Tomato Rice Cubes with Almond Tomato Sauce and Courgette Spaghetti

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Tic Tac Toe Dinner!

This is a fun dish that can be served together with many different foods.
Go easy on the smoked paprika powder since it can be quite over powering.
Any vegetable you’d like to chop up and include is fine.
I’ve chosen red and white rice since they present themselves so nicely but you may also use quinoa or other grains.
Can be prepared ahead of time and heated in the oven just before serving.

Serves 8

200 ml red rice
Water to boil the rice in
200 ml white rice
Water to boil the rice in
Onion, finely chopped
Salt
Black pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika
50 g Parmesan cheese
3-4 tbsp lemon juice
4 medium sized tomato

1. Cut the tomatoes into fine strips and then chop them into a tomato concasse. Set aside.
2. Boil the rice according the manufacturers specification. Add some salt, when almost done, add some pepper and smoked paprika powder.
3. Fry the onion in a pan, when done, add to the rice.
4. When the rice is ready, remove from the heat and add cheese and lemon juice.
5. Let cool slightly.
6. Stir in the tomato concasse.
7. Using a mold (I use Japanese rice molds) create small rice cubes.
If you save for later, then please refrigerate at this point. If not, then place the cubes on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 5-6 minutes, until piping hot.
Serve the rice cubes with Courgette Spaghetti and Tomato Almond sauce (see below). Chorizo sausage also goes very well with this dish.

Tomato Almond Sauce
Super quick and very rich and tasty tomato sauce.

1 can of chopped tomatoes – 400 g
50 g ground almonds
1 small red chili
1 small garlic clove
300 g (including the oil) marinated roasted red pepper
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt

1. Combine all ingredients except the almonds in a blender. Blend well.
2. Pour into a saucepan and simmer a few minutes.
3. Remove from heat and add the ground almonds.

Fruity Quinoa Rice with Grilled Mackerel

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The Fruity Quinoa Rice is really the most important part of this dish. Instead of serving mackerel with it, you can choose chicken or some smoked fish if you prefer.
Any leftover rice will be delicious the next day, refreshed with some sautéed portobello mushrooms, some pieces of chorizo and, maybe, some paprika powder too.

Serves 6

100g pistachio nuts (including shells)
50 g pecan nuts, cut into pieces
70 g dried apricots
300 ml quinoa
300 ml red rice
Vegetable bouillon (to cook the rice in)
1 leek, finely chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A handful of peppery rocket salad, finely chopped
3 medium sized mackerels, whole (but cleaned)
Salt
Olive oil

  1. Shell the pistachio nuts and dry fry all the nuts in a pan.
  2. Cut the apricots into smaller pieces.
  3. Cut the rocket salad finely.
  4. Cook the quinoa a few minutes less than the instructions on package indicate.
  5. Cook the rice in vegetable bouillon a few minutes less than the package instructions indicate.
  6. In a large pan, fry the leek and garlic in some oil.
  7. Add the cooked quinoa and rice. Sautee a few minutes.
  8. Drizzle some olive oil on top. Add the vinegar and salt and pepper. Taste. Season some more.
  9. Mix in the nuts and apricots.
  10. Stir in the rocket salad.
  11. Score the back of the mackerel in 3-4 places and the coat the fish with olive oil and salt.
  12. Place the mackerels in the oven under a hot grill and grill for 20-25 minutes, turning half way through. (If you have a combination steam oven, use 30% steam during the grilling.)

 

Crab Salad Starter

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This dish is inspired by a wonderful Cordon Bleu recipe.

An increasing number of people have started following the difficult Low Foodmap Diet. This recipe is fodmap friendly and dairy free.

Serves 6

200 g rice

300 g cooked crab meat

1 yellow pepper, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 celery stalk (maximum 5 cm per serving if following the foodmap diet), finely chopped

100 ml crab bisque

salt and pepper

Vinaigrette:
50 ml Red wine vinegar
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
25 ml garlic infused oil
50 ml olive oil
Pinch of Cayenne pepper

2 tomatoes, peeled
Parsley, shredded

  1. Boil the rice according to instructions on package. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
  2. Finely chop all vegetables for the salad, add the crabmeat.
  3. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, reduce the bisque until thick enough to leave a “coat” on the back of a spoon. Add to crab mixture and season.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette, saving the oil for last and whisking well while pouring it in.
  5. Pour the dressing over the crab mixture.
  6. Prepare 6 small bowls with plastic lining. Spoon the crab salad into the bowls. Chill.
  7. Peel the tomatoes. With a sharp knife, cut a shallow cross at one end of the tomato, dip the tomato for a few seconds into boiling water then chill immediately in ice-cold water. The peel can now easily be removed. Cut the tomato into 8 wedges. Turn them into “petals” by removing the seeds.
  8. Chop the parsley.
  9. When serving, turn the bowls onto plates. Place a few tomato petals on top of each and sprinkle with parsley.

Cauliflower Spiced Rice with Tomato and Cinnamon Chutney

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To get the best result for the rice, make sure you use a large enough frying pan so that the cauliflower can be fried in a thin layer. The chutney recipe is simple but delicious. The cinnamon provides an interesting, different flavour but don’t forget to discard it after about 15 minutes as it will overpower all other flavours otherwise. Can be served with marinated tofu (see previous recipes) or maybe a few pices of grilled halloumi cheese.

“Rice”:
Cauliflower, 1 medium size head (about 1 kilo)
2 red onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp ginger, finely grated
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

150 g Cashews
Chili flakes
1 tbsp honey

Parsley, chopped

  1. In a food processor, blitz the cauliflower crowns (the stalks and hard core removed) into small, grain like pieces.
  2. Using a large pan and some olive oil, fry onion until soft, add garlic and then ginger.
  3. Turn up heat – add the blitzed cauliflower rice and fry over high heat , constantly stirring, until slightly coloured. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. In separate pan, toast the cashews, when done add honey and chili flakes.
  5. Combine all plus the chopped parsley.

Chutney:
12 tomatoes (1 kilo), quartered
1 onion, halved and sliced
50 ml red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1 cinnamon stick
chili flakes

  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and let simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, discard the cinnamon stick.

This chutney may be served hot or cold.

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Wild Rice with Chanterelles and Chorizo

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In this recipe, the Chorizo provides a little heat (depending on what kind you choose to use) and the tomatoes a hint of sweetness. The Parmesan cheese allows the molded shape to stay together on the plate. If you can’t find fresh chanterelles, use a mix of any other fresh mushroom you like. A delicious, quick and easy dish! May also be served as an accompanying dish for very hungry guests, goes well with baked, fresh salmon.

Serve as part of a menu together with
Starter: Smoked Salmon Salad with Lime
Dessert: Chilled Strawberry Coconut Dessert Soup

Serves 4

300 ml Wild Rice
300 ml white wine
350 ml chicken broth

½ leek, finely sliced
400 g fresh chanterelles (or any other mixed mushrooms such as Chestnut mushrooms, Portobello mushrooms…)
150 g Chorizo, diced
5 sundried, marinated tomatoes, cut into fine strips
250 g fresh baby leaf spinach, shredded
4-5 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and black pepper
Olive oil for frying

  1. Boil the rice a few minutes shorter than the time indicated on the package.
  2. In the oil, sauté leek and mushrooms on low to medium heat until most of the water has evaporated.
  3. Stir in the chorizo and the sundried tomatoes. Sauté until hot.
  4. Add the spinach, stir until wilted.
  5. Take off heat and add the cheese.
  6. Add the rice and mix well.
  7. Season with some salt, if needed.
  8. To serve; use a small bowl covered with cling film. Press the rice firmly into the bowl. Turn out onto a plate (put the plate on top of the bowl and then turn over), remove the bowl and cling film and sprinkle some black pepper on top and over the plate.

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Caribbean Corn Fed Chicken with Avocado Wild Rice and Red Pepper Vinaigrette

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A flavoursome chicken dish with a rice salad that you will want to serve alongside other dishes too – or just on its own as a starter. The char grilled pepper gives the vinaigrette a rich taste and the Aivar sauce on the side adds a bit of spiciness. A wonderful summer dish!

Serve as part of a menu with:
– Starter: Summer Salad with Basil Walnut Dressing
– Dessert: Chocolate Rum Cake with Chocolate Crème Angalaise

Serves 4

4 Corn fed chicken breasts, skin on
¼ tsp ground white pepper corns
¼ tsp ground black pepper corns
¼ tsp ground pink pepper corns
½ tbsp coriander, ground
½ tbsp fennel, ground
¼ tsp Coleman’s mustard powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Rice:
200 ml Wild Rice
400 ml chicken broth
250 g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
6 sundried tomatoes, cut into small strips
1 jar of marinated char grilled pepper (less 50 grams to be used later)
3 salad onions, sliced
3 avocado, cut into pieces
1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
salt and black pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil

Vinaigrette:
½ garlic clove, crushed
3 tbsp lemon juice
50 g marinated char grilled pepper
salt and black pepper to taste

Sauce:
200 ml Crème fraiche
100 ml Aivar

Sauce 2:
200 ml Crème fraiche
3-4 tbsp Dijon Mustard

  1. In a small saucepan, use a hand held blender to mix all vinaigrette ingredients together for a smooth sauce.
  2. Boil the rice in the broth.
  3. In a sauté pan, gently fry the mushrooms in olive oil until all liquid has evaporated. Add the onions, peppers and sundried tomatoes and sauté for another few minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  4. When the rice is done, add to mushroom mixture. Lastly, gently fold in the avocados.
  5. Mix all spices together and cover all sides of the chicken breasts.
  6. Sauté the chicken, start with the skin side down.
  7. Mix the Aivar sauce with Crème fraiche.
  8. Mix the Dijon Mustard with Crème fraiche
  9. Heat up the rice salad and the vinaigrette.
  10. Serve the chicken with rice salad, drizzle the vinaigrette on top and spoon the Aivar mixture and the Dijon sauce on the side.