Taste and see...

Jul. 21, 2021

Exotic gluten free cookies

2 cups chick pea flour
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup sugar
5 cardamom pods
1 tsp saffron
12 cashews

Mix together chick pea flour and sugar and melted butter.  Powder the cardamom pods and saffron. Add to the cookie dough. Knead together and chill for 24 hours. Thaw cookie dough for an hour before baking.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form dough into spheres and flatten into cookies. Press down a cashew in the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 for 17 minutes. Cool for 1/2 an hour. Makes a dozen cookies. 

Jun. 12, 2021

Strawberry ice milk

1 cup chopped strawberries
1 tbsp honey
1 cup milk
1 cup ice

Method
Whiz strawberries and honey in the blender. Once crushed, add milk and ice. Blitz for another minute or two.

Serves 1. Pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Substitute almond, soy, oat or other milk to make it lactose free and vegan. Leave out the honey to make it keto friendly.  Enjoy! 

May. 23, 2021

Mango mascarpone mousse

1 cup chopped mangoes
4 tbsp mascarpone
Sugar to taste
Small pinch salt

Blend together in blender and serve. Makes 3-4 servings. 

Apr. 3, 2021

Fresh Tomato sauce

2 large ripe tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp chili flakes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Place a box grater over a shallow bowl. Grate the tomatoes one at a time.  The peel will be left which can be discarded. Using the fine side of the grater, grate the garlic cloves. Powder the Italian seasoning and chili flakes. Add to the bowl with tomatoes. Add olive oil. Serve over cooked pasta. Garnish with freshly grated cheese. Top with a sprig of basil. 

Feb. 20, 2021

Pizza Margarita

2 C flour
1 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 C warm water
1 large ripe tomato
1garlic clove
1 ball fresh mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves
Chili oil

Mix flour, salt and yeast add warm water and olive oil. Knead into a ball, coat with olive oil and let rest 1 hour. After an hour,  divide the dough into two. Roll one half into a 12" circle or rectangle. Grate the tomato, add salt and grated garlic and chopped basil. Drizzle chili oil and stir.
Heat oven to 450F. If using a pizza stone preheat the stone in the oven. Once the oven has preheated, drizzle some chili oil over pizza crust. Spread the sauce over and top with mozzarella.

Cook on the stone or a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes on the lower rack of the oven. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and enjoy. Delicioso!