Leek and Potato Soup

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Super easy dinner, have this on the table in 30minutes! Perfect warmer for those cold autumn days. As we near closer to winter its nice to warm your self up with soups, slow cookers and comforting dishes. This soup is sure comforting on a cold night!

Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients:

2 agria potatoes, small cube
1 1/2 cup leek, sliced
1/2 onions, diced
1 clove garlic
4 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper
1 tbsp chives, chopped
1 tbsp cream, garnish

Method:

  1. Place medium size pot on medium heat, add 1 tbsp canola oil followed by onion. leek and garlic. Saute until lightly brown, season.
  2. Add potatoes and stock. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer for 30minutes until potato is tender.
  3. Blitz with stick blender or in stand blender.
  4. Check flavour add salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Serve with a drizzle of cream and chopped chives.

Serves: 2-3

Serving suggestions: -Add crispy chopped bacon to your bowl when serving for a little extra. – Or keep it vege and add spinach right when your serving!

Sticky Soy Tofu

 

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Sticky soy tofu with spring onions and sesame

I never used to like tofu but it has defiantly grown on me.
I like to cook a lot of Asian inspired dishes influenced by my travels to south east asia. I like to use flavours that stand strong against each other.
This recipe is a very simple and packed with flavor!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. palm sugar, freshly shaven*
6 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tsp. garlic granules
1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
2 slices firm tofu

1 tsp. white sesame seeds
2 tsp. fresh coriander, ripped
Method:

  1. Combine soy sauce and palm sugar, stir well.
  2. Heat wok over a large flame, add sesame oil followed by spring onion, garlic and ginger.
  3. Sauté until lightly browned, add tofu.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes until brown, turn.
  5. Add soy sauce mixture, turn down flame to medium.
  6. Cook for 1 minute, turn over tofu and cook for a further 1 minute.
  7. Soya and palm sugar should have created a sticky sauce, baste tofu.
  8. Place tofu on plate, pour over sticky sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh coriander.

Serves: 1

*Palm sugar can be brought in small blocks from any Asian supermarket. Shave with blade of a knife by cutting downwards on a angle.

Curry in a Hurry

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As a cold front hit the south island it brought snow to Dunedin, a good 4 inch’s or so and it’s not officially winter yet. I was feeling a little cold so I decided that it was a perfect day for a nice curry.

As I didn’t have any meat in the fridge or on hand to defrost  I decided it was going to be a chunky vegetable red curry. With soft melt in your mouth chunks of pumpkin, flavour bursting cauliflower and carrots you can’t beat anything like this!

This is a great affordable dish to make, with most ingredients already in the cupboard at home it is perfect mild curry fit for anyone meat lover or vegetarian. With only a mild spice flavour it is a perfect curry for kids or people who don’t like as much heat.

Seasonal Vegetable Curry
with
 Cumin & Black Sesame steamed Rice

Ingredients:

2 onions, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. canola oil
4 1/2 tbsp. red curry paste
1 tsp. mild curry powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 head cauliflower, large florets
1/2 small pumpkin, large dice
3 carrots, large chunky slice
1 ltr. vegetable stock
1 can coconut cream
2 tsp. fish sauce
3 tbsp. corn flour = 3 tbsp. water
salt and pepper

2 tbsp. fresh coriander, ripped
150 gm plain unsweetened yoghurt

Cumin and Black Sesame Rice
2 tsp. black sesame seeds
2 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted
steamed rice

Method:

  1. In a Large pot, heat oil over a very low heat.
  2. Add onions and sweat without colouring for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add curry paste, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, curry powder to the onions. Cook for 5 minutes stirring well, the mix with become very aromatic.
  4. Add prepared vegetables and stir coating the vegetables in the curry paste.
  5. Add stock and coconut cream stir well and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. After 30 minutes add fish sauce  and check the seasoning adjust it to suit.
  7. Make a slurry of corn flour and water, add this to your slow simmering vegetables. Stir in gently.
  8. Simmer for another 30 minutes, only stir occasionally you don’t want to break up the vegetables too much, while this is cooking it would be a good time to steam your rice.
  9. Pour curry into serving bowl, top with fresh coriander and dollops of yoghurt. Sprinkle steamed rice with the toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.
  10. Serve, enjoy how it is or serve with nanas, or hot flat bread.

Serves: 6-7 people, perfect when frozen and re-heated for lunch or a fast dinner.

This is a great curry to have even though it doesn’t contain any meat it is defiantly a stomach fuller, hearty chunks of naturally sweet pumpkin and carrot with flavour packed cauliflower. This curry was sure a hit for lunch today and possibly dinner tonight also, there was a lot left over.

Seasonal Vegetables.

Seasonal Vegetables.

Cut Cauliflower into large florets.

Cut Cauliflower into large florets.

Cut pumpkin in half.

Cut pumpkin in half.

Remove seeds.

Remove seeds.

Cut into large chunky dice.

Cut into large chunky dice.

Slice chunky rings of carrot.

Slice chunky rings of carrot.

Sweat finely diced onion in oil.

Sweat finely diced onion in oil.

Add curry paste, curry powder, ginger, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add curry paste, curry powder, ginger, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes.

Stir through vegetables.

Stir through vegetables.

Add stock, fish sauce and coconut cream. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add stock, fish sauce and coconut cream. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add corn flour slurry and stir well, simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Add corn flour slurry and stir well, simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Combine toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.

Combine toasted cumin seeds and black sesame seeds.

Sprinkle over steamed rice.

Sprinkle over steamed rice.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander and dollops of plain yoghurt.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander and dollops of plain yoghurt.

Serve Curry in a large bowl alongside cumin and black sesame rice so everyone can help themselves.

Serve Curry in a large bowl alongside cumin and black sesame rice so everyone can help themselves.

Enjoy

Enjoy