Posts Tagged ‘quick’
I don’t really want to fall into the trap of short posts and unoriginal notes on the nature of dinner and cooking after work. We all understand. Some days you need something that will come together in 5 minutes or less; other days we just need a takeaway. When it’s the former and not the latter you could do worse than this cheeky little dish. Taken from stonesoup, a blog devoted to recipes with 5 ingredients or fewer (you’d be amazed how many recipes that encompasses), this is a nutritious dish that seems like random, healthy foods just thrown together, but when you eat it you realise you’ve unwittingly cooked yourself a proper meal. It’s fab. Perfect for those evenings when you’ve come in from tasting 30 19th century wines. Or something.
Lentil and smoked salmon hash
250g (about 2/3 of a 400g can) of puy lentils, cooked if they’re dried
100g smoked salmon trimmings
100g rocket leaves
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1. Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan. Add the smoked salmon trimmings and cook for a couple of minutes, just until they turn opaque. Add the lentils and cook for another minute, or until warmed through.
2. Add the rocket leaves to the pan, then the vinegar and lemon juice. Toss so everything is mixed together, then serve immediately. Eat, enjoy, feel full, and marvel at how well you can feed yourself in a hurry.
Or how to make dinner when the fridge is bare. Not that the fridge is ever bare, but say it were, you could dive into the cupboards and use up one or more of those cans of pulses you’ve been stockpiling for a rainy day/riot in dinner. As my working/cooking/eating routine is going to be turned upside down over the next few months, I’ve been trying out quick and filling recipes that don’t require fresh ingredients, for those days when I crawl home late and tired, too busy to draw up a carefully planned out shopping list, which takes into account the shelf life of all fresh ingredients, and uses them all up without leftovers. Sometimes life gets in the way of such neat and organised plans.
So pulses. If you buy them tinned you don’t have to pre-soak or pre-cook these, which is great. I’m sure they don’t taste quite as good as the “real” thing, but at the end of the day they are chickpeas, not highly processed meat. When I first looked at the recipe I was expecting the dish to taste very highly spiced, aggressively sweet and spicy and a little overpowering, but the balance of all the different spices in the dish works very well; the result is surprisingly subtle, gently warming and interesting but not aggressive.
From Dinner with Julie
I was intending to serve this with some brown rice on the side, but it actually made more than enough for two people as a meal on its own, and the chickpeas make it pleasingly filling.
1 small red onion, minced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 400g can tomatoes
1 large handful of raisins
1 400g can of chickpeas
1 red pepper, diced
1 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
Juice of half a lime
1. In a large saucepan heat a drizzle of oil and fry the onion until it softens, about 2 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and fry for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the minced garlic clove and cook for a further couple of minutes.
2. Once the garlic starts to brown add the chopped tomatoes and raisins and bring to a simmer. Add the chickpeas, red pepper, mint leaves and chopped parsley and stir well. Season with lime juice and a good three-fingered pinch of salt and simmer for 10-15 minutes so the flavours have time to develop.
Serve with more parsley sprinkled over the top. Serves 2.