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  • Posted on February 23, 2017

    'Treat don't Cheat' Green Tea Coconut Chicken

    No need to call a takeaway this weekend, this green tea coconut chicken is a curry like no other! It’s perfect for a Friday night in, with the extra bonus that it is super good for you! Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, helping to protect the skin, boost energy levels and detoxify the body. It also adds a wonderful colour and flavour to this super simple dish.

    Coconut chicken recipe with matcha green tea

    Green Tea Coconut Chicken

    2 tablespoon coconut oil

    ½ cup finely chopped onion

    450g / 1 lb chicken breast pieces

    1 – 2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder, plus extra to serve

    1 tablespoon honey

    about 200ml / ¾ cup coconut milk

    a pinch of sea salt and white pepper

    steamed rice, to serve

    toasted flaked/slivered almonds, to serve

    SERVES 2

    Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan, over low-medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook gently for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add the chicken and cook until they are white all over, then stir in the green tea powder, honey and coconut milk. Simmer gently for a further 7-8 minutes until the chicken is cooked all the way through. If you like more sauce, you can add a dash more coconut milk or a little water to slacken the mixture.

    Season the dish with salt and white pepper and serve, sprinkled with a little extra matcha green tea powder, on a bed of steamed rice with a sprinkle of toasted flaked / silvered almonds on top.

    This recipe is from Beauty Foods by Caroline Artiss, available here.

    Beauty Foods recipe book by Caroline Artiss

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  • Posted on February 16, 2017

    'Treat don't Cheat' Beef and Oxtail Ragu

    It’s been so cold this week, all we want is some hearty, comforting food to keep us cosy, and this beef and oxtail ragù recipe ticks all the boxes. The rich sauce makes it a great winter warmer and serving it with spiralized sweet potato makes it the perfect guilt-free comfort food!

    beef ragu with spiralized sweet potato

    Beef and Oxtail Ragù with Spiralized Sweet Potato

     

    beef dripping, for cooking

    600 g/21 oz. oxtail (on the bone)

    600 g/21 oz. beef short rib arrowroot, to coat

    3 smoked garlic cloves, finely chopped

    2 carrots, finely diced

    1 large white onion, finely diced

    2 celery stalks/ribs, finely diced

    2 fresh rosemary sprigs

    2 bay leaves

    400 ml/1 ¾ cups chicken stock (or water)

    11/2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard

    3 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar

    225 g/8 oz. baby plum tomatoes

    salt and black pepper, to season

    to serve

    2–3 large sweet potatoes

    chopped fresh parsley

    mixed green salad

    SERVES 4–6

     

    Set a large casserole dish over medium heat and add 1–2 tablespoons of beef dripping. Coat the meat in arrowroot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the dish – any fatty bits need to take priority on the heat. Once the meat is coloured and sealed, remove from the pan.

    Put all the vegetables and herbs except the tomatoes in the dish and sauté for a few minutes. Return the meat to the pan, stir everything together, add the stock, mustard and balsamic, and cover with a lid. Simmer for 40 minutes.

    Remove the lid and stir everything together. Cover the dish with baking parchment, and simmer over low–medium heat for another 1–2 hours, stirring occasionally. If the ragù sauce is reducing too much, add a little water and put the lid over the baking parchment.

    Add the tomatoes for the last 30–40 minutes.

    The meat should fall apart and fall off the bone; the sauce should be reduced and thickened. Remove the bones from the dish and keep warm.

    Spiralize the sweet potato. Set a frying pan/skillet over medium heat and sauté the sweet potato with a little water for a few minutes until softened.

    Serve the sweet potato with the ragù, sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley, and a side salad.

     

    This recipe is from Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby, available from Amazon UK and Amazon US, as well as other retailers and bookstores.

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  • Posted on February 2, 2017

    'Treat Don't Cheat' Paleo Pizza

    This February we want to prove that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean missing out on the foods you love. Our recipe inspiration for this month is all about those favourite foods but with a little twist, so you can treat without cheating! This week…pizza! This paleo pizza has a base packed with good carbs and protein from a mixture of flours and almonds and is topped with olive tapenade, chicken and sun-dried tomatoes.

    Paleo Pizza

     

    80 g/ ½ cup arrowroot

    130 g/1 cup tapioca flour

    190 g/2 cups ground almonds

    1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs (or dried oregano)

    1 garlic clove

    salt and black pepper, to season

    pizza sauce

    1 red (bell) pepper, chopped

    5 medium tomatoes, halved

    3 garlic cloves

    ½ – 1 tablespoon dried oregano

    tapenade

    70 g/ ¾ cup pitted/stoned black olives

    70 g/ ¾ cup pitted/stoned green olives

    1–2 tablespoons capers, squeezed of excess liquid

    juice of ½ lemon

    2 big handfuls of fresh basil

    70 ml/5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    toppings

    1 cooked chicken breast, sliced

    a small handful of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

    ¼ – ½ green or yellow courgette/zucchini, shaved

    a handful of rocket/arugula

    fresh basil leaves, torn

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    2 baking sheets lined with

    baking parchment, 1 brushed with olive oil

    a high-powered blender (I use a NutriBullet)

    pizza stone (optional)

    MAKES 1 30-CM/12-INCH PIZZA

     

    Begin by preparing the sauce. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Put the red (bell) pepper, tomatoes and garlic on the prepared baking sheet without oil, sprinkle with the oregano and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the roast vegetables from the oven and transfer to the high-powered blender and blitz to a smooth purée.

    Meanwhile make the pizza base. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add 170 ml/ ¾ cup of water and bring the dough together to form a ball and put on the prepared baking sheet.

    If you have a pizza stone put it in the oven to warm up. Roll the dough into a thin 30-cm/12-inch round on the oiled baking sheet. Then once the sauce ingredients are cooked turn the oven up to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

    Bake the base on the pizza stone by shooting it into the top of the oven from the baking sheet, or on the baking sheet, for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove the base from the oven but keep the heat on at 180°C (350°F) Gas 4. Rub with a peeled garlic clove to infuse it with flavour.

     

    This recipe is from Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby, available here.

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  • Posted on January 26, 2017

    Vegan Friendly, Dim Sum Dumplings for Chinese New Year

    Our last Veganuary inspiration recipe is also a nod to the Chinese New Year celebrations that will be going on this weekend. Dim Sum are tiny dishes, found in Chinese restaurants around the world. In this recipe the dumplings are filled with sun-kissed mediterranean ingredients, resulting in a delicious clash of cultures. The strong tang of sundried tomatoes and olives are cooled by the mellow tofu. Pan-frying to get a crispy bottom is a nice finishing touch.

    Vegan friendly Tofu, Sundried Tomato and Olive Dumplings

    MAKES 16

    To make the Wheat dough:

    150 g/1 cup + 2 tablespooons Asian white wheat flour

    80 ml/scant 1⁄3 cup water

    Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and combine with the water to form a dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 20–25 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.

    Separate and roll into two equal cylinders about 2.5 cm/ 1 inch in diameter. Cover with a damp kitchen cloth and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

    To prepare the skins, use a sharp knife to slice the dough cylinders into 16 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each piece with a rolling pin until it has a round shape and a diameter of around 7.5 cm/3 inches.

    To make the Dumplings:

    1 batch Wheat Dough,

    200 g/7 oz. firm tofu, drained and sliced into small cubes

    a pinch of salt

    1 leek, thinly sliced

    60 g/ ½ cup sundried tomatoes, finely chopped

    50 g/scant ½ cup black pitted olives, finely chopped

    2 button mushrooms, finely chopped

    2 Chinese chive stalks, white parts removed and finely chopped

    a handful of fresh Chinese parsley, finely chopped

    1 teaspoon Sichuan pepper

    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    2 tablespoons vegan stir-fry sauce

    2 tablespoons sesame oil

    Dipping sauce

    1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    a red shallot, finely chopped

    a handful of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

     

    Sprinkle a little salt over the tofu slices and set them aside for 30 minutes before squeezing out the excess water.

    Prepare the wheat dough (see above). While the dough is resting, prepare the filling.

    In a bowl combine the tofu with the chopped vegetables, parsley, seasonings, vegan stir-fry sauce and sesame oil. Mix well and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

    Roll out the skins, continuing to follow the recipe on page 8. Put a large teaspoon of filling into the centre of a skin. Dip your fingertips in a small dish of water and slightly moisten the edge of half the skin. Fold in half and pinch the edges together to form a simple cresent shape. Fold the two ends of the dumpling together and overlap to create a Chinese ingot shape. Seal with another dab of water if needed. Repeat until all the mixture and skins have been used.

    Gently lower the dumplings into a pan of boiling water and cover with a lid. As soon as the dumplings start to float they should be ready. Alternatively, you can lightly pan-fry the boiled dumplings to make the bottoms crispy and golden.

    To make the dipping sauce, mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.

    Serve the dumplings hot with the dipping sauce on the side.

     

    This recipe was taken from Modern Dim Sum by Loretta Liu, available here.

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  • Posted on January 12, 2017

    Vegan and Paleo friendly Vegetable Stir-Fry

    This fabulous vegetable stir-fry is a great, versatile dish, as you can easily mix and match your ingredients to suit everyone’s tastes. Packed full of colourful veg and served with a sweet and spicy sauce, this recipe is Vegan and Paleo friendly, but you could add king prawns or nuts for extra protein, or serve with noodles or rice on the side…it’s totally up to you!

    Vegetable Stir-Fry

    1 red and 1 green (bell) pepper, sliced into strips

    3 carrots, cut into ribbons

    150 g/5 oz. green beans, sliced

    100 g/5 oz. baby corn, roughly chopped (optional, omit if following strict Paleo diet)

    2 pak choi/bok choy, sliced lengthways

    coconut oil, for frying (optional)

    black sesame seeds, to garnish

    sesame oil, to drizzle

    stir-fry sauce

    ½ –1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, to taste

    ½ –1 green chilli/chile, thinly sliced, to taste

    ½ red chilli/chile, thinly sliced

    1 garlic clove, finely chopped

    a small handful of jarred pea aubergines/eggplants, roughly chopped

    2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

    2 tablespoons liquid coconut aminos

    freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime

    SERVES 4

    First prepare the stir-fry sauce. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside until ready to cook.

    The hard work in this dish is in the slicing of the vegetables. Prepare the ingredients as indicated, ensuring everything is sliced or chopped in a similar way to allow the ingredients to cook at the same time.

    Set a large wok or frying pan/skillet over high heat and add a little coconut oil or water. Add the vegetables and cook for 1–2 minutes until you have the desired crunch – I like my vegetables to be al dente but you can cook them for a little longer if you prefer.

    Tip half of the stir-fry sauce into the pan and toss to coat. Continue to cook for 1–2 minutes longer to release the flavours of the sauce into the dish, then remove the pan from the heat.

    Top the dish with black sesame seeds and drizzle with a little sesame oil. Serve immediately with the remaining stir-fry sauce on the side to pour over to taste.

    This recipe is from 'Perfectly Paleo' by Rosa Rigby, available here.

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  • Posted on January 10, 2017

    What is your perfect one-pot dinner?

    We love to choose recipes from our cookbooks to share with you but this time, we have decided to let you choose your own! Answer these quick questions to discover your perfect one-pot dish and reveal a deliciously simple recipe to cook at home...



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  • Posted on December 20, 2016

    7 Recipes You Need To Cook This Christmas!

    To finish up our Christmas round-ups, we’re thinking Christmas Food today on the blog. From food for the main event to Boxing Day leftovers to New Year’s Eve nibbles, we’ve got recipes to take you right through the festive season. And if you’re still in need of some present inspiration, check out our Homemade Gifts Round-Up here.

    For the main event we obviously turn to Miranda Ballard and her Modern Meat Kitchen. Click here for her Roast Turkey recipe, and here for what you HAVE to do with your leftovers on Boxing Day.

    Just the words salmon caviar and canapé are enough to get us drooling! You can find the recipe here.

    Or how about Christmas dinner in a mouthful? Click here for the recipe.

    Tiny pizza anyone? You’ll find the recipe here.

    Brontë Aurell’s Ginger Biscuits & Glögg are so quick to make, they’re perfect to have a batch on hand for any unexpected guests this festive season. Click here for the video tutorial and recipe.

    And last, but very much not least, don’t forget Team TWISTED’s Camembert Hedgehog Bread for the ultimate in cheesey goodness – perfect for any party this festive season! Head here for the recipe.

    Happy eating!

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  • Posted on December 15, 2016

    Camembert Hedgehog Bread

    Obviously at this time of year, party food, or food to feed a large group of people is often at the forefront of our menu planning. Fortunately, our new book from the team behind Twisted’s viral videos over on Facebook, Twisted: The Cookbook, is on hand to ensure that your guests don’t go hungry! The camembert hedgehog is one of their most popular videos to date (check it out here) so we thought you might like the recipe! Perfect for festive games nights, New Year’s Eve, or for that awkward period after the 26th but before the 31st where you’re just not sure if you’ve had enough cheese yet. You know the one. Enjoy!

    CAMEMBERT HEDGEHOG BREAD

    Ahh, the Camembert Hedgehog Bread—a stalwart of Twisted’s funk-cheese repertoire. Trust us, this will be your next dinner party show-stopper. Even the most amateur (and possibly drunk) chef should feel right at home with this dish, but its ease is only half the appeal. All it takes is six ingredients, ten minutes to make and twenty to bake, and boom, food heaven (and lots of weird dreams to boot).

    1 large, whole camembert for baking, all packaging removed

    1 large sourdough loaf (or any other large loaf of bread)

    2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary, plus a few small sprigs

    3 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped, plus a few slivers

    6 tablespoons olive oil

    sea salt flakes

    SERVES 4

    HOW EASY? WITH EYES CLOSED

    1 Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas 4.

    2 Using the bottom of your camembert box as a stencil, cut a hole in the middle of the loaf. Tear away the bread to make the hole as deep as the camembert.

    3 Working around this central cavity, carefully cut your loaf in both directions almost all the way down to the bottom of the loaf (it’s important not to cut through the bottom crust). You want to have 1-inch (2.5-cm) squared individual segments (the perfect size for dunking).

    4 Score the one side of the camembert and cut away the rind. Pop the cheese, cut side up, in the bread hole.

    5 Mix the chopped rosemary and chopped garlic into the olive oil and spoon all over the loaf, encouraging the flavored oil into all the slits. Cover the loaf liberally with sea salt flakes. Pop a few mini sprigs of rosemary and a few garlic slivers in the middle of the cheese, along with a little drizzle of olive oil.

    6 Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and get your mates round.

    Twisted: The Cookbook is available here.

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  • Posted on December 1, 2016

    Simple Infused Oils

    Now that it’s December we can officially think about Christmas. Of course, we’ve unofficially been thinking about Christmas since Halloween, but that’s because we’re big kids. But it’s allowed now. We love nothing more than finding the perfect gift for our friends and loved ones, and it’s even better if that gift is homemade. So, today we’re sharing a couple of recipes that will make the perfect gift for your favourite foodie. These simple home-infused oils are quick and easy to do, and will spruce up even the most boring salad!

    Smoked Garlic Oil

    Tea-smoking is a terrific way to flavour foods. It is often used to smoke salmon or duck, but works well here with the garlic. You will need to double line the wok with foil and open a window when you are smoking foods as the aroma is quite pungent.

    8 tablespoons soft brown sugar

    8 tablespoons long grain rice

    8 tablespoons tea leaves

    1 head garlic

    250 ml/1 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive

    freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

    salt and pepper

    Makes 300 ml/1¼ cups

    Line a wok with a double sheet of foil and combine the brown sugar, rice and tea leaves in the bottom. Place a small rack or griddle over the smoking mixture (making sure the two don’t touch) and lay the garlic on the rack.

    Place the wok over a high heat and, as soon as the mixture starts to smoke, top the wok with a tight-fitting lid. Lower the heat and cook gently for 15 minutes until the garlic turns a deep brown. Allow to cool.

    Place the unpeeled garlic in a bottle or jar, add the oil and allow to infuse for 1 week. Drain and use the oil to make a dressing, adding vinegar or lemon juice to taste. Great with a beef carpaccio or a charred lamb salad.

    Bay And Thyme Oil

    Bay and thyme give the oil a mellow flavour and, once strained, it is perfectly enhanced with a light vinegar, such as Chinese black vinegar or rice wine vinegar.

    6 bay leaves

    4 sprigs fresh thyme

    salt and pepper

    150 ml/⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil

    1–2 tablespoons vinegar of your choice

    Makes 200 ml/1 scant cup

    Place the bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper in a pestle and mortar and pound gently to bash up the herbs. Transfer to a jar, add the oil and marinate for 5 days.

    Strain the oil into a jar, add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and serve.

    This dressing is great served over salad leaves or shaved courgettes/zucchini.

    Oils by Ursula Ferrigno is available here. For more Christmas gift ideas for Foodies, check out our Gift Guide pin board here.

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  • Posted on November 25, 2016

    Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Not sure what to do with all that leftover turkey? Us neither, until we were flicking through Caroline Artiss’s new book, Beauty Foods, and spotted this dreamy recipe! Rich and flavoursome, it’s also light and nutritious which is pretty much what we’re after right now. We know what we’re making this weekend…

    Turkey Chilli With Chocolate, Molasses And Black Beans

    I love this dish on a cool evening and use ground turkey to make it lower in fat than chilli con carne made with ground beef, but still high in protein – the building blocks of your muscles. The added magic is the dark/bittersweet chocolate and molasses, which turn it into a deep, rich and heart-warming dish. Pure dark/bittersweet chocolate made with 100 per cent cocoa solids has many incredible health benefits. A recent study discovered a component in chocolate that helps to keep your arteries flexible and less prone to clogging. Black strap molasses have the lowest sugar content of all cane sugar products and they are packed full of important minerals and vitamins, including iron, which battles fatigue and improves endurance and power.

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 onion, chopped

    3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    1 red (bell) pepper, deseeded and chopped

    1 teaspoon smoked paprika

    1 teaspoon ground cumin

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    450 g/1 lb. ground turkey

    a 420-g/15-oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed

    a 400-g/14-oz. can of chopped tomatoes

    500 ml/2 cups chicken stock

    2 tablespoons black strap molasses

    2 tablespoons chopped dark/bittersweet chocolate

    a pinch each of sea salt and black pepper, to season

    TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)

    steamed brown rice

    1 avocado, flesh cut into pieces

    1 spring onion/scallion, thinly sliced

    a pinch of smoked dried chilli/red pepper flakes

    1 lime, cut into wedges

    fresh coriander/cilantro leaves

    SERVES 4

    Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan or pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, (bell) pepper, paprika, cumin and oregano. Cook for a couple of minutes until the onion and pepper are soft. Add the turkey and cook for a further 3–4 minutes until the turkey has turned white. Add the beans, tomatoes, stock and molasses. Bring the mixture to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid (but slightly ajar) and leave to cook for 40 minutes. Stir in the chocolate, season with salt and pepper and serve piping hot with steamed brown rice and a variety of toppings, if you like.

    This dish also tastes great the next day, so it’s a good one to make in advance if you have people over. I also freeze mine in individual portions ready to thaw and reheat another time.

    Turkey

    White turkey meat is one of the leanest sources of animal protein out there. Protein is used in every cell in our bodies. It is used to help build and repair tissues, to make enzymes and hormones, and is the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.

    If you’re hosting a friendsgiving this weekend, make sure you check out our Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up!

    Beauty Foods by Caroline Artiss is available here.

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