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Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo is a chicken and rice dish popular in Spain and Latin America. While its origin is difficult to trace, it is likely an adaptation of the Paella, a staple Spanish (Valencian) rice dish dating as far back as the 15th century. As with many dishes stemming from Spain’s exploration and colonization, Arroz […]

via Arroz con Pollo — The Domestic Man

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Marinated courgette/zucchini

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I made this as a side dish and it was so good I knew I had to give this it’s own blog! Rita, Rita cooks Italian has a lovely blog. Sometimes when you make blogging friends but as fast as they come, they sometimes disappear and you never know the reason. Rita hasn’t posted for a long time but her blog is still there and full of lovely Italian recipes.

I was thinking about Italian food and went to Rita’s blog for inspiration.We are having a glut of courgette/zucchini at the moment and as much as I love it I need new recipes to use them all up. I found this recipe for marinated courgette and it looked irresistible. I changed the recipe slightly but kept to it as much as possible.

Italian marinated courgette/zucchini

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time about 5 minutes 

serves 2 as a side dish 

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Chocolate Beet Cake with chocolate ganache

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I’m presenting another recipe today using some of the fresh produce in the garden.  A moist Chocolate cake with beets. This is a wonderful cake with the intense, rich, deep-dark flavor of chocolate!I must confess when I first heard of it, I couldn’t imagine beets in a cake, but you’ve got to believe me on this one.  The beets make this cake moist without really overpowering the  taste.  Think beet cake is strange?  Think again.  Much like carrot cakes and zucchini breads, this beet cake fulfills all that and more.

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CAPRESE SALAD

From the Family Table

You are probably wondering, “Who needs a recipe for caprese salad?” After all, it’s fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil with a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and a little salt. But if you check out the internet, you’ll see that nearly every celebrity chef, along with all of the food websites have posted a recipe. Some call for roasted tomatoes, some call for lots of additional ingredients, some leave out one or another of the key ingredients, some with bizarre (IMHO) substitutions. Then there are the purists who insist that anything other than chunked tomatoes (I think slices are easier), “torn” pieces of homemade mozzarella (slices match the tomatoes), and torn –  not cut –  basil results in an inferior dish. (I readily admit that my taste buds have never been discriminating enough to taste the difference between torn or chopped greens of any sort. Also, there’s…

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Homemade Éclairs 

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So it is decided.

I have ran out of excuses to keep myself away from something that is an extension of my thoughts and my way of letting whats in my head take form online in word. Blogging the world calls it. And I love it. So much that the guilt of not posting something has been bugging my mind and so to say my sleep from the last couple of days. Like most other problems I have recently faced I have decided to deal with my laziness that keeps me away from a keyboard and to challenge myself to try to get a post online once every week, the least I can say, safely. Running away from a problem is no solution.

I cannot make promises I cannot keep so challenging myself to get out of corners of the house that do not require me in my free time…

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Spelt Rye Multi-grain

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DSC_0046  Fresh milled Spelt flour and Rye along with rye chops, cracked wheat and barley flakes were left to autolyse for 24 hours.  The resulting bread was an earthy, nutty wholesome bread perfect for sandwiches, grilled bread or just spread with some butter.

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Formula

Spelt Rye Multigrain (%)

Spelt Rye Multigrain (weights)

Download the BreadStorm File Here.

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Levain Directions

Mix all the Levain ingredients together for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap.  Let it sit at room temperature for around 8-12 hours or until the starter is nice and bubbly.

Either use in the main dough immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day before using.

 Main Dough Procedure

Mix the flours along with the rye chops, cracked wheat and barley flakes until incorporated and add all of the water.  Mix for about 30 seconds until you have a shaggy dough and cover your bowl.  Put it in your refrigerator overnight or around 24 – 36…

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RAIN, EAT, REST, REPEAT – FOOD THAT BOOST YOU BRAIN POWER

Be Like Water

Here are seven foods you should add to your regular diet if you want to keep firing on all cylinders. These foods may not make you smarter, but they’ll help you stay sharp and think clearly–especially when you’ve been glued to your desk for 12 hours.

  1. Salmon. This is one of the best brain foods out there. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids that have been shown to enhance memory and cognition. Plus, Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Shoot for three servings of wild Alaskan salmon a week.
  2. Flax. This plant-based source of Omega 3 is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Not only does flax improve brain function, but it helps reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Flax also helps lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar, making it a great supplement to include in…

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Seminyak is not Bali

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Many of you will know that I am enamoured with Balinese culture and its people. This love affair grows stronger with each visit, despite the fact that, like many others, I find some aspects of foreign tourism in Bali very disturbing. The best way to avoid seeing the ugly side of tourism is to by- pass particular districts, as well as becoming more receptive to the local culture, religion, ritual, history and the country’s social economic issues.

Here’s my current list of gripes:

  • the prevalence of plastic in a country that lacks regular rubbish collection and where, traditionally, rubbish is burnt. And, the holier- than -thou tourist attack on Bali’s plastic problem while continuing to shop, collecting plastic bags along the way, and drinking water from plastic bottles.
  • large foreign-owned resorts built along the shores of major tourist areas effectively blocking local access to their own beach. These resorts are…

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Arugula and Mint Pea Salad

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We had company over for the first time post-baby two weeks ago.  Prior to baby, I thought spending time at home with one small, portable child who naps on and off all day would mean I’d have lots of time to menu plan and cook and get real fancy.  I had big plans for this blog, for instance.

I know.

Clearly, I didn’t spend any time with any children before abruptly shifting into 24/7, all baby, all the time, mode.  So what made it to the table for company was a reliable friend: chicken and this simple, deceptively good salad.

IMG_4618Arugula and Mint Pea Salad

  • 2 cups fresh peas
  • 1 bunch mint, torn
  • good handful of parmesan
  • arugula
  • dressing:
    • juice from one lemon
    • a bit of lemon zest
    • olive oil
    • salt, pepper
  1. If using fresh peas (which are awesome), bring a pot of water to boil and very quickly pass…

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MERGUEZ, BELL PEPPER & ONION PASTA

Use Kosher Sausage

Crumbles and Kale

MERGUEZ, BELL PEPPER and ONION PASTA

Today my summer officially ends and I will be back in school from now on. To be honest, I’m in a serious struggle to go back to everyday life. It is hard to go back to sitting down to concentrate and listen when I’ve spent the whole summer on my feet, and the fact that I know that it’s going to be a crazy busy year doesn’t really help. On the other hand, it feels really good to be on the move again towards that bachelor and the new life on the other side of it so I think after some time to adjust back into student-mode I will be alright.

MERGUEZ, BELL PEPPER and ONION PASTA

I´ve been loving all things pasta recently. There is something that feels so comforting about a big bowl of pasta; and it takes absolute no time to make so it is perfect when I come home, tired from a long day…

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Black Dhal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

After a nice long vacation of eating all the good things in life, it’s time to get back to normal and reset the body with some healthy food. Don’t be sad, healthy can still taste good. Case and point, these Black Dhal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. I had this for lunch all week and it was […]

via Black Dhal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes — Sarah ‘n Spice

Versatile Marinade

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Ever have one of those days when you not sure what flavour you feel like.  This little recipe came about when I opened the cupboard and added a bit of this and a bit of that to make a marinade for chicken portions and decided it would work well with lamb, pork and beef too.

Chicken Marindade

Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

30ml brown sugar
30ml soy sauce
30ml brown spirit vinegar
30ml tomato paste
5ml lime juice
125ml water
2.5ml ground ginger
1ml cayenne pepper or more if you like a kick

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients together.
  2. Marinate protein for minimum 1 hour.
  3. Braai (barbecue) or roast protein basting with the marinade.
  4. Reduce marinade if necessary.

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