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  • Posted on September 30, 2015

    Real Cinnamon Buns

    Is there really anything better than the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns... Apart from, perhaps, the taste of them?! With Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden this Sunday and the recent launch of the fantastic new cooking and baking book, The Scandi Kitchen by Brontë Aurell, we couldn’t resist sharing Brontë’s traditional and simple recipe.

    Cinnamon Roll

    And, as a special treat, we have a brilliant video tutorial over on The Pantry where Brontë shows you how to twist the perfect cinnamon roll. Now, we’re not about to criticise the simple rolling technique of making these buns which results in something like the picture above (and is clearly very tasty!), but to ensure the delicious cinnamon flavours go right through the dough then check out the video and discover how to achieve a real Scandinavian twist on your buns... seriously, you won't believe how simple this method is either!

    How to twist a Cinnamon Bun video tutorial

    13 g/2 ½ teaspoons dried/active dry yeast or 25 g/1 oz. fresh yeast *(see below)

    250 ml/1 cup whole milk, heated to 36–37°C (97–99°F)

    80 g/ ¾ stick butter, melted and cooled slightly

    40 g/3 tablespoons caster/granulated sugar

    400–500 g/3–3 2/3cups white strong/bread flour

    2 teaspoons ground cardamom

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 egg, beaten

    plain/all-purpose flour, to dust the work surface

     

    FILLING:

    80 g/½ stick plus 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

    1 teaspoon plain/all-purpose flour

    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

    ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

    ½ teaspoon vanilla sugar

    80 g/¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

    egg, for brushing

     

    TOPPING:

    syrup**

    nibbed ‘pearl’ sugar or chopped, toasted nuts

     

    2 baking sheets, greased and lined with baking parchment

    MAKES 16

     

    *If using fresh yeast, add the warm milk to a mixing bowl and add the yeast; stir until dissolved, then pour into the bowl of the food mixer.

    **3 tablespoons golden/light corn syrup and 6 tablespoons water, heated in a saucepan

     

    how to twist a cinnamon roll

    Pour the warm milk into a bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together. Cover with clingfilm/plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a dough hook. Start the machine and add the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine with the yeast for 1 minute or so, then add the sugar. Allow to combine for 1 minute.

    In a separate bowl, weigh out 400 g/3 cups of the flour, add the cardamom and salt and mix together. Start adding the flour and spices into the milk mixture, bit by bit. Add half the beaten egg. Keep kneading for 5 minutes. You may need to add more flour – you want the mixture to end up a bit sticky, but not so much that it sticks to your finger if you poke it. It is better not to add too much flour as this will result in dry buns. You can always add more later.

    Once mixed, leave the dough in a bowl and cover with a dish towel or clingfilm/plastic wrap. Allow to rise for around 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

    Dust the table top with flour and turn out the dough. Knead the dough with your hands and work in more flour if needed. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 40 x 50 cm/16 x 20 in. rectangle.

    In a bowl, add the butter, spices and sugars and mix together well. Using a spatula, spread the mixture evenly over the rolled-out dough.

    Carefully roll the dough lengthways into a long roll. Using a sharp knife, cut 16 slices. (Or follow the video tutorial to give your cinnamon buns a real twist!)

    Place the swirls onto the baking sheets (not too close as they will rise further). Leave to prove under a dish towel for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

    Brush each bun lightly with egg and pop the buns into the preheated oven to bake for around 10–12 minutes. Watch the buns as they bake: they can go dark very quickly and you may also need to move the buns around in the oven if they are not baking evenly.

    When golden, remove from the oven. Brush the buns lightly with the warmed syrup then decorate with the nibbed ‘pearl’ sugar or chopped, toasted nuts. Immediately place a damp, clean dish towel on top for a few minutes to prevent the buns from going dry.

    The Scandi Kitchen

    The Scandi Kitchen by Brontë Aurell is available here or, if you haven't seen it yet, then check out our video chat with Brontë to hear about the café, the book and how she loves to bake for her family!


    This post was posted in Featured, News, Recipes, UK, Videos, What's new and was tagged with baking, cinnamon, brunch, video, sweet, 2015, video tutorial, Scandinavian

  • Posted on September 25, 2015

    Treats from The Scandi Kitchen...

    This week we celebrated the launch of our Book of the Week, The Scandi Kitchen by Brontë Aurell, at the café in Fitzrovia. We had a lovely evening, very well looked after by the ScandiKitchen Café team, with a smörgåsbord of tasty canapés! Here's a few snaps from the party, and you can see all our photos over on our Facebook page but in the meantime we wanted to share with you a recipe for one of the sweet treats we enjoyed! Best of all, it is no-bake and super simple!

     

    SUPER-EASY CHOCOLATE OAT TREATS

    All children in Scandinavia know how to make these. Simply the easiest no-bake treat to make – and utterly delicious to snack on. If you prefer less coffee flavour, you can leave it out and add a dash of milk or chocolate milk instead.

    250 g/2¼  sticks butter

    400 g/4 cups rolled oats

    175 g/¾ cup caster/granulated sugar

    4 tablespoons cocoa powder

    4 tablespoons strong, cooled coffee

    1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

    desiccated/dried shredded coconut, sugar sprinkles or pearl sugar, to decorate

    MAKES APPROX. 40

    Blitz all the ingredients, except the coconut, sugar sprinkles or pearl sugar in a food processor or mix by hand (but allow the butter to soften before doing so).

    Put the mixture in the fridge to firm up a bit before using or it can be a bit too sticky. Add more oats if you feel the mixture is too soft.

    Roll into 2.5-cm/1-in. diameter balls, then roll each ball in either desiccated/dried shredded coconut, sugar sprinkles or pearl sugar.

    Firm up in the fridge before eating – they will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

    That’s it! Perfect for your next fika! The Scandi Kitchen by Brontë Aurell is available here.


    This post was posted in Featured, News, Recipes, UK, What's new and was tagged with baking, event, chocolate, Book Launch, recipe for the weekend, quick, sweet, 2015

  • Posted on September 25, 2015

    Rosette Fans

    The autumnal chill is starting to settle in, post-Handmade Fair tiredness has finally hit us (though you can read about how much fun we had here!) and payday is yet to show his friendly face (has it been a long month for anyone else?!); so we're thinking of having a lovely weekend in with some budget-friendly crafting and a good cuppa. We've chosen these rosette fans from the beautiful book by Juliet Carr of Paperpoms, which was one of your favourites at the fair this weekend! Try using some pretty patterned or coloured tissue paper to create your fans, or even newspaper sheets glued end-to-end if you'd like a graphic urban look. Perfect to decorate a party or just to jazz up your home, we love how Juliet has given paper crafting a stylish make over with her pretty projects!

    Paper Rosette Fans

    You will need (makes one 20in/50cm diameter rosette)

    4 sheets 20 x 30in (50 x 75cm) tissue paper

    Glue stick

    Narrow ribbon or fishing line (for hanging)

    Scissors

    Clear all-purpose glue

    Paper clips

     

    1. Lay two of the tissue sheets together, short end to short end. Overlap the edges by ¾in (2cm). Glue along the overlap and press down so that the paper is smooth. Make sure that the paper is fully glued down, with no gaps. Leave to dry while you repeat with the other two sheets. You should end up with two long sheets, approximately 59in (148cm) long.

    Rosette Fans Step 2

    2. Lay the first sheet over the second and stack neatly. Holding the two layers firmly— but not so tightly that you scrunch the paper—fold over to make a ¾in (2cm) wide crease. Then, instead of flipping over the sheets, we use the “double fold” concertina technique as follows: hold the first fold that you made (thumbs under the paper and fingers placed on top), raise the paper up toward you by around 2in (5cm) and push a parallel line and fold under with your thumbs until the midpoint of the paper meets the line of the first fold that you made. With each double fold that you make, press the creases down so that you form a nice, sharp, clean line. Try to keep all of the lines straight and even, as it can be easy to skew the folds.

    Rosette Fan Step 3

    3. Repeat until all your folds are completed. (When you get to the glued parts of the paper, you should be able to continue folding without any problems.) Tie your ribbon or fishing line around the center point and secure in place with a double knot.

    4. If you find that the tissue paper is uneven at the ends of the concertina folds, all you need to do is trim them flat with scissors. Alternatively, cut petal shapes into the ends if desired.

    Rosette Fan Step 5

    5. Move the knot in the ribbon so that it is placed in the middle of the last fold. This will ensure that the rosette will hang vertically rather than horizontally. Fan out the first two halves and make sure that the ends meet; if they do not, re-trim at this point. Using clear all-purpose glue, run a line of glue along one side of the last fold. Lay the ribbon on top of the glue—this way it will be sandwiched between the two layers. This will be the top of your rosette.

    Rosette Fan Step 6

    6. Pull both fan sides down until they meet and carefully press down together. Now fan out the opposite side and use paper clips to secure the folds of paper at the ends of the rosette.

     

    Paper pom-poms and other Party Decorations

    Paper pom-poms and other Party Decorations by Juliet Carr is available here.


    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Featured, UK, What's new and was tagged with homemade, paper crafts, 2015

  • Posted on September 24, 2015

    Sunshine and Sewing Machines

    ...were definitely order of the day this weekend at The Handmade Fair. Having visited the fair last year, we decided to take the plunge and have our own stand this year, and we are so glad we did! It was wonderful to meet so many friendly faces, the weather was lovely and our books proved very popular! Here are a few snaps from our busy weekend!

    Kirstie Allsopp opens the Handmade Fair, now in its second year.

    Some of the lovely books available on the CICO Books and Ryland Peters & Small stand

    Hester van Overbeek, author of Furniture Hacks, gave tutorials in Annie Sloan's Upcycling Tent. We thought this stack of painted chairs was the ideal display for Hester's book jacket.

    Speaking of Annie Sloan, her shop was looking rather lovely too!

    Crafty books for crafty people! Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks by Fiona Goble was one of the bestsellers over the weekend, and we suspect that these guys might have had something to do with this...

    How cute?!

    A splendid weekend all round, and it was so lovely to meet so many crafters. Lots of you subscribed to MAKE, our craft community, at the fair, but if you're not yet subscribed now is the perfect time to do so as there's a free knitting pattern winging its way to subscribers very soon! Subscribe here, and visit our YouTube Channel here. Happy crafting!

     


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with handmade, event, photos, 2015, the handmade fair, fair

  • Posted on September 16, 2015

    Selina Lake Winter Living

    Brrr! It’s feeling properly autumnal now, but just as the weather seems to have given up on summer altogether, we published the perfect book to bring some cosy style to your home during the colder months. Last week we celebrated publishing Selina Lake Winter Living with a tour of some of our favourite blogs. So, pull up a chair by the fire, grab your favourite blanket and warm yourself with these gorgeous reviews!

    We started things off over on Lobster & Swan with a first look at Selina’s winter inspiration: “You’ll be giddy with fresh ideas to transform your home into an inviting, cosy and uplifting space”

    Next Emily Quinton reviewed the book on her blog Makelight: “The photography by Debi Treloar is stunning as always and of course Selina's styling and ideas are as beautiful as ever. This book really celebrates the joy of Winter.”

    On Wednesday, Home Little Home gave readers a peek at the mid-century rustic section of Winter Living and declared it “the perfect interiors book to curl up with this season”.

    An enthusiastic Décor Art said: “I’m ready to skip autumn. That’s how much I loved this book!” including one of our favourite photographs from the book in their review. How lovely are these hanging knitted socks?

    Such Pretty Things appreciated Selina’s use of “her signature romatic, vintage style to create rooms so warm and appealing that you will literally want to climb into the pages”.

    And last, but by no means least, Little Green Shed finished up the tour with a lovely review and a giveaway. If you’re quick, you’ve still got time to enter! Head over here to read the review and see how you could be in with a chance of winning!

    What a lovely cosy week! For more wintry inspiration, make sure you pick up your copy of Selina Lake Winter Living now! The book is available here.


    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with winter warmer, interiors, Selina Lake, Book Launch, photos, 2015, winter living, autumn

  • Posted on September 14, 2015

    Mindful Monday

    After Mindfulness Day over the weekend, we're feeling like a Mindful Monday might help ease us back into the swing of the week. This extract from our new book, A Year of Living Mindfully by Anna Black, can help us be present in mind and body at all times. Take some time off the grid this week, whether on your own or whilst meeting someone, and see how you feel.

    Being Present in Mind and Body
    A sign outside a café read: “No WiFi—Please talk to each other instead.” Although it raised a smile it is unfortunate that it is now too often the norm to meet up with friends or family and spend the time with heads down checking the latest update on our phone, or perhaps taking pictures to upload instantly and show our virtual friends what a wonderful time we are having. When we are somewhere else mentally, we might as well not be present physically. When we are not present with someone, they may feel neglected and ignored.

    This week, practice being present with friends, family, and colleagues.

    • Turn off your phone and put it out of sight. Having it on the table next to you gives a message that something may take precedence over your time with this person.

    • Notice where your mind goes. Every time you are aware of it drifting off, bring it back in the same way as you do when you meditate.

    • Notice whether any particular emotions are arising—perhaps restlessness or the wish to be somewhere else. Whatever comes up, acknowledge it, tune into the body, and explore any sensations that accompany it.

    • Practice Mindful Listening.

    • Reflect on how being present with someone both physically and mentally affects the encounter and the relationship. What do you notice?

    A Year of Living Mindfully by Anna Black is available here.


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with mindfulness, quick, mind body spirit, 2015, healthy, mindful exercise

  • Posted on September 11, 2015

    Recipe for the Weekend

    Heading into Autumn you may want to have a tasty, warming brunch as the weather turns colder. However, an impressive brunch doesn't have to mean a lot of washing up, this one-pot dish from The Cast-Iron Skillet Cookbook is an easy winner every time.

    Kimchi Hash Browns with Poached Eggs

    Kimchi hash browns with poached eggs

    If you are having friends over for Sunday brunch, try these glorious hash browns, served with a Bloody Mary. The kimchi must be made at least a week in advance, but you could always use store-bought kimchi instead.

     

    1 large Russet/Maris Piper potato, washed and shredded

    2 garlic cloves, finely minced

    salt and pepper

    3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to serve

    4 eggs

    1 tablespoon vinegar

    a bunch each of flat leaf parsley and Thai basil (or regular basil), torn spicy kimchi

    1/2 small Napa/Chinese cabbage, halved

    1/2 small Savoy cabbage, halved and core removed

    1/3 cup/75 g sea salt

    1 large carrot, shredded

    2 scallions/spring onions, thinly sliced

    1-inch/2.5-cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and shredded

    2 radishes, shredded

    1 Persian cucumber, shredded

    1/4 cup/60 ml rice wine vinegar

    1 tablespoon fish sauce

    1 tablespoon chile/chilli paste

     

    SERVES 4

     

    Make the kimchi a week in advance. Slice the cabbages into 1-inch/ 2.5-cm strips and put in a large ceramic bowl. Dissolve the salt in 3 cups/700 ml water and pour over the cabbage. Cover with plastic wrap/clingfilm and let stand at room temperature for 8–24 hours. Drain the cabbage and place back in the bowl with the carrot, scallions/spring onions, ginger, radishes, and cucumber. Add the vinegar, fish sauce, chile/chilli paste, and 1/2 cup/120 ml water, and mix. Spoon into sterilized jars and pour over any remaining juice. Screw the lids on and leave at room temperature for 24 hours. Refrigerate for at least 5 days (or up to 6 weeks) before serving.

    Mix together the grated potato, garlic, and kimchi in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium–high heat and add the olive oil. When the oil starts to sizzle, add the potato–kimchi mix and brown for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 6–8 minutes. You want the hash browns to be crispy and browned.

    Crack the eggs into separate small bowls. Fill a medium skillet threequarters of the way up with water. Add the vinegar and place over medium heat until bubbles start to form in the bottom. Carefully pour the eggs one at a time into the water, making sure they are spaced apart. Cook for 4 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon, gently shaking off any excess water. Place on top of the hash browns, and sprinkle with the torn parsley and Thai basil leaves.

    Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

     

    The Cast-Iron Skillet Cookbook

    Find out more about The Cast-Iron Skillet Cookbook here.

    Have a great brunch!


    This post was posted in Featured, Recipes, UK, What's new and was tagged with eggs, savoury, breakfast, brunch, recipe for the weekend, kimchi, 2015, cast-iron skillet

  • Posted on September 10, 2015

    Celebrating the launch of #EasyOnTheEyes

    It's an exciting day in the office today and not just because the sun's back out... we're absolutely thrilled to announce the release of the much anticipated beauty book by the lovely Head Make-Up & Trend Artist for Benefit Cosmetics, Lisa Potter-Dixon! The last few days have seen many congratulations on Twitter, with fans sharing their excitement about ordering Easy on the Eyes and photos of the book popping up all over (the lucky Amazon pre-orders received their copy a little early!); some wonderful reviews across the internet, including Warpaint and The Little Beauty Guidea make-up tutorial from the book over on Cosmo; and have you seen it recommended in Metro or OK! Magazine yet?

    Easy on the Eyes by Lisa Potter-Dixon

    We had a lovely evening on Tuesday celebrating the launch of Easy on the Eyes at Benefit's Carnaby Street Boutique, so we thought we'd share a few snaps from the evening. If you're around in London today then head over to Carnaby Street between 1-3pm where Lisa will be signing books! And if you can't make it today then look out for a limited number of signed copies for sale on the Benefit website soon...

    Benefit Cosmetics, Carnaby Street Boutique

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    The Benefit store was only just big enough for all of the friendly faces that came to celebrate Lisa's first book! With friends, family and fizz, the launch was a great success!

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    Cindy, the publisher, let everyone in on a few secret (or not so secret!) behind the scenes stories about working with Lisa on the book. Then Lisa followed with a fantastic speech and lots of thank yous...

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    Lisa Potter-Dixon Book Launch

    A proud moment for a truly brilliant book... congratulations Lisa from everyone here at RPS! To find out more or to order your copy, click here.


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with event, Book Launch, 2015, beauty

  • Posted on September 8, 2015

    Our Top Tips for The Handmade Fair

    I don't know if you've noticed, but we're really really excited to be exhibiting at The Handmade Fair this year! Not only do we get the opportunity to come and meet some of the lovely crafty people that like our books, but we're also going to be surrounded by handmade goodness and we cannot wait to look around the stands!

    If you're coming to the fair, we figured that you're probably just as excited as we are to have a browse and take in as much as you can, so we've put together a list of our top tips for making the most of the fair (head to the bottom of this blog post to see)... but first, here's a few reasons why we hope you pop along to stand E73 and say hi!

    Handmade Fair images

    The Books

    With practical and inspiring ideas for a handmade home and imaginative projects for all types of crafters, our books will teach you how to create unique items, stylish accessories and a home that makes you happy every time you come through the front door.

    Our range includes titles from some of your favourite authors, including Nicki Trench, Clare Youngs, Selina Lake, Melanie Porter and Fiona Goble, as well as innovative new makers, such as Emily Quinton and Laura Strutt.

    CICO Craft Authors

     

    The Bargains

    20% off everything, all weekend! So whether you’re getting stocked up with crafty gifts or have a passion for making yourself, we’d hope you’ll bag yourself a bargain.

     

    The Prize

    Are you a keen sewer looking for your next machine and some new ideas? Or are you new to sewing and on the look out for some great beginner’s projects and equipment?

    We’ve got a fantastic sewing machine to give away to one lucky winner at the fair, along with a gorgeous fabric bundle and a super selection of sewing books. Simply head over to our stand to enter!

     

    Our Top Tips

     

    1. Browse then buy.

    Oh, who are we kidding, have your purses at the ready all day we say!

     

    2. Do a workshop.

    Make the most of the crafting while you’re there – we’d recommend the Upcycling Workshop with Hester van Overbeek.

     

    3. Carry water (and potentially a mini fan).

    For anyone who visited on the Friday of last year’s fair, you’ll know what we mean. The sun was hot (and the tents were hotter!) and water wouldn’t have been a bad idea!

     

    4. Chat to the experts.

    We can’t wait for you to visit our stand, but we’d also encourage you to visit craft experts like Annie Sloan, Juliet Carr and Hannah Sturrock.

     

    5. Books are heavy.

    But they’re also lovely, so make sure you’re feeling strong (you can never have too many craft books!)

     

    We hope to see you there!

     


    This post was posted in Competitions, Featured, News, UK and was tagged with homemade, handmade, event, 2015, the handmade fair

  • Posted on September 4, 2015

    Recipe for the Weekend

    September is here and with it, a grateful rush of coat and boot buying, because we've secretly all been dying to wear them for weeks! So with thoughts of cosy autumnal evenings and stove-cooked dinners, we've gone for a warming Malaysian and Indonesian curry as this weekend's recipe. Taken from the fascinating new vegan cookbook-come-travel journal by Masterchef UK finalist Jackie Kearney, this recipe will take your tastebuds off to Asia without having to leave your kitchen. Seriously, you will probably have most of these ingredients somewhere in the back of your cupboard already (though a few might need a quick trip to your local Asian supermarket!)

    Vegetarian Mee Rebus

    vegetarian mee rebus

    SWEET POTATO AND SOYA/SOY BEAN NOODLE CURRY

    Mee rebus is a popular noodle dish across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and is a good example of Peranakan or Nonya cooking. It is slightly sweet and deeply savoury with a silky curry-like sauce containing sweet potato, tomato and soya/soy bean paste. Commonly served with boiled eggs, this dish works well as a vegan dish too. Although normally served with ‘hokkien’ yellow noodles, which contain egg, it is possible to find yellow egg-free noodles at Chinese supermarkets or use fermented kanom jeen rice noodles. Crispy shallots bring a key sweet, crisp note. I make a large batch and store in an airtight container.

     

    6 large dried red chillies/chiles, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes and drained

    5-cm/2-in. piece of galangal, peeled and chopped, or

    1 tablespoon ground galangal

    2 small fresh turmeric roots, peeled, or

    1 teaspoon ground turmeric

    4 garlic cloves, chopped

    120 ml/ ½ cup, plus

    1–2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    2 tablespoons brown soya/soy bean paste

    1 red onion, diced

    2 all-purpose potatoes, such as Maris Piper/Yukon gold, chopped

    2 sweet potatoes, chopped

    1.2 litres/5 cups vegetable stock

    3 ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped

    1–2 teaspoons salt, to taste

    ½–1 tablespoon soft brown sugar, to taste

    8 tofu puffs, quartered

    8 cherry tomatoes, halved

    375-g/13-oz. packet of egg-free yellow noodles, kanom jeen noodles or thick round rice noodles

    1 small bunch of Chinese celery leaves, chopped, or 1 bunch of spring onions/scallions

    2 large green chillies/chiles, thinly sliced

    1 lime, cut into wedges

     

    CRISPY SHALLOTS AND CHILLIES

    500 ml/2 cups vegetable oil, for frying

    2 banana shallots, thinly sliced

    2 large red chillies/chiles, thinly sliced

     

    SERVES 2–3

     

    Put the chillies/chiles in a food processor or blender and add the galangal, turmeric, garlic, onion, soya/soy bean paste and the 120 ml/½cup oil. Blend to make a smooth paste. (Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar or finely chop, as it will be blended again later.)

    Boil the white potatoes in water to cover for 10 minutes or until tender, then drain. Heat the 1–2 tablespoons oil in a large wok or pan and add the spice paste. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring. Add the sweet potatoes, stock and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10–15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft, then add the cooked white potatoes. Bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat.

    Using a food processor or blender, process the mixture until silky smooth.

    Add the salt and sugar to taste. Add the tofu puffs and cherry tomatoes. Bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat. For the crispy shallots and chillies, heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Test the temperature by dropping in a shallot – if it sizzles, it’s ready. Add the shallots and chillies/chiles and fry until the sizzling diminishes and they are golden brown. Remove from the pan, drain on paper towels and set aside.

    Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, then drain and divide between serving bowls. Ladle the sauce over and top with Chinese celery, green chillies/chiles, crispy shallots and chillies/chiles, and wedges of lime.

     

    Vegan Street Food

    Vegan Street Food by Jackie Kearney is available here.

    Have a great weekend folks and happy cooking!


    This post was posted in Featured, Recipes, UK, What's new and was tagged with vegan, savoury, recipe for the weekend, vegetarian, 2015, healthy

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