Marinated Grilled Aubergines

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I’m not normally one to be publically mushy, but here it is.

 Almost one short year ago, I had quite honestly the best date of my life. All I did that evening with Charlotte was laugh and laugh until my face hurt! I have continued to laugh with her since, and have no plans to stop.

That fateful night we also spontaneously enjoyed a selection of tapas and a friendly serving of wine. What better way to celebrate a happy year, this Thursday, than with the same such delights!

 At Charlotte’s suggestion, we will be preparing a number of tapas to share, but one had to be prepared a little early. Grilled Marinated Aubergines! A delicious snack and something I’ve always wanted to try my hand to. What a great excuse!

 I’ve left it just a little later than I had intended- but then time really has shot by me this year. But, with two days to go I’d say I’m right in the nick of time! Here’s what I used…

Ingredients

  • 1 Aubergine
  • 6 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • A big pinch of salt
  • A few sprankles of crushed black pepper, plus about a teaspoon more
  • A sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • A sprinkle of Garlic Powder
  • A sprinkle of Onion Salt
  • 1 Fresh Red Chilli
  • Half a bulb of Garlic
  • Sprig of Thyme
  • About 500ml of Olive Oil

 

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Cooking with Auntie and Pria: Auntie’s Jaipur Vegetable

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Something particularly impressive about Auntie’s cooking and teaching skills, is that she managed to communicate everything across in spite of her knowing minimal English and me knowing absolutely no Hindi at all. When this recipe began, I asked the name and what told “Vegetable”. “Vegetable what?” I enquired. “No, Vegetable. Just Vegetable.”

“Vegetable curry?” I pushed

“No!” I was told sternly “Not curry! Vegetable!”

A loving, patient and wise woman, I thought better than to question this name further. So, without any more delay, here is the recipe for

Auntie’s Jaipur Vegetable

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Cooking with Auntie and Pria: Vegetable Spring Roll

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Next on Auntie’s lesson plan was her delicious recipe for an irresistible vegetable spring roll! Like all the recipes we were taught on this day, the quantities are enough to feed a whole hostel of hungry volunteers! So I would half all of the below.

Ingredients

For the filling

  • Half a white cabbage
  • 2 or 3 green pepper
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 table spoon of soy sauce
  • 2 table spoons of red chilli paste
  • 1 table spoon of green chilli sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1 table spoon of salt
  • Half teaspoon of Ajinomoto seasoning

For the roll

  • 1kg of white flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pints of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour

For the cook

  • Lots and lots of vegetable oil!

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Cheese Night for Nepal’s Hero!

Back in July, my most loved friend Adele went away to Nepal to work as a community volunteer. Aside from a crackled Skype sesh and a delightful letter, I received very little contact while she was there, so in my own entirely selfish way I’m so happy that the work has ended and we finally have her home in England, with plenty of moving and inspiring stories to share with us all.

My focus primarily, as a rule, being on food, I have learned two things about Adele’s trip.

1. She has now graduated from Pescetarian to full blown Vegetarian

2. Cheese was unaccessible

What, therefore, would be the best way to welcome her home?

SUPER CHEESEY VEGETARIAN LASAGNE WITH A SIDE OF CHEESE!!

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me… And I’m eating food…

Happy New Year, everyone!

Apologies that it’s been so long since my last post. Anyone who has been following this from the off probably would’ve caught wind of my love of Christmas and may have been surprised not to see a big Christmas post in December, but there is an unfortunate and reasonable explanation to follow.

You may have noticed that I treat this blog very much like a diary, and I intend to keep up this level of honesty, be it good or bad news.

On December 10th, Josie left me. There’s no more information that anyone other than me or Josie need to know, but I was certainly shocked and saddened.

SO, moving forward, the face of this blog will now change to say the least! While the main focus will continue to remain on great love of food and family, I am no longer living in London as my parents have very kindly taken me in temporarily, in light of the above, while things are settled and sorted. There are also a number of surprises and what I’m sure will be exciting tales approaching, but for now I can say no more! Do stay tuned!

The honest accounts of goings on, and of course delicious recipes, will most certainly continue!

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FAJITAS!!

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Last night, my friends Josh and Stephen came over for Friday night fajitas. I love fajitas, they can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be, are always delicious and leave you snoozingly satisfied!

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Exhibit A: Snoozingly Satisfied Stephen

I kept things relatively straight forward thanks to my good friend Old el Paso, but here are a few suggestions based on fajita good times I’ve produced in the past.

Vegetarian
Fajitas were something I was afraid would die out once Josie decided to be a vegetarian, but I came up with a delicious recipe for a vegetarian filling without having to resort to Quorn. To emphasise how delicious this is, on the night I made it I had chicken AND steak fajitas and I still envied Josie’s!!
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Scallop BLT and his vegetarian brother…

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Anyone who vaguely knows me knows that mathematics is not exactly my favourite subject. So for me to say that today was my first day of an AAT Accountancy Course should cause significant shock and impress!

To celebrate surviving day one of 33, I made one of my most favourite recipes for dinner- The Scallop BLT. This used to be Josie’s requested starter every birthday, but this year being her first of vegetarianism meant I had to come up with something similar, yet without the pig or fish. Halloumi wrapped in red pepper saw this mission accomplished!
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