Everything about this veggie tart is a good thing.
I'm excited about making it AND eating it, so I thought I'd better share.
It may be vegetarian, it may be gluten-free and it may be green, but by golly it's good.
Did you know you can buy bread mixes in a box at the supermarket? Apparently, they're made for our convenience.
A box filed with fake ingredients and loads of sugar, designed to make us feel like we're bakers. That we're filling our bodies with goodness just because we've switched the oven on. I like to think we're a little smarter than they give us credit for. I like to think I am.....well, at least occasionally.
Okey dokey, I've had my rant, so now to a quick bread recipe THAT IS packed full of nutrition and nothing fake in sight.
I'm sharing with you today a super simple basic granola recipe that you can adapt with anything you might find hiding in your pantry. The perfect recipe to use up any of those pesky little bits of nuts and seeds left lying around.. Feel free to use any nuts and seeds you have on hand, or even oats (or quinoa flakes if you want to keep it gluten free). You could even add your favourtie dried fruits to the mix, but remember that these will add sugar (and fructose).
Personally I'm not a cereal eater (apart from a piping hot bowl of porridge), and the granola I see sitting on supermarket shelves, shouting out the word "health" often make me laugh out loud as the ingredients listed on the back will more often than not show they're chock full of sugars (and often more than one type), not to mention filled with bad fats and preservatives.
Never fear with this recipe, it keeps for a few weeks in an airtight container and you'll be filling your body up on so many vitamins and minerals it will be singing from the rooftop. That's not even including the benefits coconut oil will be doing to your immune system at the same time (see more about coconut oil here)
(gluten, fructose and refined-sugar free)
2 cups of mixed nuts and seeds (I used a combination of pepitas, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, walnuts, sesame seeds and chia seeds) | large handful of coconut flakes | 2 tbsp cacao nibs | 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon | good pinch sea salt + good grind of pepper | 2 tbsp coconut oil | 1 tbsp rice malt syrup | 1 tsp vanilla extract
Imagine how glorious your day would be if custard was part of it. Thick, creamy custard studded with tiny sweet vanilla seeds and subtle lemonyness (look the other way if your an English nerd). Custard that allows your shoulders to drop with each slow and deliberate stir of the wooden spoon. Custard that contains organic and fresh ingredients and none of that naughty refined sugar, gluten or fructose.
Two words to wrap up my 2014.....roller coaster!
It's been a busy and amazing year with lots of wonderful memories and new friends having been made. However, it's also been a difficult year filled with change and learning to live outside my comfort zone. It's been a year that has included laughter and tears at work, magical travels through France, to moving house and packing up my treasured possessions. I've coped. I'm pretty lucky and a little tough.
The one thing I haven't forgotten to do this year is treat myself. I'm pretty bloody good at it. And one of my all time favourite treats to give to myself is a delicious and lazy breakfast. With a big pot of early grey, of course.....
(gluten and refined sugar free)
170g fresh ricotta | 1 organic egg, separated | 4 tbsp buckwheat | zest and juice of a lemon | pinch of sea salt | butter for cooking
1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries of your choice | 1 tbsp rice malt syrup (or pure maple syrup or raw honey)
Please don't mistake these little hotcakes as sweet pancakes, because they're not, and in fact they would be lovely with a ribbon of smoked salmon curled on top with a dollop of creme fraiche and dill. They're light, fluffy and mild in flavour with a lovely hint of lemon and a creamy texture from the ricotta. It's the toppings you chose that will dictate sweet or savoury.
They also freeze really well and can be popped straight into the toaster when needed (perhaps smothered in butter??)
Oh la la.