…and all that shit

  
UK is leaving EU and England got beaten by Iceland, what will be next? Donald Trump getting a perm and becoming president? Not sure were the perm came from but it can’t get much worse… It may make it better? Orange will never be the new black – fear might! Anyway enough of the grim reaper chat!

Sitting in the sun eating breakfast. Greek yogurt, wild strawberries and homemade muesli. Delicious!

  

Lucuma… a treat with coffee

I think a treat with a cup of coffee now and then is a must.  I got some raw Lucuma powder to try as it was pitched as being sooo good.  I made these little squares which I keep in the freezer for a rainy/sunny/cloudy day. Today I took a couple to a neighbour – she loved them!  I did do one of my ‘lets see what this tastes like hence not very precise measurements….

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  • 1 dl sunflower seeds
  • 2 dl oats
  • 1 dl walnuts
  • 1 large/heaped tbsp Lucuma Powder
  • 1 large/heaped tbsp cacao powder
  • 1-2 tbsp of raw honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • large pinch of salt

Blitz everything to a very firm mixture, add a few tbsp of water if needed. Pop into freezer whilst:

Melt dark chocolate (70% cocoa minimum) and cover.  Chop into squares and eat/freeze.

Flapjacks

Since Easter I have been on a sugar hunt … but have finally been getting at least better… Had two play dates yesterday so a house full of children and terrible weather so we made chocolate balls (some birch sugar in these and I think they may have been good as they disappeared instantly).  Secondly we made some flapjacks, I have kind of forgotten flap jacks, but they are great!

Flapjacks (oven 160 degrees C) – makes about 12 bars

  • 50 grams butter or coconut oil for dairy free
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp date syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey

Melt the butter peanut butter, date syrup and honey

  • 1 ripe mashed banana
  • handfull of raisins
  • large pinch of salt
  • enough oats to make it a firm spreadable consistency
  • 50 grams of dark chocolate (minimum 70%) to be melted on top – optional

Place in oven proof dish, bake for around 50 min in the middle of the oven. Add melted chocolate…

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Flapjack with chocolate 

 

Hash with chorizo and fried egg – serious food!

  
Hungry today hence actually had 2 fried eggs… Oh soo good!

Serves 2

  • One sweet potatoe
  • One large onion
  • One red pepper

Chop and fry in some oil or ghee.  Add spices:

  • Dried chilli flaked 1 tsp
  • Dried cummin 1 tsp
  • Paprika 1 tsp
  • Lots of salt and pepper

Cook for 10 min then add a 10 cm chunk of dried chorizo chopped into bits.  Cook until the sweet potatoe is soft and serve with a fried egg – I added some chopped parsley because I had some… Not a requirement…

Enjoy! Also wait till you fry the second egg it is seriously filling!

More bread….

1. …people who stop eating bread and say don’t miss it are either lying or crazy! That spongy gluten deliciousness is very hard to replace.

2. I don’t like food waste – and neither does anyone else I imagine!

I make a load of seed bread but as they are very crumbly I get a lot of biggish crumbs. Covering them in chocolate works. But what else?

  
Today I took all my crumbs and blitzed them into a very rough flour. I then beat one egg, added 1 tbsp of psyllium husk, 1 tsp baking powder, 3-4 tbsp of the seed bread flour and a pinch of salt.

I then heated a pan and added som ghee (use coconut oil if you like) and then cooked on medium to lie heat for 5 min each side until cooked/baked through. A great lunch sandwich and I think it would be a very tasty burger bun.

   
 

New find for bread fix

I made some ‘bread’ to go with some Cowboy Soup – so easy and so delicious! 

Fluff Bread – oven 150 grader C

4 ‘breads’

  • 2 eggs
  • 50 grams cream cheese
  • 2 tbs psyllium husks
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 dl mature cheese grated
  • Pinch of salt

Whisk eggs fluffy, add the cream cheese and then rest of the ingredients. Spread into parchment paper in 4 spread blobs. Place in oven for 20min. Eat!

  

Stews – easy winter dinner 

I love Stews! So easy and so tasty. This week has been s little crazy so one day I:

  • Chopped a large onion – cook gently in some ghee or oil
  • Browned 1 kg if stewing steak (högrev)
  • Added 3 closed of garlic – chopped
  • 3 dl water
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Couple of bay leaves

Put the lid on and placed in the oven for 3-5 hours!

45 min before eating I added:

  • Butternut squash
  • Parsnip 
  • … But any root vegetables are good (albeit it will be pink if you use beetroot)

Back in the oven till the veg are soft – about 30-40 min and then served with green vegetables! 

If may sound time consuming but if you arc working from home it is about 15 minutes of work – split in two. Also it is very tasty a few days later.

  

Beetroot and Yellow beets – another multi dinner wonder

Beetroots are great!  And they turn your pee pink which is quite exciting in itself. 
I roasted some beetroots yesterday – for 3 hours at 150 degrees, skin on and just some olive oil and salt sprinkled on top.

Then yesterday I peeled a few – both yellow and red, which makes it so pretty – and added to a sallad with some goats cheese, a drop of honey, vinaigrette and some gently warmed walnuts – delicious.

Today I just chopped a 5 cm pf cucumber, a tomato, a few more beets and some vinaigrette – also delicious. Add some sausages or more cheese if you want it to be a bigger meal. I also added a few bits of thyme i forgot about yesterday!

The beetroots don’t look much cooled (that is an understatement), but taste great and last a few days in the fridge.

Don’t pretend it’s pizza 

I finally did a cauliflower based pizza – the only problem is that it is not at all like pizza so let’s call it something else or you will be disappointed!

Cauliflower and Cheese Flattie

Oven on 209 degrees C

  • 1/4 of a large cauliflower blitzed to a fine rice
  • Add the eggs
  • 3 dl mature hard cheese or mozzarella
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 2tsp dried oregano 
  • Optional – 1tsp dried chilli flakes 

Mix all the ingredients and place in oven about 1 cm thick – I put it on greased parchment paper.

   
 

Cook until golden (about 20 min).

I cooked a tomatoe topping (tin of tomatoes, garlic, salt pepper, oregano and some red wine). I added this a balm if mozzarella, fresh basil and black pepper. Then I popped it in the oven again got a further 10 min.

  
It was tasty and quite decadent! But not a pizza…. 

 

Like a recovering addict… 

…I may have fallen off the wagon and albeit I feel like shit and fart like a trouper it is so hard to stop eating rubbish when you start again. To not be a complete arse hole I do admit I probably still eat better than most but the feeling of failure can keep me up at night. Stupid I know but still a fact!

In order to gently get myself back on track and after eating all the sweets in the cupboard (not ones I even like hence usually easy to resist!) I made a healthier sweet treat!

  
Chocolate and hazelnut balls 

  • 15 Dates 
  • 2dl warm water to soak dates in
  • 150 grams hazelnuts – I toasted mine in the oven for 7min at 150 degrees C
  • 100 grams 70% dark chocolate 

Blitz the roasted hazelnuts to a very course flour. Purée the dates and water (pour off some water to start and add in if needed) and blitz chocolate to rough ground consistency (eat the bit that won’t blitz!!).

Mix it all together and make balls which you can keep in the freezer for when you need a sweet fix!