Friday, November 12, 2010

Vegetable Pakoras

Wow, what happened.. Work got the better of me and before i knew it, two weeks has gone by! Sorry about that.. That doesn't mean that there haven't been plenty of cooking and eating however..

I have been experimenting with different Pakora recipes for a while and here is the result. Pakoras are these Indian little vegetable patties packed with veggies and mixed in with a besan (chickpea) flour batter. The result is this crispy on the outside and crunchy, yet creamy veggie goodness on the inside.

They are also a wicked way of using up whatever is left in the fridge and make great use of the parts of the veggies that you may not (but really should, I know) always use like broccoli and cauliflower stems.

You can use whatever mix of veggies that takes your fancy as longs as they are resonably firm. Carrots, parsnips, swedes, potatoes, kumara, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, celery..

I love using chickpea flour as it provides plenty of substance and is full of protein. A great way to boost the protein in a vegetarian dish.

Serve them with a fresh, green leafy salad and a yogurt/lemon/mint/garlic dip.

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Deliciously Decadent Chocolate & Raspberry Tart

Well, every now and then a simple square of dark chocolate just won't cut it... This is a gluten-free, no-bake, chocolate bursting treat with a refreshing raspberry filling. It is the result of result of quite a bit of experimenting. (What good things aren't?!) I have done versions of the base for a peppermint-slice before and turned it into this one night when we where just craving dessert. The dates gives the base a lovely, round flavour and it makes you wonder why you ever needed refined flours, sugar and butter in the first place!

I've used raspberries for the filling as I love the combination of dark chocolate and the tartness of raspberries, but you could use any type of berries. Just adjust the amount of lemon juice you use to suit. I also have this idea of a tropical version with mango..

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Instant Antioxidant Boost Icecream

We can finally smell the summer...! The last few days has been sunny and warm, and although we are not quite there yet - it definitely is starting to feel like summer.

This is a super-healthy dessert, or even snack. It's full of antioxidants from the berries and protein from the yoghurt. If you want an extra protein boost, just add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the mix.

It only takes a couple of minutes to make, so perfect when you feel like a treat but have no time.. yum!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I tend to go through these nutrition book phases .. Just started reading The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier, very interesting. Brendan in a vegan and iron man triathlete and has many clever thoughts on nutrition and whole foods. I'll report back once I'm a bit further through it..
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life

Pineapple & Avocado Superfood Salsa

Although spring is really taking it's pretty time to set in here in NZ, the few sunny days we have had sure bring on that lovely summer feeling and with that - the desire for light, summer meals. This salsa combines two of my absolute favourites, fresh pineapple and avocado. Apart from tasting absolutely yum, they also bring a lot of health benefits. I'm a true believer in that the food we eat should nourish our bodies as well as be delicious.

Pineapple is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its nutrients include calcium, potassium, fiber and vitamin C. They are also rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for you body to build bone and connective tissues. It also contain an enzyme called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits. 

Avocados are not bad either, they are packed with monounsaturated fat and very nutrient dense. They top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eggplant - like it was supposed to be..

Eggplant - it can be so good but also terribly bad! How many times have you not been served pale, tasteless and mushy eggplant..? I watched Kylie Kwong cock a fantastic dish on Masterchef the other day and thought I share my version of what she did. It is packed with flavour and texture and and will make your kitchen smell like an Asian market in no time...

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