Category Archives: Crackers

For the love of cauliflower…

 

You may well be completely fed up with all of the cauliflower recipes out there at the moment, or you may be loving all of  the inspiration, or the wonders of cauliflower may be a new thing to you?? Either way, this post is not me jumping on the band wagon, my cauliflower experiments started long before the current food world cauli explosion, no, I decided to put this post together as I eat cauliflower almost daily and I thought I would share some inspiration, photos and past recipes all in one place. Call it maybe a one stop cauliflower recipe shop!! (Not that I’ve exhausted the subject yet or anything!!) 

 

Gone are the days of cauliflower merely being the over boiled roast dinner side dish of days gone by, cauliflower has become a king in the vegetarian and vegan world due to its flexibility whilst being healthy and fresh, and of course, low calorie. I was watching a food show the other night and a top chef had ‘created’ a cauliflower dish and I was literally shouting at the screen ‘that’s not new!!! Some of us, lots of us, have been doing that with cauliflower for years!!!’ (Obviously, Bob wasn’t impressed about being disturbed from his evening slumber, but it I couldn’t help myself.) I very rarely hear or see a chef presenting a ‘new’ vegetable dish nowadays, I usually have a feeling of seen/heard it all before, and that’s due to the amazing inspiration in blog world, as well as my own experiments. So many home cooks are doing amazing things in their kitchens, but of course, they are not out there being lauded and marketed, it’s not until a well known chef latches onto the idea that suddenly it’s applauded as an amazing new find! 

Anyway, my aim was not to bemoan chefs, but to provide cauli-inspiration: flavour, colour, health and happiness all in one dish 🙂 

It’s lovely just roasted…and it doesn’t have to be drenched in oil, I find just using a spray oil is enough to create lovely crunchy florets. You can roast it just like that, or add some spices and stir them through before roasting it. Roast it at around 200C, give it the odd shuffle around as it roasts, and take it out when it looks like this.. 

   

..you can marinate it to take on flavours…as I regularly do…like this or this, my cauliflower nirvana..

   

..use it in place of flour to make doughs for pizza 

 

..to make crackers.. 

 

..or ‘rice‘… 

 

..in a curryor like this one

   

..for lunch any day of the week, drizzled with tahini sauce, cooked with harissa, dotted with black garlic, or homous…

       

..pan cooked with leftover tomato sauces and topped with eggs.. 

 

..or just in a lovely complete dish, as a main or side dish… 

 

And of course, you can eat any leftovers cold, or throw them in a blender with tahini and lemon juice and make an interesting dip. The possibilities are endless, in all cuisines, and there’s lots and lots more inspiration out there if you look, this is merely a glimpse, there’s more in my recipe index and even more on my Instagram feed. 

I hope you like my offerings and feel the cauliflower love 🙂 

I am bringing my array of dishes along to this week’s Fiesta Friday and hope that everyone gets a taste of all the options! This weeks party is being hosted by the lovely Angie along with co hosts Julianna and Hilda – come along and join the fun xx

Sourdough crackers and breadsticks



Last week I made another sourdough starter, this time following the method in Paul Hollywood’s ‘Bake’ book, which uses flour, water and grated apple. I can tell you now, it grows and grows, it’s a sight to behold! The recipe states that the apple should be organic – mine was not organic I’m afraid, but the recipe still worked very well. 
I get so excited watching starters develop their first bubbles and then grow and grow, gaining even more bubbles and volume. There was no stopping this one, Bodicea III, she almost grew before our eyes. 

During the development, you are required to throw half of the starter away before feeding her and leaving her to further develop; I just couldn’t cope with throwing any away, this was the baby I had nurtured! So I looked for ways to use up lots of starter, I’ve already made three different sourdough pancake recipes so decided to try something different. 

As fate would have it, on the day I needed it, the Kitchen Witch posted this recipe for seeded crackers – perfect! She used a rye flour starter and rye flour in the recipe – my starter is not rye based and I did not have any rye flour so I used strong white flour and my white flour starter and it still worked beautifully. I also didn’t have any poppy seeds, so I used black sesame seeds instead. 

They are so tasty! TOO tasty to be honest!! Whilst baking them, my neighbour knocked on the door to ask if I was baking…she reckoned she could smell it through the wall!! And yes, she tried one and gave them a thumbs up 🙂

I also decided to try making some breadsticks as Ben loves them and found this recipe which worked well. 

Aren’t they fab? I was so proud!!! I made breadsticks! (I know, I’m easily pleased…!) I kept bouncing around the kitchen in glee – just call me Tigger!! 

I hope you are all having a good week so far, see you tomorrow for this week’s ‘What would you feed me?’ post from another special blogger…xx

Nuts and seeds crackers…

IMG_0058You my recall these crackers previously on my blog…well, yesterday one of my lovely blog friends shared a post about making them herself with such lovely words that I urge you to pop across to read it for yourself…go on…go now…have a read…Frugal Hausfrau’s nut and seed crackers

I hope you like it xx