Since we opened our doors in June 2016 we've had some amazing creative workshops. Along the way I've met so many talented and wonderful people. The original concept of House Curious was to bring like minded folk together with the hope that they form friendships over shared passions. We open our doors to the creatively curious to come and learn a new skill; there's always food involved, and let's not forget the importance of a glass of wine! We always have so much fun and I know that everyone that has joined us has come away feeling refreshed and inspired.
Lately we've had so many requests about the food we've rustled up in the House Curious kitchen so we thought we would share some of our favourite recipes with you. Our aim is to bring tasty and mostly healthy food (excluding our indulgent cheesecake recipe) to our menu that’s straight forward and delicious.
This salad is so delicious and healthy its one of my favourites. Whenever I serve this salad people always ask for the recipe. It could be a meal on its own and is great if you have vegetarian guests. I borrowed this dish from the man himself, Jamie Oliver. This salad has a wonderful combination of textures and flavours and is such a beautiful dish to bring to the table; perfect with a slow roast lamb or by itself with some fresh bread and hummus.
Prep Time: 10 minutes & Baking time: 40 minutes
700g sweet potatoes
1 pinch dried chilli flakes, coriander & ground cinnamon
Olive oil & extra virgin olive oil
35g mixed nuts
1 splash of balsamic vinegar
40g mixed sprouts
1 punnet of salad cress
1 bunch fresh coriander
1 fresh red chilli
1 ripe avocado
20g feta cheese
1) Preheat the oven to 200ºC
2) Scrub and chop the sweet potatoes into 2.5 cm chunks. Place into a roasting tray with chilli flakes, ground coriander and cinnamon, drizzle of olive oil and a little sea salt and black pepper, then toss well.
3) Spread into an even layer and place in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
4) Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in boiling salted water as per instructions.
5) Slice the broccoli into small florets, then halve and finely slice the stalk. Place into a heatproof colander and rest it over the quinoa pan. Cover and steam for 3 minutes, until just tender.
6) Once cooked, drain/rinse the quinoa under cold water and then leave to cool along with the broccoli. Remove the sweet potato from the oven and leave it to cool.
7) Meanwhile, toast the nuts in a dry frying pan over a medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a pestle and mortar and crush lightly.
8) Half the pomegranate and squeeze half the juice into a large bowl. Add 3 times as much extra virgin olive oil, the lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Whisk well and season to taste.
9) Add the cooled broccoli and sprouts to the dressing, then snip in the cress. Roughly chop the coriander (stalks too!) finely slice the chilli and add to the bowl along with the quinoa and sweet potato.
10) Toss well and spread onto a serving platter, then scoop out and dot the avocado flesh over the salad.
11) Finish off with the remaining pomegranate seeds, sprinkle of nuts, watercress and crumble the feta!
Slow Roasted Lamb
This simple but tasty dish brings a definite wow factor to any dinner party. We've taken our friend Anna Barnett's famous slow roast lamb recipe (as pictured above and below) that was part of our Ultimate Dinner Party Menu workshop and added our own twist. Adding herbs, garlic and lemon juice. The lamb is so tender it literally falls off the bone and has such a wonderful depth of flavour. The great thing about this dish is that you can serve it in so many ways. Serve on it's own with a salad or follow Anna's black rice recipe and either mix the meat in with the salad or serve with soft tacos as pictured below.
Prep Time: 10 minutes & Cooking Time: 5 hours
1.5kg good quality organic shoulder of lamb
Glug of olive oil
Garlic Bulb (crushed)
Thyme & rosemary (optional)
Sprinkle of sea salt & pepper
Squeeze of lemon
1) Preheat oven to 160ºC. Place lamb in a roasting dish and drizzle with oil and rub all over the lamb. Add crushed garlic to the pan and sprigs of rosemary or thyme, season well with sea salt and pepper and half the juice of a lemon.
2) Cover with foil and roast for 4 hours.
3) After 4 hours remove foil and turn heat up to 190ºC to allow the skin to crisp for the final 30 - 40 mins.
4) Once cooked, again cover with foil and least to rest for up to one hour.
Anna's Black Rice Salad with Green Harissa
This salad goes beautifully with the slow roast lamb or is delicious by itself. This dish looks so beautiful but is also very tasty. The Green Hariss is pretty special too and again its one of those recipes that everyone wants to know. The great thing about this salad is that you can make it the night before.
Preparation time: 15 minutes & Cooking time: 30-40 minutes
Black rice Salad:
250g Black rice
Salt salt flakes
½ red onion- finely sliced
Handful of fresh mint leaves- roughly chopped
Handful of fresh parsley- roughly chopped
Juice from half a lemon
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
(Optional: soft tacos to serve)
3 tbsp of pickled jalapenos
Handful of fresh coriander
Handful fresh parsley
2 birdseye green chillies (use one chilly if you want less of a kick)
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
zest of a lemon
¼ tsp sugar
Several good glugs of olive oil
1) Pour 250g black rice into a saucepan with 500ml of water, add a sprinkle of salt and bring to the boil.
2) Once boiled, reduce the temperature and allow to simmer for 35-45 minutes or until the rice is soft but with a little bite to it and allow to cool.
3) Mix in the chopped red onion, radishes, pomegranate and chopped fresh mint or parsley.
4) Add in the fresh lemon juice a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and seasoning to taste.
5) For the Harissa simply blitz all the ingredients together then check for seasoning and spice, adjusting if necessary. You can mix some of the sauce directly in to the salad and also have some to serve. This goes beautifully with the lamb.
Gluten Free White chocolate Cheesecake
This cheesecake is a real hit and is a family fav. It's gluten free and suitably indulgent for a dinner party.
Prep Time: 50 minute & Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
PORTIONS: 16 portions
For the Base:
75g Butter, extra to grease
300g gluten free milk chocolate digestives, crushed
2 tbsp demerara sugar (alternative coconut sugar)
For the Cheesecake:
300g Belgian white chocolate
900g cream cheese (full fat)
3tbsp plain flour
1tbsp Vanilla bean paste or extract
3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
200ml soured cream or crème fraiche
Icing sugar to dust
Shaved white chocolate
1) Preheat oven to 180C, fan 160C. Line base of a round 23cm tin (7cm deep) with baking paper.
2) For the base, melt the butter in a pan then stir in the biscuit crumbs and demerara sugar. Press into the base of the tin in an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes then set aside to cool.
3) Increase oven to 240C, fan 220C and grease sides of the tin with a little extra butter.
4) For the cheesecake mixture, break the white chocolate into a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Don’t let the bowl come into contact with the water, stir the chocolate as it melts until its smooth, then remove the bowl and set aside.
5) Scoop the cream cheese into a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand held electric mixer/good old fashioned arm power until smooth and creamy. Beat in the flour, a pinch of salt and the vanilla bean paste, followed by the eggs one at a time and then finally the egg yolk. Stir in the cooled melted chocolate and soured cream (or the crème fraiche)
6) Pour the cheesecake mixture into the tin and bake for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 110C, fan 90C and bake for a further 40 minutes until just set/still a bit wobbly. Once cooled this sets nicely to produce a cheesecake with a smooth texture. Turn off the oven, leave door ajar and leave to cool inside. When completely cooled carefully run a rounded knife/blade around the side of the tin to release the cheesecake and remove the sides of the tin.
7) For decoration we love to use mixed berries- sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and dust with a sprinkling of icing sugar and shaved white chocolate.
We hope you like the recipes we've shared with you today. Please like or comment if you like the post and also be sure to share your creations with us.