Healthy recipes inspired by the coast, enjoyed everywhere.
For the past few years I have been lucky to join up with Hathats Coffee at their Reculver Country park venue, and most school holiday you can find me running a series of cooking workshops on the beach. Here is a selection of healthy beach recipes that I have used in these sessions, inspired by the seaside setting and the people that attend.
In all senses this is a winter root vegetable soup, making use of the vegetables and herbs I had growing in my garden, but after a wonderful day cooking on the beach I had a message from the mother of a fantastic young man who said he was now cooking “beach soup” for all of his family! The name has stuck and here it is!!
Ingredients (serves 10)
2 tbs oil (rapeseed or olive)
1 celeriac (chopped)
1 large onion
2 medium parsnips
A bouquet garni of hardy herbs
1 Bay leaf, a good sprig of sage, a few sprigs of rosemary
A pinch of sea salt
A dash of freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
1. Preheat the oil in a Dutch oven or large stock pot over a medium heat.
2. Start by peeling and cutting the root veg into small 1-2cm chunks and put them aside into a large bowl
3. Afterwards peel and roughly chop the onions and leeks.
4 Sweat the onions and leeks in the pan stirring occasionally until softened and turning translucent.
5. Afterwards add the root veg, salt and pepper stirring for several minutes
6. Carefully pour enough water to cover the vegetables and add the bouquet garni to the pot, cover and bring to a boil.
7. Let the soup simmer for about 30 minutes before blending and adding the paprika to serve.
Winter Vegetable Curry
What to cook on a cold winter’s day?
This very simple and healthy recipe was inspired by all the usual low price root veg that is promoted by the supermarket chains just before Christmas. It is another easy one pot dish that packs plenty of flavour and is even more delicious the following day.
Ideal for batch cooking and freezing too!
2 onions finely chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed
1 inch piece of ginger grated
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 stem of lemongrass
400g butternut squash
3 large carrots
3 large parsnips
4 tablespoons of mild curry paste
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
200ml of water
250ml of coconut milk
2 handfuls of chopped kale or purple sprouting broccoli
flatbreads to serve
Yoghurt, to serve
Mango chutney, to serve
Chopped coriander, to serve
- Start by sweating the onions for about 8 minutes on a low heat until they turn translucent.
- Then add the crushed garlic and and grated ginger, stir and cook for another two minutes before adding the chopped lemongrass
- Meanwhile ensure the root vegetables are chopped into bite size pieces, before adding to the onions.
- Turn the heat up a little and stir the vegetables thoroughly and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Next stir in the curry paste (madras or korma work well) and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Pour in the tin of tomatoes and add about 300ml of cold water to the empty tin, shake and then add making sure that none of the tomatoes are wasted.
- Bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes or so with the lid on until the vegetables soften.
- In conclusion add the kale or broccoli and coconut milk and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve with a garnish of coriander, mango chutney, yoghurt and flatbreads.
Spring vegetable Stir Fry
This is essentially a seasonal take on my Easy Chinese stir-fry with a spring vegetable twist and a subtle change to the sauce.
I aim to keep things seasonal if I can and during recent workshops I was able to use some of the vegetables grown in my own garden. I absolutely love asparagus and PSB, so it was no wonder they sneaked into this dish!
1 Pack of dried noodles
For the sauce
A dash of Henderson’s Relish (or Worcester sauce)
Juice of 1 lemon
250g spring greens/Swiss chard
5-6 spring onions
2 garlic cloves
150g Purple Sprouting Broccoli
150g mushrooms (oyster or shiitake work well)
1 packet of beansprouts
1.First boil some water to re-hydrate the noodles, tend to do this over the fire as it heats up the dutch oven, otherwise a kettle will do! Place the noodles in a suitable bowl or pan then pour the boiling water over so it just covers them. Leave.
2. Now make the sauce.
In small bowl or jug, squirt/ squeeze an equal amount of honey and ketchup, followed by a couple of generous splashes of Soy Sauce and relish, finally adding the lemon juice before whisking this all together to make your stir-fry sauce!
3.Grate the carrots, tear the greens, crush the garlic, slice the mushrooms (if large), break up the asparagus and PSB before cutting the onions into 1 cm long pieces (scissors work really well for little hands doing this!
4. Check on the noodles, they should now be fully re-hydrated and taken up a lot of the water.
Drain and put to one side.
5. Heat the oil in the Dutch oven if outside, otherwise a deep frying pan or wok will do.
6. Once the oil is hot, fry the chopped vegetables and bean shoots, stirring for no more than 2-3 minutes.
7. Add the sauce and stir for another minute covering the veg.
8. Finally add the noodles into the pan again stirring to soak up the sauce and flavour.
Pour straight into bowls and enjoy!
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