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Sunday 28 August 2022

A Meal For... Zelda Manners

 Yes, it's just for me. But why not?

I fell in love with this dish from the local takeaway. Each time I had it, I enjoyed every mouthful but then had a broken night's sleep as I was constantly waking with a raging thirst. I, therefore, decided to make a version without the additives and extra salt.


You can even pretend it's straight from the takeaway.

Satay Bean Curd

Egg Fried Brown Rice

Much cheaper, too!


This is a healthier version of the best accompaniment to any take away meal.

100g brown rice
1 egg
small amount of oil
black pepper

Cook the rice.
Drain but leave hot.
Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk.
Heat some oil in a large pan and place the rice on one side. 
Pour the egg on the other.
Using a wooden spoon, start to scramble the egg and then incorporate the rice.
Stir well to combine.
Season with black pepper and serve.
You can even pretend you ordered it in.
Perfect with Satay Bean Curd.


Forget the takeaway. This is tastier and healthier.

1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp turmeric
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp medium curry powder
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped finely
2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
8tbsp peanut butter
2tbsp light soy sauce
2tbsp lime juice
400ml can coconut milk

1tbsp olive oil
1 block firm tofu cut into cubes
1 onion, peeled and chopped in large pieces
1 red pepper, chopped into large pieces

Serves 4 

Using a pestle and mortar, grind the cumin seeds, then add the turmeric, curry powder, ginger, garlic and chillies.
Pound all together.
Empty into a bowl and stir in the soy sauce, lime juice and peanut butter. 
Thin out slightly with a little water.
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the tofu, onion and pepper until the tofu is just browned and the onion retains some crunch.
Add the spice mixture and make sure everything is well coated.
Pour in the coconut milk.
Bring to the boil. Then simmer and reduce until the sauce is at the required consistency.
You can even pretend it is delivered to your door.
Perfect served with Egg Fried Brown Rice.

Thursday 25 August 2022

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - EUDORA WELTY

Eudora Welty was born in Mississippi in 1909 and lived until the age of 92. 

Her life and works are revered throughout America. 
This summer, Zelda has loved reading her novel, Delta Wedding which is a perfect example of brilliant writing: no sensational plot is needed; but time and place are evoked beautifully.

It is set in the Mississippi Delta in 1946 and details the events leading up to a family wedding, although the focus is so much more about the history and motivations of the family itself. 

Barbecue, as a way of cooking, seems to have originated in the West Indies, but it became a famous cuisine of the American South before making its way to Europe and Australia. 
It seems fitting, therefore, to cook this way for Eudora.

(There is no need to invest in an expensive barbecue. This was cooked over a small 'bucket' version.)


Makes 6

1 large red, orange or yellow pepper
1 red onion, peeled
1 pack halloumi
1tbsp olive oil
1tbsp paprika
2tsp ground cumin
2tsp ground coriander
2tsp mixed herbs
1tsp garlic powder
large grinding of black pepper

To serve:
salad of choice
6 wraps
yogurt and mint or garlic dressing

Mix the spices, herbs, garlic powder and olive oil in a bowl.
Cut the pepper and onion into segments,
Dry the halloumi and cut into about 24 chunks. Add to the spice mix and coat well. 
Leave for about an hour if possible.
Alternate halloumi, pepper and onion on each of six skewers.
Make accompanying salad.
Cook on the barbecue for about 4-5 minutes each side, turning as necessary.
Warm the wraps and assemble as required.