Eggplant + chickpea curry

Bowl food is so nourishing. Especially when it’s plant based, nutritious, spicy, and served with fluffy steamed rice!

This indian inspired dish shows up regularly in my kitchen, with slight variations – dependant on what fresh produce I have on offer. Chickpeas + cauliflower also work beautifully together! As does replacing the spinach with kale.

I’ve been feeling EXTRA grateful this past week … so many wonderful things coming together in my life + really feeling in the flow of my heart. I’ve been working on our travel plans for 2020, researching + booking some epic trips … we had our first abundant harvest of honey from our hive – plenty for us, enough to share with some special people + also sell within my business. I also promo’d my first cooking event “Asian Inspired Cooking Class” in my new studio space + it has almost sold out. If you’d like to join us, you can book a space HERE.

We have been working incredibly hard on our property to create an environment – not only for us to live happy, peacefully + abundantly in nature, but to also share with our clients.

I am thrilled to be able to offer a high vibrational space, that has so much love + positive energy infused into it.

2020, I see you. Age of Aquarius.

Some of you asked for this recipe, and here you have it beautiful humans. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

K x


ingredients

1 large eggplant
1/2 red onion diced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 minced garlic cloves
1cm piece ginger finely chopped
1/2 tsp coriander roots finely chopped
400g organic diced tomatoes
1/2 cup filtered water
400g organic chickpeas
chilli flakes *to taste
3 tbsp organic plain coconut yoghurt *unsweetened
generous handful baby spinach leaves
1/2 tsp garam masala
fresh coriander leaves
sea salt
cracked black pepper


method

Preheat oven to 180c. Prick eggplant with a fork several times.

Bake the eggplant on a lined tray for 45 mins. When cool, remove the skin and dice into 1 cm cubes. Set aside.

Over a medium heat, add the onion to a frypan and cook until translucent. Sprinkle in the cumin seeds. Stir and toast, until fragrant. Next, add the ground coriander, turmeric, garlic, ginger, coriander roots + tomatoes. Continue to cook for a few minutes.

Add the water, chickpeas + chilli flakes. Stir well + bring to a slight bubble.

Cover, reduce heat + allow to cook on low for 15 mins. Stir occasionally.

Add the eggplant + mix through.

Add the coconut yoghurt + stir well. This gives the curry sauce a creamy, delicious finish + rounds out the flavours. Cook for a few minutes.

Just before serving, add spinach leaves + wilt through, add the garam masala, fresh coriander leaves and season to taste.

Serve with steamed basmati rice + a dollop of coconut yoghurt.

Poke bowl

Poke is pronounced (poh-keh) and rhymes with okay. Okay?!

If you haven’t heard of a poke bowl, well let me introduce you. Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish (salmon, snapper, tuna) – in salty sauces often made with soy sauce, ponzu or spicy black-bean paste to highlight the fatty fish.. which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and hot sauce.

Kinda like a sushi bowl. Get your chopsticks out!

I must add avo is a bloody good addition to this bowl. It gives a nice creamy element. Only, I had run out when I made this. Boo.

You can use whatever vegetables you fancy in your poke. Try radish, crispy fried shallots, kai lan, lettuce, bean shoots etc. Mix it up!

 

serves 2

ingredients

1/4 cup organic tamari
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 fillets salmon *sashimi grade
2 sliced green onions *green part only … reserve the white for your garnish
white sesame seeds

1 bunch broccolini
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
kecap manis
cooked brown rice
cucumber ribbons
carrot matchsticks
wakame seaweed *buy dried from your Asian supermarket + rehydrate with water
1 cup edamame
spicy kraut
snow pea sprouts
lime *cut in two
fermented red pepper + miso mayo *or, try mixing home made mayo + organic sriracha
black sesame seeds
shichimi togarashi *you can purchase from an Asian supermarket + gives some heat

 

Combine the tamari, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar + ginger in a large flat bowl. Stir well.

Remove the skin from the salmon fillets and cube into 1cm pieces (a tip is to keep the salmon a tiny bit frozen – not completely, so it is easier to cut). Place the salmon in the marinade and coat well. Scatter with green onions (green part) + a pinch of white sesame. Place in the fridge to keep cold.

Trim your broccolini. Get a cast iron skillet hot + drizzle the sesame oil in the pan. Add the broccolini, + a little splash of kecap manis. Sauté until cooked, but still a nice crisp to it. Set aside.

Assemble your bowls. Add a generous scoop of brown rice, lay the broccolini on top. Add the cucumber ribbons, carrot matchsticks, wakame seaweed, edamame + a generous spoonful of kraut off to the side. Place your salmon in the bowl + a bunch of snow pea sprouts on top. Add half a lime in each bowl.

Drizzle spicy mayo all over.

Scatter with green onions (white part), a pinch of black sesame + schichimi togarashi.

 


 

With love,

Kristy x

 

Wild snapper curry

Bold curry flavours, in a spicy, creamy coconut broth. This dish is cooked all in one pan, which makes it easy + relatively quick to cook.

If you don’t have access to finger lime (which is native to Australia), then you can substitute with fresh squeezed lime juice. I am fortunate enough to have a kaffir lime tree, finger lime, chilli + coriander all grown in my garden. What a treat it is to go + pick ingredients to cook with for dinner!

Use whatever chilli you fancy … if you like it hot, then by all means!

*serves 4

ingredients

1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
1/2 brown onion finely diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced
1 inch ginger finely grated
1 heaped tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tin organic coconut cream
2 tomatoes chopped
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 green chilli diced
splash fish sauce
sea salt/black pepper
1 kg wild snapper cut into large chunks

to serve
fresh coriander leaves

1 red chilli sliced
1 finger lime 

method

Melt the ghee in a deep saucepan over a medium heat.

Add the mustard seeds. Cook until they begin to pop.

Add the onion + sauté until translucent, then add the garlic + ginger. Continue to cook for a minute.

Add the curry powder + turmeric and cook for another minute or so, or until fragrant.

Add the coconut cream and stir well to incorporate the onion + spices. Bring to a gentle simmer.

Add the tomatoes, kaffir lime leaves, green chilli + fish sauce. Taste + season.

Turn the pan to a lower heat + allow the flavours to really develop for around 10 minutes (you will see a nice crust forming around the pan).

Add a little water (1/4 cup) + stir, if the curry becomes too thick.

Add the fish and poach for 7 minutes, or until firm to touch.

Serve with steamed rice.

Scatter with fresh coriander + sliced red chilli.

Halve the finger lime + pop the citrus caviar all over the curry.