Spring has to be one of my all time favourite times of the year! The signs of new life forming in the garden, the lambs frolicking in the fields... makes me feel young and revived! The past few months have been busy to say the least. Studying herbalism and allergy testing, getting our house on the market and sold and then the aftermath of organising removalists, temporary accommodation and what to take on our new adventure and what to leave! Its in these times that I reach for my "go-to" meals. Whether it be a tasty Thai curry, Roasted pumpkin soup or a little sweet treat they all are easy and quick to prepare. So in honour of Spring being sprung, I am going to share my favourite recipes over the next few weeks to put in your arsenal to use when you are needing a quick fix at meal times!
Nothing says its the weekend like a good old Chicken roast. Roasted potaoes, yams, sweet potatoes (kumara) and steamed greens served with a delicious gravy elevate this simple chicken to a delicious feast.
I have been inspired to create such as feast! And with the chicken done, I thought that I would share this finger licking recipe in time for the weekend.
You will need:
A whole Chicken (serves 6-7)
1 knob of butter
1 Tsp fennel salt (1/2 tsp salt +1/2 tsp fennel ground in mortar and pestel)
1 whole lemon (cut in half)
10 Sage leaves
I tsp garlic
2 Onions, quartered
Preheat Oven to 200 degrees C
Insert lemon, garlic and sage leaves into the chicken cavity.
Place knob of butter under the chicken skin.
Sprinkle outside of chicken with fennel salt.
Place onions and chicken in a roasting pan big enough to just fit your chicken in. This will stop all of those lovely juices from evaporating.
Cover the chicken with a wet piece of baking paper and then cover tin with alfoil.
Bake in oven for 1 hour, then remove foil and baking paper and continue roasting until chicken is golden and the juices run clear.
Remove lemon from cavity and squeeze juices (will be extremely hot) over chicken. Serve with vegetables of choice.
On a cold winters day there is nothing more soul warming than to sit down with a cup of tea and freshly made cheese scone, still warm on the inside and spread with butter. It is remarkable that food can bring back so many memories with just a scent in the air. The best thing about these delicious scones are that they are gluten free.
To make these tasty bites:
2 cups Gluten free Flour
1 cup cheese
1 1/2 cup Milk
1/2 Garlic salt
1 tsp Mixed herbs (optional)
Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Add even amounts on a grease proof tray (I used 1/4 cup mixture).
Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins, until the tops are lightly golden.
Serve immediately with a smear of butter.
It is always very exciting to receive a parcel in the post of any kind. Even better, if it is products to cook with! A short time ago, such a parcel arrived on my door step and I have been busy cooking with its contents to give you all an honest opinion. My first product, Coconut oil, is fantastic! I LOVE coconut oil. I use it on just about everything! So I decided to put some of my trusted recipes to the test with Life foods Coconut oil. The first was steak and twice cooked chips... yum! I found the oil to have a stronger flavour than the oil I normally use which added a greater depth of flavour in the cooking. The bonus of Life foods Coconut oil is that it is also organic!
The second product was Cacao powder... and yes, there is a difference between Cacao and cocoa powder more on that later. I have used Life foods Cacao Powder before and after using it, I choose it over Cocoa powder every time. It just gives a more balanced flavour and I have use it in chocolate cupcakes, hand made chocolates and even when making a yummy hot chocolate.
The third product was Maca powder. I have heard so much positive feedback about Maca powder that I was so eager to try it. I put it in my morning smoothie and it was a fairly subtle vanilla, almost nutty flavour. It is said to help in boosting energy, hormonal balance, stamina, vitality, strength and endurance. I will keep you posted with any changes I notice with having Maca powder over the coming weeks.
Thanks to Life foods it is giveaway time!!!
We have Cacao butter and Coconut sugar to give away.
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and share on your page. Winner will be drawn this coming Friday!!!
Check out Life foods great range of products at www.lifefoods.co.nz.
They have a great selection of organic, gluten free products.