MIDDLE EASTERN FENNEL AND ROOT STEW WITH DATES AND HERBS

MIDDLE EASTERN FENNEL AND ROOT STEW WITH DATES AND HERBS

This delicious stew is an all-year highlight as its ingredients can be found easily throughout every season.
It’s very easy to make and the enchanting smells will not only imbue your kitchen with Middle Eastern aromas,
but also the homes around you, to your neighbours’ envious distress.
Feel free to serve it alongside a grain of your liking for a more substantial meal.

 

Heat olive oil in a big pan with a lid.  Add the onions and sauté until transparent (6-8 minutes). Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the spices, agave syrup, orange juice and water. Cook for 1 minute.

Add the fennel, sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots and dates. Mix well, then cover with the lid and cook for 40-50 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked and the mixture achieves a stew-like consistency. Check and stir from time to time in order to prevent burning. Season to taste.


To serve, place the stew into bowls. Add a dollop of Greek yoghurt, then top with coriander, flat leaf parsley, dill, as well as the fennel greens. Sprinkle with flaked almonds and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 4

2 onions, halved and finely sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced

Small pinch of saffron
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp red chilli flakes
2 tsp agave syrup
Juice of 1 orange
400ml water

2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and coarsely chopped, leaves kept for topping
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 parsnips, peeled and cubed
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 handful dried pitted dates, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


Handful coriander leaves, finely chopped
Handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Handful dill, finely chopped
1 pot of Greek yoghurt
Almonds flakes, chopped

PUMPKIN SOUP WITH CORIANDER CRISPS

PUMPKIN SOUP WITH CORIANDER CRISPS

We love winter for many reasons, one of them being pumpkins.
This substantial soup is full of flavour and has a spicy kick, while the coriander crisps add that little crunch it oh-so deserves.
It pairs extremely well with woollen socks and warm embraces.

Pumpkin soup with coriaNder crisps

 

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to quiver, add the onions and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and the chilli and sweat for 3 minutes.
Add the squash and continue sweating for 3 minutes.
Add the harissa and the red curry paste. Add the stock, bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and cook for another 15 minutes.
Blend the soup. Add more water if the soup is too thick for your liking. Season according to taste.

In a separate skillet, heat up the olive oil. Add the coriander leaves and fry until crispy, but not burnt.
Remove the coriander leaves, place them on kitchen paper and pat them dry.
Add the flaked almonds in the pan and toast them.

Serve the soup topped with the flaked almonds, coriander crisps, a drizzle of lime juice and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.

Serves 4


2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
2 medium onions, finely chopped
4 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and cubed
1 tsp harissa paste
1 tsp red Thai curry paste
600 ml vegetable stock
400 ml coconut milk
Olive oil
Handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
Handful of flaked almonds
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp lime juice
Chilli flakes