I want to start posting on this blog more. I know I’ve said that a few times now and then completely failed to do so. Life keeps getting in the way. So I’ve decided that I will start with smaller posts called ‘rapid recipes’. Normally I try and post a full introduction and photo walk through of how to make the recipe. But I often forget to take photos while I’m cooking, and walk throughs significantly increase the amount of time it takes to write a blog. So i’m going to start just posting a quick intro plus the ingredients and instructions and a photo or two whenever I make something I want to share.
Okay, so I’ve finally got my s#*t together to start posting again. For my first post-hiatus recipe I’ve decided to share this Flourless Almond Butter-Cacao Nib Cookie recipe. Normally when I adapt American recipes I use the word biscuit instead of cookie but these delicious morsels are definitely more cookie than biscuit.
My family loves a good curry, and one of our favourites is Rogan Josh. Usually we just use a jar of good quality, pre-made paste, but the brand we prefer is not available in Tonga. Luckily, Jamie Oliver has a recipe for homemade Rogan Josh Curry paste on his website, and the curry recipe we normally use is from one of his cookbooks so it couldn’t be more perfect.
The other week we went to Kool Fresh to buy some meat. Unfortunately they sell all of their meat frozen, and generally in huge lumps. Frozen would not be a problem if it wasn’t sold in solid 1-2 kilo blocks. Because it takes forever to defrost (and you end up with three meals worth of raw meat) I’ve moved away from my staple meat of chicken towards quick defrosting meats like fish and mince. These Thai Fish Cakes were the result of me fishing (pun intended) half a kilo of mahi mahi out of the deep freezer while searching for chicken that wasn’t frozen solid to a dozen other pieces of chicken. Although I’ve been meaning to try out more baked fish recipes, I had neither the patience or desire for something complicated. Hence Fish Cakes.
I love cake. Just needed to put that out there. And with the proliferation of excellent microwave mug cake recipes on the internet, it takes most of my self-control to prevent myself from living on various mug cakes. They’re so easy, and yummy, and it only takes minutes to satisfy your cake-y cravings. Seriously. I have a whole collection dedicated to them on my Yummly account. One of my favourite mug cake recipes is this one from Samantha at Five Heart Home. Fluffy, sugary, cinnamon-y, deliciousness. In an attempt to find an excuse to eat them more regularly I’ve been fiddling with the recipe a bit to make it healthier/more nutritious.
Since the success of my date loaf I have been on the lookout for other yummy date recipes. The other day I was in the mood to bake, but the internet was down so rather than trying one of my many bookmarked recipes, I riffled through our collection of cookbooks, feeling uninspired, until I found this recipe for caramel date fingers in our Edmonds Cookbook.
Recently Dad took a trip back to Australia for work. As anyone who lives in Tonga, or countries like it, knows, you will always leave the country with a shopping list filled with obscure tidbits that you can’t find in country(exercise pants, concealer, drink bottles, wrist braces, solid shampoo etc). You will spend most of your free time shopping, and even if it isn’t on the list you will probably come back with cheese. Well not only did Dad come back with everything on the list plus some delicious feta, brie, and Camembert, he came back with cashews and pistachios. Unfortunately when Mum opened one of the bags of cashews they were slightly stale and not very crunchy. Instead of letting them go to waste I decided to make cashew butter (I also used some in my most recent batch of muesli). Continue reading
Despite my father’s constant complaining, I love cooking with black beans. As far as my father is concerned black beans aren’t a ‘real food’, but we all know he’s wrong. Mexican food without black bean just wouldn’t be the same. And Mexican food is amazing. As is anything inspired by Mexican Food, like these Black Bean and Feta Crispy Tacos. Soft tortillas fried to a crunch and filled with flavoursome black beans and creamy feta. This recipe is super easy, so it is great for whenever you are craving something Mexican inspired, but don’t have the time for full on burritos.
On my never-ending quest to find healthy things to bake I came across this recipe on Caroline’s Cooking. My version turned out a little too dense, but I realised my mistake pretty quickly (I should have weighed the apples before they were cored and peeled) and we all still enjoyed the cake enough that I will definitely be making it again. It is so yummy, plus it has a heap of apple in it, and no refined sugar (the sweetness comes from the apples, honey, and maple syrup). What more could you want?
Although my Berry Yoghurt Bites didn’t turn out quite like the original recipe, they were still delicious so I thought I’d share them anyway. Hopefully you have better luck with them than I did. These yoghurt bites are a delicious little alternative to cheesecake. Full of flavour, and oh so moreish, but also healthy. What more could you ask for?