Simple Carrot Slaw

Let’s be honest not everyone is a fan of cabbage. It must be one of the least glamourous vegetables out there. Poor old cabbage. I, for the record, love it and could merrily eat it by the bowlful.

I do delight in a homemade coleslaw. I can coax even the most hardened cabbage avoider in my house to sample a teeny bit of classic coleslaw, but who wants that effort? Food should be joyous, not hard graft. So I came up with this cabbage-free slaw, which was accepted by all as a tasty side dish and the bowl was scraped clean. Result.

You could leave out the coriander and keep this really simple. Or you could replace it with any other freshly chopped herb you fancy. You could also sprinkle in some quickly toasted cumin seeds. I do like a piquant kick so I have tried this with a finely chopped green chilli, which, frankly, knocks your socks off.

Whatever you choose to do with this, in a few short minutes it will be ready to charm your taste buds.

Simple Carrot Slaw

Recipe

Ingredients

  • A couple of large carrots, grated
  • A couple of spring onions, finely sliced
  • A dessert spoon of mayo
  • A dessert spoon of greek yoghurt
  • A pinch of salt
  • A grinding of black pepper
  • A small handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped. Plus a few leaves for garnish.

Method

  • Put everything, except your extra coriander garnish, in a bowl and mix.
  • Scatter over the remaining coriander garnish.
  • Eat.

Eat Your Potatoes, Calm Your Nerves

I like potatoes as much as the next person, but lately I’ve been eating an awful lot of them, I actually can’t get enough of them! 

I’ve roasted them with cumin seeds and garlic, made a simple summery potato salad , added them to a coconutty veg curry, mashed them with garlic, fresh rosemary and parmesan and even ate them for breakfast – chopped into cubes and oven baked served with a poached egg. Yum to them all. 

So what is it about those tasty tubers that has me hankering after them like there’s no tomorrow?  Well it turns out spuds can help lower our blood pressure and they also calm the nerves thanks to their natural sedative properties. Well let’s be honest, lockdown can be a bit stressful? Frustrating? Fraught? Maybe all of the above, all in the same day. So perhaps my craving wasn’t so random after all.

If you think you might be in need of a little natural calming, stock up on the spuds and try one of these simple potato ideas.

Potato Omelette

If you’ve got any leftover potatoes (we rarely have left over anything to be honest) this is a really quick and easy lunch dish. Just fry sliced onion and maybe a little crushed garlic until golden. Add cooked potato cubes and pour over whisked eggs with a little seasoning. Cook in your pan until set and serve sprinkled with grated cheese or feta and your favourite fresh herbs. A big pile of rocket and cheery cherry tomatoes finishes this off nicely.

Spiced Roast Potatoes

Preheat your oven to 180 C. Scrub a load of potatoes, leaving on the skins (for extra flavour and added nutrition), chop into chunks and tumble onto a baking tray. Drizzle over oil and season with cumin seeds, ground coriander, turmeric, salt and pepper. Toss. Roast for about 45 minutes. 10 minutes before the end stir in crushed garlic if you fancy. Lovely with a lentil dhal, scattered with chopped fresh coriander.

Simple Potato Salad

Simply boil chopped potatoes until tender. Drain and cool slightly. Now stir through 1 small crushed garlic clove, a couple of big dollops of Greek yoghurt and a few chopped mint leaves. Season to your liking. The perfect BBQ accompaniment.