BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

The sun is out again and that means another opportunity to dine alfresco. I like to eat outdoors as much as I can, even if it’s a little chilly I’ll wrap up warm and head out to the roof terrace. I’ve been hearing about “pulled jackfruit” for a couple of years now but not being one for meat substitutes I didn’t really take much notice.

Last week we enjoyed one of the hottest days of the year so far (I’m living in hope) and my folks came for lunch. I wanted to make something that wasn’t too fussy so I thought it would be the perfect time to try pulled jackfruit. They LOVED it! There’s a bit of effort involved but seeing my Dad munch down on seconds and thirds made it so worth it!

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What you’ll need: (serves 3-5)

  • 5 cans of jackfruit in brine
  • About 3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce (make sure it’s vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
  • A little oil for frying

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°
  2. The jackfruit comes in a triangular shape. The only part you want are the string, meat-like, pieces. Remove the bottom of the triangle and using a sharp knife carefully cut the top part off. The top part holds the pieces together but it’s a little soft and unpleasant so best to remove. Each part will contain some “eyes” or seeds, carefully remove these. Don’t worry if you think there’s not much “meat” from each piece, there isn’t. Place all of the meat in a colander as you work.
  3. When finished place all of the jackfruit in a clean towel and strain to remove excess moisture. Place meat in an oven dish and spread it out. Mix over the worcestershire sauce and smoked paprika. Place in the oven for about 15mins just to dry out a little.
  4. Heat some oil in a frying pan. Remove the jackfruit from the oven and mix with the BBQ sauce. You don’t want it too wet.
  5. Fry for a couple of minutes and serve in some warm tortilla wraps.

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Courgette Fetttuccine with Garlic and Lemon

This is a five-minute meal, perfect for when you’re in a hurry. It’s more of a lunch or a snack than a dinner recipe and as it’s light and fresh it’s perfect for when you’re on the go.

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What you’ll need: (serves 2)

  • 2 large courgettes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • The zest of one lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • pistachio nuts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Method: (cook in two batches to hold the shape of the fettuccine)

  1. Trim the ends off the courgettes and cut them in half, length ways. Using a potato peeler carefully peel each of the halves into ribbons.
  2. Add some oil to a large pan and place over a medium heat. Add the garlic to the pan and cook gently for 2 minutes. Add in the lemon zest and stir around the pan. Increase the heat a little and add the fettucine and lemon juice. Toss the ingredients in the pan gently making sure the fettuccine is coated in both the garlic and lemon flavours and is warmed through.
  3. Heat through and plate up. Sprinkle over some toasted pistachio nuts.

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Mushrooms with Garlic, Lemon and Thyme on Toast

If I had only one food to bring with me to a desert island I think it would have to be the mushroom. The umami-packed, meaty shroom comes in many varieties and a lot of them work really well as a meat replacer. All you need is a little salt and some oil and you’ve got yourself the perfect tasty treat. Luckily I did have a few other ingredients in the kitchen when making these shrooms on toast.

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What you’ll need: (serves 2-4)

  • 250g chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • About 2 teaspoons of thyme leaves plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • Salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Sour dough or bread of your choice

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Method:

  1. Grate the garlic into the oil, stir and leave to infuse for a couple of minutes.
  2. If you don’t have a large pan you can cook in batches. Add the garlic oil (with the garlic in it) to a pan and place over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms and thyme to the pan. Toss making sure they are all coated in the oil. When the mushrooms start to release moisture you can increase the heat a little. When they are almost cooked to your liking add a little salt and the lemon juice.
  3. Remove from the pan onto some toasted bread. Sprinkle over some thyme leaves.

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Smashed Avocado on Blackened Sourdough Toast

With the ever-increasing stream of smoothie bowl recipes and photos clogging up my instafeed I started to wonder about what makes a recipe a recipe. I recalled Nigella Lawson gaining some criticism for including an avocado on toast recipe in her latest book and wondered if it was deemed too simple for a chef of such esteem. Thing is, I reckon the smoothie bowl is covered, that’s for sure, but what I’m not seeing a lot of is avocado on toast recipes. Ok, I’ll hold my hands up, it’s not that difficult but I do truly believe it’s how you combine that avocado with different ingredients that makes it special. The combinations could be close to endless but here’s one you must try!

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What you’ll need: (serves two)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 slices of sourdough bread (or bread of your choise)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 of a red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Purple kale or rocket
  • Smoked paprika
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Peel the avocado and mash in a bowl using a fork. Add in the lemon juice to taste and a good crack of pink salt.
  2. If you have a gas hob you can blacken your bread: using a tongs hold one slice over an open flame at a little distance. Move the bread constantly making sure it is evening toasted without burning. If you don’t have a gas hob, I’m sorry, use a toaster.
  3. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil onto the bread before dividing the avocado mix between the two slices. Sprinkle over some smoked paprika and top with onion and kale.

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Burnt Aubergine Burger Sauce

This method of cooking an aubergine has to be one of the best as it results in a smokey flavour that’s comparable with no other. You’d think it would be a messy task but it’s not, in fact it’s a really simple thing to do. There is so much flavour from the aubergine you’ll find it hard to resist eating it as is but believe me, it’s worth holding off for this epic burger sauce.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium aubergine
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini paste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of pomegranate molasses
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

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Method:

  1. Place the aubergine directly over an open flame on a gas hob. Cook the aubergine for about 10 minutes, turning it frequently to ensure even cooking.
  2. When the aubergine is cooked allow it to cool down before scooping out the flesh with a spoon.
  3. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse. Season to taste.

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Breakfast Muffins with a Twist

These muffins are such a fun way to have beans. You can plate them with some avocado and salad and use a knife and fork to eat them but you can also so easily have them as a no-fuss stand alone dish and use your hands to eat them. They’re also a really handy way to feed your toddler as the baby can hold the muffins in their hands and munch away to their content.

I’ve used my Smokin’ Baked Beans recipe for this as I usually cook up a large batch of these and keep them in single portions in the freezer, so handy.

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What you’ll need (serves 4 ):

  • 4 slices of wholegrain bread
  • 8 tablespoons of baked beans
  • vegan butter

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°
  2. Heat the beans over a low heat.
  3. Cut the crusts off the bread and liberally butter the inside of a muffin tray. Using a rolling-pin flatten the bread. Carefully fold the bread into the muffin tray, manipulating it to fit the shape. Press the bread into the edges of the tray, making sure there are no gaps.
  4. Spoon in two tablespoons of beans into each muffin. Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Top off with a little basil for extra flavour.

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Chinese Fried Millet

Millet, my new love. This versatile grain works as a great substitute for rice or cous cous. In Dublin we have a phrase “mill it’, that’s generally used when referring to eating something really quickly because you’re either really hungry or because it just tastes so good. With this recipe you’ll certainly want to “millet”.

You can use pretty much any veggies that you like in this dish so long as you use lots of garlic and lots of ginger. The portobello mushrooms add a meaty texture and bite to the dish too. It’s even tasty cold the next day and there is zero effort involved in this quick stir fried dish.

 

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What you’ll need: (serves 2-4)

  • 4 portobello mushrooms, sliced into 1cms thick pieces
  • 160g of mixed mushrooms (chestnut work fine)
  • 2 Spring onions (scallions)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 thumb of ginger, minced
  • 2 cups of cooked and cooled millet
  • A mix of veg (I used the following items below)
  • 2 carrots cut diagonally
  • 125g baby corn, cut in half-length ways
  • 150g asparagus, cut into 1 inch long piece with a little extra length on the spears
  • Red chilli to serve
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tamari (or less, use your taste bus intuition)

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Method:

  1.  Heat a little of the sesame oil to a pan before adding the portobello mushrooms. Cook for about 8 mins turning half way through. Add a splash of tamari then remove and leave to the side.
  2. Add another little bit of oil to the pan and add the remaining mushrooms. Once cooked add a splash of tamari and the rest of the veggies. Cook for a couple of minutes on a high heat, tossing the pan constantly. You want to cook the veggies until the colours are bright but also retaining their crunch. Remove from the pan.
  3. Reduce the heat of the pan to low and add another small bit of oil, then add the garlic and the ginger. Stir well and allow to cook for a couple of minutes, making sure the pan doesn’t get too hot as you don’t want to burn the garlic. Add the scallions and a splash of tamari and toss, coating the scallions with the tamari. Cook for two minutes before adding the millet. Toss the pan mixing the millet with the garlic, ginger and scallions.
  4. When the millet is heated through return the veggies to the pan and mix well. You can add some more tamari at this point if you wish.
  5. Top with some red chilli for garnish and heat.

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Tanya x