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03Jul 12

Deep-Fried Onion Flowers

These delicious,  deep-fried onion “flowers” make for a very visually impressive appetiser with which to astound your friends!  The best thing about them is that although they look very impressive and hard to make, they’re actually very easy and will be ready in less than 30 minutes! Serve them with a side of mustard sauce for dipping. I also recommend these aloo bonda snacks, which are deep-fried potato balls. Print Deep-Fried Onion Flowers Author: Jack Williams Recipe type: Appetiser Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 4   Ingredients 2 large Spanish onions 150g white rice flour 4 tablespoons cornflour ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh oregano ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon fresh thyme ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 large eggs 125ml water Canola oil for frying Instructions Remove the skin from the onion and remove […]

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30Jun 12

Bacon and Potato Rosti

These bacon and potato rosti are oven-baked and while I don’t think I’d want to eat them for breakfast very often, they make for a wonderfully satisfying snack or starter.

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27Jun 12

Corn Tortillas

Mexican-style corn tortillas for making burritos, quesadillas or chicken fajitas.  They’re surprisingly easy to make and taste so much better than the store-bought variety!   You Need: 500g cornflour 250ml to 300ml warm (45°C) water   Steps: Blend the cornflour and warm water with a food processor until a soft ball forms. Remove the dough from the food processor. You should be able to knead the dough in your hands without it sticking to your hands or falling apart. If it isn’t right, put the dough back in the food processor. If it is too sticky, blend in more flour, a tablespoon at a time; if it falls apart, add more warm water, a tablespoon at a time. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape into balls. Cover tightly to prevent them from drying out. Cut 24 pieces of baking paper, each about 7 inches square. Place one […]

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25Jun 12

Mashed Potatoes with Onion Gravy

Mashed potatoes and gravy, so yummy, and so many memories!  I’ve been trying to stay away from beef and chicken lately, and the ingredients list on most gravy mixes just make me shiver, so I decided to come up with a vegetarian version of this traditional favourite.  This mashed potatoes and onion gravy recipe is the result. You can serve it as a side dish to accompany pretty much any meat if you want, or alternatively you could throw some bangers into the mix for a quick and easy bangers and mash.  If you want to keep it vegetarian-friendly, just use veggie-bangers or serve alongside some seitan or veggie burgers.  If you’re a vegan, substitute the butter for margarine or oil and replace the milk with soy or rice milk – just make sure you choose one that’s not too sweet as that can ruin the taste. You need: For the Gravy: […]

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22Jun 12

Coconut Pancakes

These coconut pancakes are made with coconut flour, which lends a delicious and intense coconut flavour and is also a great ingredient for gluten-free baking because of its high fibre, high protein, and low carbohydrate content.  The addition of the shredded coconut and coconut-flavoured extract make the pancakes even more delicious and sweet. It can be difficult to get these pancakes right the first time, so make sure you follow the instructions carefully, mix all the ingredients very well and don’t skip any steps, such as letting the batter set.  For best results, make sure you use a good non-stick frying pan whose surface isn’t scratched or worn. (For mini treats, try these mini pancakes with mozzarella, spinach and pine nuts.)   You Need: 65g sorghum flour 65g cornflour 50g tapioca flour 60g coconut flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt, […]

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20Jun 12

Home-made Dried Fruit and Nut Muesli

This home-made dried fruit and nut muesli makes a great breakfast cereal or can even just be eaten by hand as a snack.  It also works well for making a base or crispy topping for baked fruit desserts like this apple crisp recipe.  I like to put a handful or two in a small plastic bag or container and take it with me to snack on at work or in the car.   You Need: DRY INGREDIENTS: 500g gluten-free rolled oats 250g unsweetened coconut flakes 65g sunflower seeds 60g almond slices 65g pumpkin seeds 60g walnuts or pecans 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt LIQUID INGREDIENTS: 125ml honey 65ml very hot water 65ml canola oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract DRIED FRUITS AND NUTS: 125g whole almonds 65g dried bananas 65g raisins 65g finely chopped dried apricots   Steps:   Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to […]

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18Jun 12

No-egg Caesar Salad

If you’re like me and you don’t like to eat raw eggs, then this no egg Caesar salad will soon turn into your new favourite salad recipe!  The crispiness of the romaine lettuce and the tanginess of the Worcestershire, garlic, mustard and vinegar in the sauce come together to make a winning combination that’s been a favourite for discerning diners around the world for years. As for the omission of the raw eggs, I can guarantee you that you won’t even miss them – in fact, I’m having a bit of a hard time understanding what they were doing in the original recipe in the first place! (Also try this chicken salad with roast tomatoes, almonds and balsamic dressing.)   You Need: 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ teaspoon salt 65ml extra-virgin olive oil 200g chicken strips 375g gluten-free bread cubes, crusts removed, and cut in 1.5cm pieces 1 tablespoon fresh […]

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14Jun 12

Oven-Baked Artichoke Dip

Artichokes are a wonderfully tasty vegetable that bring an authentic Mediterranean flavour to any dish, and this oven-baked artichoke dip is no exception!  As an added bonus, artichokes are known to have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all vegetables, are diuretic and even help to reduce cholesterol! This dip has a sweet roasted flavour and will be sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party.  Serve it in a bowl with a plate of fresh chopped veggies, savoury biscuits, crisps, or my rosemary focaccia recipe.  I guarantee the bowl will be empty long before the night is through!   You Need: 125ml fresh lemon juice 185ml extra-virgin olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 package (400g) frozen artichokes, thawed 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or soy alternative […]

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12Jun 12

Raisin Bread

This raisin bread recipe may take a bit of work to get right, but it’ll make your morning breakfast oh-so-much better! If you are looking for something crispier, this Biscotti di Prato recipe might also do the trick. Toast and butter it for best results.   You Need: 1 tablespoon active dry yeast 250ml warm (45°C) milk 55g dark brown sugar White rice flour for dusting 2 large eggs, at room temperature 435g potato starch 90g sorghum flour 90g cornflour 70g tapioca flour 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 85ml canola oil 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 170g raisins tossed with 1 teaspoon of potato starch   Steps:   In a small bowl, combine the yeast, warm milk, and 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar. Set aside to foam 5 minutes. Generously grease a non-stick loaf pan. Dust the bottom and sides of the pan lightly […]

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10Jun 12

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

These lemon blueberry muffins are mouth-wateringly delicious and make a great snack or only slightly decadent breakfast.  The crispy lemon and sugar topping is the icing on the cake, or in this case, the muffin!  If you manage to not eat them all in one sitting, they will keep in the refrigerator for up to ten days. (I would also recommend these raspberry and cinnamon muffins.)   You Need: LIQUID INGREDIENTS 2 large eggs, at room temperature 185ml milk 125ml canola oil 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract DRY INGREDIENTS 180g + 25g sorghum flour 180g + 20g cornflour 140g + 15g tapioca flour 150g granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon salt 175g (1 cup) fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry TOPPING Cooking spray 100g granulated sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest   Steps:   Place a rack in the […]

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