Shepherd's pie is a family favourite and this recipe with Indian spices is delicious. I got the idea for this having seen Nigella make one in Simply Nigella, however, as is always the way with cooking I've adapted it to suit my family and our tastes and in all honesty what I had in the cupboard at the time!
I love cooking with lamb as it has such a delicious flavour and as it tends to be grassfed it's good for you too! Lamb contains nutrients including iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium and B12. Grass-fed organic lamb is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
FOR THE TOPPING
500g sweet potatoes
500g white potatoes (or swede works well too).
1 teaspoons sea salt flakes
1 x 15ml tablespoon black peppercorns
6 cardamom pods, cracked
approx 1 litre cold water
FOR THE FILLING
3 cloves garlic, peeled
thumb-sized piece (20g) fresh ginger, peeled (using a teaspoon to scrape the skin away is the easiest way to do this).
1 onion, peeled
seeds from 6 cardamom pods
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 x 15ml tablespoons cold-pressed coconut oil
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
500g minced lamb, preferably organic
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
100g red lentils
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
2 x 15ml tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
HOW TO MAKE:
"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air." Ralph Waldo Emerson
We've been enjoying amazing weather in Aberdeen over the last few months with lots of sunny days and very little rain. It is at this time of year that I naturally find that I gravitate more towards salads rather than roast dinners and stews. This photograph was taken last summer at Balmedie Beach. It was a glorious day and we all decided to head out for a picnic. The great thing about making salads is that they are really easy to make and require little preparation. You just have to cut up your vegetables, mix them up and you've got something delicious and nourishing to enjoy!
Olive Oil (for dressing)
Add either cold meats or nuts and seeds.
What are some of the health benefits of Avocado's?
Avocado's contain vital nutrients such as Vitamin K, Vitamin C and folate. They also contain monounsaturated fats which are the main dietary form of fat in the mediterranean diet, which have been linked to protection against heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline. They also contain chemical compounds known as carotenoids and phytonutrients which can lower inflammation, boost immunity and promote healthy growth and development. Avocados can also benefit digestive health as they are high in fibre, containing between 11-17g of fibre per fruit. There have been studies indicating that the fatty acids in avocados can also help to balance hormones and improve mood.
Health benefits of Tomatoes?
Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It has been known for a decades that tomatoes contain lycopene and studies from the 1990's conducted by Harvard Medical School found that men who ate the most tomatoes had a lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who did not eat tomatoes. Lycopene has also been recently associated with benefiting bone health and tomatoes also contain Vitamin K, an essential nutrient for bone health.
Health benefits of Olives?
Olives are high in antioxidants such as polyphenols and research shows they help boost levels of the antioxidant nutrient glutathione. Studies have also shown that Olives can help to lower blood pressure and help control and lower cholestrol. Olives are a good source of vital nutrients including Vitamin E.
Hope you enjoy your simple summer salad :)
128g Quinoa Flour
64g Chickpea Flour
One tablespoon Herbs de provence
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
8 tablespoons cold water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
Measure the flour
Add the flours, seasonings, olive oil and honey to the food processor
Turn on the food processor and add the water one tablespoon at a time until a thick dough is formed.
Grease the baking tray
For ease, you can roll the dough directly onto the baking tray using a rolling pin
Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, slice the dough into squares and prick them with a fork.
Place the crackers in the oven for 15-20 minutes
Remove crackers from the oven and enjoy! :)
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