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Friday, 21 July 2017

Pink Ladies breakfast bowl


I love a healthy breakfast bowl, especially when it’s also gorgeous to look at!

Today’s breakfast lived up this!

I blended up some coconut quark, almond milk and SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry smoothie powder and frozen mixed berries, together giving the mix a stunning purple-pink colour.

Pour into a bowl and then arrange / add your favourite toppings.

I started with chia seeds. 



Chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods in the health food market, but did you know they originally came from Mexico (chia means “strength” in Mayan) where they were even used as currency due to their nutritional and medicinal properties.

Next up was some unsweetened coconut flakes… 



Followed by some edible flower petals: blue and pink cornflowers plus rose petals. 


Isn’t it almost too good to eat?!  Almost…


Recipe
  • 1 cup coconut quark
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • Generous helping SUPERGOODFRUITS wild blackberry powder
  • Sprinkle chia seeds
  • Sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Edible flower petals

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Fro-Yo Lollies


With the summer season continuing in Munich, and the lure of gelato growing stronger after a recent trip to Italy, I decided it was time to again take matters into my own hands!

So I made some super simple frozen yoghurt lollies.  For those of you wondering what a lolly is (or the Australians who are now imagining some kind of Chupa Chup candy stick), it’s a popsicle!

I’m not kidding when I say super simple!

I’d found some silicon lolly moulds in the supermarket which was my inspiration.

I decided to make two different types to assess which was better of the two SUPERGOODFRUITS products to use…freeze dried bilberries or powdered blackberries.

If you’re not familiar with SUPERGOODFRUITS or their products, have a look on this blog post

So, back to the recipe…

Take some (low fat) Greek yoghurt, mix with some agave syrup (or honey if you prefer) and add a generous helping of your chosen flavour.

Look how gorgeous that wild blackberry powder is.


Even more gorgeous when you remember that its 100% pure organic fruit.

Blackberries are also one of the fruits with the highest antioxidant levels, helping to fight cancer and free-radicals.  They are also full of nutrients and vitamins C, K, E and manganese.

The pink mixture is the freeze dried bilberries, with a raspberry ripple look.

The purple one is the blackberry powder.

Then just put into your moulds and put in the freezer for a few hours.




I left mine overnight and ta-dah…

Leave for a few minutes for the outside to melt slightly, letting you push out the lolly and tuck in!



Delicious!


Both were very tasty, but I liked the added texture of the bilberries with the more visible fruit pieces.
 

Recipe
  • 3 pots Total 0% yoghurt 
  • 2-3 tablespoons Agave syrup / honey
  • Generous sprinkling of SUPERGOODFRUITS flavour

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Fruity frozen yoghurt bark


I love summer.  I also love ice cream.  However it’s not often the healthiest choice when you need a sweet yet cooling treat.

My cheat is to make my own frozen yoghurt which totally hits the spot whilst leaving you guilt-free.

I’d received some interesting-looking packages from Super Good Fruits which I was excited to experiment with.

The result: fruit frozen yoghurt bark!

It’s super quick and easy to make - you just need a couple of hours for it to freeze.

I mixed two pots of Total 0% yoghurt (fat free and no added sugars) with a generous spoon of agave syrup.
Then added two large spoons of Super Good Fruits freeze dried bilberries.

Bilberries!?  I hear you cry - don’t you mean ‘blueberries’?!

Actually no I don’t!  Whilst blueberries and bilberries look very similar, there are some differences between this wild European blueberry and it’s more well-known American counterpart.

The main one is the higher vitamin C, E and anthocyanin levels - all of which have lots of positive health benefits, taking the superfood blueberry to the next level.

Super Good Fruits uses 100% organic and wild bilberries which are grown by regional and sustainable farmers before being hand-picked and gently freeze-dried to retain all of their vitamins.

So, back to the kitchen…

After stirring in the bilberries (which bled nicely into the yoghurt, giving a slight ‘raspberry ripple’ effect), I poured it into a baking tray lined in foil.

On top I added desiccated coconut, chopped almonds and some fresh fruits.


Leave it to freeze for a couple of hours...


Then it tips out easily...

Check out that gorgeous colour from the bilberries.

Then just break your slab into smaller pieces for eating / sharing.


Enjoy!

Visit SUPERGOODFRUITS website for more products and recipes.




Friday, 28 April 2017

Mediterranean fig salad


As Munich has been hit by snow again, just as I was settling into spring, I've been trying to sort through some of my millions of food photos!

I came across this colourful beauty & realised I hadn't yet shared it.

I love figs and this salad is a great way to indulge in their unique taste & texture.

This recipe from BBC Good Food was the basis of my dish which I jazzed up with some artichokes & parma ham.

Simply boil the green beans for a couple of minutes before mixing with the rest of the ingredients (in this case: figs, artichokes, mozzarella balls, basil leaves, parma ham & baby spinach).

Then just whip up a quick dressing from balsamic vinegar, olive oil & fig jam and drizzle over the bowl.
Super easy & tasty!

Whilst figs are a sweet fruit & high in natural sugars they are also a good source of dietary fibre and rich in minerals, including potassium (helps to control blood pressures), calcium (promotes boned density), copper & magnesium, as well as vitamins K & B6.

They also contain powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals in your body & fight disease.

In studies, fruit fibre has shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, as well as helping to regulate your digestive system.

And, as with most fruits, eating 3 or more servings per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (the main cause of vision loss in the elderly), according to Ophthalmology experts.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Amman, Jordan (8) Sweet treats


As well as the delicious savoury foods available in Amman there are plenty of tasty desserts to get your teeth into as well.


 
For example, Kanafeh.  This is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert which is soft white cheese with semolina dough.  This pastry is heated in semneh (salted butter).



When its cooked, its turned out and soaked in sugar syrup and orange blossom water.

Before being topped with crushed pistachio nuts.

Its a very popular dessert with lots of brightly lit and busy shops around the city.  The mixture of crunchy and creamy as well as salty and sweetness is a confusing but not unpleasant food experience!  
 

I had kanafeh at Nafeeseh Sweets where you can easily watch the huge trays of the dessert being prepared with the regular banging of the server's knives as he dishes up the treat.

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I also bought a box of baklava from this place to take home with me.  I fell in love with this sugary pastry treat in Turkey (read some of my blogs here and here) and couldn't resist stocking up!

 
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