It’s 2017, which means it’s time for my annual Year in Review post. 2016 for me, was pretty full on; it was filled with lots of travel (within NZ; overseas would have been preferable), catching up with friends and family, and of course, moving cities.
Add strawberries and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved (at this point you can mash the fruit with a potato masher or a spoon).
Once the sugar has fully dissolved, increase the heat to a medium high temperature and bring to the boil. Boil for about 5 - 10 minutes, until the jam has reached 105˚C on a preserving thermometer***
Once ready, pour the hot jam into sterilised jars using a metal funnel, and seal with sterilised lids (we sterilise ours by placing them into the oven and heating them up in the oven beforehand****)
* About 445 ml
** If using frozen strawberries, make sure to defrost them before use. Learn from my mistakes!
*** If you don't have a thermometer, to see if the jam is ready, while it is still on the boil, use a teaspoon to place a bit onto a small plate. Leave it for about 30 seconds, then push the jam with your finger. If it doesn’t flood to fill the gap it's ready. If not, keep it on the boil and repeat this step after every minute or so, until it has set.
**** Pouring hot jams into cold jars will cause the jars to crack/smash, if you want to pour the jam into cool jars, bring the jars and the jam down to room temperature.
Meatless Monday is something I’m trying to get in the habit of, as I feel that Phillip and I eat a little too much meat. For dinner this week, I whipped up a spinach and kale chickpea stew, which was topped with a fried egg.
I’m not a usually fan of chickpeas, but this meal? It was fucking amazing – so much so, that I had leftovers for lunch on Tuesday (minus the egg, because I really couldn’t be stuffed frying an egg and then washing the pan out afterward).
Today, I wanted to share the recipe with you guys, if you decide to make it, let me know what you thought.
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add 1 of the minced garlic cloves and stir until it begins to brown. Add the spinach and kale, coat in garlic and cook until wilted. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
In the same pot heat 2 Tbsp of oil and add the remaining garlic cloves and the onion. Cook until the onion is translucent then add the spices and stir to coat the onion.
Add tomato and chickpeas; stir to coat and then bring the tomato juice to a simmer and allow the juice to reduce a little. At this stage, you can add a little salt and pepper to season, if you would like.
Add the vegetable stock, and simmer for around 25 - 30 minutes. Mash a few chickpeas with a potato masher during this time and cook until the sauce is thickened. Fold in the spinach and kale,
Add a little oil to a frying pan and heat until it begins to shimmer. Crack 2 eggs into the pan (make sure the oil is hot, i cracked my eggs prematurely and they got stuck to the pan) and using a large spoon, baste whites with oil until they have set and the edges are crunchy and golden brown.
To serve spoon chickpea stew into bowls and top with a fried egg.
Today, I’m going to share a recipe for spiced prawn tacos with you, I feel I need to start this post off by saying that when I first saw this combo of spices and prawns, I wasn’t expecting great things (cinnamon and prawns, what the hell?!)
To be honest, I thought there was no way it was going to work, and my first thought was that it was going to taste like shit…
I’ll pretty much try anything though, so pushing my doubt aside, I decided to give it shot. I’m glad I did, because holy crap, these tacos were fantastic (I actually ended making bigger batch of the spice mix, so I’ve always got some on hand)
If you make these – I hope you enjoy them, and if you do, let me know what you thought of the spice/prawn combo.
Spiced Prawn Tacos
A recipe for spiced prawn tacos, using cinnamon, cardamom and ginger; this recipe spicy, a little salty and would be great paired with a beer.
In a small container, combine the spices and set aside. Then chop the prawns, place in a small bowl and cover in as much of the spice mix as you would like (it's completely up to you)
Add a glug of oil and the onions to a frying pan. Cook on a medium high heat stirring occasionally until the onions start to sizzle a little. Add the tomatoes and continue cooking until onions are translucent.
Add the prawns to the pan, stirring occasionally until thooked through. Remove from the heat and serve tacos with guacamole, coriander and sour cream.
When adding the tomatoes, add some chives or spring onions to add some more flavour.
We use corn tortillas, and steam them in non-stick pan without using oil (if you want yours a little crispier, you can fry them in oil until soft)