The weather’s gone a bit mental again.
So mild, it’s mad! Not that I’m complaining though: in my opinion, the best winter is the shortest one possible – it’s bad enough that it’s dark when I get up in the mornings and that the clocks go back in two weeks’ time :-(
But enough of such meteorological mumblings! This post is all about:
You know when you see a recipe and although you’ve only got one of the ingredients needed, you make it anyway?
I wanted a quick and easy dinner on Tuesday, just as I happened to read this post of Laura’s. Her “cheesy” millet and kale bowl sounded so good, I made my own.
I used slightly-wilted spinach, with garlic granules sprinkled on top, and added sauted leek and mushrooms. Instead of millet and tahini, I used quinoa flakes and cashew butter:
It was delicious, really reminding me of cheese and onion crisps! One to do again, thanks Laura :-)
I also used the quinoa flakes to make some granola:
Obviously, it wasn’t the same as the oaty version but it was really light and fluffy. I had it on top of some thawed and pureed mango, with yoghurt and pumpkin seeds:
I also used the quinoa flakes for one more thing, to do with this:
The only problem with the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and Sweets lasting for, you guessed it, 12 weeks is, it means I just have to make crunchy biscuity deliciousness every week *sigh*.
Quinoa cookies: (makes 12)
50g rice flour
30g quinoa flakes
20g brown sugar
3tbsp maple syrup
2tbsp almond butter
25g butter, softened
¼ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda.
Preheat oven to 180C. Whisk the butter, almond butter, syrup, sugar and vanilla together till well mixed. You can use an electric whisk but I just did it by hand and it was fine. Add the flour, quinoa and bicarbonate of soda and mix till well combined.
Drop spoonfuls on a lined sheet and bake for 10 minutes till golden.
These were delicious. I say were because although I made them on Tuesday, there are already *does the mental maths, checks her working* not a lot left.
It’s not my fault though, the taste really reminds me of something and I can’t work out what it is – however hard I try :-)
The obligatory Christmassy shot:
Mmmmm… and because of the quinoa, that means they’re healthy. Fact :-)
It’s weird because I’ve never been that into quinoa before but I think that’s because of the way the whole grain looks weirdly like frogspawn when it’s cooked… do you like it?