Category Archives: Hob

Tomato Sauce

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • Red lentils
  • Sachet of tomato paste
  • Worcester sauce
  • Hot English mustard
  • Italian herbs

Equipment

  • Tin opener
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Rinse the lentils thoroughly and place in saucepan on a medium heat. Once lentils have started to soften (around 10 mins at a rolling boil) add in the tin of tomatoes, tomato paste, two teaspoons of Worcester sauce, one flat teaspoon of hot English mustard and a heaped teaspoon of Italian herbs. Simmer for 15 mins and turn off heat.

Serve

Serve over pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan.

This sauce improves overnight so I will often make up a batch to do several meals. It works well for lasagne and as a tomato base for pizza.

Kedgeree

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tin smoked fish
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tablespoon red lentils
  • 1 level teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Equipment

  • Saucepan with lid
  • Serving bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Boil the eggs , place in cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool quickly in cold water.

Cook the rice. For Basmati rice place one cup of rice and two cups of cold water into the saucepan along with the lentils. Bring to the boil, cover with lid and turn heat down to lowest setting for 10 minutes.

Peel and chop eggs roughly.

Open and drain fish.

Add curry powder to butter and make a paste, mix into the cooked rice and add eggs and fish. Mix in the chopped parsley.

Serve

Kedgeree can be served immediately or kept warm in the oven, take care that it does not dry out. Can be refrigerated and served cold or reheated the next day.

Chickpea and Potato Curry

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 small tin coconut milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Curry powder
  • Chili flakes or Tabasco sauce
  • Garlic
  • Peanut oil

Equipment

  • Small sharp knife
  • Tin opener
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Peel and chop garlic. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and add garlic. Add to a medium heat.

Open and drain the potatoes – halve or quarter if required. Add to pan. Open and drain chickpeas and add to pan, stir thoroughly. Add in coconut milk, a heaped teaspoon of peanut butter, curry powder and chili. Add water if additional liquid is required. Stir thoroughly and cover until it reaches a rolling boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 mins.

Serve

Serve with plain boiled or steamed rice in a bowl.

Add sides of chutney and plain Greek yoghurt.

Add flat bread.

Beans Bonanza

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 large tin baked beans
  • 1 small tin kidney beans
  • Optional – veggie sausage
  • Tomato paste
  • 1 tin chopped tomato
  • Hot English Mustard
  • Worcester sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Celery

Equipment

  • Wok or large frying pan
  • Tin opener
  • Small sharp knife
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Peel and chop garlic, onion and celery.

Place one tablespoon of olive oil in the frying pan.

Add garlic to cold oil and heat the pan. When garlic begins to brown add the onion and celery and fry until they start to soften. If you are adding in veggie sausage – cut to bite size and add to the pan – fry until brown on all sides.

Open tins of beans, tomato and potato – rinse the kidney beans thoroughly.

Add potatoes and stir to cover with oil. Fry until browning. Add in beans and tomatoes and tomato paste, two teaspoons of Worcester sauce and one heaped teaspoon of hot English mustard.

Stir thoroughly and lower heat. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove from heat.

Serve

Serve in a bowl. Optional – add a sprinkle of parmesan.

This is a hearty dish that can be increased to large proportions to serve a crowd. Chilli can be added with the garlic to add heat.

Corn Soup

Kitchen – Hob

 Ingredients

  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 tin creamed sweetcorn
  • 1 tin coconut cream
  • Peanut butter
  • Chilli
  • Garlic
  • Peanut oil

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Pour around a tablespoon of peanut oil into the bottom of the saucepan.

Peel and chop, grate or press the garlic and add to the cold oil.

Turn on the heat on the hob.

Open the tin of potatoes, and drain. If required halve or quarter the potatoes.

Once the garlic is starting to brown add in the chilli to taste. You can use any type of chillies depending on your preference – flakes, hot sauce, powder, fresh or preserved.

Add in the potatoes and stir so that all potatoes have a coating of oil.

Add in the creamed sweetcorn – using the sweetcorn can add in one can of cold water.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Add in one tablespoon of peanut butter and one half of a small can of coconut cream.

If you don’t have coconut cream you can use a flat tablespoon of desiccated coconut and two tablespoons of water.

Reduce to simmer and cook for another 10 minutes.

Taste – add chilli to taste if required.

Serve

Serve in large mugs or small bowls. This soup is a good supper to end a bit of a drinking session .

Serve with crusty bread or flat bread at lunch.

To add a bit of interest you can slice corn on the cob into small chunks – around 1cm wide – and add into the soup to cook about 5 mins before serving.

Chowder

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 tin smoked tuna
  • 1 tin sweetcorn kernels
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Dill tips
  • Pepper
  • Chilli to taste

Equipment

  • Tin opener
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Pour a small tablespoon of olive oil in the saucepan.

Peel and crush, chop or slice the garlic and add to the cold oil.

Heat the pan and cook until the garlic is slightly brown, stir occasionally. Add the chili and stir.

Open and drain the potatoes, halve or quarter if required. Add to the garlic, stir to coat all of the potatoes in oil.

Open the tin of sweetcorn and add to the potatoes including the liquid.

Open and drain the tuna and add to the saucepan. Add water if more fluid is required.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add two teaspoons of dill tips and half a teaspoon of pepper.

Stir and cover for 5 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as required.

Serve

Serve in large mugs or soup bowls with crusty bread or toast.

Quick and easy flat bread

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • Plain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Frying pan
  • Paper towel

Method

Mix one cup of plain flour with half a teaspoon of baking soda and a large pinch of salt.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add in two tablespoons of cold water. Mix until the mixture forms a rough dough. Oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Knead the dough into a bowl in the mixing bowl. Do not over handle as this will make the dough tough. Form the dough into a ball and leave in the mixing bowl.

Dampen one square of paper towel with vinegar and lay over the dough ball. Leave for 20 mins to prove.

Once proven pinch off a lump of dough about the size of a ping pong ball. Roll the lump into a ball.

Sprinkle a light covering of flour onto a clean, flat surface. Dust the rolling pin with flour and roll the ball into a round about 0.25 cm thick.

Heat the frying pan. You can add oil but this will make the bread oily. Using a dry pan will give a dryer bread.

Brush excess flour from the surface of the bread round and place in the pan one at a time. Shake the pan to move the bread around. Once browned on one side flip onto the other side. If you wish to cook later do not brown fully. Place into a bowl or basket lined with paper towel or a napkin and cover as each of the bread rounds are cooked.

Serve

Slice into triangles and serve with dips.

Use as a base for a quick pizza or quesadilla.