Showing posts with label turmeric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label turmeric. Show all posts

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ginger and Carrot Soup Recipe

Ginger and Carrot Soup 
Scientifically speaking, eating one serve of carrots a day has been correlated to reduce the risk of heart attack and some types of cancer... add to this mix the addition of the five best cancer fighting spices... garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and you have not only a healthy soup but also one of the sweetest soups that the whole family will love.
  • Soften some red onion in a little butter and add to this fresh minced garlic, fresh grated ginger and fresh grated turmeric... if you don't have fresh dried will suffice however do yourselves a favour and invest in the fresh herbs and spices when your doing your veggie shopping you'll wonder why you waited so long... true!
  • When softened add your diced carrots, a small amount of diced sweet potato for a thicker textured result, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a sprinkle of cayenne, a teaspoon of vegetable stock powder... stir and coat everything in the butter and yummy spices to start the cooking process for about 5 minutes... then finally add enough hot water to cover the amount of veg you have used as this will govern the amount of soup you will make...don't peel your carrots as the majority of their goodness lies in or just below the skin... wash only.
  • Soup is cooked in about 15 minutes once the carrots have softened and cooked through... puree with a stick blender and serve... 

...   delicious food   ... 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thai Red Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Thai Red  Curried Sweet Potato Soup
with fresh Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon grass & Coriander

Thai food in my opinion is all about the use of fresh herbs... my favourite thing to use when even they are available... this is a favourite of my soup recipes. 
This soup is unusually "baked" although it can be simmered on a stove top... I would love your feedback as to whether you think it makes a difference to the final taste. ???

  • In an  oven proof saucepan firstly soften on the stove top in a little olive oil a diced sweet red onion, a tablespoon of Thai Red Curry paste, a couple of teaspoons of fresh lemon grass and the stems of a plant of coriander which you have crushed in a mortar and pestle, heaps of freshly grated ginger, about 2 teaspoons and the same of fresh grated turmeric... (These are both so good for you with regard to digestive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits... google them and add them to your diet today... you won't look back)
  • Add to this a kilo or two (depends how many your serving) of diced sweet potato and stir to coat for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add 2 tablespoons of fish sauce and a can of coconut cream and finally enough vegetable stock to just cover the potato... cover and place into the oven and bake slowly until the sweet potato is cooked. 
Serve this soup topped with coriander yoghurt... 
(exactly as it sounds coriander and natural yoghurt blended together in your whiz machine), more fresh coriander and cracked black pepper.
More recipes for soup to come through winter.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Simple Pineapple Curry

Pineapple Curry

Simple Pineapple Curry
This simple curry is made so quickly it takes less time than it does to boil the rice to go with it. Mine tonight is served with couscous I have in the fridge...however it could be served stand alone or add any stir fry (quick to cook) vegetables you may have to hand... such as peas or beans.

  • Fry off all of the following together in a little coconut oil 2 tsp Red Mustard seeds, 3 Cardamom pods, 2 tsp crushed Cumin seeds a handful of dried Curry leaves, 2 tsp Turmeric, Chilli powder to taste and a heaped tsp fresh sliced ginger.
  • If adding any extra veggies do so now and cook until ready to serve because the fruit will only require heating through.
  • Add chunky chopped fresh pineapple and 2-3 bananas.
  • Finish off with Coconut Cream and a good handful of fresh coriander.