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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 …

Green Soup – Broccoli & Co.

No better day to Go Green than today. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, here’s a simple green soup for a healthier liquid fuel to get you through the celebrations. Main ingredients are broccoli, fennel and celery and it’s ready in 15 minutes. Broccoli, Fennel and Celery Soup 2 medium broccoli heads, washed & cut into florets 2 small fennel bulbs, washed & cut into pieces 1 stalk of celery, washed & cut into pieces 1 yellow onion, peeled & chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled & chopped 1 vegetable stock cube black pepper salt to taste 1 tbsp organic butter water In a large saucepan melt the butter and throw in the onion. Simmer over medium heat for a minute or two, then add the garlic and stir for another minute. Add the broccoli, fennel and celery into the saucepan, cover with water and mix in the vegetable stock. Turn the heat up and bring to boil. Let the soup boil for about 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the vegetables start to soften. Mix in a blender …

whipped coconut cream

a milk-free version of a rich, delicious whipped cream? Yes! 1 jar of coconut milk (refrigerated for at least a couple of hours) 2 tsp organic honey 1/4 tsp vanilla powder raw cacao powder according to taste (for a choco version) Scoop out the harder white coconut milk from the jar, leaving the clear watery liquid aside as this is not needed. In a large bowl, start whipping the coconut milk with an electric mixer. It will take several minutes before the coconut milk will start to change its consistency. Add the honey, vanilla (and sift in the raw cacao powder if you want to make a chocolate version). Keep mixing the coconut milk until you have a fluffy consistency. If your cream is too runny, place it in the refrigerator for a moment before serving on top of desserts, ice cream or whatever you can think of. For a vegan version, substitute the honey with agave syrup.

crunchy kale crisps

An easy recipe for healthier snacking. Whether it’s an evening on the couch or a party you’re planning for this weekend, these crisps will do the trick! Heat the oven to 175c, wash a bunch of kale (I had 3 big leaves, 3 medium sized and a couple of small ones) and pat them gently dry with kitchen paper or in a salad spinner. Cut the hard stalks away and tear the kale into big, crisp-sized pieces. In a mortar and pestle mix 1 tea spoon dried onion powder, 1/2 tea spoon dried garlic, 6 black peppers, 1/3 tea spoon of turmeric and 1/2 tea spoon himalayan salt. Place the pieces of kale on parchment covered baking tray. Spinkle some olive oil on top and give them a good mix. Then sprinkle your spice mix on top, bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the edges of the kale crisps become brown (but not burned) and they have a nice crunchy texture. Enjoy!

multi-seed crackers

These easy-to-make, vegan seed crackers are perfect as a snack, as breakfast bread or even as a cocktail bite when garnished with a veggie spread and fresh herbs. 1,5 dl sunflower seeds 1 dl pumpkin seeds 1 dl crushed lin seeds 1-2 table spoons chia seeds 0,5 dl sesame seeds 2 table spoons poppy seeds 1 dl rolled oats 0,5 dl oat flakes 1 big table spoon of tahini (sesame paste) 2 dl corn flour 2 table spoons potato flour 2,5-3 dl boiling water salt & pepper Heat the oven to 180ºc and mix all ingredients except for the water in a bowl. Add the boiling hot water and mix well, cover the bowl and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Add water if needed, the mixture should be quite solid. Spread the mix onto a large baking tray covered with grease-proof paper.You can use a spatula to help you tap the paste evenly on the tray, making a thin, solid 3-5 mm layer. You can already cut the layer into squares as this might be …

red quinoa salad

Ingredients: 2dl red quinoa (uncooked) 1dl chick peas rinsed 1/2 cucumber cut in cubes 2 big seeded tomatoes 2-3 scallions 150 g feta cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1-2 tablespoons sun flower seeds ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar juice of half a lemon ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper broccoli sprouts (optional) Boil the quinoa according to the instructions on the pack (average 15-20 min) and set it aside to cool. Seed & chop the tomatoes in small cubes, chop the cucumber and the scallions. Crumble the feta cheese. In a big bowl combine all the ingredients except from the broccoli sprouts and mix them well together. Add the broccoli sprouts on top of the dish when serving. If possible, leave the salad in the fridge for an hour or two before serving, this will make the flavors more intense. Serves 4.

Friday night

Tonight I stayed in, ate delicious pasta, followed by some raspberry sorbet. A glass of wine and Sleepless in Seattle. The perfect way to recharge my batteries after a week at the office. Fry a sliced onion and some red sweet pepper in a frying pan in a generous amount of olive oil. Add some garlic, sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Spice with salt, pepper and some balsamic cream. I would’ve added some fresh basil, if I’d had some. Boil some tagliatelle and enjoy!