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cauliflower and potatoes with mushroom rice

I’ve been a bit “meh” about cooking of late; trying to lose weight leaves me uninspired.

On Sunday, we had planned nothing foodwise. Pete had gone for a nap after garden-related exertions, and I went for a rummage in the fridge, to find:

one very tired field mushroom
half a lemon
a cauliflower that definitely needed eating
some cooked potatoes

So … cut up the cauliflower and put it on to simmer for about 8 minutes.

Put a piece of cinnamon stick and some cumin seeds in hot oliver oil, stirred them about a bit, then added the mushroom, chopped into smallish chunks, and a finely chopped shallot. Left that on a low heat till the mushroom was cooked, then added 80g of basmati rice (we don’t eat much rice – see above – wah), mixed it in, then 160g of cold water and half a teaspoon of salt. Brought to the boil, lid on, very low simmer for 13 minutes, then about 13 minutes standing (or 20 or 25 – it won’t hurt).

Very finely chopped quite a lot of garlic and ginger, and put it in a wide flat pan with some hot groundnut oil. Added crushed cumin and coriander seeds, then hurled in the cooked potato, cut into smallish dice. Cooked that off until the spuds started to crisp, then added the cauliflower.

Stood and looked at it for a bit, then opened a carton of passata, and added about half of it, with a splash of water. Simmered over a very low heat until the rice was ready.

Very nice, but it could have done with a little salt (I try not to salt food as a matter of course).

It did, of course, leave me with half a carton of passata …

lentil dosas

lentil dosas

I’ve been wanting to make these ever since I spotted them in one of my bread books, but I’ve never been organised enough to do it – they’re remarkably simple, but you need to start them 32 hours in advance, according to the book.

Take 3/4 cup of long grain rice (I used Basmati, as we had no long grain), 1/4 cup of red lentils, and combine in a bowl with 1 cup of warm water.

Cover with clingfilm, and leave for 8 hours.

Then, blitz the contents of the bowl in a food processor, and return to the (rinsed out) bowl, recover with the clingfilm, and leave for 24 hours.

Then stir in some salt, ground black pepper and 1/2 tsp (ish) of turmeric.  The recipe said to add fresh coriander; we didn’t have any, but I did lob in some grated fresh ginger.  It claimed it would make 6 x 6″ dosas, but I made them a bit smaller for ease of scoffing – just heat up a heavy based frying pan, add some oil, and cook them like drop scones or whatever.

They were utterly delicious – we ate them with some leftover black-eyed peas in tomatoes that I cooked up at the weekend to accompany our (home made) chicken dansak.  We shall be having them again!

asparagus and feta risotto

asparagus and feta risotto

There are some foods we only eat when they’re in season in the UK, and asparagus is one of them; thus we tend to rather gorge ourselves on it at this time of year.  Although we are back on a veg box, we couldn’t resist a big bunch of the glorious green stuff while we were mooching along Gloucester Road last weekend.

As my regular reader (waves to Giles!) will know, we like risotto – for two people, 5oz of risotto rice and 1 pint of liquid (and yes – I know I should go metric on this, but it’s easy to remember), and you’re away.

So – chopped up a red onion and sautéd it in some olive oil, while I chopped half the asparagus into manageable lengths, and cooked it for five minutes.  The liquid was the juice of half a lemon, about half a pint of apple juice, and topped up to the pint with water.  Usual process – add rice bit by bit, add stock till rice plump, rinse and repeat.  Before the last add, I hurled in the asparagus, and a dash of salt and pepper.

At the end, I stirred in half a block of feta cheese.  Fab.

egg fried rice and bits

using up: cold pot roast beef, spring onions, pepper, cucumber, broccoli

I love egg fried rice – we always have it when we have a Chinese takeaway.  Not that we’ve had a Chinese takeaway in years, but we always did.

I don’t know why I’ve never made it before – partly, I guess, because you have to have cold, cooked rice, and I never thought about it in time (like the indian lentil bread I want to make, which needs starting two days before I think “Oh, that’d be nice”). However, last week, I was organised and cooked some rice, and we had egg fried rice with a thai veg curry.  It was lovely, so I resolved to do something more interesting.  And yesterday lunchtime, I cooked some rice!

So – I cut up some (not much) of the leftover pot roast beef into slivers.  Finely chopped three cloves of garlic, and sliced a knob of fresh ginger into julienne strips.  Chopped three spring onions, one red pepper, about a third of a rather tired cucumber.  Beat two eggs in a mug with some sesame oil (about two teaspoonsful, I would say).  While I was doing all this, I steamed a few broccoli florets.

Heated some groundnut oil in the big wok, and put in the garlic, ginger, pepper, spring onions and cucumber.  Stirred round till cooked, added juice of half a lemon, broccoli, cold beef.  Stirred around till they were warmed through.

Poured in egg, and stirred it round with a chopstick – it felt more authentic, somehow. As it started to set, I added the rice, then stirred it all together furiously with a dollop of soy sauce.  It was lovely – we shall have it again!

rice is nice

We eat far more rice than we do potato – it doesn’t need peeling, for a start.

We bought a 20kg bag of basmati, and I noted the date so we could see how long it took us to eat through it. And it was 9 months and 3 weeks. There’s only two of us, too …

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Yesterday we started a 10kg one, as Bristol Sweet Mart had no 20kg bags. Be interesting to see how this one goes.