Monday, 8 February 2016

milk-baked fennel with belgian sheep milk cheese

i was so excited when i stumbled across the apples under my bed blog, and this recipe particularly stuck out to me to try - milk-baked fennel. of course, i didn't want to use cows milk products, so i subbed the milk for soy and the cheese for a delicious Belgian hard sheep milk cheese called Oud.

to make this vegan you could easily sprinkle some nutritional yeast on after cooking, or you could try the ohdeardrea vegan cashew cheese recipe (super easy and super yummy).

fennel is one of those under-rated veggies, it's got so much flavour and is easy to cook up any which way you like - use it raw in salads, add it to a coleslaw, bake it, fry it, throw it in a thai curry...

this recipe will keep - i covered the half i didn't eat and popped it in the fridge overnight and enjoyed it cold the following day and it was divine.

it was delicious with potato mint salad, Swedish red cabbage and some smoked peppered mackerel - a perfect lunch, if not a little bit too filling!

the recipe is super easy and you can find it here. let me know what you think...

currently listening to: ithaca by chrysanthe tan - beautiful piece that's really relaxing (who knew 'indie classical' was a genre?)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

coconut flour scones with honey-whipped coconut cream

i love quick breakfasts, and i love coconut. so, for my morning treat today i decided to whip up an individual portion of coconut flour scones.

these were so easy, and the recipe could be multiplied for however many scones you want. and they were perfect with honey-whipped coconut cream and some jam and marmalade, though you could use traditional cream, or cool them and just have them with butter, depending on your preferences...

coconut flour scones with honey-whipped coconut cream
based on the coconut flour biscuit recipe on the 'it takes time' blog
grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, paleo

makes 3 small scones

for the scones:
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 eggs
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

for the honey-whipped coconut cream:
1 can of coconut milk
1 spoon of honey, to taste

1. preheat the oven to 200c.
2. combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a whisk.
3. leave for about 5 minutes on the side.
4. divide the mix into 3 portions and shape them into rounds on a parchment-lined baking tray.
5. bake in the hot oven for 12-14 minutes, or until done.
6. whilst baking, take the can of coconut milk and open. spoon out the top half of the can, almost all of the harder 'heavy cream' into a bowl.
7. add the honey to the coconut cream and use a hand or electric whisk and mix until well combined and airy.
8. place the coconut cream in the refrigerator, until you're ready to enjoy with your scones.
9. serve the coconut scones, halved, spread with jam or marmalade and topped with the coconut cream.

cook's notes:
- you may want to use a mixture of coconut flour and ground almonds (almond flour) as the flavour and texture of the almond will enhance the scones (i'm definitely going to try this next time!)
- all coconut flours are slightly different, and so you may need to add in a little of your favourite milk or mylk to bring it to a less dry texture before you shape your scones.
- you could sprinkle almonds on top before baking, or add in some raisins or cranberries to the mix before baking (ooh, or chocolate chips, mmm)

these were so delicious and cream, and full of sustaining fat - meaning that i wasn't hungry all morning - a nice bonus.

currently reading: vogue, the january issue - loving the article about nudity by sophie dahl (who also happens to be one of my favourite cookbook authors)

Thursday, 28 January 2016

a raw, vegan lunch at moon food

my mum has popped over for a couple of days to visit, and this gave me the opportunity to make it to moon food, a raw, vegan, gluten-free cafe that i've been anticipating visiting for a little while now.

it's just a few paces from the parc metro station, and is easy to find therefore. for anyone visiting the city on holiday it's also pretty close to the palace and the parc de bruxelles, and it's also about a 10 minute walk to the central sightseeing locations, including the gorgeous galeries royale (with all the chocolate shops you could ask for) and the grand place.

at the cafe you simply take a plate and fill it with whatever you want, and then you pay by weight. you can get just raw if you want to, or a mix of raw and vegan. and everything has all the ingredients listed there, so you know exactly whats in things. there's also the option to have a bottle of water or a glass of organic wine.

i chose a little bit of everything - the only way to really tell quite how good a place is, right?

there was a buckwheat beetroot salad, cabbage dish, med veg dish, raw lasagne, raw pizza with olives, raw wrap, raw kale salad and some toasted cashews to top it all off...

for dessert there was only one option for the day, a raw tiramisu...

super yummy, very nutty and not too sweet or dense. i would go there for another slice, for sure.

the atmosphere is very chilled and calm in there, so sitting down would be my preference for lunch, but in the summer months a takeaway box to have in the park would be just brilliant.

mum and i left there with a big smile on our faces, knowing that the food had been tasty and good value, and that it was also really healthy and good for our bodies, what more could you ask for?

thank you for reading 

currently reading: the plantiful table, written by the wonderful blogger Andrea of Oh Dear Drea, i can't wait to do a review on the blog for you all, because there's so many recipes i want to make in it