Saturday, 9 March 2013

Asparagus,spinach and fromage frais "pancakes"

I was browsing thru my Yotam Ottolenghi"s Plenty cookbook today and I got inspired by his chard and saffron omelettes ( p 142 ) so I adapted those a little to what I had in the fridge and made a healthier version.
So here we go "pancakes" with asparagus, spinach and fromage frais :
4 free-range large eggs
1 tbsp of fresh chopped dill
1 tbsp of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
60-70 ml of skimmed milk
For the filling I used
6-8 long asparagus tips
2 handfulls of baby leaf spinach
2 full tbsp of 0% fromage frais
You mix the eggs with the herbs and the condiments add the milk and the mix is ready. I dont add flour as I want to keep mine less caloric even suitable for the phase 1 of the Montignac diet but if you want you can add like 2 tbsp of it at the beginning ( when u want to make pancakes always start with the dry ingredients ). You heat a large pan spray some oil and cook 2 large pancakes . I covered the pan with a lid so I didnt have to cook it on the other side. After cooking you put the pancakes on a grease proof paper and you let them chill.
Meanwhile you steam the asparagus and the baby leaf spinach and let them chill as well. When everything is about room temperature you take the pancakes and start filling them individually with a good spoon of cold fromage frais gently covering the whole surface of the pancake. In the middle you add the asparagus tips and on top of that some baby leaf spinach and start folding it like a burrito .
I served this cold but u might as well cook them in the oven on a grease proof paper at 170 degrees Celcius for 5-8 minutes.
Since I served it cold ( it lowers the GI ) I added grilled peppers, aubergines and artichokes as a cold side dish with some lettuce salad ( Plenty cookbook p 146) and 2 raw almond crackers topped with some olive cold mezze paste.
If you can't plan ahead to grill the vegetables you can just buy them from the supermarket. You will find them stored in jars in olive oil just pay attention on which brand you use as they tend to have wheat , a lot of starches and sugar in those jars.
So this is it a healthy breakfast / brunch/ lunch . Enjoy

Tuna Steak

For tonight's dinner I'm thinking simple and fast so I prepared a marinade for my tuna steaks. You will need
the juice of half a lemon
a dash of japanese soya sauce ( read the ingredients and choose the ones without sugar and extra wheat or modified starches )
a few drops of tabasco sauce
a few drops of worcestershire sauce
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper ( careful with the quantities as the soya sauce is already salty and the sauces are quite spicy )
You make a mixture of all the ingredients and drop the tuna stakes into the marinade for 5-10 minutes for the tuna 2 absorb all the flavours and start cooking from the lemon juice .
Heat a grill pan and cook the steaks for 2 minutes on each side . This will cook it on the outside but still keeping it pink and moist on the inside.
Add a salad and your favourite side dish and you have a quick healthy dinner in less than 30 minutes.
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Why Another Cooking Blog

Yes probably many will wonder why another cooking blog. Well is pretty simple in the past few years I started to pay more attention on what I eat how I eat and when I eat so after trying numerous diets I got to the conclusion I rather get my own healthy life style.
So here we are trying to make healthy recipes taste good and enjoy the whole cooking process.