All posts tagged: organic

Winter Pesto with Kale, Rocket, Walnuts and Cashews

Winter Pesto with Kale, Rocket, Walnuts and Cashews Homemade pesto is so fun and easy to make. It can practically be made with any leafy green, this time I have gone for a seasonal winter green, Kale. Walnuts and cashews make this pesto luxurious and the rich parmesan really cuts through more than in the shop bought variety. This recipe makes two jars worth and is packed full of super zinging vitamins needed at winter time. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 130g kale 70g rocket 75g parmesan or grana padano cheese 30g walnuts 30g cashews 3 cloves of garlic 100ml extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juice of salt & pepper to taste ____________________________________________________________________________________ Start my bringing a large pan of water to the boil and blanch the kale for 3-4 min until tender. Drain the kale and set aside. Wash the rocket and dry with a clean dish cloth. Using a food processor, wiz the cheese, nuts and garlic for a few seconds. Then add the kale and rocket. The rocket might not fit at first, but once …

Homemade Pita

Homemade Pita Bread On my way home from the beach with my dog yesterday I stopped off at the local shop to get some pita bread for my favourite Girl-Slaw recipe. Get that recipe here. And as I stood in line, I thought to my self; Why have I never made my own pita? I know it must be simple. And boy is it simple! And tasty. I found this recipe, and adapted it using half wholemeal flour instead of just white. I loved the simple process of making the pita, seeing them puff up in the pan is very satisfying indeed. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Makes 8 200-250ml luke warm water 2 tsp dry yeast 175g wholemeal flour, organic 175g plain flour, organic 1 tsp salt 2 tsp olive oil ____________________________________________________________________________________ Mix the 200 ml of the water and yeast together in a bowl, and let sit for about five minutes until the yeast is dissolved. Add the flour, salt and olive oil. Mix the dough together, and if needed add the remaining 50ml of water until …

Bolo de Arroz – Portuguese Rice Cakes

Bolo de Arroz – Portuguese Rice Cakes The first thing I always need to get when I land in Portugal is a Bolo de Arroz – or Portuguese Rice Cake. I love everything about them, I love the taste and sweet lemon butter aroma and I especially love the cute little wax paper wrapper that holds the little cake together. They are a must to have alongside a strong coffee and a good view from a street side cafe or bakery. So, back in the UK I set out to make my own batch in order to recreate my fond Portuguese memories…But they didn’t turn out as expected. They were in some regards, perfect in taste and appearance, but in texture they were all wrong. They were not light and slightly greasy as I remember them, they were instead slightly dense with a crispy top! I immediately blamed the recipe and delved into a lengthy research spree, but as I soon discovered, my beloved Bolo de Arroz I know and love, are not actually traditionally …