Salad Dressings/Marinade

I am about to give you a few recipes in one post that will elevate your dish. Prepping these in advance and storing them in the fridge will save you so much time and give your dish instant flavour. You can add them to literally anything.

Chilli Green Yoghurt

This can be added to salads or marinating your chicken. It Is so good with white meat. The following measurements are for a batch that I store in the fridge and I chuck it all in a blender and takes no time.

Ingredients: 5 TBSP of yoghurt, 3 cloves of garlic (more if you love garlic), 2 thai green chillis (optional), juice of 1 lemon, salt and black pepper to taste, a large handful of coriander. Blitz this all together and use it as a dip/dressing/marinade whatever you like.

Simple Salad dressing

I whip this up quickly and is the base of all my salads, its pretty simple and common. But I see a lot of dried salads out there that need this lemony kick. You can prepare this in advance or just drizzle over the salad you just made.

Ingredients: half a juice of a lemon, drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of salt. I add dried herbs too. In my cupboard I always have dry parsley, oregano, mint, basil. A sprinkle of this makes your salad more exciting.

Tahini Based Sauce

Ingredients: 7 Tbsp of tahini, squeeze 1 lemon and add it gradually while you mix. Its going to coagulate into a thick paste. Add water gradually until its like a smooth thinned out sauce. Add salt to taste, a handful of finely chopped parsley.

Prepping this in advance and leaving it in the fridge saves me a lot of time. I love adding this to my roasted veg. I love roasting cauliflower, broccoli, aubergine. The tahini goes so well with these vegetables. Also, another drizzle this on salads or legumes, chickpeas or lentils. YUM!!!

Salsa

This one is so versatile and can be added to anything. We want to brown the veg though for more flavouring and acidity.
What we will grill (I use a non sticky pan and put it on high heat); chop the following in half and place it face down to brown the veg, 3 tomatoes, 3 onions, 6 garlic cloves. Then grill as a whole 2 sweet peppers and 3/4 chilli peppers.
After they have a nice colour on them, add them to a blender with salt, juice of 1 lime and juice of 1 lemon, black pepper and a large handful of coriander, drizzle a lot of olive oil. Enough to blend it all together. Store in a jar and place in the fridge….of course, you can add more chilli depending on how much you love chilli. I even add dry chilli flakes to the mix for an extra kick.

Hope you try these and I guarantee you are going to love them.

Fried rice and Salmon

This recipe came to life with the last bit of veg left in my fridge before I head out for a food shop. I had a pot of cooked rice from leftovers so I chucked it all in and it was delicious. I know I say this all the time but this one is quick and easy to make. I’ll list the ingredients I used but you can use whatever vegetables you have or anything that is about to go out of date.

If you don’t have salmon you can substitute for chicken, tofu whatever you like. It’s super flexible. I would just focus on the seasoning for this one.

Ingredients (cut the veg into sizes you like, but remember the thinner/smaller the better): green beans, mushrooms, carrots (chopped into thin sticks like matchsticks, I don’t know how else to describe this lol), finely chopped knob ginger, 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic, spring onions, 1 chilli, asparagus, and I used salmon fillet. Lime and coriander to garnish at the end.

Seasoning: soya sauce 5tbsp, sesame oil 5 tbsp, black pepper and salt to your liking. I used 1 tsp of BP, and 1/2 tsp of salt because soy sauce is already salty. Japanese 7 spice for the salmon.

You want all your ingredients chopped and ready because this is quick you wont have time to chop whilst things are cooking.

Let’s Get cooking: place salmon fillets on baking paper in a tray, grate some ginger and garlic on the fish. Drizzle olive oil, and sprinkle the 7 Japanese spice all over the fish. Put in the oven 180C for 10 mins.

1) pour sesame oil in a hot pan (obviously this is better if you have a wok but I don’t and just used my regular flat large pan), I added the carrots first because they are going to take longer than the other veg to soften, then the green beans and asparagus, then the mushrooms, and the rest. I spiced the veg with black pepper, salt. Add the rice and mix till it’s all combined. Add the soya, sprinkle Japanese spice all over the pan. Taste it. Does it need anything? Add more. Add the spring onions at the end along with juice of a half a lime all over and chopped coriander. I like avocados with this plus it was super ripe so I just added it right at the end and sprinkled some sesame seeds for that extra extra. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Serve on a plate with the salmon and enjoy 😉.

Mussel soup for the winter

I just made this and I thought hey let me share it. This recipe is everywhere. It’s so simple and so quick. I got fresh mussels yesterday and straight away I placed them in a bowl of cold cold water. This way they can filter themselves and be super clean when I cook them the next day. I change the water every 6 hours I would say. When you do this, you will see the dirt when changing the waters.

What you will need; 1 onions, 5 cloves of garlic (both finely chopped) I used my mini food blender. Sauté in butter till brownish. Then add 1 tsp of chilli flakes (optional), 1 tbsp of tarragon, a handful of chopped parsley, 1 tbsp of black pepper and salt to taste around 1tsp is good. Let this process to happen for about 5 minutes. Add your crême fraiche packet in and juice of 1 whole lemon. Add around 2 cups of water. Simmer for about 15 minutes then add your mussels, cover for 10 minutes. The mussels should all be open 🦪, serve in a bowl because that soup is so so good and a slice of lemon to garnish. You can add pasta but currently I’m avoiding carbs.

Enjoy🤤 this is the only picture I took that I posted on my ig!

Creamy salmon & king prawn pasta

There’s so many recipes out there for this fish but I guarantee you this is the one. I’ve tried a lot but this one was the one. It’s quick and super easy to make.

Ingredients; 7 cloves of garlic (minced/grated), large knob of butter, 284ml single cream, pasta (of your choice, I used the shell pasta to catch the sauce), grated zest of 1 lemon, salmon and/or king prawns, black pepper and salt to taste.

Method; first cover the filet of salmon in black pepper, salt, some chilli flakes if you like it a bit chilli and put in the oven. Then mince the garlic into small pieces, add it to a pot of melted butter, i like to add big pinch of black pepper & a sprinkle of salt. Then I add some dried parsley and mixed herbs. Sauté for a couple of minutes then pour in the cream. If you like it saucy get the big single cream pot. Grate 1 zest of a lemon. Let that simmer for 5/7 minutes. Whilst that is cooking, I bring half a mug of lukewarm water which I add a tbsp of cornstarch until it dissolves. This is what will thicken the sauce nicely. Pour into the pot, taste. If it needs more black pepper/salt go ahead and add. Cook the pasta, I like it al dente. Use some of the pasta water to add to the sauce to create more thickness and sauce.

Add the fish. take the salmon out and flake off chunks of it into the sauce pot. Also add the prawns. Start adding the pasta as well and mix

Serve on a plate with Parmesan & chopped parsley to garnish. Enjoy! I’m sorry for the lack of pictures but you know when you’re so hungry you just want to eat anything. Yeah that!

Yemeni Kabsa

Another great recipe coming your way. I’d like to point out that I am not from Yemen and never made this before but my husband is originally from Yemen and he said that it was the best Kabsa he has ever had. And trust me when I say this; my husband doesn’t hold back to tell me if the food i’ve cooked that day taste shit or good lol.

Your choice of meat is up to you, I would recommend to use oxtail or lamb because I love that juicy fat on the bone that that particular meat comes with. But you can have chicken, beef, lamb whichever. This meal can feed 4-6 people.

Ingredients I used:
– Oxtail
– 1 onion
– 2 Tomatoes
– 2 cups of rice
– Coriander
– Spring or red onion
– Pine nuts and cashews

Spice mix I used:
1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds, 1 1/2 tbsp black pepper, 1 tbsp salt (add more depending on taste), 4 bay leaves, 1/2 tbsp of black cloves, 1 tbsp of cumin, 4/5 cardamon, 2 black limes, 5 cloves of garlic or 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1 tbsp of cinnamon.
I put all these mixes in a pestle and mortar, beat them until powder form.

Method:
If you have a pressure cooker this shouldn’t take long, but I slow cooked the meat to get out all the goodness from the gelatine and fat on the bone. As oxtail is highly recommended to use as a bone broth. Chicken and other type of meat shouldn’t take as long as it took me with the oxtail.


I boiled the meat for 15 mins to get all that goo out and then drain the water and wash the meat from that froth. I then added rapeseed oil to the pot of meat and allowed the meat to glaze and go golden brown flipping them over equally. I add fresh water again and let it boil. The water should cover the meat completely. You can eyeball it with water. I didn’t use specific measurements. Add the spice mix from above and let it boil for a couple of minutes before letting it simmer for a couple of hours. Again you can speed up this process with a pressure cooker, or if you have chicken it won’t need couple of hours.
Add one whole peeled onion and 2 chopped tomatoes or 1 can of chopped tomatoes. You can wait and give the meat time to infuse with the spices by checking in on it, taste it, does it need more time? more salt? Check the meat if its soft and ready.

Rice time: Wash 2 cups of rice until the water runs clean and strain the water out. Then from the water that the meat has been cooking in, you will take that spiced up water full of beautiful flavour and natural fat from the meat to cook the rice in. 2 cups of rice can take 4 1/2 (or 5) cups of the water from the meat pot.

Once the rice is ready, I lay the rice out on a pyrex tray and put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Then I bring that back out and lay the meat on top of the rice pouring over more broth juice from the meat over the whole pyrex and back in the oven for 5 minutes. In the meantime, chop up some coriander and red onion/spring onions to garnish the dish with. Fry the pine nuts and cashews in butter until golden. Take the pyrex out and decorate with the nuts, coriander and onions.

There you have it! It is also good to have a salad on the side and yoghurt. Traditionally, there is also a homemade chilli sauce to go with this, but I didn’t make it this time round. But chilli sauce does make the dish even more amazing! Give it a go :).

The perfect salad for a spring weekend

This is super green and super delicious. I made this spontaneously and randomly it came out perfect. Here is the simple recipe for two people.

For the dressing (Put this all in a blender) :1 ripe avocado, 1 clove of garlic, 1 freshly squeezed lemon juice, a handful of fresh coriander, half a chilli or sprinkle some chilli flakes, 1 tsp of English mustard or American mustard, drizzle your fine olive oil, 1 tsp of black pepper and a sprinkle of salt. AND BLITZ TO A CREAMY PASTE.

I prepped the dressing whilst the pasta was cooking, you can literally use any pasta you have in your cupboard. Also, chop up 1 small red onion, some leafy greens you have in the fridge, open a can of tuna of your choice add all this including the dressing once the pasta has been drained and cooled down. Mix it well to eat or leave in the fridge for later.

And enjoy! You can take this to a picnic, a bbq, a gathering, lunch, after a dip in the sea, it’s so filling and yummy. I hope you make this and like it as much as I did.

The perfect Avocado Pesto Pasta for Spring (Nut free)

This dish is so fresh and yummy. It has such spring vibes. It’s super easy; quick; and minimum dirty dishes.

Serves 2-4 people. Cooking Time 15 mins. Pasta of your choice; I used spaghetti and fuisilli because during this time we can’t find pasta anywhere and this is all I had in the cupboard. If you want to make it vegan use zucchini spaghetti, spinach pasta, or whatever alternative out there for you lovely vegans.

I boil the pasta whilst I’m prepping the sauce. So go ahead and do that.

Sauce ingredients in a blender/chopper: 1 ripe avocado, a bunch of basil, a few sprigs of coriander, 1 lemon juice, a sprinkle of dried tarragon, 5 cloves of garlic, 5 large mushrooms and virgin olive oil (I eye measured this but I would 7 tbsp). BLEND!

1) Strain the pasta but keep some of the boiled water in the pan; add your delicious sauce to the pasta and mix. ADD salt, black pepper and a handful of Parmesan. By now you should switch off the heat and give it a good mix.

You may now serve. The mushrooms is used instead of nuts as it maintains that rich flavour and texture nuts can give & is very ideal alternative for pasta sauce. Please note if you like less garlic then add less and vice versa. If you want lemony go ahead add more or less. This is how I made it for my husband and I and we ate 3 full plates!!!

Hope you like this one, let me know what you think. I hope your staying safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic.

My Delicious Salmon Marinade

I love my salmon to be juicy, zesty, chilly, and garlic-y. One night I just thought let me try all these spices and juices together and let me tell you, when I ate that salmon after it came out the oven…I rushed to my phone to write down what I added before I forgot.

Here is what I added for two fillets of salmon;
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 2 tbsp of soy sauce
– grated ginger (around 3cm)
– 2 grated cloves of garlic (or 3 cloves, if you love garlic go ahead ADD MORE!)
– Fresh chilli or dried chilli flakes (whatever you have, and you can add as much or as little as you like depending on you chilli tolerance)
– Sprinkle of salt & Black pepper
– Sprinkle of Tarragon or any dried herb you have in the cupboard. Coriander or parsley would go just as well too.

I put this in my pre-heated oven for 10-15 mins et voila. Alongside some greens and a salad. I drizzled some olive oil too on my plate for some extra juice-ness.
I would recommend if you have time to marinate this in the morning or a couple of hours before and keep it in the fridge for dinner. You will get a stronger flavour.

Enjoy this one guys! Let me know what you think.

Sheesh Tawook Marinade

This is an all time summer Favourite. But can be eaten in winter too, I mean who makes up these rules except for us!! Gooooo enjoy that marinate guys!! Instead of grilling these baby skewers on a BBQ, shove it in the OVEN!

You can eat this with salad, in a wrap, with rice, grilled veg! It goes with everything. Sheesh Tawook is really popular in the Middle East. It originated in Turkey and spread all the way to the south.

The three key ingredients in the marinade are; garlic, lemon, and yoghurt.

With measurements you add;

half a head of garlic (or more if you love garlic)
1 squeezed lemon
3 tbsp of yoghurt
tsp of salt
2 tbsp of tomato pureé
1 tbsp of Black pepper
a drizzle of olive oil
dried oregano or thyme

I prefer diced chicken breast, but once again in the summer time I add this marinade to chicken legs and thighs.
Mix the marinade into the chicken breasts and cover to put in the fridge for cooking next day.

And there you have it guys. A sheesh tawook marinade. I love making my own homemade garlic sauce to go with this which will just make you lick your fingers after it (also for vegans). That recipe will be posted soon :).