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These little pockets of yummy-ness make for a simple, healthy lunch. One flatbread is actually surprisingly filling! Inspired by Afghan cuisine, they are usually known as Sabse Borani. I hope you’re all enjoying my around-the-world mission so far! As I stated in my previous post, I’ll be […]
An easy, wholesome casserole inspired by the flavours of Afghanistan. It’s not only vegan but also gluten-free. The type of recipe you can just throw everything in the slow-cooker and leave it!
Today is the start of my culinary journey around-the-world! Yes, I have taken up the arduous task of cooking a meal from every country of the world from the luxury of my home (it’s not really a hardship as I’m really excited about the prospect!)
I’m going to be completing it in alphabetical order because 1. I like doing things in order and 2. It helps me keep track of which country to do next.
Why, you might ask?
I truly feel that each and every country has a culinary delight hiding within it. I don’t have the time and money to travel to every country right now, and even if I did, I’m really impatient!
Each food post will be accompanied with either a travel post, written by me or an experienced traveller. Do let me know if you’re a traveller and want to be involved! If the country of choice is best not travelled to currently (Afghanistan) then i’ll accompany it with something a bit different.
I’ll be asking each week on Twitter if you have any recipes from the country i’m working on, so if you want your recipe to be included in one of the posts, then follow me on Twitter to be updated.
If you’re a brand and want to be involved then drop me an email so we can discuss how we can work together.
Now onto the first recipe! This week i’ll be featuring 3 recipes from Afghanistan (I won’t always do 3; it depends on time and inspiration).
The following recipe was inspired by the Afghanistan recipe of qorma e lubia, which surprisingly has nothing to do with a chicken korma! My recipe is pretty identical to what qorma e lubia should be like, apart from I decided to add my favourite vegetable right now – aubergine, roasted. The aubergine, seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted really helped lift the flavour of the spiced beans combined with onion and garlic.
Surprisingly I learnt that Afghans don’t like their food too hot or spicy; it has to be somewhere in the middle. You won’t find any fire-burning curries out there!
The perfect thing about this recipe is that it’s cooked in a slow-cooker. I cooked mine overnight when testing as I really wanted to eat it for lunch the next day!
Things to consider before cooking –
- You’ll need a slow-cooker. I recommend the Morphy Richards Sear and Stew*. It’s the one I use and what I love about it is that you can use the pan on the hob to ‘sear’ meat or onions before popping it into the slow-cooker, ready for cooking. This one is a bargain at £32.99.
- Make sure you have a baking tray to roast your aubergines on.
- Make sure you soak your kidney beans overnight before attempting the recipe.
*this is an affiliate link meaning I receive a small profit from any purchase made.
Afghan-inspired vegan kidney bean slow-cooker casserole
An Afghan-inspired, spiced kidney bean casserole which is not only warming but wholesome.
- 200g of kidney beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil + extra for drizzling
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp of cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- 2 tbsp of tomato puree
- 500 ml of water
- 1 small aubergine
- Chilli flakes
- Salt and pepper
- Handful of fresh mint, chopped
- Step 1 Cover the kidney beans with water and leave to soak overnight or for at least 12 hours.
- Step 2 Finely dice the onion. Heat the olive oil in a pan (or the slow-cooker pan if possible) and fry the onion until almost brown. Add the spices and garlic powder and stir for 1 minute.
- Step 3 Drain the beans and add to the pan. Also add the water and tomato puree. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Put the pan in the slow-cooker or tip your mix into your slow cooker (depending on the type of cooker) and cook on low for 7 hours.
- Step 4 In the last 30 minutes of cooking pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees/180 fan/gas mark 6/400F, chop your aubergine into cubes and place on a tray. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes or until brown.
- Step 5 Chop a handful of mint and stir most of it into the casserole. Before serving, top the casserole with the aubergine and sprinkle with a pinch of chilli flakes and the rest of the mint.
For another taste of Afghanistan, try my Spinach and Yoghurt flatbreads – these make the perfect light lunch!
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From luxurious hotels on the sea front to all-inclusive family-friendly resorts, here’s my pick of the four places i’d recommend.
Where to stay
1. Royal Palms Hotels (from £231 p/n)
Location – Hamilton
(Sorry for this photo – it’s one off my own phone! Wasn’t planning this blog post at the time!)
This family-owned boutique hotel is situated 5 minutes walk away from Front Street (where all the action happens – shops, bars etc). I stayed at the Royal Palms when in Bermuda and absolutely loved it. The staff are amazing; very helpful! Another cool thing is every evening they host a wine hour where you can help yourself to glasses of wine and nibbles FOR FREE!
- Free wine and nibbles every evening for an hour
- Not far from the main street of Bermuda
- Well-known Ascots restaurant is on the premises, serving fancy food. Perfect for a romantic date night!
2. Elbow Beach Beachfront Resort (from £270 p/n)
Location – Paget Parish
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There’s a quote on the website from Mark Twain that reads ‘You go to heaven if want to, I’d rather stay right here in Bermuda’. I think that sums the island and this hotel up perfectly. Imagine walking out of the stunning colonial-style entrance onto the half-mile-long private pink sand beach, and then when the sun is too hot, relaxing in the library lounge, dreaming about your next adventure, or being pampered in the luxurious spa. That’s what you get to do here. It’s perfectly dreamy.
- Luxurious spa with private suites
- Four amazing restaurants to choose from
- Concierge service on hand to arrange activities (snorkelling, diving..) and make reservations for dining
3. Fairmont Southhampton (From £170 p/n)
Location – Southhampton Parish
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Think marbled flooring with concierge awaiting as you enter; guests pottering around on the vast green golf course and ladies teetering off to enjoy the luxurious spa. I visited this hotel when in Bermuda and it is BIG. The entrance ceilings are so high, you start to feel a little lost. That won’t put you off though as even though the price is high, this hotel offers the following:
- 18-hole championship par-3 golf course
- Resort sits on the ocean front
- Willow Stream Spa open all-year-round
4. Grotto Beach Resort and Spa (from £170 p/n)
Location – Hamilton Parish
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An all-inclusive resort where you can explore the natural caves which some describe as a purely spiritual experience, especially if you visit the cave spa. As well as a bit of primitive exploration, you can also dive with Dive Bermuda at the resort. Dive Bermuda are extremely professional with PADI 5-star instructors (that means they’re VERY good at what they do!) Don’t worry if you’re a beginner as there’s something for everyone.
- Historic grottos and caves to explore
- A kids camp is available in July-August
- All-inclusive includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes there are theme night buffets! (Beware that there is a supplement pay for the all-inclusiveness)
I would usually like to include a ‘budget’ section here but Bermuda doesn’t really do cheap!
Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!
*All prices depend on date of arrival/time of year. I’ve based my prices on the months of March – April 2018.
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