Monday, 17 December 2018

Flax Seed Crackers

Flax seeds, linseeds whatever you may call them, these crackers are extremely delicious and addictive! I have made these a few times now as they are super easy to make. The original recipe is from Keto Connect, I haven't adapted the recipe much, have just made a plain salted version.

Flax Seed Crackers

Ingredients
1 cup of whole flax seeds/linseeds
1/2 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of salt (I used fine Himalayan)

Method
1. Mix flax seeds, water and salt until seasoning is evenly distributed. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or 12-14 hours.

2. Remove flax seed mixture from the fridge, and place mixture on a sheet of baking paper or a silicone baking mat. Place another piece of baking paper on top and roll out. Make them as thin as you like. The thinner you get them the crispier they will be.

3. Score the crackers making small squares using the back of a butter knife. Bake at 130C for 50-60 minutes.  

Allow to cool for 10 minutes (crackers will become crisp when cooled).

Enjoy!



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Hot Cross Cakes



Every Easter, it's not the chocolate eggs or bunnies I want, I go straight for hot cross buns. There's something about the doughy, sweet spiced bun that I just can't resist! So in true Easter spirit, I've decided to come up with a low-carb, gluten-free & refined sugar-free alternative.

Now I'm all for treats in moderation, I'm a firm believer of the 80/20 lifestyle. However, I know what it's like to have such cravings, and I can't be having hot cross buns every day of Easter! I tried my best to create a moist cake crumb using almond flour and have ensured that I've added enough fruit and spice to satisfy those hot cross buns cravings.


Hot Cross Cakes

Ingredients
1 cup almond meal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
pinch of salt

3  tbsp sweetener of choice: Natvia (low carb), coconut sugar or maple syrup
1/4 cup milk (I used soy)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg or vegan flax egg (1 tbsp + 3 tbsp hot water)
1/2 cup diced apple
1/4 cup sultanas

Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C.

2. Mix dry ingredients, make a well in the center.

3. Add in wet ingredients, mix gently, avoid over mixing.

4. Grease mini cupcake pan (I used silicone) or use mini cupcake cases. Fill 12 mini cases evenly.

5. Bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes.

6. Cool before removing from tin, then glaze with a little apricot jam.

7. Decorate with white crosses using a piping bag or zip lock bag.

Icing recipe
1/2 cup butter or cream cheese (dairy free alts work well!)
1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla

Whip all ingredient together until well combined.



I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if so I'd love to hear your feedback and see your photos via Instagram. Please tag me in your photos or use the hashtag #amazekitchen :)  xxx


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Chickpea 'Tuna' Salad



Chickpea 'Tuna' Salad

Ingredients
1 can of chickpeas
Half of a small red onion finely diced
3-4 tablespoons of mayonnaise of choice (veganaise works well)
Salt and pepper to taste


Method
1. Smash chickpeas with potato masher or in a food processor (this is much easier). Make sure to leave a few chunks in there.

2. Mix in the rest of your ingredients. Season to taste and that's it!

Serve with crackers, sand which bread or eat in its own. You can imagine there are so many more variations on this recipe. Shout out to @polyvegan and @hotforfood for the inspiration!


Enjoy,


Kim xx

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Chana Masala - Chickpea and Aubergine Curry


Chana masala is something that I discovered here in London. Since their is a big South Asian population here, a hot curry isn't too hard to find - but a good one can be!

Our local Indian takeaway isn't exactly fine dining, however they make the best chana masala - and I think it's because there is so much ghee/oil used, but ohh so good. Also that fact that these curries have been cooking for hours makes them even better!

This recipe is a combination of my two favourite curries from our local - chickpea curry and aubergine (eggplant) curry. I always order both on rice which comes to about £12 which I find a little pricey, but well worth it.

For a good veg curry I've learnt two great tips - the longer you cook it the better and always mash a few chickpeas/potatoes to help thicken the gravy. Curries do take a while to make sure to set enough time, if you have a slower cooker, boy o boy that would make it perfect. I wish had one!


Chickpea and Aubergine Curry

Ingredients
2 -3 tablespoons of oil - coconut oil preferably
1 large onion diced
3 cloves of good garlic sliced
1 thumb of ginger diced

2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons paprika powder
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Chill power to taste
*If you can't be bothered with all those spices, find a good quality pre mixed curry powder or spice mix that has most of these spices, but do get whole cumin seeds!


1 can of chopped tomatoes in juice
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 can of cooked chickpeas
2 large cooked potatoes diced
1 aubergine sliced in to battons
1-2 tablespoons dairy free butter or coconut oil
Salt and cracked pepper to finish


Method
1. On a medium high heat fry onion, garlic and ginger till soft (don't be shy with the oil).

2. Next add in the spices. Cook until cumin seeds pop and the spices become fragrant. Set pan aside.

3. In another pan fry aubergine in a little oil. Add in a few tablespoons of water each time to help with cooking. Aubergine is best served when it is super soft and gooey, cook it well before this point.

4. Add aubergine, potatoes and chickpeas to the spice mix, sauté for 2 minutes then add chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.

5. Leave to simmer till potatoes and chickpeas are soft, about 30-60minutes, adding extra water if you need to.
Mash at least a quarter of the potatoes and chickpeas with the back of a fork to help with thickening. Season with salt and chilli powder to taste.

6. Finish of with cracked pepper and for extra indulgence (optional) stir in 2 tablespoons of dairy free butter or coconut oil.

If you want to cook this a slow cooker follow steps 1-2, then add the lot in your slow cooker.


Good luck and enjoy!

Kim xx

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Chocolate Fudgesicle Slice with Black Beans



I have been so eager to try out black bean fudge, and finally whizzed up a batch last night. Looking through recipes online I found that most used agave syrup or honey, and I really wanted to use the date paste I made earlier on in the week.

The date paste and black beans made for a smooth and creamy ice cream texture, rather than that of a fudge. Next time I'll try it using agave syrup and see if there is much difference.

Also, if you are worried about the black beans, please don't be, you can't even taste them! I challenge you to make these and not tell your taste testers the star ingredient until later. I cut my mine into square slices, and kept them in the freezer for a quick and easy chocolatey protein hit. If you have cupcake cases or ice block moulds they would be even better. I'm definitely making this for my kids in the future.

Chocolate Fudgesicle Bites

Ingredients 
1 425g can organic black beans drained or 1 3/4 cups
4 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
6 tablespoons date paste or 12 dates soaked in hot water
4 tablespoons coconut butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
a pinch of sea salt 

Method
1. Place the beans and cocoa powder in food processor or a heavy duty blender (this might not work in a normal blender). If you don't have any of these gadgets, a mortar and pestle will work fine. Whizz till beans are smooth.

2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and whizz until you have a smooth batter. You may have to scrape down the sides to get all the lumps out.


If using soaked dates and not date paste, soak in hot water and heat on the stove or microwave for 1-2 minutes just to soften. Drain the water, and add the dates to the mixture.

3. Smooth out the mixture in a tin lined with baking paper (I used a bread tin) or pour into cupcake cases or ice block moulds. Set in the freezer for a minimum of 2- 3 hours or overnight.

Once the fudgesicle mix is set, cut into square slices and put back into the freezer  to store in an airtight container or bag. 


Enjoy,

Kim x


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Date Paste - Alternative Sweetener



often use date paste in sweets, desserts, baking, smoothies, and on occasion eat it right off the spoon! Date paste is a great alternative to refined sugar, and its caramel taste and flavour is oh so good! 


Tomorrow I am planning to create a recipe for bean fudge, so I thought I'd prepare some date paste before hand. You could use mejool dates if you like, however I use regular pitted dates as they are a lot more cost effective.

There is no right or wrong way to make date paste, it is basically soaking, draining and whizzing!


Date Paste

Ingredients
Pitted dates 
Warm water for soaking 

Optional extras
Vanilla extract 
A pinch of salt 


Method
1. Place dates in a bowl or container. I used about 300grams which fills at 400gram jar or about 1.5 cups. 

2. Add in the warm water, making sure to fully the cover dates. Soak for a minimum of 1 hour or overnight, the longer you soak the better as they will be easier to whizz. 

Speedy method: boil dates in hot water for 1-2 minutes. You don't want too cook them, simply soften them. 

3. Drain the dates making sure to save the soaking water. Add the dates to a food processor using the S blade or heavy duty blender (it won't work in a normal blender unless you add load of liquid), you can add the vanilla and a pinch of sea salt at this point.

If you soaked your dates overnight, you probably won't need to add any soaking water, if you soaked only for an hour you may need to add in a tablespoon or two.

Whizz for about 3-4 minutes or until smooth, making sure to stop in between to scrape down the sides. Add soaking water if needed (make sure not to add too much liquid in order to keep its sweetness, I only ever use 2 tablespoons).

4. Transfer the date paste into a clean jar or container and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.


Enjoy!


Kim x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Mini Chocolate Cake - Vegan


Holidays mean recipe testing and plenty of eating! Today I was really itching to make a chocolate cake, but I didn't want to make regular sized one since it's just Jake and I. So I opted for a mini mug cake. I've made these in the past using regular dairy and processed ingredients. 

This time I created a dairy free and gluten free version. The result - fudgy chocolate cake with a delish choc mousse frosting with zero guilt!

I randomly whipped up the frosting using what I had in the fridge, and I can tell you it is amazing and oh so moorish! I know it only uses a small amount of coconut cream, but I always have tinned coconut milk in fridge for smoothies, tea and cooking (transfered into a glass container of course). When chilled it hardens and becomes close in texture to whipped cream or thick Greek yogurt, I could eat it by the spoonful! Now for the recipe.


Mini Chocolate Cake

Ingredients
1/4 cup flour or 3 levelled tablespoons (I used doves farm gluten free flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon unrefined sugar (I used light muscovado)
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or oil of choice
1/4 cup of milk or 4 levelled tablespoons (I used rice milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method
1. If using an oven preheat to 180C or 350F. Lightly grease a small mug, bowl or ramekin with oil or dairy free butter.

2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together till well combined.

3. Add in wet ingredients and mix till just combined. Place the cake batter into the greased mug.

4. If using an oven, bake for about 13-14 minutes. If using a microwave, cook on high heat for 40-50 seconds. Make sure to keep a good eye on it so it doesn't overcook.

5. Leave to cool completely before removing. If you want to eat the straight from the mug, skip this step and enjoy!



Chocolate Mousse Frosting

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon unrefined sugar (I used light muscovado)
1 teaspoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons thickened/chilled coconut cream (make sure to chill the coconut milk overnight in the fridge and used the tinned full fat kind)

Method

1. Mixed all ingredients together with a fork.

2. Slice the cooled cake into layers if desired, frost and devour!



Kim xx

Friday, 14 August 2015

Gluten Free Flat Bread


If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been experimenting with gluten free flours lately. Only ever making gluten free flour pancakes and buckwheat flour pancakes, today I ventured out into making flat bread.

We were rather pleased at how they turned out, super quick and easy to make. The flat bread had a good soft texture and a little crunch too. Jake even suggested that they would be great as pizza bases, so I guess that's my next mission!


Gluten Free Flat Bread

Ingredients 

1 cup of gluten free flour mix (I used doves farm)
1/2 cup of warm water
a pinch of sea salt 
oil for greasing  

Method 

1. Heat a pan to a medium high heat. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix till a firm dough forms. You may need to wait for the dough to cool so it is easy to work with.

Your dough should be easy to handle, and not sticky - if so add a tiny bit more flour.

2. Dived the dough into 8 large pieces or 4 small, and roll into balls. Flour a flat surface and roll out using a combination of a rolling pin and fingertips, try and roll it out as thin as you can. I used a flat spatula to transfer the rolled dough to the pan.

3. Use a tiny amount of oil or butter to grease your pan. Cook the flat bread and flip when bubbles appear on the dough.

These can also be cooked in an oven using the top grill at full blast and turning once you see bubbles.



Flavouring Ideas
Rosemary 
Garlic 
Cumin seeds 
Parmesan 

This recipe is super flexible, the flatbread could be used as tortillas, served with curries and soups, made as pizza bases or just eaten with hummus and dips.




Enjoy xx