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Hi there…

Welcome to the new home of Wots For Lunch?, feel free to have a look around and let me know what you think.

I’ve migrated posts going back to the beginning of January this year from Letterdash and am thinking of leaving the previous three year’s worth of posts there as a kind of archive.  Don’t be too alarmed if things change a little over the next few weeks as I tweak the look and feel to find my perfect fit.

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Happy lunching
Nicola

#408 – Tuna and Tomato Pasta Lunch

#408 - Tuna and Tomato Pasta

This pasta sauce is a great pantry staple creation: a box of passata, a tin of tuna and a handful of salty capers cooked together for a few minutes and then spooned over pasta. You can completely change the flavour by adding (think chilli, olives and anchovies) or subtracting an ingredient or two.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Wholewheat penne topped with a tuna, caper and tomato sauce and
  • some grated Parmesan style cheese.

#407 – Thai Butternut Soup Lunch

#406 - Thai Butternut Soup

Have you noticed the seasonal change in the weather recently?  In Cape Town the evenings have a slight chill to them signalling the onset of Autumn and I think that is the perfect excuse to create giant pots of warm and comforting soup.  Like this Thai flavoured butternut soup I made last night.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Thai butternut soup and
  • two slices of muesli loaf from Knead.

Here is my recipe for Thai flavoured butternut soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1Tbsp coconut oil (I used the Kapruka brand that we received in our goodies bags at the SA Food Bloggers Conference)
  • 2 medium sized onions (roughly chopped)
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1.5kg butternut (peeled, seeds removed and cut into large chunks)
  • 1.5ℓ vegetable stock
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass (split in half lengthways)
  • 3 dried limes leaves
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 1tsp fish sauce
  • a large handful of fresh coriander (chopped)
  • the juice of half a lime

Method:

  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in the coconut oil until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the butternut and stir-fry for a minute or two to coat with the coconut oil and brown slightly.
  3. Add the vegetable stock, lemongrass and lime leaves and cook for half an hour (or until the butternut is tender)
  4. Remove the lemongrass and lime leaves and then blend to a smooth consistency.
  5. Stir in the coconut milk, fish sauce, coriander and lime juice, bring to the boil and serve.

Makes approximately 9-10 servings

#406 – Grilled Pork Chop Lunch

#406 - Grilled Pork Chop

I received a bottle of lemon olive oil cranberry balsamic reduction pomegranate splash made by Verlaque in my goodie bag from the SA Food Bloggers Conference. For something a little different I used the splash to marinate a few pork chops before adding some freshly ground black pepper and grilling in the oven.  The lemon and other fruit flavours lend a tangy punch to the chops, definitely a meal I’ll repeat in the near future.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Grilled pork chop (deboned and cut into strips),
  • roasted butternut,
  • cucumber and radish salad,
  • broccoli and
  • some pineapple.

#405 – Risotto Lunch

#405 - Risotto

I have plenty of leftovers from this month’s daring cooks challenge, so you know some inevitably land up in my lunch box.  Both versions seemed more tasty after sitting over night letting all the flavours mingle.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Mushroom risotto,
  • sausage, pea and red pepper risotto and
  • a salad with lettuce, cucumber, baby tomatoes, red pepper and spring onions.

Daring Cooks March 2010 – Risotto

I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since my last blog post. I’m quite upset with myself for allowing this to happen, but I won’t go into all my reasons and excuses for not posting. Instead I’d like to share with you my submission for this month’s Daring Cooks challenge.

Daring Cooks - Risotto

The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto. The various components of their challenge recipe are based on input from the Australian Masterchef cookbook and the cookbook Moorish by Greg Malouf.

I have made risotto many times before so for me (and I hate to admit this) the real challenge was making the requisite stock from scratch. I used the chicken stock recipe supplied with our challenge and must say was really impressed with the end result. Once I had the risotto base completed I divided it into two and flavoured one half with a combination of sautéed portabellini and oyster mushrooms and a little Geo Watkins Mushroom Ketchup. The other half I flavoured with spicy sausage (debreziner), red pepper and peas. They both came our really well and there where lots of leftovers, some of which found it’s way into my lunch box the next day.

You can find all the recipes for this month’s challenge here.

#404 – Paprika Potato Salad Lunch

#404 - Paprika Potato Salad

This salad started out as my attempt to recreate Primi Piatti‘s hot beef salad, I didn’t quite manage the recreation but the salad was still very tasty.

Today’s Lunch:

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