All posts filed under: Sides and Salads

Rye Smiles

We’re big on oatcakes in this house, they make for a great a blank canvas to build a quick snack. We recently discovered Rude Health’s rye oaty, loved the different flavour that rye flour brought to the table and haven’t looked back since. So, when I got the urge to bake this morning I thought I’d see if I could recreate that strong flavour and dense texture myself (for a fair few pennies cheaper) and use my new and incredibly cute biscuit cutters, I love an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I don’t know about you, but the idea of a snack that involves both cheese and biscuits costing me just 133 calories gets me pretty excited. Not only is this snack pretty low in calories, it’s also pretty damn good for you ’cause I swapped out all the standard ingredients usually found in good old fashioned cheese and biscuits for healthy ones. Rye flour: By using rye flour instead of wheat flour, you escape 3 calories per biscuit. Yeah, OK, that’s not a …

Great British Bake Off-Along: Paul Hollywood’s Focaccia

A rainy Bank Holiday weekend, a nice warm oven and some fresh bread. I had a pretty perfect time with this week’s bake-off-along. I didn’t come up with my own recipe because what could be more fitting than using one of Paul Hollywood’s? It was bread week after all. You can find the original recipe here. What I did differently.. I only wanted one loaf, so I cut the quantities in half. I shaped my dough into a circle instead of spreading it across the baking tray. (I have wonderful childhood memories of focaccia from an amazing bread and cheese shop in the South Lanes, I wanted to recreated it and it wasn’t rectangular) I heated the oil with chopped garlic and fresh rosemary before brushing it on the dough pre-oven. I added olives. In other bread news.. I experimented with a recipe for honey nut rye rolls. It’s not quite there yet, you’ll be the first to know when I’ve perfected it, but in the mean time how cute is this first attempt?! Your track recommendation …

Courgette and Chilli Cheese Twists

I’ve turned out some pretty killer courgette recipes this season if I do say so myself, we’ve had Piccante Courgetti, Sesame Fried Courgettes and Courgette Brownies. But this is by far my favourite. I think it’s all down to the Chilli and Apple Jam from the South Devon Chilli Farm, but I’m willing to be proved wrong – so if you knock these up with a different chilli jammy concoction I wanna hear about it! These are basically a courgette take on your average cheese twist, and they come out so sweet they could probably pass for dessert. But they’re perfect with both a cup of tea and a glass of wine, so enjoy them however you please. 250g block puff pastry 4 heaped tsps apple and chilli jam (or chilli jam of your choice) 100g courgette, grated and drained of moisture 1 beaten egg (for glazing) grana padano or parmesan to grate on top Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7 (conversions here) then grease and line a couple of baking trays. Roll out …