Chickpea salad with Harissa chicken

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender May 17, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 Serves 2:250grams cherry tomatoes (or other small ones) halved1 small red onion,  sliced400gram can (or thereabouts) chickpeas, drained and rinsed1 tablespoon of parsley, chopped1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice3 tablespoons of (olive) oilSalt and pepperSmoked paprika powder (sweet)1 tablespoon harissa paste1 tablespoon of sunflower oil250 grams of chicken filets in long strips  Method:In a bowl mix the sunflower oil with the harissa paste,  add the filets and mix well.If you need more use a clean spoon, do not double dip the spoon that has touched the raw chicken into the paste pot.Set asideHeat up a grillpan.Once heated put the chicken filets on the grill without using extra

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North African spiced soup

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender May 17, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 Serves 6-8:1leek, sliced2 celery stalks diced1 carrot, diced2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped1 onion chopped400gram can of Brown beans or white or black400gram can of chooped tomatoes1 small can of tomato puree or 2 tables spoons1 tablespoon or 2 of Hatissa paste1 chillie, whole2 teaspoons of cumin2 tsp of turmeric2tsp coriander powder2 teaspoons cardemom powder2 tsp of ginger powder1 tsp of cinnamom powder1.5 litres of (vegetable or chicken) stockOil for the panSalt and pepper to taste Method:Heat oil in a large pan, add the onions, leeks and garlic and let softe non low heat, season to taste.The add the celery and carrots and let soften fruther for 5 minutes.Add the powdered

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Potato and leek soup

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender May 10, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 6 as a main:50gram of butter225gram of celery (about 3-4 stalks)300grams of leeks , white and light green bits only1 kilo of potatoes (floury)100gram onions1.5 liters chicken cubes600ml cooking cream  or crème fraiche3 cloves of garlicSalt and pepperNutmeg and lemon juice ( optional)Chives to taste for decoratingPancetta cubes, baked crispy for decorating (optional) Method:Cut celery, leeks, onions  and garlic finely. Melt buter in a deep pan, but don’t let it colour (lowest heat). Peel te potatoes and chop them .When the butter is melted add the leeks, celery and onions and garlic to the pan  and let soften for about 20 minutes on low heat, so they don;t colour either (we want a white soup).Add t

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Spicy meatballs

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender May 1, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 4:1 1/2 (red) onion (I used normal ones)2 garlic cloves, chopped1 (yellow) pepper  ( I used a red one) in strips1 teaspoon of cumin powder1 teaspoon of coriander powder1 teaspoon of ginger powder1 teaspoon of turmeric1 teaspoon of cardamom2-3 teaspoons of chipotle chili paste ( I used sambal manis)300ml of chicken stock400grams can of chopped tomatoes400grams can black beans, rinsed and drainedJuice of half a lime For the meatballs:500grams of mince dmeatBread crumbs½ an onion finely chopped1 teaspoon of cumin powder1 teaspoon of coriander powder1 teaspoon of ginger powder1 teaspoon of turmeric1 teaspoon of cardamom(sunflower) oil for the pan.  Method:

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Slowcooked aubergine

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender May 1, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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I saw a video on Youtube this week of Gordon Ramsey making something like this.I couldn’t find the recipe, so I wrote down what I saw, changed it slightly as I hate mint and as I served it as a vegetable dish I didn’t put the feta on top.If you want to see his video, check this out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgTuaBIW9NcServes 4-6:2 aubergines (didn’t use the 3rd one in the picture) diced coarsely1 big onion,  chopped3 cloves of garlic, choppedOil for the panSalt and pepper2 tablesppons Pommegranate melasses2 cans of chopped tomatoesSugar or honey if desired Method:Heat oil on a pan with a lid.Fry the aubergine on high heat until golden Brown and softened.Add the onions and garlic, season to taste and

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12th April to 25th April 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender April 30, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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The weather has been very mixed indeed these past few weeks , scorching hot some days and hailstones falling the next . In the early hours in the north-west where I am we are still getting ground frosts which have slightly scorched the leaves on my early Winston potatoes. The plot is still not totally 'up to date' as I still have a long 30 point 'to do' list of maintenance projects and improvements that I would like to complete before the summer arrives time and weather permitting .During this fortnight I have been harvesting rhubarb , swiss chard , spinach and leeks from the allotment whilst at home I have been harvesting chives , rosemary , parsley , bay leaves , thyme , sage , lemon balm and purslane  .Hopefully this time next year I shall be harvesting more varieties of vegeta

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My chillies, paprika’s and tomatoes 28 april 2015

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 28, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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My Chenzo F1 is colouring up :-D, needed watering, so don't pay attention to leaves hanging, it's doing well, it just get dry quickly.I have taken 3-4 chillies to the greenhouse and applies foil under them as per suggestion of James Wong. Just a few as kind of sacrificial lambs, see how they  do  with these, still chilly nights, but they seem fine.Paprika KalocsaiDon't know why some stay smaller and others are reaching the 35cm . Some obvious small growing ones, like Razzamatazz, or patio fire, they don't get big period, but others, even with the tomatoes, just lack behind. Same conditions, same sowing time, same food, same light, same love, I 'm stumped...my Tomatoes need to go outside, maybe next week, i've been monitoring night temperatures out here in  Delft, the

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Chicken, pancetta, mushroom stew

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 25, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 serves 6-8 (you can freeze it):2 tbsp olive oil or butter1000g chicken filets or boneless Brown meat (thighs)flour, for dusting100g cubetti di pancetta400g  button mushrooms, sliced and chopped1 large onion, chopped500ml chicken stock1 tbsp white wine vinegar200g frozen peassmall handful parsley, finely chopped2 cloves of garlicSalt and pepper, sweet paprika powder1 chilli pepper (optional)  Method:Heat 1 tbsp oil or butter in a frying pan.Fry the pancetta with the garlic, until browned and golden, remove from the pan.Season and dust the chicken with flour, add to the same pan and brown on all sides,do this in batches if neccessary. Then remove from the pan.Add the onions to

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Mushroom soup

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 24, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Serves 8:400grams button mushrooms, either white or Brown, sliced2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped2 onions, chopped4 cubes of mushroom stock (or vegetable)2 litres of water50grams of butterSalt and pepper2-3 twigs of thyme1ooml of white whine (optional)1 chilli pepper (optional) Method:Heat butter in a souppan, soften onions and garlic until onions are translucent (5 minutes).Add thyme, mushrooms, chillipepper if using and cook for another 5 minutes on high, season to taste.Add white wine if using and let alcohol evaporate for 2 minutes.Add the stock and water and bring to the boil.Then turn heat down and simmer fora bout 5 minutes.Remove thyme twigs and serve.  Tip: if you can'

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Ribollita

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender April 18, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 Serves 4:1 onion chopped1 stalk of celery, sliced250gram  carrot, sliced2 cloves of garlic, minced400grams can of chopped tomatoes (or fresh)1 liter of chicken stock ( from a cube is fine)400grams can of white beans,  rinsed and drainedCrusty white bread4 tablespoons (olive) oilSalt and pepper4 small sausages ( chipolata)   Method: Heat the oven at 200degrees Celsius. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil with the minced garlic, season to tatse. Rub the slices of bread with this oil. Bake in the oven until crisp and golden. Set aside. Heat the rest of the oil in a large pan. Add the sausages and brown them. Add the vegetables and let soften with lid on pan until soft (about 10  minu

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