Let’s go back to the OLD WAYS….

Use Herbs & Spices to prepare warm foods like so many cultures still do today….

For a long time, herbs & spices have been very highly appreciated and they are part of numerous ancient traditions, which are usually still practiced today. The traditional cultures actually prize highly spices and herbs not only for their flavour but also for medicinal & healing properties spices & herbs bring to food. ⠀ *⠀ Traditional medicine has been using herbs and spices for centuries to treat common ailments and now modern science is starting to support some of these theories.⠀ *⠀ In different cultures around the world cold food and beverages are still not part of norm on a daily basis. In Chinese & Indian culture in particular, cold beverages are believed to be harmful to digestion, so items like ice-cold water or soft drinks are traditionally not served at meal-times. Besides soup, if any other beverages are served, they would most likely be hot tea or hot water. Tea is believed to help in the digestion of greasy foods.⠀ *⠀ Using herbs & spices also aids in digestion due to their numerous attributes, beneficial in our overall gut health.

Moroccan Prawns

Moroccan Prawns

Moroccan Prawns

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Rockin’ Moroccan Gourmet Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 kilo Green Prawns

Instructions

  • Remove the heads by pulling and twisting. They should come off with ease. Grab around the eyes and firmly twist to pull the head off.
  • Pull off the legs. Simply use your hand to pinch off the small dangling legs and pull them away.
  • You can still remove the vein while leaving the shell on. To do so, clip the shell with scissors and pull the vein out, closing the shell back up. You can also pull the entire vein out in one piece if you break the head off and locate it.
  • Rinse under running water and pat dry with paper towels. Moisture on the outside of the prawn will make the cook unevenly. Give them a quick rinse with cold water and then dry them off.
  • If you don’t plan on cooking them yet, keep the prawns on ice or in the refrigerator.
  • Coat the Prawns in olive oil and 3 tablespoons of the Moroccan Seasoning and let them sit for 15minutes.
  • Pan Fry or BBQ the green prawns turning them when the prawn turns bright red/orange and cook briefly on the second side until the flesh is no longer glassy.

Notes

When cooking prawns on the BBQ it’s best to leave them in their shells as the intense direct heat can damage the flesh if not protected. Also, a lot of flavour is transferred from the shell to the flesh when you cook with it intact. My favourite tip is to slice through he back of the prawn with a serrated knife, remove the intestinal tract and the rub in the seasoning mix. That way you get the best of your marinade and the flavour from the shell, and a perfectly clean prawn! What more could you want?
By Bec Gilhooley

Holy Chilli Guacamole Black Bean Tacos

Holy Chilli Guacamole Black Bean Tacos

Holy Chilli Guacamole Black Bean Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 small can of corn kernal
  • 1 red capsicum, cored and sliced
  • 1 yellow capsicum, cored and sliced
  • 1 green capsicum, cored and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 lebanese cucumber diced
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander to mix and garnish
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
  • 6-8 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 lime cut into wedges, to serve

Instructions

  • Chilli Guacamole
  • Combine 250g of sour cream, cream cheese, yoghurt or dairy replacement with 1 sachet of Holy Chilli Guacamole mix or to your taste. Add 1 small avocado and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Filling
  • Slice or dice capsicum, onion and cucumber and add the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Combine the black beans and corn and stir through. Finally chop the coriander leaves and add the grapeseed/olive oil to the mixture.
  • Heat the tortillas in a warm oven.
  • Add the mixture to the tortillas and spoon the Chilli Guacamole on top to taste.
  • Lime wedges can be added and squeezed onto the tacos for a delicious Mexican flavour!

Notes

Hallelujah! Our Holy Chilli Guacamole spice blend will make the angels sing. For some divine flavour intervention, add as little or as much as you like and wait for the heavenly heat to appear.
By Karen Klaich

Easy Beet & Mint Hummus

Easy Beet & Mint Hummus

Easy Beet & Mint Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1/2 can chickpeas
  • 1/2 packet Wild Beetroot & Onion
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 bunch mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • Scattering of salt, to taste

Notes

I made up some easy Beet and Mint Hummus today for a friends’ lunch picnic. I got sent some lovely gourmet dip mixes from @spicetradingco to try and they are great! This Wild Beetroot & Onion flavour is delicious and much easier than dealing with raw beetroot! It’s worth mentioning that these blends are totally gluten free and have no added salt/sugar: just great flavour to add to your dips, roasts, vegetable and pasta dishes..
  • You can check out The Spice Trading Co to buy the selection of mixes.
  • (BTW, this is not a sponsored post. I’m just trying them out and reviewing so stay tuned if interested!)
  • Becky Gillespie, @eatwhatweeat + www.eatwhatweeat.com
  • By Becky Gillespie – @eatwhatweeat

Rockin’ Spaghetti

rockin-spaghetti

Rockin’ Spaghetti

Serves 4
A new twist on a classic dish. You will find piles of flavour in this Italy meets morocco pasta recipe. Delicately spiced and full of vegetables it is so good!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Rockin’ Moroccan Spice Blend
  • 500 g mixed vegetables (carrot, onion, celery, spinach, zucchini, rocket, capsicum, mushrooms) roughly chopped
  • 50 g olive oil
  • 500 g minced meat (pork or beef)
  • 100 g wine (red or white)
  • 400 g can crushed tomatoes
  • Spaghetti
  • Feta (optional)

Instructions

  • Thermomix recipe – adjust for stovetop accordingly
  • Add 500g of mixed vegetables to your bowl. This is a great way to use up left over vegetables. You can use pretty much anything you have to hand.
  • 5 secs | speed 7
  • Add 50g olive oil
  • 5 mins | speed 2 |120°
  • Add 500g minced meat and break up any large pieces with a spatula
  • 8 mins | R speed 1 | 120°
  • Add 100g wine
  • 5 mins | R speed 1 | Varoma
  • Add 400g canned crushed tomatoes and 2 heaped TBSPs Rockin Moroccan Spice Blend
  • 20 mins | R speed stir | 100°

Notes

Serve with spaghetti topped with feta and a drizzle of olive oil.
By Bec Gilhooley

Dreamy Bacon & Egg Slice

Dreamy Bacon & Egg Slice

Dreamy Bacon & Egg Slice

Serves 4
Super tasty, super easy, super healthy. Great for dinner, lunchboxes or to take on a picnic. Full of flavour and loaded with vegetables. Kid friendly, Thermomix friendly. This appears regularly on our dinner table.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of Dreamy Carrot & Nutmeg spice
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 30 g olive oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tbsps of flour
  • 3 thick sliced rashers of bacon cut into pieces with the fat trimmed
  • 200 g grated cheese (we love feta but use your favourite)

Instructions

  • Cut onions in quarters and add to the TM bowl along with 30g olive oil.
  • 5 secs | speed 4 | then scrape down the sides of the TM bowl and cook for 2 mins | speed 1 | 90°.
  • Add in roughly chopped zucchini and carrot. At this point you can swap the carrot and zucchini for any vegetables of your choice.
  • 5 secs | speed 5 to get a really finely chopped consistency. Less if you like your vegetables chunky.
  • Add in eggs, flour and Dreamy Carrot & Nutmeg Spice Blend.
  • 5 secs | speed 3
  • Pour into a lined tin and sprinkle over the cheese and bacon pieces.
  • Cook in a preheated at 200° fan forced for 25-30 mins until nicely golden on top.
  • Leave to cool slightly and then slice and serve sprinkled with bacon dust and some grated parmesan cheese or allow to go completely cold in the fridge. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Notes

Bacon Dust
Pimp your slice by cutting the bacon fat trimming into little pieces and cooking in the oven alongside your slice until completely crisp. Once cold place in a Ziploc bag and bash into tiny pieces to sprinkle over the pie. This is next level delicious and worth the extra bit of effort :).
By Bec Gilhooley

Wild Beetroot & Onion Pasta Dough Recipe

I love putting a new twist on a classic dish and our Wild Beetroot & Onion gourmet blend adds “WOW” to traditional homemade pasta dough. The flavour is sublime and the colour is gorgeous. Just add our Wild Beetroot & Onion seasoning to your favourite pasta recipe or try the one below.

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Layered Salad in A Jar with Dreamy Carrot & Nutmeg Vinaigrette

dreamy carrot nutmeg gourmet dip spice mix

The vibrant colours and textures of a layered salad in a jar look impressive and it’s easy to take to a picnic or barbeque. Creating the salad is a fun way to get your kids involved in meal preparation. My son Zac likes to create a “Rainbow Salad” with his favourite veggies and dressed with his favourite Dreamy Carrot & Nutmeg vinaigrette.

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