Vegetarian food is delicious and easy to cook. I don’t on purposely try to eat meatless meals but living with a vegetarian it happens. (Obviously) We recently made an incredible split pea dal, courgette rosti and egg combo and I wanted to share.
This is a really simple but delicious recipe that you can make in bulk and eat in loads of different ways. With flatbreads, spread on toast and then a fried egg on top, mixed into scrambled eggs. Or served with rosti’s and eggs. Here’s the recipe.
Delicious Yellow Split Pea Dal

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250g yellow split pea
1 litre water
3/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 red chilli cut into two large pieces
1tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
2cm ginger finely chopped
1/2 red chilli finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp garam masala
Juice 1/2 lemon

Step One

Rince the split peas until the water runs clear. Add them to the pan and a litre of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30/40 minutes. (Add extra water if it begins to stick.) In a separate pan fry the onion, chilli, oil, garlic, garam masala and salt. Once the split peas are ready stir through and you’re there.
We served this with a courgette and potato rosti.

Step Two

Grate, or spiralise and chop 100g of courgette and 100g potato. (We used Charlotte potatoes.) Squeeze out all the moisture you can and shape into patties. Fry in a pan for a two minutes ish and then flip. At the same time fry two eggs sunny side up.
Serve the dal with the rosti and fried egg. Perfection.

Number’s if you’re bothered

Depending on how much dal you eat (it is delicious) this comes to around 400cals per portion. (If you split the dal into four.) If you want you can replace the egg with more vegetables to make it vegan too.)

Recommended Reading

I often include a book to read but this time I recommend cooking this dal with a friend/partner and cuddling up together on the sofa in your pjs. It’s the perfect weekend comfort food.
Delicious Yellow Split Pea Dal
Delicious Yellow Split Pea Dal

If you don’t like the F word maybe don’t read on.

See, the Thug Kitchen book is like nothing I’ve read before. Vegan recipe with bite might be the best description.

Thug Kitchen recipe book

Blurb

Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (‘This might be my favorite thing ever’) and with half a million Facebook fans and counting, Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell -and most people can’t afford the hype.

Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.

This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.

My Review

This book really took me by surprise. The extreme profanity is woven throughout out the book. It’s a big concept  and it’s a lot of fun. It’s definitely found a niche in the market. Yes it might turn some people off, but I liked the contrast because this is a vegan cookbook. I think veganism has a bad rep for being a little, nice? But this takes it to another level. Love it.

The recipes are split into six sections, each with an equally rude name. But basically, we have breakfasts, lunches (salads and sandwiches,) stews, munchies (salsa, snacks) mains, and motherfucking desserts. Yes, it’s actually called that. The recipes are fantastic. Favourites include baked spanish rice, pozole rojo, and creamy ravioli with house marinara.

They are in American cup sizes which can be confusing but a quick google will help.

I love the bowl recipes. The idea is you pick a grain or starch, then add vegetables, a protein, and a sauce or dressing. The book then lists combos from the book, from different sections to help you out (with helpful page numbers and whether it’s a veggie, protein etc.) It’s a wonderful way of making the book more versatile. Yes you could make quick pickled vegetables and serve it with your own recipe, or helpfully you could mix it with sweet citrus baked tofu and make a bowl. The book becomes a lot more personal.

The book doesn’t just do recipes it also breaks down different ways of cooking an ingredient. Tofu is something T and I have struggled to cook at times. The book has two pages that give different marinades, and different ways of baking the tofu. It’s really helpful. There’s also a page on how to make a vegetable broth which is used in numerous recipes. Which again was V helpful .

Additionally any confusing ingredients have a *, (****) depending on how many confusing ingredients there are. It might link to another recipe or explain other ingredients you could use. It’s brilliant. So instead of teaspoon oil you could use coconut/grape seed/olive oil. Wonderful.

Final Thoughts

It’s a bloody brilliant book. If you’re vegan definitely buy it. If you want to try cut out a little meat definitely buy it. It’s a wonderful book for mixing up what you make in the kitchen!

Thug Kitchen recipe book

Thug Kitchen recipe book

 

 

 

I make a lot of rusty coloured soups. Carrots/butternut squash/tomato or pepper they look gorgeous but samey. So imma switching it up for a green recipe/ Specifically one with broccoli, pea and basil. It’s bustling because it takes no time at all to create. Mainly because you don’t want to over-cook the broccoli! Enjoy.

Bustling Broccoli, Pea and Basil Soup

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(Would properly feed a dozen hungry mouths.)

Low cal cooking spray

2 large onions, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, diced

3 celery sticks, roughly chopped

A large pinch of dried oregano

80 g fresh basil (chopped the stalks and leave the leaves)

1,5 kg broccoli

1,5 l vegetable stock

500 g frozen peas

juice of 1/2 lemon

a sprinkling of Parmesan

One Slice of Campbells Bacon for garnish 

Black pepper

Step One

Heat up the low cal cooking spray and cook the onion on a low heat for around 10 minutes. Stir every often so they don’t brown so much. After the 10, add the garlic, celery and oregano and basil stalks (only) and stir well.

Step Two

After 6-10 minutes (ish) add the broccoli, vegetable broth and salt and pepper to taste. Keep stirring.

Step Three

Let it cook for 15 minutes and taste. You don’t want over cooked broccoli! At this point fry the bacon slice (chopped up till crispy) Remove from the heat and add the frozen peas, lemon and basil leaves. Blend until you have the consistency you desire. (Add more stock if you want it thinner.) And serve! Oh and sprinkle the bacon!

Numbers (If you’re bothered.)

This comes in at almost spot on 300cals. If you add on a delicious crust of bread and some tzatziki you’re up to 400 cals. Perfect for a lunch at your desk or as a lighter dinner.

Recommended Reading

I recommend reading COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI By Haruki Murakami. I’ve read 1Q84 and thought it was really wonderful but not, well perfect. T recently read this and adored it so I’m looking forward to it too. T suggested that this would work quite well with this recipe. Lavely.

Bustling Broccoli, Pea and Basil Soup

Bustling Broccoli, Pea and Basil Soup

Ever have one of those days where toast won’t cut it? Me too. Instead I made a Vibrant Vegetable Biriyani Brunch.
This recipe is for the days where I’m only craving leftover takeaway but it’s not possible. Oh, and I’m trying to be a little healthier. This recipe is made with all cupboard ingredients so you should be able to whip this together. Plus, if you’re missing the nuts/raisins it won’t taste quite as good but it’s still delicious. I have also eaten this cold for lunch (minus the egg) with cold chicken and it weasels delicious if you’re looking for a speedy lunch option!

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Serves 4

250g basmati rice

400g special mixed frozen vegetables (cauliflower/carrot.) 

One Onion 

A generous sprinkling of of raisins

1 vegetable stock cube

2 tbsp korma curry paste (or any you have lingering in the cupboard.)

a generous handful of roasted salted cashew nuts

1 egg (Free Range OBVS.)

Low Cal Cooking Spray

Vibrant Vegetable Biriyani Brunch

Step One

Boil a kettle full of water. Find a large microwaveable bowl and pile in the rice, frozen vegetables and the raisins.

Step Two

Pour in 600ml/1 Pint of water into said bowl and crumble in one stock cube. Spoon in the curry paste and stir till all combined. Cover the bow with cling film but leave a small gap on one side. (This is to allow the steam out.) Cook on full power for 12 minutes. If your microwave is less than 850 watts leave on for another two minutes.

Step Three

Remove from the microwave and stand, still covered for 5 minutes to allow the cooking to complete.

Step Four

Whilst the rice continues to cook, fry an egg sunny side up with the low cal cooking spray. Whilst this is frying also fry the onion. Fluff up the rice, stir through the onion, scatter with cashews and top with the egg.

Numbers if you’re bothered

This comes to 305 calories, and then egg is 70(ish) so you’re looking at around 375 per portion which is perfect for a breakfast that will sustain you through till lunchtime.

Recommended Reading

I recommend reading The Fault in Our Stars. For some reason I think this recipe and that (fantastic) book is perfect combo.

Vibrant Vegetable Biriyani Brunch

Vibrant Vegetable Biriyani Brunch