Showing posts from October, 2017

Mountain bread ‘lasagne’

Sitting in a restaurant in Rome, I swung my legs like a little girl waiting in anticipation for a traditional Italian lasagne. It arrived, oozing with a rich tomato sauce and creamy béchamel, unleashing this aroma that tickled my noise and whet my appetite. I loved it – I loved the cheesy exterior, rich tomato sauce and perfectly cooked pasta. If I could eat it every day I would. If only it wasn’t so heavy! So, when a colleague mentioned how mountain bread was the perfect, lighter pasta alternative I had to try it. This is my cheat ‘lasagne’. Ingredients: 500g turkey mince 1 cup tomato passata 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 onion finely diced 2 cloves garlic crushed 5 cherry tomatoes sliced into quarters 1 zucchini, sliced finely 6 tablespoons ricotta 4 Greek yoghurt 25g parmesan, grated 6 pieces of mountain bread salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil Method: Firstly, make the sauce. Start by adding oil and on

Chocolate biscuit bites

Those sweet snacks that crumble when you bite into them, reminds me of all those chocolate crackles I ate at birthday parties when I was in primary school.  My crunch, catch and chew dance is synonymous with sweet bites like these. You crunch, quickly whip your spare hand underneath your mouth to catch those delicious crumbs and you chew with delight as all the flavours come together. In that order.  While this chocolate slice is not much to look at - honestly it's ugly - the salty and sweet combination makes you want to come back for more and more.  Ingredients:  Biscuit base:   1/4 cup sugar 75g salted butter (make sure to use salted) 1 teaspoon cocoa 175g coffee biscuits, crushed 1/2 cup coconut  Chocolate icing: 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon cocoa powder 1 teaspoon yoghurt Method: Melt butter  Add sugar to butter and cook on low until dissolved  Mix in cocoa powder Crush half the biscuits finely and break the other half into 1/2cm pie