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Amazing Kitchari to try right now

You know those days where you start reading about something and end up following links and suggestions to various other amazing posts?

Well that happened to me today, I was reading about eating healthily whilst living in a van (I have this obsession at the moment with running away from Blackpool and living in a van) and in the original post there was a link to this recipe, it sounds amazing and so tasty.

Here is the article and recipe from Alexa Nehter who is a yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and author of THE CLEAN YOGI

Kitchari is THE Indian cleansing and healing food. It’s a wholesome, nourishing dish especially for those who want to detox, yet also want to feel sufficiently fueled.

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Aubergine and lentil vindaloo

The wonderful Jack Monroe has updated her blog with another super vegan recipe, this vindaloo sounds delicious and we can’t wait to try it.

jack monroeIf you don’t like aubergine, use mushrooms instead. Red lentils could easily be kidney beans, baked beans, black beans, brown or green lentils, or yellow split peas; whatever you have in the cupboard or like. They are here to add texture and protein; all the other flavour speaks for itself, or rather, shouts and sings and dances.

Serves 2-4 depending on appetite:

3 onions

6 fat cloves of garlic

1-2 tsp chilli flakes

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cumin

1/4 of a star anise or an 1/8 tsp fennel seeds

a good grind of black pepper, and then another one

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice

1 large aubergine or 2 small ones

100g red lentils
First peel and finely slice your onions and toss into a pan with a little oil. Bring to a low heat to start to soften the onions, and add the garlic cloves, whole and peeled. Dice the aubergine and add to the pot, stirring all to disturb and stop it from sticking and burning.

Add your spices, but only half of your chosen quantity of chilli. It is easy to add to, but rather more difficult to temper down if you misjudge it, so I put half the chilli in to cook, and leave half to garnish. It means guests and dining partners can choose their own heat, too, which is ideal if everyone is a little different. So, add the cinnamon, cumin, star anise or fennel, and pepper, and stir well to combine. Add half a cup of water to the pan, and crank up the heat. It doesn’t look brilliant right now but trust me, it geets better.

Thoroughly rinse your lentils. In a separate pan, cover them with water – no salt or the lentils will take an age to cook – and bring to the boil. I was initially tempted to throw them into the pot to make this a one-pot dinner, but lentils produce so much ‘scum’ that rises to the top of the pan, I didn’t want to mar my beautiful adventure, so doubled my washing up… When the water is boiling,  reduce to a simmer for around 12 minutes until soft and swollen. Drain, rinse well to knock off the scum, and tip into the first pan.

Add the tomato and vinegar and stir well. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring slowlly and therapeutically every now and then. It should take around 10 more minutes to meld into this glossy, orange, spicy goodness, and the liquid should thicken to an unctuous sauce. If it is too watery for your liking, bring it back to boil, then reduce the heat and cook a little more. If the thought of 10 more minutes on the gas worries you, give it all a thorough stir, remove from the heat and cover with a plate or foil or baking tray for 20 mins. It takes a little longer but by insulating some of the heat, it will continue to cook and thicken as it cools. – words taken from Jack Monroes blog, photo credit to her also.

I love curry and although vindaloo is too hot for me , Tom really likes it so I will be brave and give it a go!

Quinoa and coconut curry

Today I made this delicious lunch, my partner Tom has gone onto a low fodmap diet to try and sort out his gut, so we have been experimenting with food and trying new combo’s. I have only used quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) once before a long time ago, because its £5.99 a bag which is a lot when you are feeding teens and 2 adults, but with its limited foods for the diet we have bought some, so here goes:

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