Tuesday, February 14, 2017
So if you haven't already noticed, today is Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine's Day!
Do you do Valentine's Day?
We don't but it is definitely a good excuse to make something chocolatey for dessert!
I've actually been making these little bliss ball beauties for my doTERRA classes that I've been running at home and for friends.
They have been such a hit that I now make them for more special occasions too.
I've been loving experimenting with using different essential oils in cooking and baking.
Plus it's so handy to be able to add a drop or 2 of lemongrass, ginger or fennel, for example, to give a big boost of flavour when you might not have those ingredients handy.
The intense flavours of wild orange, lemon and peppermint oils pair so beautifully with raw desserts like slices and bliss balls.
I've made lemon balls and a chocolate-peppermint slice recently that were just divine so keep an eye out for those recipes soon.
Wild Orange Bliss Balls
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup dates
1/2 ts vanilla paste
4 drops Wild Orange Oil (I use and recommend doTERRA essential oils, click here to find out why)
30g dark chocolate
Zest of 1/2 orange
Place the dates and cashews into the Thermomix or high-powered blend and process to a fine crumb. Add the vanilla, salt and orange oil and process until the mixture clumps together.
Roll spoonfuls into balls and place in the fridge.
Melt the chocolate ( I do it in a small glass bowl over a small pot of hot water simmering on the stove). Drizzle over the tops of each bliss ball and top with a sprinkle of fresh orange zest.
Makes approximately 10
Have you used essential oils in cooking before? Do you have a favourite oil or recipe you would like to share? Let me know below!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
My grandmother was a great cook. Nothing especially fancy but the sort of homemade, stick to your ribs, oh-so-tasty fare that grandmothers are renowned for.
Her jam tarts in particular were spectacular!
But it was her corn fritters that seem to have stuck in my mind most clearly.
I had gone with her and friend for a week's stay on Tangalooma, a family-friendly resort on an island about an hour's boat trip away. We were in a downstairs garden apartment with a small kitchen where we could cook for ourselves and not have to eat out all the time.
I can so vividly remember coming in from the beach all wet and sandy to the smell of corn fritters frying and then burning my tongue eating them as soon as they came out of the pan.
There's just something about that combination of sweet and salty, crispy fried outside and soft fluffy middle that I can't resist!
These days no one in my family apppreciates a corn fritter quite as much as I do but they are a family favourite nonetheless.
You can think of these as a savoury pancake and top them any way you like.
I shared on Facebook during the week that I had leftover fritters topped with some smoked trout and sauerkraut (haha I just realised as I wrote it down that it rhymes!) for lunch the next day.
My kids also love them topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup. SO good!
Gluten-free Corn Fritters
2 cups gluten free plain flour
3 ts gluten free baking powder
1/2 ts salt
1 x 400g tin corn, drained
3/4 cup rice milk
Oil for shallow frying (Olive oil, coconut oil or ghee is great for these)
Place the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and whisk together. Add the eggs, corn and milk and fold together with a spatula until well combined. (You may need slightly more or less milk than this, it seems to vary with every batch and probably depends also how well drained your corn is).
Preheat your frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to generously cover the base of the pan. When it starts to shimmer you are ready to fry.
Dollop spoonfuls of mixture into the pan and flatten out slightly. Fry for about 3 minutes then flip and fry on the other side until crisp, golden brown and cooked through.
Remove from the pan and place onto a wire rack over a baking tray. This ensures the fritters stay crisp on the bottom (nothing worse than a soggy bottom!)
Repeat with remaining mixture.
Makes approximately 16.
Are there any foods you feel really nostalgic about from your childhood?
Let me know below!