Crackers about (gluten free, super fab) crackers..

20140820-191007-69007964.jpgHaving read Kellie’s post yesterday and seen her fabulous gluten free, protein packed crackers it reminded me that I haven’t made any for a while…so today I did!

I followed a recipe I’ve used before and mixed it up a bit, of course!

Method

A mix of ground almonds, ground macadamias, chia seeds, sesame seeds
Za’atar
1 large whole egg
Glug of good quality olive oil – just enough to get the consistency of the dough right

You can try adding a pinch of chilli powder or other spices if you like.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the wet, shape the dough into a sausage and cover in cling film and put it in to the freezer for about an hour to make slicing easier.

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Remove from the freezer and slice thinly. Mine crumbled a bit as I sliced because of all the seeds so I just stuck bits back together as I went along.

Bake on a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray for about 1/2 hr in a low oven, say 120 in a fan oven, turning once.

Once baked, turn the oven off, prop the oven door open and leave the tray in there as it cools down and the crackers crisp up.

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I have found they keep well in a tin for about a week before they soften.

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My summer of colour..

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my array of daily salads over the last couple of months; if not, I have put together a collage of a few of them for the pure joy of sharing the beautiful colours of gorgeous fresh food :)

20140819-180120-64880856.jpgDoesn’t that look fab?? Salad isn’t about a bit of limp lettuce and a slice of cucumber and tomato any more, it’s a complete meal full of nutritious natural food.

20140819-180255-64975306.jpgAnd if you’re looking for something to add to your salads to give them a bit of oomph or just a new flavour, try sprinkling some za’atar over the top. Za’atar is a Middle Eastern herb and spice mix typically including sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, marjoram, oregano and salt.

Give it go!

20140819-180710-65230610.jpgThis salad is sprinkled with za’atar :)

A pizza goodness cake!!! Have your cake and eat it!!!

20140818-072016-26416188.jpgI threw this together last night and hadn’t realised what I’d done until the lovely Sonal pointed out on Facebook that I’d used a lot of pizza flavours hence the ‘pizza goodness cake’ has been born! A gluten free, sugar free, protein packed, healthy, nutritious, happy snack with all the flavours we love :))

I mixed up three eggs with some ground almonds and baking powder (sorry, I didn’t measure anything!) and crumbled in some goats cheese. At the same time I halved some baby plum tomatoes and sprinkled them with chopped garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, and olive oil and roasted them for less than 10 minutes.

Mixed it all together and poured it into my mini loaf tray and baked for 20 minutes and they came out FAB!

20140818-072244-26564675.jpgI had some for dinner whilst they were warm and will be testing out the leftovers cold for my lunch later today :)

20140818-072336-26616880.jpgI will be spending most of my week cooking, and food shopping and cooking some more, for a special event this coming Saturday and this was an idea I’d wanted to try out for then and I reckon it’s a success! I’ll be adding that to the menu then!!

Have a great week :)

Returning to the party: Fiesta Friday #29

It’s been a few weeks since I joined in the fun of a Fiesta Friday party and I’ve definitely missed it!!

This week you are in the safe hands of the equally lovely Selma and Jhuls but beware, bring your swimsuit, I think they have plans for a pool party!! (This could well be one of the only ways I’d publicly wear a swimsuit!!! Perfect!)

In honour of our amazing host, this week I made Angie’s chicken kebabs for my family; the chicken is marinated in garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, crushed red pepper flakes (optional), paprika, turmeric, grated lemon zest, lemon juice, plain yogurt and olive oil. I marinated my chicken for 24 hours and grilled it on wooden skewers…

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This was definitely a success in my house and I will be adding it to one of my regular recipes :)

20140815-135157-49917827.jpgThis is all that was left and there was only two of them eating it!!

For full details check out Angie’s original post. Now I need to test out the marinade on some vegetables…I’ll let you know :)

Come on over and check out the party for yourselves and check out Angie’s fabulous dessert!

Have a great weekend xx

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You never know what’s on your doorstep…

20140815-095506-35706769.jpgThis week, whilst walking Bob early one morning, I came across a man with a step ladder picking things from a tree. This was in a little set of trees that stand together that I walk last regularly and have never assumed that they were anything in particular, just a little copse of trees.

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So, of course, I stopped and asked him what he was picking?

“Hazelnuts” was the answer! I couldn’t have been more surprised to be honest, I had no idea at all. He then told me that the squirrels get them so he was trying to find some they’d missed, and sure enough, on the ground was lots of empty nut shells.

He gave me a few as he could see that I was interested and here they are:

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This is one we opened (check out my sparkly new kitchen worktop!!):

20140815-100031-36031421.jpgThey are such a different shape from the hazelnuts we buy :) Aren’t they cool??

They reminded me of the drawings that are in children’s books of hazelnuts, with their green leaves and casings..

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So, I guess you never know what’s growing on your doorstep!

Dried fruit and roasted nuts…what more can a girl ask for???

I apologise in advance as I may be a bit absent on and off for the next couple of weeks; my Mum arrived on Sunday to stay for the next few weeks, between mine and my bother’s homes. Mum is with us this week, then off to London to my brothers, than back to ours, then back to my brother’s..I know, it sounds exhausting already doesn’t it? I don’t know how she does it!! And in the midst of all this, she will be celebrating a ‘big’ birthday with us, but more about that another time.

Yesterday we tested out the new kitchen as I invited some family and friends to lunch; I’m very happy to day that the kitchen/dining room works perfectly and that everyone went home with happy full tummies :)

I treated them to some of my favourites that you’ve seen before and a couple of new things; the menu was:
Cauliflower and chickpea shish taouk
Sweet potato and chermoula cakes
Jewelled freekeh and quinoa (more about this below)
Muttabal with roasted purΓ©ed shallots (more about this to come in a following post)
Coriander and roasted pumpkin seed pesto homous
Green salad
Vegetable cruditΓ©s

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I’ve made jewelled freekeh before but this time I added quinoa to the dish along with apricots, sultanas, cashews, pistachios and flaked almonds. And OMG! It was GOOD!!!!

Here’s lots of photos just because it was so good and so pretty!!

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20140812-071723-26243960.jpgDoesn’t it just look gorgeous?? Well..I can tell you, it was!

Have a great day, wherever you are xx

Tomatoes!!!! πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…

I seem to have had a run on tomatoes recently..firstly, I took inspiration from Nigella’s moonblush tomatoes recipe and left some tomatoes to ‘blush’ in the oven overnight, minus the sugar..

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Before

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Just beautiful, so tasty!

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20140810-175019-64219978.jpgI have to admit that i literally drank the leftover oil in the pot, oh my, it was so tasty!!

And today I slow roasted a large tray full of tomatoes with oregano, thyme, garlic, salt and olive oil..

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20140810-175153-64313480.jpgSo simple, and so full of flavour, even Ben was loving the aroma – probably because I was using the same herbs as I put in his pizza sauce!

They went in the oven at 150C for an hour then left to sit.

And to top off my week of tomatoes, I finally got to hang a painting that I have had for over 15 years this week and have never had anywhere to hang it for the sheer fact of it’s huge size! Isn’t it fab!??

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I’ve also been putting my new kitchen to the test this weekend preparing lots of food for upcoming events this week and I am happy to report that it all works perfectly!!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend :)