Food for thought 

A few ideas for meals,  I will elaborate on later as the candles burnt long enough tonight! 

Quinoa recipes

Quinoa seed crackers

3 tablespoons flaxseeds,
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 ounces (1/2 cup packed) cooked quinoa
2 ounces (1/2 cup, minus 1 tablespoons) quinoa flour (or, substitute 2 ounces superfine brown rice flour)
2 ounces (1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon) quinoa flakes
3 ounces (1/2 cup) potato starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 ounces butter, softened
2 ounces olive oil
2 to 5 tablespoons ice-cold water

Method
Preparing to make the crackers Preheat the oven to 400°. Pull out a sheet tray and line it with a sheet of parchment paper.
Preparing the seeds. Put the flaxseed, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, into the food processor. Pulse it until they have broken down but not butter.
Mixing in the dry ingredients. Add the cooked quinoa, quinoa flour, quinoa flakes, potato starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, guar gum, and salt to the food processor. Let it run for a couple of minutes, so everything has a chance to mix and dance, and the flours to become blended well.
Finishing the dough. Add the softened butter to the mix. Spin the food processor around. Slowly, drizzle in the oil, with the food processor running. At this point, the dough should be clumping together quite well, but not yet one big ball. If the dough feels at all too dry, add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn off the food processor.
Rolling out the dough. Put the clumps of dough onto the baking sheet. Squidge the dough together into a vague lump and carefully, gently, roll it out the approximate length and width of the baking sheet. If you desire, top the crackers with additional sesame seeds.
Baking the crackers. Bake the crackers until they are browned and firm to the touch, but not too brown or firm to the touch, about 20 minutes in our oven. Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet.
Transfer the cracker (which should be one big sheet, or at least several) to a cutting board. When the cracker has completely cooled, cut it into the size of cracker you want. And so the cracker becomes crackers.

Makes about 20 crackers
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Quinoa recipes

Quinoa salad

200g/7oz quinoa, cooked according to the packet instructions
handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 cucumber, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
100ml/3½fl oz extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method
Mix together the quinoa, herbs, vegetables in a bowl; dress with olive oil and lemon juice, season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Vegetarian Spicy Quinoa pepper and bean stew

Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
Pinch salt to taste
Freshly ground peppercorns
2 clove(s) garlic, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp chilli flakes, or to taste
10 fresh diced tomatoes, without skin or a 450g tinned tomatoes
450g tin black beans
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 orange or green pepper, chopped
Sprigs of fresh herbs chopped marjoram, oregano and tthyme or 1/2 tsp of dried herbs
1 Litre of vegetable stock
1 cup of cooked quinoa
Optional extra’s:
1 small tin of sweet corn
6 mushrooms sliced
1 small courgette chopped

Method
In a large deep flat pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, stir until soft. Add, red bell pepper, cook until tender. Add the chili flakes tomatoes, herbs, black beans, and vegetable stock. Simmer, partially covered and stirring, 15 minutes. Add garlic, sweet corn, courgette, mushroom, peppers, or any other ingredients you choose, cook and cover for 3 minutes. Stir in quinoa and season with salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Serve, top with:
• fresh herbs to taste
• fresh grated Cheddar or cheese of choice

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Chicken or Legume Madras curry

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Ingredients

Meat option –1 kg/ 2 lb chicken breasts or other meat chopped into chunks

or vegetarian option – 600 grams of chick peas, lentils and/or  beans

1 red onion sliced and diced

Vegetables of choice sliced – peppers yellow, red, green; mushrooms, peas, cabbage, etc

1 tin of tomato concentrate mixed with 500ml/1 pint of boiling water

1/2 tin of coconut milk or creamed coconut mixed with the tomato to smooth into a sauce

1 tablespoon of oil

1 tablespoon of hot, medium or mild madras powder or make your own madras to heat preferred

 

Method

  1. Heat oil add curry powder mix into a paste once sizzling add meat or legumes for two minutes.
  2. Mix thoroughly add vegetables on top mix in thoroughly to ensure cooking for five minutes.
  3. Add tomato and coconut mixing well to the curry – cover for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Serve with Rice, poppadums, Naan bread and enjoy!

Chicken and vegetable Soup

Ingredients

2 Litres/ 4 pints off freshly made chicken stock with chicken meat

4 medium potatoes peeled and diced into chunks

2 large carrots, peeled and diced into chunksRustic Italian Vegetable Soup

1 onion sliced and finely diced

1oo grams/ 4 0z red lentils

450 grams/ 1 lb swede

1 desert spoon/ 1 oz of each herb – Thyme, Rosemary, Sage

4 Bay leaves – remove after cooking

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

Add stock bring to boil adding the chopped vegetables, herbs, bay leaves into the large stock pot while heating.

Cook for 30 minutes.

 

Serve with fresh bread and butter

 

 

A’s simple Autumnal Pumpkin soup

I name this ‘A’s simple Pumpkin soup as my youngest loves it just like this!

However I have added variations underneath;  which make it even more enjoyable for a more adult palate.

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A’s simple Pumpkin soup 

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup (Photo credit: pamelasvoboda)

Ingredients:

1 medium Pumpkin

2 litres chicken or vegetable stock – preferably home-made

4 Bay leaves

1 teaspoon of freshly ground mixed peppercorns

Pinch of freshly ground rock salt

Equipment:

Large 4-6 litre stockpot or saucepan

Large wooden spoon or similar

Ladle

Measuring jug

Teaspoon

Liquidiser, blender or hand blender

Method

  1. Finely dice the pumpkin.
  2. Add to the stock pot with the Bay leaves, vegetable or chicken stock ~stirring well.
  3. Adding the pepper and salt boiling for twenty minutes until the pumpkin is soft.
  4. Liquidise with a liquidiser or blender.
  5. Serve in the pumpkin serving with a ladle.
  6. Serve with fresh bread and butter or gluten and dairy free version.

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Variation 1: Simple Pumpkin soup

Ingredients

Potato soup

Potato soup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add to pan when adding pumpkin:

~ I medium sized red or white onion finely chopped

~ 4 potatoes peeled and finely diced

Method

  1. Once cooked and softened either liquidise or serve as a chunky soup.
  2. Season to taste.

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Variation 2: Spicy Pumpkin soup

Ingredients

1 medium Pumpkin

1 medium sized red or white onion finely chopped

4 potatoes peeled and finely diced

2 litres chicken or vegetable stock – preferably home-made

4 Bay leaves

1-2 teaspoons of chilli flakes or fresh chilli

1 teaspoon of Freshly ground mixed peppercorns

Pinch of freshly ground rock salt

Equipment:

Large 4-6 litre stockpot or saucepan

Large wooden spoon or similar

Ladle

Measuring jug

Teaspoon

Liquidiser, blender or hand blender

Method:

  1. Finely dice the pumpkin.
  2. Add to the stock pot with the bay leaf, vegetable or chicken stock ~stirring well.
  3. Adding the chilli, pepper and salt boiling for twenty minutes until the pumpkin is soft.
  4. Liquidise with a liquidiser or blender.
  5. Serve in the pumpkin serving with a ladle.
  6. Serve with fresh bread and butter or gluten and dairy free version

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Further spicy and non spicy variations add after adding stock stirring well:

  • chilli, nutmeg and coriander
  • curry powder and parsley
  • chilli, ginger and coriander
  • smoked paprika, nutmeg and coriander

 

Serve with Rosemary Socca Gluten free bread: https://sharonac72.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/rosemary-socca-gluten-free-bread/

Dairy and Gluten free Banana and walnut cake

Dairy and Gluten free Banana and walnut cake

Ingredients:

150 grams dairy free spread

150 grams sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 eggs

800 grams mashed bananas

400 grams of gluten free self-raising flour

1 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon

60 grams broken Walnuts (if preferred)

Method

Turn on oven to Gas mark 4 or 180 degrees Celsius. Line a 8″ diameter round or square deep cake tin.

Add spread and sugar to a bowl and cream using an electric whisk – adding vanilla essence and eggs.

Add mashed bananas, walnuts and mixed spice or cinnamon mix thoroughly.

Using a metal spoon fold in the flour.

Once thoroughly but gently folded pour into the tin and bake for 1 hour.

Using a skewer check it is cooked once cooked place on a cooling rack until cool then remove from the tin.

Adaptations:

  • using two types of gluten free flour adds variety and changes the flavour abd texture
  • use dessiccated cocunut instead of walnuts
  • use dates chopped instead of walnuts

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Detox – Cleanse inside out!

We all need to cleanse the inside of our bodies just as we cleanse the outside! So my first recipe is a Detox soup!

Detox  – Potassium broth

Ingredients:

2 large potatoes chopped into large chunks

2 large carrots chopped into large chunks

1 cup of red beetroot chopped into chunks

4 celery sticks, chopped into small chunks

1 cup of parsley roughly chopped

1 cup of turnips chopped into chunks

1 cup of peeled and diced red onion

Pinch of cayenne pepper to taste.

Method:

  1. Using a 1.8L (Litres) or 13 1/2P (pints).
  2. Place all ingredients into the stockpot .
  3. Bring to the boil for five minutessimmer for two hours, then strain.
  4. Drink hot reheat as required bringing to the boil.

 

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Recipes

Fennel seed

Fennel seed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will share various recipes to encourage and support others with a healthy lifestyle

 The basics are to eat and drink a little bit of everything and not too much of anything!

Old adage – ‘everything in moderation’

Tea Inventory

Tea Inventory (Photo credit: euphbass)

We all need to cleanse the inside of our bodies just as we cleanse the outside!

Then there is spiritual cleansing only Jesus can do! John 3:16