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Beef & Carraway Meatballs with Tahini Yoghurt

Beef & Carraway Kofta (Meatballs)

One of my favourite things to eat are meatballs. And while I love a traditional Italian-style meatball, I like to mix it up with meatballs from different parts of the world like these Moroccan meatballs, these Green ones or this giant meatball / meatloaf.

My latest obsession are these Lebanese-ish ‘kofta’ (middle eastern meatballs) which were inspired by a recipe in the book ‘Honey & Co. – Food from the Middle East’ from the London based restaurant. This is my simplified version.

Carraway seeds are a really underrated spice. I’ve been using them in my sauerkraut for ages and loved their fresh flavour but hadn’t really experimented with other cooking. Until these kofta. They go really well with beef but if you’re looking for more places to use your carraway seeds they’re also lovely with cabbage in any form.

enough for: 2
takes: 30 minutes

500g (1lb) minced (ground) beef
2 teaspoons carraway seeds
100g (3.5oz) tahini
100g (3.5oz) Greek yoghurt
1 clove garlic (optional)
1 bunch coriander (cilantro), leaves picked

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Combine beef and carraway seeds in a medium bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Scoop tablespoons of the beef mixture and roll into meatballs. Place meatballs in an oven proof dish large enough to hold them in a single layer.

2. Roast meatballs for about 20 minutes or until well browned and cooked through.

3. While the meatballs are cooking combine tahini and yoghurt in a medium bowl. Smash garlic (if using) and chop as finely as you can and add to the tahini yoghurt sauce.

4. To serve, spread yoghurt tahini sauce over two plates. Top with meatballs and coriander leaves.

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Variations

5-ingredients – skip the garlic.

vegetarian – add carraway seeds to these lentil balls.

no carraway seeds – just skip it or use 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and 1 teaspoon ground coriander instead.

more substantial / carb-lovers – serve with warm pita or other flat bread or tortillas. Or serve meatballs on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.

no tahini – either replace with mayo to make a yoghurt mayo sauce or just use extra yoghurt. Or use hummus instead of both the yoghurt and tahini. For more ideas to use tahini see here.

more veg – the guys from Honey & Co serve their kofta on a bed of roast veg including onion, eggplant and capsicum (bell peppers). They toss in some cooked white beans as well.

no coriander / cilantro – flat leaf parsley or mint will work. Or use baby spinach or other salad leaves. A shaved cabbage salad would also be a lovely accompaniment.

short on time – skip rolling the beef into meatballs and just brown in a pan with the carraway seeds and serve the spiced beef on top of the tahini yoghurt sauce.

Enjoy!

With love,
Jules x

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Beef & Carraway Kofta recipe here

Today I have a little confession for you…

Even though I write cook books, have two food blogs and have an online cooking school, I didn’t start out being a confident cook.

And I certainly wasn’t good at meal planning…

When I first got into cooking I was in my early 20s, living in Sydney, working in my first job as a Food Scientist developing new snack products for Kellogg.

I used to spend hours pouring over magazines and cookbooks deciding what to make and compiling lengthy shopping lists.

Then I’d head off all over town. To my favourite veggie shop or the farmers market. To my butcher, the deli, sometimes to Chinatown and a stop at the supermarket for staples.

It took hours.

While I enjoyed these excursions, they weren’t without their frustrations.

There would often be one or two ingredients that were sold out or I just couldn’t find. Since I didn’t have a clue about ingredient substitution, I’d have to go to multiple stores trying to find what I was missing.

It took a lot of time.

It also cost a lot of money.

Slowly, over the years, I got better at the whole process. As my cooking confidence grew, I started knowing which ingredients I could skip or substitute. My food bills came down and my ingredient waste decreased.

The biggest game changer came when I was living in the beautiful Barossa Valley, Australia’s equivalent of Napa.

As a young wine maker, most of my waking hours were spent in the winery. I no longer had time to plan my meals in advance or much time for cooking.

The highlight of my week was the Saturday morning Barossa farmers market.

I’d grab a coffee. Then I’d wander around tasting, chatting to the farmers and buying whatever took my fancy. I wouldn’t have had time to make a list so I’d just buy what looked good.

When I got home, I’d figure out what to cook based on my market bounty.

Sometimes I’d consult my cookbooks. But often I’d just make things up. I started really cooking from the heart and cooking with the seasons.

It was incredibly liberating.

And better yet, I was able to feed myself really delicious, healthy meals that took a fraction of the time.

I came to realize that just as we can all learn to cook with a recipe, we can also learn to cook without them.

It’s easier than you think, if you have the right guidance. I’ll be going into much more detail on how you to can become someone who cooks without recipes the week after next.

But now it’s time to talk about the biggest mistake most people make when it comes to meal planning…

What is the most common meal planning mistake?

Basically, it’s following the traditional meal planning method.

You know, deciding what to cook in advance and then building your shopping list around that plan.

This approach causes problems for many reasons:

1. Time
First, it takes a lot of time to plan in advance. Trawling through recipes and writing detailed shopping lists.

2. Lack of Freedom
Having a set list means you aren’t free to choose what looks best (or cheapest!) when you’re shopping.

3. Lack of Flexibility
They also lack the flexibility to cope with the changes that naturally come up with modern life.

How do you avoid this mistake?

You just need to learn how to ‘reverse’ the process.

It may sound scary, but in practice it’s a liberating approach to meal planning. And it’s actually much quicker and easier than traditional meal plans.

I’ll be sharing you my Easy 3-Step Framework for avoiding this meal planning mistake next week. It’s all about how you can learn to shop first and then cook based on the ingredients you have in the house.

What it would be like if you didn’t have to plan ahead?

How would it impact your time? Your health? Your waistline? Your energy levels?

Imagine coming home after a long day and cooking dinners you truly enjoy without repeating the same dishes over and over.

Imagine not buying a bunch of ingredients that ultimately go to waste because your schedule changed.

Imagine revolutionizing how you cook and growing your kitchen confidence!

If you’re an experienced cook, imagine avoiding the trap of taking on weeknight meals which are too complicated for your schedule and energy levels at the end of a long day.

Imagine being able to listen to what your body needs, rather than what your meal plan says.

Imagine not following recipes to a ‘T’ anymore – being able to substitute ingredients based on what you have.

Imagine wasting far less food.

Imagine being able to look in fridge and pull together a healthy meal with ease.

Sound too good to be true?

This isn’t a crazy dream.

Next week I’ll show you how to turn these dreams into reality. I’m going to give you a clear, 3-step framework to help you stop making the biggest meal planning mistake and reverse your meal plan.

Stay tuned!

Before I go I’d like to share my vision with you…

I want to live in a world where eating healthy, home made food is the norm. Where most people are able to just walk into the kitchen and throw something delicious together.

Where cooking dinner is seen as a joy and a privilege not another chore at the end of a stressful day.

With love,
Jules x

ps. I’d love to hear from you!

How would your life change if you were able to reverse YOUR meal plan? Let me know in the comments below.

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lemon tahini sauce

A few weeks back, I was talking with the group I’m coaching and the topic turned to sauce.

Specifically, how a good sauce can really make all the difference to your cooking.

In fact, I’d be willing to go as so far as to say that after learning to season properly, having a few super tasty sauces in your repertoire is the easiest way to take you cooking from ‘OK’ to ‘ah-maz-ing’.

I’m serious.

So today I’m going to share my 10 favourite ‘secret weapon’ sauces that really make a difference to my cooking.

Enjoy!

10 ‘Secret Weapon’ Sauces to Lift Your Cooking Game

1. Roast Cauliflower Hummus
There are few things more versatile, delicious or healthy than this Middle Eastern-inspired sauce. I’m currently in love with this Roast Cauliflower adaptation but if you’re a purist you can’t go wrong with a good classic chickpea based hummus which is quicker and easier to make.

2. Home Made Mayonnaise
After mastering the art of making mayonnaise in the food processor, without it splitting, mayo consumption has definitely increased in my house. I use it on an almost daily basis with poached eggs, to add substance to a lunch time salad or as a sauce for meat or fish. Dangerously addictive.

3. Cashew Nut Sauce
Inspired by the Turkish sauce, ‘tarator’. Similar to hummus but a little more complex with the lovely nutty flavour. Traditionally served with fish but lovely anywhere you need a creamy, nutty sauce with a bit of a kick. I often make it with other nuts as well. If I’m feeling flush I’ll use pine nuts but it’s also wonderful with roasted hazelnuts or almonds.

4. Marco’s Chilli Oil
I pretty much always have a bottle of chilli oil in the pantry. Great for adding instant heat to dishes in need of a little help, or when you’ve purposely left the chilli out to please tiny-people taste buds. It’s also a wonderful sauce in its own right to serve with chicken, pan fried halloumi, drizzled over soups or even a simple pasta with fresh rocket (arugula). My Irishman love it with his morning eggs and avocado.

5. Tahini Yoghurt Sauce.
If I don’t have time to make hummus or roast cauliflower hummus mentioned above, then I whip up a bowl of this dream. Basically just combine equal parts Greek or home made yoghurt with tahini. Season with salt and a splash of lemon. Sometimes I add finely smashed garlic but if I’m really short on time, I don’t bother. Use it any where you’d normally use hummus. Especially good as a sauce for fish.

I’m also currently in love with this slightly more complex Tahini Miso Turmeric sauce but it requires blending so I only make a batch when I have more time.

6. Yoghurt Sauce
When I’m really pushed for time, this sauce is a savour. Basically take some good quality full fat yoghurt or Greek yoghurt and season generously with salt and pepper. And your sauce is ready. If you want to fancy it up you can stir in chopped herbs, grated cucumber or zucchini or a little garlic.

But really the ‘plain Jane’ version is always a winner. If I’m in the mood for something a little richer I mix equal parts yoghurt and mayonnaise. So good!

7. Sicilian Nut Pesto
A wonderful dairy-free pesto that’s my go-to when I’m lucky enough to have masses of fresh basil in the garden. Every year before the first frosts I make a gigantic batch of this pesto and freeze it in ziplock bags to dip into during the dark Winter months. Wonderful drizzled on soups, tossed through roast veg or cooked pasta (or both), to make green eggs or slathered on some Broccoli Bread Toast.

8. Ginger Spring Onion Sauce
A Chinese classic that’s fabulous with chicken. I had forgotten about this punchy fresh sauce until I was doing some research for this post. Thank heavens I have a blog to remind me of my past favourites!

9. Beetroot ‘Pesto’
I just LOVE this sauce especially in the Winter when fresh basil is hard to come by but beets are abundant. Although if you’re a purist about these matters, you’d best skip on to the next sauce. Basically the idea is to replace the fresh basil leaves in pesto with cooked beetroot. Just heavenly. Would win the award for the ‘prettiest sauce’.

10. Miso Harissa Ketchup
A combination of classic ingredients from two very different cuisines – Japanese and Moroccan. Normally I’m not a fan of ‘fusion’ cooking but I make an exception for this richly complex sauce. Since being Low Carb this Miso Harissa Ketchup is now my go-to when I want a healthier (and way more tasty!) take on ketchup. It’s also amazing toss on roast veggies, especially roast cauliflower.

What about you?

Are you a sauce convert? Say YES or NO in the comments below…

With love,
Jules x

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Jules

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Tahini Miso Turmeric Sauce-3

This morning when Fergal and I were putting away the groceries and there were 3 jars of tahini he said I was a ‘tahini monster’.

He has a point. I do love tahini. After mayonnaise, tahini based sauces are my next go-to.

So when I spotted the ‘TMT sauce’ in Sarah Wilson’s book ‘Simplicious’. I had to make my own. It’s really good. There’s the creamy nuttiness from the tahini, the salty / savoury umami complexity from the miso and the fresh vaguely ‘curry’ flavour from the turmeric.

And it’s super versatile!

I’ve mainly used it on veggies like the raw kale pictured above and it’s amazing with my Super Tender Broccoli or with Poached Eggs. I also imagine it would be lovely with chicken fish, or even a juicy steak. It really is that versatile.

Tahini and miso paste are easily found in most supermarkets in Australia. But if they’re new ingredients to you, they’re both worth tracking down (although if I had to choose between them I use tahini more than miso).

They both keep for ages in the pantry.

More ideas for Miso Paste

Here are 7 Delicious Ways to Use Miso Paste.

More Ideas for Tahini

Most people start using this sesame seed paste to make Hummus. But it’s also really lovely in my Roast Cauliflower Hummus if you prefer a Lower Carb option. I also love it in this salad dressing, as a sauce for salmon, drizzled over stuffed sweet potatoes, in a stir fry, to jazz up good old ‘avo on toast‘ and in this heavenly Tahini Yoghurt Sauce.

What about you?

Are you a miso and / or tahini fan? Are they easy to find in your neck of the woods? Let me know in the comments below.
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Tahini Miso Turmeric Sauce

Tahini Miso Turmeric Sauce

If you like tahini, I can’t recommend this sauce enough. If something were to happen and I couldn’t eat mayo again, this would be my new go-to condiment. Like I said above, it’s really versatile, you won’t have any problems finding uses for it!

makes more than 1 cup
takes 10 minutes

1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons miso paste
1cm chunk fresh Turmeric or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)

1. Place tahini, water, miso and turmeric (if using) in a bottle or blender. Using a stick blender or your regular blender / food processor puree until smooth. You can mix by hand but it’s hard to get the miso completely emulsified so your sauce will be a little lumpy.

2. Taste and season if needed, although I find the miso provides enough salt. Keeps in the fridge for weeks. Will thicken a little over time and if you’re using fresh turmeric the colour will intensify over time too.

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Variations

no miso – replace with soy sauce and decrease the water slightly so the sauce isn’t too runny. This soy version is pretty good but given the choice I’ll take miso every time.

garlicky – feel free to add 1-3 cloves garlic. I prefer it without but that’s just me.

no tahini – try blending the miso and turmeic into your favourite mayonnaise instead. Use 1 cup mayo to replace the tahini and water.

lemony – you could add a little lemon juice but I find the turmeric adds enough freshness without needing the extra acid.

Enjoy!

With love,
Jules xoxo

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Amazing Orange & Almond Birthday Cake_-3

Is it just me, or have you ever had the feeling you’re being stalked? By a cake?

At the risk of sounding a little ‘cray cray’, I’m going to put it out there and say this cake has been following me.

First at a friend’s dinner party in the form of little individual cakes with poached oranges on top. And then just a few days later it turned up at our Tuesday morning playgroup.

I’m not suspicious but I do take coincidences seriously. Especially coincidences involving cake.

And since I’ve been getting really lovely oranges from the farmers market this Winter, I figured the universe was telling me to make an Orange & Almond Cake for my Birthday treat this year.

If you’re new to Stonesoup, I have a tradition to share a special Birthday Cake recipe.

So to celebrate my birthday on Friday…

The Birthday Cake!

This year it’s my ‘stalker’ Orange and Almond Cake which is an adaptation of Claudia Rodens classic gluten-free cake using boiled oranges to add flavour and keep everything lovely and moist. It’s a really beautiful cake.

If you’d like more Birthday Cake inspiration here are some from recent years:

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Amazing Orange & Almond Birthday Cake

I love love love this cake. It’s fresh and zesty from the orange and super super moist. That being said, my small boys weren’t into it at all. I think they can sense when there isn’t any sugar.

It did feel a little blasphemous messing around with Claudia Roden’s classic recipe. But a diabetic girl has to do what she has to do. And so I experimented until I finally found a sugar-free / stevia based cake I was happy with.

The secret was to add butter, of course (shouldn’t I know by now that the secret is always to add butter). But if you’re not into stevia, you don’t need to miss out. Just skip down to the ‘real sugar variation’ Claudia has you covered.

enough for 8
takes 3 hours

2 oranges (450g / 1lb)
250g (9oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 eggs
250g (9oz) almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pure stevia powder

1. Place whole oranges in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and simmer, covered for 90 minutes. Drain and cool a little.

2. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F). Grease and line a round 24cm (9in) spring form pan.

3. Chop oranges in half and remove any seeds. Puree oranges in your food processor, until you have a nice smooth paste. Chop butter and add to the food processor. Puree until well combined.

4. Add eggs and puree again until smooth. Add almond meal, baking powder and stevia and stir until just combined.

5. Scoop mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spoon.

6. Bake on the middle shelf for 30-40 minutes or until cake feels slightly springy and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

7. Cool in the tin.

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Variations

real sugar / no stevia – replace butter with 250g (9oz) caster sugar and skip the stevia. May take much longer to bake (Claudia’s recipe is for an hour).

no food processor – you might get away with a stick blender but you really need something to puree the oranges.

oranges with seeds – make sure you remove before and discard before pureeing.

large oranges – if your oranges weigh more than 450g (1lb), weigh your puree and discard any excess.

different citrus – can imagine blood oranges would be lovely. And will have to try it with cumquats next time the fruit on my tree is ripe.

nut-free – you should be able to use flour instead of the almond meal, you might want to replace it with some flour and some extra butter to make sure the cake doesn’t dry out. And test for doneness earlier than expected.

egg-free – unless your an experienced egg-substituter, I wouldn’t try it with this cake.

With lots of Birthday love,
Jules
xoxo

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Yummy Spiced Tomato Soup-3

The first time I made this soup I got the shock of my life.

Finbar, my 18-month-old and staunch carb-lover actually let out a long appreciative ‘yuuummm’ from his side of the dining table after his first mouth full.

I had served soup for the boys before adding the harissa, on the off chance they would eat it. Fergal, my 4-year-old kept true to form and proclaimed it to be ‘yucky’.

Regardless of the mixed reactions with my family members, this is one of my favourite soups at the moment. I just love the creamy richness from the coconut cream and the spice from the harissa.

As my Irishman said – ‘It reminds me of butter chicken curry in soup form’.

Yummy Spiced Tomato Soup-2

Yuuummy Spiced Tomato Soup

The best part is that this simple soup is made with ingredients that keep in your pantry for months (if not years) so it’s a great little recipe to have in your ’emergency meal’ arsenal.

enough for: 2
takes: 20 minutes

2 onions
1 jar tomato passata / tomato puree (700mL / 3 cups)
1 can coconut cream
2 tablespoons harissa (optional)
2 handfuls hazelnuts, roasted

1. Heat a little oil in a medium saucepan. Dice onion and add to the pot. Cover and cook on a medium heat, stirring every few minutes until the onion is soft but not browned. About 10 minutes.

2. When the onion is soft, add the passata / puree (not concentrated tomato paste) and coconut cream. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to mingle.

3. Remove from the heat and puree using a stick blender or regular blender. Add harissa. Taste and season with salt, pepper and more harissa if needed.

4. To serve, divide between two bowls and top with roasted hazelnuts.

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Variations

no harissa – Harissa is a Moroccan spice paste that’s pretty much chilli and carraway seeds. I usually buy mine from my supermaket but most good delis will stock it too. Feel free to skip it (the little ones will be happy) or use fresh chopped chilli, Marco’s Chilli Oil or your favourite hot sauce instead.

curry spice – add 2-3 teaspoons curry powder or garam masala when the onion is soft and skip the harissa.

no coconut cream – replace with unsweetened coconut milk and add some more hazelnuts to make it more substantial. Or use whipping cream instead.

different tomato – You could use your favourite tomato-based pasta sauce instead. Or use 2 cans tomatoes (diced) and simmer for longer to reduce down before pureeing.

chunky – skip the pureeing.

more veg – add diced carrot and celery with the onion.

short on time – skip the onion (or add a teaspoon onion powder).

more substantial / carb lovers – add in cooked chickpeas, white beans or black beans. Or serve with warm flat bread or tortillas. Cooked noodles would also work.

small-person friendly – skip the harissa (or add after you’ve served the children) and serve with a side or plain buttered pasta for any skeptical 4-year-olds.

carnivore – simmer diced chicken in the soup after pureeing until just cooked through.

nut-free – replace hazelnuts with warm cooked chickpeas or croutons. Or drizzle some chilli oil on top.

With love,
Jules
xoxo

ps. Have any tasty one pot recipes you’re loving at the moment?

I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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Soy & Honey Tofu with Sweet Potato Noodles
Honey & Soy Tofu with Sweet Potato ‘Noodles’ recipe HERE.

If anyone were to ask me what’s my biggest struggle with food and cooking at the moment, I have a very clear answer.

Getting small boys to eat vegetables.

And while we’re very much still on a journey, there’s one piece of advice my friend Elizabeth shared that’s really helped take the stress out of family meal times.

Here it is in a nutshell…

How to Get Your Kid to Eat

As a parent it’s our job to put age appropriate food on the table at appropriate times.

As a child it’s their job to decide what they eat. And how much.

Since embracing this philosophy, it’s made meal times soo much easier.

I no longer feel responsible for getting the boys to eat anything. I can’t tell you how this simple change in mindset takes the pressure off all of us.

Sure there are some days where I worry that they’re going to starve. Or get seriously malnourished.

But so far, so good.

If you’d like to go deeper with this, I recommend checking out the book ‘How to Get Your Kid to Eat (but not too much)‘ by Ellyn Sutter. It covers different ages and stages but the essential philosophy is the same as what I’ve shared here. So don’t feel like you need to read the book to try it out.

What about you?

Are family meal times less than ideal in your house? Or are you going to make me jealous with your little broccoli lover? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

With love,
Jules x

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Honey & Soy Tofu with Sweet Potato ‘Noodles’

Sweet potato is one of the few vegetables (side from potatoes) that my boys love. Needless to say, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use the sweet spud.

While chopping into chip shapes and roasting in coconut oil is my go-to move, these spiralized ‘noodles’ are a close second. They do take a little more active time to prepare, but I’ve found little fingers love getting the spiralizer out. And they only take 10 minutes in the oven so they’re pretty quick.

I was surprised how much they both love tofu. It’s a great staple to have in the fridge for when you need some last minute protein. My favourite ways to use tofu are in an easy tofu scramble, as a tasty ragu, these tofu ‘steaks’ or pan fried and given a flavour boost with some honey and soy like in the recipe below.

Make sure you buy firm tofu (rather than silken) and organic so there’s less likelihood of the soy being genetically modified.

enough for: 2-3 children
takes: 20 minutes

1 medium sweet potato
1/2 pack firm tofu (about 175g / 6oz)
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 small bunch coriander (cilantro)

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Scrub sweet potato and spiralize into medium ‘noodles’.

2. Place noodles on an oven proof baking tray. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Bake for 10 minutes or until ‘noodles’ are tender and cooked through.

3. Meanwhile slice tofu into 3 bricks about 1cm (1/3in) thick. Pan fry on a medium high heat with a little oil until golden brown on both sides.

4. Mix honey and soy sauce in a medium bowl. When the tofu is cooked, chop into bite sized chunks and toss in the honey and soy sauce.

5. To serve, divide warm sweet potato between 2-3 bowls. Top with tofu and sauce and coriander leaves (if using).

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Variations

extra crunch – serve with roast cashews or sesame seeds.

green-free – skip the coriander or replace with cashews or sesame seeds.

soy-free – replace with chicken thigh or breast fillets and adjust cooking time as needed.

carb-lovers – toss in cooked noodles or spaghetti with the sweet potato. Or serve everything with steamed rice.

low carb – replace sweet potato with 2 medium zucchini. And consider the chicken instead of the tofu. For more low carb ideas, see my other website Deliciously Diabetic. If you’re keeping things super low carb use a pinch of stevia instead of the honey.

no spiralizer – chop the sweet potato into shoestring fingers and increase the cooking time until they are tender (about 20 minutes depending on your knife skills). If you’re thinking about investing in a spiralizer, you might enjoy this article: Do You Need A Spiralizer?

other veg – carrots are also good.

sweeter – feel free to increase the honey.

gluten-free – use tamari or other gluten-free soy sauce.

different sauces – oyster or hoisin sauce can be used instead of the honey and soy.

more grown-up – toss in a little grated ginger and/or finely chopped garlic with the soy. And chopped green onions add lovely colour to the noodles. A few finely chopped red chillies wouldn’t go astray either. Or serve with Marco’s Chilli Oil.

Enjoy!

With love,
Jules x

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Roast Onions-2

When someone subscribes to the weekly Stonesoup email newsletter, I ask a couple of questions so I can get to know my new readers better.

One of them is how they discovered my blog. Every now and then I get an email saying they were looking for soup recipes and that for a blog called StoneSOUP, there weren’t as many soups as they would expect.

I take my reader feedback very seriously. So this year I’ve been on a mission to make more soup.

My plan is pretty simple. Monday night has become ‘soup night’.

It’s been brilliant for many reasons. Of course I’ve been making loads more soup. But it’s also made meal planning easier. Now I love Mondays!

But before we get into this week’s soup recipe (which is a total winner), I have a quick favour to ask.

I’m toying with the idea of making some changes to the focus of Stonesoup but before I do anything rash, I’d love to get your input.

So I’ve created a quick survey.

To share your thoughts go to:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCJGSTJ

It would mean so much to me to get your input to guide the direction of Stonesoup.

With love and thanks!
Jules
xoxo

ps. If you need more reasons to start upping your own soup intake, you might enjoy 7 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Soup.

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No-Cry Roast Onion Soup-2

No-Cry Roast Onion Soup

I did toy with the idea of calling this soup ‘Aussie Onion Soup’, as opposed to the French variety. But the idea of roasting the onions first so you’re avoiding all the pain and tears involved in slicing your onions is just too brilliant (if I do say so myself) not to allude to it in the title.

Beef stock is traditionally used with French onion soup but I prefer the milder flavour of a chicken stock here. Of course vegetarians are welcome to use vegetable stock.

enough for: 2
takes about 60 minutes

4 red onions
1/2 cup white wine OR 1-2 tablespoons sherry or wine vinegar
3 cups stock
grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Cut the onions in half lengthwise. Remove any papery skins that are easy to discard but don’t worry about peeling.

2. Place onions cut side up on a roasting tray. Drizzle generously with oil and roast until well browned and soft – about 45 minutes.

3. When the onions are soft allow to cool for a few minutes before slipping them out of their skins. Slice cooked onion and place in a medium saucepan.

4. Add wine or vinegar and simmer for a few minutes before adding the stock. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5-10 minutes.

5. Taste and season generously with salt and pepper. Serve in deep bowls with parmesan grated over.

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Variations

different onions – use whatever onions you like. I prefer red for their sweeter flavour and because they look so pretty.

short on time – peel and slice onions and cook on the stove top with lots of butter or oil on a medium heat until soft. Then proceed as per the recipe.

herby – some thyme or rosemary can be lovely.

hot! – serve with a good drizzle of Marco’s Chilli Oil. OR add some chopped red chilli with the stock.

carb-lovers – toss in some cooked pasta, croutons or cooked beans or lentils.

more traditional – melt some cheese on slices of sourdough toast and float these on top before serving.

more veg – feel free to wilt in some greens jsut before serving. Fine ribbons of kale are lovely as is baby spinach.

dairy-free – replace parmesan with grated brazil nuts or roast pine nuts.

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Avo on Toast with Smashed Olives & Tahini-3

Do you ever feel confused by nutrition? I know.

Even though I’ve studied nutrition at university as part of my Food Science degree, I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed. When I read the latest study comparing different diets it can be a bit much. Low fat, paleo, vegetarian, LCHF, plant based, low carb?!

What’s a girl to eat?

When I start to feel that overwhelm I come back to some simple principles to guide my eating:

  • Eat real food (adapted from Michael Pollan)
  • Eat lots of veggies (adapted from Michael Pollan)
  • Watch the carbs (not adapted from Michael Pollan!)
  • Experiment with what works for you.

Since being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and then Type 2, I’ve found that for me, eating Low Carb with a generous dose of healthy fat works best.

Of course that may not be what works for you! We truly are all different and it’s so important to find the approach that is best for your situation.

3 Reasons I LOVE Eating Low Carb

1. Low Carb is Delicious!
As a huge huge food lover, there is no way I could stick to a Low Carb lifestyle if it didn’t taste amazing. The pleasure of food is a non-negotiable in my world.

Luckily I’ve discovered that it’s super easy to really enjoy Low Carb food, especially when you include all the delicious, flavour-carrying fats. I never feel deprived.

2. Low Carb Keeps My Blood Sugar Stable
I still test my fasting blood sugar every morning and it’s easy to tell when I’ve let the carbs creep in (hello whole bottle of Proscecco!). But a day of Low Carb eating easily puts the old glucose back on track.

3. Low Carb Helps Manage my Weight.
Apart from the year I spent backpacking around the world and living on beer and bread, I’ve never been really overweight. But I have always struggled with a bulge around my waistline.

When I started eating Low Carb and my body shape stopped being a constant struggle. Maintaining a healthy weight became so much easier.

I really noticed this with my pregnancies. For my first I wasn’t diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and I gained 20kg (40lb). With my second I really focused on eating Low Carb and monitoring my blood sugar after every meal and guess what? I only gained 15kg (30lb) even though I was exercising less.

Are you looking for EASY Low Carb recipes?

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Enjoy!
Jules xoxo
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Avo on Toast with Smashed Olives & Tahini

Avo on Toast with Smashed Olives & Tahini

We Australians love to abbreviate everything. In case you’re wondering ‘avo’ is actually avocado. While there aren’t many things I miss being Low Carb, ‘Avo on Toast’ was one of them. So happy to have found a Low Carb bread that means I can enjoy my avocado AND keep my blood sugar happy. Of course you’re welcome to use whatever bread you prefer.

You don’t really need a recipe for this idea but the contrast of the salty piquant olives with the creamy avo and tahini really takes this to the next level!

enough for: 2
takes: 10 minutes

1 slice broccoli bread
1 small avocado or 1/2 large
squeeze lime
4-5 kalamata olives, smashed
2 tablespoons tahini

1. Toast your bread.

2. Halve avocado and scoop flesh onto the toast. Smash roughly with a fork to cover the surface. Sprinkle generously with black pepper and some sea salt flakes (remembering your olives will add salt too).

3. Squeeze over lime. Smash olives with the side of your knife and remove stones. Scatter smashed olives over the avo and drizzle over tahini.

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Variations

more simple – just use avocado and lime with lashings of black pepper.

no tahini – just skip it or try sprinkling with dukkah, roast pine nuts or sesame seeds instead.

carb-lovers – use your favourite bread. True carb lovers might like to spread their toppings over 2 slices!

another fave avo on toast topping – sprinkle with Shicimi Togarashi.

no avo – replace with regular hummus or my Low Carb Roast Cauliflower Hummus and skip the tahini.

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Dukkah

Do you go through phases with your cooking? Are there dishes you make all the time until you move on to the next shiny (I mean delicious) new thing?

I’m totally guilty too.

While I like (and it’s my job!) to keep coming up with new ideas, sometimes there’s a downside to always exploring new flavour sensations.

Sometimes I forget about things I really love to eat.

Which has pretty much been the story of me and dukkah for the past 4 years.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending in that we were reunited a few months ago. And now I can’t get enough!

What is Dukkah?

Dukkah is originally an Egyptian blend of spices, seeds and nuts that is served with olive oil and bread for dipping.

But it’s so much more than just a dip! Dukkah adds lovely crunch and a flavour explosion where ever you use it. And it keeps in the pantry for months!

10 Tasty Things to do with Dukkah

1. With Eggs
My most frequent use for dukkah is to sprinkle on my poached eggs (see below for my current obsession). But it’s also awesome on scrambled or fried. The spices and crunchiness makes a heavenly contrast to rich creamy yolks.

2. With Soft Cheese
Dukkah is amazing with all soft cheese especially a creamy fresh goats cheese, labneh or ricotta. It’s also good with feta but you need to watch you don’t get too much salt from the dukkah and feta combo.

If you’re feeling fancy, you can roll cubes or scoops of the cheese in a dukkah crust.

3. With Yoghurt
When I snack, I love to reach for some home made natural yoghurt. If there’s dukkah in the house I love to sprinkle some on top to take it to the next level.

4. On Salads
Just sprinkle on before serving so you get maximum crunch. The sesame seeds and hazelnuts in the dukkah are a quick way to make your salad more substantial and filling.

5. On Soups
Especially good to add flavour and texture to creamy vegetable soups like my:

6. On Vegetables
Where do I begin! So many ideas! Here are some fave vegetable recipes that would benefit from some Dukkah treatment:

7. As a Crust for Poultry, Meat or Fish
This isn’t something I do often because I worry about burning the nuts. But if you’re up for a technical challenge, you’ll be rewarded with succulent meat / fish and a flavour-packed crunchy crust.

8. On Cooked Poultry, Meat or Fish
Dukkah works with most protein. I especially like to sprinkle it on post-cooking. Will liven up good old halloumi or tofu too!

9. On Avocado
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your avo on toast, you definitely need to make some dukkah! Avocado and dukkah are friends wherever they find themselves though, so don’t feel like you need to be a toast eater to enjoy the experience. If you’d like to try a Low Carb Avo & Dukkah on Toast I highly recommend my Broccoli Bread.

10. With Fruit
This one takes a little more finesse to get right, so only use a little bit (you can always add more!). I like the earthy cumin and citrussy coriander to enhance the flavours of more subtle fruit like cooked apples, quince or pears. But can imagine it working with strawberries or blueberries as well.

As you can see, I pretty much use my dukkah everywhere. Well, at least anywhere I’d normally add black pepper.

Which reminds me, I need to make more dukkah!

With love,
Jules x

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Poached Eggs with Mushrooms & Dukkah

Buttery Mushrooms with Poached Eggs & Dukkah

This breakfast / lunch / dinner is all about some of my favourite things. Poached eggs! Buttery, garlicky mushrooms! Crunchy nutty, dukkah! And some leaves for greeness. It’s soo soo good.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make the dukkah, see the ‘no dukkah’ variations below. I’ve just used large button mushrooms in the photo but pretty much any mushroom will work cooked this way.

enough for: 2
takes: 30 minutes

4 tablespoons butter
500g (1lb) mushrooms, sliced if large
2 cloves garlic, sliced
4 poached eggs
6-8 tablespoons dukkah (recipe below)
salad leaves to serve

1. Heat a large frying pan on a medium high heat. Add butter and allow to melt and coat the bottom of the pan before adding the mushies and garlic. Cook, stirring every few minutes until the mushrooms are well browned and tender. If the butter starts to burn, turn the heat down.

2. Taste and season mushrooms with salt, remembering the dukkah is going to add some salt too.

3. Divide mushies between two plates. Top with poached eggs. Sprinkle dukkah over and pop the salad leaves on the side.

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Variations

no dukkah – you really need to sort that out! But in the mean time, the eggs and mushies are amazing with a dollop of home made mayonnaise or just sprinkle over some roasted nuts or seeds to give you that extra flavour and crunch.

carb lovers – pile everything on hot buttered sourdough toast. Or serve with warm flat bread.

different veg – pretty much any roast or pan fried veg will work with the egg and dukkah treatment. I especially love roast broccoli, cauliflower or brussels sprouts.

egg-free – replace poached eggs with some soft cheese. And add a handful roast hazelnuts or almonds for extra substance.

Dukkah

Dukkah

Dukkah is originally an Egyptian blend of spices and nuts that is served with olive oil and bread for dipping. It’s an excellent starter because it can be easily made well in advance. But as you can see from my list above, there are so many more ways to use this flavour and texture explosion! Trust me, you won’t have any problems using it up. The dukkah will keep for a few months in an airtight container in the pantry.

makes: about 2 cups
takes: 15 minutes

300g (10oz) roasted & peeled hazelnuts
100g (3oz) sesame seeds
60g (2oz) ground coriander
60g (2oz) ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

1. In a food processor, blend nuts until you have a chunky meal. Or coarsely chop by hand.

2. Stir in sesame seeds, coriander, cumin & salt. Taste and season with extra salt if needed.

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Variations

to roast the hazelnuts – I usually cheat and buy pre-roasted and peeled because peeling hazelnuts is a pain! Sometimes I pop them in the oven for 5 minutes (200C / 400F) to freshen up before making my dukkah. To roast from scratch pop on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes or until golden brown and tasty. It’s usually somewhere around the 12 minute mark but may take 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Make sure you set your timer because there’s nothing worse than wasting burnt nuts.

nut free dukkah – replace hazelnuts with a mix of seeds such as sunflower, lindeeds (flax) and pepitas.

different nuts – replace the hazelnuts with roasted almonds, macadamias or cashews or a mixture of your fave nuts.

budget – replace some or all of the hazelnuts with fine bread crumbs.

With love,
Jules
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Asian Pork & Broccoli

I discovered this recipe by accident one night. I was cooking some pork and fennel sausages and had originally been planning an Italian-style dish but the smell of the fennel had such and ‘Asian’ vibe that I just had to change direction. I love when inspiration strikes mid meal!

enough for: 2
takes: 15 minutes

2 smallish heads broccoli, chopped
450g (1lb) pork and fennel sausages, skins removed, meat crumbled
1-4 small red chillies, chopped
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
handful cashews (optional)

1. Preheat a wok or frying pan on a medium high heat. Add broccoli and stir fry until the broccoli is bright green and no longer crunchy. About 5 minutes.

2. Place cooked broccoli in a clean bowl then add a little more oil. Stir fry the sausages until browned and cooked through.

3. Add chilli and return broccoli to the pan. Add oyster sauce and stir fry another minute or until everything is hot.

4. Taste and season with salt and/or more oyster sauce. Serve in bowls with cashews on top (if using).

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Variations

no pork and fennel? – just use plain pork sausages and add 2 teaspoons fennel seeds to the pan. Or a tiny piece of star anise.

vegetarian – replace sausages with crumbled tofu or diced eggplant (aubergine). You’ll need to cook the aubergine with a lid on and for much longer – until it is soft about 15-20 minutes. And use vegetarian oyster sauce or soy sauce.

no oyster sauce – just use soy sauce or hoisin.

more flavour – add a little crushed garlic and/or ginger to the sausages at the end of cooking.

different meat – use any stir fry meat such as chopped chicken breast or thigh fillets, sliced steak, pork fillet or peeled green prawns (shrimp).

more veg – add in any veg that you like to stir fry such as red capsicum (bell pepper), carrots, zucchini, snow peas, sugar snap peas, frozen peas, even baby corn (if that’s your thing). Or serve with baby spinach, cauliflower ‘rice’, coriander leaves (cilantro) or fresh mint.

more substantial – serve with steamed rice or rice noodles cooked according to the packet.

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Lemony Kale with Smoked Trout & Almonds-2

Have you ever wondered how restaurants are able to deliver so many different dishes to your table in a small amount of time?

Well today I’m going to share their ‘secret’.

Basically apart from having lots of staff, restaurants do most of their prep ahead of time. So when the ‘heat is on’ during service they only need to put the finishing touches on each dish.

The technical term is ‘mise en place’.

What is ‘mise en place?’

Ever eaten at a restaurant with an exposed kitchen so you could watch the chefs at work? And ever noticed all the little containers and bottles of sauces they have at their work stations?

Well you’ve seen ‘mise en place‘ in action.

Mise en place is a French term that roughly translates as ‘put in place’. It’s used to describe the practice of chefs preparing food up to a point where it is ready to be used in a dish during food service.

It may be as simple as washing and picking herbs into individual leaves or chopping vegetables. Or more complicated like caramelizing onions, cooking dried beans or slow cooking meats.

The main benefit in a restaurant is that it makes it much quicker and easier to get food on the table after the customer has ordered.

The secondary benefit is that the preparation can help to extend the shelf life of fresh produce, meaning less waste.

How can this ‘secret’ help you?

1. Save you time.
By taking the time when you can to do a little ‘mise en place’ preparation, we can make it much quicker and easier to get dinner on the table when we come home from work late and everyone is hungry.

2. Reduce waste
Happily, a little bit of preparation can actually extend the shelf life of fresh produce. Which means you have more time to use your precious veg before they go bad.

3. Makes it easy to just ‘throw something tasty together’.
I’ve found that prepping ahead and pretending I’m a chef* with my ‘mise’ has an unexpected benefit… It makes it much easier to look in the fridge and actually get inspiration for what to make for dinner.

There’s something about having at least some of the work done that makes the decision process much easier.

Could you benefit from our little ‘secret’?

Then I invite you to join me for The Organized Cook online program.

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  • Getting on top of cooking at home
  • Eating more vegetables
  • Pulling meals together quickly without the ‘last minute’ stress…

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Lemony Kale with Smoked Trout & Almonds

Lemony Kale with Smoked Trout & Almonds

Some of my favourite meals involve some take on this quick and easy bowl of goodness. Basically we’re talking a truck load of greens, given a flavour boost with some lemon and garlic and made more substantial with some protein and almonds. For me this is comfort food, like putting on my uggies and getting a big hug.


enough for 2
takes 15 minutes

1 large bunch kale
2-3 cloves garlic, sliced or minced
1-2 lemons
250g (9oz) smoked trout
2 handfuls flaked almonds

1. Wash kale and slice crosswise into ribbons about 1cm (1.3in) thick, discarding the woody stems. Don’t worry about drying, the extra moisture helps the kale to steam.

2. Heat a large pot on a medium high heat. Add a very generous glug of olive oil, the sliced kale and garlic. Cover and cook, stirring every few minutes until the kale is tender and wilted. If it starts to burn add a splash of water.

3. Remove pot from the heat. Season kale generously with salt, pepper and a big squeeze of lemon (or more if you like it really zingy).

4. To serve, divide kale between two bowls and top with fish and almonds.

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Variations

vegetarian – replace fish with extra almonds, cooked chickpeas, crumbled feta or blue cheese, or poached eggs.

nut-free – skip the almonds or replace with toasted bread crumbs.

different greens – I love Tuscan kale here but any greens are good. Try different types of kale, collard greens, spinach or chard (silverbeet). Frozen spinach can also be used – no need to slice, just defrost and cook uncovered so you get rid of the excess moisture.

different protein – anything cooked will work. Think smoked salmon, pan fried sliced chorizo or other spicy sausages, crispy bacon, shaved parmsean, canned fish (hello sardines!), leftover cooked meat or poached or fried eggs.

creamy – stir in a few tablespoons double cream with the lemon juice.

extra zesty – add the zest of the lemons with the juice.

carb-lovers / more substantial – toss in cooked pasta or serve the kale piled on hot buttered sourdough toast.

different nuts – I really love almonds with the trout but feel free to use whatever nuts you have, it will taste better if they’re roasted but it won’t be the end of the world if you can’t be bothered! I often don’t.

With love,
Jules xx

(*for the record I’m not a chef. Just a self-taught cook with a degree in Food Science.)

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Super Tender Broccoli

When I was backpacking around the world in my 20s there were 2 things that I really missed…

My own bed.

And my own fridge.

I guess I also did miss having a proper kitchen. But every time I tried to squeeze my fresh ingredients into a smelly, chaotic youth hostel shared fridge, that was the part I really struggled with.

Ever since then I’ve always been so thankful for having my own cold storage space. And while it isn’t clean and tidy 100% of the time, I do take a certain pride in keeping it organized.

So today I’m going to share the 5 key principles I follow.

How I Organize My Fridge

1. Keep most in need of using items visible.
It’s so easy to forget what you have. So my first rule is to place anything that needs ‘eating up’ where you can’t miss seeing it each time you open the fridge.

It’s a small thing but makes a HUGE difference to how much food I waste.

2. Keep like things together.
This is just how my brain works. I have separate places for my cheese, my raw meats, fresh veg, prepped ingredients, my fermented veg and of course my champagne!

3. Have a regular place for different ingredients.
This just makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. So I know that half used jar of curry paste will be in he fridge door instead of having to rummage around to find it.

4. Really look once a day.
I don’t know about you, but my memory isn’t the greatest these days. So I try and have a good look in all parts of the fridge at least once a day.

This way I remember what I have and get heaps more ideas for what to cook. Plus I can move things that really need eating to a more visible position so I’m less likely to waste food. Win win!

5. Keep things covered.
The air in the fridge is really dry. The number 1. cause of food spoilage is dehydration, especially for fresh produce. So I keep all my fruit and veg in plastic bags either in the crisper or on the bottom shelf. It doesn’t look so pretty but really makes a difference to how long things last.

For leftovers and my prepped ingredients I use glass containers with plastic lids.

A Video Tour of My Fridge

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Like more?

Then I’d love you to join me for The Organized Cook!

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  • Getting on top of cooking at home
  • Eating more vegetables
  • Pulling meals together quickly without the ‘last minute’ stress…

To see if it’s right for you go to:
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With love,
Jules xx

ps. Not sure if you have time to sign up?

Think about it, you’re always going to have lots going on. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you had your kitchen organization handled? Imagine if you could free up some time for other areas of your life?

That’s why you get access to the program for life. So you’ll always be able to fit it into the timing that works best for you.

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salt & vinegar steaks

Over the last few months, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to students from my online cooking school.

I always enjoy chatting on the phone or Skype with my students from all over the world. It’s fun but more importantly it gives me valuable insights into what people need help with.

One theme that kept coming up was getting to the end of the day and having that feeling of panic or dread…

‘Oh no! I’ve got to pull a meal together. What will I do?’

One of the best antidotes to this ‘affliction’ is to be a bit more organized. But I know there are some myths that hold people back from getting on top of it.

So let’s get into some myth busting!

The 3 Biggest Myths about being an Organized Cook

Myth 1. If you’re organized there’s less flexibility and freedom.
This ties in with the misconception that being organized means you have to pre-cook loads of complete meals.

But there is another way!

If you focus on prepping ingredients instead there can be loads of room for flexibility and creativity. I find it actually sparks ideas.

And even better, cooking this way means you can ‘pull together’ healthy meals really quickly which means you’re much more likely to eat at home.

As André said:
“Since completing The Organized Cook I am eating more at home because now I need less time to cook.”

Myth 2. You have to spend hours in the kitchen sacrificing your precious weekend time.
People often tell me that a lack of time is their biggest obstacle on the path to organization.

But here’s the thing, you don’t need to dedicate huge chunks of time to make a difference.

The key is to develop a strategy to help you be more efficient with the time you’re already spending.

For example, I often pop on some veg to roast (1 hour but 2 minutes active time) or cook up a pot of rice for Fergal and Finbar (15 minutes) while I’m cooking for today.

If you’d like to explore more strategies for being efficient in the kitchen I’m going to be going much deeper in my new online program, The Organized Cook, which I hope you’ll join me for.

Myth 3. Pre-prepared food is not as healthy as fresh.
Just because fresh food is healthy, doesn’t necessarily mean that food cooked in advance is not.

Whenever we cut or cook food we’re exposing it to oxidation and light or heat. So any light, oxygen or heat sensitive nutrients will be lost during food prep.

Whether we eat the food straight away or store it and eat in a few days time doesn’t make a significant difference. Most of the sensitive nutrients will have already been lost either way.

The way I look at it, if prepping ahead means I’m going to eat more veggies, this totally outweighs any slight loss in nutrition from prepping and storing.

Ready to be feel more Organized?

Well now’s your chance!

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  • Eating more vegetables
  • Pulling meals together quickly without the ‘last minute’ stress…

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Salt & Vinegar Steaks

When I was growing up ‘salt and vinegar’ was my favourite flavour of potato chips (crisps). But it wasn’t until my brother was staying with me and cooked his version of these salt and vinegar steaks that I had the inspiration to use that classic flavour combo in my cooking. Thanks Dom!

enough for: 2
takes: 30 minutes

1 bunch broccolini or broccoli, chopped
2 steaks
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
sea salt flakes

1. Remove steaks from the fridge preferably an hour before you want to cook them, or as long as you’ve got.

2. For the dressing, combine vinegar with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

3. Heat a frying pan on a medium high heat. Add a little olive oil and the broccoli / broccolini and a splash of water. Cover and cook stirring every few minutes until the veg are no longer crunchy, about 5-10 minutes. Place veg in a clean bowl.

4. Increase heat to medium high. Rub steaks with a little oil and sprinkle with salt.

5. Cook steaks for 3-5 minutes each side, or until cooked to your liking.

5. Place steak on 2 plates. Drizzle over dressing and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving with the broccolini / broccoli on top and extra sea salt flakes.

Variations

different salt – my brother loves commercial garlic salt or onion salt with his steak.

vegetarian – replace steaks with sliced halloumi cheese. Pan fry halloumi on a medium heat until golden brown on both sides. No need to rest the halloumi before tucking in. OR replace steak with hummus + a handful of almonds.

vegan – try salt and vinegar beans. Replace steaks with a drained can of your favourite beans. Warm in the pan and serve with the veg and dressing. Consider adding a handful or roasted almonds or pine nuts for some extra protein and crunch.

different veg – replace broccoli or broccolini with sliced zucchini, snow peas, frozen peas, sugar snap peas or red bell peppers (capsicum). Or just serve steaks with salad leaves on the side.

more substantial – lovely with mashed potatoes, roast potato or fries, cauliflower mash or a packet of your favourite potato crisps (chips). Or just serve some crusty bread and butter.

different meat – also great with pork chops, lamb chops or lamb cutlets. I also love salt and vinegar sausages (simmer sausages in water for 10-15 minutes before draining and browning in a little oil in the pan).

pescetarian – replace steaks with fish and replace balsamic with lemon juice.

different vinegar / sugar-free – I love the sweetness of balsamic here but you could use any wine or rice vinegar. Sherry vinegar is also a hit.

more veg – serve a green salad on the side.

low carb – I use a cheap balsamic which is lower carb. For strict low carb use 2 tablespoons wine or sherry vinegar instead. For more easy Low Carb ideas check out my new website Deliciously Diabetic.

With love,
Jules x
www.thestonesoup.com

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ps. Not sure if The Organized Cook can help you?

Here’s what Samantha and Pat said about their experience…

“I’m planning more often and are more confident in trusting my instincts. Being better prepared has kept us from eating out too often.”
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“I am planning ahead more often and have less anxiety when it come time to cook the evening meal. The Organized Cook helps simplify the meal planning and preparation process. And access to all of the healthy recipes is great!”
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Hummus with Chorizo & Roasted Hazelnuts-2

Have you ever dreamed of being able to walk into the kitchen, look in the fridge and go ‘I’ve got this and this and this. I’m going to put these things together and make something that tastes good’?

Well you’re in the right place!

When I was first learning to cook I followed recipes religiously because I didn’t have the confidence to cook on my own. But I remember wishing I could just ‘throw something together’.

These days that’s pretty much how I cook most days. I see what I have and take it from there.

So how did I make the leap?

It was a few things. Practice and being willing to give it a try certainly helped.

But one of the biggest game changers was developing the habit of prepping my ingredients.

Why ingredient prep?

Because there’s nothing like opening the fridge and seeing loads of possibilities. Being able to grab out a tub of this and a jar of that and know you’re going to be eating something truly tasty and healthy soon!

There’s something about having about having the broccoli already chopped and roasted or the lentils already cooked and seasoned that makes it easier to imagine what you can make.

It really gives confidence that you can throw a meal together. Not to mention making you feel on top of things as you look into your beautifully organized fridge.

But apart from the creative, inspirational side of things, there are plenty of practical concrete reasons…

Saves time – prepping ingredients in advance makes it so much quicker to get weeknight (and other) meals on the table.

Plus cooking in bulk generally doesn’t take much more time. For example making a big pot of quinoa and freezing the extras means you’ll have quinoa ready to go without spending much more time than packing it up.

And there’s no extra cleanup either!

Keeps thing flexible – unlike making a whole meal in advance, prepping ingredients doesn’t ‘lock you in’. For example some roast sweet potato could become a warming soup for a cold rainy day. BUT if the weather is unseasonably warm it can just as easily turn into a sweet potato salad.

Reduce waste – for many ingredients, especially fruit and veg, prepping and partially cooking makes them keep for longer. This is because cooking destroys enzymes and reduces the presence of spoilage microbes.

For example, where that bunch of organic kale may start to go yellow and sad looking after a week in the fridge, if you cook it down it will easily keep for two weeks or more.

Not only is wasting less fresh produce good for your conscience and your wallet. It’s much better for the planet too!

How to master the art of ingredient prep.

1. start small & plan for success.
So you’re probably all excited to get going but the worst thing you can do is buy a fridge full of fresh produce, get overwhelmed and forget about them.

The real power of the art of ingredient prep is turning it into a habit so it becomes practically effortless.

So focus on taking baby steps and focus on really building the habit first. You can always upscale your ingredient prep efforts later, once you have the habit embedded.

2. Choose 1-2 ingredients to prep.
I’ve included a ‘cheat sheet’ to download and keep. Use it to get ideas. If you’re not very confident in the kitchen it’s a good idea to decide how you’re going to use them. And make sure you get any other ingredients you need.

3. Buy your ingredients and prep them.
See the ‘cheat sheet’ for instructions. Download link below.

4. Use your ingredients one night this week!
And congratulate yourself for taking the first step to becoming more organized in the kitchen!

Your ingredient prep ‘cheat sheet’

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Hummus with Chorizo & Roasted Hazelnuts

Hummus w Chorizo & Almonds

‘Things’ on a bed of creamy hummus are some of my favourite quick, healthy mid-week meals. While the Spiced Beef with Hummus from my FREE eCookbook will always be one of my go-to meals, this version using chorizo is a close second. Love the contrast of the hot spicy sausage with the cool creamy hummus, the crunchy hazelnuts and the fresh greenness of the salad. So good!

enough for: 2
takes: 15 minutes

2 chorizo, sliced or crumbled
1 cup hummus
2 handfuls roast hazelnuts
1 bag baby spinach leaves

1. Heat a little oil in a medium frying pan and cook chorizo until well browned on both sides and cooked through.

2. Divide hummus between two plates. Top with cooked chorizo, hazelnuts and salad leaves.

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Variations

no chorizo – use other spicy sauasage, salami or ground meat. Add a little chilli if you want more heat.

no hummus – to make your own, whizz 1 drained can chickpeas in the food processor with 1 clove garlic,

vegetarian – replace chorizo with roast veg and serve with a drizzle of chilli oil or your favourite hot sauce.

low carb / paleo – use the Roast Cauliflower Hummus from my new website, Deliciously Diabetic.

nut-free – replace hazelnuts with extra chorizo or crumble over some feta or goats cheese.

more substantial / carb lovers – serve with warm tortillas or flat bread.

With love,
Jules
xoxo

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blat salad

Years ago, when I was a young food scientist working in product development for Kellogg, the company introduced a ‘clean desk’ policy.

I hated it.

Before the new policy I was happy to be the most messy person in the department. Life was good except I could never find what I was looking for.

After the new policy, my boss started to ‘remind’ me constantly to change my ways. It’s never a good idea to have your boss on your case, so I chose the lesser of two evils and started putting away my things at the end of every day.

You probably know where this is heading.

Yep.

I ended up loving having a clean desk. It made coming to work much more pleasant. It helped me think clearer. And I could find things quickly when I needed them.

It took a while but over time this policy spread into other areas of my life. Including of course my kitchen!

So here they are…

6 ‘Golden Rules’ of an Organized Kitchen

1. Simplify.
If I was only going to give you one rule this would be it. I can’t stress enough how having less equipment in your cupboards and less ingredients in your fridge and pantry makes is so much easier to feel organized.

So how do you simplify?

This is a huge topic on its own but the first place to start is just being mindful of what you bring into the kitchen.

Ask yourself:

‘Do I really need this?‘

The next step is to clear out and review what you have. Any out-of-date ingredients or equipment you haven’t used in months should go.

If you’re struggling with letting things go, do what I do and create a ‘things to donate to charity box’. Keep this in your garage (or shed).

Having this step makes it easier because you can change your mind if you find you are actually missing that hot dog warmer or popcorn maker.

2. Keep like things together.
I find it best to keep similar items together. For example I have one cupboard for plates, another for mugs, another for pots, another for cleaning supplies etc.

3. Keep things where you use them most.
Easy access makes being in the kitchen a smoother experience so you’ll want to spend more time there!

For example, I keep salt and pepper on our dining table so they’re always there when we eat. And I have salt and pepper in the pantry for seasoning when I’m cooking.

Other examples are keeping a jar with utensils next to the stove so they’re easy to grab when I’m cooking. And I have my knives on a rack on the wall in the middle of the kitchen so they’re within arms reach.

4. Clean as you go.
One of the worst feelings is walking into a dirty kitchen and having to spend precious time cleaning before you can even start cooking.

I’m afraid that apart from getting a cleaning robot or a live-in maid, the only way to avoid this is to have a personal rule to clean on an ongoing basis.

If you find yourself with a minute to spare, ask yourself ‘what can I clean now?’ It can take a while to build this habit but you’ll never regret it.

5. Do it now.
This is a trick I picked up from Gretchen Reuben in her brilliant book ‘The Happiness Project’.

Whenever you see something that could be put away or cleaned, say to yourself ‘do it now’ and follow through. This really worked for me so now I automatically pick things up and put them away.

6. Build habits.
I’ve saved this for last because after golden rule No. 1, simplify, habits are the next biggest game changer.

By building habits you put being organized on autopilot. It becomes automatic – something you don’t have to think about.

This is HUGE because you get the benefits of feeling in control and ‘on top of it’ without having to think or try too hard.

Some of the habits that make my life so much easier (and more organized) include:

  • shopping on a regular basis
  • keeping a running shopping list on my phone
  • doing things ‘now’ as I mentioned above
  • putting my groceries away as soon as I get home
  • really looking in the fridge every day so I know what needs eating up
  • prepping ingredients on the weekend or whenever I can (usually when I’m already in the kitchen).

There you have it!

My 6 ‘golden rules’ which really help me be organized in the kitchen (and other areas of life).

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Bacon & Avocado Salad

I’ve really been getting into flavour pairings lately inspired by a fab book, The Flavour Thesaurus by Nikki Segnet. It’s hard to go past salty crispy bacon and cool creamy avocado as an match made in heaven. I love this salad because the bacon and avo make it nice and filling yet it’s still fresh and bright. Perfect for lunches or brunches.

Enough for 2
Takes: 15 minutes

4-6 slices bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
3-4 handfuls lettuce leaves
1 avocado
large handful semi dried tomatoes

1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook bacon on a medium high heat until crispy.

2. Combine vinegar with 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large bowl. Season.

3. Toss leaves in the dressing. Sprinkle over chunks of avocado, tomatoes and the hot crunchy bacon before serving.

Variations

vegan – replace bacon with sliced grilled or roast mushrooms.

vegetarian – skip the bacon and serve with a poached or boiled egg on top.

more substantial / carb-lovers – toss in a drained can of white beans such as cannellini or butter beans to warm up in the bacon fat and add to the salad. You could also just toss in torn sourdough.

no semi dried tomatoes? – replace with halved fresh cherry tomatoes instead.

more veg – add chopped raw veg like snowpeas to the salad.

Big love,
Jules
xoxo

ps. Stay tuned for the next installment of my 6 part series on Kitchen Organization where we’ll go deeper into the Art of Ingredient Prep – one of my key personal habits!

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Don’t you hate it when you get home from a long day and your dinner isn’t a good as it should be? Don’t you hate it when getting a weeknight meal on the table becomes another source of stress?

Me too.

The good news is preparing dinner can actually be a chance to relax and unwind. A chance to nourish yourself and your loved ones with good food and good company.

Even on busy week nights.

The secret is to harness the power of meal planning without falling prey to the common mistakes…

3 Meal Planning Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

1. Complicated recipes
If you’re a food lover like me, you’ve probably made this mistake more than once (like I have!). Choosing overly ambitious recipes means when it comes time to cook you’re either going to struggle to find the energy OR you’re going to be eating really late.

Happily, building a repertoire of recipes that are both simple (hello 5 ingredients!) and satisfying is something I’ve been doing for years and years. I’m still surprised how allowing each ingredient to speak for itself can be so delicious.

2. Inflexible plans
If there’s one constant in our modern lives it’s that things are always changing. So you need to allow some flexibility otherwise you’re going to end up with lots of waste.

For my meal plans I take two approaches to add flexibility.

Firstly, I include a ‘waste avoidance strategy’ for every ingredient so if your plans change, you’ll know what to do with your ingredients so you don’t end up wasting them.

The second part is including a ‘wild card’ night rather than planning every single meal. This way you can adapt as needed.

3. Not planning!
At the other end of the spectrum is the problem of not having a plan at all. You know where this leads… no food in the house which means you’re far more likely to eat out or order takeaway. Which is fine occasionally but not when it’s happening most nights.

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Harissa Chicken

Firey Harissa Chicken

When I was first learning to cook I once made a ‘fiery’ harissa chicken from a recipe in a magazine. There was a huge ingredients list and it took forever but the thing I remember most was using 50 red chillies in the marinade. My fingers burned for days after preparing so many chillies with no gloves. This version is a much more simple (and just as tasty) homage to that dish. See the variations if you’re not sure about harissa.

enough for: 2
takes: 35 minutes

8 tablespoons Greek style yoghurt
1-2 tablespoons harissa
450g (1lb) chicken thigh fillets
1/2 small cauliflower, chopped
2-4 tablespoons butter
1 bunch mint, leaves picked

1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Combine yoghurt and harissa. Taste and season.

2. Chop each thigh fillet into 2 pieces. Toss chicken in half the yoghurt mixture. If you have time you could let it marinate for up to 24 hours in the fridge. Or just keep going!

2. Place chicken on a baking tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, whizz the cauliflower in the food processor until you have really fine ‘grains’ that look like couscous.

4. Melt butter in a large frying pan. Add cauli and cook until the cauli is hot. Season.

5. Serve chicken on a bed of the cauli ‘couscous’ with mint leaves on top and remaining spicy yoghurt spooned over.

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Variations

no harissa? – harissa is a Tunisian spice paste. You can get it online or from good delis. My supermarket stocks it. It usually comes in a tube or a jar. You could substitute and chilli paste like sambal oleck or even your favourite hot sauce. Another option is to finely chop a heap of fresh red chillies.

dairy-free – make a marinade using 1-2 tablespoons harissa and 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Serve drizzled with tahini or mashed avocado instead of the yoghurt sauce.

vegan / vegetarian – replace chicken with firm tofu. The yoghurt and harissa really add loads of flavour to tofu. Or replace chicken with sliced eggplant. You may need to cook a little longer. Another option is to replace chicken with a trimmed bunch of baby carrots for fiery harissa carrots. Vegans will need to see the ‘dairy-free’ suggestions.

more substantial / carb-lovers – serve with cooked quinoa, cooked lentils or couscous cooked according to the packet. You may also like to serve flat bread.

pesetarian – lovely with any fish fillets. Reduce the cooking time to about 20 minutes or less, depending on the size of your fish.

different meat – also great with lamb chops or steak.

different herbs – coriander (cilantro), flat leaf parsley, chives or basil.

paleo (gluten, grain + dairy-free) – use coconut yoghurt or replace yoghurt with olive oil and a little extra harissa.

more veg – toss diced red onions, red peppers (capsicum) and carrot through the cauli couscous.

With love,
Jules
xoxo

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spicy carrot salad

Where I live there’s an awesome local play group. We’ve been blessed to meet many other families in the area.

The other day, our playgroup talk turned to food and cooking as it often does when I’m around. (Why is that?)

We were chatting about the challenges of mid-week family dinners.

There seemed to be two camps. One group was resigned to putting up with ‘sub standard meals’ during the week and the other resorted to having dinner really late.

My heart really went out to them.

It made me realize how lucky I am. Most of the time I don’t have either problem.

Sometimes I have the problem of trying to cook with a hungry one-year-old attached to my leg. But that’s a whole other story.

It got me thinking why our mid-week family dinners are (mostly) pretty tasty and are (mostly) on the table by 6pm.

Working from home definitely helps but I think the biggest factor is that I’m pretty organized. I love thinking about what I’m going to cook and I usually have some sort of plan.

So I thought today we’d have a look at some of the benefits of meal planning…

6 Reasons to Use a Meal Plan

1. Better Tasting Meals.
I’m a food lover. The most important thing for me is that my meals taste good. Life is to short to put up with sub standard dinners.

When I was talking to members of ‘Soupstones‘ (my done-for-you meal planning service) a little while back, many people mentioned their meals had been tastier and they’d been getting more compliments since using my meal plans. There you go.

2. Increase your likelihood of cooking at home.
Cooking for yourself is one of the biggest game changers to help you look and feel your best. Having ingredients in the house and some idea of what to make with those ingredients makes it much, much easier to cook. Especially when you’re tired at the end of a long day.

3. Variety
Getting stuck in a food rut is no fun and not the best from a nutritional perspective either. Using some sort of plan is a great way to inject some fresh ideas and ensure you try new recipes from time to time.

4. Reduce Waste and Save Money
Having a meal plan that works means you’ll be buying the right amount and types of food each week and actually using them. So you’ll be less likely to be throwing out ‘veg gone bad’ at the end of the week. Both result in more dollars in your pocket and a happier planet.

5. Saving Time
By planning ahead you can save yourself time on many levels. First you can buy more when you do shop, saving you extra trips to pick up ‘this and that’ at the store.

Plus having a plan allows you to prep ahead and prep in bulk (if you like), meaning less time to get dinner on the table on those busy week nights.

6. Less Deciding What to Cook
It’s much harder to make decisions when you’re tired. Following a meal plan means the pressure is off having to ‘decide’. The decision part has already been done so you can just walk into the kitchen and immerse yourself in the soothing world of chopping and stirring.

It’s my favourite way to relax at the end of the day (apart from when there’s that one-year-old-leg situation I mentioned earlier ;)

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Spicy Carrot & Chicken Salad

Harissa is a very hot paste made with lots of chillies. It’s commonly found in Tunisia and Morocco and is one of my favourite ingredients. You can buy it online or from good delis. My supermarket stocks it. It comes in a tube and is brilliant to keep in the fridge for an instant chilli hit. If you can’t find commercial harissa you know I’ve got you covered in the variations below.

enough for: 2
takes: 45 minutes

2 onions finely sliced into 1/2 moons
1 bunch baby carrots, tops reserved
4 chicken thigh fillets, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon harissa
1 tablespoon sherry or wine vinegar

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Place onion, carrots and chicken in a roasting tray. Drizzle with a little olive oil.

2. Roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring about half way through.

3. Meanwhile, combine harissa, vinegar and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Taste and season.

4. When the carrots, onion and chicken are cooked remove from the oven and drizzle over the dressing. Serve with carrot tops sprinkled over.

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Variations

side salad – skip the chicken if you prefer.

no carrot tops – if your carrot tops aren’t nice (or a non existent) replace with a bag of salad leaves or bunch of flat leaf parsley or coriander leaves.

grown-up carrots – replace baby carrots with 4 regular carrots halved lengthwise.

vegetarian / vegan – replace chicken with a drained can of chickpeas, white beans, mushrooms or eggplant.

no harissa – replace with any chilli paste or hot sauce such as sambal oleck or sriracha. You could also substitute 2-4 large fresh red chillies that have been finely chopped.

different veg – also lovely with sweet potato, parsnip, regular potatos, swede or beets. Some veg may need cooking for longer.

more substantial – serve with flat bread or couscous that has been cooked according to the packet with some extra butter added or serve with cooked quinoa, brown rice or boiled potatoes.

short on time – pan fry chicken and onions instead and serve with the dressing raw grated carrots.

more veg – serve with a green salad or add mushrooms or eggplant with the chicken.

family friendly – use less harissa or serve dressing on the side.

low carb – replace carrots with 1 large head broccoli or a small cauliflower. And use baby spinach or salad leaves instead of the carrot tops.

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