merrychrist

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season!
May 2016 be your best year yet :-)

Blessings,

My Primal foods xxx

Couscous

 

There is a deli just around the corner from us that makes a delicious Orange Couscous salad. I would probably eat it every day if I could. Tonight, as I was staring into the cupboard thinking "what's for dinner" I saw the Couscous and thought I could go some Orange Couscous.... dinner is sorted!! It was absolutely delicous and with the addition of mint, it brought it up to a whole new level.

 

Ingredients:

For the Couscous: 

1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (approx 4 oranges)

2 cups Couscous

1/2 cup water

1 cup Cashews

1 cup Raisins

2-3 Spring Onions, chopped finely

1 Capsicum, diced

 

For the Dressing: 

1 cup orange juice (approx 2 oranges)

2 tbs water (or Olive oil if you prefer)

4 tbs White Wine Vinegar

1 tbs Raw Honey or Pure Maple Syrup

1 tsp Onion Powder

2 tbs freshly chopped mint

 

Method:

 

1. Place the 1 1/2 cups of Orange juice and Water into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. Once boiling, remove from the heat, add the Couscous and give a quick stir. Add the lid and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

3. Fluff the Couscous with a fork and place into the fridge to cool.

4. To prepare the Dressing add the Orange juice, Water, White Wine Vinegar, Honey (or Maple Syrup), Onion powder and mint into a jar and shake well.

5. Place the cooled Couscous, salad dressing, Cashews, Raisins, Spring Onions and Capsicum into a bowl and mix thoroughly. 

6. Place back into the fridge to completely cool down and serve. 

Pakoras1

 

As I look out my window, the sun is shining, I think what a lovely warm day! I then open the door to let my Mum in and it is COLD!!! My heater has done its job in me thinking that the temperature is perfect. It sure is the start of winter. The need of food that will warm the soul is just what is in order. So, Onion Pakoras are born! They can be varied with so many different combinations of herbs and spices, let your imagination run wild... that is once you have made a batch, sat down in a warm sunny spot out of the cold and devoured these delicious bites of perfection!


Ingredients: (Makes approx 10)

 

1 cup Besan Flour

1 cup Water (approximately)

1/4 tsp Onion Powder

1 clove of Garlic, minced

3 pinches of Bicarb Soda

1 medium Onion, finely diced

Salt and Pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Your favourite sauce to serve

 

Method:

Place all ingredients (except water) in a bowl and mix. 

Start by adding 1/2 cup of water, adding more until you have a thick and flowing batter (I used between 3/4 and 1 cup of water)

Heat frying pan with oil over a medium heat.

Add the batter about 1/4 cup for each pakora and cook until golden brown, flip over and cook the same on the other side.

Serve with a generous dollop of your favorite sauce! Bon Appetit!