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Tahini Biscuits

Tahini Biscuits

Ever since I got black sesame seeds Ive been wondering what to do with them except sprinkle them on some food.

Then I got my new food processor and what did I do?I made black tahini of course. It did take a while and it didnt turn out as smooth as shop bought tahini but it was delicious.

So then I though Ive never had Tahini biscuits, so I made some.

You can find the resipe below. Enjoy.

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Tahini Biscuits
Course Snack
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biscuits
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Course Snack
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. Sieve the flower into a bowl and add ingredients in the order above except the last almond butter and coconut oil. Mix to combine into a pastry.
  3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the pastry and cut out about twenty cookies with a cookie cutter.
  5. Bake the cookies for about 20 mintes .
  6. In the meantime mix the melted coconut oil into the almond butter and let it set.
  7. When the cookies are cooled down spread the almond butter on half of the biscuites and cover each biscuit with the other half to make sandwiched cookies
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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake and Lemon Turmeric Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake and Lemon Turmeric Cheesecake

Want a cheesecake with a superfood in it? well youre in luck as I have created two very yummy cheesecakes and both feature a superfood. Whats not to like right.

 So are you an orange or a lemon fan? Or do you like both. Me for one I think I prefer lemon, although the orange one is pretty good too. So you can try both like I did and please let me know if you do. Id love to hear your opinion.

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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
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Course Dessert
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  1. To make the crust, place the flour sugar, butter and cacao in a big bowl and knead by hand until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Press the pastry into a tart base and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celcius for about 20 minutes.
  3. Now place the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until very creamy, scraping down the sides if needed. Depending on your processor this might take five to six blends.
  4. When the base is cooled down, pour the cheesecake mix and refrigerate until set. If you want to decorate with chocolate orange sandwich biscuits reserve some of the pastry and cut out biscuits. Bake for a bit shorter than the base. Also reserve some of the cheesecake mix and spread on half of the biscuits. Then sandwich them together.
  5. Enjoy
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Lemon Turmeric Cheesecake
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Instructions
  1. To make the crust, place the flour sugar, butter and vanilla essence in a big bowl and knead by hand until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Press the pastry into a tart base and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celcius for about 20 minutes.
  3. Now place the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until very creamy, scraping down the sides if needed. Depending on your processor this might take five to six blends.
  4. When the base is cooled down, pour the cheesecake mix and refrigerate until set. If you want to decorate with lemon sandwich biscuits reserve some of the pastry and cut out biscuits. Bake for a bit shorter than the base. Also reserve some of the cheesecake mix and spread on half of the biscuits. Then sandwich them together.
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Sweet Potato Burger with Cranberry Sauce and Minty Peas

Sweet Potato Burger with Cranberry Sauce and Minty Peas

 

 

I can’t believe how lazy I’ve been making dinners lately. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that I always have to make a non-vegan dinner for my other half and a vegan dinner for myself. But anyway apart from making all sorts of treats I’ve been surviving on nuts and dates in the evenings lately.
Not that there’s anything wrong with nuts and dates but I really want a nice dinner tonight and I might as well have a burger.

A burger you say? Not very healthy is it. Oh well this one is…

I have actually made this burger when I was trying to come up with fancy starter ideas for our Christmas Dinner this year. I was experimenting with sweet potato fritters and came up with this beautiful patty that I then just used as a burger patty and actually as my starter served with spinach and roasted pine nuts. 

But back to the burger. I always loved sweet potatoes and while I often have them as chips I thought the idea of having them in a burger instead of as a side was great.
Adding spinach and bell pepper gave them that bit of bite and additional nutrients and serving them with minty peas also added protein.

There is no nasties in this burger except the bun if you consider wheat a nasty but that’s a different topic for a different day.
Overall I just love the way this burger came together with the sweet potato patties the peas and of course that Christmassy cranberry sauce. Obviously you can have cranberry sauce any day but it always reminds me of Christmas. The burger was juicy and tangy and also sweet and made the perfect comfort food dinner or lunch that day.

Thinking back to that and my nut and date dinners I think Ill just make that for myself tonight and start reading that book that I bought over a month ago and haven’t had a chance to read because I am still fighting with that cold which I think is actually a sinus infection as it gives me awful facial pain. Maybe I should just roll up on the couch under my blankie and have a good rest and read that book.

Anyway enough moaning. Here’s the recipe

Sweet Potato Burger with Cranberry Sauce and Minty Peas
Ingredients
  1. 2 smallish sweet potatoes
  2. 1 tbsp plain flour
  3. 1 tbsp corn flour
  4. 1/2 bell pepper
  5. one handful coriander leaves
  6. salt and pepper
  7. oil for frying
  8. 1 cup frozen peas
  9. 1 tbsp mint leaves
  10. 2 tsp vegan butter
  11. 2 burger buns
  12. one handful spinach leaves
  13. 1 red onion
  14. Cranberry sauce
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Instructions
  1. Grate the sweet potatoes on a coarse grater and chop the bell pepper as finely as you can.
  2. Squeeze out most of the juices from the sweet potatoes but leave a bit of moisture in.
  3. Chop the coriander leaves.
  4. Combine the pepper sweet potatoes and coriander in a bowl.
  5. Now add the flour and corn flour, salt and pepper and mix everything until evenly combined and a bit sticky.
  6. Divide the mixture into four and form four flat patties.
  7. Fry in a shallow pan until cooked through in the middle and crispy on the outside.
  8. In the meantime chop the mint leaves and combine them with the peas and butter and heat in a small saucepan until the butter has melted and the peas are hot throughout. Do not cook
  9. Assemble all by starting with the bottom of the bun then the spinach then one burger patty and red onion on top followed by some cranberry sauce and another patty.
  10. Finish off with dripping pea sauce and the top of the bun
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Valentines Day – Just my humble opinion

Valentines Day – Just my humble opinion

Just my humble opinion…
So today is Valentine’s Day and I am not sure how I feel about that. I see all these beautify photos on Instagram of heart-shaped dishes from cookies to pancakes to full sized cakes and so many many other lovely treats. To be honest I love the look of all of them and the creativity and thought behind them.
And I just love the colour pink so anything pink I see (or maybe most pink things) I love.

When you go out to the shops today you see all these men rushing around buying roses and chocolates. And I can’t help but thinking isn’t this all a bit silly?

Is it because we never do anything like that (my other half and me), I don’t get flowers or chocolates and we don’t go out for a romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day.
But honestly who does?

I think if I came home with some pink cake or chocolates I’d be getting very highly raised eyebrows.

I remember the only time I got a present (roses a big teddy and chocolates) on Valentine’s Day was the very first year I was going out with my significant other, and I think the pressure of it all got to him.

Breakfast Bowl

On the other hand, my little James came home yesterday with a handmade Valentines Card for his dad, brother and mum and I thought that was so cute. They made them in school yesterday and now it’s on my kitchen press.

The girls in the office had the idea of making our own cards this year, too. And so we did.

But is anybody really taking today seriously. Are there people out there who would spend a fortune going out for dinner and buying expensive presents? I am sure there are, otherwise restaurants wouldn’t be fully booked tonight and the guys would be running around buying all that stuff.

Anyway Ill be off to Instagram now looking at all the pink heart shaped food and maybe next year, if I don’t forget Ill create something myself and post the recipe her. Until then you have my delicious pink breakfast bowl to look at which I made today and it coincided with the pinkest day of the year. HAHA

Pink Valentines Breakfast
Avocado pumpkin seed cakelets

Avocado pumpkin seed cakelets

My little monkey Alex is turning 2 next week and I have promised him and his older brother a green monster cake for the party. So I really needed to create something green. You might say why not use food colouring? Nope not me…I refuse to use food colouring and I don’t want any refined sugar in it.

I’m not a health freak and when it come to myself, I often, I try not to, indulge in sugary treats..But for my monkeys I want to reduce their sugar intake as much as possible, because frankly they just go MAD on it.

So off I went trying to come up with nice recipes and I remembered I made a cake once using a recipe from the lovely Audrey www.unconventionalbaker.com, that consisted only of a couple of ingredients. Because I’m really bad at following recipes and because most of the time I don’t have the ingredients at hand and also want to try something once it pops into my head, I adapted it.

When I was finished I was left with these beautiful cakelets (is that even a word?). They were only a trial so I didn’t decorate them to be monsters but beautiful girly cakelets with dried roses.

Having decorated them I really wanted to see what the guys think. There is no point asking my lovely Alex because he eats everything but James is the fussbob, the one that represents all kids and their weird tastes.

So I got my little guy and said “Ive got a lovely treat for you babs, let me know what you think.” He ate some and said, “its lovely mama but I don’t like the bottom bit (which is the crust). Ill eat just the top bit if that’s ok and you can have the bottom”. Fine with me. Two seconds later…”actually mama I don’t like the top bit either its too cold and its avocado.

Whats wrong with avocado? He loves avocado and eats it all the time mixed with banana.

Anyway, so here we are if he doesn’t like it, none of the kids at the party will like it. I guess that means more recipe testing.

But if you want the recipe, here it comes:

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