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Mother’s Day Meal Recipes

With the U.K deep in beautiful but treacherous white snow as a result of the “Beast from the East” it feels more like Christmas at the moment. It is hard to believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but don’t forget it is – on Sunday 11th March Mothering Sunday will be celebrated by many.

 

Some people go all out, with trips to the theatre, Michelin Star dining out in the City, jewellery and gifts galore. But, sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the one’s we make ourselves. How many of us know a mum who has lovingly kept a scribbled drawing that their child made for them – probably all of us! A handmade card and a baked cake or a home cooked meal, goes a long way.

 

Maybe you are mum and you are hoping for something special to mark the occasion? Here’s the perfect hint…

 

We bring you dining suggestions from eco cuisine. Whether you are catering breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner here are our delicious recipes for you to use.

 

Firstly, something easy, quick and yummy for you to make for your mum for breakfast this coming Mother’s Day:

 

French Toast

 

French Toast for Mother's Day

 

Take two slices of wholemeal bread, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of milk, spices – namely, cinnamon or nutmeg sprinkled in.

 

Simply beat the egg, milk and spices together, then heat your pan and put in a knob of butter. Dip bread in the mixture and fry on both sides until golden brown.

 

Serve with honey and fruit if you desire. Remember a nice cup of something hot to wash it down with.

 

What’s not to love?

 

Cooking lunch for her, then what about poached salmon for lunch?

You will need a fish kettle for this recipe.

 

Poached Salmon

 

Poached Salmon for Mother's Day

 

You need a 2.5kg whole salmon, peppercorns, 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks and one onion.

 

Place the salmon into the kettle and add cold water to just cover the fish, then add the peppercorns and the rest of the stock ingredients and bring the water to the boil with the lid on. Then switch it off and leave it all to sit in the water until it is at room temperature.

 

You can take the fish head off or leave it on but it is easiest to take the skin off whilst it is still warm too. Make sure you do both sides and then you can decorate with parsley, lemon wedges and serve with some boiled potatoes and salad.

 

Voila!

 

Doing supper to finish off the day with a home cooked meal for mum, then try this:

 

Baked Lamb Chops with Rosemary

 

lamb for Mother's Day

 

You need 2 loin chops per person (pp), half an onion pp chopped into quarters, plus rosemary.

 

Warm oven to gas mark 6, 400f, 200c – place your chops on a baking tray and sprinkle sea salt and rosemary on top and pop the onions around them. Leave for 20 mins – pink, 30 for cooked through. Serve with some simple steamed spuds and peas or sprouting broccoli (bang in season in March).

 

Serve with a glass of Bordeaux or Cote du Rhone.

 

We hope you wow her with these simple but delicious recipes. Whatever you’re doing, have a good day!



Foods of Love for February 14th

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you’re a romantic and will be celebrating, or could you be embracing the newly coined Galentine’s Day (celebrating female friendship)? Or have another special way of sharing the love on Valentine’s? Even if you’re a cynic or someone that feels it is a commercial con, there’s no doubt Valentine’s Day will be all around. The shops are stacked with the usual suspects with cards, chocolates and roses aplenty. Restaurants are offering special offers and deals to entice lovers in on the night.

 

valentine's day dessert

 

Love it or hate it, in-keeping with the season we thought we would take the opportunity to write about the foods of love.

 

Perhaps the most obvious food of the romantic season is chocolate…or if you’re dairy free, cacao. According to online sources, 58 million pounds of chocolate is bought during Valentine’s Day week! As a nation we have a lot of chocolate fans and it is delicious if I do say so myself but, why do we traditionally give chocolates for Valentine’s? I looked into it and found out that chocolate does contain tryptophan and phenyl ethylamine, the chemicals that trigger pleasure and reward centres in the brain. The cocoa bean is said to be good for the heart too.

 

Next up on the love food list is asparagus, perhaps not the most obvious food of love but it does adorn plates on February 14th in many a restaurant. British asparagus isn’t in season until April so you won’t see it on my plate at home but the reason it is served is this veggie is an aphrodisiac. It’s full of vitamin B6 and folate (boosts arousal) and is rich in Vitamin E which gets you feeling “in the mood.”

 

Avocado is another contender as it’s also full of Vitamin E and this gets incorporated into starters and desserts. So if you get served up a plate of the green stuff, you can guess why!

 

If you’re feeling fruity, bananas and watermelon are other foods of love. Watermelon is reportedly a natural Viagra as researchers have found out it has an amino acid called citrulline that relaxes and dilates blood vessels like Viagra does! Yes bananas are phallic but they make the list not for their shape but because have an enzyme.

 

Last but not least is a firm favourite (maybe because I’m a Cornish gal) oysters. Probably the most well known aphrodisiac food, they are scientifically proven to have an effect in the bedroom department.

 

Oysters

 

At eco cuisine we use Fal Oysters. He is a sustainable oyster farmer and the only fisherman in the world using the traditional sail practices.

 

Fal Oysters

 

Celebrating Valentine’s Day or not, treat a lover, friend, or yourself to delicious oysters with our quick and easy suggestion:

 

Cornish Native Oyster Cocktail Acapulco Style! Serves 4

 

120ml tomato ketchup

1/2 – 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Juice of two limes

Pinch of black pepper

24 fresh Cornish Native Oysters

85 ml dry white wine

Finely shredded lettuce

Mix the sauces, lime juice and wine and leave to stand for 20 minutes

Open the oysters, scoop out the juice and lay on shredded lettuce then dress with your mixture and serve.

 

If you want something more simple and quick – simply open your oysters and have Tabasco sauce and lemon at the ready – squeeze over lemon juice and a couple of splashes of Tabasco. Job done!!

 

Whatever you’re doing, or not doing, on February 14th. Take the excuse to treat yourself.

As if we need any excuse!

 



Veganuary Ideas and Suggestions

This January have you taken part in “Veganuary”? Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try a vegan lifestyle for the month of January (as well as throughout the rest of the year!) Wondering what vegan is? See my blog post on the very subject.

 

Vegan diet

 

People decide to go vegan for a variety of reasons from the love and concern of animals, to health and nutrition or even the environment. You can read more about it and about Veganuary here.

 

Vegans don’t consume any animal products so this rules out meat, dairy and other animal by products like eggs. A lot of people think this is really restrictive and there’s nothing left but there are plenty of delicious vegan foods and a vegan diet can be more nutritious and healthy than an “omni” meat-eating diet.

 

Typically plenty of fruit and veg are consumed as well as grains and pulses like rice, quinoa, wheat and lentils. Some coffee and tea drinkers find milk the hardest to give-up but t here are superb alternatives to cows milk. It used to be only soya milk was readily available but now there are alternatives in abundance such as almond, cashew and coconut milks, oat milks and even pea milk! I’m told a firm favourite with the vegan community is Oatly Barista milk made from oats.

 

Going vegan is a great excuse to try out new recipes but you can simply veganise your usual favourites. For example, vegan sausages and mash – buy vegan sausages from your local independent food shop (or they even sell them in all the major supermarkets), potatoes as usual but use a vegan spread and an oat milk or other milk substitute – almond milk works well for mashing. Then serve with seasonal veggies.

 

vegan diet eco cuisine

 

You can also veganise other recipes by leaving out butter and using oil or Pure for cooking…. We recently used Pure olive spread instead of butter to make mushroom and leek filo rolls…. (Filo pastry is often vegan)

 

Why not try this lovely winter warmer:

 

Using 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, sauté a chopped red onion and three cloves of garlic for around 2-3 minutes.

 

Next, add your veggies – celery, broccoli and kale. As an aside kale really is a super veggie – surprisingly its rich in calcium, providing 139mg per 100g and is also a good source of iron and Vitamin K.

 

Kale vegan

 

Add three cups of water and a teaspoon of court bouillon. Make sure you simmer for 7-8 minutes.

 

After you’ve simmered for the specified time, add a teaspoon of minced ginger, salt, pepper, half juice of a lime and 4oz soba noodles (Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat flour) and boil for 3-4 minutes until the noodles are soft.

 

Top with chopped coriander to serve.

 

If you tried Veganuary do let us know how you got on.

 

Remember, we cater to all dietary needs and have some great options for vegans.

 



Seasonal Shopping List for January

January – cold, bleak and grey, but it is also wintry, a new year, a rest after the busy Christmas period and a time to refocus. Love it or hate it, you still have to eat! So today we bring you our January shopping list for what produce is seasonal this time of year.

 

Seasonal produce is kinder to the environment, kinder to the economy and to your own wallet too. We don’t need any more convincing but people even say eating seasonally is better for your health as well.

 

Here’s our January shopping list so that you can make informed decisions when buying your weekly food shop:

 

Vegetables

Parsnip, carrot, potato, broccoli and sprouts

– perfect for a roast dinner, or as standalone roasted veggie based dishes.

 

Beets, leek, squash, cabbages, celeriac, onion, kale, celery, turnip.

Great for soups too…

 

Seasonal Carrots Eo cuisine

 

Fruits

Pears, apples, clementines.

 

Fish

Lobster, scallop, brill, clam, cockle, haddock, halibut, hake, lemon sole, monkfish, mussels, oyster, plaice, turbot.

 

Seasonal Fish Pie

 

Fish pie anyone? There are plenty of options to be had with this variety.

 

Let us know what you whip up in the kitchen this month over on our Facebook page.



Cooking on a Budget in January or Any Other Time

It is still cold and grey out, but there’s no twinkling lights and blissful time off from work. No more elaborate meals and parties and no time for socialising all day. Christmas trees are down and the reality of a few extra pounds on the scales and a few less pounds in the pocket starts to dawn on us.

 

A lot of us make resolutions in January and we see many people hit the gym and adopt some lifestyle changes. I’ve personally noticed people posting on Facebook about New Year Resolutions surrounding budgeting better, particularly on food and cooking at home.

 

January resolutions cooking on a budget planning

 

Whether this is a resolution for you or not, January can be a “tight” financial month for a lot of people after the earlier payday in December. Plus, of course, there is also the expense of Christmas that means some people want to watch the pennies in January. With this in mind I wanted to write my blog post this month for everyone who is on a budget in January or of course any time of year. Don’t worry; you don’t have to live on beans on toast for the month. There are tried and tested simple ways to make your food budget friendly but still delicious and nutritious.

 

Here are my top tips:

Keep food simple – don’t buy too many ingredients, elaborate curries and fragrant tagines are out unless you have all the spices and many of the ingredients in the cupboard already. I suggest you buy seasonally e.g. root veg is cheaper now. Remember, when you are buying – looking at price by kg to compare prices is the best thing to do and check the so called “special offers” if you are in a supermarket as sometimes they aren’t so special!

 

special offers planning cooking budget

 

Know a butcher who will be able to help you buy cheaper cuts that need longer cooking such as shin or brisket of beef, these are good alternatives if you are happy to cook them for longer. Remember to cook plenty of veg and not as much protein too to make your meal more cost effective.

 

Fishmonger for cheaper fish

 

Know a fishmonger too – they’ll advise you on seasonal fish………go for the not so trendy mackerel, whiting, flounder, dab – all lovely grilled or baked.

 

Visit a fruit/veg market late on a Friday afternoon to buy cheap – then freeze as much as you can – blanche first to retain flavour (one minute in boiling water then straight into cold water to cool and stop the cooking process).

 

Have a few good cookery books if you’re a novice and you can buy from second hand shops or charity shops – oldies can be goodies and will give you a base of knowledge that you can adapt from the produce you buy.

 

Recipe books budgeting food

 

Got any other tips to add? Let me know over on my Facebook page. Remember, you can stay up-to-date with my latest news, recipes and events in my bi-monthly newsletter. Sign-up here

 

Wishing you all a not so blue January…

Sonya