Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sticky Ginger Salmon with Stir Fried Vegetables

Sticky ginger coatings for fish, I'm so in love with it.  This is a simple and delicious coating for fish with adds so much flavour.  A great way to perk up a bit of salmon.

Sticky Ginger Salmon

Friday, 24 October 2014


Porridge has been one of the few breakfasts I'd go for while trying to eat 'clean', eggs being another but apart from that, so many breakfast offerings are packed with sugar, salt or processed so heavily.  What has made breakfast the meal where we just can't be bothered?  This is when you realise it takes about 5 minutes to make porridge and 6 minutes to boil an egg.  Are we really that busy?

Porridge, eggs, they both fill you up and set you up.  How could you be offered eggs or porridge and then say "no thanks, I'd rather have Froot Loops?"

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Chicken Tikka

So day 2 of clean eating and I've been obsessing about what to cook.  So many things in my repertoire I'm learning contain processed ingredients.  I'm longing to have tomato and pesto soup but I buy the pesto ready made and, although the bread I have in the freezer is sourdough, it's made with white flour and I didn't make it.  This could be tricky and time consuming for what is normally a 10 minute meal.

Chicken tikka is something I regularly make from preprepared pastes and similarly it's quick and easy to prepare.  With my clean eating experiment, I couldn't do that so I tried to make one myself.  I was fairly happy with the result.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Stuffed Pumpkin

Stuffed pumpkin was my first lunchtime dish on my attempt to practice 'cleaner eating', basically eating minimally processed foods as much as possible.

I had happened to buy a tiny pumpkin in the 'reduced for quick sale' section of my local supermarket.  I bought it because it fit in my hand, it was 25p and was unbearably cute.  That said, I like pumpkin in things but had never been that fussed with them being the star.  This recipe brings together the best of everything seasonal though; sweetness from the pumpkin, earthy flavours from the lentils and mushrooms and salty cheese.

What is clean eating?

Clean eating is something I've been vaguely aware of bubbling away in the consciousness of food blogs, magazines etc for a while.  I lumped it in with 'paleo', '5:2', 'raw food' and dismissed it as a fad.  Sorry, I'm no fad dieter, it just doesn't work for me.

"Eat Death" Bruce Nauman, Ca' Pesaro, Venice

Friday, 17 October 2014

Thai Yellow Salmon Curry

Thai yellow curry, why not?  This is a fantastically quick meal to make once you've made the paste (see below.)

I love eating oily fish like Salmon, it makes me feel right from the inside somehow.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Baked fish with Pesto

Pollock is a fantastic fish.  It's always worth checking but it's generally more available than cod or haddock and the other great thing is it's a source of Omega 3 healthy oils (cod isn't.)  The other benefit is pollock is cheap.  It's often sold as "white fish" in the UK, especially if sold frozen but if you look at the detail you see what it is.

Great for a fish pie but also a great backdrop for strong flavours like this.

Baked fish with pesto

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Moroccan Chicken Soup

Soup, it HAS to be soup.  Autumn seemed to be months away and then it came in with a roar.  The heating has gone on and (central) heating of soup is in order.

This is a gently warming soup, inspired by Moroccan flavours.  I have no doubt this is inauthentic but I like to think of this as something inspired by Moroccan flavours combined with the joy of autumnal British weather.

Moroccan Chicken Soup

Monday, 6 October 2014

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Mushrooms with lovely pasta.  This is a simple dish and something I used to make at university.  It's a great way to use up cream going out of date (or even one day over as you're cooking it) and contains one of your 5 a day.

Creamy mushroom pasta