Been busy lately trying to make the most of the fresh food I have a bought and the herbs I have grown.
This is my version of oregano pesto.
A handful of hazel nuts, or nuts of your choice.
A bunch of baby celery leaves
2 tablespoons of good olive oil
1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan
1 chopped clove of garlic
1 cup of fresh oregano leaves
2 sun dried tomatoes,(I use jar ones in garlic oil )
I use a nutribullet, to grind nuts first.
then add rest of ingredients, keep pulsing till combined, you may have to open the lid and give it a stir now and again.
Add more oil if needed.
You can freeze left overs in a freezer tray.
You can use any herbs you like, I usually use basil, but had loads of oregano in the garden.
The next thing I wanted to change was the way I eat, although at the moment I think I have a good healthy diet there is room for improvement. My task is to try and make my kitchen as eco friendly as possible. Firstly I would like to get rid of my plastic containers and use glass, I had some mason jars already , so I got rid of some plastic and used them for to store some of my cupboard ingredients, also used some smaller glass jars for my spices. I still have a long way to go, but hope to replace all the plastic with either glass or stainless steel eventually.
Now the task I am most excited about at the moment is I am trying to make everything from scratch I do make all meals from scratch, but I am now making my own stock, tahini, blend of spices,jams and potato waffles.
I recently bought a waffle machine still experimenting, but things looking good so far.
This morning I made date jam for the first time, and tahini.
Date Jam Recipe
50 g dates
120ml fresh apple juice (this was one apple juiced)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1. chop dates finely.
2.Put all ingredients into a pot , bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins. Stirring now and again.
3. Pour into sterile glass jar.
I only made a little to see how it was going to taste and how long it would last. Let you all know later.
This is my best so far. As anyone who is wheat -free will know it is really hard to get anything that tastes like bread, but this soda bread can be toasted, you can use it with any topping also good for dipping in you soup.
makes 1 small loaf or 4 rolls
50g maize flour
50g shop bought gluten – free flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp bicarb
about 250 ml plain yogurt
- Mix all dry ingredients.
2. mix egg and yogurt.
3. add egg mix to dry ingredients.
4. do not overmix, just use a table knife to draw the mixture together, divide into 4 if making rolls.
5. put into a greased bun tin. Brush with some of the yogurt mixed with water.
6. Bake at 190 c for 25 to 30 mins.
This is an amazing cake. It is wheat free. I have been having a slice for my breakfast, it is really quite filling and very tasty.
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup apple sauce or any fruit sauce
1 1/2 cups of milk
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 apple chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
- Pre heat oven to 190 degrees.
- combine egg, applesauce, milk, vanilla, oil and apple in a bowl.
- combine oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in another bowl.
- add liquids to solids mix well.
- pour into dish, bake for 25 mins.
- top with Demerara sugar bake 4 mins.
- cut into eight slices.
This cake can be frozen in portions, I wrap them in tin foil. I usually heat mine in micro for about 30 to 40 seconds, and you can add milk or yogurt if you like.
You can use any fruit you like, but I like apples it tastes a bit like apple crumble to me.
For what ever reason I fancied a mexican tonight for tea, I have not really tried Mexican food, but wanted something different for tea. After surfing the net looking at recipes etc. I decided on making tortillas with maize flour, using turkey as the meat and bought a sachet of tex- mex spices, all set to go.
1 cup of maize flour
1/2 cup of water
1. Pour the water into the flour and salt slowly, till you form a consistency that resembles play dough.
2. Divide into small balls, place between two sheets of grease proof paper, and roll out until quite thin.
3. Stack between grease-proof sheets until ready to cook.
4. Cook on hot griddle for about 3 mins each side.
5. Keep warm under cloth.
Minced Turkey, Chicken or Beef
sachet tex-mex mix
glass of water
1. Heat oil in pan and brown meat-
2. add sachet of tex-mex, then glass of water.
3. Bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 mins, sauce should be thicker now.
My tortillas were quite crisp so hard to make a wrap, I had them on the side.
Place lettuce on plate top with meat, tomatoes, onions then cheese.
Will definitely try this again but will make my own sauce next time.
home made tortillas.
Several weeks ago I discovered the delights of pak choy and used it to make veg soup, it always turned out amazing, this week I was unable to get pak choy so made soup without it and it was equally amazing.
1 litre of veg stock
variety of veg – about 2 cups of veg, pak choy, spring onions, courgette, white cabbage, red cabbage, peppers of all colours, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, swede, mushrooms or the mushroom stalks.
Cut all veg small, use as many of above as you have, try to use equal amounts.
Using coconut oil, saute all veg, until glistening.
Add stock and simmer until veg is soft.
Liquidize if you prefer a smooth soup.
Easy to make and every time I have made it it is amazing, no matter what combination of veg I use, I think it is the sauteing in coconut oil that makes the difference.
This is one way of getting your 5 a day, and is great for using left overs.
This was a recipe that was on Ben Booths fat loss challenge, it is so easy and so good to eat.
a little oil for frying
1. Whisk eggs and banana, until it is smooth
2. Put a little oil in griddle
3. Place a spoonful of mixture in griddle, depends on the size of your griddle how many you can cook at once I can get 4 at a time in mine.
4. When bubbles appear on top turn pancakes.
5. Once cooked take out and stack on a wire tray to cool slightly before eating.
These are so good for you, and you can have them for breakfast with berries or as a snack throughout the day.
You could add honey, but I think they are sweet enough without.
If you want you can double up the recipe and make enough for another day they keep fine in a container in the fridge, that is what I did this morning.