Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Crispy Spinach + Feta Pie

Super fast weekday meal and most of the ingredients can be found in your freezer.

Serves 4
takes 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g frozen spinach
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 200g feta cheese and/or cottage cheese
  • 4 free range eggs
  • small lemon, juiced and grated rind
  • handful fresh herbs ie parsley, tarragon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 25g melted butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5-6 large filo pastry sheets
  • freshly ground salt + pepper
Method
  1. Pre-heat oven 180oC (fanbake)
  2. Boil the jug
  3. Place the spinach and peas in a sieve and pour hot water over to defrost the spinach. Press with wooden spoon to remove excess water.
  4. Mix in a bowl with spring onions, garlic, cheese, eggs, lemon, herbs and season to taste.
  5. Mix melted butter with olive oil and brush over the sides and bottom of a 20cm springform tin
  6. Grab the filo and quickly brush with the butter mixture and arrange in the tin letting excess pastry hang over the sides. Keeping brushing each sheet and layer up until sides and bottom are covered.
  7. Spoon mixture into tin then fold pastry edges over to cover the filling scrunching loosely. Brush top of pie with remaining butter.
  8. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Yum :D

Sunday, 13 May 2018

The BEST Berry, Rhubarb and Date crumble

Who doesn't love a crumble especially when the weather gets cooler. This has to be the BEST crumble recipe I've done to date.

Inspired by the Green Kitchen At Home


Ingredients
serves 4-6

  • 8 thin rhubarb stalks, (approx. 150g), trimmed and tops removed
  • 2 cups of berries of choice, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or 1 tablespoon runny honey or 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
CRUMBLE TOPPING
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes, (or 1 cup threaded coconut or more of rolled oats)
  • 1/3 cup almond ground or flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 15 soft dates, pitted
  • 125g virgin coconut oil, solidified or 125g butter, cubed and chilled
To serve: full fat plain yoghurt or vanilla ice-cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 20 cm baking dish or pie
    tin. 
  2. Cut the rhubarb into small pieces, transfer to the dish and add the berries. Drizzle over the syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon and vanilla and toss until well coated.
  3. To prepare the crumble topping, place the oats, quinoa, almond flour and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix until combined. Mash or dice the dates and add them to the bowl along with the coconut oil. Using your hands, rub the dates and oil into the dry ingredients until the texture resembles coarse crumbs or clusters.
  4. Top the fruit with the crumble and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crumble topping is golden and the filling bubbles up around the edges. 
  5. Serve warm topped with a dollop of yoghurt. 
  6. Store the cooled crumble in the fridge in an airtight container and it will keep for 3–5 days. Yum!


Monday, 1 January 2018

Freekeh Tabbouleh Salad

This is a great take to work salad minus the poached eggs.

Ingredients
serves 2
  • 3/4 cup freekeh
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 60g chopped dates
Dressing
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped mint leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
To serve
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped parsley leaves and stalks
  • 10g dukkah
  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges
Method
  1. Cook freekeh in pot of boiling water for 15–18 minutes, until tender with a slight bite. Drain then rinse under warm tap and leave to drain well.
  2. Place eggs in a small pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a gentle boil. As soon as water starts boiling, cook for 3 minutes (for soft-boiled). Drain eggs and run under cold water to stop cooking. Peel shells off eggs and cut in half.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all dressing ingredients together.
  4. Prepare the salad. Cut cherry tomatoes in half; remove core and seeds from capsicum and dice 1cm; finely dice onion. Place all in bowl with dressing, along with cooked freekeh and dates. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  5. To serve, Divide freekeh tabbouleh between plates. Top with soft-boiled eggs. Garnish with parsley, dukkah and serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze over just before eating. YUM!



recipe adapted from MyFoodBag

Monday, 30 October 2017

Mussel Fritters with Tomato Salsa

I love to leave the mussel meat big and chunky for my fritters,
however, if making them for people who are a bit squeamish about mussel bits chop them up a bit. The tomato salsa sets this off especially when the tomatoes are fresh from ones garden :D

Ingredients
serves 2-3

For the Fritters

  • 15-20 large fresh NZ Mussels in shells
  • 2 free range eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour (or just standard flour)
  • ¼ milk
  • large handful of chopped parsley, thyme, coriander - whatever you've got on hand
  • 1 large spring onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 fresh red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • freshly cracked pepper and sea salt
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • sliced avocado, to serve
  • coconut oil, for cooking (or use olive oil or butter)
Method
  1. Clean the mussel shells and pop into a large pot with about a cup of water, cover and bring to boil. As the mussels start to open pull them out of the pot, the trick is to not let them overcook since you’ll be cooking them again in the fritters
  2. Chop each mussel in half (or dice it up finely depending on your audience)
  3. Whisk egg yolks, flour and milk to make a batter. 
  4. Mix in the mussels, parsley and spring onion. 
  5. Season with salt and pepper. 
  6. Whisk egg whites until stiff and fold in. 
  7. Pop 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  8. Measure large tablespoons of the mussel mixture into the hot pan and cook for 1-2 minutes each side, until brown and cooked through.
While you’re waiting for mussels to cook, prepare the tomato salsa

Tomato Salsa Ingredients
  • 4-6 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ½ red onion, very finely sliced
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • small splash red wine vinegar (or cider or white wine vinegar)
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • ½ bunch coriander, roughly chopped
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, stir then refrigerate until ready to be served.

Serve mussel fritters with salsa and sliced avocados on top. Yum :D 




Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Nutty Tofu Satay

This is a super yum recipe that comes from Nadia Lim's My Food Bag,
with some alternative additions.

Ingredients
serves 2
takes 30mins

BROWN RICE
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 3/4 cups water
SUPER NUT TOFU SATAY
  • Drizzle of sesame oil
  • 110g mix of chopped nuts such as cashews, peanuts, almonds OR 1/2 cup of crunch peanut butter
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 makrut lime leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • ¾-1 can coconut milk (shake well before opening)
  • 1 block tofu, diced 2cm
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 
ASIAN SLAW
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil 
  • 2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 
  • 1 baby bok choy, end trimmed 1cm and rinsed OR red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot OR Raddish thinly sliced
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
TO SERVE
  • ½ punnet micro-coriander, freshly snipped OR fresh coriander OR parsley chopped
METHOD
  1. Combine rice, water and a pinch of salt in a pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and leave to steam, still covered, for a further 8 minutes. Do not lift lid during cooking.
  2. When rice has 10 minutes cook time remaining, heat sesame oil in a medium fry-pan on medium heat. Toast supernut mix with peanuts for about 1 minute, until toasted OR add crunch peanut butter to oil and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add shallots, makrut leaf, salt and ginger to pan and cook a further 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add tofu and first measures of soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce to pan, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until thick and creamy. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. While tofu simmers, whisk together second measures of soy sauce, sesame oil, sweet chilli sauce and rice wine vinegar in a large bowl.
  6. Thinly slice bok choy; cut carrot into thin matchsticks or grate; roughly chop baby spinach leaves OR your choice of slaw ingredients. Toss in a large bowl with dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. To serve, spoon ¾ cup cooked brown rice into each bowl and spoon over super nut tofu satay with plenty of sauce. Top with a handful of Asian slaw and garnish with coriander. Super yum!


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Raspberry Tofu Pudding

Love the gorgeous pink from the raspberries and of course, it tastes
great too! And don't worry, you can't taste the tofu.

Ingredients
serves 2
  • 2 cups of frozen raspberries (save a few for garnish)
  • 250-300 grams (about 1 cup) of silken tofu
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp honey, maple syrup or rice syrup
Throw everything into a food processor or Vitamix (means you won't get any seeds from the berries) and whizz until smooth. Serve up in a fancy glass and top with raspberries and chunks of chocolate. Yum <3




Monday, 2 October 2017

Black Doris Plum Crumble

Found a can of Black Doris Plum's hiding in the cupboard so being a wet, cold day first thing that sprung to mind was 'make crumble!'

Ingredients
serves 4
takes 30mins

  • 800g of canned Black Doris plums, drained, with juice reserved and pips removed
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • Rind of ½ lemon, grated
  • 1 cup of mixed favourite crumble topping. My topping mix included: rolled oats, chopped hazelnuts, sesame seeds, linseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, chopped dates, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds

Plum Sauce
  • Reserved juice from plums
  • Grated rind of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp of tapioca or cornflour

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC. Grease a medium-sized ovenproof dish.
  2. Half plums and place in the bottom of the dish.
  3. In a large bowl, place the butter, honey, coconut, lemon rind and your topping mix. Mix everything together with your fingers until the mixture forms chunky crumbs.
  4. Place the crumble topping over the fruit, and press to pack down the topping.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the topping is golden and crunchy.
  6. While the crumble is baking, make the plum sauce. Place the reserved plum juice and lemon rind into a medium saucepan, and place over a medium heat. Mix the tapioca or cornflour with a little plum juice from the saucepan. Stir to form a paste. Add the paste back into the saucepan and stir though. Heat the juice and cornflour mixture until it forms a thick, glossy sauce.
  7. Serve with custard, ice-cream or yoghurt. I used plain coconut yoghurt. Yum <3