Paneer with fenugreek and aubergine

1 packet paneer (200 or 250gm)

2 or 3 long aubergines halved lengthways or half a standard aubergine chunked.

1 small onion finely chopped

2cm piece of ginger finely chopped

3 or 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped

Half a small  red peppper finely chopped

Bunch of fenugreek finely chopped

Fresh coriander

Spices: cumin, coriander,mustard, fennel, garam masala, chilli, paprika, turmeric


Fry the cubed paneer on medium until lightly browned on most sides. Add the finely chopped veg and fry until pale golden. Create a space in the centre of the pan and add the aubergine cut side down. Fry until soft adding more butter if needed.

Add  all the spices except the garam masala, stir for a couple of minute (until the oil separates?). Add the fenugreek, turmeric and paprika, and a cup of water. After a few minutes add the garam masala and coriander stalks.

Serve garnished with coriander leaf and buttered saffron rice, or plain rice.



Falafels, pita and bread dough quantities

100 gm flour makes 180 gm dough

100 gm chickpeas soaks to about 180 gm.

100 gm chickpeas makes about 12 felafels

600 gm soaked drained chickpeas makes a one food processor batch or about 50?

Pheasant pilau with sumac leeks

leftover pheasant fricasee, pheasant stock, onion, almonds, 1 clove 2 cardamom, 1cm cinnamon.

Not bad, try garnishing with pomegranate and green herbs

Side dish: braised leek with chives and sumac and saffron

Should also serve yogurt or raita

Noodles with pumpkin and watercress

2 portions quickcook noodles soaked and drained

1 packet watercress

200gm pumpkin

handful pumpkin seeds

leek, spring onion, red pepper, ginger

coconut, sesame oil, fish sauce, lime juice, makrut, soy, msg

Cook the pumpkin, when tender add the noodles to cook in the pumpkin stock, Stir fry etc

Pheasant fricasee

1 whole pheasant

2 celery stalks/celeriac, 1 carrot  and 1 leek diced fine

100gm button mushrooms

10 or 20 gm dried porcini

glass of white wine, sour cream, anchovies, fresh coriander

Ginger, star anise, soy, salt and pepper, bay leaf, smoked paprika, tablespoon flour

Cut the breast and legs from the pheasant. Remove and reserve the skin, preferably in one piece. Put the carcass and legs in a pot with the anise, bay leaf, the sliced ginger and any celeriac peel. Cover with water and cook until the legs are tender. Remove the legs. Soak the porcini.

Heat some oil in a casserole. Crisp the skin, brown the breasts, add the veg and soften. Stir in the flour, cook briefly and add the wine, porcini water and anchovies, and enough stock to make a thin sauce. Simmer until the meat is done. Stir in some sour cream, season and garnish with coriander.




Winter salad

Roasted beetroot peeled and sliced,  (preferably multicoloured Blaencamel beets)

Coca’s winter leaf mix (mizuna, japanese mustard etc)

Pomegranate arils and chopped walnuts to garnish

Chickpeas and Chard

60 gm chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked

100 gm chard, spinach or sea beet sliced

1 celery stalk or piece of celeriac

1/2 red pepper

1 small onion

1 chilli pepper

30gm creamed coconut

Heaped teaspoon sumac

Tablespoon spice base

Coriander to garnish

Soften the celery/chilli/onion/pepper in a little oil. Stir in the spice base and fry another couple of minutes. Mash the chickpeas lightly leaving many whole. Add the chard, sumac, coconut and salt. Cook until the chard is tender, serve with rice.


Moong dhal with Pumpkin and Coconut

300 gm moong

400gm or so of pumpkin pieces

Spice base (coriander-cumin-fennel-etc), garam masala, turmeric, paprika, salt

1 small onion, sliced, with chopped ginger garlic chilli

Coriander herb (leaf and stalk separate)

50 gm creamed coconut, butter, lemon juice

Bring the dhal to boil with plenty of water, skim scum, simmer 10 or 15 minutes, add pumpkin pieces, simmer until the pumpkin is tender and the lentils soft but still whole.

Fry the veg  until soft but not brown, add the spice base, fry another few minutes, stir into the dhal with the coconut and coriander stalk. Simmer a few minutes, stir in garam masala and lemon juice. Remove from heat and serve garnished with coriander leaf and dotted with butter lumps.

Next time: OK as a main dish but probably better accompanying a contrasting vegetable dish.

Worth trying:try out a version without the coconut and with more, golden-fried onion and extra chilli. Maybe panch puran?



Roast chicken

Standard roast chicken with roast potatoes, parsnips, sprouts, gravy. Freddie in ecstacy of comfort, me bored but looking forward to tomorrow’s jowzers.