Dougie Vipond is in Newtonmore to try the latest addition to Scotland’s array of winter sports – ski Joring. The activity is similar to water-skiing but on snow. The skier is towed on the end of a rope behind a galloping horse!
Nick’s Top Turkey Tips 4/4
In the final part of his mini-series, Nick Nairn uses the remaining Turkey meat to cook a Boxing Day Turkey Curry with flatbreads.
For the Spice Powder:
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
6 black peppercorns
5 cm piece cinnamon stick
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon turmeric
For the onion paste :
3 medium onions, chopped
8 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
6 fresh red chillis
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons chopped or ground almonds
3 sticks lemon grass,chopped
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
400g butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
3 large carrots, peeled and cubed
300g new potatoes, halved
1 medium aubergine, cubed
one teaspoon Maldon salt
one 400g can coconut milk
4 ripe tomatoes, quartered
1 large bunch fresh coriander, chopped to garnish
Put the coriander seed, cumin seed, fennel seed, black peppercorns, cloves cinnamon and nutmeg into a heavy frying pan and dry roast over a medium heat until you can smell the aroma – don’t let them change colour or the flavour will change too and become bitter. Tip the whole lot into a spice grinder (or a clean coffee grinder for this, remember it will never be the same. It will become as spice grinder from that moment on..) Stir in the turmeric and set aside.
Throw the onions, garlic, ginger, chillies, paprika, almonds and chopped lemon grass into a food processor. Add about 3 tablespoons of the oil and blend to a paste. You may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water to loosen the mixture, and make it work – don’t worry if you add more, it will evaporate during cooking.
Heat the rest of the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the onion paste and fry for about 5 minutes.
Stir in the spice mixture then the pumpkin, carrots, potato, and aubergines, coating with the onions and spices. Fry until the onion begin to turn brown, then add the salt and 500ml water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and tomatoes and simmer for another 15 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and the vegetables are very tender.
With 5 minutes to go add the cooked turkey and mix well to ensure it heats through.
Scatter the coriander over the curry and serve with plain boiled rice.
1 teaspoon salt
225g plain flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
150ml warm water
8 turns of black pepper
Put all the flatbread ingredients into a food processor and blitz for a minute until just combined. Turn out and knead the dough until smooth. Divide into eight pieces, shape into smooth balls and keep covered with a warm damp tea towel. Roll each ball out on a floured surface as thinly as you can – this is a bit tricky – they should be about 23 cm wide. Stack up between baking parchment while you heat up a large heavy frying pan. Cook each flatbread for about 1/2 a minute on each side – small bubbles appear on the surface when it is ready to turn. Alternatively, flip into a hot frying pan and blast the surface with a blow-torch until it puffs up and brown! Stack them up in a clean tea towel to keep warm.
Sarah Mack is at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to find out about the history of yuletide plants such as Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe.
Dougie is in Fife to attend a carol concert in a cave. According to legend the cave in Pittenweem was the home of the 7th century monk St Fillan. The cave contains a holy well in one chamber and an alter in the other where occasional religious ceremonies are held. The cave is linked via an underground passage to the priory above.
Euan McIlwraith is in Shetland to try his hand at cheese-making. Under the expert supervision of Jay Hawkins. Jay left a high powered job in London as a chartered accountant and moved to Skeld in 2008 with his wife and family.
Swapping budget cuts for cutting curds was relatively easy and Shetland Cheese Ltd has since gone from strength to strength.
- Series Producer
- Simon Cousins
- Nick Nairn
- Dougie Vipond
- Euan McIlwraith
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