Posts Categorised: Recipes

Palms Trees, A Sri Lankan Monkfish Curry Recipe and Coconuts.

The Elephant Stamp Napkins

After the last curry recipe here on my blog, I figured another one might go down as well so here’s a Monkfish curry . You all seemed to like it and the feedback I received was ace. Thankfully my clever Dad was very happy to oblige and came up with this recipe curry and let me tell you – it is good. I ate it all and then scraped the plate clean at the end.

I also thought it would be a great opportunity to try out my lovely new napkins and matching cushions. They’re really tropical and match the curry theme perfectly, don’t you think ?

If you don’t know of them already – I’d like to share a bit of background info about The Elephant Stamp who I received my Safomasi tropical textiles from –   and then I will move on to the recipe and a tasty non alcoholic cocktail too.

Monkfish Curry

If you love homeware that has a story to tell then The Elephant Stamp online store will be right up your street.

They personally selects all of their homeware designs by global brands. The printed illustrations are inspired by places such as Devon, The Netherlands but then further afield in Kerala ( I have a feeling this is where my napkins and cushion print inspirations are taken from ) and they even have hand embroidered items from Women Artisans in Mexico. All very beautiful.

Elephant Stamp Cushion

The Elephant Stamp’s aim is to connect us to the maker of each piece and to understand the origin –  which also will helpfully enable them to carry on making their carefully, well made products for a long time to come … Which is good news for us all.

They sell some beautiful throws that I am sorely tempted by. Do check them out.

Sri Lankan Curry

Now on to the Sri Lankan Monkfish Curry recipe.

If you’d like to give it a go then here is what you will need. This should serve 4.

1 kilo Monkfish – diced, skinned and de – boned.

Turmeric powder.

1 red onion – thinly sliced.

2 tablespoons groundnut oil ( you could use sunflower oil instead )

3 medium sized tomatoes – well chopped.

1 teaspoon seasalt, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 teaspoon grated root ginger, chilli flakes, ground cumin seeds, ground black pepper seeds, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 inch cinnamon stick, handful fresh curry leaves, 1 tablespoon of tamarind water ( you can find this online or in some supermarkets )

1 litre –  coconut milk.

1 lime.

Rice – enough for 4 people.

Coriander, extra lime pieces and 1 grated coconut to garnish.

NB: Keep the shell of your coconut for serving your cocktail  – you will need 6 ice cubes, coconut milk ( you will already have enough from the carton from the curry recipe )  and 3 mugs of fresh pineapple juice.

 

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Method

Marinate the monkfish in a light powdering of turmeric for 10 minutes and then set aside.

Heat the oil gradually and then add the onion and fry until soft. Add the tomatoes and fry together with the onion until well blended. Now add the salt, crushed garlic clove, grated root ginger, chilli flakes, ground cumin seeds, ground black pepper seeds and sugar. Also the add the cinnamon stick plus a handful of fresh curry leaves  and a level tablespoon of tamarind water. Stir well  before adding a full mug of coconut milk and stir well until all well mixed together.

Now introduce the marinated monkfish and cook gently for for only a few minutes until it is tender. Finally add the juice of one squeezed lime.

If you are cooking this to eat with rice – prepare and boil the rice ready to co – ordinate with the curry being ready to eat.

Monkfish Sri Lankan Curry

Plate up your meal and then dress with coriander, extra lime pieces and some grated coconut.

Pina Colada

All you need now is a refreshing drink to have with your curry – so blend the ice cubes or crush if you don’t have a blender with the coconut milk and pineapple juice  and serve in the left over coconut shells. Add some straws  – and you’re away !

Pina Colada Non Alcoholic

Hope you enjoy this recipe by my Dad, if you do try it out –  and love my new napkins and cushions from The Elephant Stamp as much as I do ?

Any questions or comments – leave me a comment under this post and I will get right back to you.

Have a good one.

Lucy x

The cushions and napkins were gifted to me by The Elephant Stamp. All opinions are my own.

 

Joseph Joseph Elevate Wood Carousel Giveaway

Joseph Joseph Giveaway

It has been quite a while since I offered up a giveaway here on my blog. I’m a big fan of kitchenware brand Joseph Joseph though and jumped at the chance to work with them and their innovative and contemporary designs and thought you might be up for winning a colourful Elevate Wood Carousel for your home.

But first, I want to show you a few other Joseph Joseph items that might tickle your fancy from my own kitchen because I am always fascinated by the ideas they come up with and how they combine it all with such style.

What I find with Joseph Joseph, is that the items are often multi functional and practical , saving space but also really well made. I’ve had some pieces for years and they still work just as well. Their brand always stands out in kitchen shops to me, with aesthetically satisfying designs in bold and beautiful shades along with their neutral colours.

They have some lovely new pastel coloured goodies arriving too in their store in the iconic designs. Good timing for Mother’s Day.

Joseph Joseph Bread Board

This double sided bread and cheese board is brilliant for sharing a little bread starter with oil or houmous and then flipping the wood board over to have some cheese and grapes at the end of the meal.

Joseph Joseph Items

It’s really handy and easy to tidy away. I can’t wait to use this when we next have friends over. I’m so in to chilli cheese at the moment so it will be used in front of the tv before then too !

Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver

The selection of glass worktop savers Joseph Joseph are pure joy to a colour lover. They’re so fun and really practical also because they are odour and stain resistant and perfect for putting a hot pan on. It would be very hard to pick a favourite but I obviously love this pastel palette one and also the record player worktop saver on the website.

Joseph Joseph Salad Bowl

Do you love this ‘ Hands On ‘ salad bowl with built in servers ? I just think it’s such a good idea but looks so cool too. The bowl itself is a good size and sits proudly amongst the other dishes on the dining table.

Joseph Joseph

I do find that the more I get in to cooking, the more products like these ones are important for an overall ‘ look ‘. I used to serve food up in whatever I could find in the cupboard but now I look forward to having friends here and making them feel special.

Joseph Joseph Carousel

Now, the giveaway. The Elevate Wood Carousel ! A set of 5 made from beech wood and heat resistant silicone, it has all the 5 utensils needed in any kitchen with a trusty stand that rotates making for an easy life and especially when you’re busy at the stove and need everything all at once ( or maybe that’s just my style of cooking ) … ;)

I can recommend it – tried and tested. It is £55 RRP usually and worth every penny. But, you can get yourself entered here on my Rafflecopter giveaway to win one for yourself free … courtesy of Joseph Joseph.

It’s the first time I have used Rafflecopter and it’s so easy for you to use. You can enter below, nice and swiftly. This giveaway is open to UK residents only and I will email the winner at the end on March 6th 2016 and also announce it on my social media.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Ts & Cs

Postage and packaging supplied by Joseph Joseph. No alternative prize offered.

I will contact the winner as soon as the giveaway ends .If I do not have a reply within 24 hours, a new person will be chosen at random.

Wishing you lots of luck.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Joseph Joseph. I have received no payment  – only some products for the purpose of the post. All opinions are my own.

Gluten Free Doughnut Recipe for Valentine’s Day.

Gluten Dairy Free Doughnut

Here’s a Gluten Free Doughnut Recipe for you.

These home made doughnuts are for my daughters and husband to remind them how much I love them. They’re actually gluten and dairy free too but you really wouldn’t know it.

The edible flowers, I thought, would be a nice colourful touch instead of the usual sprinkles  – after all – it is the day of the year you give flowers, right ? Plus I can pretend it’s Spring. If you remember, I made a lemon drizzle cake last year and used some flowers from the garden.

The recipe is so simple. I used a silicone doughnut mould to bake them in but they can be put in cupcake cases too.

Doughnuts With Flowers

Here’s what you need for the recipe to make 6 doughnuts:

Gluten free flour – 125g

Caster sugar – 125g

Eggs – 2 medium

Butter substitute – 125g ( I used  ‘ Pure Sunflower ‘ )

Baking powder – 1.5 tsp

Vanilla essence  – 3 drops

Icing sugar – 200g ( for the topping )

Edible flowers of your choice ( make sure you check whether they are edible before using them ) or decoration of your choice.

Icing sugar – 250g and water to mix.

Gluten Dairy Free Doughnuts

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If you have a food mixer, great, but if not then with a wooden spoon until a smooth texture with no lumps.

Spoon in to the moulds or cupcake cases in their tray. Bake for 18 minutes ( although check at 15 minutes ) then remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for half an hour.

Add some water to the icing sugar until you have a consistency that isn’t too runny and then ice them and don’t forget to lick the bowl !  Adorn the doughnuts with pretty edible flowers or sprinkles.

Then eat them all up. Yum …

Flowers Yum!

Honestly, I’m a bit of a picky eater and I love these. Hope you do too :)

Do you know of any other good gluten and dairy free recipes ? I would love to try out some more, now that it is part of our daily family routine … Please leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog  – you can also see more pics of these delicious doughnuts on my Instagram – @lucygleesoninteriors.

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival at Snape Maltings

Pumpkins

Every year we try and make sure we go to the weekend of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival based at Snape Maltings.

Apart from it just being a fun day out for us all, it’s stacked full of really good local produce from East Suffolk. There is live music throughout the day which adds to the already buzzy atmosphere.

Flowers

This year it was the 10th Anniversary of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink and there were ever 90 different producers along with demonstrations, masterclasses and an area for kids to get hands on with some cooking.

One of the first stalls I spotted was full of beautiful seasonal flowers. Needless to say, some came home with me and ended up on my Instagram.

Bread Snape

It’s surely criminal to pass freshly made baguettes without buying at least one ? Why doesn’t my homemade bread look like this ever ? :)

Buns

So many tasty pies and buns … not enough time to eat them all … but we took some home with us too.

Tomatoes

These tomatoes  – perfectly ripe and sweet. It’s making my mouth water, just thinking about them again. Local and homegrown veggies definitely taste different don’t they ?

Macarons

The chocolate and salted caramel macarons were our favourite. I would really love to learn how to make them. Do you know of any good recipes ?

Snape Maltings

As well as the concert hall, famous for being converted from an old malt house by Benjamin Britten in 1967, there are also many shops, all transformed but still with exposed, old red brick. One of my favourites is the interiors department, because it is full of colourful inspiration for the home.

Snape Maltings InteriorsSnape

I really recommend a visit to the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival if you’re ever in the area. It is beautiful and the views of the river Alde and beyond are stunning. On this particular day the sky was blue so I will leave you with a picture of the bright bunting that completed the festival.

SkyDo you have any food festivals that you don’t like to miss ? Please do recommend some. Leave me a  comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog :)

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Bettys Tea Party in London with Friends

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SO much fun this weekend, I couldn’t wait too long to blog about it.

I was really lucky to be invited to Bettys Tea Party in London. What an amazing spread and such lovely people. The only time I had been to Bettys before was when I was appearing in a play a long time ago in York and I remembered that it was quite a special place – it instantly took me back.

We were all given a talk about Betty’s – and found out who started the famous family run tea rooms and why. It was started by a chap called Frederick Belmont who ended up in Harrogate by mistake, after travelling from Switzerland to the UK. Luckily for them all up North, he stayed and created what has now become six tea rooms, a craft bakery, a cookery school and online shop.

Books

Cake-Deocrating-at-BettysMy favourite thing was the fondant fancy decorating competition. We were given a demonstration by one of Betty’s expert confectioners and then let loose to do our own. We were given four each and ten minutes to come up with our own designs. To be honest, I was pretty busy gas bagging to the other bloggers on my table and taking in all of the wonderful surroundings and the lovely vintage pastel colour palettes  – but got my skates on when we given a five minute countdown. Amazingly I came third ( my ones are bottom, second from left ) – there were some lovely cakes with really pretty little drawings, so I felt honoured – and won some yummy truffles. Whoop !

Bettys-Cup-and-Saucers-Pretty

Bettys-Macarons1Our next task was to dress our table with selected cakes, plates and cups and saucers. Lots of beautiful delicate, colourful pieces of china to choose from. We were incredibly restrained and managed to put together some pieces without eating anything. We took some photos and then sat down to tuck in.

I drank lots of Elderflower Presse while others drank champagne and then we all had a nice cup of their very own Yorkshire Tea. I had no idea that they made that too.

Bettys-Fondants

The cakes – oh, the cakes. What can I say ? They were amazing. There were macarons, fondant fancies, cupcakes and then there were florentines and chocolates … so many delicious handmade treats to try. I’m not sure I will ever be able to eat any other make of pralines again, they were so good.

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I think we all left feeling really happy, full, like we had made some new blogger friends and that we were lucky to have been treated to a very special afternoon.

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If you live up North and have been to a Bettys before for one of their famous afternoon teas, then you will know what I mean, if you haven’t then I recommend – and if you don’t live near one of their tea rooms, there is always their online shop where you can buy all of their products. Thank goodness for that. :)

My next visit to a tea room has a lot to live up to !

Have you been to Bettys before ? What did you try ? I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experience  – leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – look forward to it.

Lucy x