Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

I’ve always felt a bit sorry for cauliflower. If it’s even possible to feel human emotions towards a vegetable. I’ve always thought it was a bit misunderstood. The UK has never quite given it the respect it deserves. We tend to boil it to death, and serve it unimaginatively alongside a roast dinner. Flavourless, mushy and bland. It’s only saviour being a good splash of gravy to revive the poor thing.

He just needs a good home and somebody to love him. Is that too much to ask!? Wait… Are we still talking about cauliflower?

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

 

Luckily enough for me, the humble cauliflower has become quite ‘trendy’ these days. We’re mashing it, ricing it and roasting it, for a healthy alternative to other carbs.

That’s right, cauliflower got sexy.

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

 

The age of the tasteless cauliflower is over. The time of the sophisticated cauliflower, has begun. Yes, the world has finally woken up to how versatile it really is.

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

 

With this in mind, I decided to create a kick-ass cauliflower cous cous recipe that would perfectly accompany my fool-proof lamb koftas.

Recently, I’ve been making these lamb koftas pretty much every fortnight. Overtime, I’ve tweaked the recipe to give you what it is today.

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

 

This dish is super clean and fresh for the summer. The lamb koftas can either be fried in a hot pan or skillet, or sizzled on the BBQ!

I’ve dressed this dish up further by whipping up a creamy, vegan Tzatziki dipping sauce,  which really brings all the flavours together.

I hope you enjoy these Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous! Don’t forget to #heartandbowl if you make this – and help save a cauliflower near you!

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower Cous Cous

 

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower ‘Cous Cous’

Serves: 2

Lamb Koftas with Cauliflower ‘Cous Cous’

Ingredients

    Lamb Koftas
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • Cauliflower 'Cous Cous'
  • 1 small cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • Tzatziki Dipping Sauce
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into small cubes
  • 4 tbsp coconut yogurt (or any plain, natural yogurt)
  • 1 garlic glove, finely minced
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

Instructions

    Lamb Koftas
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until fully combined.
  2. Divide the lamb mixture into 8 even sized portions. With your hands, roll them into small sausage shapes.
  3. Heat a frying pan on a high. Fry the koftas on all sides, making sure you get a good char on each side. Once browned all over, turn to a medium-low heat, to allow the centre of the koftas to cook. Cooking the koftas will using take about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, and set the koftas aside to rest.
  5. Cauliflower Cous Cous
  6. In a saucepan of salted water, boil the cauliflower florets for 10-15 minutes or until soft.
  7. Meanwhile, lightly fry the onion and garlic in olive oil. Alternatively you can use any leftover lamb fat.
  8. When the cauliflower is cooked, drain off the salt water and transfer the florets into a food processor. Blend the cauliflower until it reaches the consistency of cous cous.
  9. Stir in the fresh coriander, pomegranate seeds, spices, and the fried onion and garlic. Mix everything until well combined and season well with sea salt and pepper.
  10. Dish the cous cous into serving bowls, top with the koftas, and serve alongside the tzatziki dipping sauce. Sprinkle over some fresh coriander and pomegranate seeds to serve.
  11. Tzatziki Dipping Sauce
  12. Combine all ingredients in a small ramekin.
  13. Top with a little extra fresh mint to serve.

Notes

While a food processor will give you a better texture and consistency for the koftas and cous cous, it's not a necessity. You can combine the lamb mixture with your hands to make the koftas, and use a potato masher to make the cous cous.

If you're a coriander hater, you can easily substitute flat-leaf parsley.

Coconut Water Refresher

 

Summer is finally here! I know this because I’m gravitating towards anything coconut flavoured. But the sun is also out, which is another teeny-tiny MAJOR clue that we’ve entered summertime. Could Britain really… actually… be having nice weather? Good lord.

 

Coconut Water Refresher

 

Quick!

Don’t waste any time!

Grab your pitchers and grab your BBQs, and let’s make the most of this while it lasts!

 

Coconut Water Refresher

 

So coconut water huh? This is really a ‘thing’ now. As I weep into a receipt of £7.38 for two 1 Litre cartons of the stuff, I’m asking myself – WHY?! It’s water… From a coconut…

Feeling broke and cheated, I had to investigate to see what all the fuss was about and to make myself feel better. In my research, I found some pretty ridiculous health benefits of coconut water. For those who don’t know, let me enlighten you…

Coconut Water Refresher

 

Coconut water:

Boosts hydration, better than sports or energy drinks

Regulates blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol

Aids weight loss

Facilitates digestion

Improves skin appearance and ageing

Is rich in nutrients, particularly electrolytes

Can be an effective hangover remedy

Ok. I’m sold. Where do I sign up? 

 

Coconut Water Refresher

 

So after this overwhelming research, I decided to make a summer drink in honour of my new found coconut water ally. We’re on the same page now.

This lovely refresher is inspired by my love of mojitos, but you’ll find no alcohol or refined sugar here. It’s all natural, completely fresh and super hydrating for those sunny afternoons.

 

Coconut Water Refresher

 

This pitcher is perfect to make up when entertaining friends, whether you’re hosting a small garden picnic or an epic-scale BBQ .

I recommend using either innocent or Vita Coco brands, as they use only 100% pure coconut water. There are cheaper brands out there, but these are likely to contain added nasties, like fructose, flavourings and stabilisers.

I hope you enjoy this coconut refresher! Don’t forget to #heartandbowl if you make this – I’d love to see!

 

Coconut Water Refresher

 

Coconut Water Refresher

Makes: 1 large pitcher

Coconut Water Refresher

Ingredients

  • 1.5 litres coconut water
  • 10 mint sprigs
  • 3 limes, quartered into wedges
  • ½ cucumber, cut into thin strips
  • ice cubes, to serve

Instructions

  1. Muddle 4 mint sprigs and the juice of ½ lime in a pestle and mortar.
  2. Place remaining mint, cucumber and lime wedges into a large jug or pitcher. You can squeeze the juice from the limes before adding them for an added citrus kick.
  3. Top up with coconut water, and stir in the muddled mint and lime mixture.
  4. Finally add the ice cubes to serve.

Notes

For a stronger flavour, leave the pitcher in the fridge for at least 2 hours to let the water infuse. Add the ice cubes upon serving.

Apple Spiced Tea Cookies

 

It’s no secret – I’m a massive tea drinker. Gasp! A British girl who likes tea? Well I never… Yes, we’re a tea guzzling nation like no other, and I’m just another tea junkie. But in recent years I’ve grown out of my bog standard English Breakfast addiction, after discovering a huge variety of different blends. Who knew there was a whole big, exciting world out there filled with tea?! Fragrant, floral, spiced, iced, fruity, minty – I’ve tried them all.

 

Apple Spiced Tea Cookies

 

I’ve become well travelled in this tea world, and toured the diverse landscape of earl grey, green, chai, herbal and fruit blends. I’ve brewed hundreds of tea bags, loose leaf blends and matcha lattes. Each one of them delicious in their own right. Some of my favourite shops and brands to try are teapigs, Whittard and Kandula.

 

Apple Spiced Tea Cookies

 

But no matter what the blend, I’m always on the look out for the perfect cuppa accompaniment. Enter  – Apple Spiced Tea Cookies! Are you ready for a tea-cookie sensation? With just the right amount of sweetness from dates, nuttiness from coconut and spice from cinnamon, they partner with loads of different blends.

 

Apple Spiced Tea Cookies

 

Not only that, but these Spiced Apple Tea Cookies are so super healthy – you might even be tempted to have one with your morning brew. While these cookies will go with most tea blends, I’ve included some suggestions in the recipe notes that may rock your world. Yes… your metaphorical world of tea.

 

Apple Spiced Tea Cookies

 

Spiced Apple Cookies

Makes: 6 Cookies

Spiced Apple Cookies

Ingredients

  • 100g unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 8 large dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix until a thick paste forms.
  3. Form into 6 round, flat cookies and place on the lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just turning golden. The cookies will still be a little soft once out of the oven, so let them cool completely before moving and serving.

Notes

These cookies will work alongside most tea blends, but try with Earl Grey or Vanilla Chai for a perfect pairing.