23 Sep 2012

Cauliflower and Spinach Curry in Creamy Tomato Sauce


There have been a few cauliflowers in our fruit and vegie bag in the last month or so. I do love cauliflower but past cauliflower cheese and roasted cauliflower it doesn't come naturally to me what to do with them. But now I have this great curry! I found this one first - and since then have made it and altered it a few times and now have something the whole family loves and it is pretty quick and easy - very achievable on a weeknight.





Ingredients
A Cauliflower Florets separated into florets

A bunch of English Spinach, stalks removed and rinsed
an Onion sliced
a Tomato diced
one tin (425g) of diced tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2cm piece of ginger, grated
1 tspn mild curry powder
2 tspns  Garam Masala
1/2 tspn ground Turmeric
1 tspn Chilli powder
1 tspn ground Coriander 
2 Tbspn Oil
Salt – to taste
1/2 cup Water 
1/2 cup Cream

Method 
Heat a heavy based pan and add 2 tbsp oil. 
Saute the sliced onions until translucent.
Add garlic and ginger and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring
Add both types of tomato with salt to taste and cook until soft.
Add the spices (curry powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, chilli and coriander. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
Add the cauliflower florets along with 1/2 cup water and mix everything well. Cover the pan and cook for around 10-15 minutes on medium-high heat.
When the cauliflower florets are almost cooked, reduce heat to medium-low and add the cream and spinach. Cover and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, until the spinach has wilted. 
Serve this creamy cauliflower curry on brown rice with pappadums, a yoghurt raita and perhaps some mango chutney.

13 Sep 2012

"Raw" Chocolate Nut Balls

My favourite aunt has a lot of allergy issues and has adopted a largely raw food diet to help her sleep and feel OK. I have had some delicious things at her place, but had never made any myself until this week. She heard I was doing sugar-free September and gave me one of her "chocolates" to try. These are her treat to replace the commercial chocolate she can no longer eat. It was delicious. I took the recipe to make my own batch to help me through the month. Finding all the ingredients in suburbia was the trickiest part - but making them was easy. They are certainly helping with the after dinner cuppa which has always been accompanied by a small sweet treat. I'm sure I'll make them again after September finishes!

Raw Chocolate Nut Balls

Ingredients
300g raw cashews
85g raw almonds
30g  walnuts
30g raw sunflower seeds
4 Tbs golden flax seeds, ground
400g dates, pitted
60g raw unsweetened cacao (or unsweetened dutch cocoa if you can't get it)
2 tsp vanilla

Method
Place nuts, sunflower seeds and ground flax seeds in food processor.
Mix well to finely chop the nuts and seeds.
Then add the dates gradually.
Then add cocoa and vanilla and process until well mixed.
Form into bite sized balls

Makes approx 50.


4 Sep 2012

Sugar Free September

The weather is slowly getting brighter, the end of term is approaching, the mind-numbing busyness has a light shining at the end of a tunnel and I just cleared enough mental space to remember I have a blog!

I have just started "Sugar Free September". I have given up refined sugar for 30 days. Four days in I am not finding it too hard. It is good to read labels and remind yourself just how many things have sugar in them and how much. I have noticed some bad habits that have snuck in over the last year or so - BBQ sauce on breakfast eggs, Mango Chutney on curries, chocolate nightly. The mindfulness of the food choices shows you these things, but I have had perfectly good poached eggs, curry and nightly cuppas without the sugar.

I will start posting recipes again in the next few weeks (2.5 weeks til holidays!!) and will share my findings from the sugar free experiment in the coming weeks.
Nicola