15 November 2016

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

Creamy soft, golden-brown caramelised aubergines with a distinct perfume of thyme, finished with a little fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil and a couple of Maldon salt crystals for that extra crunch. 

THYME-ROASTED AUBERGINES

These aubergines are extremely easy to make, with only a few ingredients and hands-on steps required, but are incredibly tasty with a real WOW factor due to their beautiful thyme perfume. The diamond-cut aubergine halves are salted and left to 'sweat' for a little, dried, coated with olive oil, and then oven-roasted on a bed of thyme until tender, golden-brown, caramelised and beautifully fragrant.

14 November 2016

MOCHA-BANANA PICK-ME-UP SMOOTHIE

MOCHA-BANANA PICK-ME-UP SMOOTHIE

Freshly brewed espresso, chocolatey bitter cocoa powder and creamy sweet frozen bananas, all blended together with fresh cold milk and ice cubes to gorgeously rich and creamy frothiness. Easy, fast, and with a delicious mocha-banana taste, this smoothie is great to wake you up in the morning, or a pick-me-up in the afternoon. It's beautifully creamy and tasty, rather satisfying and filling thanks to the bananas and milk, and on top of that quite healthy: full of protein and fiber, it is also high in magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. 

3 November 2016

CARROT CAKE SOURDOUGH PANCAKES


Thick, fluffy, sweet, moist pancakes with a perfume of warm autumn spices and an aroma of carrots, walnuts and sourdough, sprinkled with crunchy walnuts, and drizzled with glossy golden-brown sweet maple syrup. Served with a dollop of refreshing Greek yogurt, or better still, maple-syrup-caramelised bacon on the side (thank you, Helen, for taking over the pan on that one!). Could you really wish for more? :-)



A recent extended knife cutting exercise from my latest adventure: a Rouxbe cooking course, left me with a huge amount of carrots and carrot scraps - I wonder, do all students need to use so many carrots and hours to produce perfect Batonnets, Dice and Juliennes? Do they all use a ruler? ;-) Are the carrots in their countries so much larger that they can cut perfect 2 cm large cubes without any wastage? It's an online course, so I guess, I will never know :-)