a FREE eCOOKBOOK for my mates thanks for your support xx stonesoup | minimalist home cooking a FREE e-cookbook. © Jules Clancy 2010 All rights reserved. This is a FREE e-book.
Please spread the love and share it with anyone you think may bene;t from a collection of fast, fresh, simple recipes. It can be downloaded from www.thestonesoup.com. [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 3 contents the story of stonesoup what is minimalist home cooking?
how minimalist home cooking can HELP YOU about 5 ingredients | 10 minutes snacks & starters soup salads & vegetables pasta & noodles grain & legumes meat, ;sh & eggs sweet treats how to setup a minimalist kitchen how to stock a minimalist pantry index about the author [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 4 Hi there. My name is Jules Clancy. I love food.
I love wine . And I 9m the only person I know that is crazy enough to have degrees in both. In 2005, I was working as a food scientist developing new products for a gobal cereal company when I discovered the world of food blogs.
I 9d always longed to write recipes for a living , however, it seemed like an ... more. less.
impossible career to crack into. But anyone could start a blog... and so began stonesoup .<br><br> After a few months writing, I knew this was what I was meant to do. I invested in a digital camera and by trial and a lot of error began to take photos of my food. In January 2010, I took the next step on my blogging path and quit my day job to become a full-time blogger .<br><br> stonesoup is a blog that helps people become better home cooks by using a minimalist approach to cooking. It allows me to use my food science knowledge for good. I focus on reducing the number of ingredients, the amount of equipment, the number of steps involved, and the time we spend in the kitchen to a minimum so we can focus what 9s important .<br><br> It 9s about simple, wholesome, delicious food that is easy to prepare and still fun and satisfying to eat. Why the FREE e-cookbook? Over the past year I 9ve been writing a series of recipes that have only 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes to prepare.<br><br> They 9ve been published in a number of locations. I thought it would be useful to have these recipes all together in the one handy ebook that you can keep on your laptop or computer at work as an at-your- 4ngertips reference for when you need inspiration for what to cook for dinner. If you do ;nd this recipe book useful, I 9d really appreciate it if you shared the love and forwarded it to your family and friends.<br><br> Or better yet - send them the link to stonesoup ( www.thestonesoup.com ) so they can download their own copy and discover the wonderful world of food blogging themselves. Love Jules x the story of stonesoup [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 6 what is minimalist home cooking? I could make some dodgy jokes about minimalist home cooking being eating out all the time, or what happens when you 9re in a country stricken by famine 3 but I 9ll spare you.<br><br> In the stonesoup kitchen, the focus is on recipes that meet most or all of the following criteria: minimal time As much as I love spending a whole day in the kitchen, I 9m always thinking about how I can do things more quickly and ef;ciently. This is where the 10 minutes comes in. minimal number of steps This is related to time but I wanted to spell it out separately.<br><br> At stonesoup I 9m always looking to minimalise the number of steps needed in a recipe. I strive to keep the instructions concise but easy to follow. minimal number of ingredients A long ingredient list can be daunting.<br><br> This inspired me to create this series of recipes using 5 ingredients or less . There are no needless ingredients. Everything must perform a key function to get included.<br><br> minimal equipment I 9ve never been a fan of single-use kitchen equipment and I know that like me, most people are cooking in pretty basic kitchens. While some of the recipes in this book may be quicker and easier to prepare with a food processor, that 9s as fancy as it gets. There 9s a section on how to setup a minimalist kitchen later in this book.<br><br> [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 8 how minimalist home cooking can HELP YOU Minimalist home cooking is all about stripping things back to the essentials. Here are 7 ways where my [5 ingredients | 10 mintues] recipes can HELP YOU. less time in the kitchen 10 minutes cooking leaves more time for the activities and people you love.<br><br> less time shopping With only 5 ingredients in each recipe, you 9ll ;nd your shopping lists are shorter and more managable. You won 9t need to spend as much time out hunting and gathering. eating more fresh, healthy food Everyone knows that home cooked food tends to be better for you .<br><br> With the focus on fresh ingredients, my 5 ingredients recipes make it easy. more pleasure & enjoyment Cooking can be a great way to relax and unwind . Spending 10 minutes using one of my minimalist recipes will help you gain more pleasure and enjoyment from dinner time.<br><br> save money If dinner only takes 10 minutes to prepare, you 9ll be more likely to cook for yourself than take the expensive dial-a-dinner option. less stress Long ingredient lists and complicated methods can lead to much stress and kitchen confusion. Minimalist home cooking keeps things as simple and stress-free as possible.<br><br> more kitchen con 4dence If you 9re new to cooking, starting with minimalist recipes will help you get some great simple dishes under your belt and give you the con;dence to tackle anything, [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 10 about 5 ingredients 10 minutes [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] is a series of recipes aimed at keeping things as simple as possible. The original idea of 5 ingredients. 5 minutes.<br><br> came from the lovely Sheri over at Zen Family Habits . But over time we expanded to 10 minutes to give a little more <exiblity. The recipes in this FREE e-cookbook have been published previously on stonesoup and a number of different locations.<br><br> I 9ve pulled them into one handy e-book that you can keep on your computer, ready to inspire and answer the eternal question 8 What 9s for dinner? d. 5 ingredients Each recipe can be made with 5 ingredients or less. There are a few that don 9t use the whole 5, so don 9t stress if there are only 4 or 3 ingredients.<br><br> To keep it realistic, the 5 ingedients do not include salt, pepper or olive oil. Since most recipes will use all three of these, please note that they 9re expected to be in your pantry. 10 minutes This is a guideline for how long each recipe will take to prepare to be ready to eat.<br><br> But everyone cooks at different speeds, so some people may take a little longer especially the ;rst time cooking a particular dish. I put out a challenge on stonesoup recently and most people were able to make the recipes in the 10 minutes, but a few did take longer. snacks & starters [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 13 serves 4 as a starter You can either serve this as bruschetta with the beans dished up on toast that has been rubbed with the cut side of a clove of garlic.<br><br> Alternatively, serve the beans in the middle of the table with bread on the side so your guests can help themselves. I 9ve made this with cannellini beans and butter beans and I have a slight preference for the slightly larger, Grmer butter beans. Borlotti beans would also work well as would chickpeas.<br><br> 1 can butter beans (400g /14oz), drained 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled & Gnely sliced 2 small sprigs rosemary, leaves picked pinch chilli Hakes, optional Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat and add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and stir fry beans until they are golden and warmed through. Season well and serve with a drizzle of peppery extra virgin olive oil.<br><br> warm butter beans with rosemary & garlic [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 14 crostini with smoked salmon & sour cream serves 4 as a starter This is one of those effortless starters that feels a little bit special but can be made in a Hash from ingredients from your supermarket. If you don 9t have access to capers, chopped chives or parsley would work well. It 9s more about getting some visual greenery and freshness.<br><br> Baguettes are lovely for crostini but I 9ve also used crackers or larger slices of sourdough cut into small, bite sized pieces. 8 thin slices baguette 100g (3 oz) smoked salmon, sliced sour cream capers lemon cheeks, to serve Toast baguette slices lightly on one side. Layer each round with smoked salmon, top with a dollup of sour cream and sprinkle with a few capers and lots of freshly ground black pepper.<br><br> [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 15 crostini with buffalo mozzarella , peppers & basil serves 4 as a starter The success of this starter is all in the cheese. If you can 9t Gnd the freshest buffalo mozzarella, don 9t be tempted to use stringy, ordinary mozzarella or boccincini. The best substitute would be a fresh goats cheese or even some humble ricotta.<br><br> You can roast the peppers yourself, but I Gnd that the jars of pre-prepared roast peppers or capsicum are perfectly Gne if you 9re short of time. 8 thin slices baguette 1 large ball bufffalo mozzarella, torn into chunks roasted & peeled red pepper (capsicum), Gnely sliced a few fresh basil leaves Toast baguette slices lightly on one side. Layer each round with mozzarella chunks, top with a few slices of pepper (capsicum) and a basil leaf or two.<br><br> white bean & parmesan puree Feel free to use whichever white beans you prefer. Canellini, butter beans, borlotti or even fava would all work. I 9m also thinking that chickpeas would be lovely but haven 9t tried them out yet.<br><br> This puree is a quick and easy starter to serve with warm pita bread or your favourite dipping vehicle. Another option is to serve it on crostini - thin slices of baguette that have been toasted on one side and rubbed with a cut clove of garlic while still hot. 1 can canellini beans (400g /14oz), drained 1 - 2 cloves garlic 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 60g (2oz) parmesan cheese, Gnely grated 3 - 4 tablespoons lemon juice Place all ingredients in a food processor and whizz until very smooth.<br><br> Season to taste, adding a little more lemon juice if you think it needs it. Serve at room temperature with pita or other bread. [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 17 cheese with celery This is more of an idea than an exact recipe.<br><br> It came from wanting to enjoy some cheese without the heaviness of bread or crackers. There 9s something just so good about crunching into a stick of celery and even better when it has a bonus piece of rich soft cheese attached. This works best with softer cheese but I 9ve also tried it successfully with parmesan and manchego.<br><br> bunch celery perfectly ripe cheese Wash celery and trim the base to break it into individual ribs. Leave the leaves intact on the inner ribs and discard the darker green leaves of the outer ribs. Place celery on a platter next to the cheese and season with salt & pepper.<br><br> [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 18 serves 1 The humble bocadillo is the ultimate minimalist Spanish sandwich. Just a baguette Glled with some meat, cheese, omelette or tuna. The Spanish do not add lettuce, pickles, onions, mustard or mayonnaise to their bocadillo.<br><br> Sometimes the bread is moistened by rubbing the cut side of a tomato onto the bread, or drizzling some olive oil 3 or both. But mostly it 9s just bread and one Glling. I Gnd good quality jamon is Havoursome and moist enough to enjoy on its own.<br><br> If you 9re lucky enough to be in Spain you could make this sandwich with a different type of jamon every day. Proscuitto or parma ham would make good substitutes. If you 9re feeling nervous that your sandwich will be too dry, serve with some good extra virgin olive oil on the side.<br><br> But please try it without the oil Grst. 1/2 3 1/3 baguette 2 3 4 slices jamon Break open baguette. Layer with jamon, close up and enjoy.<br><br> bocadillo with jamon serves 2 The choice of cheese is in your court. The mayo makes it a bit moister so you could easily use hard cheese such as parmesan or manchengo. For me right now, Irish cheddar is where it 9s at.<br><br> Also lovely with a slice or two of smoked ham layered under the cheese. For an even more rich experience replace the mayo with an egg yolk. 2 slices rustic bread butter 2 handfuls grated cheese 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard 1tablespoon whole egg mayonnaise Preheat oven to 250C (480F).<br><br> Generously butter bread and place on a baking tray lined with foil or baking paper. Bake for 3 minutes or until butter is melted. Combine cheese, mustard and mayo.<br><br> Completely cover the bread with the cheese mixture. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling with golden brown patches. cheese on toast soup serves 1 Soba noodles are made of buckwheat as well as regular wheat and have a subtle 8healthy 9 Havour.<br><br> Most other noodles could be used here if you prefer. Likewise, the veg can be varied to suit your taste (and what you have in the fridge!) baby spinach would be lovely. Remember that the noodles are going to keep cooking in the broth after you 9ve served up so best to slightly undercook Grst.<br><br> 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock handful soba noodles (approx 50g or 2oz) 3 heads baby bok choy, leaves separated large pinch chilli Hakes, optional 1 3 2 tablespoons soy sauce Bring stock to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add noodles and simmer for 2 minutes. Add bok choy and chilli and 1T soy sauce and simmer for another minute or until noodles are only just cooked (see note above).<br><br> Remove from the heat. Taste and add extra soy if needed. Serve hot.<br><br> simple soba noodle soup [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 22 serves 3 Laksa is a wonderful coconut milk based noodle soup that hails from Malaysia. These days you can get commercial laska or other Thai curry pastes that take all the hard work out of it. I 9ve used Singapore noodles in this recipe which are a Gne version of fresh hokkien noodles but I have eaten laksa with rice noodles and even a combination of the two so feel free to substitute.<br><br> I 9ve cheated a little on the 5 ingredient rule by including 8mixed chopped vegetables 9 as a single ingredient. I actually used a carrot, a zucchini and a red pepper, all cut into little batons. Chicken laksa is also really popular.<br><br> Prawn or shrimps are lovely cooked in the spicy fragrant coconut broth. 350g (3/4lb) fresh Singapore noodles 60g (2oz) Laksa paste or other Thai curry paste 1 large can coconut cream (1 1/2 cups) 2 cups mixed chopped vegetables (see note above) handful fresh basil leaves Place noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 1 minute then massage to loosen into individual strands.<br><br> Drain. Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons of peanut or other vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add curry paste and stir fry for 30 seconds.<br><br> Quickly add coconut cream and 2 cups boiling water. Bring to the boil and add vegetables. Simmer for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.<br><br> To serve, divide noodles between 3 bowls. Pour over soup and vegetables and top with basil leaves veggie laksa [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 23 serves 4 Couscous is brilliant in soup as it cooks quickly and adds a lovely hearty texture to make your soup more of a meal-in-a-bowl. If you have access to kale or other greens they may be substituted for the baby spinach for a more rustic soup.<br><br> 6 cups chicken stock or broth 2 chicken breasts, Gnely sliced into ribbons 1/2 cup couscous 2 bags baby spinach, washed 4-5 tablespoons lemon juice Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Add chicken and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Scoop our the chicken and divide between 4 bowls.<br><br> Keep warm. Meanwhile return the broth to the boil. Add couscous and return to the boil then stir through the spinach leaves until they are just wilted.<br><br> Add lemon juice, season and taste. Add a little more lemon juice if you think it needs it. Divide couscous and spinach broth between the bowls and serve hot.<br><br> chicken & couscous soup [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 24 serves 3-4 The fastest way to grate zucchini is using a food processor. If you don 9t have one you could get some exercise and grate with a hand grater. Or just cut the zucchini into small chunks - they 9ll take a little longer to cook.<br><br> The herbs add a some freshness at the end but the soup will be lovely without it. 2 cloves garlic, Gnely sliced 4 medium zucchini, grated 2 cups tomato passata 1/2 bunch basil or Hat leaf parsley, leaves picked parmesan cheese, to serve Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan and cook garlic over a high heat for 30 seconds or until just starting to brown. Add zucchini and cook stirring for a couple of minutes.<br><br> Add passata and 2 cups water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 7-8 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Taste and season and toss through herbs.<br><br> Serve with cheese grated on the top. zucchini (courgette) soup serves 4 This is my take on the classic ham and pea soup. Frozen peas are a life saver when you 9re in the mood for something green and the larder is empty.<br><br> Peas are one of those vegetables that start to loose their natural sweetness and Havour as soon as they are picked so unless you have access to peas straight from the plant, frozen will generally taste better. I 9ve used bacon instead of ham and served it in chunks on top but you could skip the bacon and use vegetable stock if you wanted a vegetarian soup. 4 rashers bacon 4 cups chicken stock 1/2 packet frozen peas (250g or 1/2lb) 200g or 7oz macaroni or other small pasta 1/2 bunch chives, chopped, optional Cook bacon under a broiler or overhead grill until brown and crispy.<br><br> Meanwhile bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Add peas and pasta and boil for about 8 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Stir through chives, if using.<br><br> Taste and season. Serve soup topped with bacon pieces. pea & pasta soup with bacon salads & vegetables [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 27 Top 9?<br><br> Why not round it out to top 10? Well I thought through my favourite dressings and this is what came up. I could have stretched it to one more but I liked the sound of 9.<br><br> I vary my ratios of oil to vinegar etc all the time. The recipes below should be taken as a guide only. Unless otherwise indicated they should make enough to dress a bag of prewashed leaves.<br><br> But again it 9s all up to you. 1. caramelised red wine vinegar & wholegrain mustard This is my favourite dressing at the moment, especially for a salad to accompany a big fryup for brunch.<br><br> I 9ve been getting my caramelised red wine vinegar from Norton St Grocer. If you can 9t Gnd any, regular red wine vinegar with a teaspoon of honey makes a good substitute. 1 tablespoon caramelised red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard 3 3 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2.<br><br> aged balsamic & olive oil dressing An oldie but a goodie. I love the sweetness of balsamic that is so well combined with the vinegar during the aging process that it seems to be almost savoury. I have been known to make a 1:1 oil:balsamic dressing if I 9m in the mood for something really punchy.<br><br> But the 1:2 below is more common. Classic to dress peppery wild rocket. 2 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3.<br><br> tarragon vinegar & dijon mustard dressing I love tarragon vinegar, it tempers the Havour of fresh tarragon and gives an interesting twist. To make your own, just shove 1/2 bunch tarragon in a bottle of white wine vinegar and allow it to sit for a few weeks. It will keep for ages.<br><br> This dressing is also lovely with a regular white wine or Champagne vinegar. 1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil the top 9 stonesoup salad dressings [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 28 4. lemon juice & white wine vinegar dressing If you 9re in an indecisive mood, this is the dressing for you.<br><br> Sometimes I Gnd lemon juice dressings to be a bit too 8lemony 9 without being sharp enough, this is where the wine vinegar helps. 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 5. onion & wine vinegar dressing This is a lovely hearty, almost meaty dressing.<br><br> I love it to dress a salad of warm lentils but it 9s also good on leaves. This one keeps well in the fridge which is just as well since it takes a while to make. I LOVE how the onions soak up the vinegar and give little acidic bursts of freshness.<br><br> 1 large brown onion, Gnely chopped 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup sherry or other wine vinegar Heat oil in a small saucepan and add onion. Simmer over a low heat until onion is soft but not brown. Remove from the heat and add vinegar and season.<br><br> Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes for the onions to soak up the vinegar. 6. tahini lemon dressing Inspired by Sam & Sam Clarke of Moro Restaurant and Cookbook fame.<br><br> I originally discovered this dressing for a roast pumpkin and chickpea salad but it 9s lovely as a sauce for Gsh, or even to dress a salad with lots of crunchy greens like snowpeas or fresh asparagus. Haven 9t yet used it to dress normal leaves. 1 clove garlic, Gnely pounded 4 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons tahini 3 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil the top 9 stonesoup salad dressings [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 29 7.<br><br> simple lemon juice dressing This is easily my most minimalist salad dressing. Forget about the oil and just squeeze lemon juice over. Good with a simple salad of tuna and mixed leaves.<br><br> 8. the token creamy dressing I 9m not the biggest fan of creamy salads. Something about the way the dressing doesn 9t look right on the leaves.<br><br> On potatoes it 9s another story. This dressing also doubles as a sauce for Gsh or chicken. The quantities below make a bit over a cup of dressing which will be way more than you need to dress a bag of leaves.<br><br> 2/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise 1/3 cup natural yoghurt 1 - 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 small clove garlic, crushed, optional 9. caper dressing Another cooked dressing, this is great for main course salads that have Gsh or cheese starring in them. I 9ve made it with and without the chives and both are good.<br><br> It might feel a bit weird to be cooking the parsley but it adds a whole different difGcult-to-describe-dimension to the salad. ½ bunch Hat leaf parley, leaves picked ½ bunch chives, Gnely chopped 1 tablespoon capers in salt, well washed ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste Place parsley leaves in a strainer and pour over boiling water. Run under the cold water tap, then squeeze dry and chop ;nely.<br><br> Place in a small saucepan with capers and remaining oil and heat until it starts to sizzle. Remove from the heat and stir in lemon juice and chives and season. the top 9 stonesoup salad dressings serves 2 Before I was introuced to butter beans, I used to make this with cannellini or borlotti beans or even chickpeas.<br><br> All are delicious so by all means mix it up. I 9m a big fan of tuna in oil because it seems to have more Havour. If you 9re really concerned about your waistline though, you could substitute in tuna in springwater.<br><br> One of the best things about this salad, apart from how fresh and tasty it is, is that it transports well and makes a great do- ahead lunch to take to work. 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 can tuna in oil (185g /6oz), drained 1/4 small red onion, Gnely diced 1 can butter beans (400g /14oz), drained handful mixed salad leaves Combine lemon juice & olive oil in a salad bowl and season. Add beans and onion to the dressing.<br><br> Flake tuna into large chunks on top of the beans and gently toss. butter bean & tuna salad serves 3-4 I 9ve used short grain brown rice. By all means use whichever rice or grain you like best.<br><br> I 9ve made this really substantial by adding a heap of almonds. If you were serving as a side dish you could easily get by with a quarter of the nuts or ditch them all together. Lovely with Gsh or lamb, it 9s a brilliant little BBQ salad as it is happy to sit around in the fridge while you hang out with your guests.<br><br> 2 cups cooked brown rice (approx 250g / 9oz) 1 large bunch Hat leaf parsley, coarsley chopped including stalks 1/2 small red onion, Gnely chopped 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 cup whole almonds (approx 100g / 3oz) In a large salad bowl stir parsley and onion through the rice. Combine lemon juice and 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and season well. Dress salad and toss though nuts.<br><br> brown rice & almond tabbouleh [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 32 serves 2 as a light meal If you 9re up for roasting your own beets, scrub beets and trim tops. Wrap in foil and bake at 200C (400F) for about an hour or until tender (the bigger your beets the longer they 9ll take). Cool slightly before using in the salad.<br><br> To be fair, I was pretty impressed with the canned baby beets I discovered in the supermarket. Packed in beet juice they are a lot closer to home-baked than their old school pickled cousins. For a more substantial meal, serve with a poached egg on top.<br><br> Or if you 9re feeding a die-hard carnivore 3 fry some chopped bacon or chorizo and stir through the lentils. For our vegan friends, roasted walnuts or pinenuts would make a lovely substitute for the cheese. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 can lentils (400g or 14oz), drained 2 handfuls Hat leaf parsley, leaves picked 1 can baby beets (400g or 14oz), drained 1/2 cup ricotta (approx 150g or 5oz) Boil your kettle.<br><br> In a medium bowl mix together balsamic and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and season. Place lentils in a strainer and pour over boiling water. Drain well then toss through the dressing.<br><br> Mix in the parsley leaves and divide between 2 plates. Top with drained beets and generous dollups of ricotta. warm lentil salad with beets & ricotta serves 4 as a side salad To turn this into a main course salad, serve on a generous bed of soft fresh ricotta, or crumble through some sharp goats cheese.<br><br> If you don 9t have a mandoline or v slicer, you can still make shaved salads with a sharp knife and a steady hand. Your fennel might be a little thicker but it won 9t be the end of the world. I prefer to slice my fennel lengthwise but if I 9m using just a knife if Gnd it easiest to slice crosswise into Gne rounds.<br><br> 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small bulb fennel 150g (5oz) snowpeas, trimmed 1/2 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked Combine lemon juice and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a medium bowl and season. Shave fennel into ;ne slices using a mandoline, v slicer or sharp knife. Toss in the dressing.<br><br> Add snowpeas and mint and toss again. shaved fennel salad with snowpeas (mangetout) & mint [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 34 serves 1 Tuna with chilli oil is my new favourite thing, but feel free to choose plain tuna if you aren 9t up for a little spice. I like to use the oil from the tuna as a bit of dressing for the salad.<br><br> By all means use tuna in springwater (drained) if you have a low fat fetish. 1 bag pre washed salad leaves 1 small or medium can tuna in oil with chilli 1 lemon Place leaves in a medium bowl. Flake tuna and chilli oil onto the salad.<br><br> Drizzle over lemon juice and toss gently. tuna chilli salad serves 4 as a side dish If you want this salad to have a lighter, more summery feel. Halve the amount of baby spinach and skip the wilting step.<br><br> 1/2 cup couscous 1 teaspoon ground cumin 2 bags baby spinach 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar large handful almonds, roasted & roughly chopped Place couscous and cumin in a heatproof bowl. Pour over 1/2 cup boiling water, cover and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place a medium saucepan over a medium high heat.<br><br> Add two thirds of the baby spinach and cook, stirring constantly until spinach has just wilted. Remove from the heat and stir through olive oil, vinegar and couscous. Season and transfer to a large salad bowl.<br><br> Toss through remaining spinach and sprinkle over almonds. baby spinach salad with couscous & almonds [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 36 serves 2 When a recipe calls for dusting meat in Hour before cooking, I usually give it a miss but for some reason tried it out on this salad and was so impressed with the lovely crunchy texture that it gave the meat. Worth the effort.<br><br> If you need it to be gluten free, rice or potato or even corn (maize) Hour should all work. If you can 9t get your hands on radicchio don 9t worry. Just substitute in you favourite lettuce or even mixed leaves.<br><br> 300g (10oz) piece steak, Gnely sliced into bite sized pieces 3 tablespoons plain Hour 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar 1 head radicchio or other lettuce, leaves torn 200g (7oz) ricotta Place a large frying pan over a high heat. Season <our well and toss beef pieces until well coated. Heat enough olive oil in the pan to just cover the base.<br><br> When it starts to smoke, quickly fry the steak turning once or twice until deeply golden. Drain on paper towel. Mix balsamic with 2 tablespoons extra virgin oil and season.<br><br> Toss lettuce leaves so they are well coated in the dressing. To serve, smear the ricotta over two plates. Top with leaves and the beef.<br><br> crisp beef & balsamic salad with ricotta serves 1 The tricky thing with this salad is that a whole tin of chickpeas can be quite a big eat. If you 9re not super hungry feel free to ditch some of the chickpeas. If you don 9t have any leaves, the salad is lovely without them.<br><br> 1 bag pre washed salad leaves 1 can chickpeas (400g /14oz), drained 1 lemon 1 small handful shredded parmesan cheese Places leaves in a large bowl. Add the chickpeas. Drizzle with a little lemon juice and toss.<br><br> Taste and add more lemon if you think it needs it. Season. Sprinkle over cheese.<br><br> chickpea & parmesan salad [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 38 serves 4 I 9ve been a big fan of shaved salads for a while now. This is an adaptation of a recipe I published earlier. It works really well as a side dish for Gsh but also makes a lovely accompaniment to barbequed meat, especially lamb.<br><br> 4 medium zucchini 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 bunch mint, leaves picked and torn 1/2 thin skinned lemon, scrubbed and Gnely sliced into rounds, optional Thinly shave the zucchini lengthwise using a v-slicer, mandoline, vegetable peeler or sharp knife. Combine lemon juice and 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a bowl and season well. Add zucchini and toss through.<br><br> Allow to stand for a few minutes to absorb the dressing. Take lemon slices and cut into tiny wedge shaped segments leaving the skin on. Toss mint and lemon through zucchini and serve on a platter.<br><br> shaved zucchini (courgette) & mint salad [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 39 serves 4. The secret to this salad is to make sure your knife is sharp and your hand steady. We want the Gnest shavings here, not chunky ribbons.<br><br> I tend to be pretty ruthless at discarding any chunky bits that are going to mess with my salad texture, but it 9s up to you. Great as a side dish to pasta especially if it happens to be served alongside fresh tagliatelle al ragu cooked by a cute Irishman. 1/2 white or Savoy cabbage 2 large handfuls parmigiano reggiano, Gnely grated aged balsamic vinegar (preferably >8 years old) Discard outer leaves of your cabbage and then get to work shaving as ;nely as you can with a sharp knife, discarding any thick ribs as you go.<br><br> Place in a large bowl, drizzle over 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and toss. If the salad seems a little dry, add some more oil. Toss though cheese and season.<br><br> Arrange on a serving platter or salad bowl and drizzle over a sparing amount of balsamic. shaved cabbage salad with parmesan & balsamic serves 2 3 3 This is broccoli at it 9s best. Crunchy and fresh in some spots, caramelised and complex in others.<br><br> It seems like so much more than, well, just broccoli. Tahini is a paste of ground sesame seeds and is available from most health food stores. Natural yoghurt and lemon juice, without the water make a good substitute.<br><br> 1 head broccoli, chopped into bite sized mini-trees 1 can chickpeas (14oz / 400g), drained 2 tablespoons tahini 3 tablespoons lemon juice Preheat a large frying pan on the hottest heat. Add 2 tablespoon olive oil to pan. When it starts to smoke add the broccoli and cover with a lid or an oven tray 3 it 9s critical to seal it so the broccoli fries from the bottom but steams at the top.<br><br> After 2 minutes, remove the lid and stir. Return lid and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the chickpeas and stir.<br><br> Cover and cook for another minute. Test a piece of broccoli 3 if it 9s tender, remove from the heat. If not, cover and cook for another few minutes.<br><br> Season. Meanwhile, combine tahini and lemon juice with 2 tablespoons water and stir until you have a smooth sauce. Serve broccoli and chickpeas with tahini sauce drizzled over the top.<br><br> broccoli with chickpeas & tahini sauce [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 41 serves 1 My favourite greens for this dish are either kale or cavalo nero (also known as Tusan cabbage) but it 9s also lovely with plain old spinach or silverbeet. It is one of my all time favourite single gal meals. Quick and easy and so, so good for you.<br><br> It 9s also surprisingly versatile. The cheese can be substituted with all manner of things. Sometimes I poach an egg, or just toast some pinenuts to sprinkle on top.<br><br> If I 9m craving a Gsh hit I 9ve also been known to toss through a can of sardines 3 but I appreciate this isn 9t for everyone. It can also be a great way to use up leftover ragu or even risotto. 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled & Gnely sliced 1 bunch or about 4 large handfuls cavalo nero (or other greens 3 see note above) 1/2 lemon 1 handful grated parmesan cheese Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan or saucepan over a medium high heat.<br><br> Add garlic and cook until it just starts to brown. Add greens and stir fry until just wilted. Remove from the heat.<br><br> Squeeze through a little lemon juice. Taste and season. Serve on a warm plate with parmesan sprinkled over and extra lemon on the side.<br><br> wilted greens with parmesan [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 42 serves 4 This is a great thing to serve vegetarian guests who wil be so excited that you 9ve gone beyond the standard veggie lasagne or risotto. The dressing also tastes great with lamb chops so you could cook up a few if you need to keep any carnivores placated. Serve with some crusty bread or mashed potato to soak up the mushroomy dressing juices and a simple green salad.<br><br> 4 large Geld mushrooms 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 200g (3 1/2oz) marinated feta handful small olives Heat a large frying pan on the highest heat. Add a few tablespoons olive oil and add the mushies. Cover and cook for about 4 minutes.<br><br> Turn and cook for another 4 minutes or until mushrooms are soft. Meanwhile, mix vinegar and mustard with 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. When mushies are cooked, turn stalk side up.<br><br> Divide clumps of feta between the mushrooms and drizzle over feta and olives. Allow the dressing to warm through before serving. feld mushrooms with feta & olive dressing [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 43 serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a side dish I know many people who absolutely hate brussels sprouts, or at least they did until they tried them cooked this way.<br><br> I 9ve converted more than a handful of people with this recipe. Pan fried with smoky bacon, the sprouts are sweet and slightly oniony and have none of that aweful boiled cabbage Havour. 500g (1lb) Brussels sprouts 60g (2oz) pancetta, smoked spec, or bacon, chopped 2 large sprigs sage, leaves picked, optional 2 cloves garlic, Gnely sliced squeeze of lemon juice Trim the base of your sprouts and peel away the dark green outer leaves.<br><br> You can either discard these or add them to the pan but they will add a stronger more cabbagey <avour so probably best to omit them on your ;rst attempt. Take the trimmed sprouts and ;nely slice lengthwise into 4 or 5 slices. Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat.<br><br> Add a few tablespoons olive oil and allow to warm for a few seconds before adding the pancetta, spec or bacon. Cook for a minute or two and then add the trimmed sprouts, sage and garlic. Saute, stirring regularly for approximately 10 minutes or until the sprouts are starting to soften and take on a golden colour.<br><br> pan fried brussels sprouts pasta & noodles serves 4 The beauty of this dish, apart from the speed to plate, is how the broccoli takes on the lightly creamy, cheesey sauce. I Gnd myself always wishing there was more broccoli and less pasta when I eat it. 400g (14oz) short pasta 2 bunches broccoli, cut into Horettes 1/2 cup pouring cream 2 handfuls pinenuts, toasted 2 large handfuls grated parmesan cheese Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.<br><br> Check the cooking time for your pasta on the pack. Set your timer to go off three minutes before the pasta will be done. Cook pasta and when the timer buzzes, pop in the broccoli and continue to cook for the remaining three minutes or until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli bright green and cooked through.<br><br> Reserve a cup of the cooking water then drain. Place the saucepan back on a low heat and add the cream, pasta and broccoli. Toss to combine then add the pinenuts and cheese.<br><br> Stir until the cheese has melted. If it looks a little dry, add some reserved pasta water. Taste and season.<br><br> pasta with broccoli & pinenuts serves 2 This is the perfect mid week meal. All it takes is boiling the water for the pasta, grating some parmesan and you 9re done. If you feel inspired to make your own chilli oil there 9s a recipe on stonesoup .<br><br> 200g (7oz) linguine 4 tablespoon chilli & garlic oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice small handful grated parmesan cheese large handful wild rocket (arugula) Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil & cook pasta until al dente. Meanwhile combine chilli oil & lemon juice in a bowl large enough to hold the pasta. Scoop some cooking water into a cup and then drain pasta.<br><br> Toss drained pasta in the bowl with the chilli oil mix and then stir through the cheese and rocket. If it looks dry add some of the reserved pasta cooking water. linguini with rocket & chilli oil serves 2 This may sound really boring but at the moment it 9s my latest favourite meal.<br><br> Rosemary and garlic work so well together and turn the oil into a surprisingly complex aromatic sauce for pasta. If you aren 9t lucky enough to grow rosemary or have a neighbour who does, feel free to leave it out or substitute in any other herbs you happen to have access to. If all else fails, a little dried chilli will make a different but delicious alternative.<br><br> 200g (7oz) spaghetti 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large sprig rosemary, leaves picked 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled & Gnely sliced Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Cook pasta according to the packet directions. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a small saucepan over medium.<br><br> Add rosemary & garlic and fry until garlic is golden and the rosemary has gone crispy. Remove from the heat. When the pasta is cooked, scoop up a mug full of cooking water then drain the pasta well.<br><br> Return drained pasta to the hot saucepan and add the <avoured oil. Toss, taste and season. If it looks dry, add a little cooking water from the mug.<br><br> spaghetti with rosemary & garlic serves 4 I LOVE this pasta. The sweet crushed peas make it feel healthy enough that you don 9t need a salad as well and the sausages give it a lovely richness that is very satisfying. The secret here is using the best quality pork sausages you can Gnd.<br><br> 350g (3/4lb) short pasta 4 pork & garlic sausages 250g (1/2lb) frozen peas 1 bunch mint, leaves picked 2 large handfuls grated parmesan cheese + extra to serve Bring a large saucepan salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to the packet directions. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Remove sausage skins and crumble them into the pan.<br><br> Cook stirring frequently until browned all over. Add peas, squashing down to roughly crush them. When the peas are warm, through toss through mint and remove from the heat.<br><br> Drain pasta and toss through the parmesan and sausages. Season and serve with extra cheese passed separately. pasta with pork sausages & crushed peas [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 49 serves 4 Adapted from Rosa Mitchell 9s inspirational book, My Cousin Rosa.<br><br> If you 9re in the mood to experiment Rosa recommends trying it with pesto and parmesan or diced ripe tomatoes and basil, or with bacon peas and parmesan. But she 9s right that the ricotta alone is mighty Gne. I 9ve also experimented with Haked good quality tuna in oil and a squeeze of lemon.<br><br> 400g (12oz) short pasta 200g 3 250g (7oz - 9oz) ricotta 2 sprigs parsley, leaves picked & chopped freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to the packet directions. Mash ricotta with a fork. When the pasta is done, reserve a cup full of cooking water.<br><br> Drain pasta and return to the saucepan. Stir through ricotta and parsley. If it looks too dry stir through some of the cooking water until it looks good.<br><br> Season and serve hot with cheese on the side. pasta with ricotta [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 50 This method is minimalist in that it doesn 9t need any special equipment like a food processor. If you do have a food processor or a mortar and pestle by all means use them.<br><br> Brilliant on sandwiches or dolluped in soups. Very good mates with anything tomatoey. Also lovely with avocado on toast.<br><br> Drizzle with some more oil and keep in the fridge for up to a week. 1 large bunch basil, leaves picked 1 clove garlic, peeled & Gnely chopped 1 handful pinenuts 2 large handfuls grated parmesan extra virgin olive oil Wash and dry your basil then place in a clean plastic bag. Pound with your ;st or a meat mallet until the leaves are bruised 3 this help release the basil aroma and makes it easer to chop in the next step.<br><br> Place bruised basil, garlic and pinenuts on a large chopping board. Chop and keep on chopping until everything is ;nely chopped and starting to look like gremolata. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir through enough olive oil to make a rough paste.<br><br> Stir through cheese. Taste and season. minimalist pesto [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 51 soba noodles with pesto & pinenuts serves 1 For something a little different, try Japanese soba noodles tossed with pesto and toasted pinenuts.<br><br> Super simple. If you don 9t have time to make your own there are some good commercial pestos out there. I Gnd the best are the 8fresh 9 type stored in the refrigerator section of my favourite deli.<br><br> 200g (7oz) dried soba noodles 4 tablespoons pesto 1 handful pinenuts, toasted parmesan cheese to serve. Bring a medum saucepan of water to the boil. Simmer noodles for 4 minutes.<br><br> Drain and return to the saucepan. Stir through pesto and pinenuts and add a little extra virgin olive oil if it looks too dry. Taste and season.<br><br> Serve with parmesan passed separately. serves 2 If the thought of using 2 minute noodles disturbs you, by all means try another noodle but I was pleasantly surprised how lovely they were with the fresh greens and the savoury sauce. If you can 9t Gnd bok choy, any other asian greens would work or you could just use a big bunch of English spinach.<br><br> 1 packet 2 minute noodles 3 chicken Havour 1 bunch baby bok choy, separated into individual leaves 1/3 cup oyster sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil Place about 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and add the <avour sachet from the noodles and bring to the boil. Add bok choy and noodles and simmer for 2 minutes until noodles are cooked and the bok choy is wilted. Drain and return to the pan.<br><br> Stir through oyster sauce and oil and serve hot. 2 minute noodles with bok choy & oyster sauce [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 53 serves 2 It 9s unusual to serve Asian noodles with an Italian-style sauce but it works surprisingly well and is much quicker than having to cook a pot of pasta. If you 9re not in the mood for carbs I highly recommend cooking the zucchini like this and tossing through some basil or fresh mint to serve as a side dish.<br><br> 200g (6oz) fresh hokkien or singapore noodles 4 zucchini Gnely sliced into coins 2 egg yolks 2 handfuls grated parmesan cheese + extra to serve 4 sprigs basil, leaves picked & torn Boil the kettle and get a large frying pan on a high heat. Place the noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Heat 1-2 tablespoons everyday olive oil in a large frying pan over a very high heat.<br><br> Add zucchini and reduce heat to medium high. Cook stirring occasionally. When the zucchini is lovely and tender, drain the noodles and return to the heatproof bowl.<br><br> Stir through egg yolk, cheese, zucchini and basil and season. zucchini (courgette) noodles [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 54 serves 4 This is based on the Thai dish 8larb 9 which is a fresh, fragrant stirfry of ground chicken or pork. If you don 9t want to invest in a bottle of Gsh sauce you could use 1/4 cup soy sauce instead.<br><br> It will be slightly more salty and heavy but still lovely and fresh with the lime and herbs. Dried rice noodles are an excellent option when you 9re catering for people with wheat and gluten sensitivity. Another allergen note.<br><br> Most soy sauces contain some wheat derivitaves and aren 9t suitable for gluten free diets. The Japanese soy sauce known as Tamari does not contain wheat so look for this if you need to. 375g (3/4lb) rice sticks (dried rice noodles) 600g (1 1/2lb) minced (ground) chicken 1/3 cup Gsh sauce 1/4 cup lime juice + lime halves to serve 1 bunch coriander or fresh mint, leaves picked Place noodles in a large heatproof bowl.<br><br> Cover with boiling water and allow to soften. Heat some peanut or vegetable oil in a large wok or frying pan. Cook chicken over high heat until well browned.<br><br> Drain noodles and add to pan. Cook until noodles are heated through and softened. Add ;sh sauce and stir for a few seconds.<br><br> Remove from the heat and toss through lime juice and herbs. rice noodles with chicken & lime [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 55 serves 4 Hokkien noodles are fresh wheat based noodles that are a lot like fresh fat spaghetti. They are usually in the chiller section of the supermarket, although I have seen some that are shelf stable in the Asian food section.<br><br> If you can 9t Gnd hokkien noodles any other thick wheat based noodle would work well or even some spaghetti or bucatini. If you 9re not a fan of tofu, feel free to substitute in Gnely sliced chicken breast or even beef. 500g (1lb) fresh hokkien or singapore noodles 300g (10oz) Grm tofu, chopped into large chunks 1/3 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 6 green onions, Gnely sliced Place noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water.<br><br> Allow to stand for 1 minute then massage to loosen into individual strands. Meanwhile, heat some peanut or other vegetable oil in a large wok or frying pan. Add tofu and stir fry until golden brown.<br><br> Mix together soy and honey in a small bowl then add to the wok. Stir and allow to cook until slightly reduced. Drain and toss through noodles and green onion and serve hot.<br><br> hokkien noodles with tofu , honey & soy serves 2 I was surprised how much I liked smoked tofu. While it would never actually replace bacon in my diet, it is something that I 9ll continue to eat. Good for when you feel like smoky bacon but don 9t feel like eating meat.<br><br> Feel free to use the pasta of your choice, although I think short pasta is better here for some reason. 150g (5oz) pasta 200g (7oz) Grm smoked tofu 2 egg yolks 2 handfuls Gnely grated parmesan 1/2 bunch chives, chopped Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet directions. Heat a large frying pan over a medium high heat with a few tablespoons peanut oil.<br><br> Cut tofu into batons no larger than your pasta and pat dry with paper towel. Fry tofu until golden on all sides then transfer to a large warm bowl. Toss through egg yolks and cheese.<br><br> When the pasta is ready, scoop out a little cooking water into a mug then drain the pasta. Toss hot pasta through the tofu mixture, adding a little of the reserved cooking water if your pasta looks too dry. Toss through chives and serve hot with extra parmesan passed separately.<br><br> smoked tofu cabonara grain & legumes serves 1 hungry person Think of this as a base to play around with. For me it 9s perfect as is, but if you don 9t have almonds, most other nuts would work. Or you could leave them out all together and serve the chickpeas with a sprinkling of Gnely grated parmesan instead.<br><br> If you were in the mood for some greenery, a handful of salad leaves tossed through at the end wouldn 9t go astray. Neither would a nice little side salad, but it is completely satisfying on it 9s own. 1 clove garlic, peeled & Gnely sliced 1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked pinch dried chilli Hakes, optional small handful whole almonds, almonds 1 can chickpeas, (400g / 14oz) drained Heat a medium frying pan over a medium high heat.<br><br> Add 2 tablespoon olive oil. When the oil is hot add garlic, rosemary, chilli and almonds (if using) and stir fry or a minute or so, until the garlic is just starting to brown. Toss through drained chickpeas and continue to stir fry until chickpeas are warm and golden.<br><br> Season. warm chickpea salad with rosemary & garlic serves 2 I LOVE tuna in all its forms but I know there are some tuna snobs out there who think that the tinned stuff is bad. Trust me, good quality tuna in olive oil can be a thing of beauty 3 granted it is completely different to fresh tuna 3 think of it as a totally new food.<br><br> And it 9s so handy to have in the pantry for an emergency meal. 1 cup couscous 1/2 bunch green onions (scallions or shallots), chopped 2 cloved garlic, Gnely sliced 1 medium tin tuna in olive oil (190g / 7oz) 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved Boil the kettle. Place couscous and green onions in a medium saucepan.<br><br> Pour over 3/4 cup boiling water, 2 tablespoons olive oil and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Stir and cover. Stand.<br><br> Place garlic, tuna (with oil) and tomatoes in a medium frying pan over a high heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the tomatoes have broken down a little and everything looks saucy. Taste and season.<br><br> Fluff couscous with a fork and serve topped with the tomato sauce. couscous with tuna & cherry tomato sauce [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 60 serves 2 I can 9t believe how deliciously moreish this egg fried rice is. Even on its own it tastes far more complex than just egg, rice and soy sauce.<br><br> And the best thing is that it 9s the perfect blank canvas to build a meal around. Need some greens? Throw in a handful of frozen peas, or some chopped spring onion and you 9re in business.<br><br> Pretty much any veg will work, of course some will need to be cooked Grst. It would also be lovely as an accompaniment to a stir fry or even just some wilted greens tossed in oyster sauce. If you are cooking rice freshly to make fried rice, be sure and spread it out on a tray and allow to cool for half an hour or so to give the starch a chance to be in the right frame of mind for some frying.<br><br> 2 cups cooked long grain rice (approx 250g / 9oz) 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons soy sauce, + extra to serve Heat a wok or large frying pan over a medium high heat. Add about 2 tablespoons peanut or other neutral oil and allow to heat. Add egg and toss for about 30 seconds so it starts to cook then add the rice and continue to stir fry until the rice is heated through and the egg is cooked.<br><br> Stir through soy and taste. Add a little more if needed. Serve hot with the soy bottle at the ready.<br><br> egg fried rice serves 4 I hadn 9t even heard of canned lentils until a few months ago. Now I 9m always looking for excuses to use them. Super simple and quick, they 9re packed with all the protein and goodness you expect from the humble lentil.<br><br> If you can 9t get your hands on lentils, canned beans would make a good substitute. 3 good quality pork sausages, preferably Italian style 2 cans lentils (14oz or 400g each), drained 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 handful Hat leaf parsley, leaves picked Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a medium frying pan over a high heat. Remove sausage skins and crumble the meat into bight sized pieces.<br><br> Stir fry sausage until browned and cooked through. Stir through lentils and allow to warm for a minute. Remove from heat and stir through remaining ingredients.<br><br> Season. canned lentils with sausage & tomato [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 62 serves 2 3 3 Serve it as a one-bowl meal with natural yoghurt like I have here. Or use it as a more protein-rich alternative to plain rice to serve with a veggie curry.<br><br> 1 onion, peeled & Gnely diced large pinch dried chilli Hakes 2 cups cooked rice (approx 250g / 9oz) 1 can lentils (400g /14oz ), drained natural yoghurt, to serve (omit for vegans) Heat a few tablespoons olive oil in a medium frying pan. Add onion and chilli and cook over a high heat stirring frequently until softened and starting to brown. Add rice and lentils and stir fry for a few more minutes until both are heated through.<br><br> Season and serve with a dollup of yoghurt. rice & lentils [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 63 serves 2-3 Inspired by the lovely Heidi of 101 cookbooks and her cumin spiked tofu. Actually if you 9re looking for more tofu ideas, I 9d highly recommend Heidi 9s blog.<br><br> Heidi serves her tofu with a warm carrot salad which is absolutely lovely. 400g (14oz) Grm tofu 2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons garam marsala 1 cup natural yoghurt Cut tofu into slices about 6mm (1/4 inch) thick and pat dry with paper towel. Heat a large frying pan on medium high and add a few tablespoons peanut or olive oil.<br><br> Cook tofu until brown and crisp on both sides. Meanwhile combine yoghurt and spices and season well. pan fried tofu with spiced yoghurt fsh , eggs & meat serves 4 Tahini is ground up sesame seeds and is available from health food stores and the health food section of the supermarket.<br><br> If you can 9t get your hands on tahini you could just serve the salmon with a wedge of lemon. I usually buy my Gsh with the skin still on because I love it when it gets all crispy. But it will still be lovely without skin .<br><br> 4 tablespoon tahini 8 tablespoons lemon juice 4 salmon Gllets 2 small bulbs fennel, very Gnely sliced crosswise 1 bunch mint, leaves picked Combine tahini and lemon. Add a little water until it is a good sauce consistency. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat.<br><br> Season salmon and cook skin side down for 3 minutes or until the skin is crispy and starting to go brown. Turn and cook the other side until cooked to your liking. About 2 minutes.<br><br> Meanwhile combine mint and sliced fennel.To serve, spread a bed of tahini over the base of each plate. Top with a little of the mint and fennel and lastly the ;sh. pan fried salmon with tahini sauce & salad [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 66 serves 4 Substitute the freshest white Gsh Gllets available if you can 9t Gnd snapper.<br><br> 4 snapper Gllets 2 large handfuls green beans (approx 1lb / 450g), tops trimmed 2 punnets cherry tomatoes, halved 1 bunch basil, leaves picked lemon cheeks, to serve Preheat oven on it 9s highest setting. Lay out 4 squares of foil or baking paper. Divide beans, tomato and basil leaves between each square.<br><br> Top with ;sh, skin side down. Season and drizzle over a generous amount of olive oil - about 1 tablespoon per parcel. Seal each parcel and place on a baking tray.<br><br> Cook for 8 minutes, open up one of the parcels to see if the ;sh is cooked. It might need a few more minutes. Serve each parcel on a plate with a lemon cheek.<br><br> snapper parcels with green beans & cherry tomatoes serves 2 Inspired by the lovely Miss Reaneybean. I 9ve recently discovered pot ready mussels at the Gsh market which come packed live and are scrubbed, debearded and ready to cook. They last for a few days in the fridge.<br><br> The secret to cooking mussels is to treat each one as an individual. When the Grst mussels have opened pop them in a prewarmed bowl to wait while you keep cooking their more hardy sibblings. 1 leek, white part Gnely sliced into rings 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled & Gnely sliced 3-5 large red chillis, halved lengthwise 1/2 cup dry white wine 1kg mussels, scrubbed & debearded Cook leeks in 2 tabelspoons olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan.<br><br> Stir occasionally until leeks are meltingly soft. Add chilli and garlic and cook for another minute. Increase heat to high, add wine and bring to the boil.<br><br> Add mussels and cover with a lid. Cook for 3 minutes. Give the pot a shake and remove lid.<br><br> Fish out any opened mussels and place in a large bowl. Cover the pot and keep cooking for another few minutes. Shake and again remove any opened mussels.<br><br> Discard any that haven 9t opened at this stage and return the opened mussels to the pot to warm through. Divide between 2 bowls. Great with some crusty bread or even some hot salty fries.<br><br> mussels with leeks & chilli [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 68 serves 4 I love this yoghurt mayo - a simple blend of virtuous natural yoghurt and sinful whole egg mayonnaise it 9s a super easy and versatile sauce. Great with all Gsh and seafood and also delicious with roast chicken. DeGnitely something I keep coming back to.<br><br> 4 tablespoons natural greek style yoghurt 4 tablespoons whole egg mayonnaise 1kg / 2lb cooked prawns / shrimp mixed salad leaves, to serve Combine yoghurt and mayonnaise. Season. Divide prawns between 4 plates and serve with a handful of leaves and a small bowl of sauce on the side.<br><br> If you 9re feeling fancy you can serve little ;nger bowls so everyone can wash their hands. simple prawns (shrimp) with yoghurt mayo [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 69 serves 4 Broccolini is like a baby version of broccoli. The stems are lovely and tender, a little like a cross between asparagus and broccoli and just bursting with green goodness.<br><br> Regular broccoli or asparagus would also work well. The secret to this dish is cooking the lemons with the Gsh. The heat caramelised the surface and helps to release the juices leaving you with an instant sauce to squeeze over your Gsh.<br><br> 3 bunches broccolini (or 2 heads broccoli) juice and zest of 1 lemon 4 salmon Gllets, (approx 200g / 7oz) each 4 lemon halves, extra Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Cook broccolini for 3 - 4 minutes or until just tender. Drain and toss through lemon juice, zest and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.<br><br> Season and keep warm. Preheat a large frying pan or BBQ to medium high. Rub salmon generously with extra olive oil and season well.<br><br> Cook salmon skin side down for 3 - 4 minutes. Turn and add lemon halves to the pan cut side down. Sear on the other side for another 3 - 4 minutes or until cooked to your liking.<br><br> Divide broccolini between four plates. Top each with a piece of salmon and serve with lemon halves on the side. pan fried salmon with broccolini & seared lemon [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 70 serves2 If you 9re a fan of commercial 8non-stick 9 tefHon pans, by all means go ahead, but I think it 9s really worth the effort of investing the time in seasoning a traditionally cast iron pan yourself (see instructions on stonesoup ).<br><br> You 9ll be guaranteed an omelette that comes free quite readily every time, without having to worry about where the tefHon has gone when it wears off the base of your pan. Basil and ricotta is by far our favorite topping at the moment but feel free to mix things up. A soft goat 9s cheese can be lovely but if you 9re up for something more hearty, chorizo and cooked potato chunks could be just the thing.<br><br> 5 eggs 1 tablespoon butter handful, Gnely grated parmesan, optional 2 tablespoons ricotta 6 basil leaves, picked Lightly whisk eggs and season. Heat your omelette pan over a medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Add butter and allow to melt and sizzle without browning then pour in your eggs.<br><br> Stir quickly to move the cooked part of the egg away from the heat for a couple of minutes. When the egg is mostly cooked, stop stirring and <atten the top with a spoon and keep cooking for another minute or so until there is only a little runny egg remaining on top. Remove from the heat.<br><br> Scatter over parmesan, if using, ricotta chunks and basil. ricotta & basil open omelette [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 71 serves 2 The best thing about scrambled eggs is that you can cook for as few or as many people as you like and they 9ll be Gne. Apart from adding some lovely creamy cheesiness, the ricotta makes a massive difference to the texture of your eggs.<br><br> So even if you overcook them a little they 9ll still be moist and soft. Creamed corn is the secret ingredient in these eggs. If you 9re not into corn, you could always serve it without or take it to a new level with some crab meat or cooked prawns.<br><br> 2 tablespoons butter 4 free range eggs, lighly whisked with a fork 4 tablespoons canned creamed corn large handful parmesan cheese, grated 4 tablespoons ricotta Melt butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add eggs, corn and parmesan and cook, stirring almost constantly until the eggs are clumpy and still a bit <uid or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the heat.<br><br> Stir through ricotta and serve with toast and a green salad. scrambled eggs with ricotta [5 ingredients | 10 minutes] www.thestonesoup.com page 72 serves 2 The great thing about this sandwich is that you pound the meat before cooking. This means it only takes a minute or so on each side to cook.<br><br> Another beneGt is that the meat is tenderised so it doesn 9t matter if you use slightly tougher cuts, like rump. It also means that the steak ends up in bite sized pieces so there are no akward moments wrestling to chew through your sandwich. 200g (7oz) scotch Gllet, rump or New York steak 1 lemon, halved wholegrain mustard 4 large fresh slices bread small handful wild baby rocket, optional Heat BBQ or char grill pan on its highest setting.<br><br> Place steak between 2 layers of plastic. Bash with your ;st or a meat mallet until it is <attened out to about 1/2cm (3/4in) thick. You want it to be thin as possible with a few holes so it cooks quickly.<br><br> Season steak and drizzle over olive oil on both sides. BBQ for approximately 1 minute each size until well charred. At the same time cook the lemon, cut side down.<br><br> Place steak on a clean, warm plate and drizzle with more olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Allow to rest for a few minutes so the meat juices mix with the oil and lemon juice to make a super tasty sauce. Tear meat into bite sized pieces.<br><br> Spread bread with mustard then pile the steak on top. Scatter with rocket leaves, if using and drizzle over the juices. Top with another slice of bread.<br><br> quick steak sandwich serves 2 The secret to a killer bacon sarnie is top quality bacon. If you 9re lucky enough to Gnd a butcher who slices their bacon to order, I highly recommend going for 4mm (1/8in) thick slices. They will seem like huge door steps compared to normal bacon but trust me, they 9re worth it.<br><br> If you have to go with pre-sliced, just choose the best quality bacon you can Gnd. Although to be honest, I 9m sure even average bacon can still make the world a little more bearable if you are feeling the effects of the morning after the night before. 4-6 rashers bacon approx 4mm (1/8in) thick salted butter whole egg mayonnaise handful wild rocket (arugla), optional 2<br><br>