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Kelp Noodles – Singaporean Style

31 Mar

A while back I came up with an idea which I thought was my own and called it Courgetti Bolognese. Turns out, it’s something many people already make so it’s not exactly unique! I have however, heard of kelp noodles and although it sounded a little strange, the fact that it was a raw food, healthy and neutral in taste convinced me to give them a try. I have made three ‘recipes’ using them. The first was Lemony Prawn Kelp noodles using my Lemony Prawn recipe which I simply made and added to noodles. Then I made Kelphetti bolognese (I just made that up…) and the final genius idea was Singaporean Noodles.

I was inspired by a local restaurant that I used to purchase these wonderful noodles from made using vemicelli noodles. It contained a range of different meats including duck, chicken, beef, prawns, and I think squid. I did attempt to buy some squid for this recipe but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find some.

Ingredients:

Kelp noodles
Sliced Chicken breast/boneless thighs
Thinly sliced beef/lamb
Prawns/Shrimps
Pak Choi
Bean Sprouts
1 medium onion, sliced
Spring onion
(Hot) Curry powder
Finely chopped chilli (optional)
Crushed chilli flakes (optional)
Pinch of salt
Cooking fat of choice

Method:

In a small wok, add a little bit of fat and quickly cook the beef and chicken slices with a pinch of salt and some curry powder. Remove from pan.
Add onions and other veg to wok in the order of how long it takes to cook them just enough. Veg that need more cooking should be added first. Season and add spices.
Add back the meats and throw in the kelp noodles just to warm them through and mix well. Taste and add more spice if desired or any other spices you think it needs. It really does depend on what you like. I tend to add more heat.

Plate up and eat! It’s such a quick and easy dish and you can alter it whichever way you like, add as many meats and veg as you like and really experiment with different spices. Some toasted sesame oil may be nice too but I didn’t have any and don’t really cook with it anymore but I suppose as a small treat it’s okay…

I apologise for the lack in images for this recipe. I have loads of images stored on my phone of recipes I’m supposed to be blogging but due to time constraints and a busy schedule I was unable to post any. Since then I now have a new phone and my pictures are… somewhere…. once I figure out where everything’s gone I’ll edit this recipe and possible future ones if needed and add the pictures inshaaAllaah.

Mediterranean Vegetables

4 Dec

I’m pretty sure this ‘recipe’ is long over-due. Ok so, really simple dish, can be served as a side, part of a main meal, put into lasagnas, bolognese, on pizzas or eaten as a snack and it’s oh so healthy!

Ingredients
Courgettes
Red onion
Green/red/orange/yellow peppers – make it colourful!
Carrots (optional, slice them thin if you add them, I don’t)
Aubergine (optional but I would advise cooking these separately. I think they need their own post)
Italian herbs and spices – you know, you’re typical blends or random mixtures of anything. Oregano is a must I think.
About a teason of butter/ghee/coconut oil
Pinch of salt and pepper

Method
Chop the veg chunkily (awesome word!) and toss into a frying pan with the fat of choice and season/herb up. Put it on a meadium to high heat and just give the pan a shake until the veg are a little tanned.
Don’t kill (overcook) the veg please, we want them to be full of goodness still and they should be a little crunchy still. If they’re mushy, you’ve gone too far. Simple, yummy and kids will LOVE them!

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Num num, yum yum!

Courgetti Bolognese

10 Nov

This is genius! I’m only chuffed with it because I came up with this idea all by myself.
I made a massive amount of beef bolognese yesterday so I could freeze smaller batches for my Totally Paleo Pizza. I figured seeing as I made so much I may as well have it as bolognese but I don’t eat spaghetti, not even the GF kind (duh).
I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE courgettes and have been cooking Mediterranean veg quite a bit recently so I thought, ‘How about I make some courgetti?!’

For this courgetti I used courgettes and carrots. I would have used bean shoots too but we didn’t have any, plus this was a quick thing. 1 medium/small courgette and 2 medium/small carrots.
After peeling and washing the carrots I used this cool potato-kinda-peeler-gadget thing we have that shreds veg into spaghetti-like strips (or julienne slices) and I did the same to the courgettes (I didn’t peel them)

I added a light spray of EVOO and a tad bit of ghee. Tossed the carrotetti(?) in the pan first, then the courgetti, just for a couple of minutes with a bit of salt and pepper.
You could also have this raw! I would add the bean shoots raw next time, just so there’s more of a crunch.

My bolognese recipe will be posted separately.

Edit: Apparently making “spaghetti” with courgettes has already been done and it’s old news. I’m still holding onto my genius title because I never heard of it! Alhamdulillaah, it was good to discover something for myself instead of reading about it somewhere.

Totally Paleo Pizza

7 Nov

Allaahu Akbar! Alhamdulillaah for simple pleasures. It’s funny because I wasn’t a huge pizza eater before going GF/Paleo but since almost everything is off-limits, I want them even more. I have to say, this pizza is brilliant and it’s so quick and easy to make. Better than our regular home made pizza and certainly better than a take away! The best bit? It was a veg pizza (almost) and I’m not a fan of veg pizzas. And I didn’t add much cheese (I know, I shouldn’t have cheese but it was just a tiny bit and I decided that it wasn’t needed so next time I’m leaving it out inshaaAllaah).

Crust:
2 cups almond meal
2 eggs
3 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp garlic powder (I used garlic granules because I didn’t have powder)
1 ½ tbsp fresh rosemary chopped (I’m not a fan of rosemary so I used dried basil, it was all we had plus I thought it’d be nicer)

After making this recipe I thought the base could done with a pinch of salt and crushed chillies (I really will put chilli in anything!) I would also like to point out that left over paleo pizza eaten the next day, cold, is just as good as, if not better, than having take away pizza for brekkie the next day. Hence why I’m lumping this in the Breakfast category

I didn’t take a picture of the sticky dough as I wasn’t sure it would work but next time I make it I’ll upload a piccie inshaaAllaah. It was weird and needed ‘splatting’ on the tray with the palm of my hand. Don’t use your fingers to pat it out, it’s too sticky and leads to wastage. This dough recipe is enough for a 12ish” round pizza tray. Make sure it’s not too thick.

I used left over bolognese as my tomato sauce because we happened to have a bit of left overs in the fridge. GENIUS idea! I wanted a veg pizza but the little bit of eat that was on here really enhanced the flavour of the veg. Next time I make a bolognese I’ll be freezing small batches for pizza, you need to try this!

For the veg I just pan fried Mediterranean vegetables. I know, not your usual method but I was cooking for one and wanted to do this meal quickly (it was ready from start to finish in less than an hour!). Besides, putting the oven on for a few veg is a little pointless, time-consuming and wasteful, but that’s just my opinion. Experiment with toppings and have fun.

Mediterranean veg recipe will be posted separately inshaaAllaah.