It’s been a great week for food! Last weekend we went to visit friends in Edinburgh and had some fantastic food.
First, this stack of superfood pancakes from Loudons Cafe.
“Homemade gluten and dairy free pancake stack made with garlic, ginger and chilli layered with tomato, dill and haricot bean houmous topped with black bean salsa, mixed herbs and herb oil.”
We had some great pizza in Edinburgh from the takeaway shop ‘La Favorita’. When we got home, we were craving more pizza, so we made these homemade versions below. Half was with chorizo (jalapenos on my side) and black olive, jamon and parmesan on the other side. The tomato base was made by frying some garlic in olive oil, added passata and seasoned with rosemary, pepper, salt and sugar. The base was also easy to make – I used this recipe – because we had no yeast!
Now the cooler months have rolled around, I’m craving those spiced, warm flavours and this was a great way to incorporating whilst still eating ‘light’. I skipped the buns and did a few sweet potato fries. The burgers were made with pork mince, salt, pepper, ground paprika and cumin.
To make the caramelised onion and apple relish I sauteed onions slowly in butter and olive oil with plenty of salt. Salt helps release the moisture and breaks down the onion quicker. When they softened and became golden, I added in a diced apple and a small glass of water and cooked down until it went jammy. I then added a pinch of cinnamon, some cumin and garlic and cooked it off until I got a chutney texture.
I like to have at least one meatless meal a week, and a veggie chilli is one of my faves and I actually prefer it without meat! Brown lentils create a great ‘meaty’ texture, along with the classic kidney beans. I also fry up some red peppers up along with the onion for sweetness. It was Friday night, so I loaded it up with plenty of rice, cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and guacamole.