Kung Pao Cauliflower

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This recipe by Circus Gardener’s Kitchen is similar to the spicy cauliflower wings I posted up a few weeks back. Treating cauliflower like little bites of chicken, you can season them, bake them, and grill them exactly the same way. Think of this as healthy General Gao’s and stick little tooth picks in them.

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets, each about 1½-2 cm
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 red chillies, seeds in, finely chopped
2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
4 spring onions, sliced, including green parts
50 g unsalted peanuts, dry fried and roughly chopped
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
50 g organic cornflour

for the ma-la cooking oil

125 ml roasted peanut oil (use groundnut oil if not available)
2 star anise
1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns
1 tsp dried chillies
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

for the marinade

100 ml organic…

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Radish, Broad Bean and Mint Salad

More healthy goodness from The Circus Gardner’s Kitchen!

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radish broad bean and mint salad

Supermarkets deploy a considerable amount of science to exert subtle influences over our shopping habits and impulses.

For example, all supermarkets now use planogram software to help with store layout in order to stimulate our purchasing behaviour and increase revenues. Essentially, planograms are used to determine where each product should be placed, not only to make the shelves we pass visually appealing but also to ensure each product is in the optimum place to maximise its sales revenue.

This usually means that more expensive items are placed around eye level. If you think about it, the science seems to work: how often do you find you need to reach up or bend down to pick up a product to put in your basket?

So important is the science behind planograms that some food manufacturers pay for “product placement”, in order to get their products placed in the most advantageous…

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Teriyaki Salmon with Lime Infused Egg and Courgette Noodles

Thanks for sharing, Wish to Dish.
*Cackle* This one is for my son, Maximus!

Wish to Dish

Today I am making your weeknights easier (and healthier) with this super speedy recipe.

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This is a dish that is perfect for the more vegetable phobic people in your life… It may look like a pile of egg noodles to the untrained eye but in fact half of the noodles are made up of cleverly disguised courgettes and carrots: this is the genius of the spiralizer. I had been somewhat  sceptical of this clean eating device (as why on earth would you want to substitute carbs for vegetables?!?!) but my lovely flatmate got me one for my birthday and I am now obsessed. It is crazy easy to use and the resulting “zoodles” are honestly delicious. Obviously I am not going to give up on carbs altogether but I like to have a mix of regular and veg noodles. If you do not possess a spiralizer then fear not as…

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asparagus, basil and sesame wraps

“The glorious English asparagus season arrived slightly earlier than usual this year, due to the mild winter and spring weather. This very simple dish is a good way to enjoy these delightful harbingers of all the wonderful seasonal produce yet to come.” ~ The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen

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The European Food Safety Authority recently began a review of the temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides imposed two years ago by the European Union (EU) in response to evidence about the harmful effect of these chemicals on bee populations.

The evaluation is due to be completed by January 2017 and it could lead to the ban being lifted or maintained.

Since its introduction, the multinational pesticides manufacturers Bayer and Syngenta have lobbied hard to have the ban lifted, despite the fact that evidence continues to accumulate about the role neonicotinoids are playing in declining bee numbers.

These chemicals are designed to attack insect pests by targeting their central nervous system, resulting firstly in paralysis and then death. However, they are not able to distinguish between a “pest” and a beneficial insect. Thus, as well as bees, evidence suggests that neonicotinoids cause harm to other beneficial insects such as ladybirds, lacewings…

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roast chickpea and avocado salad

Love salads, LOVE avocados!

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roast chickpea and avocado salad

In the past twelve months some 2,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest has been lost to clearing – equivalent to 50 football pitches every minute.

Although some of these losses are due to illegal logging, much of it has been to meet the demands of the cattle industry.

In 2009 the multinational food giants McDonald’s and Cargill were named and shamed by Greenpeace for their role in the clearance of large areas of Amazonian rainforest, either to graze cattle for burgers or to grow soy beans as feed for cattle destined to end up in burgers.

The current scale of the losses of forest land is unsustainable.

Without the protection of the forest canopies, soils quickly dry out and become vulnerable to wind and rain erosion.

Trees are a vital part of the water cycle, returning moisture from the soil to the atmosphere, which will later return in…

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One Pan Roasted Lemon Potatoes and Asparagus with Salmon

Another great dish from What’s For Dinner Moms!

What's for Dinner Moms?

You know I love one pan meals. Less pots and pans means less clean up! What I like even more is not having to cook it too. I was away for the day with my daughter while she danced. When we got home my partner had dinner ready for us.

As she was looking around the internet there are tons of recipes and videos for this dish. Some use honey, some use mustard or vinegar. Just pick what will work best for your family. She went very simple with olive oil, fresh lemon, garlic and black pepper.

Verdict:

Well, this actually ended up being two pans to fit all the salmon, asparagus and potatoes she wanted to make. We usually make enough to have four to six servings at dinner and then enough for one or two leftover servings for lunch.

We had this meal with a green side salad.

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Baked salmon

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Baked salmon in aluminum foil

Recipe (4 servings) ingredients:

  •  4 salmon filets (skinless)
  • 450g asparagus
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon finely sliced
  • fresh dill
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • salt, pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place 7-8 asparagus in the center of aluminum foil. Drizzle 1 tbs olive oil over the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Rinse the salmon fillets and season each side with salt and pepper. Layer each fillet over the asparagus and sprinkle the upper side with 1 tbs olive oil mixed with minced garlic. Top with fresh dill and a couple of lemon slices. Wrap each foil side inward over salmon fillets and then fold in top and bottom of foil to enclose. Bake for about 30 minutes, until salmon is cooked. Serve with boiled vegetables and/or mashed potatoes.

Unwrap and enjoy with a cold glass of white wine !

Inspired by cookingclassy.com  

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