Author: troutandhawk

poached pear with vanilla and cinnamon

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Sweets
apples and pears

I just adore pears. Cute butt shapes and so many ways to prepare them. They are delicious with game, paired with elderberries and quinces for jam , poached or simply eaten out of hand. My pear tree had very little water and a lot of sun this summer and proudly presented me with seven (wow!) ripe pears. Here’s the recipe how I poached them with some lovely spices for my birthday lunch. poached pear with vanilla […]

massaged kale avocado salad

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Lunch / Salads
kale

 1 bunch of kale (tear away the pieces from the stem) 1 avocado 1 lemon salt, pepper and a dash of tamari Rinse and prepare kale into bite sized pieces. Put into a large bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients. Massage into kale until the leaves are soft. My recipe differs slightly from Jill Daltons, but you might watch her video for the perfect “how to”.

raw baby spinach soup

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Lunch / Soups
raw spinach soup

raw baby spinach soup (recipe inspired by Anthony William) 1 generous handful baby spinach 1 orange, peeled 2 tomatoes 1/2 avocado chili salt and freshly ground black pepper For more spiciness add a clove of garlic, chili, cilantro or basil. First blend the orange with the tomatoes, then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy cold or lukewarm. Top with sprouts, herbs or roasted seeds.

seedy olive oil granola

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Breakfast
seedy olive oil granola

A recipe from Sara Forte’s cookbook the Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl and Spoon. The salty-sweet and slightly spicy granola becomes amazingly addictive when paired with creamy yoghurt, a spoonful of honey and fresh fruit like peaches, raspberries and blueberries.   seedy olive oil granola (makes about 6 cups) 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2/3 cup pure maple syrup 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats 2 cups rice […]

delicious mess of tomatoes, peaches and goat cheese

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Lunch / Salads
peaches and tomatoes

delicious mess of tomatoes, peaches and goat cheese tomatoes and peaches in equal amounts, quartered or chopped 1/2 onion, white or red, finely sliced fresh goat cheese basil leaves balsamic vinegar native olive oil a spoonful of honey salt and freshly ground pepper In a bowl mix the olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and peaches, top with the onions and the crumbled goat cheese. Mix gently before serving. Top with basil […]

ginger & turmeric shots

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Drinks
ginger turmeric shots

The ginger and turmeric shots take my beloved “healthy espresso” to the next level.  Add a small piece of fresh turmeric  to the apple/ginger mixture and feel the energy boost.  ginger & turmeric shots (yields 3 shots) 3 apples a good chunk of fresh ginger about 3cm fresh turmeric Juice and enjoy!

mung dhal

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Dinner / Lunch
mung dhal

Whenever I prepare this mung dhal the  smell of sizzling spices teleports me to Hassan’s kitchen  in Madame Mallory and the smell of curry.  It’s irresistible. mung dhal (basic recipe) 200g mung dhal double the volume of water 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon rock salt 1 tablespoon ghee 2 teaspoons cumin powder 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder (cinnamon, clove, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn, fennel seeds) Soak the mung beans during the night or for […]

Salsa California

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Lunch / Salads
Salsa  California ingredients

Definitely THE sauce of this summer!!   Salsa California 1/2 onion a piece of chili pepper, seeds removed  half a bunch of fresh cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 6 ripe tomatoes Blend for a few seconds. Do not over mix, leave chunky. I love it with pasta, grilled fish, salad, vegetables (green beans, asparagus!)  or on grilled ciabatta. Spin-off: Take the Salsa California ingredients, add half a cucumber and […]

midsummer mood and a homemade Nocino

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Drinks / Jams + Preserves
summer

Homemade Nocino (green walnut liqueur) (a David Lebovitz recipe) On the 23 and 24th of June the green walnuts are traditionally harvested in Italy for  the use of liqueur making. It’s when inside the shell the walnut is starting to form. No hurry, harvesting until mid July is still fine! 30 green, unripe walnuts 500g sugar 1l Vodka 2 sticks cinnamon 10 whole cloves the zest of a lemon (organic, not sprayed) Quarter the walnuts (PLEASE wear gloves, […]