Green Bean Peach Salad with Pinenut and Truffle

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Peaches and grapes add sweetness to this healthy green bean salad that everyone is sure to love and it gets an earthy boost and richness from the addition of black truffles and buttery pine nuts. The salad has a beautiful contrast of bright colours, textures and flavours and makes a wonderful accompaniment to any meal.

DressingSalad
  • 6 pcs Sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 60 ml Olive oil
  • 20 ml Truffle oil
  • 30 ml Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Handful of flat parsley leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 500 g Green beans, trimmed
  • 2-3 Ripe yet firm peaches, sliced
  • Handful of grapes, optional
  • 2 tbsp Pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 Jarred truffle, sliced
  1. Add all ingredients for the dressing to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Taste and season. Pour into a jar with lid and chill until ready to use.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add trimmed beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and refresh in iced water.
  3. Drain and place them in a salad bowl. Add the sliced peaches, grapes, if using, and drizzle with the prepared dressing. Toss gently to combine.
  4. Place on a serving platter. Sprinkle with pine nuts and sliced truffle. Serve.

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Chickpea and Cucumber salad with Yoghurt Dressing

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Starring homegrown cucumber, this refreshing Greek-style salad is perfect for a fast and fresh side. It is simple to make and packed with flavour and freshness.

hickpea and Cucumber salad with Yoghurt Dressing

adapted from taste
  • 500 g Chickpeas, fresh cooked or canned
  • 2 Mini cucumbers, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 Red sweet pepper, diced
  • 2 stalk Spring onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Greek style plain yoghurt
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Combine chickpeas, cucumber, diced peppers, spring onions and mint leaves in a large bowl.
  2. Mix yoghurt and garlic together and season with salt and pepper. Fold through chickpea mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Spelt Almond Bakewell Slices

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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A classic English shortcrust pastry, adapted from taste, with a hidden layer of raspberry jam, on top of which is a almond-flavoured cake and a topping of flaked almonds. It freezes well and makes a wonderful treat for afternoon tea.

PastryAlmond Cake
  • 180 g Butter, chilled and diced
  • 2 tbsp Raw brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 1 Large Egg yolk
  • 280 g White spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp Iced water
  • 150 g butter, softened
  • 100 g Raw brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 150 g Almond meal
  • 50 g White spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 150 g Raspberry jam
  • 40 g Flaked almonds
  1. Make Sweet Shortcrust Pastry: Place flour, sugar, vanilla powder and butter in a food processor. Process until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add yolk and iced water. Process until pastry just comes together, adding extra water if necessary. Turn out pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until smooth. Shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Grease and line a 28cm square springform pan. Press the pastry into the bottom of the prepared pan. Prick the base with a fork and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line pastry case with baking paper. Fill with pie weights or uncooked beans and blind-bake for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and paper. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until base is light golden. Set aside to cool slightly. Spread the pastry case with raspberry jam, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge. Reduce oven temperature to 160C/320F.
  4. Cream butter, raw sugar and vanilla powder until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in almond meal, spelt flour and baking powder. Spread the filling over the jam and sprinkle with flaked almonds.
  5. Bake for about 40 minutes until nicely golden brown and the filling is just firm to the touch. Stand in pan to cool completely. Cut into slices and serve.

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Cherry, Raspberry and Watermelon salad with Fig Balsamic Syrup

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Beat the heat with this light, juicy, and amazingly refreshing watermelon salad drizzled with a sweet, tart and fruity fig balsamic vinegar syrup. You can crumble over some feta to add a savoury bite and chopped pistachios for an added crunch to this fruit salad.

Cherry, Raspberry and Watermelon salad with Fig Balsamic Syrup

adapted from taste
  • 200 g Fresh cherries, halved, stones removed
  • 1 Small seedless watermelon
  • 120 g Fresh raspberries
  • Lemon balm or mint leaves
  • Fig balsamic syrup
  1. Use a large sharp knife to cut the watermelon into 1cm-thick slices. Use 3cm, 6cm and 8cm star-shaped pastry cutters to cut shapes from the watermelon.
  2. Arrange the watermelon, cherries, raspberries and lemon balm leaves on a serving platter. Drizzle the syrup over and serve immediately.

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Low Carb Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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A delicious and moist low carbs coconut flour zucchini bread that is also grain free, gluten free and refined-sugar free.
Coconut flour is made from the coconut solids that are left over after the meat been used to produce coconut milk. The solids are ground into a very fine, flour-like powder. It is high in fiber and protein. Unlike some gluten free flours, coconut flour absorbs a tremendous amount of liquid, so you will find that a 1:1 substitution for flour will be far too dry. In baked goods, you generally want to substitute 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup coconut flour for 1 cup flour. You will also need to increase the number of eggs.

Low Carb Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread

adapted from smallfootprintfamily
  • 60 g Organic defatted coconut flour
  • 4 g Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs, medium
  • 50 g Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 Ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 200 g Zucchini, grated
  • 80 g Roasted salted peanuts
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Lightly grease a 10cmx20cm loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Combine coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together into a bowl. In another large bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, mashed banana and white balsamic vinegar. Stir in zucchini and roasted salted peanuts.
  3. Lightly fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just incorporated. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, levelling the top.
  4. Bake for about 50 minutes or until loaf is cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn loaf onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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Blackberry Goat Cheese Mousse Tart

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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This fresh goat cheese mousse tart with blackberries and a buttery wholegrain cookie crust, adapted from 'Pastry' by master chef Michel Roux, is so deliciously light and fruity. The mousse is sweetened with pure stevia syrup, but feel free to swap out and use raw sugar or maple syrup instead.

Crust (adapted from 'Pastry' by Michel Roux)Blackberry Goat Cheese Mousse
  • 250 g Einkorn berries, ground into flour
  • 125 g Butter, cut into small pieces and slightly softened
  • 1 Medium egg
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • 2 g Salt
  • 30 ml Cold water
  • 12 g sachet Gelatine granules
  • 5 tbsp Cold water
  • 350 g Blackberries, frozen or fresh
  • 2 tbsp Stevia syrup, plain
  • 150 g Fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 150 g Heavy cream
  1. Heap the flour on the counter and make a well. Put the butter, egg, maple syrup and salt in the middle. With your fingertips, mix the ingredients in the well.
  2. Now little by little, draw the flour into the center and work the dough with your fingertips to a grainy texture. Add the cold water and mix it in until the dough begins to hold together.
  3. Using the palm of your hand, push the dough away from you 4 or 5 times until it is smooth. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for an hour.
  4. Roll out the dough to a 3 mm thickness and line a loose-bottomed oblong tart pan, measuring 35x11x2.5 cm and a 12 cm round pan. Chill for about 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Prick the pastry shell bases. Line the shells with baking paper and fill with a layer of dried beans to weigh the dough down and prevent it from rising unevenly.
  6. Bake the shells blind for 18-20 minutes. Lower the oven setting to 170C/340F. Remove the beans and paper and return the shells to the oven for about 8 minutes. Remove and leave in the pans to cool completely before using for the filling.
  7. Soak the gelatine granules in water in a bowl for 5 minutes. Warm up the frozen blackberries and stevia syrup in a saucepan over low heat until the berries are thawed. Don't let the mixture boil. Puree the mixture and pass through a fine sieve. Now add the soaked gelatine in the warm berry mixture and stir until dissolved. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  8. Add fresh goat cheese and vanilla powder. Mix until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes, or until starting to set.
  9. Whip the heavy cream lightly to soft peaks, then fold it into the berry mixture. Pour into the crust bases and leave to chill for 4 hours or overnight, until set. Garnish the tart with fresh blackberries,edible flowers and lemon balm leaves.

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Coconut, Bee Pollen, Oat and Chia Muesli Bars

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Chewy, filling, and packed with natural energy, these oaty nutty muesli bars are made with immune-boosting bee pollen, coconut, almonds, chia, and honey. They are a good source of carbohydrates, protein, healthful fat and fiber. Take them camping, pack in lunch box or as breakfast on the go!

Coconut, Bee Pollen, Oat and Chia Muesli Bars

inspired by Donna Hay
  • 80 ml Coconut oil
  • 250 g Honey
  • 180 g Rolled oats
  • 50 g Shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp Bee pollen
  • 160 g Almonds, roughly chopped
  • 40 g Chia seeds
  • 70 g Pitted dried dates, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Place the coconut oil, honey and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, for 3–4 minutes or until melted and combined.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and add the oats, coconut, bee pollen, almonds, chia seeds, dates and cinnamon and mix well to combine.
  3. Spoon into a lightly greased 20cm x 30cm baking pan lined with non-stick baking paper. Flatten the mixture using the back of a spoon. Bake for 25 minutes or until dark golden. Set aside to cool completely. Lift the slice from the pan and cut into bars to serve.

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Oakleaf Salad with Feta, Blackberries and Apricots

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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Mild, sweet and delicate oakleaf lettuce pairs wonderfully with slightly bitter radicchio, salty Feta, juicy fruits and paprika cashews in this easy healthy salad. Substitute lollo rosso for red oak leaf lettuce and leave out Feta or use some smoked tofu instead if you want to keep it vegan.

SaladDressing
  • 1 small head Red Oakleaf lettuce
  • 1/3 head Radicchio lettuce
  • 100 g Feta cheese, cubed
  • 3 Apricots, stoned and cut into wedges
  • 150 g Blackberries
  • Red basil leaves
  • Olive herb
  • 60 g Paprika cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly milled black pepper
  1. Arrange the salad leaves on serving plates and top with feta cubes, apricot wedges, blackberries, herbs and scatter the paprika cashew nuts over.
  2. For the dressing, mix white balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil. Toss gently and serve.

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Quinoa, Coconut Flour Einkorn Banana Bread (Sugar Free, Dairy Free)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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A deliciously healthy banana bread made with a mix of freshly milled einkorn flour, defatted coconut flour and quinoa flour. It's dairy free, sugar free, packed with nutrients and perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack in between meals.

Wet IngredientsDry Ingredients
  • 4 Large overripe bananas
  • 2 Large eggs, at room-temperature
  • 40 g Pumpkin seed oil
  • 60 g Homemade sunflower seed maca butter
  • 2 tbsp Brandy
  • 45 g Quinoa flour
  • 25 g Coconut flour
  • 180 g Einkorn berries, ground into flour
  • 7 g Baking powder
  • 3 g Baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line base of a large 13cm x 21cm loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a blender, add in overripe bananas, eggs, pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed butter and brandy. Process all the ingredients until smooth .
  3. Sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla powder and spices together in a large bowl and pour the wet mixture onto the dry mixture, folding gently but thoroughly.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan. Smooth the surface. Sprinkle the surface with 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds if desired and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Set aside in pan for 10 minutes to cool before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with sunflower seed maca butter.

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Beluga Lentil Zottarella Salad with Fresh Turmeric Vinaigrette

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Tiny, black and round with a rich earthy flavour and chewy texture, beluga lentils are named for the caviar they resemble. They hold their shape and firm texture when cooked, making them a good choice for salads. You can easily replace them with French green lentils. Fresh turmeric is the star in this anti-inflammatory dressing that adds incredible flavour and texture to this comforting salad.

Fresh Turmeric VinaigretteSalad
  • 100 ml Olive oil
  • 2-inch Fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 200 g Beluga black lentils, rinsed
  • 150 g Zottarella minis
  • 120 g Baby spinach
  • 1-2 Peaches, stoned and sliced
  • Basil and parsley
  1. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake until well combined. Chill until ready for use.
  2. Fill a medium pot with 700 ml water and bring it to a boil. Add in rinsed black lentils and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until tender but still firm. Drain immediately through a fine strainer and rinse briefly with cool water. Drain again, set aside and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the cooled lentils with half of the dressing. Add the zottarella minis, peaches, parsley and basil and toss briefly. Divide the spinach leaves on two serving plates and spoon the lentil salad over. Serve with the additional dressing.

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No Bake Almond Butter Tart with Speculoos Cookie Crust

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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This features a creamy, rich roasted almond butter-ricotta cheese filling in a no bake speculoos cookie crust. I have used homemade roasted almond butter rather than the peanut butter used in the original recipe, but any other nut butter will also work. Also, the recipe called for chocolate ganache as the topping, but I just simply garnished the tarts with a few drizzles of melted white chocolate and some chopped pistachio nuts.

CrustFillingTopping
  • 220 g Speculoos cookies
  • 60 g Butter, melted
  • 200 g Ricotta cheese
  • 180 g Homemade roasted almond butter
  • 1/3 tsp Vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil, softened
  • 10 drop Vanilla-flavoured liquid stevia
  • White chocolate, chopped
  • Pistachio nuts, chopped
  1. Finely crush cookies in a food processor or blender. Melt butter. In a bowl stir the melted butter and crushed cookies together. Firmly press down cookie mixture into two 12-cm tart pans or one 24-cm pan. Place in the refrigerator while making the filling.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the ricotta cheese, almond butter, vanilla powder, coconut oil and liquid stevia together until fluffy with an electric mixer.
  3. Scrape the mixture into the tart shells and smooth the surface with a spatula. Return to the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave and drizzle over the tarts. Garnish with pistachio nuts.

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Buttermilk Spelt Emmer Dinner Rolls

Thursday, June 09, 2016


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I like to play around with rich, sweet and nutty ancient grains when baking bread, but you can use modern wheat flour instead. Emmer is also called Farro and quite similar in flavour of Einkorn. This recipe makes 6-8 rolls depending on the size you want. You could also bake this in a loaf pan for a tasty sandwich bread.

  • 190 g Buttermilk, well shaken and room-temperature
  • 150 g Rye sourdough starter, 100% hydration
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 200 g Organic spelt bread flour
  • 100 g organic emmer berries, ground into flour
  • 2 tsp Coconut sugar
  • 5 g Active dry yeast
  1. Measure all the ingredients and place, in the order listed, into your bread pan. Select the dough setting. Start the machine.
  2. Once dough setting is complete, remove dough from bread machine and place on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 or 8 pieces. Shape each into a ball and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 45 minutes until doubled in size.
  3. Pour a cup of water into the roasting tray at the bottom of the oven and preheat it to 210C/420F and pour. Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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