Posts Tagged ‘Carrot’

Minestrone (The Big Soup)

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve held off making this soup for an age. Mainly because the traditional Irish vegetable soup ticks all the boxes and that’s what I’d normally go with. Today I fancied something different, so here it is.


  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp of sea salt crystals
  • a large pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • ¼ red pepper
  • ¼ orange pepper
  • ¼ yellow pepper
  • 2 closed cup mushrooms
  • 50g soup broth
  • 25g red lentils
  • 100g pasta (any type)
  • ½ tsp pimento powder
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp of mushroom ketchup (optional)
  • 1 tsp of vegetable stock powder
  • 1 can/carton of chopped tomatoes
  • 1.5 litres of boiling water


Place a large saucepan (at least 3l capacity) over a medium heat and add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Chop the onions roughly, crush the garlic and add to the pan. Dice the carrots, celery, peppers and mushrooms and add to the pan once the onion has softened. Next, add the soup broth, lentils and pasta followed by the spices, balsamic (mushroom ketchup, if using) and vegetable stock. Stir well and add the tomatoes.

Once the tomatoes start to bubble, add the water 500ml at a time allowing to come to a simmer between adding each batch. Cover and allow to boil for 15 minutes before reducing the heat to simmer for a further hour and a half or until the soup thickens and the soup broth pulses soften. Add small amounts of water during cooking, if needed.

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Bean Burgers

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Another autumn and time for more serious winter food.


  • ½ can of kidney beans
  • ½ can of cannelini beans
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • ½ red pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 25g hazelnuts
  • a heel of brown bread
  • ½ tsp pimento powder
  • ½ tsp cummin powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp of vegetable stock powder
  • 1 tsp of mushroom ketchup
  • large pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil


Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Finely dice the onion and pepper and grate the carrot coarsely. Whizz the bread and hazelnuts in a food processor. Stir the mixture and set aside for an hour.

To cook, preheat the oven to 180° C and lightly oil a baking tray. Divide the mixture in two and roll into balls then flatten and place on the tray. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until they start to brown at the edges.

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Fresh Coleslaw

June 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Nothing better than crunching some raw vegetables in a creamy mayo . . .


  • 1 small white cabbage (300g)
  • 2 large carrots (150g)
  • 1 medium red onion (100g)
  • 150g french mayonnaise
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 1 large pinch of pepper


Half the cabbage from top to bottom and finely slice into half-discs across its width. Peel the carrots, if needed, and slice finely into strips along their length. Cut the sections again along their length into fine strips and halve. Finally, half the onion from top to bottom and finely slice into half-discs across its width.

Combine the sliced ingredients in a large bowl and mix through each other until evenly distributed. Add the salt, pepper and mayonnaise and stir in until everything is well coated. Place in the fridge for half an hour and remove from fridge 15 minutes befure serving.

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Chana Daal Curry

March 18, 2009 Leave a comment

We went to the Indian spice shop at the bottom of the street for an overdue nosey. The keen eyed and generally awesome Kerri spotted bags of Chana Daal . . . I’ve been going on about it for an age (since I read this article) and we’ve trawled various cities in search of the stuff. I also got some amchur and black mustard seeds to add to my arsenal of spices. <3


  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 green finger chilli
  • 1 potato
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 green pepper
  • 150g chana daal
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp vegetable ghee
  • 1 tsp black mustard seed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1tsp dried chopped fenugreek leaves (or ½ tsp fenugreek powder)
  • 1 tsp amchur (dried green mango powder)
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 large pinches of salt


Finely chop the garlic, ginger and chilli (or use a tablespoon of the green paste) and roughly chop the onions. Heat the ghee (or 4 tbsp of oil) in a stir-fry pan and add the mustard seeds. Once they start to pop add the onions and fry off for 5-7 minutes on a medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli and fry for a further 5 minutes.

Add the remaining spices and one large pinch of salt and stir. Reduce the heat to medium after 3-5 minutes. If the mixture is becoming too dry or catching then add small quantities of water. Chop the carrots, sweet potato, potato and green pepper and add to the pan. Stir well to coat with spices.

Wash the chana daal well, add to the pan and stir in. After 5 minutes add half the can of tomatoes and stir. Add the remaining tomatoes when the first lot starts to simmer. Add the second large pinch of salt.

Add the stock in two batches making sure the pan returns to the boil between each. Simmer on a medium heat for 45 minutes to an hour until the chana daal is tender. Add small amounts of water if the sauce becomes too dry during cooking.

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Moroccan Stew

March 6, 2009 Leave a comment

This recipe combines the exotic appeal of North African cuisine, as imagined by this vegetarian, with the comfort and homeliness of a simple stew to make an aromatic and invigorating dish.


  • 4 onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 8 small anya potatoes
  • 2 peppers
  • 4 finger chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp pimento powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 25g fresh coriander
  • 125g brown rice
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 2 large pinches salt
  • 1 large pinch of black pepper
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp toasted almonds


Soak the rice in the vegetable stock along with the honey and salt and pepper for at least an hour before preparing the rest of the dish. Roughly chop the onions and peppers, crush the garlic cloves whole with the flat of a suitably broad knife and slice the potatoes in half lengthwise. Cut the carrots in quarters lengthwise and halve leaving you with 8 sticks per carrot.

Preheat a large stirfry pan with 5-6 tablespoons of olive oil and add the cumin seeds. Once they start to fry, add the chopped vegetables (including the chillies, whole) and stir until all are coated with oil. Add the spices and stir well. Next, add the chickpeas followed by the lemon juice. Chop the coriander roughly and stir into the mixture.

After 5 minutes add the chopped tomatoes and stir. When they start to simmer, add the rice and stock to the pan. Stir and let simmer for 5-10 minutes while preheating the oven to 150°C.

Pour the mixture from the pan into a preheated oven dish and place in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until most of the stock has been absorbed by the rice.

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Spicy Lentil and Tomato Soup

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment

A delicious and hearty thick soup, an ideal lunchtime snack.


  • 250g red lentils
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 4 small onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 red finger chillies
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp pimento
  • 1 tsp salt
  • large pinch of black pepper
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 litres of vegetable stock


Halve and deseed the red peppers and place skin side up on a baking tray under a grill on maximum heat. Chop the onions, carrots and celery while heating the oil in a large saucepan (that can hold 3-4 litres of liquid) at medium-high heat. Keep checking the peppers while chopping the other vegetables and make sure they blacken evenly over their skins.

Add the onions to the pan and stir, after a few minutes add the balsamic. Once the onions have softened and most of the balsamic has evaporated, add the remaining chopped vegetables and whole chillies and stir. The peppers should be done by now; remove the blackened skin and dice the remaining flesh and add to the pan. Add the pimento and basil along with the salt and pepper and stir. After 5 minutes add the lentils and stir well. Reduce the heat and add the can of tomatoes. Cover and let the mixture simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Add the first 500ml of vegetable stock. The lentils will quickly absorb the liquid at the start. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low so the soup simmers gently on the hob. Add more stock 250-500ml at a time as needed. Simmer for 1½-2 hours.

Finally, set aside to cool and purée in a food processor. For best reults store overnight in the fridge to allow the flavour to develop.

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Veggie Chilli (with Kidney Bean Marinade)

October 22, 2008 Leave a comment

My chilli recipe has been evolved over recent weeks in an effort to increase the character of the dish.


The marinade:

  • 250g soaked (or canned) kidney beans
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp pimento powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 10g 85% cocoa dark chocolate
  • ½ tsp honey dissolved in 2 tbsp warm water

The base and sauce:

  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml vegetable stock


Finely chop the onion and combine all the marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl in the order listed and stir well. Cover and and set aside for at least half an hour.

Dice the onion, carrots, celery and peppers and add to a stir-fry pan with 4 tbsp olive oil preheated to a med-high heat and fry for 10 minutes.

Pour in the marinade and fry for a further 10-15 minutes until the mixture is quite dry.

Add the tomatoes in three batches allowing the mixture to return to the boil each time.

Add the stock in two lots allowing the mixture to return to the boil each time.

Simmer briskly for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and started to thicken.

Turn down the heat and simmer gently for a further 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened.