the seductive side of spinach tortillas

gluten-free spinach tortillas. Perfect for wraps!

I’ve been wandering around my kitchen all morning wondering how in the world I can make spinach tortillas look seductive…..

Do you know how hard it is to make green food look good?!  I’m not talking about salad green, or fresh cucumbers… I’m talking about baked goods that look green. It’s almost like asking the Grinch to pose for glamour shots.

The pictures fail though.

I’m telling you, I kept frying up tortillas & before I could even plate them, I was stuffing them in my mouth. I made my way through FOUR before I managed to actually set one aside for the picture.

So much flavour!

Immediately after I was done photographing them… I whipped myself a scrambled egg & quinoa filling with fresh parsley & sweet chili sauce. I know that probably doesn’t sound appealing, but it was frickin’ amazing.

I assure you… the colour of these tortillas are all natural & the flavour is overwhelmingly delicious. I can’t wait for Mel to come home so I can get him to make me chicken burritos again!

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chocolate energy bites

raw, vegan, chocolate energy bites

Mel has this obsession with these raw, vegan energy bars. I’m not denying that they’re delicious, but at 2€ a pop for a bar that provides you with no more than three meager bites…. I’d say they’re all hype with a high price tag.

Still, I’m not one to tell my man “no”. I am however one to take a sneak peak at the back of the packaging to see if they’re smuggling gold into the bars & that’s why they’re robbing us blind for them.

Nope, no gold in them either.

I did get to see though that the bars were made up of five ingredients. All things I could pronounce too.

I decided to make my own version with four ingredients instead, and I’ll be damned if they aren’t better than the original bars. They even look better too.

Conclusion:
I have a satisfied man. The wallet hasn’t been depleted. & I can make as many as I want whenever I want.

Ingredients:
– 200g dates, de-pitted
– 50g raisins
– 100g almond butter
– 50g ground almonds
– 30g cocoa +more for dusting

Directions:
1. place the dates, raisins & almond paste together in your food processor & blend until it has all become a creamy mess. Remove from the blender & add in the cocoa & ground almonds.
2. mix until it is all completely & thoroughly combined.
3. roll into balls the size of un-shelled walnuts & place on a baking tray lined with parchment. Place in your oven for 2 hours @ 50C. This is just to dry them out a little, not to cook them.
4. once the time is up, remove them from the oven & allow them to cool before dusting with cocoa. Keep in an air tight container in a cool dark place for up to 2 weeks.

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roasted pistachio nut butter

creamy roasted pistachio nut butter

I use a lot of pistachios. I know this. I have good reasons to though. Like….
– pistachios are my favorite nut…. followed closely by pecans
– they are beautifully colourful
– roasted with salt & lemon they are absolutely divine
– we have an abundant supply of them courtesy of Mel’s aunt who has a farm

Does that explain it? Would you say it sums it up nicely? I would. In fact, I do.

Mel also happens to be addicted to every kind of nut butter he can get his hands on. We’re limited here to walnut, almond & peanut… but any time I go back to the US I bring him back pecan, cashew, hazelnut & anything else I can find.

What I’m saying is I made roasted pistachio nut butter for mel. We spread it over toasted slices of the blueberry, oat & buckwheat bread I made a couple days ago… perfect combination.

He’s mentioned something along the lines of using it to cover the outside of a rack of lamb to create a delicious crust on it.

I’m thinking about adding a tablespoon or two to a white chocolate ganache.

….either way, there’s more you can do with this than just put it on toast. Use your imagination xxx

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ginger madness

candied ginger & ginger syrup

There are many things in this world that I love. Lemons, my dog, my hairy man, thunder storms, acoustic guitars, sugar cravings, home remedies & post-it-notes. The list goes on & on, but I’m not sure it will matter much to anyone other than me. And Mel, it should matter to him too.

Another thing that I love is ginger. You know, that weird looking root you find in the grocery store & in so many Asian dishes.

Can’t say the Greeks are such a big fan of it though.

A couple years back when Mel & I had a stall over at The Meet Market, we used to make candied ginger to sell off in little packages… there was also a bowl of samples left for people to try at will….

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THEIR FACES!!!! The most common reaction was for people to chew a couple times & then a look of horror would come over their face as they’d search for a bin or a napkin to spit it out! (I laughed. A lot.)

That’s Greeks though… we’re not all that big on the spicy. Well, I should say THEY are not all that big on the spicy. I personally love it.

About 25% of the taste testers (the ones who weren’t adverse to the intense flavor) loved it so much they’d buy three of four bags of the stuff & walk off with one bag already open popping the treats into their mouths one by one.

So there you have it. This clearly isn’t a candy for everyone, but if you’re a ginger lover, I’d strongly recommend it. There’s a ginger syrup too!

….and how about a fun fact for the day: ginger is a great cure for nausea!

You’re welcome!

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roasted pepper dip

We are at an important junction in our life… we have decided to leave the busy city in favor of a peaceful island. While the pros and cons are a matter of huge discussions, I can tell you some things that are true no matter which way you look at them.

The direct connection with nature is the most calming and fulfilling aspect of island life and really balances your mind. For example rain is no longer viewed as something that will create traffic, ruin your designer shoes or make life on your scooter hell, but rather a godsend gift that will water the plants and vegetables you are growing, soften the soil and fill the water tank. Not to mention the amazing smell that fills the air after a storm. Another aspect is that you are a part of your food’s long jurney way before it gets to the shop. The hard work it takes to grow vegetables without any chemicals or machines. Makes you think what do they really put into the ones they sell so cheap…….?

Our neighbour grows a lot of produce and the other day he brought us a basket filled with the most cute and colorful bell peppers… normal, natural sized, not the melon sized things they try to pass for peppers at some shops. I wanted to use all of the basket before they went bad but there is a limit to how many peppers you can eat raw in a salad, so I made this dip and I guarantee you can eat it all easily and wonder how a kilo of peppers went into you so effortlessly.

– mel

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