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Grilled Vegetable and Goats Cheese Terrine

18 Aug
Colourful layers of vegetables

Colourful layers of vegetables

 

This is now my 500th post!  I cannot believe how many recipes have been tried, tested and posted in my three years of blogging.   I put the question out on Facebook as to what should I do for my 500th post and a reader asked for a grilled starter.  So, here it is and thank you, Tawnya for the challenge!  I loved the range of colours in this and the taste was lovely.  The Chief Taster was initially hesitant with me serving this cold but enjoyed it with relish and declared that the flavours “were balanced”.  He had seconds.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Roasted Tomato Salad

4 Aug
Bright and vibrant!

Bright and vibrant!

 

Roasting tomatoes helps to concentrate their flavour, whilst the addition of balasmic vinegar enhances their sweetness.  Select the ripest and fresh tomatoes you can find.   This is a great salad dish served with some gluten free bread to mop up the juices, or as a side dish.     You could also puree this dish to use as a sauce over chicken, fish or veggies.  Or add some stock and call it a soup…be creative and get roasting!

Yummy, tell me more Diva!

Broad Bean Pate

26 Jul

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I love broad beans and this is a lovely, fresh tasting pate.  Broad beans are also know as fava beans which are often found in Middle Eastern dishes.  I like the green colour of this and food should be pretty to the eye, as well as delicious to the tongue.   There are many versions of broad bean hummus, but I found this one on http://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/ which used Zatar, a spice that is often used in the Middle East.  I moan about not getting a decent Zatar outside of the Middle East and have to settle for supermarket varieties – bah!   I used to have a jar in my kitchen from a Lebanese friend’s mother…best Zatar so far.   The search will always continue though!  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

16 Jul

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I’ve been playing around with ice cream recipes that do not require an ice cream maker (although I now want one!) and a few no churn ice recipes seem to rely on condensed milk which is out for so many reasons!  This was the most simple recipe and the Chief Taster loved it so much I “had” to make it again the following weekend.   It’s also vegan and also great for anyone who is intolerant to dairy.  I made another ice cream with cream and yoghurt, but in all honesty, I preferred this one.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pecan and Coconut Cookies (Flourless)

29 Jun

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I have been having a cookie baking spree with various nut butters much to the delight of the Chief Taster.  These are number 2 on his list (the peanut butter ones win apparently).   I’ve found that you can make a delicious gluten free cookie with nut butters and pecan nuts make a great cookie.  With the addition of dried coconut the cookie is delightfully chewy too.  It must be dried coconut as I tried this again with fresh coconut and it did not yield a decent cookie.   I just love that these are so simple to make and tasty to eat too!  Soft and chewy as a cookie should be!  Feel free to play around with the flavourings too!  Some orange rind would be tasty.

You can leave out the egg to make them vegan and they still yield a nice moist cookie.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Broad Beans in Basil Dressing

23 Jun
Delicious bean salad

Delicious bean salad

I love broad beans and they are a taste of summer especially with this salad dressing.   They are also known as fava beans. You can use fresh or frozen beans.  I made this from a bag of frozen beans I found lingering in the back of my freezer.  I also peeled them for a change too.  I normally eat them with their skins on , but peeling them did not take too long and I was left with a colourful plate.  The green colour is radiant and fits into my belief that food should look colourful and appetizing to eat.  Simple to make too which is an added bonus!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Flaxseed Bread Loaf

5 Jun

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I adapted this recipe from  http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2011/03/09/no-carb-bread/.   If you want a bread that is very low in carbs and gluten free, then this is the loaf for you since flaxseed is low in carbs and also has a high omega 3 fatty acid content (33 times higher than wheat germ).   The fibre content is high too.  The joy of flax!  It tastes like a wholewheat loaf and I love it toasted, slathered in butter.   I usually toast this under the oven grill rather than in the toaster because it makes a moist loaf and is a challenge to get out of toaster!

This is very low in carbs (about 1 net carb per slice) and is also gluten free.   A great way to enjoy flaxseed in your diet.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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