Thursday, 26 March 2009

My Platinum Chef Challenge Recipes


I picked the ingredients so why such trouble coming up with a recipe? indesicion thats what!
these are what I *finally* decided on


Curried pumpkin & lentil soup





Ingredients (serves 4)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
1 1/2 cups dried red lentils
1.75kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
5 cups vegetable stock
cream to taste
natural yoghurt, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes until soft. Stir in curry powder and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  2. Add lentils, pumpkin, and stock. Stir until well-combined. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, partially covered, for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly until pumpkin is just tender. just before serving a cream & stir through.
  3. Serve immediately, topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt if desired.

custard & Jelly dessert

no recipe here you just make up some jelly to packet directions then pour into a glass/dish of your choice. when set top with custard & whipped cream, arrange apricots and nuts (I used peanuts) on top and serve

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Long time since I blogged (sorry)

It has been ages since I blogged and am really sorry but have had a lot of non food related stuff going on. my apologies re the Platinum Chef Challenge I know its taken a long time but I'm extending the date untill friday March 27th in the hope of more entries. please click on the Platinum Chef Challenge link for details on how to enter, thanks!