Friday, 17 February 2012

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

My Spicy Sweet Potato Soup is easy and cheap to make, not to mention healthy and the perfect lunch to fill you up on in between lectures or during those long hours of revision!

All you need is:
3 medium sweet potatoes
1 medium potato
1 green chilli, finely chopped
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp of creme fraiche
1 litre of vegetable stock

You will also need a hand held blender, you can buy these reasonably cheaply from most supermarkets or electrical shops...a food processor or smoothie maker will also do the trick!

  • Heat a sauce pan with a little oil and fry your garlic, onion and green chilli together until softened.
  • Then add the stock to the pan, along with the peeled and chopped potatoes. Allow to simmer until the potatoes are cooked, about 15-20 minutes. Then add the chopped coriander to the pan and continue to boil for another 5 minutes.
  • Once cooked take the pan off the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Once cooled blend the mixture. Just before it reaches your desired consistency add the creme fraiche to the soup and blend again. 
  • Allow the soup to completely cool before storing it in the fridge. 
There you have it, an easy, cheap and filling soup with only 210 calories per bowl!!!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Thai Prawn Curry

On Sunday it was my turn to cook for my house mates (some rather scary costumers)! I wanted to choose something that was cheap and relatively easy, something that impressed them all, and also hopefully cured their lingering hangovers!!! Not easy! 
I decided to go for my Thai Prawn Curry, as it's quick, easy and pretty cheap to make... for 8 people I spent just £20.00!!! If you don't fancy cooking for such a large amount of people why not impress on Valentines day; it will be loads cheaper then going out and a bit more could earn some extra brownie points!!

For 2 people all you need is:
200g of prawns (fresh tastes better, but cooked is easier)
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1 can of coconut cream
1 fresh green chilli deseeded and finely chopped(you can add more if you prefer your food spicier!)
1/2 tablespoon of Fish sauce(optional)
Coriander, stalks removed
4 spring onions cut into shreds

  • If you have time, marinate the prawns in the grated zest and lime juice and cover in the fridge for a few hours before you begin cooking. If you don't have time then prepare the marinade first and allow the prawns to rest in it as you prepare your rice.
  • Before you begin to cook start the rice. Just add double the measure of water to your measure of rice, and boil.
  • Heat some oil into a pan or wok and add the chilli's allowing them to cook for 1 minute, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes or until the curry is pipping hot!! 
  • Serve spooned over the rice, and if your really aiming to impress you can garnish your dish with a sprinkling of coriander and spring onion on top!
There you have it, a quick and simple curry! Let me know what you think!!