It’s no secret that I love a big bowl of noodles or a big bowl of veggies, so combining the two is just double happiness for me. I also have an adoration for Thai inspired meals. Who knew it was so simple to make at home? This soba noodle with spicy lemongrass broth recipe is perfect any time of year – full of flavor, ginger and chili. You can have it as lunch, dinner or as a starter and it will probably also cure your cold …
The great thing about this dish is you can add any type of green or vegetable that you like, it goes with just about anything. Simply add all the fresh ingredients together and let the flavors meld – and you have yourself a delicious noodle bowl.
Well, that is all for today. Wising you all a very happy weekend! Now if I could only find some tropical weather…
Soba Noodles with Spicy Lemongrass Broth
Vegan & Gluten-free
- 6 cups water
- 2 red chillies (seeded)
- 2 inch piece of ginger (roughly chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 Tbsp. black peppercorn
- 2-3 lemongrass stalks (chopped)
- juice of 1 lime
- buckwheat soba noodles, or any desired noodle
- sugarsnap peas
- bean sprouts
- sesame seeds
- Place water, chili, ginger, garlic, peppercorns, lemongrass and lime juice in a large pot and boil for 30 minutes. Strain.
- Place the strained broth back on the stove in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add noodles and vegetables of your choice. Cook for about 7 minutes or until the vegetables are the desired tenderness and the noddles are cooked. Serve warm and enjoy.
There’s nothing like a trip to the market to really get the creative juices flowing. I was so inspired in fact, that my walk to the market to buy every type of citrus fruit in sight, also yielded another bright idea: a citrus salad. How do you like them apples…err…oranges? I really do believe that eating seasonally is one of the most important steps to take towards personal health, which means choosing more locally-grown fruits and vegetables and preparing them in a way to support the body’s needs. However, it is possible to eat well according to the season, and still have lots of flavor and variety.
My fresh take on the classic Moroccan salad pairs shaved fennel and red onion with assorted beets, grapefruit and oranges for color contrast. Served alongside some gorgeous greens, it’s a complete meal to share with someone special. I hope you all enjoy this uncomplicated dish as much as I do. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so mind-blowingly tasty.
Get yourself to the shops quick and pick up some of your favorite fruits before they are out of season! And perhaps get into some of the lesser-known citrus that is sure to please. Ever tried a kumquat? How about a tangelo or minneola? Yum.
Blood Orange, Beet & Fennel Salad
Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free
- 1 blood orange
- 1 medium grapefruit
- 1 medium red beetroot, top trimmed
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced crosswise on a mandoline
- 1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced on a mandoline (about 1/3 cup)
- olive oil, for drizzling
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- fresh cilantro leaves
- Using a sharp knife, cut all peel and white pith from oranges and grapefruit. Place sliced fruit in bowl and add lemon juice and lime juice.
- Remove the skin of the beetroot and slice crosswise into thin rounds.
- Layer beets,oranges and grapefruit on plates, dividing evenly. Arrange fennel and onion on top. Spoon reserved citrus juices over, then drizzle salad generously with oil. Season to taste with coarse sea salt and pepper. Garnish salad with cilantro leaves.
(*Photo Credit: my sister, Jenny Norris – jjnorris.com)
I woke this morning to find a light dusting of snow outside covering the lawn and streets. The colder temperatures and rain are something I’ve grown accustomed to living in the Emerald Isle, but snow is something so foreign. While looking out the window I pondered what to do to keep warm. My first thought was to build a fire, but that was out of the question. The next thought, of course, is comfort food. At this time of year it has to be something rich, nourishing and earthy. I know just the thing – bread.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this recipe very much, only because it is really good. This bread does not need much in terms of toppings. It can easily be enjoyed on its own or topped with something a little creative, like Brussels sprouts and red onion.
Cozy up and enjoy the season.
Brussels Sprout & Red Onion Flatbread
Makes 4 flatbreads
- 2.5 cups light spelt flour, plus more for shaping
- 1 cup whole spelt flour
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- a pinch of sea salt
- brussels sprouts, shaved thin on a mandoline
- red onion, sliced
- crushed red pepper flakes
Sift flour into a medium bowl.
Dissolve yeast and salt in lukewarm water. While stirring with a wooden spoon, add to flour and stir in olive oil until well incorporated.
Mix dough gently with your hands to bring it together and form into a rough ball. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover with a clean dish towel and let dough rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size, about 1 – 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350° F (176° C).
Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Divide into 4 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, mold gently into a ball. Roll out portion of flatbread dough on a piece of parchment paper or a floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining portions.
Arrange dough disks on baking sheet and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Bake bread until it is crisp and browned – about 30 minutes. Top with desired toppings. Share and enjoy!
(*Photo Credit: my sister, Jenny Norris – jjnorris.com)
It’s been a long winter. They always are. Long and dark. The darkness is probably the most challenging thing about living in Ireland, but it also makes us appreciate the light.
This soup is one of our latest favorites at home. When bubbling on the stove, hints of flavors from onions, carrots, cumin, curry and cinnamon fills the kitchen. And as you dig in you will immediately be struck by its creaminess, which is enhanced by the lentils.
Lentils are a great legume for a quick and easy meal because they cook in a very short amount of time and require no pre-soaking like other pulses do. They have a velvety texture and delicate flavour – perfect for purées and soups. They are low in calories, virtually fat free, but very filling because of their high fiber content.
In addition to providing the body with slow burning complex carbohydrates, lentils can increase your energy by replenishing your iron stores. They are one of the yummiest sources of folate (also know as folic acid) – just one cup of cooked lentils provides you with almost 90% of your daily recommended intake! Folate functions to support red blood cell production, helps prevent anemia and allows nerves to function properly.
This soup is a real crowd pleaser that will warm the hearts of anyone you serve it to, most importantly, yourself! It comes together in a snap yet is deeply flavorful. Just the thing for a cold night.
That’s it for today. Go make this soup now. And while it’s cooking on the stove top, why not check out my new online store!
Winter Lentil Soup
Vegan & Gluten-free
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. curry powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
- 4 carrots, diced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup red lentils (I used red split lentils)
- dash of cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add the coconut oil to a pot over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and sauté for five minutes, until translucent.
- Add the cumin, curry powder, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, and carrots and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, lentils, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil.
- Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. (If too much of the liquid has evaporated, you can add more vegetable broth or water).
- Use an immersion blender or high speed blender to achieve smooth consistency, if so desired. It also makes for a nice chunky soup. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.