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Easy marinated chicken dinner!

We often, savour this lovely dinner with marinated chicken! This lovely delicious marinated chicken dish is so easy to make & uses only 4 ingredients! Then, you have to let the flavours mingle for 3 hours in the fridge. Pour it all into a fitted oven dish & bake for about 30-35 minutes in the hot oven & done! 🙂 I served it with a leek potato stoemp. Super yummy!

MMMM!

Recipe: For 2 persons

Ingredients:

For the marinated chicken:

1 double chicken fillet, chopped into smaller pieces

2 tablespoons of a good honey, I used organic sunflower honey

2 tablespoons of a good mustard

2 tablespoons of a good low-sodium soy sauce

juice of 1 lemon

For the rest:

500 gr peeled white potatoes

350 gr-400 gr leek, well-washed, cleaned, white & green parts kept, cut up into smaller rings

a bit of butter ( I used lactose-free)

a splash of unsweetened soy milk

black pepper

sea salt

a fruity extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. About 3 hours & 30 minutes before dinner, make your marinade. Take a smaller bowl & add all marinade ingredients. Whisk together with a small whisk. My honey was a bit more dense & less fluid so whisk away! Now, put chicken pieces into the marinade & see that every piece is well coated into marinade. Cover & place into the fridge to marinate for at least 3 hours!
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350 F) for 10 minutes. Take marinade & chicken out of the fridge & remove the cover. Put it all, inclusive the marinade into a fitted oven dish so that the chicken pieces sit in 1 layer into the dish. Bake in the hot oven until browned, cooked through & caramelised! this will take about 30 to 35 minutes. Check often to prevent burning! I turn my chicken pieces in half of the cooking time to brown evenly into the marinade! The marinade will thicken into the oven & will be reduced in the end! So you end up with a lovely tasty sauce! 😉 Yum!
  3. Cook your potatoes in boiled water. Drain & set steam free. Add a knob of butter & a splash or 2 of soy milk. Add some grated fresh nutmeg, black pepper to your liking & some sea salt too. Mash. Taste. It has to taste fab!
  4. At the same time, take cooking pot & add some oil. When hot, add chopped leek & stir fry until cooked through & yummy. I added some black pepper & some salt. This will take about 7 minutes on higher heat. Add this to the mashed potatoes. Stir everything round into the mash & check the seasoning. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. When chicken is fully baked, your house will smell amazing! The chicken is very tender & juicy & bursts with flavour! Preheat 2 white plates & serve the mash besides the oven baked chicken pieces & their lovely sauce. See photo above! Enjoy, lovely people! xxx
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Lovely Salad for you!

A few days ago, I invented these lovely salads & served them with a simple home-made olive oil-white wine vinegar dressing!

Will you join me?

Recipe: For 2 persons

Ingredients:

For the salad:

2 big Belgian endives (witlof), washed, cleaned, big hard core removed, finely shredded/ 1 endive per plate

2 handfuls snipped fresh garden cress/ 1 handful per plate

1 big carrot, peeled & shredded into longer slices, see photo above/ 1/2 carrot per plate

2 juicy apples, washed, cored, sliced thinly / 1 apple per plate

12 juicy raspberries or other red fruit / 6 per plate

For the dressing:

4 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil, the best one you have

1 + 1/2 tablespoon of a good quality white wine vinegar

sea salt

black pepper

Method:

  1. Arrange each plate with the top ingredients. Arrange them the way you like it, see photo!
  2. Make your dressing. Take a smaller jam pot & add olive oil, white wine vinegar, a pinch or 2 of sea salt & some grins of black pepper. Place fitted lid on & shake jam pot & few times up & down. Taste. It must taste super!
  3. Drizzle some of your dressing over the top of each plate, in a circle! Leave to stand for 5 minutes & dig in, best with a loved one! Enjoy! 🙂 Simple but excellent flavours!

 

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Sourdough Kamut Bread Rolls!

2 days ago, I invented & made these delicious Kamut Sourdough Buns! An easy recipe that is adaptable from the previous recipe aka my semolina sourdough bread but I changed only one ingredient. The semolina flour , I changed into organic kamut flour, I used the same quantity so 250 gr organic kamut flour.

Ready to cool down!

Let’s look at that interior:

Recipe: For 9 bread rolls

Ingredients:

190 gr oat sourdough

270 ml warm water

260 gr organic white flour (T 65)

250 gr organic kamut flour

9 gr salt

Method:

  1. Take Kenwood Major & place dough hook in. In bowl, add oat sourdough & warm water & mix on low-speed number 1-2 for 1 minute. In another bowl, add white & kamut flour & salt. Mix well with a spoon. Now, pour flour-salt mix to the sourdough-water mix. Knead on low-speed , number 2 for 3 minutes & then turn speed up to number 4-5 for 5 minutes of kneading. Then, take out of the bowl with your clean hands and a dough scraper. You don’t need any flour!!!! Knead the dough by hand for another 3 minutes or so. I did the stretch & fold method a few times to stretch the gluten within! Then, I lined a Bread Silpat & placed it onto an oven rack. I formed 9 rolls aka buns of them & shaped them round. Make them as big or as small as you want. You have to know, that they will expand! I rise this sourdough for 1 long 6 hours rise! Scatter some kamut flour over the surface top & sides of each roll to prevent sticking to the closed plastic bag.
  2. Place each into a closed plastic bag & let it rise for 1 long rise for 6 hours in a warm place!!! They all will slowly rise! When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 220°C (428 F) for 10 minutes. After that, score your bread top, like the pattern you want. Place just boiled water in a ceramic dish besides your bread tin & close your oven. Lower heat to 200°C (392 F) & bake for about 25 minutes.
  3. When ready, buns are browned & risen. Tap on the bottom to see if baked through. If it sounds hollow, it is fully baked! Place onto a wire rack, to cool down completely. When ready, eat with a big smile on your face! 🙂 Yummy Yum! They won’t last for 2 days! Do you have any tips in scoring your bread tops better? Do I have to slash deeper?         Like what you see & want receive my posts per email? Subscribe here & join 1,800 email subscribers! You will get my free E-book: Healthy Vegan Christmas too! When you subscribe to my blog, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription & then, you will receive a final thank you email where you can download the recipes in the format that you want.

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Semolina Sourdough Bread!

This is my husband’s favourite sourdough bread of the moment. It is an all round delicious bread. You have a mild sourdough flavour & you can top it with anything that you like. It is yellow-white in colour.

I made it already 3 times. Yesterday, it was sourdough bread day! I felt I was a real sourdough baker! I made these tasty beauties:

2 Semolina sourdough breads!

Look at the yummy interior! 🙂

 

Recipe: For 1 semolina sourdough bread/ For 2 breads, double this recipe!

Ingredients per bread:

190 gr active sourdough, I used an oat sourdough ( this is a more stiffer sourdough)

270 ml warm water

260 gr organic white flour (T 65)

250 gr organic semolina

9 gr salt

Method:

  1. Take your Kenwood major & place dough hook, in. In fitted bowl ad active oat sourdough & warm water. Mix on low-speed, aka number 1-2 for 15 seconds. In another bowl, add 2 flours & salt. Mix with a spoon. Add dry ingredients to bowl with wet ingredients. Start to mix on low-speed aka number 2 for 4 minutes or so. Turn power higher to number 5 & knead for 5 minutes. Then, your dough is nearly ready & elastic! Take dough out of bowl with dough scraper & knead it for another 5 minutes. You don’t need any flour!!! I do the stretch & fold method a few times. Take your bread tin & smear it in with baking margarine. You need to grease it properly, all sides & corners too. Make a roundish shape of your dough. Place in the middle of your bread tin & place closed plastic bags over it & leave it to rise for 1 long rise for 5- 6 hours, in a warm place until doubled or tripled in size.
  2. Just before baking in oven, preheat to 220°C (428 F) for at least 10 minutes. Then, score your bread. Boil water & pour it into a smaller ceramic baking dish. Put this besides or under your bread tin in the middle of the oven & reduce heat to 200°C (392 F) & bake for about 30-35 minutes or until browned & baked through! Lower oven heat if you need to. My breads were ready after 33 minutes each! When ready, remove from the oven with oven gloves! Turn bread out of the tin & place onto a wire rack to cool down completely! Tap on the bottom of the bread, if it sounds hollow, your bread is fully baked. When cold, eat! Repeat! Store in an organic bread bag! MMM!   Like what you see & want receive my posts per email? Subscribe here & join 1,800 email subscribers! You will get my free E-book: Healthy Vegan Christmas too!When you subscribe to my blog, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription & then, you will receive a final thank you email where you can download the recipes in the format that you want.I have a version for a Mac, iPad, iPhone.
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5-Grain Sourdough Kaiser Rolls! Ooh yes!

Today, I made these lovely delicious 5-grain sourdough kaiser rolls! Look at these tasty beauties! I also added sunflower seeds to the dough & used my own oat sourdough.

And look at the tasty inside:

MMM!

I glazed mine with melted vegan margarine & topped 6 of them with sesame seeds, the others I left plain! 😉 MMM!

Also beautiful on the bottom!

Recipe: For 11 sourdough kaiser rolls

Ingredients:

For the kaiser rolls:

100 gr active sourdough (100% hydration) I used oat sourdough

450 gr 5-grain flour + 3 flakes (Mine had wholemeal flours & white wheat flours in it.) My mix was Markal organic 5 grains + 3 flakes: White flour T 65, oat flour, rye flour, rice flour, wholemeal spelt flour, barley flakes, millet flakes, sesame & wheat gluten)

60 gr unsweetened soy milk

200 gr warm water

5 gr raw dark cane sugar

16 gr sunflower seeds

20 gr vegan margarine, soft

6 gr salt

To brush your rolls with, just before baking:

melted vegan margarine, the same as used above

sesame seeds or other seeds to your liking

Method:

Day 1:

  1. Make your bread mix. Take Kenwood machine & place dough hook in. In fitted bowl ad first 6 ingredients. This is the sourdough, 5-grain flour, soy milk, warm water, cane sugar & sunflower seeds. Start mixing on low-speed, aka number 2 for 2 minutes. Then leave the dough to rest for 20 minutes. The flour is allowed to absorb the moisture = autolyse. Now, ad last 2 ingredients. This is the margarine & the salt. Start mixing again on medium-speed, aka number 3 for 5 minutes. Then, turn up to 5 & mix for 5 minutes more.
  2. Take dough out of the bowl & place onto kitchen top. You don’t need no flour here! With your hands, knead for another 3 minutes, to stretchen the gluten inside! That is what we want. I do the stretch & fold principle. Then, turn the dough again! This during  minutes. Your dough has to be smooth! Shape a boule shape. Oil a big bowl & place dough in it. Place closed plastic bag over it. Leave on the kitchen counter, sitting on a big towel, to rest for 1 night. It is 9.30 PM now.

Day 2:

  1. In the morning, after 8-12 hours of rising, remove plastic bag. Your dough has doubled or tripled in size! Place dough onto kitchen counter & knock back all the air. Weigh the dough. Mine was 825 gr. Divide with dough scraper into 11 equal sized & weighted portions. 825 gr divided by 11 = 75 gr each! It is easy this way. Roll each dough part into a round ball & place them onto your kitchen counter & place a clean towel over them, to let them rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Now, flatten each ball into a circular disk. Dip each of them on all, sides into some rye flour to prevent sticking to the counter top. Remove excess of flour. Leave to rest for another 45 minutes under a clean kitchen  towel. Now, shape each of the discs into kaiser rolls. Dust counter with some rye flour or 5 grain flour. Roll each disc into a long sausage shape, equally thick everywhere, max. 30 cm long. Now, make a simple knot. And then, fold one end to the middle. And the other end fold it under in to the middle. That is it. It is reasonably easy. I followed this easy you tube tutorial:  
  3.  Place each knot onto a bread Silpat or normal Silpat, well spaced apart & place a closed plastic bag over the top & place into a warm place for the last rise. This took my bread knots  + 1/2 hours to double in size.
  4.  Preheat oven to 200°C for at least 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven! Otherwise, adjust your oven to the right temperature! Melt vegan margarine on low-heat until just melted. Place pot with sesame seeds besides you. Turn heat off. Open plastic bags, take trays with risen kaiser rolls out of the bags.
  5. Brush with pastry brush the melted margarine all over the top & side surface of each kaiser roll. I scattered sesame seeds over the top of 6 rolls. The other one’s, I left alone. You can choose other seeds if you like, it is up to you! 😉 

6. Place the rolls on the Silpat on an oven rack & bake in the middle of the hot oven until browned on all sides & bake through. This took my rolls, 17 minutes. I baked 1 tray per time. When ready, your house will smell like a top-notch bakery! Remove tray from the oven & turn every roll up side down & tap on the bottom. If it sounds hollow, the bun is ready. Place buns on a wire rack to cool completely. When cool, slice, munch & repeat! If you have leftover buns, store in an organic bag. Excellent smeared with vegan butter & choco! My husband loves it with butter & a good slice of cheese with cumin seed! Mmm!

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One Bowl Vegan Tea Cake!

Today, I created a 1 bowl vegan tea cake, just for you! All is made into 1 bowl! I stuffed it with oat bran, chopped dried apricots & raisins that I infused into a lovely black chai tea for 30 minutes. I added another few ingredients & that was that.

I didn’t use any oil or vegan butter to make it more healthy. Check it out:

Recipe: For 1 medium cake

Ingredients:

120 gr dark raw cane sugar

100 gr oat bran

75 gr organic dried apricots, chopped

75 gr organic raisins

175 ml of strong tea (I used a black chai tea)

100 fr organic white flour (T 65)

30 gr chopped whole almonds with skin on

1 + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 + 1/2 teaspoon cookie spices (koekkruiden)

Method:

Add oat bran, chopped apricots, cane sugar & raisins to a medium bowl. Mix together with a spoon & pour hot tea over it. Mix through & leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180°C for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven!

When all soaked up, add other 4 ingredients. So, sieve your flour & baking powder. Add chopped almonds & cookie spices. Mix with a spoon until just mixed. Pour into a silicon bake tin & shake it a bit to remove any air bubbles in the batter. Place into hot oven & bake for 30 minutes, checking often to prevent burning on top! Lower heat if you need to. Bake a bit longer. When golden brown & risen, your house will smell lovely. Place onto wire rack to cool down completely. Slice, munch & smile! Keep cake into a cake tin. 🙂 xxx

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Olive Sourdough Breads!

Today, I made these glorious Lovely delicious olive sourdough breads! I used marinated green olives that I chopped myself. I also used a white spelt sourdough starter aka desem, to make it a bit more fun, healthy & more flavoured too! 😉 And it is all about the flavour, right?

Just look at the glorious tasty inside! Great crumb, right?

Look at those crumbs!

You need 3 days to make these tasty breads!!!!

Recipe: For 2 breads, each 650 gr!!!

Ingredients:

Day 1: Re-activate your white wheat sourdough (T 65) from your fridge! 

Sleeping white wheat sourdough(T 65) from your fridge

2 tablespoons organic white wheat flour (T 65)

2 tablespoons warm water

Day 2: Make the sourdough starter aka desem:

2 tablespoons (47 gr) very active white wheat (T 65 ) sourdough, photo above!

300 gr organic white spelt flour

300 ml warm water

Day 3: after 15,5 hours of fermenting, in the morn ing, make the final dough:

300 gr very active white spelt sourdough starter, with lots of bubbles

600 gr organic white spelt flour

300 ml warm water

1 tablespoon of a good honey (I used organic sunflower honey)

6 gr salt (or more to your liking)

150 gr marinated pitted green olives, drained & chopped (Mine were marinated with sea salt, garlic, rosemary, basil, pepper, lemon zest, olive oil)

Method:

Day 1: Re-activate your sleeping white wheat sourdough (T 65) pot from the fridge.

I took my smaller pot with sleeping white wheat sourdough (T 65) from my fridge. I screwed the lid open & added 2 tablespoons of T 65 flour + 2 tablespoons of warm water to the pot. I mixed it well together with a small whisk, to put air in it. See that everything is well mixed into the pot, for a few minutes. Turn the lid firmly on & place it on a thick kitchen towel, onto your kitchen counter to ferment. This took my sourdough 13 hours.

Fully activated!

Day 2: Make the sourdough starter aka desem:

Take a medium bowl & add all 3 ingredients to make the starter. This is 2 tablespoons aka 47 gr of the active, very bubbly white wheat sourdough. Add 300 gr white spelt flour + 300 gr warm water. Mix together with a spoon. See that everything is well mixed. Place into a closed plastic bag & leave to ferment on a thick kitchen towel on your kitchen counter for 15,5 hours!! It has to look like this:

Ready to work!

Day 3, after 15,5 hours of fermenting your starter, make the final dough:

Take Kenwood & place dough hook in. Take bowl with sourdough starter out of the plastic bag & whisk together. Now, you have many bubbles in your sourdough starter. Pour 300 gr of it into the Kenwood bowl. Add 600 gr of the white spelt flour, 300 ml of warm water, the honey & the salt. Start mixing on low-speed, aka number 2 for 5 minutes. Then, turn up to 3 & mix for 5 minutes more. Then, I turned my machine onto number 5 for 2 minutes of mixing. I oiled my dough scraper to prevent the dough from sticking to it. Take dough out of the bowl & place onto kitchen countertop. You don’t need no flour here! With your hands, knead for another 2 minutes, stretches the gluten inside!

Now, roll your dough out to a square size, about 30 cm x 30 cm. Scatter chopped olives all over the top of the dough, evenly divided. Push them into your dough, like this:

Now, roll your dough up. Then, knead the dough for 2 minutes. Oil a big bowl & put the dough in it. Place closed plastic bag over it & leave to rise for at least 3 hours or until doubled in size in a warm place.

When ready, take out of bowl with dough scraper & divide the risen dough into 2 equal pieces. Place them into their final vessel. I took 2 round silicon mounds. Place each of them into a closed plastic bah-g & leave to rise for at least 30 minutes into a warm place. When ready, place 2 oven racks into your oven. Preheat oven to 250°C for 15 minutes. I always use a fan oven! Then, remove plastic bags & place your breads into the hot oven & directly, lower your oven temperature to 180°C & bake the bread for 30 minutes or until baked through. My breads were ready after 30 minutes of baking & got a lovely brown colour on top. Remove from the oven & take out of their moulds. Place on a wire rack to cool down completely. When cold, slice & munch. Store in an organic bread bag. These breads will keep for 3 days their full flavour! 

Let’s look just a bit closer, how to enjoy it to the best:

A festive Bread!