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The no knead bread everyone is talking about on Facebook

crusty bread recipeThis is the no knead bread that has been going around on Facebook for a while. I’ve wanted to try it but I’m weight watching and if I bake bread we have to eat the loaf.

Basically the recipe is very easy, you just mix the 4 ingredients in a bowl and leave it overnight. The next morning you shape it, leave it a couple of hours then bake in a preheated cast iron pot.

IMG_0395The crust was probably the best I’ve ever baked, and the texture was good to, slightly chewy but good.

I have a bread machine, and I make bread in a traditional way too, this method isn’t as quick  and effortless as a machine but it takes very little effort indeed and it is delicious so I will be making it again. Here’s the link to Sullivan Street Bakery for the recipe, have a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Dhansak curry – my low calorie version

My latest curry is an almost fat free chicken dhansak, and it’s really easy to make.

First toast the spices

I like to use whole spices and dry roast them, then grind in an electric coffee grinder which I keep just for spices , you could use ready ground at a push, but grinding your own spices gives a fuller flavour and I think in low fat curries where I’m not frying the onions, garlic, ginger and spices it’s a great way of packing more flavour.

So in a small pan gently roast the following spices, then cool a little and grind.

3 whole green cardamom pods

3 cloves

8 black peppercorns

1 1/2 inches of cinnamon bark

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

Make the sauce- roughly chop a large onion and 3 large carrots, 5 cloves garlic and 1 inch fresh root ginger (grated). Put everything in a large pan with a tin of chopped tomatoes, the ground spices and the following spices, chilli powder to your taste, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala. Then add red lentils, I guess the quantity, maybe 1/2 cup and add water ( you need to check the liquid every so often so it doesn’t boil dry )  bring to the boil and simmer until the veg are soft then blitz with a hand blender. Then add the juice from a tin of pineapples and the chopped fruit, and 4 chicken breasts cut into chunks.

Then either simmer or put it in the oven for 40minutes.

I served mine with brown rice but the diet portion of rice isn’t enough when you have a lovely sauce so I made Jamie’s cauli rice as well. Just blitz some cauliflower in a processor until it looks like rice grains, add a tablespoon of water then cover and microwave for 3 minutes.

This is a really yummy curry and not bad for your waistline either, enjoy!
low calorie Dhansak curry

Soup of the day- Chilli bean soup with avocado salsa

soup of the day- chilli bean with avacado salsa

An easy recipe for delicious soup

This soup is from the BBC Good Food Soups and Sides book available from Amazon. This is the simplest soup in the world, and both myself and my daughter were in agreement, it tastes delicious. I love the contrast between the spicy soup and the cool refreshing salsa.

Once again I changed the recipe a bit, I didn’t use oil or add creme fresh, mine was simply a chopped onion, garlic, tinned chilli beans in sauce, tinned tomatoes, a fresh chilli and vegetable stock, I did add some chopped red peppers and a touch of smoked paprika too. The salsa was made with what I had in the fridge, with a squeeze of lemon juice.

This recipe may be on the BBC Good Food website but as I’m writing I can’t find it, it may have a different title so it would be worth searching for. I think this is my number one soup just now, it’s amazingly good, even without the salsa and can be made from store cupboard ingredients , a great dish for students maybe.