Recipe | Sweet and Spicy Marinated Aubergine

I haven’t posted a recipe for a while; I’ve been on holiday, and also generally eating out a lot 😁 but I’m back in the swing of cooking at home and here is my first invention; spicy marinated aubergine.

Its super easy and delicious; smoky, sweet and a bit spicy, its perfect with couscous, salad or as a side dish with a main meal. The marinade also works well on oven baked tofu.

Preparation time: approx 5 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 1cm slices lengthways (approx 4 slices)

Marinade:

  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1tsp harissa paste
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped / 0.5tsp pre-chopped garlic

Recipe:

  • Score the aubergine slices on one side – cut into to make shallow cuts, but don’t go all the way through
  • Place the aubergine on a lightly oiled tray

  • In a bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients until well combined
  • With a pastry brush (or back of a spoon) spread half the marinade on the top of the aubergine slices

  • Cook for 10mins at 200C
  • Turn the slices over, spread the rest of the marinade on this side of the aubergine, and cook again for 10 mins

  • Turn the aubergine slices again to the first side, and finish off by cooking for a final 10 mins

Enjoy 😊

Recipe | Spicy papaya salsa

Disclaimer: papaya can cause an allergic reaction in people allergic to latex

This recipe is a delicious fruity alternative to a mango or pineapple salsa. Papaya is not too sweet so its perfect for a savoury, spicy salsa.

This recipe is so easy and so quick but very tasty; I love it with fajitas or nachos!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large tomato
  • Half a papaya, with skin and seeds removed
  • 0.5 tsp chopped garlic / 1 small chopped clove
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger (I used pre-crushed from a jar)
  • 0.5tsp chilli flakes
  • A quarter of a small red onion
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pepper to taste

Recipe:

  • Finely chop the tomato, papaya and onion and add to a bowl

  • Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and lime and black pepper to taste
  • Stir well and leave to stand for at least 30mins before serving

  • Stir occasionally
  • Its that easy!! Serve with nachos, fajitas, chilli, or your favourite spicy dish

Recipe | Spicy roast okra

Prep time 10mins

Cook time 20-25 mins

Okra is a tasty vegetable (technically a fruit) which is delicious in curries and stews, but its also great as as side dish when roasted. This is how I have them, and its such an easy recipe to prepare and cook

I found a tip in an online forum once that if you soak them in cold water an df lime juice they lose some of the sliminess so i do that. I’m not sure if it works but if not you get some lime flavour on the okra. I assume lemon would work fine too

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack okra
  • 1 lime
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tsp black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 1tsp chopped garlic
  • 0.25tsp chilli flakes
  • 0.5tsp salt flakes
  • 0.25 onion, chopped into chunks
  • Spray oil to coat

Recipe:

  • Chop the tops off the okra and place in a dish or bowl
  • Squeeze the lime juice over them and cover with cold water. You may have to put a spoon on them as they float quite successfully

  • Leave for 10 mins, then drain
  • Transfer to a baking tray
  • Sprinkle over the cumin, onion seeds, garlic and chilli, and chopped onion

  • Spray to coat with oil (or drizzle with oil), sprinkle with salt, and place in 200C oven
  • Cook for 20-25 mins or until the onions and okra are looking crisp
  • Serve on the side of your favourite curry

Recipe | Zingy pickled fennel

This recipe is so simple but makes a very tasty coleslaw-esque side dish.

It is crunchy and zingy, and with a mild aniseedy flavour. Perfect alongside a potato salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 0.5tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed or mashed / 0.5 tsp if from a jar
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt

Recipe;

  • Slice the fennel as thinly as you can
  • Put in a large, flat bottomed container, like a lunchbox, so the fennel will get maximum exposure to the lemon juice and flavours
  • Add juice of 3 lemons, the fennel seeds, garlic, ground black pepper and 2 pinches of sea salt

  • Stir, cover and refrigerate
  • Stir occasionally
  • It will be ok to eat within 30minutes but the flavour is best if left overnight to pickle and so the flavours can infuse.

Its that simple; enjoy! 😊