I awoke this morning to quite a surprise. Yup, you guessed it snow. Maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise, it was forecast. But snow has been forecast many times before and I get my hopes for a winter wonderland that never arrives. And considering the Spring-like weather we’ve had this week, I was sure it was a false alarm. But I was wrong and it’s been snowing quite heavily since the wee hours of this morning.
So what’s a gal to do with such an unexpected event? Bake with my Thermomix of course!
VEGAN BANANA, COCONUT & WALNUT CAKE – SERVES 5
(ADAPTED FROM PAOLA GALLONI’S RECIPE IN THE MARCH EDITION OF CUCINA NATURALE)
- 1 banana
- 60g cornstarch
- 30g coconut flour
- 30g self raising flour
- 50g walnuts
- 75g vegan sweetener of your choice (maple syrup, agave syrup etc)
- 10g chia seeds
- 3g vanilla
- 50g coconut milk (or other plant based milk)
- 30ml (2 tblspoon) water
- Pinch of salt
- Icing sugar and/or cinnamon to decorate
1. In a small bowl add the 30ml of water to the chia seeds, mix and put aside (for 15 mins)
2. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
3. Grease a cake tin with coconut oil
4. Put the walnuts in the TM bowl and mill – 10sec/speed6, scrap down sides
5. Add the cornstarch, coconut flour, self raising flour, vanilla and salt. Mix with blades off – 10 secs/speed4
6. Add the banana, milk and sweetener and mix – 10 secs/speed5
7. Add the amalgamated chia seeds and mix with blades off – 10sec/speed 3.
9. Pour batter into cake tin. If the batter is dense, wet your fingertips with water and use them to evenly spread the batter around the cake tin.
10. Bake in oven for 30mins or until a toothpick comes out clean
11. Allow to cool completely before decorating with icing sugar and/or cinnamon
Australia Day Lamingtons
From what I hear (and read) Australia Day created some controversy this year with some people instead referring to it as ‘Survival Day’ and others suggesting the date of the national holiday should be changed to an appropriate day that ALL Australians, including the first, indigenous Australians can celebrate. Even Google put in their two cents by using artwork depicting the ‘Stolen Dreamtime’ as their Google Doodle for the day.
But whats an Australian ex-pat living in Italy to do with such a holiday? It certainly doesn’t feel like Australia Day, as rather than hitting the beach I’m rugged up against the cold. And without getting involved in the controversy surrounding the holiday, it is a day that calls for some sort of commeration. And what makes you feel more like home than FOOD!
So, I made Lamingtons. I made them for the first time with my new Thermomix and they turned out pretty good. Of course, you can make Lamingtons all year round, but they went down a treat yesterday (and today and I’m sure they still will tomorrow) and reminded me of home.
Lamingtons – Makes 12
- 100g brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 vanilla pod
- 50g unsalted butter, melted
- 120 self raising four
- 25g unsalted butter
- 160g milk (I used plant based)
- 70g icing sugar
- 50g cacao
- Shredded coconut to coat
- Pre heat oven to 190 degrees C
- Grease rectangular cake/loaf tin and set aside
- Place brown sugar in mixing bowl and mill – 10 seconds/speed 10
- Add eggs and insert butterfly
- Whip – 7min/50C/speed 3
- Slice vanilla pod in half and scrap out seeds. Add to bowl
- Add butter and stir – 5 seconds/speed 4
- Remove butterfly and add flour. Mix – 10 seconds on dough setting
- Pour batter into pre-greased tin.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and springy
- Cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto rack to cool completely
- Place cooled sponge in freezer for 15 minutes
- Place butter and milk into mixing bowl and combine – 2 minutes/80C/speed 2
- Add icing sugar and cacao and mix – 25 seconds/speed 4
- Pour mixture into a bowl
- Scatter coconut on a plate or flat tray
- Remove sponge from freezer and cut into approximately 12 squares
- Carefully coat each square completely in icing then roll in coconut
- Place on a tray lined with h baking paper until icing sets
(Recipe adapted from one found on the Australian Thermomix Recipe Community website)
Recipe Round Up – Pumpkin
October has arrived and so has autumn!
I love this season and witnessing Mother Nature’s kaleidoscope of colours change as the leaves fall.
October is also all about pumpkin, not just the carving-kind for Halloween, but in the kitchen and I couldn’t be happier…I LOVE pumpkin.
So here is my round up of just some of my favourite pumpkin recipes!
Pumpkin, Zucchini and Ricotta Lasagne – Donna Hay
Gluten-free Pumpkin, Basil, Goats Cheese and Fig Tart – George Eats
Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup – Love & Lemons
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats – Brit & Co
Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Muffins – Two Peas in their Pod
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake – Cooking Classy
You can find more of my favourite vegetarian recipes on my Pinterest Page!
From my vegetable garden
There isn’t anything much more Italian than the humble tomato! The base ingredient of so many traditional recipes from the ‘bel paese’ its little wonder that mine are flourishing under the warm Italian sun.
But after making countless pasta and pizza sauces, I’ve decided my latest harvest are bound to a different fate. Here are just some of the recipes I’m considering:
Cherry Tomato, Oregano and Balsamic Tarte Tartin – From My Dining Table
Chickpea Za’atar Salad – Green Kitchen Stories
Grilled Polenta with Tomato and Zucchini Salsa – Love & Lemons
Heirloom Tomato Galette – Local Milk
Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup – Deliciously Ella
Tomato Chia Jam – Its a nourishing thing
Panzanella (Tomato & Bread Salad) – Jamie Oliver