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No Knead Sourdough Bread

I’ve been making sourdough bread for a couple of years now. In that time I have tried literally dozens of different methods and combinations of ingredients. A little while ago I found the Hobbs House Bakery website and thus the Henry Herber’s No Knead Sourdough. 

It’s a good recipe that produces consistent results. It does require regular attention over a 4 hour period though – only a couple of seconds every 30 minutes. I work from home so this isn’t really an issue for me.  Read the rest of this entry »




Easy Chinesey Brown Savoury Rice


Easy Chinesey Savoury Brown Rice

IMG_8363Serves: 1 hungry guy or 2 normal people for a lunch
Approx time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 200ml brown rice
  • 1 small white onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp 5 spice (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped ginger (I use a cheese grater)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (again – use the cheese grater)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • Handful of peas

Method

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a small pan and fry the onion until soft
  2. Add the ginger and cook for a further 2 mins
  3. Stir in light & dark soy sauce, onion sauce, 5 spice, chilli flakes and lemon zest. Warm to make a sauce (about 2 minutes)
  4. Add the brown rice and cook in the sauce (stirring) for about 5 minutes
  5. Pour the stock in, stir, cover and simmer for around 20 or 25 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Add the peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

If all the liquid absorbs before the rice is cooked, just turn off the heat, cover and let it steam itself until the rice is done.




Courgette Fritter Recipe


Courgette Fritter Recipe

So this courgette fritter recipe is a bit of a western variation on the Indian bhaji, it uses gram flour and goes for that lovely gooey inside you find in a well cooked bhaji, flavoured with courgettes, garden herbs and italian hard cheese.

The beauty of this courgette fritter recipe is that you can taste it before you cook it make sure it’s seasoned appropriately – it has no egg, meat or anything that might feel a bit icky.

We are serving this tonight with falafel, homemade flatbread (thank you Chef Michael Severn) and salad but it would also go great with pasta, or as a tapas or snack with a glass of wine.

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Quick & Easy Biryani Recipe


This is an awesome recipe taught to me by a Punjabi family man. This is definitely not a traditional hyderabadi biryani, (if you want to see one those amazing dishes being made authentically take a look at the video at the foot of this recipe) however, it tastes amazing – just like the biryani rice that comes from many UK takeaways.

I have been eating this for lunch on a very regular basis! There are a lot of ingredients but please bear with it, it takes about 30 minutes in total and is worth every second!¬† Read the rest of this entry »




Hyderabadi Curry Recipe


Hyderabadi Curry RecipeI’ve been making this curry for lunch all week using a different headlining ingredient. On Monday I used a pork chop, on Tuesday I used mushrooms, on Wednesday tuna steak, on Thursday I added some mushrooms to wednesdays curry and today (Friday) I used chickpeas. Each day I have adjusted the seasoning a little until today I think we have the perfect hyderabadi curry recipe (although I have run out of coriander (cilantro for our American friends) leaves. So without further ado, here is the secret to my hyderabadi curry recipe. Read the rest of this entry »