Monday, November 28, 2011

Meat-free, Wheat-free Monday, A Stack of Flavor!

My lovely daughter Rose made this dish for us all, we loved it, full of fresh flavors, filling and it just looked amazing on the plate.

She peeled and grated about a kilo of Potatoes, added a cup of Gluten Free Flour, a couple of beaten Eggs, Spring Onions and Salt & Pepper. This mixture was fried in a non-stick pan to make Rosti style pancakes.

In the meantime, thinly sliced Eggplant was grilled, Tomatoes were sliced and oven-roasted and Red Onions were sliced and gently fried.

All of this was tossed together with baby spinach, seasoned and piled on top of the pancakes.

We ate and enjoyed every bit and I appreciated a night off!

Thanks Rosie! xxx

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Frosty, Fruity Breakfast...

I'm not usually much of a breakfast person even though I know how important it is, the one thing I can bring myself to tackle in the morning is a Fruit Smoothie.

 Now that bananas have come down in price, the berries are abundant both in the garden and the shops, it seems like a good time to start a healthy Smoothie habit!

I like my Smoothies made with frozen banana, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries and soy milk.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Meat-free Wheat-free Monday, A Berry Nice Pavlova!

After much impatient watching and waiting we finally have berries from the garden ready to eat, not buckets of them. but certainly enough to decorate a birthday pavlova for my husband!

It was indeed a proud moment presenting this beauty, made with eggs from our charming chooks and berries from the backyard!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Broadening My Horizons

I had myself convinced until recently that I didn't like Broad Beans, I think I had probably never tried them picked young and cooked the same day, I grew them anyway because other people like them and we've had a couple of meals with them as a vegetable with meat dishes. I wanted to try something different with them and liked the idea of Broad Bean Dip, this simple recipe was not only deliciously nutty but was an absolutely gorgeous bright green.

I picked a small colander full of beans, podded them and blanched them in boiling water for 3 minutes.

After slipping the beans out of their skins I processed them with a good squeeze of lemon juice, a clove of garlic (crushed) and some salt and white pepper, I added some olive oil until it was a good dipping consistency.

Although I do think they are a bit labor intensive with all that blanching and peeling, I have decided that I rather like Broad Beans!