Friday, November 14


Hello everyone! Today was one of those days when I stopped and realised I couldn't remember the last time I ate a piece of fruit. Seeing as winter has started to draw in (today's outfit: woolly jumper, scarf, massive fleece shirt and slippers) I wanted to make sure I was eating something a little more nutritious than last nights potato, beans and birthday cake to fight off impeding colds.

For me, that meant calling on all the veg to fill me with some much-needed goodness. Being freezing cold and more than a bit sniffly I was craving a curry to fend off the flu with as many spices as possible.

To make today's gloriously fragrant and flavoursome gobi from the Leon cookbook, you will need:

> 1 onion, roughly chopped
> 1 carrot, thickly sliced
> 1 chilli (as hot a variety as you fancy)
> 1 very small Cauliflower (chopped)
> 1 medium sweet potato, diced skin-on
> 2 thumb-sized pieces of root ginger, unpeeled
> 5 cloves garlic
> 1 handful of chopped coriander

>1 large tsp Madras curry powder
>1 tsp turmeric

> 4 heaped tbsp ground almonds
> 1 handful of sultanas
> 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
> Juice of ½ a lemon
(also inset: peas, ultimately gross and discarded)

To make:

1) On a very low heat, sauté the carrot and onion in a saucepan, lid on, with a small amount of oil (15-20 mins).
2) Blitz the ginger, chili and garlic in a food processor to make a paste (or chop very finely), then add to the carrots and onions with a generous pinch of salt and the spices. Stir and let soften (5 mins).
3) Add the sweet potato chunks and almonds and stir so everything is coated.
4) Increase the heat of the hob and add 500ml of water and the sultanas, before letting simmer (lid off) for 10-15 mins.
5) Add the cauliflower and coconut milk and let simmer for another 10-15mins with the lid back on.
6) Take off the heat, and stir in the coriander and lemon juice. 

Then serve! I was going for goodness today so plated up mine with some quinoa but it would be great with some brown rice and naan bread too. A great winter warmer and also great for any vegans/veggies looking for a spice fix. 

I personally am obsessed with Leon, so sadly for you this won't be the last recipe from them you'll see from me, and sadly for Sam this won't be the last time he is guinea pig for my experiments. Apologies to all concerned...

Until next time,



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