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Sharon Avocado Double Delight



I combined the crisp, flavorful Sharon fruits with fresh Mint and creamy seasonal Avocados. To satisfy my desire for crunchiness, I also included a lovely, gluten-free, and grain-free cookie. If you haven’t experimented with Plantain flour yet, don’t hesitate at all. As it contains no gluten, is versatile and easy to use, plantain flour will become your trusted ally to all your healthy baking.

Ingredients

Sharon Cubes and Avocado Cream

  • 2-3 Sharon Fruits, diced

  • 1 big Avocado, or two small ones, pitted

  • 3 Bunches of Mint

  • 1 Tbsp Honey

  • Juice of ½ Lemon

  • ¼ – ½ Cup of cold Water


Plantain Cookies

  • ¼ Cup Plantain Flour

  • ½ Cup Water

  • 1-2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar


Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celius. Boil ½ Cup of Water. Mix ¼ Cup of Plantain Flour with half of the hot water in a pan, over low heat. Keep working your mixture with a wooden spoon, add the Coconut Sugar and the rest of the hot water. In order to obtain an elastic, smooth dough, you might need to add a little bit more water and knead with your hands a bit.

  2. Place your cookie cutters on a baking sheet. With the help of a teaspoon, divide the mixture into your cookie cutters. I used two big ones, 7.5 cm in diameter, and I had enough dough for a smaller one as well. Remove your cookie cutters and put your cookies into the oven for about 25 minutes. Turn them around and bake them for 10 minutes more, until they get a nice color.

  3. In the meantime, scoop the Avocado and add it in your blender, together with the Mint, Honey, Lemon Juice and Water. Blend until obtaining a beautiful, creamy, and smooth texture. Keep in the refrigerator until needed.

  4. Cut your Sharon fruits into fine cubes and divide them into two or four plates. Add the Avocado cream and decorate with the Plantain Cookies. Enjoy!



Black Forest Tortini



This recipe is not the quickest one, but trust me, the luscious look and the mouth-watering taste is worth the effort. If you want to speed up the process why not make one Black Forest Torte, instead of several tortini? Use a spring-form pan and make one Chocolate sponge cake. Cut it lengthwise, and proceed with the layers as described below. You will get a yummy Black Forest Torte that is super healthy and tastes divine!

Ingredients

Makes 12-15 medium sized Tortini

Mini Chocolate Sponge Cakes

* 80 ml Honey
* 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 3 Big Eggs
* 2 ¼ Cup Almond Flour
* 1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
* 3 Tbsp Cacao Powder

Cherry Sauce

* 6 Dates soaked in warm water for 5 minutes, then drained
* 1 Cup Cherries, pitted
* 3 Tbsp water from the dates

Coconut Whipped Cream

* 1 Can of Coconut Milk, refrigerated during 24 hours
* 2-3 Tbsp of Coconut Sugar
* 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Topping

* Dark Chocolate Shavings
* Cherries, pitted and quartered

Instructions

1) Heat the oven to 175 Degrees Celcius. Pour the Honey, the Olive Oil and the Eggs into the bowl of your food processor. Process until combined.

2) Measure out the Almond Flour and Bicarbonate of Soda into another bowl and mix them together. Add to the wet ingredients little by little. Process on a medium speed, then add the Cacao Powder. Process until all the dry ingredients have been mixed in.

3) Spoon the mixture into your muffin cases until about half full. Bake in the oven for about 20-22 minutes, without opening the oven door. Take your little Chocolate Cakes out of the oven and insert a sharp knife in the middle of a couple of them. If your knife comes out clean, they are ready. Allow your Chocolate Cakes to cool down.

4) Make the Cherry Sauce by simply combining the three ingredients into your blender. Blend until obtaining a smooth, delicious cherry sauce. Keep in the refrigerator until needed.

5) Put a big bowl and the whiskers into your freezer for about 5 minutes. Open the Coconut Milk Can upside down and place in your big bowl the creamy part of it. Keep the Coconut Water for your smoothies. Add the Coconut Sugar and the Vanilla Extract. Whisk until obtaining a fluffy whipped cream.

6) With the help of a sharp knife slice your Chocolate Cakes lengthwise. Put a teaspoon of Cherry Sauce on top of the Chocolate Cake. Continue with a teaspoon of Coconut Whipped Cream. Assemble your Black Forest Tortini. Decorate with Dark Chocolate Shavings and little pieces of cherries. Enjoy!

Sunsplash Tomato Cheesecake



Ingredients

For 4 Cheesecakes of 75 mm diameter

Crust

* ½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
* 8 Dates, soaked for 5 minutes in warm water, then drained
* ½ Tsp Dried Oregano
* Pinch of Salt

Filling

* 1 ½ Cup Cashew Nuts, soaked for 4 hours, then drained
* Juice of one small lemon
* ½ Cup of Water
* 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
* Salt and Pepper to taste

Topping

* Tomatoes of your liking, sliced
* Basil Leaves
* Crushed Salt
* Some Olive Oil

Instructions

1) Place the Sunflower Seeds in your food processor and process into small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and process until obtaining a sticky consistency that holds well together.
2) Line a chopping board that fits in your freezer with parchment paper. Place your four cookie cutters on it. Press the crust mixture inside your cookie cutters, so as to create the crust for your cheesecakes. Put your chopping board in the freezer while you’re making the filling.
3) Place all the filling ingredients in your food processor and process until getting a beautiful, delicious cream. Divide the cream on the four crusts and place your cheesecakes back into the freezer to set.
4) Your cheesecakes don’t need more than half an hour to set. Remove them from the cookie cutters, add the toppings, allow them to come to room temperature and enjoy!

Note: You can keep your Tomato Cheesecakes in the freezer longer, but remember to remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw for at least an hour in room temperature before eating them. This way you will enjoy their creaminess to the fullest!

Apricot and Lavender Panna Cotta



Ingredients

For 6 persons

Coconut Panna Cotta

* 2 Cups of Coconut Milk
* 2 Tbsp of Coconut Sugar
* 4 Cardamom Pods, crushed
* 2 Tsp of Agar-Agar powder

Apricot Sauce

* 7 Apricots, sliced
* 7 Dried Apricots, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes, drained and sliced
* Juice of 1 Orange
* 2 Tsp of Raw Honey (optional)
* A couple of Lavender Flowers, for sprinkling

Instructions

1) In a small saucepan, combine the Coconut Milk and the Agar Agar powder with a whisk. Allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes.
2) Place the saucepan on low-medium heat and whisk in the Coconut Sugar and Cardamom. Continue to whisk occasionally as the mixture heats up. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
3) Remove the saucepan from the heat, and pour the mixture into 6 moulds or serving bowls. When they have cooled down, place them in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to set.
4) Put the Apricots, the Dried Apricots and the Orange Juice in your blender. Blend until obtaining a beautiful, smooth texture. Taste and add the Raw Honey if needed. Store in the refrigerator till needed.
5) Place the moulds or serving bowls with the Panna Cottas into hot water, to facilitate them coming loose. Top with the Apricot Sauce and sprinkle with Lavender Flowers. Enjoy!

Carrot Ribbons & Sprue Asparagus



This vegan, gluten-free and grain-free recipe is totally hassle free and convenient to make when you are tired and don’t really feel like cooking. You only need a big saucepan for steaming the Carrot Ribbons and the Young Asparagus. Steaming will take you less than 5 minutes, just enough time to slice the spring onion and the sun dried tomatoes, and crush a few cashew nuts for the topping. Serve and enjoy!

Ingredients

For 2 persons

* 6 Carrots, sliced lengthwise on a mandolin
* 1 Bundle of Young Asparagus, washed and woody ends trimmed
* 1 Spring Onion, sliced
* 6 Sun-Dried Tomatoes, sliced
* ½ Cup of Cashew Nuts
* Extra virgin Olive Oil, for sprinkling
* Nutritional Yeast, as topping
* Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

1) Place the Carrot Ribbons and the Young Asparagus Shoots in your steamer for about 4 minutes, until the vegetables soften, but remain crisp.
2) Serve into 2 plates first the Carrot Ribbons, then the Asparagus. Add the Sun-Dried Tomatoes and the Cashew Nuts.
3) Sprinkle with some Olive Oil and decorate with a few Nutritional Yeast flakes. Enjoy!

Cauliflower, mushroom and chickpea stew

I am currently in New Zealand, where it's winter - so it's the perfect time for a stew. This is a fast-cooking and easy stew, very warming and filling! You can find the recipe and more photos here.

Cauliflower glutenfree stew 2

Croquettes with haggis


That’s great guys who’ll teach you how to smoke foodstuffs at home in a fast and safe way, and cook so scrumptious and yummy dishes that Scottish chaps will cry violently out of envy to you. And the reason is that you are the proud owner of Smoking Gun, and they are not, not counting the wind blowing underneath their skirts☺

Read the recipe here -
http://foodnchef.com/croquettes-with-haggis/


There are dozens of silver carp recipes. And today I’ll share with you something really cool. Not just a ‘common recipe’, but a ‘wow-recipe’. It’s a common opinion that silver carp is mainly for every day cooking, and will not suit festive or somewhat more sophisticated table. But this recipe challenges stereotypes. Silver carp recipe from chef Yury Chernous is unusual in every sense. Just see here, most tender silver carp fillet cooked in dough and served with carrot ratatouille on reddish carpaccio. Sounds as a music for connoisseur! So scrumptious, so delicious! Try it!

Read the recipe here -
http://foodnchef.com/recipe-of-silver-carp-fillet-with-carrot-ratatouille-on-reddish-carpaccio/

Goris baklava recipe



There is hardly even a single person in this world who doesn’t know about baklava. The history of this dish extends back over 700 years. And it is popular not only in the Eastern countries, it stands as a symbol of sophisticated national delight all over the world.

Baklava holds pride of place in the treasury of Turkish, Armenian, Azerbaijan cuisines, as well as in many Arabian countries, Lezgians and Crimean Tatars. And each of these nations has their own baklava recipes. Today I’ll share with you Goris baklava recipe that I got from the Armenian chef Artak Sarkysyan. Generally speaking, that’s a simple baklava recipe and everyone will like it. I’m telling you – I’m pretty sure that everyone will like it☺ Try to cook it and then you’ll see excited faces of your nearest and dearest eating this baklava with zest. And I’ll appreciate if you share your impressions with me ☺

Armenian cuisine is so rich in great, unique, but at the same time simple recipes. Recently I shared with you a gata recipe that is an Armenian national pastry. Have you tried it already? Well, what’s your impression?

Read the recipe here - http://foodnchef.com/goris-baklava-recipe/

Orca Apricot Brandy (a la Alton Brown)

So my mom recently sent me a link to Alton Brown's Apricot Brandy recipe, and while there's some debate on the comments (imagine that!) about whether it's truly Brandy vs Infused Vodka, it still sounded rather tasty to me, so I decided to give it a whirl:

Ingredients:


More prep pics under the cutCollapse )

This will be steeping for the next week and then strained with cheesecloth. I'll check back in with my verdict!

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