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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Quick one today….(and sorry for the lack of photo)

Cut up your watermelon into cubes and place in a bowl. Try to avoid seeds if you can.

Sprinkle some feta (the crumbly kind, not the smooth kind) on top of your watermelon. Then drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on the top.

Mix it all together.

All done. It’s a really healthy and tasty salad. Perfect for summer as well.

Enjoy x

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Quesadillas

Quesadillas

Yummy, yummy! One of the greatest combinations of cheese and carbs out there! lol.

Dead simple too. In a bowl mix the grated cheese of your choice (I chose Edam in this case) with some chopped coriander and chillies. Season with salt and pepper and mix all together. Spread mixture onto a tortilla, splash a little olive oil, and top with other tortilla. Grill on a pan, until outside is browned and insides are gooey.

Eat with a little salsa, guacamole, or just as is. Enjoy! x


Seafood Pasta

So this is mildly (and I stress mildly) based on bouillabaisse. Mainly because there is seafood and the tomato sauce has lots of alcohol in it. Pernod would be traditional but I don’t have any of that so vodka it is instead. I also don’t have any fennel. So really not that much like a bouillabaisse at all!

Seafood Marinade

Cut chunks of monkfish (or any firm white fish) and add into a bowl along with some cleaned prawns (per person maybe 2-3). Into the bowl add a splash of vodka, grated garlic and lemon peel, salt, pepper, and some thyme and rosemary seasoning. Along with that add a few strands of saffron that have been sitting in a little bit of warmed water. Also add the water. Mix it all together and let it sit.

Tomato Sauce

On a low heat, add a chunk of butter to a pan. Let it melt slowly. Into that butter add 2 cloves of roughly chopped garlic and chillies. Cook it gently then add in a tablespoon or so of flour to make the roux.  Stir quickly to remove lumps, then add a small tin of tomatoes. To that add a bit more vodka. Then add in one roughly chopped tomato. Season with salt and pepper and a little lemon peel. That is it. Cook gently so that it all breaks down and at the end add in some chopped basil. Remove to one side. Clean out your pan and put back onto the heat.

Putting it all together.

Boil your pasta in another pot.

Into your pan, add the prawns and monkfish. Cook 2/3 the way through. Start the prawns first, as they take longer. Once 2/3 cooked, add the sauce back into the pan and finish the seafood off through a gentle simmer. Do not over-cook, this will only take max. one minute. Especially as the seafood will continue to cook in residual heat and you don’t want over-cooked fish.

Once the pasta is cooked combine into the sauce. Stir it all together and then place as much as you want onto a plate. Sprinkle on a little more pepper and enjoy! x


(Feel better) Spicy Paneer

Its been a bit of a week! Lots of things happening but the real tragedy (well maybe not tragedy) has been that AC pipes above my bathroom are blocked and decided to start leaking. So I have a wet bathroom and soggy ceiling 😦 The AC repairmen have been doing their bestest, but this is Dubai… its really not good enough and for three days now with a combined 12 hours of work (plus whatever they have done today) still no good. In fact the leak is worse. Sigh.

So I get home from work yesterday and after spending a fair bit of time disinfecting my bathroom, all I want is a nice dinner and then straight to bed. Start cutting up my paneer and veggies… all well… turn the gas on to heat my pan… all well. Or is it? Nope, my gas is not working (it was in the morning). Fine, fiddle around a bit, turn a few switches on and off… it starts to work. Yay! Then… my alarm starts shrieking (gas alarm, smoke alarm..? no clue but its loud!) So I switch my gas off. Now, how do I cook? Well I decide to order pizza. Apparently they won’t deliver unless I buy more than I want. Bearing in mind that I have been up since 5:20am and am exhausted this all SUCKED. Fine… a few more switches, prayers, etc. I get it all sorted. So I got to make my paneer, after all. Now my fridge doesn’t work… siiigh. Anyways onto the recipe 😀

Spicy Paneer

Chuck the paneer cubes into a pan. No oil. Nada. You want to dry-fry the paneer. Add in the red peppers (which have been julienned) into pan so they also grill / blacken. Then add in some chopped chili, mushrooms and grated ginger + garlic. Now judiciously throw in some garam masala, lemon salt, lemon juice, salt and chili powder. Done and Eat.

This is usually just a really easy to make and light dinner. But the added effect is after a horrible day you get a nice healthy, spicy, heart-warming plate of paneer that only took about 10 mins in all to cook (well if you ignore all of my drama in between!). In any case it made me feel a little bit better! Could also make skewers and BBQ this! Enjoy x


Spicy sesame beef in lettuce cups

Why lettuce cups? Well, because… healthy and no washing up = winner to me! Also, they look sooo pretty!! Even prettier to use a red lettuce.

Spicy Sesame Beef

Get some beef, I bought tenderloin. Now for the FUN part… if you have any stress in your life, douchebag ex or boss etc, this is for you. Stick the chunk of beef into a ziplock bag and bash the hell out of it (or at least until its about a cm thick). Then cut the beef into strips and marinate in a bowl with grated ginger, red chili, toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, sushi vinegar, and a little lime. Only need to marinate for about 10-15 mins.

Cucumber salad

While the beef marinates, dice cucumbers finely and toss together with coriander, ginger, and lime juice. Season with salt.

Back to the beef…

Stir-fry your steak, I cook for about 3-4 mins. The pan needs to be really hot so that the meat browns quickly and the sauce gets sticky.

Lettuce cups!

Then make your “cups.” Take a lettuce leaf and into the middle spoon in some of the cucumber mixture. Top with the seared beef, and a little more cucumber salad.

Sit back, possibly with a beer or some white tea with ginger, reflect on how “good” you’re being and enjoy! x


Garlic chicken with coriander and rice

Chicken

Cut chicken, red and green peppers and mushrooms. Cube the chicken and peppers, leave the mushrooms whole. Place into bowl with a little garlic, olive oil, lemon, pepper and salt. In a blender add coriander, chillies, more garlic, salt, olive oil, lemon, and a little peanut butter… blend. The texture should be liquid-y / runny but with “bits.” Pour this mixture over the chicken and veggies. Mix in well. Marinate for as long or as little as you want. I marinate for about an hour.

Boil the rice.

Rice

Okay so rice is super easy to make and basically all you have to do is make as much as you want. Not that making rice is particularly time-consuming but I save time by rinsing my rice in a sieve and I don’t bother measuring the amount of water I put in the pot. Instead, I fill the pot with water and once the rice is cooked I strain it back through a sieve. Place cooked rice into a dish and mix together with some salt, olive oil and tabasco. Plate up.

Back to the chicken

Grill and serve over rice.


Almond Soup / White Gazpacho

Lunch today: Almond Soup; all the Clasico coverage has inspired me for some Spanish food!

Almond Soup

First toast blanched almonds and then throw in a handful of almonds into the blender; blend until a fine dust. Add in some lightly roasted garlic and a few cubes of white bread (maybe a little parsley or some green chillies – I prefer the chillies) and keep blending! Then add in some water to form a watery paste.

Transfer the mixture to a stove and add more water and some cream (so that thickness is to your taste). Heat up mixture,  stir and season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and a dash of sherry vinegar (I don’t have any vinegar (other than balsamic) so am using Tabasco and a dash of lemon instead for the acidity). Finish in one of two ways:

1. Fry off some small bread cubes with garlic until everything is golden. Add some salt, pepper, chilli and lemon and sprinkle over soup; or

2. A crouton topped with gremolata (parsley, garlic, and lemon zest)

(Make this a White Gazpacho Soup by serving chilled and adding some diced cucumber. But, its winter… who wants cold soup?!)