Thursday, 11 October 2018

Pumpkin three ways ( part 1 )

October is already here and I have been busy baking and cooking with my favorite veg Pumpkin !!

I've got some lovely velvety soup that is protein rich, I've also got a pumpkin wholemeal bread full of goodness and I've got pumpkin granola. Yes, I am so excited about the granola, the taste is phenomenal and everyone adds a handful or two as a topping on their cereal …..  






Pumpkin and red lentil soup with zaatar croutons 

1 diced onion
1 diced carrot
2 cloves garlic
1 celery stick
400 gr pumpkin, butternut squash or any squash you can get, peeled and chopped into big chunks
2/3 cup red lentils 
6 cups of water
1 veggie stock cube 
for the zaatar croutons I used rye bread, cubed and seasoned with zaatar, splash of olive oil before oven bake for 10 min on high temp. 

In a large cooking pot splash some olive oil begore adding the veggies. Stir in the pumpkin, lentils as well as the water. 
Cook until the pumpkin is soft then add the stock cube.
Cool is down a bit before you blend it.
Add some black pepper and salt if needed.
Serve 6 or more.





Pumpkin wholemeal seeded bread

500 gr pumpkin 
100 gr pumpkin seeds
200 gr wholemeal flour
200 gr white flour
150 gr porridge oats
4 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp sugar
7 gr salt
7 gr active dry yeast

Cut the pumpkin into big wedges no need to peel and roast it in the oven for 40 - 60 min or until soft.
Spoon out the pumpkin flash and make a pure.
Set a side.
In a large mixing bowl place all dry ingredients ( reserve about 30 gr seeds for topping ) add 400 ml of lukewarm water . Mix it all up adding more water if needed. Knead the dough on floured surface adding the oil here and there.
Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour or so.
After that place the dough back on floured surface, fold it a few times and place it into a baking tin ( covered with baking paper ) of your choice, mine is 900 ml loaf tin.
Brush the dough with warm water and sprinkle the seeds.
Let it rest for 1 hour.
Bake for 50 - 55 min on 200 C .





Pumpkin granola

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup mixed seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin 
1 cup pumpkin pure
1/2 cup maple syrup 
2/3 cup coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl pour in the maple syrup, add the pumpkin pure and the soften coconut oil.
Stir all together and add the oats, nuts, seeds as well as the cinnamon and salt.
Mix it all making sure all the dry ingredients are covered with the pumpkin mixture.
Spread the mixture onto two baking trays and bake for 30 minutes on 180 C stir it half way through the baking.
The granola should be slightly colored and crisp.
Cool it down before you store in some glass jars.
Add some dry fruit if you like, I add some raisins !!
Delicious !! 
















Saturday, 15 September 2018

In my kitchen in September πŸŒ½πŸ‚πŸ† πŸ…


Hello autumn - my favorite season !!

I have some exciting things and food this September and I am happy to share it....



Beautiful aubergines - picked from Wisley garden. There was some awesome fresh produce for people to take home for a small donation in return. 




orange beetroot from Wisley 


a few corns and a pumpkin that I used for my homemade tomato sauce 

super cute mini olives

I bought those napkins this summer from Macedonia 

super cute knives and forks for packed lunch, also from Macedonia 

my new paper cups 

some tea bags from Macedonia


sourdough bread baking continues in my kitchen

Lentils salad loaded with fresh veggies, edamame beans and home grown chives 

the garlic was grown and dried by my dad  ❤organic 


Tomato sauce enriched with roasted pumpkin and garlic 

I make this sauce every September, this time I added some roasted pumpkin and garlic, it's perfect 
the recipe is on my blog click here if you are interested 


Aubergine & yellow peas coconut curry with homemade naan bread ( I could eat this every day )





Apple & cinnamon cakes - perfect for lunchboxes 



Carrot cake I baked for my husband birthday
the kids loved the roses made by carrot ribbons 




I am sharing this post with sherrys pickings in my kitchen in September 




Monday, 6 August 2018

Summer eating πŸ…πŸ†πŸŒΏπŸŒ½


Harissa glazed aubergines is something we all enjoy eating in the summer. 
method: 
Slice the aubergine, brush with olive oil ( I use spray ) 
Place the slices on a baking tray. It goes in pre heated oven on 180 C for 20 min.
Get the tray out and brush the aubergines with harissa paste ( the one I use is smoky but mild and very oily ) 
Back in oven for another 10 - 15 minutes.
I serve the aubergines with Greek salad with added cooked lentils as well as toasted bread.


Grilled corn quinoa salad with falafels, tzatziki and pita bread 


I can't tell you how much we enjoyed this meal, it's summer on a plate, it's absolutely lovely !!!
I used: 3/4 cup quinoa , handful of chopped tomatoes, half a cucumber, chopped radishes, some red onion, avocado, tin of cooked butter beans, feta cheese, gilled corn, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and paper.
I grilles the corns under a grill for 20 minutes turning it every now and then.
In a meantime I cooked the quinoa for 15 - 20 minutes and chopped up the veggies.
Mix everything all up, season with paper, easy on the salt as feta cheese is salty enough.
Serve with tzatziki, falafels and pita bread for a perfect balanced summer meal ❤☀🌽 

I have found the best recipe for falafels, made from chickpeas ( of course ) as well as broccoli and cauliflower.  I made them in advance, kept in freezer and bake straight from frozen. Perfect !   here is the link for the recipe !!








Bambino portion 
from the market




Monday, 21 May 2018

In my kitchen in May



The highlight of the month is my brand new sourdough starter.

My love for sourdough started a long time ago, I had it about five years ago for a year and then I had to give it up because of high demands of the starter + having a baby wasn't easy.

I am giving another go, I have got myself a new book called the sourdough school and here is some photos so far: 




Established starter 







 our favorite way of eating sour bread is toasted and topped with what ever we have in the fridge

 my favorite supplement 


 Harissa, one of my favorite condiment 


Butternut squash oven baked risotto - perfect mid week dinner for all the family

Chickpea, courgettes and peppers pasties served with thick yogurt mixed with harissa



Healthy snack = rice cakes topped with peanut butter and fruit


pineapple muffins with spelt flour crumble 




I am sharing this post with  sherrys pickings who is hosting in my kitchen challenge