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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…

Picnic Bread with Artichokes, Feta, Lemon and Parsley (Gluten Free)

21 Jul

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Although I have called this a picnic bread, it does not mean it can only be consumed at a picnic!  It would also have a welcome place at a bbq.  Or lunch. It’s a lovely summery bread made with my favourite gluten free bread recipe.  I actually prefer this dish cold as the flavours develop and you are left with a tasty bread.

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…

Stuffed Picnic Rolls (Gluten Free)

2 Jul
Delicious and colourful filling

Delicious and colourful filling

I’ve just finished munching one of these and think it’s the fillings that make it so delicious.  The bread is just a carrier of tasty treats and looks pretty when sliced into two too.   I’ve called this a picnic roll as they would be ideal for a summer picnic but they are a great idea for lunch too.   This bread is very filling due to the high fibre content too, so one is plenty.   You could play around with the fillings too and perhaps make a breakfast roll stuffing it with cooked egg, bacon and a tomato?   The rolls are best made a day before you want to eat them as they are wrapped in clingfilm to firm up.

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…

Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata

19 Jun

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As you may know by now, I love a frittata.  As well as being a great way to use up leftovers it is a great lunch/supper dish that is simple and tasty to make.   This combination has pumpkin and spinach.  A dish with the flavours of autumn, but I munched this happily during spring!  You could add cheese to this, either Parmesan or Feta but I have been eating too much cheese recently so made it without.

The vibrant colours of the orange pumpkin and green spinach make this dish look tempting.  I do love a colourful plate of food next to my wine! ;)

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cream Cheese Mousse with Berries

12 Jun
Creamy and delicious!

Creamy and delicious!

The Chief Taster ate this dish with a loud, “mmmm” and cleaned the glass dish it was served in with a loud clatter of his spoon.  It’s an easy dessert to make and I was just using up some cream cheese I had in the fridge.  This would make a great last minute dessert when you have hungry eyes staring at you with a sweet tooth!  You will need a blender of sorts for this though.  I used a hand blender. Yummy! Tell me more Diva…

Spanish Cauliflower Salad

30 May

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A refreshing way to eat cauliflower as a salad or as a tapas dish.  The dish has a tangy sharp taste but is still light.   This is now probably 1001 ways to prepare cauliflower as it’s still my favourite versatile vegetable.  I still shudder at childhood memories of being served cauliflower, boiled to an inch of it’s life and with no flavour.  If I had been served this as a kid I would have embraced vegetables much earlier in life!  It’s best to make this the day before so that the flavours can marinate.   It’s a great salad or pot luck dish too.  I serve mine with the hard boiled eggs, quarted, but it is just as nice with the eggs chopped up.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

23 May

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I have tried this recipe with using just peanuts and grinding my own butter, and also with a jar of peanut butter.  The version with the ground nuts wins hands down over the already made peanut butter which I suspect is due to the oils added to the jar.  The short story is make your own peanut butter.  It’s just so simple to make and delicious too.  Throw a couple of cups of peanuts into the food processor, blitz until you have a butter.  You can sweeten it to your own taste without any nasty additives thrown in.   These are currently the number 1 cookie recipe in our house.  What amazes me is just how easy they are to make.  Although I add high cocoa chocolate chips to the mixture, these cookies would be just as delicious without them and perhaps some added seasoning.  Cinnamon perhaps?

They are just lovely the next day and seem to firm up when left in the fridge, keeping their soft centre.  The joy of cookie baking using nut butters!  Gluten free and low carb goodness in cookie form!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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