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!