Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Healthy Turkey Chili

Happy (belated) New Year! 

I know I'm late but as this is my first post of 2017, I thought it was only appropriate to start the new year off with a delicious and healthy recipe. I'm so excited to share this dish because it was my first ever attempt at making chili with turkey rather than beef or chicken. I've been fairly hesitant about using turkey previously because I thought the flavor would be overwhelming. However, I'm so glad I gave it a try! Not only was this super tasty but also incredibly fast - the perfect meal for a busy week night. 

I particularly liked how easy it was to sneak in extra vegetables to make it even healthier - I added grated sweet potatoes, leeks and two kinds of bell pepper. I'd never tried grating sweet potatoes into a dish like this but they added a really nice background sweetness. Additionally, there are two types of beans to help make this be even more filling. I had the chili on its own while Matt had his with some easy microwaveable rice and we were both completely full. And we still had plenty leftover for dinner the next day. I did cheat a little by using a packet of chili seasoning but I think for a quick meal like this, that's totally fine. If you have more time, definitely try out your own seasonings as that way you can control the salt and heat. 

One important note: all ground (or minced if you're in the UK) turkey is not created equal! If you want to keep an eye on the fat and cholesterol content, make sure you're getting ground turkey breast rather than thigh meat. 

Finally, this chili would make an excellent workplace lunch and this recipe could easily be doubled to provide for the whole week. Yum! 

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20-30 min
Serves: 4


Olive oil 
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 large leek, quartered and finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 
500g ground turkey breast (2% fat)
1 packet of chili seasoning
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated 
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can sweet corn, drained


In a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté the red onion and leek in a splash of olive oil until they start to soften. Add in the red and yellow peppers and continue cooking, stirring frequently. When the peppers have softened, add the garlic and cook until fragrant. 

Next, stir in the ground turkey and break it up as it browns. Keep mixing to ensure that all of the turkey is cooked before adding in the chili seasoning, chopped tomatoes and grated sweet potatoes. Allow the pot to simmer for about five minutes, adding a splash of water as needed. When the sweet potatoes have softened, add in the beans and corn before leaving the entire mix to simmer for another five minutes or so. 

Serve with lighter cheddar cheese, jalopenos, olives and any other toppings you fancy! 


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Ah, curry. Delicious, declicious curry. Britain has had a love affair with this versatile dish for over two hundred years and there doesn't seem to be an end date for this affection with the jalfrezi variety recently overtaking the classic chicken tikka masala as the national favorite. However, much to my chagrin, I think it's fair to say that curry house versions are hardly the world's healthiest dishes with the average calorie bomb reaching astronomical heights. For example, a takeaway (or delivery) version of chicken tikka masala with rice and naan comes in at an amazing 1,300 calories on average. On. Average. Yikes.

So, I thought for a homecooked option, I'd like to try and accomplish two goals. The first was to keep those calories more in check while the second goal was to find a recipe that delivered the same amount of flavor and enjoyment of a takeaway curry in a shorter amount of time. With this vegetarian version, which has only about 300 calories in each portion when divided into four, I think we've cracked it. I've listed the prep time as five minutes but honestly, it definitely took less than that since all you have to do is chop the onion and then peel and chop the sweet potato. The only fiddly part of this recipe is the fact that you need to find cumin seeds and mustard seeds in addition to your curry powder - which was a bit of a mission since neither of the small grocery stores near my house had them. However, wandering to a larger Tesco proved wise and I found them easily so this might be something to keep in mind. The rest of the ingredients were super easy to source and, aside from the sweet potatoes, are primarily found in canned form and therefore might already be in your cupboard.

We served this curry with a bit of wholegrain rice and shared a simple Tesco naan bread between us but I think this would be equally delicious with some paneer thrown in to bulk it up a bit. I think this dish is best thought of as a more robust option to compete with chana masala. I've kept the recipe pretty much the same although I added the frozen peas to give it that nice burst of freshness. I really hope you'll give this a try since it takes less time than a delivery would and you'll have plenty to go around for weekly lunches or dinner the next day. Finally, the original recipe is supposedly for two portions but I didn't change any of the measurements and ended up with definitely enough for four people. If you were serving this alongside another curry or additional dishes, you could easily stretch this to at least six portions.

Original recipe via www.bbcgoodfood.com

Prep Time:   5 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Serves:       4-6


2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp medium curry powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
100g red lentils 
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
500 ml vegetable stock
1 can chopped tomatoes (400g)
1 can chickpeas (400g)
1 cup frozen peas

To Serve:

Mango chutney 
Fresh coriander
Rice/Naan bread 


In a large pot, heat the oil over a medium heat before adding the chopped onion. Leave to soften, stirring frequently. When the onion is translucent and soft, add the spices, lentils, sweet potato, chopped tomato and vegetable stock.

Bring to a boil then cover and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. 

When the sweet potato has softened, add the peas and chickpeas over a low heat. Cover again and leave for five minutes to allow to heat through.

Serve over rice or alongside naan bread with a yogurt, mango chutney and a sprinkle of fresh coriander. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Travel Caper: Glasgow

In early April, my friend Mary-Anne and I headed up to Glasgow for our final visit before our friend Anna moves back to London. While we're beyond excited for all the adventures we'll get up to here in London town, I have to admit I'll miss having such a lovely excuse to visit Scotland. However, on the other hand, this might be a good opportunity to venture beyond Glasgow since there are so many beautiful Scottish places to explore... Anyway, back to this visit where we were greeted with a tasty snack of deviled eggs, spicy rice snacks and, of course, plentiful G+Ts... 

Anna's Glasgow flat is not only super cute, but also eye-wateringly cheap to a jaded London dweller like myself. Note to Caitie: move literally anywhere outside of London. Immediately. This visit was unofficially billed (by me) as a tour of Caitie's favorite Glasgow spots... which is convenient since they are also Anna's favorite Glasgow spots. After we finished our cocktails, we headed off to the first of these locations... which we were horrified to find was actually closing its doors two days later! 

Squid and Whale was a fantastic little bar/restaurant that specialized in surprisingly authentic Mexican dishes. While there were the usual Tex-Mex classics such as pulled pork nachos, we also found a delicious variety of taco offerings. This time, we went with the achiote pulled pork, chipotle cauliflower, and chicken mole negra which were washed down with margaritas (naturally). 

For dessert, we tried to avoid being too greedy by sharing the churros and key lime pie. While the vanilla ice cream that came with them was not the best (i.e. kind of flavorless), who can turn down a churro? No one. Add in piece of my favorite pie and we're in business. Delicious! 

Our second day in Glasgow, we awoke to a relaxed morning featuring girly chat and Anna's incredible earl grey infused scones. Over coffee, we slowly got ready and headed out to the train station. Catching our train to Balloch, we were off to wander the shores of Loch Lomond and treat ourselves to a deliciously decadent lunch at one of my all time favorite restaurants: Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond. Such an indulgent lunch deserves its own write up so I've moved it to it's own post here. Coming home several hours later, we knew we wouldn't be hungry enough for a proper dinner so instead popped into Waitrose for nibbles. Chorizo, salami, brie, cheddar, goats cheese, tomatoes, olives, hummus and crisps - a perfect recipe for a perfect evening in. 

Sunday morning brought with it a visit to my favorite Glasgow brunch spot: Cafezique. Conveniently located just down the road from Anna's flat, I love the rustic, industrial decor almost as much as the locally sourced menu.

It was typically busy when we arrived so we bided our time at the bar by ordering some hot chocolate to take the edge off our hunger. Topped with a homemade marshmallow, this little cup leaves the coffee options in its dust. 

Knowing this might be my last visit, I couldn't resist the Big Veggie Breakfast - which is a twist on the traditional English fry up. Alongside the classic items such as grilled mushroom, tomato and baked beans, there was also shredded baby spinach, grilled halloumi and a homemade tattie scone (a savory potato based griddle cake). I went with poached eggs, rather than fried, as a belated nod to healthy eating and then promptly devoured everything. An added bonus was the little pitcher of chili oil that added an extra punch of flavor. 

After our brunch, we had time for a walk through the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens and along the River Kelvin. We were so lucky with the weather on this trip - blue skies despite Glasgow's reputation as being home to some seriously wet weather. 

The walk along the river includes some seriously picturesque spots that my photos clearly don't do any justice to despite my constant attempts. I particularly love the bridges you see along the walk as they are each unique and almost haunting... 

Even though the day got gloomier as we headed back to the flat, that only served to add to the aura of the scenery. I highly recommend a wander along these paths if you're ever in Glasgow - they're free, not too crowded and offer plenty of dog-spotting opportunities... 

And with that, our all too short visit came to an end. We made our way back to the flat to collect our things and then headed back to Glasgow Central station to catch our train to London. Fortunately, we had been able to take advantage of Virgin Trains' seat sale and ended up with first class tickets for our return leg. I really hope I'll have more opportunities to visit in the future as I think this is such an underrated city...

So, this isn't goodbye... it's just farewell for now, Glasgow.

Travel Caper: Martin Wishart on Loch Lomond

While visiting Anna in Glasgow, we were able to take advantage of the lovely weather with a trip to beautiful Loch Lomond... and one of my all time favorite restaurants: Martin Wishart on Loch Lomond. This was a classic win-win scenario as we strolled along the waterfront, stuffed ourselves with delicious and beautiful treats, and then rolled ourselves home. 

This was my second visit to this particular restaurant and I was definitely not disappointed. When describing the visit, I often compare the level of service and the quality of the experience to that found at Alain Ducasse's restaurant in the Dorchester Hotel. However, as this setting allows for less formality and an escape from London, it might just edge out the lunch offer at the Dorchester to reign at the top of my favorites list. 

Located in Cameron House on the shores of the loch, the entrance to the restaurant has a decidedly Scottish feel as it echoes the stereotypical decor associated with hunting lodges in the Highlands. As a result, the view when entering the restaurant comes as quite a surprise with it's bright green chairs and nautical stripes. I love how bright the space manages to be - it must feel like a little hideaway on stormy days...

The restaurant offers a fabulous and surprisingly affordable lunch menu, which was what we were there to take advantage of. Billed as a three course meal, the reality is more along the lines of seven as there are so many complimentary dishes along the way. The menu changes weekly so although I had stalked the website almost daily in anticipation, the options were still a happy surprise. 

After placing our order, we were offered our first amuse bouche... yes, they actually have more than one! Consisting of two items, these little packages managed to pack a lot of flavor into a tiny space. The first was a potato puff with salmon mousse which the uncultured side of my mind likened to an upmarket potato chip dipped in salmon cream cheese. Despite that simplistic comparison, it was delicious and I could have easily had a whole plate of them.

The second amuse was a cheese and onion puff - crisp choux pastry filled with an incredible savory creme. I knew just from the description that I was going to love this so I was completely unsurprised to find it full of flavor and entirely moreish.

After the plates were cleared, we were next offered fresh baked sourdough with a choice of salted and unsalted butter. As bread is a particular weakness of mine, I really struggled to not inhale it as I knew there were several courses still to come. It was lovely. Of course. I'm not too proud to admit that, although my butter to bread ratio was close enough to 50/50 to alarm even the most oblivious GP, I could have easily eaten the butter on it's own. Freshly made, salted butter was clearly created by a most benevolent God.

While happily munching on the bread, we were offered our third amuse bouche: a sushi cracker with turbot skirt and creme fresh. I had never tried turbot before and found it to be an extremely strong flavor - particularly when paired with the simplicity of the creme fresh and the cracker. However, the light sprinkling of dill helped to pull the two waring sides together and we were ready for our next dish.

Next up: our final amuse bouche... Puy lentils with Iberico ham and creme fresh. For some illogical reason, I tend to shy away from recipes with lentils and as a result, these were a revelation. They completely soaked up the flavors of the ham and the crispy bits on top added just the right amount of texture. I could have easily had a soup bowl full rather than this little bite. Definitely a winner in my book. 

Finally, it was time for our starters! One of my friends went with the cannelloni of squab pigeon and was kind enough to offer me a bite. It was so tasty, I'm not sure I would have been as generous... Although it's hidden in this photo underneath the accompaniments, this was the most moreish dish I've tried in a long time. Just the right amount of richness with the most tender meat... I think this might have been my favorite dish of the day and it wasn't even mine (sadly). 

We noticed that each course had divided the options with one being a lighter choice while the other was comparably heavier. For example, my starter of marinated Orkney scallop was a perfect choice for an early spring day. Super light with a refreshing burst of green from the cucumber, melon and basil. While it wasn't as richly delicious as the cannelloni, I thoroughly enjoyed the dish. 

Moving on to the main, we all went with the confit duck leg and salt baked vegetables. This dish had mixed reactions as I loved it while my friends found the seasoning a bit heavy. The dish was designed to be eaten all together and as a result, the vegetables were heavily salted while the duck was comparably under seasoned. If you made sure to ration the veggies so that every bite had some, then the salt level was perfect. Since I like a heavier hand when it comes to salt, I was perfectly happy. 


After our main dish, we were presented with a little palate cleanser of vanilla cream with rhubarb and sorrel. The rhubarb cream was surprisingly flavorful and the touch of sweetness had us eagerly awaiting dessert... 

With dessert, as with our starters, we were divided between the heavy and light options. One of my friends went with the buttermilk meringues, which proved to be a great choice. Light and airy, the verdict came in that they were delicious. 

Unfortunately, I was too busy inhaling my dessert to try and beg a bite of hers. I went with the hazelnut praline parfait that turned out to be a very fancy and imaginative take on the flavors of a Ferrero Roche... which happens to be one of my absolute favorite treats. So, the writing was on the wall: I was definitely going to love this. And I did! 

And so, our meal came to an end... Oh wait, there's more! You thought we would leave with just one dessert? Not at this restaurant. Instead, we were presented with four mini desserts to savor as we contemplated attempting to roll ourselves back to the train. These included whisky and dark chocolate truffles, pistachio macarons, rhubarb and black current jelly, and mini lemon tarts. 

Suffice to say, we were completely stuffed and very, very pleased with ourselves. It makes me quite sad to think that, once my friend returns to London, I won't have as much reason/excuse to visit this lovely restaurant. However, if there was ever a reason to sneak off to Glasgow, this would be it. 

Restaurant details: 

Martin Wishart on Loch Lomond

Monday, 18 April 2016

Sausage and Cabbage Casserole

Back in January, this recipe popped into my inbox and caught my eye. I'll admit, I'm subscribed to so many recipe sites and blogs that I tend to skip over the emails and rarely follow them to their source. However, I'm so glad I did with this one! Super easy, fairly simple and completely satisfying. 

Let's be honest here: when has Deb from Smitten Kitchen ever led us astray? Never. So, it's no surprise that this was such a lovely dinner! I went with herb sausages but I think you can use whatever you have on hand. This recipe seems pretty adaptable and since it only has five ingredients (three of which you definitely already have - butter, salt and pepper) it's a great option for a weekday evening as long as you get home at a reasonable time. Since the cooking time is about 2 hours, you might be better off leaving this for a relaxed weekend night.  

Despite my family's Irish roots, I really didn't eat much cabbage growing up. As a result, I never add it to my shopping list or drop it in my basket on a whim. However, with this recipe, I'll definitely be doing that more often. In fact, the next time I make it, I think I'll double the recipe so that there are plenty of leftovers for lunch. With these quantities, we pretty much demolished it in one evening. What can I say? We're unapologetically greedy. 

In fact, we inhaled it so quickly that I completely forgot to get a finished photo! Oh well. I have no regrets. I think the simplicity of this dish is what makes it such a winner - really clean flavors with just the right amount of saltiness balanced by the cabbage that takes on all the lovely sausage flavor. I'd like to try this with maybe a caramelized onion sausage to see if that offers any additional benefits.  I also liked how economical this dinner was since sausages are usually available for under 5 pounds and the cabbage was only about 1 pound so with the bread that we had along side, the whole thing comes in well under 10 pounds. For two people, that's a pretty decent grocery bill. If you were having this along with more robust side dishes (such as baked sweet potatoes and salad), this could easily stretch to four people. 

Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 
Serves: 2-4


1 Savoy cabbage (approximately 2 lbs or 900g), coarsely shredded 
1 package of sausages (1 lb / 450g), casings removed 
2 tbsp salted butter


Preheat oven to 300F / 150C.

Over high heat, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shredded cabbage and boil for three minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside.

Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish and add a third of the cabbage. Cover with half of the sausage meat, dotting the pieces around the dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dot with butter. Repeat with another third of the cabbage and the rest of the sausage, adding more butter and seasoning. Finally, top with the remaining cabbage. Dot the top with butter and cover the dish tightly with parchment paper. Finally, add a layer of aluminum foil to the top and place in the oven.

Bake for 2 to 2 and half hours, removing the foil and parchment paper for the final 30 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and the sausage is fully cooked. Enjoy! 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Travel Caper: Raiding the French Pharmacy

In February, I escaped the confines of London for a Valentine's trip to Paris. While it was lovely to show Matt my favorite spots and spend time with my friends Laure and Vaite, one of the best reasons to visit France has to be the opportunity to raid their pharmacies! For years I've seen beauty bloggers extolling the wonders of these shops and I have to say, they were right. All you have to do is step into one of the many pharmacies around the city to see what all the fuss is about. I think it's fair to say that skincare is a major focus within these shops and the sheer volume of products is astounding. I wanted to get a photo within the shop but the pharmacist's expression suggested that might not be welcome... 

Anyway, I picked up six treats this time and have had a month and a half to test them out. Just as a preface, I'm not a beauty blogger by any means and am definitely more comfortable discussing different dishes and spices. My opinions below are from the point of view of a consumer rather than an expert so I'll probably not cover things as well as someone else might. However, so far, I'm really pleased with all of them and am looking forward to my next opportunity to check out more products. 

Bioderma Micellar Water 

I've used this product about a million times before and I really love it. It's billed as a great way to remove makeup and pollution from your skin after a day of wear and tear and it's built up a huge cult following as a result. I find it really gets every last bit of makeup off and I tend to use just a little on a cotton pad after washing my face at night. It also offers a nice refresh during the day - particularly in the summer heat. I was a bit greedy and couldn't resist the special offer so I went ahead and got two bottles. I think Bioderma is available in most places outside of France but with a hefty markup. I've also seen that micellar waters are very popular at the moment and so there are a lot of other ones out there on the market. If you haven't tried it yet, I definitely recommend it! 

Next up, I have three new facial skincare creams - I'd never tried these before so I wasn't sure what to expect. So far, they seem to all be very nourishing without being greasy or leaving too much residue. Additionally, I was glad I went with these three because they seem to have very different uses. 

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre 

This was another item that I'd heard a lot about through beauty blogs and the media. About a year ago (I think), this brand was released in Britain and there were tons of articles about it since it's such a cult favorite. I'd never tried it before and so was really curious about what kind of impact it might have on my skin. After using it for a month, I think the best way to describe it is as a light facial moisturizer. I find it goes on really smoothly and sinks in quickly. However, if you had dry skin or any other issue, this might not be the right one for you. I know they make a different version and I'm wondering if maybe that one is more heavy duty. All in all, I do like this cream but I'm not sure if I like it more than my old favorites. 

Lierac Diopticalm 

I'd been thinking of switching up my eye cream for a while and, when I came across this product online before my trip, I thought I'd give it a go if I could find it. So far, I like the packaging since you have the option of a fine tip applicator or you can unscrew the lower level if you want to apply a larger amount. Also, it does seem to be nicely moisturizing around the eye area so I'll definitely keep using it. However, I'm still on the fence about whether I'd want to repurchase this one or if I should hunt around the pharmacies here in London for an alternative. 

Avene Cold Cream

Growing up, my mom always extolled the virtues of cold cream as a makeup remover and moisturizer so this product was not exactly new to me. Also, my former flatmate Laure would always tell me about Avene products and how great they were. So, I thought this could be a nice opportunity to combine these recommendations. I've been using this cream in conjunction with the Embryolisse and Lierac products for areas that need a bit more love - such as around my eyes and on any dry areas. This one is definitely the heaviest of the three and does have a slightly greasy residue (although this dissipates pretty quickly). I don't think I'd ever use this as my sole face cream but I will definitely keep it on hand as an extra level of moisture when needed. However, I should point out that Avene products have the most noticeable scent of any of the items I bought on this trip and I can see why that might be a bit of a turn off for some people. If possible, I definitely suggest testing them out so you can see what I mean before purchasing. I believe Avene products are available here in the UK but again, I think you pay a bit extra for them. 

Finally, I rounded out this shopping trip with two products for the body. At the time, my skin was strangely dry (considering how much water I drink in a day) and so I was hunting for something to fight the winter weather. Fortunately, these two items really saved the day! 

Topicrem Ultra-Hydratant Lait Corps

I'll admit, I took a bit of a chance on this one. I'd done some research prior to my trip and seen this body cream listed on a lot of blogs. However, when I went to find it, I only found it packaged in duos. It seemed silly to go to another store so I went ahead and bought it. Luckily, it's just as good as expected! Really light but still nicely moisturizing - it's perfect for putting on quickly while getting ready for work. Completely non-greasy, I find it sinks in almost immediately. Definitely glad I went with the two pack! 

Avene Cold Cream for Hands 

This little hand cream was a bit of a last minute grab. I had been looking for something to bring back for my flatmate and I stumbled across these cute little hand creams. They're the perfect size to throw in a purse and are really rich. My hands get super dry during the colder months and this has been great for combating that annoyance. Again, it has the same scent as the facial cream so I can see that being a drawback for some people. However, the perfume wears off quickly while the cream lasts for ages. 

I had so much fun poking around the pharmacy (I went to a medium sized one on Rue de Commerce) and I do think it was worth dragging them back across the channel. While several of these items are supposedly available here in the UK (although I haven't seen them in my local shops), I think there's something so fun about trying out new products in a different setting. Can't wait for the next Parisian adventure so that I can find some more hidden gems! 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Cookbook Challenge: Spicy Pork Stew

It's finally starting to feel like autumn around here so for this week's Cookbook Challenge I thought it was the perfect time to crack open a book I purchased several years ago and completely forgot about. Seriously though, how cosy does this cover look?! Really looking forward to trying more dishes as Britain settles into the colder seasons. I'd never tried using pork in a stew before since I usually fall back on my favorite beef stew recipe when I'm feeling like something warm and comforting. Therefore, this recipe was a delicious revelation. The spices add a nice background of heat while the sweet potatoes bring that addictive sweetness.

Fireside Feasts and Snow Day Treats: 
Indulgent comfort food for winter eating and entertaining
Edited by Ellen Parnavelas
Ryland Peters and Small, 2012

This recipe was also great because it includes kidney beans which serve to keep you full for longer. After talking to my sister about it, we decided that you could easily add in a can of black beans for added protein if you're looking for a low carb option. I served the stew with couscous because it was easiest but I also had the leftovers on their own and they were equally tasty. Definitely give this one a try - particularly since pork shoulder is one of the cheaper cuts of meat so it won't be causing any pain to your wallet. I'll warn you though, this recipe makes an absolute ton of food! I froze half of it and still struggled to finish all the leftovers before they went off. As a result, I think this could be a great option for easy entertaining or if you want to have leftovers for work week meals. 

Prep Time: 5-10 min
Cook Time: 75 min
Serves: 4-6 


2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
700g/1 1/2 lbs pork shoulder, cubed
1 tsp clear honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chili, sliced
1 can chopped tomatoes
500ml chicken stock
800g / 1 3/4 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 
1 bay leaf
1 can red kidney beans
a handful of fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped
Plain yogurt, to serve 


Preheat the oven to 150C / 300F.

Over a medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large casserole dish. If you don't have a dish that is safe to use on both the stove and in the oven, then start this recipe off in a large pot and then decant into a casserole dish. Add the onion and cook until it starts to soften. Next add in the ciim and oregano and cook until fragrant. Remove the onion mixture from the dish and set aside.

Add the remaining oil and the pork into the dish and cook for 5-7 minutes or until it starts to brown. Next add in the honey, garlic, and chili. Season with salt and mix well. When everything has combined nicely, add in the onion mixture along with the canned chopped tomatoes, stock, sweet potatoes and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, then cover and move to the preheated oven. Cook for forty minutes.

When forty minutes have elapsed, remove the dish from the oven and add in the red kidney beans. Cover and return to the oven for a final twenty minutes.

To serve, sprinkle with fresh coriander/cilantro and a dollop of yogurt. Enjoy!