tomato passata

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Season with the salt and coriander powder, set to a low heat and simmer for 10 minutes

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Garnish with some fresh coriander and serve with chapati or naan bread

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Cheese, Cauliflower & Broccoli Patties

Give these a go…When you want to snack on something! Great for a picnic too!
Enjoy friends, much love D x

Shivaay Delights

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So I went food shopping yesterday and I saw a packet of freshly prepared broccoli and cauliflower florets! So vibrant in colour that it set my mind off to what I was to make with it when I got home. So the packet found its way into my trolley and soon after into my kitchen.

The idea that I had, was to make these cauliflower, broccoli and cheese patties. So once I put all the shopping away I started on the task at hand. These crispy and tasty patties were created. Easy, fun and simple…give them a go and let me know what you think. Have a tremendous Thursday! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower florets half
Broccoli florets half
1 onion
2 to 3 cups self raising flour
1tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1/3 tsp garlic granules
1/3 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander and cumin powder
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Extreme Bite Size Brownies

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I love brownies and I’m always trying to experiment and get recipes developed so that we get extreme funky brownies to eat.  This time in a mini way,  I have made some bite sized chocolate brownies!  Bit like an extreme shot of chocolate as you would an espresso to kick start your day!  This bite size beauty will satisfy your craving and the naughtiness is distributed well.

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I still have lessened the amount of butter and sugar to make these a little more less guilt free.  I had a whole batch yesterday in a large tray, to make them thinner too.  I approached my kitchen this morning and half had already disappeared… Who IS the culprit? I will have to put my detective hat on and find out!!

Whilst I investigate, have a beautiful day, see you tomorrow friends, much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

150g unsalted butter melted
150g plain chocolate pieces
65g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
2 large eggs
130g soft dark brown sugar
50g chocolate chips

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c, grease a large rectangular baking tray and line with some grease proof paper

In a bowl, pour the melted hot butter onto the chocolate pieces and set aside so that the chocolate melts. Stir well and let the mixture cool down

Mix the eggs and sugar together until sugar has dissolved into the egg and is creamy

Pour in the chocolate mixture

Throw in the flour and cocoa and gently combine as not to overbeat and knock the air out and stir in the chocolate chips

Spread evenly into the tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top has set

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Leave completely to cool and then slice into mini squares

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