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February, 2014

  1. Enchilada sauce take 2

    February 23, 2014 by Lisa

    I don’t always follow my own recipes and do a lot of ad hoc cooking, so last night I did chicken enchiladas, and loved the sauce so much, I want to try to repeat it. Not sure if it was the quality of the peppers, or simply the simplicity of the recipe. You can find the original recipe here, but I like this one much better:

    4 Ramiro (large long red) Peppers
    1 tblsp Ground Cumin
    1 cup Chicken stock + some reserved chicken grease from cooking the chicken thighs as per the previous recipe
    2 tablespoons flour mixed in water to make a paste

    Slice the peppers and remove the seeds and tops. Roast in a 200C oven until fragrant and slightly blistered. Remove and let cool. Put the peppers in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend well. Pour into a largish saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.

    If you like your sauce hotter, roast a few red chilis with the peppers and add them too.

  2. Nutty rice stuffed peppers

    February 10, 2014 by Lisa

    I threw this together, so the quantities are pretty much approximate! This is a small amount, suitable for two.


    4 small sweet red and orange peppers, cleaned and cut in half
    2 baby onions, chopped
    Tablespoon of olive oil
    1/2 cup brown basmati rice
    1 cup vegetable broth
    Handful of mixed sunflower, pumpkin and pine nuts
    Parmesan cheese to taste – I used about 50g

    Cook the onions in a skillet with hot oil until soft, then add the rice and mix until coated in oil. Add the vegetable broth, lower the heat and cover for about 30 minutes.

    Meanwhile, place the peppers under a grill for about 10 minutes and remove until the rice is cooked.

    When the rice is soft, mix in the nuts and cheese and stuff the pepper halves with the mixture. Cook under the grill until browned and crunchy on top.

    Would work with loads of other ingredients. Some chili and coriander or maybe spinach and feta instead of the Parmesan?

  3. Eating differently

    February 10, 2014 by Lisa

    I’ve been experimenting with diets lately. Not the weight loss type, though the successful one brought me down 10 pounds in a couple weeks. No, I’ve been trying to feel better and to feel better about the food I’m eating. A friend and I did a detox over January and it has radically changed the way I eat going forward.

    The detox meant no meat, added sugar, salt, wheat, dairy, alcohol or caffeine and since it ended, I’ve entirely lost my will to eat wheat or sugar, meat might feature once or twice a month and dairy is now mostly milk in a single coffee a day, some butter or Parmesan and a lot of goats cheese.

    Importantly, I feel so much better and I’ve learned to love a lot of interesting, tasty new foods.