Vegan Buckwheat Bread with Sunflower Seeds and Pear Sauce

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | © 2015 |

A simple quick bread recipe with buckwheat, ground einkorn, sunflower seeds, homemade pear sauce and olive oil. It's sugar-free, vegan, freezes well and goes well with avocado spread, peanut butter or cheese.

  • 120 g Buckwheat flour
  • 120 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 2 tsp Spekulatius spice mix
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 420 g Homemade pear sauce
  • 80 ml Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Pure NuNaturals stevia syrup
  • 60 g Sunflower seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a standard-size loaf tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine together the buckwheat flour, ground einkorn, spekulatius spice mix, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Stir together the pear sauce, olive oil, and NuStevia syrup. Add it to the flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Fold in the sunflower seeds.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and if desired, scatter some sunflower seeds over the top. Bake in the middle of hot oven for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean when tested. Cool in pan briefly then turn out onto a rack to cool. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Mache Salad with Lentils and Figs

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | © 2015 |

A hearty meatless salad that combines distinctive, tender mâche leaves, also know as corn salad or lamb's lettuce, sweet ripe fresh figs and mild, hearty lentils, which makes this salad particularly satisfying.

  • 400 ml Vegetable broth
  • 100 g Green or brown lentils, rinsed
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 Chilli pepper, deseeded, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 60 g Mache salad, rinsed and dried
  • 2-3 Fresh figs, cut into wedges
  • 20 g Flat parsley leaves
  1. Place vegetable broth in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add in lentils and cook about 30 minutes or until tender, but still firm.
  2. Mix together the olive oil and white wine vinegar. Add in sliced chilli pepper and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the lentils and season with salt and pepper. Stir in half of the vinaigrette.
  4. Place mache salad, fig wedges and parsley leaves in a large bowl. Toss with the rest of the dressing. Divide it in two plates. Spoon the lentils over and serve. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Mango and Avocado Salad with Pomegranate and Dukkah

Friday, October 16, 2015 | © 2015 |

A colourful, festive and deliciously healthy vegetarian salad in a simple citrusy dressing inspired by Brooklyn Supper. It is a mix of sweet, juicy mango and pomegranate seeds, peppery arugula, creamy avocado and crunchy dukkah. It's very easy to make and offers a wealth of texture and antioxidants. For an extra dose of protein, you can add some chicken or prawns to the salad.

  • 1 Ripe mango, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 Ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 30 g Arugula
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate seeds, optional
  • 1 tbsp Dukkah
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice and olive oil until well blended and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the arugula with half the dressing and place them in a serving plate.
  2. Arrange the sliced mango and avocado in an alternating circle on top, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds and dukkah over and serve. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Fig and Coconut Tart with Pistachios and Mint

Saturday, October 10, 2015 | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

A sugar-free, delicious, and fruity dessert recipe from Lorraine Pascale via BBC Food - perfect for when fresh figs are in season. It's so easy to prepare and shows off those beautiful figs really well. Grapes are a good alternative to figs here, but you can make this tart with pretty much any fruit you like.

  • 250 g Einkorn, ground into flour (or spelt)
  • 125 g Butter, cubed and slightly softened
  • 1 Medium egg
  • Large pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp Iced water
  • 1(400ml) can Unsweetened coconut milk, well chilled (or whipping cream)
  • 100 g Cream cheese
  • 3 g NuNaturals white stevia powder
  • 12 Figs, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 tbsp Shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 1 bunch Fresh mint, ripped or roughly torn
  1. Heap the einkorn flour on the counter and make a well. Put the diced butter, egg, and salt in the middle. With your fingertips, mix and cream the ingredients in the well. Draw the flour into the center and work the dough with your fingertips to a grainy texture. Add the cold water and mix in until the dough begins to hold together. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently until just smooth. Flatten into a disc. Wrap in plastic. Place in fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  2. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface, then use to line a 20cm x 30cm rectangular fluted loose-bottomed tart pan. (I used a 10cm x 30cm rectangular and a 12cm round) Put in the fridge for about 15 minutes, or until firm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Remove them from the fridge and cover with baking paper, fill with pastry weights or dried beans, and blind bake for 15 minutes if using two smaller baking pans, 20 minutes if using one large pan. Remove weights or beans and paper. Return to oven for 5 minutes until crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Scoop coconut cream solids into a mixing bowl. Reserve remaining liquid for another use. Beat coconut cream and stevia using electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Put the cream cheese into a separate bowl and fold the whipped coconut cream into the cream cheese. Put the filling in the tart case, then arrange the figs on top and scatter over the pistachio nuts and mint leaves. | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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Savoury Hokkaido Pumpkin Crumble

Monday, October 05, 2015 | © 2015 |

Spicy roasted Hokkaido pumpkin topped with a flavoursome, savoury crumble that uses einkorn flour, rosemary, warm spices, pepitas and sunflower seeds for extra texture and flavour. It makes a perfect meatless meal.

Savoury Hokkaido Pumpkin Crumble

adapted from taste
  • 1.5 kg Hokkaido pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 4 tsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • 60 g Rolled oats
  • 50 g Einkorn flour
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 50 g Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Pepitas
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Spring onion, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the pumpkin on the tray and drizzle over oil. Sprinkle with chilli flakes. Season. Toss to combine. Roast, stirring once, for 30 minutes or until golden and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, grease a large baking dish or two smaller ones. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, rosemary, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Rub in the coconut oil until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in seeds. Season.
  3. Reduce oven to 180C/350F. Stir spring onion into pumpkin mixture. Place in prepared baking dishes. Sprinkle with crumble mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and crisp. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

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