Carrot & Lentil Soup with Pancetta

  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 T chopped coriander
  • 1/2 C red split lentils
  • 1/4 t chilli flakes
  • bouillon
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pack pancetta

Peal and finely chop the onions and carrots. Finely chop the celery and garlic. Peal and chop the potato into 2cm chunks. Rinse the lentils thoroughly.

Cook the chilli, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in 1 T olive oil for about 6 min. Add the potato and cook a further 5 min. Add 600 ml water and bring to a simmer. Add bouillon, tomatoes, and lentils. Simmer for 20 min. or until the lentils are soft.

Meanwhile, cook the pancetta for 5 min. until crispy around the edges. Drain and set aside.

Serve soup garnished with coriander and pancetta.

Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry with Broccoli & Cashews

  • 1/4 bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 cm fresh ginger
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 head broccoli
  • 125 g egg noodles
  • 25 g unsalted cashews
  • 1 skinless chicken breast
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 T fish sauce

Pick the coriander leaves and finely slice the stalks. Deseed the chili and finely slice. Cut the lime into wedges.

Finely slice the garlic and spring onions; peel and matchstick the ginger. Thinly slice the carrots at an angle, and cut the broccoli into small florets.

Cook the noodles in boiling water, then drain under cold water and set aside with a bit of oil.

Toast the cashews in a dry frying pan or wok until golden, then set aside.

Cut the chicken into small pieces, and fry 2-3 min. in 1 T oil until golden. Add the coriander stalks, garlic, and ginger, and stir fry 1 min. Add the spring onions, carrots, and broccoli and stir-fry another 2 minutes. Add the noodles, and continue frying until the noodles are warm and the chicken cooked.

Add the fish sauce and soy sauce, then remove from heat. Serve, garnished with cashews, chillis, coriander, and lime juice.

Credits: Jamie Oliver, HelloFresh

Moroccan Steak with Quick Lemon Couscous

  • Flank steak
  • 1/2 T Ras el Hanout
  • vegetable bouillon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3/4 C couscous
  • 3 T chopped coriander/li>
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/2 lemon

Rub the steak with Ras el Hanout on both sides and let sit at room temperature for at least half an hour.

Bring 250 ml and the bouillon to boil in a small stock pot. Thinly slice the garlic, spring onions, carrot, and red pepper. When the broth boils, remove from heat and add the couscous; cover.

Heat frying pan with 1 T olive oil. Cook the garlic, carrot, onion, and pepper for 4-5 min.

Season the steak with salt and pepper. Heat another frying pan with 1 T olive oil. Sear steak on each side 2-3 min. until nicely colored. Remove from pan and set aside.

While the steak is searing, chop coriander, and add 3/4 of it to the vegetables. Remove from heat, add the baby spinach and 2 T olive oil. Fold together to wilt the spinach. When the couscous has soaked up all the water, fluff with fork and add to vegetables; mix thoroughly. Zest the lemon and add the zest with 1 T lemon juice to the couscous.

Slice steak thinly on the diagonal, and serve over the couscous/vegetable mix, garnished with the remainder of the coriander.

Credits: HelloFresh.

Classic mussels

  • 2 kg mussels
  • 6 stalks celery
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 25 g salted butter
  • 250 ml dry white wine
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • fresh parsley for garnish

Rinse mussels under running water. Tap mussels on the edge of the sink; discard those that do not close. Leave the rest in cold water.

Peal and finely chop the shallots and garlic; finely chop the celery, leek, and carrots. Chop the butter into cubes and divide. Saute vegetables in half of the butter for about 3 minutes; add white wine, bay leaf, and thyme and bring to a high heat. Add mussels and cook on high for five minutes, shaking occasionally. Remove thyme and bay leaf. Bring cooking liquid to a boil and add the remainder of the butter, whisking. Serve with chopped fresh parsley.

Source
Aller Hande here and here.

Kruidig Gevulde Courgette

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 T creme fraiche
  • 1/2 t dried sage
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T pine nuts
  • 50 g grated oude kaas (old cheese)

Preheat oven to 180C. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, and remove the innards with a tea spoon, leaving 1/2 cm of flesh before the rind. Chop the innards fine and mix with the creme fraiche and sage. Season to taste with pepper and salt.

Grease a baking dish. Lay in the zucchinis, and fill with the creme fraiche/zucchini mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pine nuts. Bake 20 min. until golden brown.

Credits:

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 C shredded zucchini
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 – 1 C chocolate chips
  • 1 C slivered almonds (optional)

Beat eggs (at medium speed of an electric mixer or by hand) in a large mixing bowl until thick and lemon-colored. Add sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla, beating well. Stir in melted chocolate and zucchini.

In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture to zucchini mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips and almonds.

Spoon batter into two well-greased 9x5x3″ loaf pans. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Credits: Probably Carolyn Friedemann due to the typesetting of the original, but I’m not sure.


23-03-2013: Making this recipe is how I discovered that Slinky likes zucchini.

12-09-2015: We made these into muffins today, with some alternations. 2 C zucchini was roughly two small zucchinis. We halved the amount of sugar, and omitted the baker’s chocolate and chocolate chips, and instead shook in some amount of cocoa powder. The result was 28 muffins, which baked at 180C for 25 min.