Category Archives: Vegetarian

Quick and Easy Egg Fried Rice

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This recipe is authentic in its simplicity and takes about fifteen minutes to concoct even if you do the rice from scratch. (I often use it as a way to use leftover rice the next day). You can add anything else you fancy such as prawn, chicken or roast pork or duck. Or just enjoy the delightful simplicity of fresh peas as in this recipe.

Serves: 2             Duration: 15-20 min

Ingredients:

Thai Jasmine or Basmati Rice: 1 cup steamed in two cups of water

Eggs:  2  Lightly whisked with a fork

Peas ( Fresh if possible): 200 g

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Soya Sauce  ( I used Thai)

Sunflower or peanut oil: 2 tbsp

Thai sweet chilli sauce

Method:

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Cook oil to a high heat. Add egg. When it starts to solidify after one minute tear it into strips with your spatula. While continuously tossing or stirring throw in the peas.

Keep moving for two or three minutes and throw in the rice.

Stir for two more minutes and add soya sauce to taste. (The strength varies from one make to another).

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A squirt of Thai hot and spicy sweet chilli sauce gives it a nice tang.

For Prawn Fried Rice Simply add Prawns with the peas

Prawn Fried Rice


Ratatouille

Ratatouille

I made this traditional recipe  for some very special guests. I will introduce them in good time. Ratatouille is a stew of the vegetables that are so prevalent in the Mediterranean in the summertime; aubergines, courgettes and sweet peppers, which originated in Nice and has been adopted by the Provence region. The circumstances dictated that I prepare a copious amount of the stuff, roughly enough for twelve portions but it is easy enough to calculate how much you want to prepare. Just keep in mind that you need approximately an equal amount of all the vegetables, maybe slightly less tomatoes.

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The secret of a good ratatouille is to cook the vegetables separately so each will taste truly of itself.
—Joël Robuchon, The Complete Robuchon
Ingredients
  • Aubergines                                      1Kg
  • Italian Zucchini                              1Kg
  • Green and Coloured Peppers  1 Kg
  • Onions                                               1 Kg
  • Tomatoes                                       900 g
  • Garlic                                       one head
  • Olive Oil                                         300 Ml
  • Basil                                             a bunch
  • Salt                                                      2 tsp
  • pepper                                           1/2 tsp

Method

Wash the vegetables and cut them into 2.5 cm cubes. Start sauteing the vegetables one by one on a high heat in a large skillet or wok. Start with the aubergines,IMG_9985

brown them in some of the oil and move them with a slotted spoon to a casserole dish or a large pot. Repeat the process with the courgettes, making sure there is enough oil as the aubergine absorbs a lot of oil. Repeat with the peppers and onions together.IMG_9992

If your skillet or wok is too small do them in batches so you can get enough heat. Once these vegetables are all in the pot add the tomatoes, peeledIMG_9993 Continue reading Ratatouille

Pesto with Cashew Nuts and Rocket

Pesto with Cashew Nuts and Rocket

Ingredients:

  • Basil – a large bunch
  • Rocket Leaves- same amount
  • Cashew Nuts- 150g
  • Garlic- 6 cloves
  • Parmesan Cheese or Grana Padano- 3 tablespoons
  • Olive Oil- sufficient quantity to achieve the right consistency

Method:

  • Grind the nuts in a food processor and put aside
  • Process the garlic
  • Add the basil leaves (rinsed) and start adding the oil slowly till it emulsifies
  • Add rocket, nuts and cheese and blend to a creamy consistency. The cashews give it a deliciously nutty taste.

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