Helen and Bosh day 10 – Easy Peasy Pasta

Not sure about the name – it doesn’t have peas in it! Cooking and preparation time was about an hour so not that quick. If I made this again I wouldn’t put passata in with the veg in the oven to get a better roasted flavour. The Bosh boys seem to have their favourite ingredients! I would probably put some aubergine in next time as well. I used proper tomatoes cut into 8 pieces each rather than the cherry ones for a heartier flavour. Don’t bother to chop the spinach it’s not necessary! It was very filling, no need for bread!

 

Skill level required: 4/10
Washing up generated: 10/10 oven dish, saucepan, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 10/10
Tastiness: 8/10
Will I make it again? Again pasta and sauce is a regular staple so I will be making my usual variations depending what veg I have in!

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Helen and Bosh day 9 – Nice Spice Rice

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Book picture

This is basically the same as my own stir fry recipe apart from the peanut butter which is a nice touch. I needed to add extra water though to stop it from sticking to the wok. Non-stick woks are a no no if you want to do it properly. I didn’t bother with the maple syrup but I put a spoonful of molasses in instead. Being coeliac I have to use tamari sauce which is far tastier than regular soy sauce because it is just fermented soy beans, water and salt. I didn’t need to add any sriracha sauce because it was spicy enough already. I had the leftovers for lunch and it’s just as delicious cold. Total preparation and cooking time about 40 minutes. Lots of chopping!

 

 

 

 

Skill level required: 6/10
Washing up generated: 9/10 wok, saucepan for rice, 2 chopping boards and utensils
Portion size: 10/10
Tastiness: 10/10
Will I make it again? Stir fry is a regular staple of mine anyway. Next time I will probably either dry fry some cashews or fry some tofu cubes in coconut oil to add some protein.

Helen and Bosh day 8 – Mini Pizza Tarts

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Book picture

I had a day off yesterday because I had a long working day. I ate the rest of the spaghetti from Sunday for my dinner. Jus-Rol now do a gluten free puff pastry and it is vegan too! It doesn’t puff up as much as the regular pastry but it does the job when you can’t be bothered to make it. I don’t know if this has fewer than a regular pizza but it was just as tasty and a great idea for a midweek meal with some salad. I’m not a fan of cherry tomatoes so I put mushrooms on instead as there are already sun-dried tomatoes on it.

 

 

 

 

My version

Skill level required: 4/10
Washing up generated: 10/10 baking tray, small bowl, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 7/10
Tastiness: 9/10
Will I make it again? Yes when I can’t be faffed to make pizza bases.

Helen and Bosh day 7 – Quick Puttanesca Spaghetti

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Picture in the book

One week in already! Quick and easy to make and tasty too although next time I would use tinned tomatoes rather than passata for the texture. I added some mushrooms for extra bulk and flavour. Total cooking and preparation time was about 30 mins so ideal when you are short of time.

 

 

 

 

Skill level required: 3/10
Washing up generated: 8/10 2 saucepans, colander, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 8/10
Tastiness: 8/10
Will I make it again? Yes.

Helen and Bosh day 6 – Mini Chilli Bowls

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Book picture

Last week I discovered Old El Paso now do a gluten free fajita kit so I could make these properly! I like the idea of making the cups with the tortillas, so much easier than rolling them! The whole thing took just over half an hour to make, so good if you are hungry but when I make chilli I like it to cook for a long time to allow the flavours to develop.

I used cumin seeds rather than ground and added them with the chilli, garlic and coriander der stalks. I always cook the onions for a bit on their own first to allow them to soften. I noticed that I am now adapting the recipes a bit more – a habit of mine. I see them as a guide but then I have loads of experience and know what works best. The chilli was very sweet and not very spicy. I’m not sure why that was – maybe the passata? I would probably use tinned tomatoes instead next time. I liked the idea of putting the coriander stalks in the dish – better than throwing them away. Had a bit of guacamole left from the day before too – bonus!


Skill level required: 3/10
Washing up generated: 8/10  2 saucepans, sieve, muffin tin, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 8/10
Tastiness: 6/10
Will I make it again? Will do the tortilla bowls again but use my own chilli recipe. I prefer something substantial with lots of vegetables.

Helen and Bosh day 5 – Sticky Shiitake Mushrooms

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Picture in book

These were good! Thick tasty sauce and quick to prepare. You could probably use any type of mushrooms because the sauce has a lot of flavour. I had a mixture as I didn’t enough shiitake so I added some woodland mushrooms. Total preparation and cooking time was about 30 minutes and no fancy equipment needed.

 

 

 

Finished article

 

Skill level required: 1/10
Washing up generated: 10/10 wok, saucepan, bowl, chopping board and utensils
Portion size: 9/10
Tastiness: 10/10
Will I make it again? Definitely

Helen and Bosh day 4 – Curry-Crusted Sweet Potatoes

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Book picture

Very filling – I couldn’t eat a whole one! It was tasty but there was a lot of desiccated coconut. The curry paste was quite crumbly and didn’t stick to the potato but it was wrapped in foil so it didn’t really matter. The paste didn’t taste of curry because there is not a lot of spice in it but it was flavourful. Total cooking and preparation time was about an hour because you can make the paste while the potato is baking.

I have read a lot about how they do food pictures to make them look more appetising – you don’t want to know! I don’t think it is cooked in this picture so don’t be disheartened if your meal looks nothing like the one in the book.

They also assume you have a food processor. I do because I am a keen cook but many people don’t.

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How it actually turned out. Olives are in my side salad!

 

Skill level required: 4/10
Washing up generated: 8/10 food processor, oven tray, chopping board & utensils
Portion size: 11/10
Tastiness: 8/10
Will I make it again? Probably but with less coconut and more spices.

Helen and Bosh day 3 – Guacaroni

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Picture in the book

Yum! I had the rest of the pho for my dinner tonight, it was better the 2nd day as the flavours had had time to develop and the mushrooms had softened.

Guacaroni (or guacasilli in my case as it’s hard to find gluten free macaroni) is very tasty. I have made it for my lunch tomorrow as per their suggestion but had to taste a sample. I’ve always loved guacamole and it is so simple to make, just make sure your avocado is really ripe. I used ordinary tomato as I am not keen on cherry tomatoes and that is what is used traditionally in guacamole. No fancy equipment required for this one either, just a saucepan and a bowl.

 

How it turned out.

Skill level required: 1/10
Washing up generated: 10/10 saucepan, sieve, measuring jug, chopping board, citrus juicer, utensils
Portion size: 10/10
Tastiness: 10/10
Will I make it again? Definitely, so easy and no recipe required next time.


 

 

Listen to the Teacher

A little poem what I wrote this afternoon while reflecting that yesterday I was swimming in the sea with a seagull and today I am sitting in a concrete box.

Listen to the Teacher

Sitting in a concrete box
Looking out the window at the trees and hills
People walking their dogs

What are we doing?
What is the lesson outcome?
We belong out there, not in here

All the Growth Mindset
All the Wellbeing Policies
Are not going to knock down those walls

I breathe in the stale air
Reconditioned and pumped around the building
‘Don’t open the windows until the LED is lit’

There will be consequences
If you dare to be different
If you don’t conform to our dress policy
If you have the wrong haircut

You see we don’t do different
But we do have a ‘diversity policy’
You make us feel uneasy
We might have to face the truth of what we have done
To our children
To you

You were once unstoppable
But now your dreams have been quashed
By a head stuffed full of facts

We don’t care what you want
You are here to consume
To keep our system going
And I am your teacher.

4.15pm 22/1/19 ©Helen Pengelly

Helen and Bosh day 2 – Mushroom Pho

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Picture in the book

This was better, I have a favourite recipe that is very similar. I thought there was a misprint for a while when it said 15cm piece of fresh ginger! Surely they meant 1.5? I stuck to the recipe though and it turned out it was just for the stock and didn’t end up in the finished soup. I should have said yesterday I usually put more garlic in recipes than it says. 2 cloves for 3 servings (if you do half measures in this case). Serving size adequate but the quantities given would only serve 4 if you are really hungry.

This really was a one-pot meal unlike the carbonara yesterday. If I come across another recipe using the cashew cream I will make a big batch of it and freeze portions to save time.

Interesting combination of flavours, especially with the freshly squeezed orange juice. One thing I would do differently if I made this again is slice the mushrooms for the second part of the recipe as they were a bit rubbery in the finished soup. Flavour was quite delicate, I would add a bit of miso if you want a more hearty flavour. All in all not bad.

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My finished result

Skill level required: 4/10
Washing up generated: 8/10 saucepan, sieve, measuring jug, chopping board, citrus juicer, utensils
Portion size: 7/10
Tastiness: 6/10
Will I make it again? Quite likely, but with my own revisions as above.