Banana Bread with buttermilk

Banana Bread with buttermilk

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups sugar

100g softened butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp Bi-Carb soda (baking soda)

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 mashed ripe bananas

Method

Preheat oven to 150ºC

Using a mixer if you have one, cream butter and sugar until you have a light fluffy yellow mixture

Add 1 egg at a time, mix well after each egg

Mix the baking soda and buttermilk together and add to the mixture

Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture

Add the vanilla and mashed bananas

Mix well

Lightly grease a loaf tin and lay baking paper inside

Pour mixture into tin and tap a few times to get the air bubbles out

Bake in the oven for 90 minutes (test with skewer or knife)

Let the cake cool for 20 minutes before removing from the tin

Slice and enjoy!

 

 

Quinoa Fritters with Peas & Feta

Quinoa Fritters with Peas & Feta

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Tip – make these gluten free by using gluten free baking powder

Makes about 20

200g quinoa
350g frozen peas
200g feta
4 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, lightly whisked
Salt & Pepper
1-2 tbs cornflour if required
Oil for frying – i use grapeseed

Method

Cook quinoa, simmer for 10 mins until cooked and drain well.

In a bowl mix quinoa, feta, shallots, cumin, peas, baking powder and eggs. Season well.

Use a stick blender to blend half of the mixture up, and then mix through with the unblended mixture. Add some cornflour if mixture is too runny.

Heat a couple of centimetres of oil in large frying pan, roll mixture into balls and fry in batches. Once golden, drain on paper towel.

These are great as a snack or served with a salad..I serve with lemon and a dollop of yogurt

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Quinoa & Kale Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa & Kale Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa and Kale Bowl

The chilli flakes make this hearty breakfast dish, adding depth and a lot of spice. It takes minutes to make and yet is impressive, healthy, and satisfying.
Makes 1
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup (packed) cleaned and roughly chopped kale
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (more if you like spicy)
6 cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons crumbled feta
1 poached / boiled or fried egg
1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium sauté pan. Add kale, season with a pinch of salt, and sauté for about one minute. Add minced garlic clove and chilli flakes and sauté for another 30 seconds, or until the garlic becomes fragrant but hasn’t turned brown. Add cooked quinoa, and sauté for one minute.
2. Add cherry tomatoes, shallots, and vinegar, and turn off heat. Toss to combine, and check for seasoning.
3. To serve, plate the mixture, garnish with feta cheese, and top with the egg
1 Serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories  368.9; Total Fat  23.0 g; Saturated Fat 5.3 g; Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9 g; Monounsaturated Fat 12.7 g; Cholesterol  218.9 mg; Sodium  356.2 mg; Potassium  334.2 mg; Total Carbohydrate  26.3 g; Dietary Fiber 4.8 g; Sugars 4.1 g; Protein  16.0 g

Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters

Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters

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You can be as creative or boring as you want with this recipe.

Substitute any vegetables and spices you don’t want or have available with something else that will taste good!

Great for breakfast and brunch, I cooked them for my girlfriends and served with a range of yummy foods shown below.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 red onion (finely diced)

2 grated zucchini (grated)

1 tin sweet corn kernels

1 pkt halloumi (half in mixture, half to serve with)

1/2 bunch corriander (finely chopped, stems and all)

half a small red chilli (no seeds)

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

salt & pepper

1/2 cup of vege oil

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Method:

You can take the easy road and put all of the  ingredients in a blender and be done with your mixture.

However, I prefer to dice everything up…this gives your fritters more texture.

Mix together flour, baking powder, milk and eggs

Dice up half the halloumi and add to mixture

Add in all other finely diced and grated ingredients

Mix in spice, season well with salt and pepper

Heat some of the oil in a frying pan

About a tablespoon of mixture makes a good sized fritter

Shallow-fry for 1-2 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel

Serving suggestions

I served with bacon & avocado salsa, cream cheese & smoked salmon and halloumi

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You can replace the milk with buttermilk and the halloumi with feta or another delicious cheese.

You could make gluten free by using a different flour

Use different fresh herbs that you have available – thyme, parsley etc

And be creative with using a different spice if you do not have smoked paprika in the cupboard

Its all about the flavour with these fritters

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Braised Butter Beans in Olive Oil, Capsicum, Oregano & Tomato

Braised Butter Beans in Olive Oil, Capsicum, Oregano & Tomato

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Olive Oil

2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed

2 x 400g tins of  Tomatoes

2 x 400g Butter Beans, drained

5 slices roasted Capsicum – jar, sliced

1 Tbs chopped fresh Oregano

2 Bay leaves

Method:

Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a medium saucepan

Cook garlic for a few minutes, add tinned tomatoes and bay leaves

Put the lid on and simmer for 15mins

Stir in the butter beans and capsicum and simmer for 10mins

Remove from heat, season, stir through oregano – Serve!