Thursday, February 23, 2012

Macadamia Cinnamon Crumble

I have  taken to having lots of fruit for breakfast lately as I simply can't pass up all the glorious offerings that adorn the market stalls at my local market. Figs, dragonfruit and stone fruit are in abundance yet I know their time is limited as summer draws to a close.   As a breakfast food I find fruit generally doesn't sustain me so I have taken to adding some fat in the way of macadamia nuts for an extra boost which is  perfect as they are grown in my local region.  I really don't have any excuse to not use them do I?   I have paired them with cinnamon here for a sweet touch which is delightful as I am sure you will think so as well.  I think this crumble could be quite versatile in the way of desserts so keep it in mind as just another option.

Macadamia & Cinnamon Crumble
Serves 4

1/3 cup macadamia nuts, shelled
1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon ( I like cinnamon a lot)
1 tsp maple syrup (to your liking) 

Place all the ingredients in a hand blender and whiz a couple of times to chop up the nuts
Give the mix a good stir to combine cinnamon and syrup evenly and serve over fruit of your choice.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Roasted Vegetable Salad + Tahini Dressing

Mmmmm! This dressing served me very well over the course of a busy week.  Mixed up and ready in the fridge it was fabulous drizzled over all sorts of things from the pictured selection of vegetables to a quick salad for dinner.  It also meant I didn't have to look far for something easy and tasty to eat when walking through the door in the afternoons wanting to eat the leg off a chair and that meant not making any rash  decisions out of hunger that I would regret. Try it, you won't be disappointed.  If anything it is truly convenient.

For Vegetables

Prepare whatever vegetables you have on hand ( i had carrot, broccoli and zucchini)  I tend to crank up the griller section of my oven and put a selection of vegetables cut into smallish size pieces under that along with a coating of coconut oil.  Keep your eye on them however as they do burn quickly if left unattended. 

I would think that steamed vegetables would also be tasty with this dressing

For Dressing
Adapted from Daily Raw

I like my dressings quite sharp so I have changed the original recipe to use only half the suggested amount of sesame oil.  Original recipe calls for 4 T Sesame Oil so if you prefer it a little more mellow then add in an additional 2 Tbs.  

2 Tbs Tahini
4 Tbs Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
2 T Sesame Oil 
2 Tbs Sesame Seeds
1 tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine
Add desired amount to roast vegetables and enjoy!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Boys Snacking On................

After three helpings of baked oatmeal things got messy!!!!

Another versions of our baked oatmeal.  This time using a combination of blueberries and boysenberries.   Don't assume oatmeal as a breakfast thing only.   Consider it perfect for anytime of the day to fill those little tummies.

Portable and delicious these mini quiches are great for  lunch boxes or taking with for a snack.  They are easily varied but the boys tend to like asparagus and sweet corn as pictured.  On this occasion they came in handy after a visit to the local fire station before our next stop - the park.  These are made with our  favourite gluten free pastry (millet, amaranth, and brown rice) but if you don't have a need for gluten free by all means check out the spelt pastry below as an alternative.

Millet, Amaranth and Brown Rice Crust
La Tartine Gourmande

Makes four small tartlets ( 4 1/2 inch) or 1 24cm tart tin

2/3 cup millet flour
1/3 cup amaranth flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
7 Tbs (100g)  unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1 small egg
3 Tbs cold water, or more as needed

Place all fours, xanthan gum and sea salt into the bowl of a stand mixer
Add the butter and mix on medium until a fine crumb forms
Add the egg and continue beating until well incorporated
Gradually add the water whilst beating until the dough detaches from the bowl and forms a ball.
Roll the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a min of 1 hr before using
Remove from the fridge 30 mins before rolling out (see instructions below)


Spelt Pastry
Jude Blereau

3/4 cup wholemeal spelt flour
3/4 cup white spelt flour
100g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
80 - 100ml ice cold water
1/2 tsp sea salt

Place flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and pulse once or twice until fine crumbs form
Add sea salt and pulse once again before  gradually adding the water, being careful not to overwork the dough.
Once the mixture looks evenly moist, remove from the bowl and bring it to a ball on the bench being sure not to overwork it to much
Flatten slightly, then cover with plastic wrap before refrigerating for approx 20 - 30 mins

To Roll Out Pastry

Sprinkle a little flour onto the sheet of baking paper
Place the flattened ball of dough onto the sheet of baking paper before covering with another piece
Using a good sized rolling pin, place the pastry between two sheets of baking paper
Working quickly with a good sized rolling pin, roll the pastry once or twice before turning the pastry over (attached to the sheets of baking paper) and rolling again
 until you have a rough circle for one large pie or if using smaller tart tines then cut pastry to size
Grease the tart tin/s with a butter or oil
Peel back the baking paper from the pastry and gently lower the pastry into the prepared tart tin/s
 moulding it to the shape of the tin as you go
Trim any excess pastry overlapping the top of the tin by using a sharp knife
Place the pastry in the fridge for 20 - 30 mins
Pre heat your oven whilst you wait to 200 degrees celcius or 400 Fahrenheit
Place a baking tray in the oven to preheat as well so you can use it when blind baking the tart shell (see below)

Blind Baking 

Remove the pastry from the fridge
Place an appropriate sized sheet of baking paper over each pastry lined tart tin
Fill with dried beans or pastry weights and place in a hot oven, on a preheated baking tray for 10 mins
Then remove the beans or pastry weights and reduce the oven temperature to 180 degrees celcius/ 350 Fahrenheit before baking the tart shells for another 9 - 10 mins
Leave oven going whilst you prepare the filling


1 small bunch of asparagus, chopped
corn kernels cut from 1 cob of corn
one cherry tomato for each small tart
4 pastured eggs
1/4 cup full fat organic milk
2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to season

Put the eggs and cream in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk well and set aside
Arrange the asparagus, corn kernels around the perimeter of the tart shell leaving a little hollow in the centre to place the cherry tomatoes
Then carefully pour the egg mixture into each tart shell, filling till just below the top
Sprinkle the top of each tart with grated cheese
Place  in the oven and bake for approximately 25 - 30 mins or until set

 Our summer break is now just a distant memory.  With the school year already started we are reminiscing our past adventures.  Our most favourite adventure of the break was  the visit we made to the local fire station.  It proved a wonderful afternoon out and today the boys still talk about it.  A big thank you to the firemen who so kindly gave their time to take the boys for a ride around the station in the fire truck and for allowing them to hold and squirt some water around the place.  We very much appreciate all the work you do for the community. 

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
Serves 2

1 x  250gm punnet of strawberries (well washed)
1 banana (we like ladyfinger)
1 cup fresh pressed apple juice (store bought if you must)

To Garnish:

mint leaves 
1 T shredded coconut

Press the juice from 2 – 3 granny smith apples using a juicer
Blend the strawberries, banana and fresh apple juice in a blender
Garnish with mint leaves and shredded coconut

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Seeking Comfort in Baking - Quinoa Banana & Ginger Bread (Gluten Free)

Do you ever have days where you just want to hold your family really tight?  Yesterday my 2.5 year old ran straight out into a busy carpark despite my cries of “NO” and “STOP", then he laughed at me when I explained or should I say yelled the potential consequences of his actions (the joys of a toddler). The "what ifs" of the moment stick with me.  I barely slept last night for thinking about it. 

 It can take a moment as such to make you appreciate what you have.  It makes those days where you struggle with motherhood seem so irrelevant.   It makes me want to hold my two boys really tight.  When things seem a little topsy turvy  I seek solace in my kitchen.  It may sound silly but I potter, ponder and bake sometimes into the wee hours of the morning as a release from what is shading me.  Last evening I baked this Quinoa Banana and Ginger Bread and this morning we shared a slice for morning tea whilst making paper cut outs of gingerbread men.  It was simple and peaceful family time together.

The inspiration for this bread comes from La Tartine Gourmande.   The pictures on her website always make me happy as does her food.   Beware this bread is moorish.  Its texture is soft and its crumb moist.  So perfect for when one needs some comfort.   

Quinoa Banana and Ginger Bread (Gluten Free)

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup quinoa flakes
2/3 cup quinoa flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut sugar
4 Tbs coconut oil

1 pear, grated
2 bananas, mashed with a fork
2 Tbs glace ginger

Preheat oven to 165 degrees Celsius (fan forced) or 325 Fahrenheit
Grease and line a loaf pan (or a tin of your choice)
Combine the dry ingredients (first six) in a bowl and briefly hand whisk to evenly combine
In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients (next 3 ingredients) and whisk to combine before adding the grated pear, mashed banana and glace ginger
Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a spatula until just mixed
Pour the batter into the prepared tin (loaf pan)
Bake for approximately 20 - 25mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean

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