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Spiced Spinach and Onions

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.


2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoonsButter
1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
4 Green Cardamom Pods
3 inch Cinnamon Bark
3 Onions, thinly sliced into half-rings
2 inch peeled & grated Fresh Ginger
1 crushed Garlic Clove
3lb Spinach
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala (Indian blend)


  • In a large pan heat the oil and butter. Add the fennel, cardamoms, cinnamon and onions and sauté for 10 minutes.
  • Mix in the ginger and the garlic and cook for a further 15 minutes until onions turn golden brown.
  • Reduce the heat to low, stir in the spinach and cook, covered until the spinach is totally wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the salt and cayenne and cook covered for another 20 minutes.
  • Add the garam masala and give another 5 minutes.
  • Find the cinnamon bark if you can and remove.

Serves 4

Martin James