Sunday, October 28, 2012

what's cookin' good lookin'?

the last few days I have been enjoying some time in the kitchen, whipping up a few yummy concoctions. i love cooking, and experimenting and receive a ridiculously large amount of pleasure from using ingredients i can find both in the fridge and the pantry. and not in a 'tired old left overs' kind of way, more of a 'ready-steady-cook' mystery bag challenge!

I am an avid follower of a couple of food blogs; these three are my current go-tos for fast, fresh, healthy and super yummy food.

so, in celebration of my cooking enthusiasm, I thought I might share a couple of my latest foodie endeavours.

quinoa porridge with apple & blueberries
serves 1

1/2 cup milk (of your choice)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 apple, grated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
a handful of blueberries

Rinse quinoa under cold water, and put into a pot with the water. 
Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the quinoa is soft.
Add milk, apple, cinnamon and vanilla and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Spoon into a serving bowl and top with blueberries or any other fruit you like. A drizzle of honey would also be lovely for those with a sweeter tooth!

banana & date loaf (from eat)
120g flour
60g oats
60g almonds (or almond meal)
80g pitted dates, chopped
1 tbsp chia Seeds
1 tsp Bi-Carb Soda
2 ripe bananas
20ml of oil (macadamia. flaxseed or olive)
100ml milk (soy, almond, rice, oat or coconut milk)
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
2. Prepare ingredients, if you have premade flours, add them to a mixing bowl, if you do not, place first 4 ingredients into a high powered blender and mill untill smooth.
3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.  If the batter is too dry, add a bit more milk or oil. if it’s too wet, add a little more flour.
4. Lightly greese a tin with oil and free pour batter.
5. Bake for approx 1 hour, untill a skewer comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Top with chopped Almonds.

Slice and serve, or top with coconut butter & agave.. great for breakfast or afternoon tea!

green smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 cup spinach
1 cup milk (soy/dairy/rice/almond)
a squeeze of honey

Put all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth and frothy!

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