Smokin’ Beans on Toast

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like beans on toast. If you’ve ever been a student then you’ve most likely enjoyed your fill of the ready-made canned beans poured over toasted white bread. These beans make for a quick and easy meal that’s tasty and filling but my recipe for home-made baked beans takes it to another level. Smoked paprika is the secret weapon here. You can whizz this recipe up on 15 minutes but I like to simmer the beans until they have softened and the sauce has thickened. They’re even better the following day.

Yum!

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 What you’ll need (serves 4 -6):

  • 2 x 400g canned Haricot or Cannellini beans
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of fine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon of smoked paprika (to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat, add the onion and cook until translucent. Then add the garlic and paprika and cook for 3 mins. Add the tomatoes and sugar and give a good stir. Cook for another 5 mins.
  2. Add the beans. You can simply heat through for five minutes and serve but I like to give the beans time to go a little mushy.
  3. When your beans are ready toast some ciabatta or sour dough bread. Load up your toast, season with some salt and pepper.

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Chinese Garlic Broccoli

One of the things I miss most about working full time as a fashion designer is the travel. I am blessed to have worked in an industry that took me to many places around the world and offered me the opportunity to sample some weird and wonderful things to eat. Do I miss the jet lag, hell no! But I do miss the food. One of my favourite dishes from China that I love to cook at home is Chinese Garlic Broccoli. I couldn’t leave the city of Wuxi without having at least three helpings of this simple and delicious dish. And, as a bonus it’s got an impressive nutritional profile being high in fibre, potassium, Vitamin C, B6 and A!

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What you’ll need: Serves 2 (or just one if it’s for me)

  • 200g long stemmed broccoli
  • two cloves of garlic sliced finely
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil (I like to use the pure sesame oil from the Asian market for this dish but you can use toasted sesame oil too)
  • a splash of soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten free version)
  • some toasted sesame seeds for serving

Method:

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan and set aside to cool. Place a wok over a gentle heat and cook the garlic briefly in the sesame oil. You just want to soften the garlic, you don’t want it to go brown. Turn the heat up a little and add the broccoli that’s still wet from washing. Cook on a high heat tossing the broccoli constantly, the wok should be making a sizzling sound. Add a splash of water to help steam the broccoli. When the liquid is reducing and the broccoli is a bright green colour lower the heat and add a splash of soy sauce or tamari. Give the broccoli a good toss. Remove from the wok and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.

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