All posts tagged: chickpeas

Moroccan Sausage Casserole with Pea & Mint Mash

The other day, I was really craving a sausage casserole, but I wanted something a little different to the norm. So I thought I’d combine European meats (sausages/pancetta) with some Moroccan/Middle Eastern flavours. It might sound strange, but it worked! It’s also a really easy recipe, as you just throw everything together. Admittedly, the photo doesn’t make it look that appetising – I just need to find a better way of serving it!  Ingredients 6 sausages 100g pancetta 1 onion (finely chopped) 2 garlic cloves (grated/crushed) 1 red pepper (chopped into small pieces) 1 courgette (chopped into small pieces) 1 tin chopped tomatoes Half tin of chickpeas 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin Large bowl of frozen garden peas 8 mint leaves (very finely chopped) Half a lemon (juice) Salt and pepper (to taste) Method Pre-heat the oven to 170C (fan). Heat some olive oil in a pan on the hob on a medium heat (use a pan which can also be transferred to the oven). Add the onion and …

Cooking Korma at Home with Tastesmiths

As many of you may have seen, I attended a Tastesmiths event last week, where we were given a lesson in cooking with fresh ingredients, using the Tastesmiths kits. You can read my full write-up here. At the event, we were given the choice of trying out the Madras or Korma, and my cooking partner and I went for the Madras. I was allowed to take a kit with me to try at home, so I thought I’d give the Korma a go this time. Korma is one of  my favourite curries, simply because I love the flavour. But I’m always a bit embarrassed to order it when out at a restaurant with friends, as it feels a bit like the ‘wimp’ option. What I loved about the Tastesmiths kit, is that you could make any curry as spicy as you want – including Korma! It’s the solution I’ve been looking for all this time! On Sunday evening, Tim and I used the kit for dinner – it was really fun to cook together, as …