The “Beast from the East” hits the UK.

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The focus this week has been all about the snow in the UK. The “Beast from the East” has been making its mark across the British countryside and everything has been enveloped in a white, snuggly blanket.

The mercury has plummeted and this unseasonably cold spell has left us all craving warm, comforting, wholesome food. Soups and stews are a firm favourite in our house and hot drinks are being brewed all day long.

One recipe that my family particularly enjoys is a Moroccan Carrot and Chick Pea Stew. It’s deliciously comforting and the spices are beautifully reminiscent of warmer climes; just what we need to distract ourselves from the nip of Jack Frost.

It can be made pretty quickly and most of the ingredients are probably in your store cupboard already. I suggest serving it with cauliflower rice but you could try cous cous or basmati rice if you prefer. Serves 4.


Here’s how to make it.



1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup golden raisins (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound carrots, cleaned and roughly chopped
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups water

1 bunch fresh coriander (cilantro)




Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, and cook until just beginning to soften, about 2-3 minutes.

Add the chile powder, cumin, turmeric, paprika, sea salt and cinnamon, and continue to cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes more.

Add the golden raisins(if using), lemon juice, and tomato paste, stirring until well combined. Cook another minute, then add the carrots and chickpeas. Give everything a good stir to ensure that everything is well mixed. Add the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes.

Remove cover and cook an additional 5 minutes to allow stew to thicken slightly.

Season to taste with additional salt if needed. Serve this stew with rice or cous cous and sprinkle generously with fresh coriander (cilantro).

The snow has been the focus this week in the UK. The “Beast from the East” has been making its mark across the British countryside, so reach out for healthy comfort foods whenever you can. It's the perfect winter warmer.

Written by: Mimi


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