Coconut Vegetable Curry

Go Nuts for Coconuts…

As a mother of two, I am always finding ways to make haste in the kitchen. I am always on the quest for quick recipes, which are easy to make and equally tasty and nutritious. It’s hard to imagine but such recipes do exist!

Today’s recipe is a good way to introduce your little people to curry and vegetables. My boys adore this dish and will happily eat thirds too. It combines the warm earthiness of garam masala with the coastal flavours of coconut. What makes this recipe fuss free is that you can pretty much use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. My meat lovers, you could add chicken or fish or prawns to this dish, either way it’s lip smackingly delicious.

Ingredients: 16 Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves : 4

    One small cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
    Two potatoes, cut into bite size cubes
    Two carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
    One red capsicum, roughly sliced
    Handful of green beans, roughly chopped
    One cup of green peas
    One onion, finely sliced
    Two pods of garlic, finely chopped
    One thumb sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
    One heaped teaspoon of garam masala
    Half teaspoon of turmeric
    One medium size cinnamon stick
    One bay leaf
    800 ml of light coconut milk
    Salt to season
    Four tablespoons of vegetable oil

Heat oil in a saucepan. Add cinnamon stick, followed by onion, garlic and ginger. Cook until aromatic and onion is translucent.

Now add the vegetables and dry spices, except bay leaf. Mix well.

Add coconut milk, bay leaf and season with salt to taste. Simmer the curry on a medium flame for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Serve with steamed rice or savoury flatbread or simply eat it as a soup. So moorish, so tasty

Zucchini blossom Potato Gnocchi

Summer nights with summer delights…

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The beauty of summer is not just the clear blue, sun-kissed skies, but also the availability of fresh produce. I am so excited to see my local grocer stocked up with beautiful fruits and vegetables, one of my favourite summer vegetable is zucchini and its beautiful blossoms. Usually I stuff zucchini flowers with goats cheese (you can find the recipe here), but this time I round I decide to do something different with them – cook them in a pasta.

While my most favourite pasta is spaghetti, for this dish I decided to use potato gnocchi.  One day I will endeavour to make my own gnocchi, but during the week where the need for quick meals is paramount packaged gnocchi will do just fine. The best part about using gnocchi is that it takes only 3 – 4 minutes to cook and as a working woman you will know time is of the essence during mid-week cooking.

Ingredients:   11      Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2

  • One packet of potato gnocchi
  • Eight to ten baby zucchini
  • Eight to ten zucchini flowers
  • One teaspoon of dried red chilli flakes
  • Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
  • One red onion, finely sliced
  • Four to five pods of garlic, finely chopped
  • One dozen cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled goats cheese
  • Three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to season

Begin by separating the zucchini flowers from the zucchini stem and remove the pistil in the middle of the flower by carefully parting the petals and keep aside.

Heat three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Now add the sliced onion, chopped garlic and mint, cook until the onion mix is caramelised.

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Add sliced zucchini, along with the chilli flakes and cook until the zucchini is tender. While the zucchini is cooking bring water to a boil and add the gnocchi, cook it as per packet instructions.

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Once the gnocchi is cooked add it to the zucchini mix and give all the ingredients a good toss, coating the gnocchi with all those delicious flavours.

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Now add the sliced tomatoes and toss the ingredients, cook until the tomatoes are soft. Season with salt as per taste, but remember not to over salt as we will be adding the goats cheese later.

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Lastly add the zucchini blossoms and crumbled goats cheese, give the gnocchi a good stir and serve hot!

There you have it! A lip smackingly delicious mid-week meal all in 15 minutes.

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Cretan Omlette

One bite and you may find yourself in Greece…

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During my travels around Greece I was completely floored by the fresh ingredients, simple flavours and effortless cooking of the locals. The Mediterranean diet is definitely one to reckon with, principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of meat and meat products.

Today’s recipe comes from the island of Crete in Greece. I relished this beautiful dish almost everyday for brunch while I was in Crete. This beautiful omelette is a perfect dish for weekend brunches or mid week dinners, easy to make and so full of flavour – you may just be teleported to Greece with one bite.

Ingredients: 7   Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2

  • Six eggs
  • One zucchini, finely sliced
  • One onion, finely sliced
  • Two green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta or goats cheese
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to season

In a bowl whisk the eggs and keep aside.

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Heat olive oil in a non stick frying pan. Add the onions and green chillies and cook the onions until they are translucent. Now add the sliced zucchini and cook until soft.

Transfer the onion zucchini mix into the bowl with the beaten eggs and give the eggs a good whisk.

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Add the egg mixture back into the pan, rotate the pan in a circular motion to spread the eggs evenly. Lastly, add the crumbled feta or goats cheese.

Cook on a low to medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes until the omelette is cooked. I like my omelette a bit runny but you may choose to cook it through completely.

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If you are serving this omelette for brunch you can serve it with a side of some crusty bread and if you are serving it with dinner, a simple green salad will be a great accompaniment.

I hope you enjoy this dish, I find myself teleported to Greece just writing this recipe up for you.

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Chicken Schnitzel with Mash Potatoes and Roast Veggies

Mother in law’s speciality dish…

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Growing up in a Hindu household, I had never eaten meat. Even after moving to Australia I continued being a vegetarian – this was about to change. The first time I met my mother in law (my husband and I were newly dating), she had invited me for dinner and surprisingly my husband forgot to tell her I was then a pure vegetarian Anyway, I arrived at their house and as always was so hungry, I could hardly wait for dinner. When we get to the dinner table my mother in law said ‘I have made one of my specialities’, I couldn’t wait to find out what it was. Turns out it was Chicken Schnitzel with mash and roast veggies!  That day I couldn’t I tell her I was a vegetarian, it would just be so rude and clearly I could forget about making an impression.

So that day was the first time I ate chicken and now the only time I will eat it is if my mother in law makes her schnitzels. Given its one of my husbands favourite meals, I have learnt how to make this from my mother in law.

It is such a quick meal to make during the week, especially when you are longing for home cooked comfort food and missing your mother. Everyone has their own take on Schnitzels, I like to use free range chicken tenderloins, they are so lean and there is no fuss about trimming the fat or cutting them evenly. They come ready to use! 

Ingredients:  20   Cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 2

For the schnitzel

  • One pack of free range chicken tenderloins (usually has about 12 strips)
  • One cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • Two eggs, beaten
  • One cup of plain flour to dust
  • One teaspoon Italian herbs
  • One teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Salt to season
  •  Vegetable oil for shallow frying

For the mash potatoes

  • Four to five medium sized potatoes, peeled
  • Half cup skim milk
  • One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to season

For the roast veggies

  • One cup cauliflower florets
  • Four carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • One cup brussel sprouts, cut in halves
  • One cup squash, cut in cubes
  • One teaspoon rosemary leaves
  • Four to five pods of smashed garlic
  • Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to season

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Now place all the vegetables in the baking dish, add rosemary leaves and smashed garlic, drizzle with olive oil and toss them well. Roast in oven, turning them once for about 30 – 40 minutes,  until lightly crispy and golden. Remember you can use any vegetables available in your fridge, just be mindful of the cooking time.

To make the mash potatoes, cut the potatoes in cubes and boil them in salted water until completely tender. Drain potatoes well and return to the saucepan on low heat. Now roughly mash the potatoes, add milk and olive oil and mash the potatoes once again. Beat them with a wooden spoon until the mash is fluffy.

Lets prepare the schnitzel. Combine breadcrumbs, chilli flakes and Italian herbs in a bowl. Season with salt. Place flour in a bowl and whisk egg and milk together in another shallow bowl.

Coat the chicken tenderloin in flour first, followed by the egg mixture and finally cover with breadcrumbs. Do this for each piece of tenderloin until all are prepped and ready to fry.

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Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Cook chicken in batches for 4 to 5 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

To assemble place the potato mash on a plate first and top it up with the chicken tenderloin strips, add the side of roast vegetables and there you have it an easy, lip smackingly delicious meal.

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