Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Banana and Persimmon Vegan Cake

Moist, sweet, flavourful and easy to bake :)
Serves 6 to 8:
Banana (2 - ripe)
Persimmons (1 - ripe, pulp)
Muscovado Sugar (1 cup)
Wheat flour (3 cups)
Baking powder (2 tsp)
Water (1 cup)
Olive oil (1/2 cup)
Lemon (juice of half)

1) Preheat the oven to 170 ┬║.

2) Mix banana, sugar, persimmon pulp.
3) Gradually add the flour, baking powder, water, olive oil.
4) Add the lemon juice and mix well.
5) Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Getraw - yummy raw food snacks!

Another Swedish secret... getraw ;)
I was presented with this amazing set of snacks:
They're non-dairy, non-soy, gluten-free, 100% raw & organic, & contain no refined sugar.

They are fulfilling and delicious... with a great amount of protein!

The Licorice one tastes like a great sunny afternoon by the lake :)

Toffee and Hazelnut is chewy, but the nuts inside also gave a nice crunch. It was sweet, but not overly so!

Raspberry and Goji... the tartness of the berries mixed with the dates and agave sweetness make a perfect flavor combination for those days you feel under the weather!

Chocolate and Walnut is rich and tasty, raw cocoa and big chunks of walnuts make your day brighter :)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Apple Cobbler

Fragant and delicious this will bring the Autumn spirit into your home :)

Serves 2:
Apples (2)
Cinnamon (1 tsp)
Agave nectar (1 tbsp)
Muscovado sugar (1 tbsp)
Non-hydrogenated margarine (1 tbsp)
Oat flour (1/2 cup - gluten free)

1) Pre-heat oven to 180C.
2) Grease a small baking dish.
3) Thinly slice the apples into the dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and agave nectar.
4) In a small sauce pan melt the margarine add the flour and the sugar.
5) Cover the apples with the flour mixture.
6) Bake the apple cobbler for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

It’s such a simple recipe it’s almost a non-recipe. The hazelnut taste combines with the cocoa in a rich fulfilling way!

Serves 2:
Rice Drink with Hazelnuts (500 ml)
Cocoa (4 tbsp - powder, organic)
Agave syrup (1/2 tbsp)

1) Pour the rice milk into a large pan, and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat.
2) Spoon the cocoa and agave into the hot rice milk, give it a good whisk and serve with some little rice cookies. These cookies are made with rice, spelt flour, rice syrup and rice drink with calcium from vegetable source... and they are yummy!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rice Drink with Hazelnut

A few days ago I was sent a couple of products from Finestra sul el cielo to sample for the blog.
When I first start drinking vegetable milks I had some difficulty with the rice milk that to me tasted like milky water, and then another brands arrived in the portuguese market, among them there was the Original Rice Drink from Finestra... all my previous experiences were transmuted and rice milk turned into a favourite... it's good with cereals, perfect for desserts and cooking.

The Rice Drink with Hazelnut is even tastier, with all the goodness of the original rice drink plus the sweet flavour of nuts!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Autumn pudding

In Sweden, we have autumn... wind that freezes our smile in the face, leaves of all colors making a constantly shifting tapestry of autumnal tones :)

Really bad photo but I assure you that it tastes great!

Serves 2:
Strawberries and blueberries (frozen - 1 cup)
Water (3 tbsp+1 tbsp)
Dark muscovado sugar (1 tbsp)
Cornstarch (1 tbsp)

1) Simmer berries, sugar, and 3 tbsp water in a saucepan over medium heat.
2) Cook until berries begin to break down, about 5 minutes.
3) Mix cornstarch and 1 tbsp water in a bowl until combined.
4) Whisk into the fruit mixture; cook, whisking constantly, until a thick pudding forms ( 5 minutes).
5) Transfer into serving bowls and eat warm or at room temperature.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Oat Bread

And here it is... the promised bread from Provena :) It was just delicious!
Makes 1 big loaf :
Water (37C - 400 ml)
Salt (1 tsp)
Olive oil (50 ml)
Yeast (dry - 10g)
Provena gluten-free oat bread mix (450g)

1) Stir the flour and salt together in a large bowl, then make a well in the center and add the water, olive oil and yeast, stir with a fork.
2) Mix with a wooden spoon and then your hands until the mixture comes together and forms a slightly lumpy and sticky dough. If the dough feels a little dry, add another tablespoon or two of water.
3) Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead until it’s smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a bowl, cover it and leave it to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
4) Shape it into a loaf and leave it to prove for a second time for 30 minutes to an hour until it has doubled in size once more.
5) Line a baking tray with parchment and dust with flour.
6) Preheat the oven to 220C.
7) Bake the loaf for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crusty. The base should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.