Lamb Keema

Such a simple but deliciously easy dish to prepare using a well stocked store cupboard’s ingredients is my lamb keema recipe.  When I worked for an accountancy practice, one of the clients I used to go out and visit would often feed me some of this for lunch that his wife had made. Bear in mind that they had two young girls who ate this – it would have me almost in tears with the heat – I’m such a wimp!  Be assured that mine is nowhere near as hot as that, but it can be if you want it to!

  • 2 medium onions
  • 15ml Rapeseed oil
  • ½tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1-2 chillies (according on taste)
  • 200g tinned tomatoes
  • 2tsp Garlic & Ginger paste (or 1tsp of each)
  • 1tsp Turmeric
  • ½-1tsp Chilli powder (according to taste)
  • 1tsp Garam masala
  • 500g Lamb mince
  • Salt
  • 50g frozen Peas
  • Cup water
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fresh Coriander
  • 4tbs natural yoghurt
  • 2tsp Mint sauce concentrate
  1. Finely chop the onions.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  3. Add the cumin seeds and bay leaves and fry off for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the onion and cook until starting to brown.  This should take 3-4 mins.
  5. Add the chopped chillies and the tomatoes.
  6. Stir through thoroughly and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the ginger and garlic paste, the turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala and mince.
  8. Stir, breaking the mince down to separate it.
  9. Add ¼ tsp salt and the cup of water, along with the frozen peas and stir thoroughly.
  10. Simmer for 20 minutes until cooked and the liquid has reduced by two thirds.
  11. Chop the mint and coriander finely.
  12. Add the herbs to the keema, mix together and cook for 1 minute.

  1. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
  2. Mix the natural yoghurt with the mint sauce concentrate.

  1. Serve the keema with a spoonful of the minted natural yoghurt, along with a naan bread.

Jersey Royal Potato and Vegetable Curry

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One of the recipes I’m sharing with you using the deliciously nutty and seasonal Jersey Royal Potatoes in collaboration with Asda is for a vegetable curry. Inspired from a recipe my husband found online, he’s adapted and cooked this one for me (as I’m currently recovering from having knee surgery a couple of days ago, and therefore not able to stand for periods of time). Thanks Will x

The ingredients aren’t set in stone for this one; add or remove ingredients that you do or don’t like. (I personally don’t like mushrooms, but he does, so they went in and I picked them out of my dinner). The Mange Tout came from our garden, the French beans were reduced in price in our local supermarket as they had to be sold on the day, as was the courgette. All other ingredients we had at home as staples in our cupboards/fridge.  It looks like a lot of ingredients, I know!

  • 30ml Sunflower oil
  • 2.5ml Black Mustard seeds
  • 2.5ml Cumin seeds
  • 2.5ml Fennel seeds
  • 2.5ml Fenugreek seeds
  • 3 Cardamon pods
  • 1 medium Red onion, chopped
  • 1 large White onion, chopped
  • 3 sticks Celery, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2.5cm fresh Ginger, grated
  • 5 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 5ml Salt
  • Medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 10-12 Jersey Royals, cubed
  • 5ml Chilli powder
  • 5ml Turmeric
  • 5ml Cumin
  • 5ml ground Coriander
  • 1 whole Chilli, finely chopped
  • handful of French Beans, sliced in half horizontally
  • 8-10 Mange Tout, sliced in half horizontally
  • 1 cup frozen Peas
  • 1 medium Courgette, diced
  • 50g button Mushrooms, halved
  • Can coconut milk
  • Fresh coriander, chopped.
  1. Prepare all your vegetables as above.  You can keep the following together in bowls as they’ll be added to the curry together in batches:
  • Red and white onions.
  • Celery and carrots.
  • Sweet potato and Jersey Royals.
  • French beans and mange tout.
  • Peas and courgettes.
  • Mushrooms.

(This is how my husband preps his ingredients to cook – I have to leave the kitchen; it’s all too much organisation for me!)

Jersey Royals with Asda

2. In a large saucepan/frying pan with a lid, heat the oil and add your mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and cardamon pods.  Cook for 2-3 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse the oil.  The seeds may start to pop as they cook, don’t worry, this is normal.

3. Add the celery and the carrots, stir to coat evenly in the spiced oil and cook on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add the ginger, garlic and salt and coat evenly.  Cook gently for 4-5 minutes.

5. Add the sweet potato and the Jersey Royals, stir thoroughly and cook for 2-3 minutes.  If the vegetables start to stick to the pan, add a splash of water to loosen the mixture.

6. Add the chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder and coriander powder, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add the fresh chilli and stir thoroughly.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add the French beans, mange tout and stir.  Place the lid on the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.

9. Add the frozen peas and diced courgettes.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Jersey Royals with Asda

10. Stir in the mushrooms.  Place the lid on the pan and cook for 5 minutes.

11. Add the coconut milk, bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, put the lid on and simmer for 10-12 minutes until the vegetables are all cooked.

Jersey Royals with Asda

12. Finally stir through the chopped coriander and serve with boiled rice.

Jersey Royals with Asda

He cooked this on his little camping stove in the garden to tease the neighbours I think with the delicious smells, but we didn’t invite them to share the meal with us! HAHA!

This recipe is cooked in collaboration with Asda and Jersey Royals to highlight the versatility and great flavour of Jersey Royal potatoes.

Stem Ginger the Homemade Way

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I recently bought a big bag of ginger from my local Supermarket that had been reduced to 41p with the idea of making my own stem ginger in syrup or crystallised stem ginger. This is such an easy thing to make with only two additional ingredients: water & sugar, as well as a bit of time. You too can make your own, and here’s how:

You’ll need:

Ginger

Caster sugar

Water

Heavy bottomed saucepan

 

1. Peel your ginger.  The best way to do this in with the bowl of a teaspoon, rather than a knife as then it only takes off the outer paper and doesn’t cut into and waste your ginger flesh.

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2. Cut the peeled ginger into evenly sized slices, approximately 1cm thick.

3. Weigh the peeled ginger, then weigh out an identical weight of caster sugar, and set your sugar aside for use later.

4. Place the ginger pieces into your heavy bottomed saucepan.  My Le Creuset pans are perfect for this.

5. Cover with cold water until the ginger is just submerged and bring to the boil.

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6. Add the lid to the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer.

7. Simmer for an hour, or until your ginger is tender when tested with the tip of a knife. If your water is getting low, then top it up with a bit of boiling water from the kettle.

8. When your ginger is tender, pour in your sugar and bring to the boil.

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9. Continue to boil gently until the sugar water mix has thickened and has formed a golden coloured syrup.

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10. Transfer your ginger and syrup to a sterilised jar and seal.

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11. Use the ginger as you would the commercially bought jars, keeping the ginger submerged under the syrup.

Vanilla Loaf with a Rhubarb, Lemongrass and Ginger Jam Swirl

Having only 3 sticks of rhubarb left in my garden and knowing there wasn’t anywhere near enough to make my husband’s favourite crumble with, it had to be used in something as a flavour element, so what better way to do this than with a loaf cake, made with locally produced Rapeseed Oil instead of butter.

Jam
3 sticks Rhubarb, washed
30ml Bottle Green Ginger and Lemongrass cordial
2.5ml Ground ginger
50ml Water
15ml Demerara sugar
2.5ml Nielsen Massey vanilla paste
Cake
225g Self Raising flour
225g Caster sugar
180g Farringtons Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil
45g Single cream
1.25ml Baking powder
2.5ml Nielsen Massey vanilla paste

1. Heat the oven to 180˚C.
2. Without peeling your rhubarb, cut it into 2cm pieces.
3. Add to a saucepan with the cordial, ground ginger, water, sugar and vanilla paste.
4. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.
5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
6. In a large mixing bowl weigh out the flour, caster sugar, rapeseed oil and cream then measure in the baking powder and vanilla paste.
7. Beat on a high speed until thoroughly combined and light.
8. Divide the cake mix into 3 cardboard loaf pans (mine were from America and were 6.5cm x 18cm x 5cm deep)

9. Divide the rhubarb and ginger jam into 3 and spoon onto the top of each of your loaves.  Swirl the jam through gently to distribute and create a pattern when it’s cooked.

10. Bake for 40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the cases.

12. These can be served from the cases or presented as a gift, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon.