I love a good dal, especially in the winter. It’s warming, nourishing and comforting, full of spice and just so tasty – basically everything you need to ‘stoke up your little fire’ as my mum would say on a cold day. Today is one such day, I’m sitting here in my slippers and dressing gown trying convince myself that I don’t actually need to leave the house (I do), but before I brave the arctic conditions outside I’m going to write this article and give the great outdoors a chance to warm up a little first.
But back to dal. I’ve already told you how much I love it, but sometimes I don’t feel like eating a whole bowl of lentils, so I wanted to come up with a legume-free version, especially as some of my family don’t eat beans or lentils at all and I wanted to create something they would enjoy too.
I also love my slow cooker. Like big time. And even more so since the arrival of baby H. The good thing about this is there’s literally 10 minutes of preparation which you can do at any point during the day, then chuck the food in the slow cooker, push on and get on with your day. Fast forward to dinner time and the crock pot will have worked it’s magic and all you need to do is a little mashing – it’s THAT easy!
I won’t waste any more of your time though (and I really do need to go out now, those groceries won’t buy themselves unfortunately) but I will say that if you’re in the market for a comforting and nourishing meal, this is just the ticket!
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
A large butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks
A large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
6 dried apricots, finely chopped
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1 bird eye chilli
2 cups vegetable stock
1 can light coconut milk
handful of fresh coriander to serve
To make the paste, sauté the onion, ginger, garlic, chilli and spices on a medium heat for around 5 minutes or until the onion and garlic goes translucent, then pop this in your slow cooker with all the other ingredients except the coconut milk.
Cook on ‘high’ for 4 hours, then mash well (the veggies should be super soft so this should be really easy) and stir in the coconut milk. Leave to cook for another 10 minutes then serve in a bowl with some fresh coriander on top and a side of brown rice or quinoa – a winter warmer at its best!
Hello little cups of yum. Nice to meet you. My name’s Emma and I’m going to look after you, so jump in my tummy quickly before anyone else realises you exist.
I’m feeling a little bit on the silly side today and I think it’s because I’ve eaten too much chocolate. But let’s roll with it and talk about these raw, salted caramel, chocolate ganache cups. So many amazing things in such a little dessert. Continue reading →
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You might think that by not eating gluten or dairy that such meals are wholly in my past life, but do not fear, as I have only gone and resurrected the carbonara and given it a delicious healthy makeover. And a much needed one in my opinion, as although I did used to like a plate of spaghetti de temps en temps, carbonara was always just that little bit TOO rich and creamy for my taste buds (and my tummy). Continue reading →
I’m definitely a girly girl (always have been and I think I always will be) but there comes a time when its a bit weird to be dressed head to toe in shades of fuschia, rose and pastel pink, although apparently that didn’t stop me from doing it at university when frankly I should have known better, but I seem to have grown out of it (and those clothes) now. But pink is still my favourite colour, so these days I just enjoy eating it instead. Although having said that I now have a little daughter (yay!) so I can happily fulfil my pink obsession by living vicariously through her and dressing her in all my favourite shades. I just hope she doesn’t decide to be a tomboy, but right now she’s not even crawling yet let alone making wardrobe selections so I get to choose. Apart from when Mr H dresses her and some rather questionable ensembles get put together, but I digress. Continue reading →
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