Monthly Archives: March 2015

GF banana bread – Spring clean specials!

With spring comes spring-cleaning and a renewed desire to shake the cobwebs away, clean up your act, de-clutter your life!

To take it one step at a time, I have decided to dedicate the next few posts to clean living and feel-good recipes.

Here coconut oil cream was used in place of rapeseed

Here coconut cream was used in place of rapeseed oil

First, choose to do one healthy thing or genuinely “good for you” action every day: today I sorted out my linen cupboard and threw any old towel or sheet to recycling! Tomorrow, I tackle my desk and office corner… Tough, but really good for the soul!

Now, a treat with this simple banana bread recipe:

IMG_8980Ingredients list :

  • Black, ripe bananas, 3
  • Egg, 1
  • vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon
  • Rapeseed oil, 3 Tbsp or 50 ml
  • Honey, 3 tbsp
  • Date syrup, 3 Tbsp or treacle
  • Baking powder, 1 tsp
  • Bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp
  • salt, 1 pinch
  • cinnamon, 1 tbsp
  • Coconut ( or almond) milk, 160 ml
  • GF flour blend, 150g
  • ground almond, 100g
  • oats, 50g

Mix the flour, almond and oats. Add the bicarbonate and baking powder.

Beat the egg in the coconut milk, add the oil, salt.

Mix it all in a wide bowl and add the crushed bananas, cinnamon, honey and date syrup. Date syrup or grape syrup are really great products and you should be able to source them in middle eastern groceries or oriental corner shops. But if you can’t find it just replace that with another couple of spoonfuls of honey or even treacle if you want a spicy taste.

Bake for one hour at 150 degrees. This bread has a cake-like indulgence – whilst remaining more virtuous than cake- and a moist, melting texture.

Serve sliced for breakfast, with or without a spoonful of yogurt. This recipe was inspired by the Minimalist Baker  .

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Raw banana and hazelnut butter ice-cream in a croissant

 

Just landing back from a week-end in Venice, I am giving you here the quickest and easiest ice-cream recipe. It only takes two ingredients – plus the croissant into which you will nest your ice-cream balls, in true venetian style (see photo)!

Ingredients list:

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • Hazelnut butter (with ou without cocoa) , 100gr

About the two ingredients:

I buy my hazelnut and cocoa butter from Wholefoods but you can make your own or use any favourite nut butter. To make it yourself you just need a tough blender, chuck hazelnuts in with a spoonful of melted 90 percent cocoa chocolate and whizz to a paste. You might add a teaspoon of water if too sticky.

The frozen bananas are something I always keep in my freezer for smoothie making – or ice-cream as in here, or  for my rum raisin  frozen yogurt. A real good way of using up ripe bananas nobody wants to eat…

Anyway, using a blender or a thermomix, just blend both ingredients until smooth and eat straightway and gelato-cold in a crispy croissant or a soft brioche, as they do in Sicily. This is the best way to eat ice-cream! Trust an Italian to know this : It is million times better than the dry cones we usually have to make do with everywhere else…

This recipe is raw, natural and tastes hyper indulgent…

Of course there is much more to food in Venice than ice-cream but starting there is not a bad starting point…IMG_9283

“Oeuf cocotte” : Savoury cream eggs with truffle paste and oil

I am very excited about sharing this recipe! Maybe it is its simplicity, or its taste combination, or maybe it is the fact we are approaching Easter but I feel really excited about posting this…

It was in a cold train station, very early one morning, that I tasted this dish and was instantly hooked! This little cream pot with a soft runny egg in the middle revived memories of the ham and egg “oeuf cocotte” I used to be served as a child – a comforting, protein-packed and tasty starter…

If you don’t want to splash on truffle oil or truffle paste, you can just replace it with chopped ham and a pinch of sweet paprika. Both versions work just as well but I had bought Truffle oil and Truffle paste from Tartufaia Truffles  in Borough Market as a Christmas treat and a dash of both elevated a simple family dish to new heights of deliciousness!!! I prefer using duck eggs for this because there is more of it and they cook slower than hen ones so you are less likely to overdo them ; but any egg will do – just adjust the cooking time to the size.

Duck egg in truffle cream

Duck egg in truffle cream

Steams in 10 minutes

Steams in 10 minutes

Ingredients list: 

  • Duck egg
  • Crème fraîche, 1 large Tbsp
  • Truffle oil and/or shaved truffle, 1 tsp
  • Sea salt

Take an oven-proof small dish like a “ramequins” or dariole mould and put a large dollop of crême fraîche in it. Push the curved side of your spoon in to create a dip. Crack your duck egg inside the dip. Dribble some truffle oil and add some truffle shavings (or use some Tartuffaia truffle paste if you can). Truffles are an expensive treat but you only need a little oil or paste to release the most powerful aroma so it is worth making the effort.

Steam in an electric steamer or in a pan with a little water for under 10 minutes. Stop the cooking as soon as the yolk start to set. The white will set before the yolk does and so the result is a soft boiled egg in a dish!

Serve boiling hot with a small pinch of sea salt. Add some buttered “soldiers” on the side! This is regressive and blissful cooking…

For the ham and paprika version: Just chop some cooked ham over the cream and add a pinch of smoked paprika on the egg. Success is guaranteed!IMG_9007

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Pages from my sketchbook

Pages from my sketchbook

I love sketching recipes in notebooks...

I love sketching recipes in notebooks…