All posts tagged: gluten free

kale pesto

Pesto with kale and spruce sprouts

I love veggie spreads: hummus, pesto, tapenade; you name it. What’s also great about them is that you can experiment around a basic recipe almost endlessly. So, here is a recipe for an absolutely delicious kale pesto with a crisp, full flavour. Spread it on bread or seed cracker, serve with roasted vegetables or add to a pasta sauce. I understand that not everyone has spruce sprouts available (I collected and froze some last year) and while they add that sharp tangy edge to this pesto, they are not essential to make a savory pesto following the rest of the recipe.  Makes about 4 dl 150g fresh kale 2 tbsp frozen or fresh spruce sprouts 2 dl sunflower seeds 2 cloves of garlic (go on, throw in a third, if you love garlic!) zest and juice of 1/2 lemon 1 dl of olive oil (add more if needed) 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp of honey Toast the sunflower seeds in a frying pan on high heat, mixing often as they roast quickly. When the …

the nutty loaf

I’ve never been a big bread-baker but I’ve always loved those artisan breads that rustle as I break their crust with my fingers and smell their soft, airy interior…mmmmm. Well, since I went gluten-free about 6 months ago, I’ve been happy that I don’t live in Brussels anymore. The smell of warm bread, croissants and pain au chocolate that lingers on the streets would’ve been too much to take during the withdrawal period. So, since I chucked gluten, I’ve been mostly relying on expensive store-bought bread that is usually on the dry side, and on home made seed crackers. But I decided that this year, 2017, would be a year of gluten-free baking, of mastering the bread and pastries without wheat. Let’s start with this nutty loaf bread. This is the first attempt, so perhaps we’ll get back to this one later in the year. But all in all, it’s pretty good 🙂 Give it a try and taste for yourself! Makes 1 loaf of bread 3,5 dl gluten-free rolled oats 2 dl sunflower seeds …

sweet liquorice toffee

As a Finn I love liquorice, especially salt liquorice. There were times we could’ve spoken about an addiction, but luckily living abroad with no regular access to my favorite drug, I have gradually gotten rid of this habit and liquorice has become an occational treat. On my recent trip up north I got some liquorice root powder with an experiment in mind; Would it be possible to produce my own, healthier liquorice treats? After some thought and experiments, I can now share my first liquorice sweets recipe with you other liquorice lovers! Sweet Liquorice Toffee 1 dl organic honey 0,5 dl blackstrap molasses 3 heaping table spoons of liquorice root powder 1 teaspoon ground star anis 1 dl natural peanut butter (or use almond/cashew butter for a more neutral taste) 0,5 dl almond milk (or oat milk) 1 tbsp psyllium husk half a tsp ground vanilla pinch of salt (fleur de sel) Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes stirring constantly. You will notice the paste becoming more elastic …

chocolate and peanut butter cups

I know this blog has been all about food lately, and I’m going to continue… I have just been so interested in food for the past months. Here is a recipe for a little vegan treat. These dark chocolate and peanut butter cups are just perfect to accompany your afternoon tea or coffee; or even as a little dessert after a dinner with friends. Here is what you’ll need (the amounts are “about” measures, the main thing is that you get a paste that is together enough to become more solid in the fridge but liquid enough to come off the spoon when you measure it into the small paper baking molds) 1-1,5 dl of oat meal 1-1,5 dl of almond milk 3-4 generous table spoons of natural unsalted peanut butter 2 generous table spoons of almond paste 2-3 table spoons of agave syrup 1/2 tea spoon of vanilla extract 200 g of dark chocolate (melted) Mix all the ingredients except for the chocolate in a large bowl and blend them into a paste with …