Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Vegetable Chilli (4 colours)


We found this chilli to be too mild with just the mild chilli powder so I add a little hot chilli powder as well.

Ingredients
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Aubergine - 1, cut into 1-inch slices
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Red pepper - 1, finely chopped
Yellow pepper - 1, finely chopped
Garlic - 3-4 cloves, finely chopped
Chopped tomatoes - 1 can
Ground cumin - 0.5 tsp
Mild chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Hot chilli powder - 0.5 tsp
Dried oregano - 0.5 tsp
Courgettes - 2, sliced
Kidney beans - 1 can, drained & rinsed
Tomato puree - 1 tbsp
Water - 300 ml
Spring onions - 6, finely chopped
Cheddar cheese - 115 g, grated

Methods
1) Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the aubergine slices and cook until browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate and cut into 1 inch pieces.
2) Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and peppers. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
3) Add the tomatoes, cumin, oregano and chilli powder. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
4) Add the courgettes, aubergines, beans, water and tomato puree to the pan and return to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for a further 45 minutes.
5) Serve topped with the spring onions and cheese. Serves 4.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Sweet Potato and Apricot Croquettes (4 colours)



I'd quite forgotton about these sweet potato and apricot croquettes that I made a few weeks ago. I'm not generally a fan of frying food in oil, but for these I shall make an exception.

Ingredients
Sweet potato - 1 medium
Cooked chickpeas - 1 cup
Spring onions - 4, finely chopped
Dried apricots - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Pine nuts - 4 tbsp
Fresh red chillies - 1, finely chopped
Fresh basil - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Fresh dill - 1/4 cup, finely chopped
Egg - 1 large, lightly beaten
Polenta - 1/2 cup
Breadcrumbs - 1/2 to 1 cup
Flour - 1/2 cup
oil for frying

See the recipe for instructions.