Spanish fish soup with Jerusalem artichokes and puy lentils

Spanish fish soup with Jerusalem artichokes and puy lentils This is an amazingly feisty and deeply flavourful soup. The combination of  tomatoes, eggs, mackerel and Jerusalem artichokes in this result in a 1+1=50 explosion of "umami" flavouring. Umami is a Japanese word for the 5th unique taste that humans can detect. After salty, sweet, sour and bitter, this 5th taste is a moreish savoury taste that the Japanese have known about since 1908, but those of us in West have only started talking seriously about since the mid 1980's. It may not look like much on first glance, but this soup packs [...]

Tomato pineapple red lentil recipe with coconut cumin sauce

Tomato pineapple red lentil recipe with coconut cumin sauce Whenever I have a craving for sweet and sour sauce, this is my go-to meal. It's deceptively simple, but amazingly addictive.  You get that perfect blend of salty and sweet - you know, the kind that food labs concoct to get us to eat more... of anything! Yet when you attack your plate repeatedly because you can't get enough of this, you're also doing your body a big favour. While technically a savoury meal, the pineapple and tomato paste work together to raise the sweetness profile until you just.can't.stop.eating.it. Every ingredient in this dish is a star in it's [...]

Skin beautiful prawn oatmeal curry with turmeric

Skin beautiful prawn oatmeal curry with turmeric It’s Day 6 of Oat Week at The Curious Giraffe! When you think of oats, savoury dishes don't immediately come to mind. Most people think of pairing them with sweet things like apples and cinnamon however they are much more versatile. If you think of replacing rice with oats in certain recipes, it opens up a whole new ballgame! I don't eat a lot of rice, however I love many of the seasonings that come in rice dishes. So I use oats with italian flavourings in risotto-like dishes, or with Thai and Indian spices. It's [...]