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MinestroneThis recipe calls for cooked pea beans or garbanzo beans (chickpeas). If you use chickpeas, begin soaking them 3 ½ hours before you make the soup. After 2 soaking hours, cook them in boiling water for about 1 ½ hours – until comfortably chewable. If you use pea beans, you needn’t soak them, but give them 1 ½ – 2 hours to cook. In either case, if you cook the beans in plenty of water, save the extra water to use as stock for the soup. You’ll have a fuller-flavoured, higher-proteined minestrone.

1½ cups cooked pea or garbanzo beans (¾ cup raw)
½ cup dry pasta
1 cup fresh chopped tomatoes
Parmesan cheese
3 tbs Olive oil
1 cup chopped Onion
4 – 5 cloves crushed Garlic
1 cup minced Celery
1 cup cubed Carrot
1 cup cubed Eggplant or Zucchini
1 cup chopped Green Pepper
2 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Oregano
½ cup fresh chopped Parsley
1 tsp Basil
2 cups Tomato Puree
3½ cups water or stock
3 tbs dry Red Wine

4 – 6 servings 

  • In a soup kettle, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until they are soft and translucent.
  • Add 1tsp salt, carrot, celery and eggplant. (if you use zucchini, add it with the green pepper)
  • Mix well
  • Add oregano, black pepper and basil
  • Cover and cook over low heat 5 – 8 minutes
  • Add green pepper, stock, puree, cooked beans and wine.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and remaining salt.
  • Keep at lowest heat until 10 minutes before you plan to serve
  • Then heat the soup to a boil, add pasta and boil gently until pasta is tender
  • Serve immediately, topped with parsley and parmesan

Miang Kham

Miang kham (or “mieng kham”, miang kam, miang kum, Thai: เมี่ยงคำ, IPA: [mîəŋ kʰam]) is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos (Lao: ໝ້ຽງ Lao pronunciation: [mȉaːŋ]).

In Thailand, it is often sold in the street, the ingredients separately wrapped in small plastic bag. In Laos and Thailand, the preparation is particularly popular at festivals and is usually prepared on-site and sold ready-made to attendees.

Miang KhumMieng Kham is a great, easy to make appetizer or snack. It’s fun to eat and healthy too! This is an excellent dish to serve at a party.

Little bowl a of salted peanuts;
roasted dried onions;
finely chopped fresh lemon pieces;
sliced lemongrass;
fresh grated ginger;
roasted coconut;
allow 2 crisp lettuce leaves to serve as “cones”.
Have ready also small bowl of Agave syrup per person.

Teaspoon a little of each condiment into lettuce, fold and eat.
Makes an amazing starter to a veg., curry. Dee- lish- ous.

Broccoli Corn Bake

Everyone who eats this dish raves about it. I love it when something so good is so easy to make

broccoli and corn bakeIngredients
3 cups broccoli florets, cooked, drained and chopped
2 teaspoons sunflower oil
1 small onion finely chopped
2 tablespoon plain flour
1 cup low fat milk
4 large eggs lightly beaten
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tin creamed style sweetcorn
Good pinch salt
Ground black pepper
Pinch ground allspice


  • Preheat oven to 180C.  Lightly coat a 2litre baking dish with non-stick spray
  • Heat oil in saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft.  Stir in flour, then add milk to make a thick sauce. Allow to cool a little then add eggs, sweetcorn, broccoli and cheese.  Season and pour into baking dish.
  • Place dish in a larger pan and fill with water to halfway up sides.  Bake for approx 55 – 60mins, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean

Date Paste

This is a very simple but energy booster.
date paste
1 Packet pitted dates (or same amount in fresh dates
1 teaspoon honey
Warm water to soak dates


  • Cover dates with warm water, just cover, leave at least an hour,
  • Drain, but keep water,
  • If dates are not pitted, do so now
  • In blender add dates, honey, and a little date water.
  •  Puree dates in food processor or blender. Blend until the date paste is creamy. Add more soaking water if needed.
  • Store in air tight container or bottle

To Serve
Toast 2 slices of good bread, spread with date paste, sprinkle with sprinkles, cut  into “fingers”, enjoy as a tea snack, or after school snack,

Helpful Hint

  • This recipe keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3+ months in the freezer.
  • Make your Date Paste in bulk. It will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Store your Date Paste in a ziplock baggy, laying it flat in your freezer. Freezing it flat will enable you to break off a small or large piece as you need it.
  • Can be used as sweetener in baking

Vegetable Curry

vegetable curryIngredients
5ml olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
10 ml minced garlic
22 ml minced ginger
10 ml ground cumin
10 ml turmeric
10 ml curry powder
2 ml minced chilli (optional) or chilli paste
3 ml salt
125 ml water
1 large potato, unpeeled, cut into cubes
500 ml cubed pumpkin
250 ml cauliflower florets
1 x 410 g tin tomatoes with juices, chopped
1 x 410 g tin chickpeas, drained
1 red pepper, thickly sliced
4 baby marrows, thickly sliced
3 ml fresh coriander

Creamy Sauce
5 ml ‘lite’ margarine
½ vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 250 ml boiling water
125 ml low-fat evaporated milk
20 ml flour


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and gently fry until soft.
  • Add the spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the water, potato, pumpkin, cauliflower, tomatoes and chickpeas. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the sliced red pepper and baby marrows and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the creamy sauce. Melt margarine in a small saucepan.
  • When hot, add the stock, water and milk.
  • In a glass bowl, mix the flour to a smooth paste with 45ml (3T) water. When the milk and stock are hot, pour half of it into the flour paste and stir well.
  • Pour the flour and milk mixture back into the saucepan with the other half of the milk and stock and bring to the boil, stirring until thick and creamy.
  • Add the sauce to the curried vegetables and mix gently. Add the fresh coriander.
  • Serve on basmati rice

Easy Roasted Aubergine Lasagne

Aubergine LasagneIngredients

Olive Oil
2 large (or 4 small) aubergines
Lasagne sheets (the sort that doesn’t need to be pre-cooked)
1 400g jar Ina Paarman Roasted Pepper Sauce
1 250g tub of smooth cottage cheese
2 sachets instant white sauce (or make your own – needs to be about 500ml)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese or any other hard Italian cheese (I couldn’t find any so I just used mozzarella)
breadcrumbs or 1 small packet of Creamy Cheese Simba chips (crushed)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Slice aubergines in half-centimetre wide slices. Lay them on a greased baking sheet then sprinkle generously with olive oil.
  • Allow them to roast for 25 minutes until they start going golden-brown (no need to turn them over).
  • Prepare the white sauce as per instructions on the sachet.
  • Mix in the grated cheddar cheese.

To assemble the lasagne

  • In a greased casserole dish, spread a thin layer of the cheesy white sauce on the bottom.Lay the lasagne sheets over.
  • Place slices of aubergine over the lasagne, then a third of the roasted pepper sauce.
  • Dot a few blobs of cottage cheese all over.
  • Add another layer of cheesy white sauce, then lasagne, then roasted pepper sauce & cottage cheese dots.
  • Put the final layer of lasagne sheets on top, then cover with cheesy white sauce.
  • Sprinkle the pecorino cheese & breadcrumbs (or chips) over the top.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes.


Once the top of the lasagne starts getting brown, switch the top element of the oven off & just cook with the bottom element.

Carrot Juice

Top 10 Benefits of Carrot Juice

  1. Carrot juice contains less calories and is very beneficial for weight loss.
  2. The functioning and health of liver and digestive tract improves by the intake of carrot juice.
  3. Carrot juice contains Vitamin E which helps in preventing cancer.
  4. Aches and pains associated with aging lessen with the intake of carrot juice.
  5. Vitamin A present in carrot juice improves eye-sight and helps in bone disorders, osteoporosis etc.
  6. It contains potassium which helps against cholesterol.
  7. Carrot juice is extremely beneficial for the liver as it reduces fat and bile in the liver.
  8. The juice revitalizes and tones the skin.
  9. Carrot juice is very rich in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and it prevents cell degeneration. The aging process is also slowed down.
  10. Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A by our body. This natural vitamin A is very good for our body.