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Triple Chilli Chaat

Triple Chilli Chaat

Triple Chilli Chaat

Wonderful weather. Dry, sunny, slight sea breeze.

Meh, what’re you gonna do?

More importantly, what’re you not gonna do?

What you most certainly aren’t going to do is spend, as the bard of Whalley Range so perfectly put it, “warm, Summer days indoors…”

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Zucchini Spaghetti With Garlic, Chilli, and Parsley

Zucchini Spaghetti With Garlic, Chilli, and Parsley

Zucchini Spaghetti With Garlic, Chilli, and Parsley

I’ve had my eye on this one for some time now.

It’s a dish we used to eat quite regularly once upon a time – partly cooked spaghetti, finished off in olive oil infused with the flavours of garlic, chilli flakes, and parsley. It’s ridiculously simple, not to mention quick, to prep and cook – if you get your act together, you can easily go from fridge / cupboards to the dining room table in under a quarter of an hour.

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Beef Chilli Fry

Beef chilli fry

Beef chilli fry

This dish ticks all the right boxes for a Friday night special.

Ridiculously quick and easy to prep, laughably rapid as well as simple to cook, and yet still able to offer that touch of decadent luxury you get from any meal where good quality beef plays a part.

It sets you up perfectly for a weekend cooking campaign, easing you into the “what can we do to top that” mindset, so that  come Saturday morning you’ll be camped outside the supermarket’s doors, clamouring to be let in, so that you can get your hands on The Good Stuff you need for the days ahead…

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Sweet and sour hot prawns with zucchini noodles

Sweet and sour hot prawns with zucchini noodles

Sweet and sour hot prawns with zucchini noodles

This was one of those throw-togethers that came about as a way to use up a few bits and pieces that were hanging around in the fridge and in or on various assorted cupboards and shelves, and generally threatening to outstay their welcome.

It made for an excellent speedy lunch, but would work just as well as a supper.

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Marvellous Mackerel

Mackerel pineapple sweetheart cabbage and spinach

Mackerel, pineapple, sweetheart cabbage, and spinach

Another day, another fish based salad type concoction for dinner.

What!?

It’s quick, easy, damn tasty, and Paleo – what more do you, neigh, could you, want…?


Ingredients

  • Cooked mackerel, (here I was using about 175g-ish), skin removed and flaked
  • ½ a red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ a pineapple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • ½ a sweetheart cabbage, shredded
  • 1 good sized green chilli, (choose one with a bit of “oooomph!”), finely chopped
  • several good handfuls of baby spinach leaves, washed
  • lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper (lots!)
  • sesame seed oil

Method

  • Prepare veg / fruit
  • Toss into salad bowl
  • Prepare fish
  • Into the bowl with that, too
  • Mix well
  • Season with the pepper
  • Dress with the lemon juice and sesame oil
  • Done

It doesn’t get a lot better than that, now does it….?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the grind – let’s do lunch!

Sardine salad

Sardine salad

I like to keep lunch quick and simple, as I have a limited amount of time both at home to prepare my lunch before I set off on my commute in to the office, and at my desk to actually eat the meal itself.

This then, with only slight variations depending on availability of produce, is my usual lunch-time stomach filler. I prepare everything prior to setting off, and do all the chopping and mixing at my desk, normally sometime around noon-ish.

  • ½ a red onion, thinly sliced
  • a red/green/yellow pepper, roughly chopped
  • a carrot, roughly chopped
  • about 10 cherry tomatoes
  • a good chunk of cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 2 or 3 celery sticks, sliced
  • a red or green chilli, finely chopped
  • a 100g-ish tin of sardines
  • a good slug of chaat masala, an Indian spice mixture

Simply chop / slice, mix, and wolf down.

A word of caution – chaat masala is not to everyone’s taste, but if you like it, YOU LIKE IT!!

It’s very Paleo – the hint of sweetness comes from dried mango powder rather than s***r. You should be able to find it at your local, friendly Indian / Pakistani grocer.