Its not that I am so full of myself that I think anyone would be interested but it is actually pretty yummy:) And takes about 10 minutes active cooking. Check it out!
So today I learnt that it is possible to overcook the beans, butter beans to be precise. Who knew??? I was under the impression that the longer you cook beans, the better it is. And I know it all depends on the bean, but seriously.
But at least making humus now is a breeze. I dont even need a food processor, a spoon to mix everything together will do just fine;)
It may come as a surprise to you, but this post is actually about brownies, rather than some major life change. And this time brownies allowed me to rediscover my creativity.
It all started as a bad day in the office. And the best day to recover from something like that was to bake brownies. I was additionally motivated by a visiting friend who is a big fun of my bakes, vegan brownie in particular. So I set up to please her. But I would not be myself if I didn’t attempt to take my try and tested recipe to the next level. The challenge of the day was to go vegan AND gluten free.
I have only been cutting gluten down for couple of months so I don’t have huge experience, but I can’t remember the last time this stopped me.
I used my usual recipe (and for some reason I can never spell recipe, don’t know what it is. Mental block??) and replaced wheat flour with soy flour, coconut flour and ground almonds. Easy.
So I baked. The brownies looked quite good in the tin so I felt encourage. Until I attempted to take it out of the tin and this was when the cookie crumbled. Quite literally. It also tasted quite dry. What to do? What to do?
I could not bring myself to throw it out so on to a rescue mission. I looked around my kitchen – I had some left over homemade apple sauce on the stove. That would do. But I also needed something to bind the whole thing. What to use…? Melted chocolate, of course!!!!! Genius:) I got my hands dirty and made chocolate brownie balls, which I highly recommend. They are vegan, gluten free and a lot of fun to make.
Have you had any disasters in the kitchen? How about rescue missions? Come and share. Questions also welcome.
Click here for the recipe.
And all I am doing is procrastinating. One might say I have become a serious procrastinator in 2014. Interesting…
2013 has been a good year and I am sorry to see it go, but so excited about the New One:)
Shame its back to work tomorrow, would prefer to be eased into it a little bit slower;)
As you guys are getting ready to celebrate, and make New Year’s resolutions, I have some exciting news to share.
As you know, I have always had an interest in food and over the recent years my focus shifted towards nutrition and healing.
I have been searching for a way to turn my passion into a career, and earlier this year I enrolled in a training program to become a Certified Health Coach. I am not only learning to improve my life, I am also receiving very detailed and careful instruction on how to coach others around food and lifestyle choices. It’s such an amazing journey!
I am working with people to support them in reaching their health goals, including reducing stress, increasing energy, losing weight, and, most importantly, breaking the cycle of dieting and building confidence. I accomplish this by guiding them through their food and lifestyle choices.
I appreciate being able to share this with you. Go check out my website (I am proud of it, even if it is still work in progress) to get a preview of what I am up to.
Here is to a great year ahead and an amazing celebration tonight.
Yes, that’s right – I have spent an entire day in the kitchen, cooking up the storm. Now everything is ready and waiting for tomorrow, as Xmas Eve is my traditional, most important part of Xmas. I meant to be taking pictures as I go, so I can share here, but kinda forgot.
Instead will share an Irish, Guinness cake I made yesterday. I think it mainly made for St. Patric’s but in my house we also make it for Xmas.
450 g plain flour
1 tsp grated or ground nutmeg
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
150g light soft brown sugar/brown sugar
450 g sultanas or raisins or mixture or both
100g dried cranberries
Zest of one orange
330 ml bottle stout or porter
You can also add 50g glace cherries, but personally I’m not a big fan so staying clear. Also they sell them in 200g boxes so you will with most of them sitting at the back of your cupboard.
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C/gas 4. Line the base of a buttered loose-bottomed 20 cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.
2. In a heavy – bottomed saucepan, melt the butter, sugar and stout together over a low heat. Add the orange zest, sultanas, raisins and cranberries. Bring to boil and leave for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
3. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, till just slightly fluffy
4. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl and the warm fruit mix. Stir in the cherries (if using), then gradually poor in the egg, stirring well.
5. Spoon the mixture into the tin, smoothing over the top with a knife. Bake in for around one hour. The baking time depends hugely on your oven though. I usually start checking after 40-45 minutes. If the top browns too quickly – cover with kitchen foil.
I am officially on my Xmas break. Can start breathing and relaxing. Especially that I finally finished cleaning after the renovation and catching up with the housework. It kinds feels like all I am doing is moving STUFF from one place to another. It gets boring and tiring.
Anyway, long story – short – I am cooking again. So, so, so happy!!!!!!!!There are things I would already change about my kitchen, but then that’s the first kitchen I’ve had input into so I will do better next time:) And Xmas is a perfect opportunity to have some fun cooking. At the moment I am frying onion for pierogi, for Xmas eve dinner. Earlier I made these amazing orange, rosemary and chocolate chip cookies. Nice! Not that I’ve eaten any, but they look pretty yummy. I also made some cranberry cake, which I will be sharing with you pretty soon, just have one thing that I need to try out:)
Looking forward to having some fun time in the kitchen:)
In no particular order:
1. If you know a good tradesman/handyman – cherish them. Treat them nicely, buy them gifts and do whatever it takes to keep
2. I learnt what “grout” is and how to apply it (it’s kinda like icing a cake)
3. I have learnt to tile the kitchen floor (it looks beautiful)
4. I have learnt that I am part of an amazing team and impossible is nothing
5. I have learnt that next time I have any sort of renovation at home – I am moving out.
I am sure you’ve guessed – we have been stood up by tillers – three different one, nonetheless. So we had no choice (well, it was either this or me having a nervous breakdown, as since I’ve got busy I had no time to indulge) but to do it ourselves. And we did tile the kitchen floor. It is by no means perfect, but it is our and it is beautiful. I can start moving back to my kitchen today. Excitement!