Easy Curry Paste

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup If you're not making your own curry paste, I don't know what the hell you're doing with your life. Turn things around by keeping a jar of my Easy Curry Paste in your fridge and whip it out when it's time to make a bangin' curry dish! Ingredients 2 large red chillies, roughly chopped 2 shallots, roughly chopped 6cm x 6cm cube ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic Handful of continental parsley (you can also use coriander) 3 tablespoons peanut or olive oil Method Chuck the chillies, shallots, ginger, garlic and parsley in a food processor. Process on high, adding 1 tablespoon of oil at a time. Continue to process until smooth. Transfer to a jar...

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Garlic, Chilli + Lemon Mushroom Scallops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 (approx.) Before I went vegetarian, I wasn't a huge fan of seafood unless it had the heck fried out of it and that has somewhat carried onto my feelings around mock seafood. If it's too fishy tasting, I ain't gonna go near it, fam. Despite that I have always wanted to do a scallop recipe with king oyster mushrooms ever since I knew it was a thing, however I could never bloody track some down. Luckily for me, on a recent trip to Sydney I found a stack of king oyster mushrooms at an Asian grocery and was pumped to finally realise my scallopy dream! My fave thing about this recipe is that not only is it quick and easy but it makes...

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 For a long time I had doubted the existence of fresh jalapeños because I sure as hell hadn't seen any. Last weekend I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a basket of glossy, green chilies in the distance at the supermarket so naturally I grabbed as many as I could and got to thinkin' about a recipe. Here is that recipe. Feel free to go ahead and fry these bad boys if you want to, I won't judge you. I may even try it one day myself when I can be bothered dealing with a deep-fryer situation. Today is not that day. Ingredients 12 fresh jalapeños 2/3 cup vegan cream cheese Handful of chives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder Pinch of...

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Lentil & Kidney Bean Chilli

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Cool air and grey skies are making way for warmer weather and sunshine but I'm still hanging onto winter for dear life with this dish. It's  a great meal for a several reasons; it takes less than 30 minutes to make, you should have all of these ingredients already, it's a cheap meal to throw together, it's hearty and healthy all the while tasting bloody delicious. Team this up with my excellent cornbread recipe and you've got yourself a spot on meal, whether Mother Nature wants to accept it or not. Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 small brown onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sweet...

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Peri Peri Tofu Pizza

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 Peri Peri sauce seems to be all the rage lately and since I have built up my chilli tolerance, I thought it was time I tried to make my own. The natural way to eat peri peri sauce seems to be atop a pizza with grilled tofu and vegetables so that's what I made and it was fan-freakin-tastic. So much so that my meat-loving guests scoffed it down almost instantly! Ingredients 1 pizza base 1/2 cup chillies, remove the stems (if you want a milder sauce, pick your chillies accordingly) 2 cloves garlic Handful of coriander 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (optional, this just gives it a creamier texture and takes away some of the heat) 1 block high protein, firm tofu 1/4 cup...

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Chilli Basil Eggplant

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 As a part of my health kick, I've been trying to eat less soy so I needed to come up with something else to add to stir fry. Since I was going to be using chili and basil, I thought the perfect thing to flesh out this dish would be eggplant. Meaty enough to replace tofu but still filling and tasty. Ingredients 1 medium eggplant 1 tablespoon salt 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 small red onion, roughly chopped 1 fresh chilli, finely chopped 1 small red capsicum, chopped 1 small green capsicum, chopped 2 tablespoons kecap manis 1 teaspoon minced ginger Squeeze lemon juice Handful fresh basil 1/4 cup cashews Method Cut the eggplant into 2cm x 2cm chunks and place into a colander. Cover with salt and allow to sit. Heat some...

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Chilli and Basil Polenta Salad

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 I've never made polenta before but by golly I don't know why, it's so dope! This is a great salad that you can serve as a meal or as a side dish if you want it to serve more people. All your usual flavoursome suspects are there; basil, chilli and garlic, so you know this dish really packs a punch! Ingredients 1 litre water 1 cup polenta 1 teaspoon garlic 1 tablespoon finely chopped chilli 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil 1 teaspoon salt 3 handfuls mixed leaves 1/2 cup unsalted cashews 1/4 chilli, finely sliced 1/2 red onion, finely sliced 1 lebanese cucumber, sliced Sweet chilli sauce Method Grease a square baking tray. Bring the water and polenta to the boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. After 15 minutes, lower the heat and continue to...

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Chilli Cheese Fries

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 These Chilli Cheese Fries were another of my brother's birthday requests and being the awesome sister that I am, I prepared them lovingly for his dinner last weekend. The chilli itself could be served on its own and so could the fries but together with some Cheezly this dish is an explosion of junk food indulgence. If you don't have a deep fryer, you can get away with frying in a large pan, or for a healthier touch you could even use oven-baked fries. Ingredients Oil for deep frying 8 large potatoes, washed and cut into sticks 2 cups TVP 2 cups boiling water 1 beef style stock cube 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic Fresh chopped chilli (determine the amount depending on the...

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