Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Some more healthy (or at least meat-free) recipes

I'm maintaining my healthy eating and slightly healthier drinking lark. Beyond five drinks, I've always abstained. It's resulted in me feeling quite tipsy after only a glass and also in making me aware of how prone to alcoholism I am. I've also continued with my quest in learning to so things with cookery that I haven't yet 'mastered'. This is aided by Contrary and her highly elaborate and effortless dinner parties. She just whipped up a quiche! Pastry and all. Anyway, I was all 'it's time for soufflé' but then the Explorer kept me awake all night (not in a dirty way, in a drunk and needed tending way) and I cah to get out the electric whisk. So I changed my mind and wanted to make some fishcakes. I had my pots all simmering away and then I just thought FUCK IT let's make a fish pie. So that's what I did. (The picture below is of one of the other healthy-ish recipes I made though.)

Roasted aubergine and pepper pasta
2 small aubergines
5 small sweet peppers

Place the vegetables under a hot grill for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until soft and starting to blacken on the outside.
Wait for them to cool and then peel all and deseed the peppers.
Chop the flesh from the vegetables roughly

4 anchovies, chopped
1 tbsp capers
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 chilli, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
Small bunch of parsley, chopped

Drizzle a little olive oil in a pan.
Add the garlic and chilli and fry for a minute.
Add the capers and anchovies and fry for a further minute.
Add the flesh from the grilled vegetables and the tomato puree.
Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Toss with pasta (this makes enough for 2 large portions) and parsley.

Aloo bhaji
This is most commonly known to me as a Bengali breakfast food.

1 large potato, chopped into fine matchsticks
Half onion, finely sliced
1 tbsp turmeric
Coriander, chopped

Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
Add the onion and fry until translucent.
Add the turmeric and fry for a further minute.
Add the potatoes, season with salt, and fry over a medium heat for five minutes or so.
Cover for 2 minutes to let become tender.
Uncover and fry for a further 2 minutes to let the water evaporate once more.
Stir through coriander and serve with roti/chappati.

Smoked haddock pie
500g smoked haddock
300ml whole milk
2 cloves
3 peppercorns
Half teaspoon of ground nutmeg

2 potatoes, one peeled and one unpeeled, chopped into large chunks
200g spinach

30g butter
30g flour
30g grated cheddar

Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain well.
Steam the spinach and drain well.

Place the haddock with the milk and aromatics in a saucepan. Over a low to medium heat, bring to a simmer.
Remove from the heat.
Reserve the milk.
Remove the skin and bones from the haddock.

Melt butter over a medium heat.
Add the flour and stir to make a roux.
Add all but a tablespoon of the reserved milk, slowly, stirring to make a smooth sauce.
Stir in the spinach, haddock and cheese.

Mash the potatoes roughly. Add the remaining tablespoon of milk.

In a baking tray, pour in the haddock mixture.
Top with the potato and season with pepper.
Bake for twenty minutes until the top has crispy bits.

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