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Review & Giveaway: Spelt for Health Bread and Flapjack Mixes

I’m lucky in that I don’t have any serious allergies or food intolerances and don’t need to limit my diet in any way.   I love to try out new ingredients and new grains whenever I can.  One of the grains I love in salads is spelt for its delicious nuttiness.   So I was delighted recently when I was sent a selection of products to try from Cathy at Spelt for Health as it meant I could try out spelt flour as well.

Cathy started Spelt for Health after suffering from anaphylactic shock and being forced to give up wheat.  However she was still able to eat spelt.  Spelt is an ancient grain, higher in protein than wheat and also high in complex b vitamins, iron and fibre, which makes it a great alternative for those who are unable to tolerate wheat, although it does contain a small amount of gluten.

Spelt for Health produces bread, scone and flapjack mixes as well as spelt couscous.  I received 2 flapjack mixes, a wholemeal bread mix and a seeded wholemeal bread mix.   The bread mixes were very easy to make.  You just stir in the right amount of milk, put the mixture in a loaf tin and bake.  There’s no need to knead the bread or wait for it to rise.   The breads were fairly dark, nutty and moist.   I was very  happy with the flavour and texture and especially loved it warm with a big bowl of soup!

Spelt for Health homemeal Bread

If you like flapjacks then you would certainly like the Spelt for Health flapjack mix.  As well as the basic flapjack ingredients it contains desiccated coconut, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.  I baked these for just 15 minutes and they stayed deliciously sticky and chewy.  I didn’t add anything to the mix but a little dried fruit would be yummy so then they’d be fruity as well as nutty.  That would be my perfect flapjack!

Spelt for Health Flapjacks

If you’d like to try the Spelt for Health mixes then Cathy has kindly offered to give away 8 mixes to one of my readers.   The prize will include 2 x scone, 2 x flapjack, 2 x multiseed bread and  2 x wholemeal bread mixes.

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As well as making scones, flapjacks and bread with the mixes, there are a whole host of other recipes that can be made including muffins, cakes, brownies and cookies.  Have a look at the Spelt for Health recipe page for more spelt recipe ideas.

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Sour Turkey Meatball Soup

Sour Turkey Meatball Soup: Ciorba de Perisoare

Sour Turkey Meatball Soup

Welcome to this month’s Secret Recipe Club post.  This month I was lucky enough to be assigned to Culinary Adventures with Camilla.   As Camilla is group B’s lovely host I knew I would have lots of lovely recipes to choose from and I really wasn’t disappointed.  I love cooking from scratch, discovering new flavours and trying dishes from different cultures and so does Camilla. Her blog is filled with delicious and creative recipes and there really is something for everyone

I soon chose to make ciorba de perisoare which is a Romanian sour turkey meatball soup.   I had never made a sour soup before but as soon as I read it, it reminded me of the sour soups I had eaten in Poland years ago.   Now, this sour soup sounded completely different from the Polish soup I remembered but the idea of making a sour soup had got to me.   I really wanted to make a sour soup.  I knew it might not look pretty but I was confident it was going to taste great.

I was right.  A sour meatball soup was definitely something new for us to eat at home and I really enjoyed it.  I was frugal with the vinegar, adding only 2 tbsp rather than 4 but it was still enough to give that sour soup taste.   If I’d just been cooking for myself I would have been a little more generous with it.

I made this in January and it was a perfect meal to make when you want something tasty but that makes you feel healthy as well.   This soup is perfect for that.  It’s packed with vegetables and minced turkey is a very healthy meat too.   I used minced thigh rather than breast as thigh meat generally makes moister tastier meatballs or burgers.

I’d never put uncooked rice in a meatball before and I was a little worried that the grains would not cook through or that the meatballs would fall apart but i was worrying for nothing.   There were a few grains of rice in the soup but the meaballs held together perfectly.

So all that remains now is for me to investigate a few more sour soups.  And a of course  a few more of Camilla’s recipes.  I love the sound of the recently published Carrot Pate Canapes and the Za’atar Roasted Rock Cod is an ideal easy fish dish for days when you don’t want to spend too long preparing dinner.

Sour Turkey Meatball Soup

Sour Turkey Meatball Soup

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

    For the Meatballs
  • 400g minced turkey (I used thigh meat)
  • 1/2 small onions, diced
  • 3 tbsp basmati rice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • For the Soup
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ltr chicken or turkey stock
  • Large handful of kale
  • Handul of parsley, chopped
  • 2-4 tbsp vinegar (I used white wine vinegar)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl and mix together with your hands before forming into meatballs.
  2. Heat a little oil in a large pan. Cook the onion, celery and carrot gently until softened.
  3. Stir in the paprika and add the chicken stock.
  4. Bring to the boil, stir in the kale and then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Add the meatballs and continue to simmer for 40 minutes.
  6. Stir in most of the parsley and the vinegar to taste then serve topped with the remaining parsley.
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Cook Once Eat Twice January 2016 Round Up

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in with Cook Once Eat Twice in January.   There were some fantastic recipes  and I’m sorry the round up is a little late.

The first entry was this Easy Peasy Beef Lasagna by Easy Peasy Foodie.  I love the way Eb layers her lasagna with béchamel sauce in the middle too!

Beef Lasagna

The next entry was this Slow Cooked Borlotti Bean Chilli by the Veg Space.  It looks like the perfect vegan meal to me.

slow cooked borlotti bean chilli

Next was this delightful sounding Truffle Honey Roasted Cauliflower and a Quiche from Food Eat Love.

truffle roasted cauliflower

I made this simple Spiced Wild Rice and Pea Salad.  Perfect for winter as most items are from your store cupboard.

Spiced Wild Rice and Pea Salad

I love pastry and cheese so the next entry, this Brie, Leek and Onion Quiche by The Baking Explorer would definitely be something I’d enjoy.

brie leek and onion quiche

I for one was inspired to make cabbage more interesting  by Birgerbird in a guestpost on Foodbod after  seeing and reading her ‘Steam Sear and Slather’ method.

steam sear slather cabbage

I still haven’t tried one pot pasta but Green Gourmet Giraffe reminded me that I need to with this One Pot Pasta with Chickpeas and Courgette.

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Something for every tea drinker is these beautiful Russian Caravan Cupcakes by Only Crumbs Remain.  Even though tea’s not really for me I’m impressed by the effort that went into them.

Russian Caravan Cupcakes

I love my slow cooker and this Slow Cooked Vegetable and Cider Cassoulet by Tales from the Kitchen Shed sounds delicious, especially with the lovely herby breadcrumb topping.

slow cooked vegetable cider cassoulet

I love the sound of this Celeriac, Stilton and Pear Soup by How to Cook Good Food.   It looks perfect for cold winter days!

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It’s no secret that I love Indian food and one of my favourite recipes this month is this Butternut Squash Vegetable Bhaji by FoodBod.

butternut squash vegetable bhaji

There was then another mouthwatering vegan recipe from The Veg Space with this Purple Sprouting Broccoli Baked Farro Risotto.

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Next there was a beautiful Winter Vegetable Tagine from Allotment 2 Kitchen.    It looks so tasty and very seasonal.

Winter Tagine

A chilli is always a great #CookOnceEatTwice meal and Chili’s Favourite Hot Chili from Rooted in Foods looks gorgeously warming.

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It can be hard to make stuffed vegetables look amazing but Hijacked by Twins certainly managed it with these Freekeh Stuffed Peppers.  I need to try freekeh soon!

Freekeh stuffed peppers

Next The Not So Creative Cook made this delicious spicy Algerian soup, Chorba M’Katfa, and even made some tasty little boreks to go alongside.

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There was then a delicious warming Chicken, Sweet Potato and Watercress Curry from Snack to the Future.  I would so much love to eat this right now!

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The final entry was from Fabulous Fare Sisters with these yummy-looking Chipotle Chicken Tacos.

chipotle chicken tacos

Thank you again to everyone who took part.   February’s #CookOnceEatTwice is already live so please come and join us again.

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Cook Once Eat Twice February 2016

Welcome to this month’s Cook Once Eat Twice.   January was a fantastic month with 18 delicious entries and I will post the round up in a few days time.   In the meantime you’re very welcome to start linking up your posts for February.

As usual I’d love to see any recipes that are perfect for more than one mealtime.

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Review: Spice up your January with Gousto Meal Kits

As you’ve probably guessed from the name of this blog, I love using spices in my cooking.   Adding a little spice here and there is often just what you need to take an everyday meal from ordinary to extraordinary.

In the past I have reviewed Gousto meal kits, which I was very impressed with, and so when I was asked if I would like to try a couple more meals kits as part of their Spice up your January campaign I was very happy to accept.

January is traditionally the time for diets and detoxing.   The time for frugality and giving up things.  But why should it be?   Why not spice up your January instead?   Experiment with new spices and  make even tastier meals.  After all, you’re more likely to stick to a healthy diet if it’s full of flavour.

Gousto Turkish lamb bulgur

Turkish Lamb Bulgur

The two meal kits that I tried out both use spices to complement the dishes.   The first dish I made was Turkish lamb bulgur which uses the spice paste harissa to add lots of flavour to the lamb, as well as a good bit of heat!  As a child I didn’t like lamb but after discovering how well it goes with North African, Middle Eastern and Indian spices it became of of my favourite meats.  This dish took about half an hour from start to finish and was a real hit.

The second dish was jerk chicken using allspice and cinnamon.  It was hot and spicy but so so tasty as well.  I could happily eat it again and again.

Gousto deliver all the ingredients you need directly to your door.   The fresh ingredients are packaged so they stay cool all day and are in exactly the right quantities to make the recipes so there’s no waste.   Each recipe has a clear and easy-to-follow recipe card with pictures  as well as directions for each step.   I’ve enjoyed all the meals I’ve tried and if I wasn’t a food blogger creating my own recipes, I would certainly be tempted to sign up.

For more information and to see the choice of meals available this week then please have a look at the Gousto website.

Gousto Meal Kit Jerk Chicken

Gousto Jerk Chicken

Disclosure: I received complementary meals kits from Gousto but was under no obligation to write a positive review.   All opinions are my own.

Green herb sauce

Sea Bass with a Simple Green Herb Salsa

Sea Bass with Simple Green Herb Sauce

Sometimes the simplest ways of eating fish are the best.   It may be a clichee used to excuse a lack of imagination.  But not always.  Sometimes it’s really true.   This simple green herb salsa served with sea bass is one of the times when simple really is the best and not just a popular catchphrase.

To make the simplest things taste great it really helps to have the best quality ingredients.   In this case fresh herbs and garlic, good vinegar and of course a tasty extra virgin olive oil.  I had been sent some Italian Antichi Frantoi Francescani extra virgin olive oil and I wanted to use it in a recipe where a good olive oil would make all the difference.

Once I’d made up the green herb salsa with the oil I had a fiery, garlic and herb paste that was a perfect match for the fish but it could be so versatile.   I think it would also be great with halloumi or chicken, drizzled or dotted on a salad, or even used as a marinade.  The Antichi Frantoi Francescani olive oil has a strong green olive taste and would also be lovely for dipping bread in.   You could imagine you were on holiday in Italy even if you weren’t.

Simple Green Herb Sauce

Sea Bass with a Simple Green Herb Salsa

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • Large handful of coriander
  • Small handful of parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 green chilli pepper
  • 2 tbsp white wine vineger
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 2 fillets of sea bass (or another white fish)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the fish into a food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Taste. Add a little extra oil, vinegar or seasoning if necessary.
  3. Cook the fish and serve the salsa with it.
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Kabocha Squash stuffed with black quinoa

Kabocha Squash Stuffed with Black Quinoa

Kabocha Squash stuffed with black quinoa

Welcome to this month’s Recipe Redux post.   As the new year kicked off we were challenged to create a recipe using an ingredient we’d never tried before.   Well, to begin with this seemed like a difficult challenge as I have a whole cupboard full of different grains and pulses which I don’t use nearly as often as I should, but I couldn’t use any of them as I had at least used all of them once.

I have however been hearing a lot about black quinoa recently and even though my cupboard doesn’t need another half used bag of grain, I decided that this one would be worth it.   After all, quinoa is apparently a supergrain: gluten-free, high in b vitamins, fibre and minerals, as well as being a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids.

One of the lovely thing about quinoa is its texture and the slight crunchiness as you eat it.   If you haven’t tried black quinoa then the difference is that it’s even more crunchy than white quinoa.   And of course it looks great.   Colourful food is always that little bit more enticing than white food.

I decided to make aroasted kabocha squash black quinoa salad and use it to stuff a .   I have to admit that the kabocha squash had been in the bottom of my fridge for a few weeks and really needed to be eaten up.  The great thing about squashes is that they last really well but even so, this one was ready to be eaten.

The bright orange flesh of the squash contrasted beautifully with the black quinoa salad dotted with pine nuts, cucumber, tomato and fresh mint leaves.   It made a delicious vegan meal, although I did have to cut the squash in half to serve as a whole half for one person would have been just too much of a good thing.

Kabocha Squash stuffed with black quinoa

Kabocha Squash Stuffed with Black Quinoa

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 kabocha squash
  • 200g black quinoa
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 10cm piece of cucumber, diced
  • Handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • 50g pine nuts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice the kabocha squash in half, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until soft
  2. Boil the quinoa for 20 minutes then drain.
  3. Toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until golden. Set aside to cool.
  4. Mix together all the ingredients except the squash. Add a little extra lemon juice or olive oil if necessary.
  5. Scoop the salad into the squash halves and serve.
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wild rice and pea salad

Spiced Wild Rice and Pea Salad

Spiced Wild Rice and Pea Salad

January is definitely the time to eat healthily but some salads just don’t suit cold wintery weather.   The good news is that there are plenty of salads which are just right at any time of year and this spiced wild rice and pea salad is one of them.

The beauty of this salad is that it is so versatile.   You can serve it as a main meal or it can just be a side.   It keeps well in the fridge so you can make a big batch and then eat it up over the next few days.  Like many people, I need to try and save time in the kitchen and this is a perfect #CookOnceEatTwice meal.  If you’re looking for more ideas for meals that are great eaten as leftovers then do take a look at my #CookOnceEatTwice posts.

The most important thing is that it is healthy and healthy is exactly what I’m looking for right now.  I adapted it from A Salad for All Seasons by Harry Eastwood and it’s an easy salad to adapt.    You could use any long grain rice or a grain such as spelt would be lovely too.  Diced peppers could replace the carrot and sunflower or pumpkin seeds could be used in place of the pine nuts.

I always think a few spices and fresh herbs do so much to add flavour to a dish and although you could use dried herbs instead, the fresh parsley goes really well.  Coriander would also be lovely.

Although I didn’t consciously realise it when I made this spiced wild rice and pea salad, it’s also a vegan salad and although I am not following Veganuary like some food bloggers this month, it’s always healthy to eat more plant based meals.

spiced wild rice and pea salad

Spiced Wild Rice and Pea Salad

Serving Size: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 250g rice (I used Red Camargue and Wild Rice)
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 250g frozen peas
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice with the cardamom pods and bay leaves.
  2. Put the pine nuts in a dry frying pan and toast them gently until they are golden. Set them aside.
  3. Put a little oil in the frying pan, cook the carrots gently for about 5 minutes then stir in the ground spices
  4. Add the peas to the rice a couple of minutes before the rice has finished cooking then drain the rice and put it in the pan with the carrots. Stir the carrot and spices into the rice
  5. Chop the parsley and finely dice the red onion. Stir them into the rice too.
  6. Squeeze over the lemon juice and add a little extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle the pine nuts over the top when serving.
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lemon and courgette spaghetti

Lemon and Courgette Spaghetti

Lemon and Courgette Spaghetti

One thing I am aiming to do this year is eat more fruit and vegetables.  With that in mind I decided to get my Spiralizer out of the cupboard again.  I’ve had it for a couple of months and this lemon and courgette spaghetti was one of the first things I used the spiralizer for.  The spiralizer cuts the courgette into long thin ribbons which are perfect with spaghetti or in salads and stir fries.

I’ve seen some recipes which replace the spaghetti entirely with courgette but I know that wouldn’t fill me up.  I’d be looking for snacks in a couple of hours.  I still wanted to eat pasta, just a pasta dish filled with vegetables too.

This spaghetti fits the bill perfectly.   It was light and fresh from the courgette, herbs and lemon but the little creme fraiche I added gave it that comfort food factor too.   It was quick to prepare and cook and although I used my spiralizer for the courgettes,  you could still make it if you didn’t have one just by slicing the courgettes thinly.

Lemon and courgette spaghetti

Lemon and Courgette Spaghetti

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 150g spaghetti
  • 2 medium-sized courgette, thinly sliced or spiralized
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Good grinding of black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • A little grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti
  2. When the spaghetti is almost ready add the courgette and continue to cook for another minute.
  3. Drain the pasta and courgette and return to the pan.
  4. Add the garlic, creme fraiche, half of the lemon juice, salt, black pepper and most of the parsley. Stir in. Taste and add the rest of the lemon juice if you think it needs it.
  5. Serve with a little parmesan cheese and the rest of the chopped parsley.
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Cook Once Eat Twice January 2016

Cook Once Eat Twice

Happy New Year and welcome to the first #CookOnceEatTwice of 2016.   Like many people I’m feeling all the Christmas overindulgence and am eager to get back into a routine of healthy eating and meal planning.  I actually don’t want to eat unhealthy food right now.  But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean all the links have to be super healthy this month!

#CookOnceEatTwice is the place to link up any recipes that are designed to last for at least two meals, either meals that keep well in the fridge or those that can be frozen.

Here’s a reminder of the rules:

  • Include a link in your post to Searching for Spice and include the badge.  Add your link to the linky below.
  • If you tweet, tweet me @Corinthecook using the hashtag #CookOnceEatTwice and I will retweet.
  • Include the source of any recipe if applicable and use your own photos.
  • I will pin all entries onto the Cook Once Eat Twice Pinterest board.
  • It’s acceptable to link up old posts but please update them with the link and the badge so they fit the rules of the challenge.
  • Feel free to link up to other blogging events as well, as long as it is within their rules.
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