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Lemon and Basil Muffins (Almond Flour)

15 Apr

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Lemon and basil is a flavouring that is usually used for sauces but I thought I’d put it in a muffin.  It works, with the sweet taste having a slight savoury aftertaste of the basil.  It’s a taste of Spring in your mouth!  I half expected the Chief Taster to throw them across the room and demand chocolate, but he loved them and munched them with relish.  I decorated mine with a lemon cream cheese glaze but you could happily serve them plain.  Or with the topping of your choice…go crazy and get creative!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Sour Cream and Coconut Milk Ice Cream

8 Apr

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I had a large tub of sour cream sitting in the fridge and had two choices.  Eat it all with a large spoon or bake with it.  I decided to try to make an ice cream out of it.  As I don’t have an ice cream maker (yet!) I had to hand churn it, so added vodka to help stop the crystallization of the ice cream.   However, if I had an ice maker I would still add the vodka!   This was my first time making ice cream with coconut milk and I was pleasantly surprised.

You need a few bowls in this method too, and a bit of organisation.  Just get everything ready ahead of time and it is easy to make.  You can use this recipe as a base to play around with other ice cream flavours too. I had another play with this and used tequila and lime.  Delicious!  The Chief Taster almost licked the bowl clean and I suspect he is hoping for a weekly ice cream dish!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Avocado Chocolate Cookies (Almond Flour)

2 Apr
Soft and delicious

Soft and delicious

Although I am a big fan of butter, I had read how avocado can be used to replace it in cooking so thought I would give it a try.  The end result was a soft, brownie like cookie after 30 minutes in the oven.  They were better the next day so a bit of will power is needed not to eat them all when they are out of the oven.  Since the mixture was very moist, I think you could possibly make this vegan by omitting the egg and it would firm up the cookie.   I was also making some ice cream and made a cookie ice cream sandwich out of the last two.  Delicious.  I kicked myself for not doing it when I had more cookies left, as they were perfect for an ice cream sandwich!

Make sure you use a soft, ripe avocado.  If it is a bit firm, wait a day or two.

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coleslaw with Lime and Coriander (Cilantro)

25 Mar

I love coleslaw and most weeks make a batch of it to go with my lunchtime frittata.   This makes a nice change by spicing it up with lime and coriander (cilantro).  You could also add some hot sauce to this too.   Or perhaps chop up a few mild chilli peppers too.  Coleslaw is a great way to get some raw veggies in you too!As for the mayonnaise, it goes without saying that I use homemade and none of that white rubbish in a jar!  It is very easy to make and far tastier!   A batch of home made mayonnaise lasts about a week in the fridge, in a sealed jar/tupperwear pot.

 

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pea and Mint Frittata

18 Mar

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When I told the Chief Taster that he was having a pea frittata for lunch he did not display any enthusiasm and went off muttering.  Lunch time came and after the first mouthful he tucked in with relish.   This is now on his list of favourites and pops up when I ask him what he would like to have for lunch.    It’s light  in taste, bright and colourful to look at and easy to make.   I now make sure I have frozen peas in the freezer so this can be whipped up on request. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Crustless Pumpkin and Mascarpone Pie

12 Mar

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A crustless pie could also be called a baked custard but I am going to be fast and loose with the definition of pie!   You could use this as a filling for a gluten free pie with a crust too if you wished.  The Mascarpone adds a richness and smoothness to the dish. It’s easy to make and is just delicious warm, with a side of cream.  There is just something about the combination of pumpkin and the warm spices that I adore.  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coconut, Chia and Lime Pancakes (Coconut Flour)

4 Mar

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I had made a savoury pancake with chia seeds, so needed to balance it with a sweet pancake.  I am a big fan of the flavour combinations of coconut and lime so threw these into the bowl.   Delicious!  This makes an amazing breakfast or could be a lovely dessert.   A tasty way to sneak some chia into your diet.  I can always distract the Chief Taster with coconut!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Spinach and Chia Pancakes (coconut flour)

4 Mar

Savoury goodness

Savoury goodness

Since I seem to associate eating pancakes for breakfast I will declare this to be a healthy start to the day.    If you are munching spinach and chia seeds it can only be a good start.   This is a delicious savoury pancake that is great by itself but would be wonderful with a sprinkling of cheese on top too!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chia and Coconut Flour Crackers

28 Feb

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My food affair with chia seeds continues and I needed a cracker to go with the tomato and chia relish.  Go crazy and have a play around with the flavourings when you make this recipe.   I used rosemary and garlic but the possibilties with this recipe are endless.  Well, not endless but lots of options!  The mixture seems strange until you add the boiling water.  I was looking at the dry ingredients thinking it would be not enough, then added the boiling water and woosh!  The mixture expanded and I had a large ball of dough to play with.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Tomato, Chia and Chilli Relish

20 Feb
Slather it on everything!

Slather it on everything!

I’ve previously made a jam with chia seeds, so this is a savoury alternative in a form of a relish.  You can’t call a savoury jam a jam surely? Relish it is then!   As with the jam, the chia seeds are great for thickening the relish.  It is great on crackers, spread on bread (gluten free, natch) and I even spread some on some grilled aubergines.  I went a little crazy for a week and spread it on anything that was either cooked or flat!   I loved it on some chia crackers…that was chia seed overload that day! Yummy, tell me more diva..,

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