Life can get pretty hectic, between work, socialising, cleaning the house (arghhh) and everything else in between BUT it shouldn’t get too busy for you to be enjoying delicious fresh healthy food every day, because let’s face it- life is too short to be eating S#^t!
Perhaps we should leave the yak penis to the Chinese… I personally prefer (as Donna Hay- a renowned Aussie cook) likes to put it “fresh, fast and simple” cooking.
Over the past few years of experimenting with food and flavours and trying to find the way to my husband’s heart (who was henceforth meant to be known as Jason), I’ve come up with a few winners that are not only delicious but really quick and easy (under 20 minutes). Although Jason doesn’t eat anything that has hot tomato in it, or resembles hot tomato (which is so annoying because it’s one of the quickest easiest things to cook) he will eat it when its disguised with other flavours (go figure) – So here are a few tomato and non-tomato recipes to delight you taste buds!
I really like PASTA- I think its soul food, ok it may inflate the soul in your butt as well if you over-indulge but here it is anyway- enjoy!
Boil some thin flat pasta (use spelt pasta for a slightly healthier variation) Cut a handful of cherry tomatoes in half- add a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper chilli, garlic and pine nuts, toss in a pan for a few minutes until warmed through, drain the pasta and add to the pan- toss together add some baby spinach leaves, grate some parmesan over it and bob’s your uncle! (as the Aussies say). There you have it A delish, healthy, fresh dinner or lunch in less than 10 minutes! (if you are cooking for Jason, leave out the tomatoes) 😉
You can also leave the spinach out and add basil pesto for a little more zing (I make my own and then freeze it in small cubes ready to use)
Another great quick pasta dish is with peas, feta cheese, olive oil, chili and cherry tomatoes on pene same method, just add the feta at the end.(I sometimes add the ‘dorot’ herb cubes for a little more flavour.)This dish tastes great cold or then next day- take it to work as a ‘salad’ mmmm!
I also have a few really quick and easy Asian recipes to get you going- but fear not! You don’t need a massive hot wok to cook them (like you might for fried yak penis?) a simple fry pan will do just fine.
- Boil some Basmati rice for 13 mins in a simmering pot (I like the Basmati bc it’s a long grain fragrant rice)
- Cut up some chilli, garlic and ginger (again you can use the frozen dorot cubes-very handy) and spring onion
- Once the rice is ready drain it and add it to a hot fry pan, toss it around a little with some soy sauce, mirin and the garlic, chili and ginger.
- Make a space on the side of the pan and pour in one whisked egg to cook a little. (you can wait until it turns into an omlet or mix it around the rice depending on if u like it a little mushy-er or more cooked)
- Add more soy and mirin to taste, take it out and add the spring onion.
Serve with some sesame seeds on top and VOILA! (how do you say that in Chinese!?) You can also add cashews, tofu and/or chicken pieces for a more robust meal. YUM!
Another good one is for that left over chicken soup on Sunday night. I hope my Mother doesn’t think this is blasphemous- her chicken soup really is the best but this recipe is for my left over chicken soup, not hers- so here we go.
Put just the clear Chicken Soup (capitol letters for respect!) into a pot. Add half to ¾ a tin coconut milk, and some chili to taste. Marinate shitake mushrooms in mirin and soy for as long as you have (up to 4 hours is good but 15 minutes will do the trick) and fry them. Add boiled egg noodles, coriander, bean shoots and carrot for crunch (not the cooked one form the soup-fresh carrot). You can take the chicken from the soup and add it back in too. Serve with a squeeze of lemon or lime- yum yum yum a rich Laksa soup with all the trimmings!
Stay tuned for more D’lish recipes…
Happy eating! xx