Monday, September 30, 2013

White Sauce - Dairy free

onion chopped


Fry onions till soft.
Add flour
add coconut mil,
add butter
add veggie stock (left over veggie soup)
taste and flavour with salt and pepper
Fresh herbs if you have ie ; Marjoram, Coriander

Shoud taste amazing! even better than the clasic white (with milk) sauce

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Veggie pies Indidvidual






Filling

courgettes

Garlic
carrots
onions
coriander seeds - grounded
cumin
peas
celery
dried herbs ie basil, margjoram, thyme...
Chopped fresh herbs ie coriander _ optional

Fry onions till soft, add carrots, add all.  No need to cook till done
Just the onions need to be cooked.  Leave aside

Optional: White sauce.






Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Granola

Ingredients

Rolled Oats
Flax (optional)
Honey
Dried Fruits ie Rasins, Cranberries, Apricots, Figs, Bananas, Apple etc.,
Toasted Nuts ie Sliced Almonds, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds etc.,....

Method
Pour large rolled oats into deep baking tray (deep so you can turn the oats with out spilling)
Bake in oven 180,  for about 10 mins, when the oats are warm, dizzle and mix a large amount of honey (no sugar).  It will be easier to add now as the oats are warm.  Continue baking till nice and brown.  Don't worry if the mixture is still soft, only when it cools  down, it will become hard and crunchy like granola should be.


Meanwhile, toast nuts, ie, pumpkin, sliced almonds, walnuts.  I like to toast my nuts on a hot frying pan separately, as each nut cooks at different times.
Chop to small pieces dried fruits such as apricots, figs.
Rasins and Cranberries can be added whole.

When the oats and nice and brown, toss in the nuts and dried fruits and flax.
Wait till cool and keep in an air-tight container.

Delicious with yoghurt, on ice-cream....


Some of the different outcomes of the recipe



Some of the various packaging of this wonderful, healthy gift









Monday, September 2, 2013

Market shopping - Shuk HaCarmel - Tel Aviv

Not all shopping is therapy but Open Market Food Shopping is an energy booster of another kind.
It can be nourishing, exhilarating and always surprising.
The colours, the smells, the very sound of LIFE itself.  I go with a list but often stray as you can never know what's  abundant on that day (and usually cheapest)  Much like flea markets, go with a 'general ' search but be open to grab unexpected opportunities. 


I love shopping at the shuk and getting bargain prices, most of the produce here were at atleast 1/2 price or even less, lemons, kiwis, plums, nectarines, apples, peppers, carrots, courgettes, aubergines (shakshuka) tomatoes.
So the lemons here are not perfectly yellow and glossy.  They ARE thin-skinned and bursting with juice.  The tomatoes juicy soft, if not used immediately are painlessly moved from fridge to freezer for perfect sauce- making at a later date, nothing wasted!
Reduced priced doesn't mean a lesser quality, on the contrary it means they are ripe now!, it could also mean they are less 'attractive' and weird shaped but perfectly tasty and consumable. For fruit or veg shakes who's going to see or even care the shape of the fruit?  Plus fully ripe produce makes the best flavourful drinks ever.


So what the apples are a bit blotchy, they'll do very nicely once cleaned and cubed  in a freshly baked apple pie and hey! at 1/3 of the regular price who's going to know the difference.  Taste will be the same if not better as these apples are at their peak!   The bag on the bottom left is a bag of assorted salamis, pastramas and other cold meats ,also at reduced price (perfectly fresh, just the ends of, or close to the ends of the roll).
Used for either sandwich fillers, omelettes, pasta, pizza topping or simply frozen for a lovely minestrone soup some wintery day.

In essence what the buyer is paying is TIME.
The longer the shelf life, the longer the time we have before we MUST use it or loose it.

Couldn't resist adding this lovely display of bacon. 
Both my sons have tried to follow the fad and be vegetarians, then they say Mum goes on "Bacon Alert!" and all their hopes are dashed.






 
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