Experimenting in the Kitchen

I’ve been trying a few recipes in the kitchen adding a new favourite and discovering a few ‘don’t repeats.’
Seed & Nut Balls – A huge favourite that we are making just about daily are these Jewel Bliss Balls, full of goodness with almonds, chia seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds as well as yummies of dates and dried apricots. I suspect the ultimate yummy is the choc chips we have substituted for cocoa nibs, perhaps not so healthy. Totally happy to know we are eating all the goodness of seeds and nuts. Thanks to Marijke for the pin.
Seed & Nut Bars – Thinking more seeds I trialed a different seed recipe, a basic Homemade Kind Bar, the honey was too sweet and whilst it was eaten I won’t repeat the recipe.
Lemon Slices – With our lemon tree groaning under the weight of its fruit:) I went in search of gluten free lemon slices.
I first made a creamy lemon slice, the base was so so, the top was yummy but a whole lot of work. This recipe took three major steps, the base, the filling and the top. I knew before I even ate it I wouldn’t be making it again, I need something reasonably quick for my lifestyle.
Searching for a two step recipe I next tried Healthier Lemon Bars, much easier to make, the base was okay and the top was quite gnawish. I decided it was so nice I scrapped the top off the base and ate alone, I’, planning to make again and eliminate the base, I can’t see why you can’t just eat the lemon curd without a base.
Grain Free Bread – I’ve been buying gluten free bread but it is expensive, I’d also prefer we were eating grain free so searching for a delicious grain free bread, which I thought I might have found it with this Almond and Linseed Bread. The texture was great, the loaf rose well and it tasted okay but there was an ‘odd’ taste that wasn’t really appealing, perhaps the linseed, whilst we ate the first slice hot from the oven, the loaf still languishes in the fridge, not a repeat.
Can you suggest a terrific grain free bread? 

Have you discovered any new family favourites lately?

8 thoughts on “Experimenting in the Kitchen

  • August 25, 2015 at 2:27 am

    I haven't got into making my own bread yet, but I'll take anything lemon you've got going!! x

  • August 26, 2015 at 12:09 am

    A friend really loves this recipe http://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2011/06/gluten-free-artisan-bread/

    I haven't got around to trying it yet as I must be one of the few left who don't own a Thermomix.

    Here's another nice recipe from the same place. This I had at a friends and liked. I tried to make it yesterday with flours rather than grains and it still worked out well, though I didn't follow the recipe so much as use it for a guide in terms of quantity. I used about 500g of brown rice flour and maybe 1/4 cup of almond meal, 3 eggs. I then added enough almond milk for a thinish batter. I also added a splash of vanilla essence and a few grinds of salt.

    I also made an apple topping, just stewed some apples and added cinnamon. Also added honey or grated palm sugar on top. This fed the 9 of us just sufficiently. I wonder if the original recipe bulks up over night. I must ask friends how much ingredients they use.

    • August 26, 2015 at 12:16 am

      I also added the apple vinegar, baking powder and soda, and a light olive oil as I couldn't find macadamia oil at the shop.

    • August 30, 2015 at 4:34 am

      Well I too don't have a thermomix (yet;)
      Thanks for the recipes, will try them, hopefully I can manage them successfully.
      Appreciate the tips:)

  • August 26, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I've never made a grain free bread before but I'm sure there are lots of wonderful recipes online to help you out. What would we ever do without google :))

    • August 30, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Mrs D,
      I can remember a life before google, but it's interesting to ponder, our children don't


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