A slow cooker is ideal for making this Moroccan-influenced dish. The long cooking time results in a meal that has a complex blend of flavours and smells heavenly. Consider serving this meal over brown rice or couscous with a dollop of yogurt stirred in for added richness and a spot of protein.
While it may seem like a tedious extra step, browning meats or vegetables before adding them to a slow cooker has a big impact on the final flavour of your meal. The few extra minutes it takes will ensure that you end up with a richer flavour than can be achieved by slow cooking alone.
Heat oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and fennel, sauteu0301ing until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, and spices, cooking for another minute.
Transfer mixture to 5 quart (4.7 L) or 6 quart (5.7 L) slow cooker before stirring in carrots, parsnips, turnips, bay leaves, vegetable stock, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and apricots. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours until vegetables are tender. Remove and discard bay leaves.
Serve garnished with sliced almonds and a sprinkling of mixed herbs.
A nonalcoholic full-bodied red wine works well with this Mediterranean staple-with-a-difference. But if you’re looking to keep it light, simply fill a glass with ice, sparkling water, and equal parts fresh mint and lemon slices. It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that.
With its smoky paprika and subtle earthy flavours of saffron, anyone eating this paella will be looking for seconds. It’s a delightfully cozy dish and easy to make ahead for a crowd. Serve with crusty bread, a dish of roasted Spanish olives, and roasted peppers; finish with a drizzle of good quality olive oil. Beautiful bomba Paella can be made with most types of rice, but for best results, “bomba” rice is the ideal way to go. It has the ability to absorb plenty of liquid and will hold its shape after cooking. Otherwise, spring for arborio rice, which is typically used for making risotto but works well for paella too. Make-ahead tip When rice mixture is cooked, remove from heat and cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to a day or overnight. To finish cooking, transfer to oven-safe dish with tight-fitting lid. Heat in 350 F (175 C) oven for 30 minutes. Add chickpeas, asparagus, and prawns and continue to heat in oven, covered, until piping hot. Add more seasonings, to taste, and garnish before serving.
This one-dish curry is a perfect dish to have on hand when the fire’s cozily crackling and guests are lingering. It takes just minutes to prepare and no time to cook. Serve ladled over steaming forbidden black rice, it’s comfort in a bowl. Plus, it’s low on dishes too! Add some more wow Break out some additional colourful veggies for this dish. Add broccolini spears to simmering rice near the end of cooking just until bright green but still crisp. Using tongs, remove and set aside. Then serve curried dal over rice with broccolini placed on top of each serving. Make it even more visual and tastefully delicious with halved cherry or grape tomatoes and wedges of lime. Join the nobility Black rice is called “forbidden rice” because it was, at one time, grown only for aristocracy. It’s available in most fine food stores. Substitute with risotto or quinoa, if you wish.