On the menu this week

Dinner last night was a Turkish inspired Chicken, Mushroom & Green Bean Pilaf garnished with fresh parsley, mint, sumac and preserved lemon.

Combining spices of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and paprika with chilli, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken stock and the gentle flavours of chicken, mushroom and brown basmati rice worked really well as a healthy one pot meal.

It’s the ideal summer comfort food when the weather isn’t so great! The only improvement I would make next time is to use chicken thigh fillets instead of breast for their succulence and deeper flavour.

Gluten free cake

Orange Polenta Cake – a gluten free dessert that is just as delicious as any other pudding.

One of my guests at the next supper club is celiac so I wanted to make sure the items on the menu were either naturally gluten free or could easily be adjusted to accommodate this.

I really enjoyed making (and sampling) this cake tonight, I think with a few tweaks it will be perfect as one of the desserts on the Spring supper club menu!

Honey Roasted Hasselback Squash

I saw a recipe for this in @thetimesmagazine recently and couldn’t resist trying it out for myself with some additions – fresh thyme, cumin, paprika and toasted chestnuts.

Tonight I’ve made this delicious vegetable the centrepiece of the dinner table, accompanied by leftover Sunday roast turkey (there was so much – a small crown has provided 6 generous portions!) which I’ve dressed with a tahini yoghurt dressing & pomegranate seeds, and served with a simple spinach, tomato and red onion salad.

Italian Inspired

Decided to go a bit Italian this evening and experiment with a bigger meze plate of Warm Broccoli & Sausage Salad with Garlic, Chilli & Toasted Pine Nuts. (Ideally would be the more aesthetic tenderstem broccoli but only had regular in the fridge!)

I’ve had this flavour combination before both on pizza and with pasta and loved it, so thought I’d try it on its own to see if it would work as a solo dish, that would be accompanied by spicy roasted potatoes and some sort of bulgur wheat or quinoa based salad. I think it would!

Healthy Meze

Coconut & Cocoa Balls of Goodness

We love these snacks in our house. They’ve been made popular by lots of health conscious food bloggers as they’re so good for you (in moderation, maybe not if you eat about 10 in one go!)

If you’re like me and you don’t have an overly sweet tooth, they’re a perfect alternative to a biscuit or chocolate bar mid morning or mid afternoon to keep you going until your next meal.

There are many different ingredient combinations to play around with but for these ones I just blitzed nuts, dates, desiccated coconut, almond butter, cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut oil and honey in a food processor, then rolled the mixture into bite size balls and put in the fridge for around an hour to firm up.

Cocoa & Coconut Energy Balls