I’m still on a pumpkin kick, adding it into as many dishes as possible to fully capture that lovely autumn feeling. They’re such an amazing vegetable, full of energy producing B vitamins, immune boosting zinc and fibre for your digestive system. And the seeds are […]
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This weekend, I really fancied an open-faced sandwich, but had no bread in the house. I shuffled through the cupboards and found a bag of sweet potatoes and decided to see what sweet potato ‘bread’ tasted like. Stay with me… it was pretty good.
I brushed an oven tray with olive oil and grilled them for 20 minutes on each side.
And topped with some mashed avocado, broccoli spouts and pulled pork that I had in the fridge. A simple, yet filling lunch, so these are definitely getting added into my lunch repertoire!
What you need:
1-2 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
Any desired toppings – the sky’s limit here! Anything you would normally put on toast, from sweet to savoury, you can put on these sliders!
A large baking tray
How to make it:
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C
- Slice the sweet potatoes into 1 cm slices
- Brush both sides of the sweet potato slices with the olive oil
- Put the tray into the oven on the highest shelf and bake for 20 minutes or until they are soft and slightly browning.
- Take the tray from the oven and turn the sliders over and bake for another 20 minutes or until they match the texture and colour of the other side.
- Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Top with your chosen toppings and enjoy!
Have you ever used ghee? Ghee, a clarified butter, is known as ‘liquid gold’ in some South Asian cultures because it comes from the revered cow. The process of making ghee removes the milk solids and water and leaves you with lovely golden liquid that solidifies as it goes to room temperature.
I started using ghee a few years ago when I started eating paleo. It’s a very versatile fat with an exceptionally high smoke point, which means that it’s great for high temperature cooking – frying, grilling, searing, etc.
My bug bear with ghee is that organic, grass-fed versions can be very expensive. Last week, I was chatting with my mother and she mentioned that she wanted to try making it herself, and I thought, hmmm, why don’t I try it as well. And what do you know, it was so easy that I’ll be making my own from now on!
What you need:
2 blocks of unsalted grass-fed butter
A cast iron pan
A ceramic bowl
Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
A large glass jar to store the ghee
How to make it:
1. Place your cast iron pan onto the stove and put the burner on medium heat.
2. Place the two blocks of unsalted butter into the pan.
3. As the blocks melt, the milk solids will rise to the top. When the blocks have completely melted and the liquid starts to bubble, turn the heat off. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
4. Use your ladle to pass the liquid through the strainer, with the ceramic bowl underneath to catch the ghee. If you end up using a fine mesh strainer rather than a cheesecloth, you may need to strain the mixture twice to completely remove all of the milk solids. Once this step is complete, you should be left with beautiful golden ghee.
5. Let the ghee cool for a few minutes before pouring into your glass container. Stored in the fridge, where the ghee will solidify, it should last for at least a month, if you use clean utensils when cooking with it.
P.S. When I was making this, I wondered what I should do with the leftover milk solids. I did some quick Googling and found that some people save them and crumble them onto their morning porridge, brown them to add a lovely buttery taste to stewed fruit, pancakes or anything else you would normally use butter in. Some people even spread the milk solids onto toast!
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I’ve been on a massive pancake kick recently. It’s probably because I associate pancakes with the comfort food of my childhood and right now, I seem to like the idea of getting a bit of comfort through food. Analyse that how you will.
Other foods in my comfort food list include French toast, macaroni cheese, spaghetti, roast chicken, chocolate cake, reuben sandwiches, guava duff and conch fritters. Every time I eat any of these foods, I get a burst of nostalgia and craving for the comfort of family and friends. What feelings do comfort foods give you?
I’m sure there’s lots of science behind why we choose particular foods as our designated comfort foods – the dopamine hit that these carbohydrates, fats and sugars give us, along with the soothing levels of satiety, probably give us the first hint!
Do salad or fruit ever factor into someone’s definition of comfort food? I would like to meet you if this is you!
As part of my pancake kick, I’ve been trying to create more nutritious versions that give you all the comfort with all the healthy benefits. And I love these chestnut pancakes. Adapted from an old recipe for Italian chestnut flour crepes, I love topping them with caramelised fruit. Recently, I’ve been doing a mix of pears, apples and plums – generally going for whatever is seasonal.
What you need:
180g chestnut flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 large free-range eggs
250ml organic whole milk / almond milk
2 small apples / pears
a pinch of cinnamon
a tab of unsalted butter
How to make it:
- Sift the chestnut flour and the baking soda into a medium sized bowl.
- Crack the eggs and separate the egg yolks and whites, adding the yolks into the dry mixture.
- Whisk the egg whites until they are frothy.
- Slowly fold the milk into the dry mixture, then add the egg whites.
- Fold the mixture until the wet and dry ingredients are combined. Do not over fold!
- Leave the batter to stand for at least 10 minutes so the milk and baking soda have enough time to interact.
- Chop the fruit into small wedges.
- Put a small non-stick pan on the stove on low-medium heat and add a tab of butter.
- Once the butter starts to bubble and go brown, add your fruit and cinnamon.
- Stir your fruit occasionally and remove from heat once it has gone soft and a bit sticky.
- After ten minutes has passed, put another non-stick pan for your pancakes on low to medium heat so it has time to warm up.
- Once your pan is warm, use an ice cream scoop to drop the batter in. I like to make pancakes on the smaller side so they are easier to flip.
- Once bubbles start to form on the edges of the pancakes (normally after a minute or so), flip them over. Chestnut flour tends to cook a bit faster than wheat flour so you’ll need to keep a close eye so they don’t burn. I learned this the hard way!
- Once you’ve made all your pancakes, top with fruit. You can also add raw cacao and enjoy!
We’re into the dog days of summer and the weather has gotten exceptionally warm here in London. No complaints here – I adore hot weather and any opportunity to spend some time getting some vitamin D. Happily, my enforced furlough at work has coincided with […]
I made these very moreish date, cashew, seeds and cinnamon balls on Saturday and needless to say, they were almost all gone by Monday morning. Hence the name, more balls – you know, because you want more!
They’re a really nice variation on the date bars I usually make and seem to hold their shape better too. Perfect for picnics, lunch boxes and post-workout snacks!
What you need:
25 medjool dates, pitted (I really like the Ocado own brand dates – they’re really good quality and inexpensive)
100g cashew nuts
50g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 blender (I prefer to use my Magimix to break down the dates and seeds)
How to make it:
1. Add the cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon into a blender and pulse until the mixture is crushed and blended.
2. Drop the dates into a blender and pulse until they are combined. It’s super important to stop before the dates turn paste-like, as this will make it much harder to roll the mixture into balls.
3. Add the dates to the dry mixture and combine with your hands until the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined.
5. Wet your hands slightly (this makes the dates less sticky), take some of the mixture and roll it into golf sized balls.
6. You should be able to make about 20 – 25 more balls from the mixture, depending on how generously you size the balls!
7. Take the rest of the cinnamon and dust it over the top of the finished more balls and enjoy! They should keep for about 5-7 days, if covered, but I bet they go faster than that!
It’s FINALLY summer here in London and I’ve been experimenting with some fun warm weather recipes. You know, the type of food that you want to eat when the temperature rises and you desperately need to cool down. I made this ice lollies at the weekend […]
I’m a huge fan of Middle Eastern food, especially the seasonings and spices. Dukkah, which is actually more of a spice blend than a spice, is on constant rotation in my kitchen and I’m starting to use za’atar a lot often more too. What is […]