Pizza Express-esque Bruschetta

I am addicted to this. Every time I go to Pizza Express I order it. I worry it will get boring, or taste different but every time it hits the spot… This version is not the same. I swear they must add crack or heroin to their pesto, but it’s a good substitute all the same.

For 2 greedy portions you need:
1 garlic flat bread (either one each or 1 large one to cut in half)
1/2 tub good quality fresh pesto either home made or premium brand
2 ripe tomatoes
1 small red onion
pine kernels

Heat the garlic bread. Meanwhile chop the tomato and onion. Place in a mixing bowl and add the 1/2 of the pesto. Mix gently. When the garlic bread is done, place on a plate and top with the tomato/onion/pesto mixture, dropping teaspoons of the extra pesto on to the bread. Scatter over some pine kernels and scoff.

Curried Eggs

You can use any tomato based curry sauce for this. Basically what you want is something spicy, slightly sour and sloppy to contrast with the eggs. It’s nice with just naan or some rice too. It’s also good cold the next day for breakfast (honest).

For 4 portions you need:

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 inch piece of ginger, grated
2 tsp tumeric
1 whole chilli
2 dried whole chillies, rubbed together to loosen the seeds
6 eggs, semi hard boiled (7 mins)
2 tbsp oil
4 cardamon pods, crushed
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
350 ml water
300g peeled potatoes, cut into small dice (or any other veg you fancy tbh, peas are nice too)
chopped corriander

Begin by frying the onion in the oil then add the spices, potatoes, chillies, garlic and ginger. Cook for 5 mins or so. Then add the toms and the sliced onion and water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins till the sauce is thicken and the potatoes are cooked. Add a little more water if you need to. Peel the eggs and cut in half. After the potato is cooked, add the halved eggs and heat through gently. Serve topped with the chopped corriander.

Meal Plans for Next Week

I’ve fallen out of the habit of doing this recently as I’ve been ill. But I am finally feeling better so have resumed enthusiasm for this. Next week we will mostly be eating (in no particular order…):

Lentil and vegetable soup
Pizza (shop brought, shhh!)
Garlic bread bruschetta
Pasta and sauce
Spicy potato cakes served with chickpea and onion bhajis and cocount dhal
Lentil croquettes with tomato sauce, veggies and sweet potato wedges
Tofu laksa
Curried eggs and naan

And the sweet things are:
Sticky toffee pudding
Tropical fruit salad with coconut rice pudding
Carrot cake
Easter biscuits

Lentil and vegetable Soup

A variation on Grandad’s Soup, this one, but still yummy, dead easy to make and good for you too…

For 4-6 portions you need

1 large onion, chopped
2-3 leeks, sliced
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1.5 litres veggie stock
1 cup red lentils

Sweat the veggies in oil for about 5 mins then add the lentils and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins till everything is tender. Serve chunky or blend. Serve with bread and top with nutritional yeast. Yum