Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Parsnip and Leek Soup ~ 5-2 Diet


Delicious Parsnip and Leek soup that is tasty filling and very low fat. It is perfect as part of the 5-2 diet.

Serves 2
Ingredients:

100 g parsnips peeled and diced
1 small carrot peeled and diced
1 small potato peeled and diced
100 g leek washed and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon light olive oil
500 ml water

Method:

1. Place the parsnips, carrots and potatoes in a microwaveable dish with a cover. Add 250 ml water and cook the vegetables for 10 minutes on high or until vegetables are fully cooked.
2. In a pan add the olive oil and place the pan on a medium heat.When the oil is hot, add the leeks and saute them for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the pre cooked vegetables to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a low simmer for 2-3 minutes
4. Transfer the soup to a blender jug and blend the soup to a coarse texture.(You can blend it smooth if you prefer)
5. Transfer the soup back to the saucepan and add an additional 250 ml water and bring it to a simmer again.
6. Turn off heat and adjust seasoning if desired.
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.

This soup can be part of the 5- 2 diet, its is approximately 150 calories per serving ( 1 bowl of soup)
NB-Bread roll not included in calorie count.

Calories per serving
Carbs
Fat
Protein
Sodium
Sugar
150
29
3
3
1195
4

























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No Croutons event by Jac of Tinned Tomatoes Guest hosted by Lisa's Kitchen
In my veg box ~Potatoes event by citrusspiceuk guest hosted by Give me some spice



Friday, 21 February 2014

Modern Masala: Indian Plantain Kofta in rich Cashew nut gravy.



McCormicks produce the Schwartz range of spices and each year they produce a flavour favour forecast which highlights five top food trends. This year’s top five food trends are:

Chillies Obsession
Modern Masala
Clever compact cooking
Mexican world tour
Charmed by Brazil

I recently received a spice hamper from McCormicks and a request to create a dish inspired by one of the five food trends. In the hamper there was smoked paprika, cayenne chilli pepper Chinese five spice, sesame seeds, medium curry powder, oregano, kaffir lime leaves, fenugreek, onion salt, mint, crushed chilli flakes, asafoetida, ground ginger, ground cloves, minced garlic, black onion seeds, garam masala, cumin seeds, cardamom pods, ground coriander, ground cumin and minced garlic, chilli powder, whole red chillies and kaffir lime leaves. My recipe is inspired by Modern Masala which uses an array of Indian spices to create a dish.



Plantain Kofta- Spicy plantain balls, cooked with a blend of aromatic spices in a rich and creamy cashew nut gravy.

Preparation time – 15 minutes (chilling time 30 minutes)
Cooking time- 20 minutes
Serves- 4

 Ingredients:

For Kofta:

2 plantains
1/2 teaspoon schwartz ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon schwartz chilli  powder
1/2 teaspoon schwartz onion salt
3 tablespoons corn flour
1 pinch bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon amchur (dried mango) powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
¼ teaspoon schwartz ground cloves
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon schwartz white sesame seeds
300 ml Sunflower oil for deep frying Kofta.

For Gravy:

2 tablespoons olive oil
Small pinch schwartz asafoetida
2 schwartz red dried chillies 
2 schwartz cardamon pods
½ teaspoon schwartz cumin seeds
1 medium red onion finely diced
½ teaspoon schwartz minced garlic
½ teaspoon schwartz ground ginger 
2 medium tomatoes chopped and blended to a puree
1 teaspoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon schwartz ground coriander 
½ teaspoon schwartz ground cumin 
½ teaspoon schwartz chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon schwartz garam masala
2 tablespoons cream or plain yoghurt
60 grams / 2 oz cashew nuts

For Garnish:

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
2 spring onions finely sliced.


 Method:

For Kofta:

1. Boil the plantains till well cooked, allow them to cool slightly and then peel skin off and mash with a potato masher ensuring there are no lumps.
2. Add the ground ginger,chilli powder,onion salt,1 pinch bicarbonate of soda, fresh coriander finely chopped, salt, amchur (dried mango) powder, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, turmeric, white sesame seeds and corn flour. Add a little more corn flour if needed.
3. Divide the mixture into 10 parts and roll into 10 walnut sized balls. Refrigerate the balls  for 30 minutes.
4. After 30 minutes, heat the oil in pan and fry the plantain balls on medium heat till golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and keep aside.

For Gravy:

1. Soak the cashew nuts in 1 cup water for 10 minutes, once soaked grind to make a smooth cashew nut paste. Keep aside
2. In a pan heat the oil when hot add  a pinch of asafoetida, the cumin seeds, dry red chillies and cardamom pods. Once cumin seeds splutter add the onion and cook till translucent, add the garlic granules and ginger powder and sauté for 2 more minutes.
3. Add the pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, chilli powder, salt , ground coriander and cumin and cook till gravy starts to separate from oil.
4. Add the cashew nut paste and the garam masala and simmer till gravy thickens for 3-4 minutes.
5. Remove the gravy from the heat and stir in the cream or yoghurt.
6. Place the pre prepared koftas in a serving dish. Spoon the gravy generously over the kofta’s and garnish with chopped spring onions and freshly chopped coriander.

Serve with boiled rice.




In 2014 global flavour leader McCormick, parent company of UK leading herbs and spices brand Schwartz is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The yearlong celebration kicks off with the launch of the 125th Anniversary Edition of the Flavour Forecast and the Flavour of Together programme, with the goal of connecting people around the world as they share 1.25 million stories about the special role food and flavour plays in our lives.
I was sent the Schwartz hamper to create a recipe, all views and opinions stated in this post are my own.

Event Round up Flavours of ~The World Grand Finale.


Sadly the we bid farewell to the "Flavours of" series at simply.food, this was the grand finale of the series and I must say it has been a wonderful journey around the world. Thankyou to all participants  for all the entries . Here is the delicious round up.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Feel Good Drinks - a review

I recently received a selection of drinks from Feel Good Drinks, The drinks are made from fruit, water and no added sugar or artificial additives. The drinks are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and celiacs.

Feel good drinks-The selection of flavours such as apple and blueberry,cranberry and apple,cranberry and lime, orange and passionfruit, orange and mango and cloudy lemon were all really delicious.My particular favorite was the orange and passionfruit and the orange and mango.



Feel Good Water-In the range I was  sent two flavours of  the feel good waters.They are gently flavours yet delicious served chilled with a few ice cubes. I tried the lime and the pomegranate flavours. Both are fairly plain with just a hint of flavour.


Feel good Cocktails- These are all  non alcoholic and come in three amazing flavours Peach Bellini,Mojito and Strawberry Daiquiri. These are perfect for teetotallers and are really delicious served with ice.By far these were my favorite from the range and I will definitely be serving these at my next party.

























Having tried the feel good range I am totally convinced of their goodness as the flavours were refreshing and all the drinks are healthy with out added sugars.You can buy the Feel good range from most major supermarkets.


I would like to thank Feel Good Drinks for sending me the samples.All the views and opinions in this post are my own.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Giveaway Tickets to Cake International London ExCel



Simply.food has  teamed up with Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show to offer 5 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic show at the ExCeL, London from 10-12 April 2014. 

With all the latest inspiration, supplies and advice from the baking world, demonstration theatres, special guests and fantastic special features, this is a must visit for any baking fan.  For more information please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk.


Venue
Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show
ExCeL, London

10-12 April 2014

09.30 – 17.30 (Sat 17.00)

Ticket Prices:
Adult £14.00 (£12.00 Advance Price)
Senior £13.00 (£11.00 Advance Price)
2 Day Ticket: Adult 18.00 Senior £16.00 (Advance Only)
3 Day Ticket: Adult £25.00 Senior £23.00 (Advance Only)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Monday 7th April 2014

For more information or to book tickets please visit www.cakeinternational.co.uk.  Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

For Good Karma
Follow Cake International  on Twitter @thecakeshows  and  on Facebook – Cake International


How To Enter


·         Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
·         Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
·         Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this Giveaway
·         Closing date – 31st March 2013. Open to Uk residents over the age of 18 only

How Rafflecopter works:

  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box. Please note your comment will not show immediately as it needs to be moderated however rest assured it will appear on the site, so carry on with rest of entries.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  •  Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf.
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Cake International ExCel London

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

White Lemon chocolate with pistachio nuts



Fragrant white lemon chocolate with crunchy pistachio nuts.

Ingredients:

200 g swiss white vanilla  chocolate
3 drops of lemon essence
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon roasted pistachio nuts finely chopped

Method:

1.Break the chocolate into small pieces.
2.Place the chocolate in a glass bowl over a double boiler .
3.Melt the chocolate once its all melted, add the lemon essence, chopped pistachio nuts and lemon zest and mix it together.
4.Pour the melted chocolate into silicon shaped moulds and tap the moulds to disperse any air bubbles.
5.Place the silicon moulds filled with chocolate in the fridge to set.
6.Demould the chocolate and place in  gift box .


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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Giveaway tickets to Cake International Event City Manchester


Simply.food has  teamed up with Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show to offer 5 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic show at the EventCity, Manchester from 7-9 March 2014

With all the latest inspiration, supplies and advice from the baking world, demonstration theatres, special guests and fantastic special features, this is a must visit for any baking fan.  For more information please visit Cake International

Venue
Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show
EventCity, Manchester
7-9 March 2014

Ticket Prices:
Adult £12.00 (£10.00 Advance Price)
Senior £11.00 (£9.00 Advance Price)
2 Day Ticket: Adult £16.00 Senior £14.00 (Advance Only)
3 Day Ticket: Adult £22.00 Senior £20.00 (Advance Only)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Monday 27th Feb 2014

For more information or to book tickets please visit Cake International  Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

For Good Karma
Follow Cake International  on Twitter @thecakeshows  and  on Facebook – Cake International

How To Enter


·         Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
·         Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
·         Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this Giveaway
·         Closing date – 27th Feb 2013. Open to Uk residents over the age of 18 only

How Rafflecopter works:

  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box. Please note your comment will not show immediately as it needs to be moderated however rest assured it will appear on the site, so carry on with rest of entries.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  •  Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf.
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  • For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 
  • If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.


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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Round Up~ Lets cook with green vegetables


Thankyou to everyone who participated  and sent in entries.
Here is the lovely round up of all the delicious recipes.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Announcing Event~ Lets cook sweet treats for Valentine



At simply.food the month of February is dedicated to romance, this event is all about preparing delicious desserts to woo your loved one by making their favorite sweet treat. Feel free to make any sweet treat that you would like to present to your valentine and link it to this event.

To Participate:

1. Prepare any  sweet treat  suitable for vegetarians  (eggs allowed),  please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
2. Please link this event announcement with your entry, this is mandatory.
3.Use of logo is  not mandatory but it helps to spread the word if you can use it.
4. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed if reposted and updated with this event link.
4. In the event of problem using linky you can email me the entry at simplysensationalfood@gmail.com

Please use this format:
Your Name: Recipe
Name Recipe URL
Image no larger than 300 pixels.
Event Ends 28th Feb 2014
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