Monday, February 16, 2015

CHIA SEED PANCAKES WITH KUMQUAT MARMALADE

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. We really like pancakes specially my Mum's extra thin, crispy edges pancakes. But this time my boys wanted to eat thick american type with maple syrup. Loads of maple syrup! And as a Mum who mind their health I opted for a healthier batter with banana and chia seeds. And worked pretty well even without maple syrup or kumquat marmalade:-)




Monday, February 9, 2015

COCONUT RICE PUDDING WITH ROSE AND RHUBARB JELLY

I'm so excited that spring is around the corner. The best time to go out and gather edible flowers like lilac, rose petals, violets, lavender, wild garlic and so on. So when I was asked if I'd like to create something delicious with edible flowers I had so many ideas spinning in my mind immediately. But after a few days I opted rose petals. It's not only fragrant and delicious but has lovely vibrant color and sexy temptation. Hasn't it?
Forced rhubarb has already been started to sell on the markets so currently I an eating rhubarb with everything. I love it! Rhubarb and rose go well together and added some extra touch to the exotic rice pudding. Go for it! 
My younger boy is allergic to cow milk so I cooked the pudding with coconut milk so it's vegan. But I made the jelly with store bought jelly powder which contained gelatin. You can swap it for pectin if you wish.

Special thanks to Tigershed  for the lovely rose petal samples. 




Monday, January 19, 2015

ROASTED CELERIAC RISOTTO WITH CELERIAC CRISPS

I'm pretty sure everybody knows that risotto is a traditional Italian dish. Usually cooked with arborio rice, good quality white wine and stock. This is one of my favourite Italian foods as it's so easy to cook at home and there are so many ways to give it a twist.  But  somehow I usually cook that in spring with fresh peas, asparagus or saffron. As we are still in the middle of the chilly winter when a bowl of comfort food is heart warming I wanted to make a risotto in a winter style. I hesitated among celeriac, beetroot and butternut squash. All of them are lovely winter vegs and go pretty well with risotto. But roasted celeriac opt was a really amazing choice topped with crispy celeriac chips. And don't swap frying crisps, it's worth.




Friday, January 16, 2015

CHOCOLATE STOUT CAKE WITH KUMQUAT MARMALADE

We are still full of Christmas foods and we should eat healthier in this new year. But two weeks have passed right now and I felt I had to bake something. And what else than a nice chocolate stout cake?
To me stout cake is a typical treat on a cold, winter day when nothing else is pretty than a cake on a stand. Following by some fresh kumquats. Or kumquat marmalade.





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PUY LENTIL WITH POACHED EGGS


There's a tradition in my country that if You eat grains and pulses on New Year's Day You'll be rich in the whole year. Well, I'm not sure it's true as I do this every year and still not rich enough. But cooking this delicious meat free meal can be an option on any meat-free-Monday. 

So Happy New Year to all of my lovely readers! Hopefully this year will be full of healthy recipes with great shots. I will do my best, I promise!