Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Banana Energy Bites - Raw

- 1 cups of almonds
- 2 cups of medjool dates
- 2 over-ripe bananas
- 1/2 a cup of ground flaxseed
-2 tablespoons of chia seeds

If it's the first time making this, best to blend the nuts first and place aside.
Then blend the dates, bananas etc.  Stir the mixture all together in a mixing bowl.  This way you get to control and blend each ingredient to the way you prefer.
As  I like my texture to still have some nutty grainy bite, if you like yours smooth and pureed, by all means blend to you the consistency you prefer.

Another variation:
- 1 cup of medjool dates
- 3/4 of a cup of almonds
- 3/4 of a cup of walnuts
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

Cinnamon was very nice here, added a homey, woody smell and taste.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Making of a Hamper...

".. It started with a ..... visit to my FAVOURITE spice 'everything' shop in South TLV."  
 Love this place! Levinsky street - South TLV

 Here starts the shopping

And.....Lemons at Shuk HaCarmel

Apple, Nectarine, Pear Conserve.

These popped so loud when they came out!

Far Left and right Apple Conserve,  middle Granola

Can't believe I took this photo!

Bike break, quick ride along the sea shore

Back to the kitchen
The pale mixture in the making is, will be biscotti Click here for Recipe

Toasted seeds for Sprinkling
Black and White Sesame seeds, Pumpkin and sunflowers seeds

Just love the kitchen table full of goodies
Feels like Christmas....

Lemon Curd stacked, and  ready to go  Recipe for Lemon Curd - Click Here

Biscotti check   Biscotti Recipe Click Here

Wrapped in cellophane (aka 'cooky' chicken-an-oven-bag)

Hamper looking good...

As it's still Summer hot, so kept Fudge in the freezer till it's time.
Fudge Recipe - Click Here

Last minute brainstorm: Herbal Scented, Spicy Vinegar
Super easy, fast, and so darn pretty.  Plus another item in the basket

Scented Salt: Herbal Thyme Salt
Another super fast, great to have on the table and adds an amazing aroma and taste to everything. 
Just ground your favourite DRIED herb, ie Rosemary, Oregano, etc, add to your favourite salt and mix!  Simple!

Now time for the packing....How are we going to do this?

Unrecognizable, very well protected but not from the blasted heat.  Hope the fudge makes it.

Another little 'side' hamper wrapped in a pretty pink home-made bento bag

And inside....
Granola, Mixed Seeds Topping, Apple Conserve, Herbal Vinegar

All delivered!...And me?
Time to treat myself with a Pedicure and Manicure....What colour lacquer? Hot Choco
My toddler son kept touching my toe nails and tasting his fingers...
Yep, 'Hot Choco' Lacquer alright ....

Kale - cooked

Quick before I forget the recipe.

Chopped kale
Green Apples (tarty ones) (i didn't bother to peel)
Onions chopped

Fry sliced onions till soft.
Add Kale, add apples, soften.
Add vinegar about 1 to 2 tablespoons.
Salt to taste.
Serve with pomegranite seeds for maximum impact.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

No Pizza-Stone Pizza

Just like in those fancy pizza restaurants....
As I am such a scrooge, I still haven't bought a pizza stone, or is it I can't find the right one?

Anyways, found this ingenious method of making a crispy, thin pizza crust, just like I like it without the *essential* stone.  Kick-start by pan frying!  Then finish by grilling in the oven.  (If you like thick crust I guess baking it would ensure base is well and truly cooked.  Luckily I don't have that issue)
I like mine thin and crispy.

Garnished with torn basil leaves and zata or is that oregano?
6 cups of white flour
1/2 cup of flax seeds grounded (optional)
2 tbs of yeast
1.5 tbs of salt
Warm water about 2 cups to a sticky dough
Flour/semolina  for dusting
Pizza toppings

Mix all ingredients
Leave to rest.  If I want if after work. I make in the morning.  Leave in fridge to rest.  It still rises in the fridge. Take out when I return home.  Let it warm to room temperature and the dough is ready to go.
Source Recipe for dough

Gordon Ramsey No Stone Pizza Idea Link : @ 9:02 in clip
Am checking if this dough is freezable will update later.
Update, Frozen dough used a few days later were very convenient and very tasty.

Turn grill on.
Prepare and have ready toppings:
Aubergine anti-pasti; mozzarella; mushrooms; tomatoes; fresh/dried herbs; anchovies; procured meats; sausages; grated mature yellow cheese; spring onions etc.,

Knock out air and cut small ball out and roll to desired thickness of pizza dough, dusting with flour or semolina.  I like it super thin which I found pretty hard to get to.  If you like it thick then don't bother rolling, just press with fingers and hand into shape.
Anyways, heat a frying pan with a little oil, when hot carefully place the rolled out pizza dough inside.  On high heat, cook till large bubbles start to form, brown then flip and brown the other side.
When pizza dough is nice and crispy and still on the heat (you can lower the heat if you want more time to put the toppings on)
Add the toppings fast.  Warning, put less base sauce then needed.  I found a little less prevents a soggy crust.
Then transfer the pan with pizza from the stove to the already hot grill.
Grill to nice and crispy done.
Needless to say this is GREAT with just good olive oil and zatar too.

Serve with torn greens such as  rocket.
Could the sliced tomatoes be soggifying the pizza crust???

Toppings (pic below):
No sliced tomatoes and you know what? No soggy middle!
mix of grated tomatoes with bit of ketchup around the edges of the crust.
Mushrooms,  Courgettes, Eggplant (post grilled) Pastrami, Rosemary, Oregano, Spring Onions
Home made tomato base : Cook chopped tomatoes with chopped garlic, salt and pepper.  Cook till the sauce is thick and 'reduced'.
Home made pesto base: Whiz in blender, walnuts, basil, garlic, salt and olive oil.

Garnished with spring onions and rosemary

Update: Pizza upgrade - meat eaters, (lachman-jun style)

Fry ground beef with onions, season with soya and worchestershire sauce.
Top with chop corriander, and tomatoes.

Note:  Top with meat AFTER pizza base comes out of the oven.
Otherwise the meat gets dry if baked.
 Baby loved it!

Just gets better and better.
Who needs tomato-based sauce?  Only had basil pesto and guess what?  It was DELICIOUS!
Friend said she doesn't like pesto but this was divine.

For those wondering:
basil pesto; cherry tomatoes; fresh mozzarella;  mushrooms; anchovies; red onions; mixed baby salad leaves; black sesame seeds.
Looking at this pic. I somehow imagine prawns would make this totally decadent, which, could be a good thing....

Too good.....

Ain't nothing better than home-made pizza with good friends and their children...doing all the work, having fun making their own!

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