Saturday, 1 November 2014


200ml rice,
400ml boiling water,
1/4 tsp salt,
1 tbsp groundnut oil,
30cm non stick lidded saute pan

Mix the salt and the water.
Heat the oil in the pan to a high heat.
Add the rice, which will turn translucent.
Fry the rice until it turns opaque.
Tip in the water, stir and put the lid on.
Turn down to lowest heat.
For electrics, move to a different ring.
Simmer for 13 minutes.
Check water has been absorbed (tip it, glass lid helps)
Take off the heat, fork rice over, wrap lid in clean tea towel, replace lid and leave for ten minutes.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

3 Grain, fennel and Apple salad with roasted fennel, braeburn apple and lemon and herb dressing

Today's salad for which I'm writing down the ingredients so I can make it at home:

Waitrose 3 Grain, fennel and Apple salad with roasted fennel, braeburn apple and lemon and herb dressing

200g pot
49% cooked grains: spelt, red rice and quinoa (100g / 3)
12% braeburn apple (24g)
12% fennel (24g)
sunflower oil
white wine vinegar
lemon juice
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds
garlic puree
fennel seeds
black pepper
star anise


  1. Roast and chop the fennel?
  2. Combine the fennel, apple, spelt, rice, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, spinach, chives, fennel seeds?
  3. Make a dressing with the vinegar, honey, lemon juice, garlic puree, basil, mint, star anise and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Nom it.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Sauce

2 cans of plum tomatoes
2 cans of chickpeas
100g tomato puree
3 onions
2 cloves garlic
1 green pepper
125g mushrooms
Olive oil
1tsp Mixed herbs
2 Bay leaves

Put oil and vegetables in large pots and heat while stirring frequently.
Add cans of tomatoes and chickpeas, mixed herbs and may leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Cook on medium to high for 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes. Keep checking the seasoning and whether its good and cooked.
With a stick blender or food processor blend it to a smooth sauce.
Let it cool and batch freeze it in takeaway containers. You can label them with masking tape and a pencil.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Chilli Mix No.3:

Chilli mix No.3:

2 tbsp Cumin powder
1 tbsp Coriander powder
1 tbsp hot chilli powder
1 tbsp Cayenne powder
1 tbsp Onion powder
1 tbsp Smoked paprika
1 tbsp Garlic granules
1 Kallo beef stock cube

Makes enough for Chilli made with 1kg beef mince.
Mix together, blend with the chopped tomatoes.