Thursday, May 4, 2017

Raw vegan snickers slice

If you've read this blog previously, you might recall I went through a stage of eating vegan only because of food allergies that I had.  Things have changed since then, but I still love vegan food and raw foods sweets.  I love that it's nourishing to both body and planet and honestly just feel better for eating a vegan cake than I do a 'normal' one. 
I have a local place that does raw vegan snickers slice and it's beautiful..so I wanted to try my hand at recreating it at home.  This recipe I found here by A Sunshine Mission, worked wonders.  Next time I use this recipe however I think I would double the caramel filling and the chocolate filling because the base is a little thick for my liking. But still, it was such an easy recipe which is a relief because sometimes vegan raw sweets can feel laborious to me.  The mejool dates are a perfect substitute for a sticky caramel and I love finding the crunch of a peanut squished amongst the layers. The best part is that this slice is one of those ones you get to blitz in a processor, and shove in the freezer!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The curative power of chocolate


I'm going through a not so awesome time right now. And I feel that it's a universal sort of agreement that chocolate is one of those things that just helps. Who would say no to burying down in the covers and curling a contented hand over a block of chocolate?  Or digging into a chocolate cake after a long day of work. Coincidentally I've done both those things in the last week so I decided to step it up a notch. I wanted something bigger. So I picture myself digging into a bowl of mousse all on my own. In my bed. Sounds indulgent? Sounds maybe even somewhat ridiculous? Yep, sounds like one of the best ideas I've had.

Ingredients
300g good-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
3 eggs
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
1 tablespoon good-quality cocoa powder, sifted
300ml thickened cream, plus extra whipped cream to serve
Grated chocolate, to serve


Method 
Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted. Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Place eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until mixture is pale, thick and doubled in volume. Fold in cocoa powder and cooled chocolate until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream until thickened (be careful not to over-beat). Use a large metal spoon to carefully fold the cream into the chocolate mixture, trying to keep the mixture as light as possible. Spoon into serving dish and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving, then top with extra whipped cream and grated chocolate to serve.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lemon Curd in under 5 minutes!

Lemon curd is one of my favourite things. Every year I sandwich it between layers of whipped cream and fruits in our pavlova. You can spread it on friands or squeeze it into cupcakes. I've paired it here with my shortcrust recipe which you can find here.  But the most exciting thing is that you can have it sitting peacefully in your fridge in under 5 minutes.



Ingredients for Lemon Curd Filling
Zest of 1 large lemon
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 cup caster sugar
75g unsalted butter, chopped
2 eggs


Method for Lemon Curd Filling
Combine the zest, juice, sugar and chopped butter in a 1L microwaveable bowl (lid required).  Add 2 eggs to this mixture and whisk together.  Cover and microwave and high (800 watts) for 3 minutes, whisking every minute.  Chill to thicken; roughly 2 - 3 hours.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Naked cake

I found myself admiring the new trend that's mostly used for bridal cakes, which is referred to as 'naked cakes.' Naked cakes require minimal icing, and a lot of buttercream, good stacking, and patience to scrape and re-scrape icing in a strategic way.
I iced three different layer cakes individually, stacked them, and then coated the whole stack of cakes in buttcream. I then used a metal spatula and scraped off the excess to expose some of the actual sides of the cake.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Strawberry sandwich cookies

Tonight is my friend Natalie's long awaited burlesque performance.  Burlesque is one of my favourite art forms because it incorporates all things feminine, and sexy, and glamorous! Plus there's usually lots of pink and rhinestones which always gets the tick of approval from me.
So to celebrate Natalie's performance, I wanted to bake her something that was in the similar vein of burlesque...
Enters whipped cream and strawberries..the ultimate pairing that screams sexy and decadent.  Followed up by some choc chip cookies because they just remind me of good old fashion 'girl next door,' in pink plaid type thing.  These ones are soft, a little chewy and perfectly thick.
Lo and behold, we have a strawberry sandwich cookie! Recipe below.



Ingredients
125g butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1/2 of a 1/4cup filled with caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 generous tsp vanilla
1 cup self raising flour
3/4 cup plain flour
1 cup choc chips
splash of milk if needed
1 cup thickened cream, whipped
1 cup strawberries, chopped

Method
Mix together the sugars with the melted butter until smooth.  Add the beaten egg and vanilla, mix well. Gradually add the flours with the choc chips and mix.  Add a splash of milk if needed. Dough should be a little shiny/wet, but not runny.
Place tbsps of the mixture onto a lined tray and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes on 160 degrees, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool while you whip the cream.  When cool, lather the cream onto the inner side of the cookie.  Fill with chop strawberries and sandwich with another cookie. Serve.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tarte aux fruits (revisited)

Well it's been 3 years...
And yes I'm still making the same recipes!
So I decided it's time to revisit and revamp this little space. I want to first revisit all my old favourite recipes stored on this site and rephotograph them with my DSLR camera. Hopefully this way I can reconnect and remember all of the bloggers I met along the way over the years.
I also have been cooking up new recipes each week for friends and family that I can't wait to share with you.
For now, here is one of my classics - a basic french custard tart or "tarte aux fruits."

Ingredients for Pastry
250g plain flour
180g chilled butter, cubed
4 tablespoons icing sugar
4 tablespoons chilled water

Ingredients for Custard Filling and Topping
6 egg yolks
4 tablespoons caster sugar
4 tablespoons cornflour
2 cups milk (I used skim milk)
2 tsp vanilla essence
150g flaked almonds
+ choice of berries, sliced
+ icing sugar, and sieve to sprinkle



Method 
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced). Grease your individual tins or 1 tart tin. Make the pastry by sifting the flour into a bowl. With a wooden spoon mix the butter cubes through the flour until the butter is covered. Transfer to a food processor and slowly, and carefully, process the mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively, this step can be done with fingers. Then, mix in the icing sugar. Make a well in the centre and add the water. Take a spatula and use a cutting action until the mixture comes together. Add a drop more water if necessary, but ensure its chilled. Roll out the pastry between two sheets of cling film. Line your tins with the pastry, reusing the cut away pastry until you have none left. Refridgerate your 8, pastry lined, tins for 20 minutes. After this, line the tins with baking paper and spread baking beads or uncooked rice evenly over the paper. Bake for 15 minutes, remove the paper and beads/rice and bake for another 15 minutes, or until golden.
To make the filling, put the yolks, sugar and cornflour in a bowl and whisk until pale. Heat the milk in a saucepan until almost boiling, then remove from the heat and add gradually to the egg mixture; beating constantly. Strain back into the pan. Stir constantly over low heat for 4 minutes, or until the mixture boils and thickens. Do not over cook. Remove from the heat, and add the vanilla and stir through well. Immediately pour the custard filling into the cool pastry shell and top with your choice of fruit (berries are best) and flaked almonds. Allow to set by cooling in the fridge before serving. Sprinkle with icing sugar before cutting. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Raw Food: Cashew and Cacoa Protein Balls

Just to assure you all out there, I am not constantly eating cupcakes and refined sugar! I still do struggle with food intolerances and so for the most part of my eating, I do eat organic and free from gluten, dairy, wheat, and eggs. It's such an easy lifestyle to maintain despite what you may think; and is even in fact enjoyable and tasty. These protein balls are definitely a testament to that and even tempt my friends who don't need to eat "raw" or organic or gluten free. The downside is that the ingredients are expensive, but in my opinion they are worth it. You can find all the listed ingredients in organic or health food stores. I usually eat the balls as a snack when I'm craving something a little more special. No guilt is necessary as they are packed with good fats, protein and balanced with seeds and no sugar

Ingredients
1 cup of pea protein powder
generous 1/2 cup cashews, ground to dust and some parts still chunky
1/2 cup nut paste (eg. cashew or macadamia)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin
1/4 - 1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup raw cacoa powder
1/3 cup warm water (you may need more depending on dough consistency)

Method
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add nut paste, maple syrup and water and mix into dough. Mixture should just be wet enough to hold together as balls; however not too wet as balls will become sticky.  Form dough mixture into 3-4cm balls. Store in fridge or freezer. Makes 10-12

Ps. I've been having trobule uploading photos saying something about Picasa Web album and 1G of space? Anyone know why this is happening?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pastel Patchwork Cupcakes

Inspired by the rainbow Harrod's cake I ate in London (see previous post), I've returned home to experiment with making a similar design.  I'm loving pastels at the moment which leads to the creation of these pretty cupcakes..pastel patchwork cupcakes.  I simply put a teaspoon of plain vanilla batter, then a spoonful of dyed light pink, dyed light purple, and dyed light blue batter. The result is fun and of course very yummy when topped with buttercream and colourful smarties!


Ingredients for Vanilla Cupcake
125g butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbornate of soda
1/2 cup milk

Ingredients for Buttercream, to ice 12
250g unsalted butter
3 cups icing sugar

Method
Preheat oven to 150 degrees (fan-forced) and grease and line a round baking tin. Place butter, sugar and vanilla together and combine on low speed until they are just combined. Add all eggs and, on low speed, beat until well combined. Sift powder, soda and flour and add milk over the mixture and on medium speed bring the batter together until completely smooth.  Separate the batter into 4 separate bowls but ensure there is a slightly higher quantity in one bowl as this will remain a non-dyed batter.  In the other 3 bowls, you will need to place some dye (pink, purple or blue) separately to colour the  batter.  Place a teaspoon of plain batter into a patty case, followed by a teaspoon of each pink batter, purple batter and blue batter and top it off with another teaspoon of plain batter.  At this point you can either use a skewer to swirl the mixture (for a swirly effect) or leave it as is for a more patchwork look which is also my preferred. Once all the patty cases are filled and the batter is used, place cases on a tray and bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden but by no means golden-brown.  Once cooled, to make icing, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Pipe onto cake generously.  Top with smarties!



Friday, November 2, 2012

Food at Harrods


There is one place that during my stay in London that I found to be a hub of outstanding food. I had been there twice before and only admired the food; but trying the sweet and savouries throughout the extensive Harrods Food Halls was one of the culinary highlights of my 2 month trip!
This photo review sums up my favourites from Harrods that I would highly recommend!



Lola cupcakes at Harrods - make your way to the sweet section where cupcakes and pastries are on display.  Compared to the actual Harrods cakes and cupcakes, the Lola brand cupcakes were incredible. These moist cupcakes were topped with real buttercream and featured interesting flavours like salted popcorn or strawberry and rose custard, as well as the classics such as chocolate, banana, carrot, red velvet and oreo. (2GBP for mini or 3.95GBP for regular)

 Megatruffles at Harrods (Sundae flavour) - even though I had been to Brugge (known for its chocolate) this truffle was one of my favourites! This is "sundae" flavoured; meaning it tastes like a icecream sundae. You must try despite the price! (3-4GBP per truffle)

 Megatruffle at Harrods (Coconut flavour) - if you are going to venture to the chocolate bar and find these mega truffles (which I recommend doing of course), then please, please try the coconut flavour as pictured here. Incredible!


 Asian goodies at Harrods - Amongst the asian delicacies at Harrods, there were my favourite glass noodles with ginger, mushrooms and other veggie goodies. The bonus is these are gluten free and vegetarian! We found this great picnic food as we bought 100g and took it to nearby Hyde Park for a picnic (one tube stop away!)



 "Melt" chocolate bar in the Chocolate section at Harrods - it's true, the chocolates at Harrods are diverse and dazzling; but Melt (a brand of chocolate) was our most favourite. The Harrods branded chocolates are also good, but for someone reason the products at Melt got us drooling each time.  I would recommend the chocolate caramels that strangely taste like a crispy chocolate brownie with fleur du sel, I would equally recommend the Chocolate Mud Pie which is infact a brownie, and also the Wild Pure Dark which are little squares of pure dark chocolate..


 Harrods Rainbow cake - a beautifully presented sponge cake that promises to be light and not too sweet. The slight let down was the icing because I expected buttercream but it was in fact a sort of sweet whipped cream.  Nevertheless, this cake is a fun to eat, its a generous slice and quite moreish (3.95GBP per slice)



Harrods branded chocolates at Harrods - you must try whatever little chocolates in the chocolate bar tempt you; trust me, none will disappoint.  This chocolate pictured here deserves a particularly special mention...it's called crunchy peanut butter chocolate. It will be worth the hunt down! It is in the same chocolate cabinet (to the left of the coffee section) that houses Egyptian Cleopatra looking chocolates and various seashells. Drool.


Prestat chocolate in Harrods - these Prestat chocolates taste as good as they look. I love their beautiful packaging and golden filigree name.  Their favourite chocolate of mine were the champagne truffles!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Paris pastries

Well, it's been harder to update my travelling situation than imagined! I've finally come across a computer so I can now share with you the ton of pastries and desserts I've tried...honestly, a ton would not be an exaggeration.  As soon as I hit Paris, my friend and I made a very solid effort and trying the classics: creme brulee, macarons, eclairs, Sainte Honore, Religieuse, nutella filled crepes, citron tart, and the list continues. What was most exciting about all this sampling was that it was for the first time! I had been to Paris twice before but for some reason never had tasted French macarons or crepes or creme brulee..or really anything classically French.
So, this post is a photo montage of our favourite sweets. Trust me, this is not even half of what we ate. I've included the address and what's noteable about the places we visited. I now have my favourite patisseries and can add something to the debate about Ladurees or Pierre Hermes macarons.. 

Rose and Raspberry Sainte Honore from Laduree
Verdict: Perfect pastry, and presentation is by far the best we came across. However, I prefer the classic Sainte Honore  because the rose creme is very floral, girly and in large amounts is overpowering.

Mystere (meringue and chocolate ganache) from La Parisienne Patisserie on Rue Odessa, 75007.
Verdict: I would highly recommend this patisserie. We tried many of their products throughout our stay and they were always delicious and fresh.

Sainte Honore from Le Grand Epiciere 75007.
Verdict: Best Sainte Honore in Paris! The creme patisserie inside was a lovely surprise and not too sweet. I prefer Sainte Honores that are custard filled like this one here.

Caramel religieuse from Laduree
Verdict: Beautiful presentation, which is typical of Laduree, and there was nothing we could fault with the taste!

Les trois chocolats from La Parisienne on Rue Odessa
Verdict: Beautiful presetation in this local bakery, and this dessert was one of my favourite mousse style desserts that I tried in Paris or even Lyon. 3 layers of light, yummy mousse!

Citron tart from Le Grand Epicerie.
Verdict: This was the best citron tart in all our sampling! The pastry was perfect in lightness and sweetness, and the lemon curd (although on the strong side) was balanced.

Pierre Herme macarons
Verdict: His vanilla is his best by far! The filling is generous at Pierre Herme and so what he lacks in his shops decor, he makes up in taste. That said, Paul's vanilla macaron and its cake-like texture won high marks from me. As another option, Le Grand Epicerie held the best chocolate macaron I tried.


 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe


 
A vanilla cupcake is a happy thing, isn't it? Just seeing them, iced in buttercream or glacage cheers me up immediately.  And hunking into a bite which causes icing to go all around your mouth is equal in parts of happiness and deliciousness.  Whenever cupcakes are topped in buttercream I am instantly transported back to days of childhood parties...where the amount of cupcakes you eat didn't even cross your  mind and sprinkles were always a must! In fact, these cupcakes I made with the help of my gorgeous little friend (whose mother I work for in a Chinese restaurant) and we decided to make it "kids party themed." 



Ingredients for Vanilla Cupcake
125g butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbornate of soda
1/2 cup milk

Ingredients for Buttercream, to ice 12
125g unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar

Method
Preheat oven to 150 degrees (fan-forced) and grease and line a round baking tin. Place butter, sugar and vanilla together and combine on low speed until they are just combined. Add all eggs and, on low speed, beat until well combined. Sift powder, soda and flour and add milk over the mixture and on medium speed bring the batter together until completely smooth. Pour into prepared tin and bake for around 20 - 30 minutes.  The important thing is that they are not browning, or even golden. They just need be firm to the touch.  This will create a very fluffy cake!  If you don't trust me (because they will look quite pale even though done, test with a skewer to ensure they aren't eggy/runny).
Once cooled, to make icing, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Pipe onto cake generously.




Friday, September 7, 2012

Pistachio Cake Revisited



   Let me push your memory for just a moment. You may remember around a year ago I made a Pistachio Cake for my best friend Natalie? Well a year on, she's still such a good friend and still finds herself on the receiving end of the baked goods that come from my oven.  One of her favourite cakes that I make is this Pistachio Cake.  I never tasted it myself, but this time decided to. And wow, was I blown away. I am not crazy about pistachios normally but in baking these little nuts make such a wonderful addition.  The saltiness of the nuts along the sweet icing, paired with the perfect texture of the cake is pretty darn addictive.  The sides of the cake have an ever so slight crispiness where as the interior is moister with a lovely nutty crumb.  I am so glad I revisited this recipe and tried it myself this time around. Just a note, don't make the mistake of covering the cake in green icing like I did last time (you can witness it by clicking here) and definitely don't make the mistake of bypassing this recipe altogether!


Ingredients for Cake
70g shelled pistachios, salty is fine
170g unsalted butter, at room temperature
170g caster sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
110g self-raising flour

Ingredients for Icing
1 egg white
150g icing sugar, sifted
3/4 tsp lemon juice
extra ground pistachios, salty preferred

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced) and grease and line one round cake tin. Finely grind the pistachio nuts in a food processor, then set aside. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the ground pistachios, then sift the flour on the top and fold in. Spoon the cake batter into the tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Test with a skewer to check. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. To make the icing, gradually whisk the icing sugar into the egg white until thick and glossy. Then beat in the lemon juice. Pour icing over cooled cake. Top with ground pistachios, salty ones preferred to get that wonderful sweet and salty contrast.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

2 Versions of Portuguese Egg Tarts


Portuguese egg custard tarts are definitely one of my most favourite pleasures.  I love them best when they are snatched quickly from the hot oven, allowing the crispy pastry to flake away and the warm custard to wobble onto your all to happy palette.  I've had many egg custard tarts, but only in an Asian setting such as Yum Cha oh and all through China with relatives!  So I thought it is due time that I tried making these myself.  Fortunately, they are really quick to make, as evidenced by the fact that these recipes come from Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals cookbook.  From his recipe, I made two versions; both I share with you here.  Firstly, the classic version; and perhaps my favourite.  Secondly, as suggested by Jamie the egg tart with an orange twist and delicious orange sauce to accompany.

Ingredients for Classic Portuguese Egg Tart, makes 12
2 sheets of 20cmx20cm puff pastry, defrosted
125g creme fraiche
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tbsp caster sugar

Method
Preheat the oven to 200/400F.  Grease generously with spray oil a 12 cup cupcake tray.  Place your 2 sheets of pastry on the bench and using any glass or even tea cup, mark 12 circles onto your pastry by pushing the top of the glass (where you put your lips) into the pastry.  Use a knife to help you cut these circles out and gently push them into the 12 holes of your cupcake tray.  You ideally want the pastry to be flat on the floor of the tin and coming up the side of the hole.  Put the pastry filled tray in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden (top shelf).  Meanwhile, spoon the creme fraiche into a small bowl.  Add the egg, vanilla and sugar; mix well with a whisk or spoon until smooth.  Take the cupcake tray out of the oven and use a teaspoon to press the puffed up pastry back to the sides of the tin to make room for the filling.  Now spoon the creme fraiche into the tart cases and return to the oven (top shelf) for 8 minutes. Tarts should be slightly wobbly when done.



Ingredients for Orange Twist Portuguese Egg Tarts
2 sheets of 20cmx20cm puff pastry, defrosted
cinnamon
125g creme fraiche
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
5tbsp caster sugar
1 orange

Method
Preheat the oven to 200/400F.  Grease generously with spray oil a 12 cup cupcake tray.  Place your 2 sheets of pastry on the bench and using any glass or even tea cup, mark 12 circles onto your pastry by pushing the top of the glass (where you put your lips) into the pastry.  Use a knife to help you cut these circles out and gently push them into the 12 holes of your cupcake tray.  You ideally want the pastry to be flat on the floor of the tin and coming up the side of the hole.  Sprinkle some cinnamon over the pastry before putting the pastry filled tray in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden (top shelf).  Meanwhile, spoon the creme fraiche into a small bowl.  Add the egg, vanilla, zest of orange and just 1 tbsp sugar; mix well with a whisk or spoon until smooth.  Take the cupcake tray out of the oven and use a teaspoon to press the puffed up pastry back to the sides of the tin to make room for the filling.  Now spoon the creme fraiche into the tart cases and return to the oven (top shelf) for 8 minutes. Tarts should be slightly wobbly when done.  This version also has a sauce accompaniment.  To make the sauce, in a saucepan put 4 tbsp sugar and the juice of 1 orange.  Turn heat to high.  Keep a good eye on it, stirring ocassionally, but remember caramel can burn badly so don't touch or taste.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ultimate Carrot Cake



Finally, finally I have found my favourite carrot cake recipe.  I declare it now my 'go to' carrot cake recipe.. and when I do go to it I know it will provide great satisfaction! I am totally satisfied with the balance of this cake; it is utter perfection whether you're considering the sweetness, texture, or spice.  Seriously, after this cake has been in the fridge for a day the texture is wonderfully perfect; moist yet not heavily so.  I mostly use this cake for special occassions such as mothers day, birthdays, family visits.  You see, this recipe makes quite a large cake that really rises well so you can imagine how majestic it looks once it is topped with flaked almonds, or the slightly less dressy version involves a simple sprinkling of shredded coconut as pictured here.  The combination of looks and taste will definitely earn a smile from your guests or family. That's why I decided to share it with you today, just in time for father's day on Sunday!

Ingredients (Recipe by Anna and Fanny Bergenstrom)
100g walnuts
2-3 carrots
200ml sunflower oil or vegetable oil
250g caster sugar, ideally half brown and half caster
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium eggs, at room temperature
200g plain flour, sifted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, optional
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
(feel free to add sultanas, it works well too but it was not included in the original recipe)

Ingredients for Icing
400g cream cheese, at room temperature
100g sifted icing sugar
3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
flaked almonds for garnish, or shredded coconut

Method
Line a round springform tin with nonstick baking paper. Lightly grease with spray oil.  Heat oven to 175/345F.  Rougly chop walnuts and peel and grate carrots.  Combine the oil, sugar, optional vanilla and salt in a bowl and then stir in one egg at a time.  Add the walnuts and carrots.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder and bicarb soda.  Fold this into the carrot mixture and pour into tin.  Bake for 50-55 minutes or until cooked through.  Leave to cool in tin  before turning out onto a wire rack.  Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese with icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl to make the icing.  Beat together these ingredients until smooth.  Add more icing sugar if desired.  Spread generously over cake and top with flaked almonds or shredded coconut.  Serve on a tall cake stand, placing in the middle of your table for a truly inviting look.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quinoa Blueberry Breakfast (Gluten and dairy free)


Today I share with you one of the things I eat daily and it has certainly become one of my favourite meals.  My nutritionist Jessica Cox actually gave me the idea so all credit goes to her.  I love the combination of grated apple, plump blueberries, creamy yoghurt and crunchy seeds.  It's filling, healthy and perfectly balanced. 
Today I'm also introducing you to my new camera! I bought a Olympus OMD to enhance my Euro trip as well as a contribution to my cooking hobby.  Can you tell the difference?

Ingredients
1/4 cup raw quinoa
just under 1 cup of water
handful of blueberries
1 apple, grated
3-4 tbsp sheeps yoghurt
1-2 tbsp sunflower seeds or chia seeds
sprinkle of cinnamon

Method
Boil the cup of water on a saucepan and add quinoa; place lid over saucepan.  Reduce heat; should take 15 minutes for the quinoa to simmer away. You know it's finished once the liquid has been absorbed.  Pour quinoa into bowl and mix in yoghurt, seeds, cinnamon and apple. Top with blueberries.  Enjoy!



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