Saturday, 25 March 2017

Coffee body scrub

Happy Mother's day to me !!  I love this body scrub, it's a real treat and that's exactly what I need this mother's day weekend.

The recipe is from the blog .....A beautiful mess.......

You will need only 3 ingredients:

- ground coffee, 3/4 cup
- polenta or sugar, 1 cup
- coconut oil, half cup

Melt the coconut oil. 
Place the other ingredients into a large bowl and pour in the coconut oil.
Mix well and spoon it into a glass jar.

Use only small amount of the scrub to exfoliate your body and face, you don't want to block your bath drain. ( I presume you scrub in bath ) 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Leek potato & spinach soup

Hello first day of spring ! Soup is something I will be eating less this season especially when the sun comes out, but for now here is a hearty and nutritious bowl of soup ..... 


300 gr sliced leek
600 gr white potatoes

2 cloves garlic
olive oil
3 cubes frozen spinach
salt and pepper or 1 stock cube

garnish: yogurt, avocado,
ground flax seeds, bread,
olive oil

In a large pot pour in 3 - 4 Tbsp olive oil.
Add the leek followed by the potatoes ( peeled and cubed ).
Stir in the minced garlic and pour in 1 .3 litre of hot water.
Bring it to boil, reduce the heat and put the lid on.
Cook the soup for 15 minutes, add salt and pepper as well as the spinach.
Cook for further 5 minutes.
Cool it down for a bit before you liquidise the soup. 
I use an electric stick blender.
Serve for dinner as a first course or a light lunch.

note: add any other veggies such as cauliflower, celeriac or broccoli stalks.... 

Thanks for reading! I would appreciate any comments or suggestions from you.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Kids friendly chili

Chili no carne has finally got a well deserved place on our menu. I have been playing with different ingredients for a long time and now the search is over, I've got the right formula  ✔
So, no kidney beans or any other big size beans, no celery, sweet potato or butternut squash ....


serve 5-6 people

1 diced onion
2 cloves garlic
2 diced carrots
200 gr green lentils
1 tin chopped tomato
half pack chili mix
1 tin black beans or 200 gr cooked black beans
1 green bell pepper 
1 mug rice 
fresh salad ( tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red cubbage, parsley )

In a large cooking pot heat up a splash of olive oil, add the onions, garlic and carrots and stir for 5 minutes. Add the lentils ( they don't need soaking overnight but it's better so soak them at least an hour ).
Pour in about 400 ml hot water, put the lid on and cook everything on a low temperature for 40 to 50 minutes.
Now sprinkle the chili powder mix , add the tomatoes ( I blitz them in a blender for smooth texture ) , beans and cook for further 30 minutes stirring every now and then.
Ten minutes before it's cooked add the green pepper cut into long strips.
I don't add any salt or pepper because the chili mix is already salty.
In the meantime cook your favorite rice.
Chop all veggies for the salad. Season with some olive oil and lime juice. 
Serve as you wish .......

note: sometimes I use baked beans if I have no black beans . Simply pour the whole tin of baked beans into a colander and wash it under the cold water.....

I use this chili mix because it's very mild


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Weekend muesli bread

Saturday baking time ....can't get better than this.... the smell of homemade bread is priceless ...


1/4 tsp dry yeast 
60 ml water
80 gr flour
300 ml water
2 cups of white flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
3/4 cup muesli 
1 tsp honey
1 tsp salt


The day before you want to bake the bread make the starter: mix up the first three ingredients in a cereal bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and leave it to prove overnight in room temperature for as little as 12 hours up to 24 hours.
Don't be put down by this starter, it is easy to make, you can't go wrong and the result is incredible. 
The texture of the bread is so luxuries, you won't ever use instant yeast again.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the water with the starter, than add the flour, muesli, honey and sat.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes or so adding more flour/water if needed.
Place the dough in a clean glass bowl that you've oiled before.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave it to prove for 4 hours.
Place the dough onto a floured working top and fold the dough couple of times. You don't want the air to come out of it.
Cover the dough with flour and leave it to rest for final 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven on 220 C.
Place the dough on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 180 C and bake for further 40 minutes.
Cool it down before you slice the bread.
Best serve with butter.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Sweet potato falafels in homemade pita bread

Falafels, I can never get them right ...until now .... 


1 sweet potato, medium size
250 gr cooked chickpeas
2 cloves of garlic
juice of half lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric 
1 Tbsp tahini
salt and pepper 
sesame seeds

First, peel the sweet potato and cut it into chunks. Steam it for 20 minutes or until very soft. 
In a food processor place half of the chick peas, sweet potato, garlic, lemon juice, oil, tahini, spices and seasoning . Pulse until smooth then add the rest of the chickpeas and pulse once more but make sure the chickpeas is semi crushed .
Place the sesame seeds into a plate.
Using your hands ( preferably wet ) form patties and roll them into the sesame seeds.
Place them on a baking tray.
Repeat until all the mixture is gone.
Bake them on 180 C for 35 - 45 minutes. 

for the Pita breads you will need:

200 gr white flour
50 gr wholemeal flour
1 tsp dry yeast
half a tsp of salt
1 - Tbsp olive oil
180 ml water

Make the dough and leave it to rest for 45 minutes.
Divide the dough into 5 - 6 balls and roll each ball flat. 
Place a cereal bowl us side down on the top of the flat dough and cut around using a knife.
I know from practice that cutting the dough in this way will help it rais better in oven.
Place the rounds onto a baking tray and bake for 7 -8 minutes on 200 C.

Both falafels and pita breads freeze well. 

Serve the falafels with some yogurt and cucumber sauce as well as any fresh veggies you have...