Category: Recipes

May 27 2014

Fragrant Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

This recipe has been approved by my 12 year old. He commented on the fragrance from the spices which is not something he would normally mention. His plate was empty. We ate it as a side dish but it can also be a meal.



By Jackie Tyler

Serves 4

Ready in about one hour if served warm or longer if you chill in fridge.



2 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic crushed

1 onion diced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 cups vegetable stock

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed

1/2 cup raisins

19 oz tin of Black beans which have been rinsed OR about 3 cups pre-cooked black beans (black eyed peas are a good substitute)

2 carrots grated

2 sticks of celery finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh coriander.



Heat the olive oil in a suitable sized saucepan with lid.

Stir in the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft but not brown.

Stir in the cumin, coriander and cinnamon and cook gently for about 30 seconds.

Add the stock, quinoa and raisins. Stir well.

Bring to boil and then simmer with lid on for around 20 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked.

Allow to cool for around 30 minutes, fluffing with a fork every 10 minutes or so.

Stir in the beans, carrot, celery and the coriander saving some coriander for for garnishing.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm or chill in fridge and serve cold. Sprinkle remaining chopped coriander on top.

Nov 03 2012

Bread and Bread Pudding

Since leaving England, I have had a constant craving for my mum’s bread pudding. It is not the Bread and Butter pudding that will immediately come to your mind. This is like a heavy, wetter cake. I finally found a recipe at Traditional English Puddings. Believe me, I started salivating the minute I saw the recipe LOL. Found some day old bread in the local store. Stale bread is required for this recipe. I left the loaf on my counter. One day went by – bread still wasn’t feeling stale. Two days… Three days…. Four days…. bread still wasn’t going stale. Odd???? On the fifth day it went mouldy. It got me wondering why bread doesn’t seem to go stale these days. Having done some research I realise that store brought bread has so many preservatives/additives that it no longer goes hard and stale like bread used to do. It WILL go mouldy eventually – -  and some take forever to even do that – -  but the bread doesn’t go stale. That is a huge concern to me so I am now making my own bread again. I do not want to feed my son additives from a staple food item – BREAD.  It makes me rather mad to know when I feed my son a healthy whole grain bread, I am also feeding him chemicals. Money is so important these days. Companies want bread to last longer on the shelf so that comes before health. No wonder so many kids have ADHD these days………………..


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