Monday, December 30, 2013

Lemon Kefir Ice Cream

The inspiration for this Ice Cream came from the Blog Chocolate and Zucchini.  I gave myself a Kefir kit for Xmas, and as cooking kills the good bugs,  I was using Eat you Books to search for uncooked recipes.  This is one that I found.  I used Meyer lemon which has a mild taste.  It took 50 minutes to churn and I used the sorbet paddle.  The basic mix was made in the TMX.

Into TMX bowl measure
400 mils Kefir. ( or plain yoghurt)
Zest,  (remove with vegetable pealed) and 60 mils.  of lemon juice.
130 mils of Agave syrup.  ( or sweetener of choice).
Optional, good splash of Lemoncello.

Mix at speed 10 for 20 seconds.
Churn in Ice Cream machine for 50 mins approx.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chestnut Flour Bread

The inspiration for this bread came from the November , English Country Living.  If you are looking for a classy bread to impress visitors,  this is the one.  Not only is delicious but also easy and relative quick.  Chestnut flour can be bought from a health food store and keeps well.  It also contains very little fat.

200 g Chestnut flour
300 g White bread flour or Wholemeal bread flour. ( I used Laucke Crusty white Mix )  If using plain bread flour , add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
3 teaspoons of dry yeast.
400 g of warm water
1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Set oven at 200 o C

Place all ingredients in TMX and knead for 4 minutes.  While kneading,  look in hole in lid and if mix is very soft and not kneading but just going around,  add another 1/2 cup of flour.
Leave in TMX bowl or tip into another bowl., cover and allow to double.  It was 25 o and doubled in 30 minutes.
Tip on to well floured silmat and knead a few turns with hands.
Form into a shape that will fit into the lined baking tin. ( I used a cast iron pot with lid )
Cut 4  slashes across dough.
Spray with water and sprinkle with seeds of choice.
Place in warm place to double.
Place in oven and bake with lid on for 30 mins turning 1/2 way through
Remove lid and bake for20 mins.
Test to see that it is baked through by inserting a thermometer, it should reach 200 o F very quickly.  If not cooked , remove from tin and place on rungs in oven for 10 mins.

This was very nice served with Creamed Cheese

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quinoa and Rice Cakes

I was looking for some interesting Canapes for Xmas day.  Something I could prepare beforehand .  I had made some ,High Energy Rice and Quinoa, (posted here.),  for another dish so used this as the base. the resulting Cakes, patties or whatever you want to call them are fairly bland and will support any tasty topping.  They are very easy to make and can be frozen and reheated on day.  they are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.

1  1/2 cups of cooked , mixed Rice and Quinoa
1/2 a large onion
2 large cloves of garlic
2 large eggs
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
oil for frying

Zap onion and garlic in TMX and add 1 dessertspoon of oil and cook, 5 mins/100/ speed 1
Let Cool in TMX bowl.
When cool add all ingredients except Rice and Quinoa mix. Turbo twice or until mixed.  Scrape down and turbo once.
Add rice to bowl and mix in with spatula.
Tip into a bowl so you can easily scoop small amounts out with a small icecream scoop.
Heat a small amount of oil,(I used Rice Bran oil) in flat based pan and add small scoops of mix,  flatten with spatula and fry until golden.
Cook other side.
Drain on hand towel.
Top with a tasty mix of flavors.

Can freeze
Can use all rice or all Quinoa.
Makes 14 X 6 cm. cakes