Red pepper risotto

I really love risotto, but I usually don’t have the time to spend half an hour standing over the stove, stirring continuously.

But the other weekend we had fewer plans than normal, so I found myself with a bit of time on my hands and a fairly familiar craving for some risotto. So I made this delicious red pepper risotto recipe from SORTED Food for lunch!

all the little happy things - red pepper risotto

I omitted the cream, goat’s cheese and rocket purely because we didn’t have any and I couldn’t be bothered heading to the shops. Instead, I added some baby peas for added vegetable content, which definitely made me feel like I was being healthier. I also love the mix of vibrant colours in this meal!

all the little happy things - red pepper risotto

The recipe was very easy, and relatively quick (stirring time aside). And really, it was just nice to have some time to try out a new recipe and make a tasty and filling lunch!

Carrot coconut soup with ginger and lime

all the little happy things - carrot coconut soup with ginger and lime

Sometimes when my mum goes grocery shopping, she buys larger quantities of things because they’re on sale or there’s a special on, and then she’ll give me whatever she knows she won’t use. The other weekend, I scored a bunch of fresh coriander and a big knob of ginger out of her jaunt to the farmer’s market. Since I also had a bag of carrots in the fridge, I decided to break out my new immersion blender and make some carrot soup!

I ended up figuring out my own recipe based on a few that I had previously found while browsing blogs. So my recipe is really a kind of Frankenrecipe, concocted out of parts of this carrot coconut soup recipe from Shutterbean, this ginger lime carrot soup recipe from A Beautiful Mess, and this carrot and ginger soup recipe from Taste!

It was pretty delicious, and I loved the combination of all of those flavours. The coconut and spices gave it a flavour a little reminiscent of a curry, and the sharpness of the lime cut through everything nicely. It also had the benefit of being pretty easy and quick to make. Dannii really liked it, and it made for a filling meal with some good crusty bread!

Carrot coconut soup with ginger and lime

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 5cm piece of ginger, finely chopped/grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1kg (approx. 6) carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups (750ml) chicken stock
  • 400ml can coconut cream
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Salt + pepper
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped, to garnish

Method

  1. Cook onion, ginger, garlic and spices in a large saucepan over medium heat until soft, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add carrots, stock, coconut cream and water to pan and simmer, partially covered, for 35-40 minutes or until the carrots are cooked and tender.
  3. Puree the soup until smooth, either using an immersion blender or by processing/blending in batches.
  4. Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with crusty bread and an extra lime wedge.

Sunday morning pancakes

I have the fairly common problem of pinning more recipes on Pinterest than I have actual time/inclination to try making myself. But when I came across this recipe for a single blueberry-chocolate-chip pancake on Joy the Baker earlier last week, I realised that I had all of the ingredients on hand for once!

So on Sunday morning, I made pancakes.

all the little happy things - blueberry chocolate chip pancakes

If you’d like to make these yourselves, the recipe is here on Joy the Baker. Substitutions: I used 15g of butter and made my own buttermilk using lemon juice + regular milk.

all the little happy things - blueberry chocolate chip pancakes

The recipe made enough for two medium-sized pancakes, one for me and one for Dannii. And even though the pancakes weren’t giant, they were delicious and very filling, thanks to all those blueberries and chocolate chips! With maple syrup, a bit of icing sugar and a cup of tea, it was the perfect way to start the day.

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