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Sunday, 17 May 2015

AROMATIC SPICED MEATBALLS

Ottolenghi meatballs
Meatballs infused with a cocktail of Eastern spices. These were so aromatic, delighting all the senses - just as everything Ottolenghi does.
Transforming beef and lamb mince into a flavour sensation far removed from most other burgers and meatballs. You can always turn them into burgers if you prefer! If you are looking for something different and have an hour to spare, you won't be disappointed. The dish is not difficult to make at all and came from Ottolenghi's 'Jerusalem' recipe book. It would make a fantastic sharing platter with friends.
The main spice for the meatballs was Baharat, which you can make yourself (plenty of online recipes) or buy ready made. We made enough spice for a few meals and will probably use it next time to experiment with fish.
We served our meatballs with Orzo - small pieces of pasts which look like rice and a few chunks of toasted ciabatta to help mop up the wonderful lemony juices. We also added a few sliced asparagus spears at the end of cooking which added a nice crunchy texture to the dish.
Here's a link to the Ottolenghi recipe
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Monday, 11 May 2015

QUICK & EASY DHANSAK CURRY RECIPE

HOMEMADE PRAWN DHANSAK CURRY
One of our favourite takeaway meals is a dhansak curry. Today we decided to have a go at making it for the first time. The result was a very fresh tasting spicy curry that tasted… very similar to our    takeaway.
Curries and weightloss - they do mix.
We love the simplicity of this recipe without the need to use a million different ingredients to achieve a satisfying meal. The beauty of this curry sauce is that you can make it and add whatever protein or vegetable you like to it. 
We chose king prawns as a treat. You can stir in some fresh spinach at the end too if you like. Obviously using lentils gives it a healthy twist - and not only that it's a tasty way to eat them! The calories were good too - this dish worked out (excluding rice) at around 350 calories. Who would have thought that curry was this low in calories! Here's how we made it:

Saturday, 9 May 2015

EGG RAVIOLO (whole egg yolk inside)

EGG RAVIOLO contains a whole soft egg yolk inside the pasta. If cooked for the right amount of time the egg yolk will be runny. It's very more-ish especially when served with fresh seasonal asparagus.
Making pasta isn't that difficult but we think you'll need a pasta roller to achieve the very thin pasta required. We tried rolling it out by hand once and never did it again. You could try bought pasta sheets, but they should be pliable enough to seal totally to stop the egg escaping.
Our recipe serves two - making two raviolos per person, which is quite filling and would make a light meal at around 450 calories per serving.
This is one of our more technical dishes but worth the effort. There's nothing quite like your own fresh pasta if you can make it. We're only amateur cooks who like to try out different dishes and techniques. Here's the recipe:
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