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Blackberry breakfast biscuits

Blackberry breakfast biscuits recipeLately I haven't been feeling well, so blogging did not come easy (especially blogging about food). Eating became a chore (can you believe that?), so my favourite meal of the day have been replaced with some biscuits that are the only enjoyment I get these days from food. I will have to admit that I have been a good and loyal "Belvita" customer these days, until I thought I could make my own batch of breakfast biscuits! I baked my biscuits with blackberries, very low in sugar and no butter (no wonder why they do feel quite light and moreish).

BLACKBERRY BREAKFAST BISCUITS makes about 25-30 biscuits

  • 110g coconut oil
  • 80g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 160g flour
  • 80g oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g blackberries, chopped into smaller pieces

1. First make the dough (of course). Mix coconut oil with sugar then add egg and mix again. While mixing gradually add flour, oats, salt and baking powder. Finally add blackberries! Combine everything well (don't worry when it all becomes slightly purple, it's how it should be!). Blackberry breakfast biscuits recipe2. Using a large-ish teaspoon spoon the dough mixture on to the baking sheet. It really helps to have another teaspoon in hand to scrape the dough off the main teaspoon (if you know what I mean). Blackberry breakfast biscuits recipe3. Bake the biscuits for good 15 minutes in preheated C180 oven until the edges of the biscuits become lightly golden. Blackberry breakfast biscuits recipe4. Let it cool and enjoy!Blackberry breakfast biscuits recipeHappy weekend everyone! xx

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Pinterest challenge: spanakopita mini tarts

Spanakopita tarts recipeThis time round on my weekly Pinterest challenge I have decided to have a look at the pins that I liked long time ago. In fact I went back to the pin that I saved when I just joined Pinterest almost three years! This recipe is cool, because it needs filo pastry, which I don't have much experience with. I made filo pastry once from scratch for a layered Slovenian pie where the dough were concealed in between the fillings. With these Spanakopita mini tarts (I changed from strudels to tarts as I find that easer and prettier) the filo pastry is coating the filling therefore the effect is completely different. And this is what I wanted to challenge myself with. The turnout was great and crispy. Joni loved it of course and I thought this would be great served at the party!Spanakopita tarts recipeSPANAKOPITA MINI TARTS makes 12

  • 115g cottage cheese
  • 150g (or more) frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 170g feta cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 roll of filo pastry (although you will only need about half of it)
  • 50g butter, melted in cup or mug

1. First make the filling by combining cheeses with spinach and eggs.Spanakopita tarts recipe Spanakopita tarts recipe2. Set up your work station: muffin baking tray, melted butter with pastry brush, filling and ready cut pastry into 10cmX10cm squares.Spanakopita tarts recipe3. Push one dough square at the time into the muffin hole and brush it with melted butter. Repeat this for about 5 times (which makes about 5 layers of the dough with butter in between).  Spanakopita tarts recipe4. Spoon enough of filling into each tart and press the dough sideways to close.Spanakopita tarts recipe5. Bake the tarts in preheated 180C oven for about 30min until golden and crispy.Spanakopita tarts recipe Spanakopita tarts recipeEnjoy!

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Skillet scones

skillet scones recipeLast month I have baked really basic scones so this time round I decided to experiment. However I experimented not with ingredients but with the method. Basically I tried "frying" scones in the skillet instead of baking them in the oven. I thought what if  your oven breaks and you don't have any bread anywhere found (because I find scones are great replacement for bread, even if they are crumbly)? This method worked for me well once for breakfast when I could bother with oven and I used the same skillet to fry bacon as well (easy peasy!).

ROSEMARY SKILLET SCONES makes ones small skillet scone

  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, soften
  • 30 ml milk
  • 1 egg

1. Mix all the ingredients together (mix flour and baking powder separately first) until everything combines well and shapes non-stick dough.

2. Roll the dough 1 cm thick (try to roll into the round) and place it into the skillet.skillet scones recipe3. "Fry" the scone while turning over so it cooks on both sides. skillet scones recipeWe had it with bacon, hard-boiled eggs, mayo, avocado tomato and sliced apples (on the side). But I would recommend buttering it generously or serving it with lots of sauce, because it can be dry as it's very crumbly.skillet scones recipeEnjoy!

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Buckwheat, roasted veggies and avocado hummus bowls

Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowlsSomebody once asked me what food is like in Lithuania.... and after a quick think I said that traditional Lithuanian food is generally very fatty and rich in taste, and doesn't look ascetically pleasing (I don't think I sold Lithuanian food well here!). However I have shared many Lithuanian recipes on the blog here that are slightly edited and presented in a more appealing way. For instance we do eat a lot of buckwheat in Lithuania (almost like rice here), but it is usually served with fried onion and pancetta type bacon cubes which if you can imagine would look a bit brown and dull (and very unhealthy). However I used to love eating cooked buckwheat with sliced avocado and some tomatoes in the very beginning when I moved to England. I love the taste of buckwheat so I am happy that I started cooking with it again!   Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowlsBUCKWHEAT, ROASTED VEGGIES AND AVOCADO HUMMUS BOWLS makes about 3-4 bowls

(for veggies)

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp cajun spices (or any other spices such as curry or Moroccan spices)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

(for buckwheat)

  • 200g buckwheat
  • 1l water
  • 1tsp salt

(for more hummus than you need for 4 portions)

  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas, drained
  • 1  ripe avocado, stone removed and flesh scooped out with the spoon
  • 2 cloves garlic, pealed
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground paprika
  • salt to taste

(extras)

  • 100g feta cheese, crumpled
  • handful dill, finely chopped (very Lithuanian)

1. First prepare the veggies. Slice courgette, tomato and red pepper and place them into the baking dish. Season the veggies and drizzle oil over them, toss well to coat. Roast in C200 preheated oven for 30 min or so.Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls2. Meanwhile cook the buckwheat (in Lithuania I am used to seeing dark brown buckwheat, but here they are much lighter in colour, although it taste the same). Add the water, salt and buckwheat into medium size pot and cook it as you would cook rice. I usually start with cold water, bring it all to boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 20 min or so. Cooked buckwheat usually soaks up all the water and becomes really soft.Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls3. Next make the hummus. Just pull all the ingredients to the food processor and whizz… ta da! Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls4. To combine the bowls just add a little bit of everything: roasted veggies, buckwheat and avocado hummus. Sprinkle the bowls with some feta cheese and dillpomegranate Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowls Buckwheat, roasted veg and avocado hummus bowlsSkanaus! ("Bon appetit" in Lithuanian)

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Savoury or sweet pancake day (depending on the filling you choose)

Buckwheat batter pancakes recipeOh, and happy Pancakes Day once again! This day is never to be missed! Last year I have made unconventional Lithuanian pancakes and they were delicious (almost made a proper meal!) . This year however I decided to keep it simple. I went with the recipe that I often make. Whenever I have some buckwheat flour in the house I would throw some in to otherwise very basic pancake batter. The cool think about these pancakes is that you can eat them savoury or sweet depending on the filling you choose.Buckwheat batter pancakes recipeBUCKWHEAT PANCAKES

  • 80g buckwheat flour
  • 120g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil + more for frying
  • about 350ml water or milk

1. Place the flour into the bowl together with eggs, sugar, salt and oil. Whisk everything together into the dry mass. While whisking begin pouring the water gradually into the flour mass (not all in one go because you might not need it all). You are aiming for a batter consistency that easily drips down the whisk when held up but still leave temporary traces when whisked. making the pancake batter2. You need to fry pancakes in well heated pan with oil (although to fry without oil is quite possible after much practicing). Pour one spoonful to the pan and immediately start swirling round the pan to get nice even layer.Buckwheat batter pancakes recipePancakes then can be eaten savoury. I like it with ham or bacon with cheese. I usually serve it with cream fresh and dill (this is such a Lithuanian thing to do!)Buckwheat batter pancakes recipeOr if you prefer it sweet then blueberries, banana, and maple syrup ticks my boxes ;-).Buckwheat batter pancakes recipeBuckwheat batter pancakes recipeHappy Pancake Day!

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Pinterest challenge: curry grilled vegetables with creamy polenta

The main reason for trying out this recipe is because I have never cooked with the polenta. Ok I did bake or made porridge with it in the past but having polenta for dinner never crossed my mind (especially the creamy type). The outcome? Even though I forgot to add chickpeas, it turned out to be a nice meal (at least for me)! I added some tomatoes as well, which gave some freshness to the taste. Overall really recommended the recipe from Naturally Ella (feel sort of bad that my pics don't look as good as theirs).  Curry grilled vegetables  with chickpeas and creamy polenta

CURRY GRILED VEGETABLES WITH CREAMY POLENTA adopted from Naturally Ella

(for polenta)

  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 200g coarse cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp butter

(for vegetables)

  • 1 medium courgette
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2-3 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed - forgot to add mine :-(
  • Feta cheese and coriander leaves to garnish

1. Bring the stock to a boil. Stir in the cornmeal and whisk (this is what I found best when I don't want big lumps stuck together). Cook until polenta begins to thicken. Cover and reduce heat to lowest setting. Simmer polenta for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring and scraping the pan bottom and sides every 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.

2. Preheat grill. Slice the courgette and pepper into strips; toss with oil and curry powder. Grill until zucchini and peppers are slightly charred.Curry grilled vegetables  with chickpeas and creamy polenta3. Roughly chop the vegetables and toss them with the chickpeas. (I forgot to do this step, therefore my veg is left with no chickpeas!)

4. Divide polenta among individual serving bowls. Top with grilled vegetables, coriander leaves and feta.Curry grilled vegetables  with chickpeas and creamy polentaEnjoy!

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Valentine’s day strawberry tart

As Valentine's day is soon approaching I thought I will make a tart full of hearts. Strawberries and cream popped into my mind first (I know I know, that's not very imaginative of me!). But then I thought how can I twist this classic dessert into something more creative and thats when I thought to add basil to it. Basil? Oh, it totally works! Remember how I made marmalade tart with rosemary crust? Well this one has a very similar concept except more hearts!Care to try?Valentine's day strawberry tart recipeBAKED STRAWBERRY TART WITH BASIL CRUST

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 6-8 tbsp sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 15-20 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • at least 200g strawberries, sliced (+ 2 tbsp sugar if you like them sweet)
  • icing for dusting
  • 300ml whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar

1. Make the pastry dough by creaming butter with sugar. Gradually add egg yolks, flour and basil. Wrap the dough into cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 15 min or so (it will be easer to handle it later). 

2. Roll out the dough and line prepared baking tin with it (lined with baking paper prior that).

3. Fill the tart with sliced strawberries as evenly as you can. Sprinkle some sugar on top if using. I did not use any sugar and I wish I did! However Joni said that he liked  the tart's sweetness as it is. So your choice ;-).Valentine's day strawberry tart recipe4. I tried decorating the top of the tart with the heart shapes, although I was suspecting that it won't survive the baking. There is always a risk if you bake sweet butter pastry on uneven surface such as sliced strawberries!Valentine's day strawberry tart recipeTherefore I baked some hearts using the same dough separately on baking sheet.Valentine's day strawberry tart recipe5. I baked the tart in preheated 170C oven for 40min (other ovens varies so don't wait if you see the crust is already golden after 30 min).  You see! The hearts came out all wobbly! Exactly what I predicted :-S.Valentine's day strawberry tart recipeSo after some dusting...Valentine's day strawberry tart recipe...and whipped cream with baked dough heart biscuits. Voila! I think it turned out quite alright :-). Valentine's day strawberry tart recipe6. To whip the cream all you need to do is mix some sugar with cream and whip away!(be careful and don't over-beat it though)Valentine's day strawberry tart recipe Valentine's day strawberry tart recipeAnd have fun celebrating Valentines day ;-)

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Pinterest challenge: chicken avocado soup

Chicken Avocado Soup recipeI love broth soups! I made one couple of weeks ago that I used to often make. This one is different though (one of the reasons for choosing for today's challenge)! The broth is poured over rather than used as a base for the soup. This is why it tastes soooo fresh as some ingredients don't even get cooked (some herbs and avocado). I tried avocado baked, not a good taste (to me at least)! But in this scenario it tasted wonderful! Anyway, try it for yourself ;-).

CHICKEN AVOCADO SOUP adopted from Mama Miss

  • 2 chicken breasts (I used 4 as I wanted to use for something else. Chicken cooked this way is sooo versatile!)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • bunch spring onion, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1.5l chicken stock
  • pinch of cumin
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • small bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • lime wedges

1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large cast iron pan over medium-high, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add chicken to the heated skillet and place it under the grill. Shred chicken and cover with foil to keep warm, then set aside.Chicken Avocado Soup recipe2. Sauté spring onions (reserving some for latter) and garlic for about 2 minutes. Add diced tomato; Sauté 1 minute, until soft.

Chicken Avocado Soup recipe3. Make broth by add chicken stock and cumin to pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Cover pot and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
4. Layering in separate bowls; Fill each bowl with shredded chicken, diced avocado, remaining spring onions, coriander leaves, and lime wedge (one per bowl).
Chicken Avocado Soup recipe5. Ladle the chicken broth onto the layered chicken in each bowl. Serve!
Chicken Avocado Soup recipe
Enjoy!
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My favourite breakfast smoothie

Blueberry Breakfast SmoothieA long long time ago I got this Juice recipe book from a sale and for a while I was following it religiously (sometimes I set myself a goal to try every recipe in the book). Unfortunately I never managed to try all the juice and smoothie recipes (one of the reason was that I did not have all the needed juicing equipment for it), but I did find some smoothies that I still make sometimes these days. The Blueberry breakfast smoothie is one of them, because the flavours are not what you get in a regular berry smoothie. So please have a try!Blueberry Breakfast SmoothieBLUEBERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE adopted from Juice! by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson

  • juice of 1 orange
  • 2 handfuls blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt (love Yeo Valley natural yorgurt, not promoting just saying!)
  • 2 tbsp quinoa
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp runny honey

Blueberry Breakfast SmoothieBlend the blueberries with orange juice, yogurt, quinoa, oil and honey! Thats all! If you want to make it pretty then sprinkle the smoothie with some quinoa and blueberries.Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie Blueberry Breakfast SmoothieEnjoy!

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Pinterest challenge: “love it or hate it” vietnamese beef stew

Vietnamese Beef StewThis may have been the love of first sight but definitely not the love of the first taste. As soon as I saw One-pot Vietnamese Beef Stew pic on Pinterest I was sure I wanted to try it straight away. I was particularly interested in trying all those spices that I have never used before (such as lemon grass or kaffir lime leaves), so I followed the recipe quite literally (not substituting a thing!). The result? Well, it was something that me and Joni was not quite prepared for! Aniseed taste took over the overall flavour. Maybe I have overdone with star anise? So my initial response was to add more sugar to reduce that strong flavour, but nothing helped. Eventually realised that if you eat it on toast with some soft cheese on top then the stew taste blends in quite nicely. So you could say that we got used to taste! I cooked quite a lot of that stew so had a chance to eat it in many ways although I was so tempted to throw it away (even if I hate waste). So there you go, thats my feedback. So if you like that kind of flavour, then go ahead, it was fun cooking it!Vietnamese Beef StewVIETNAMESE BEEF STEW practically copied from Supergolden Bakes

  • 900g beef, cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 4 banana shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 625ml | 2 1/2 cups hot beef stock
  • 450g | 1lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Basil leaves, chopped to garnish

1. Combine the beef, flour, spice, pepper, lemongrass, garlic, soy sauce and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Leave to marinate for an hour.Vietnamese Beef Stew2. Preheat the oven to 160C and have all your vegetables prepared. Place chopped chillies and shallots separately from tomatoes and carrots (you don't have to, but it helped me to keep organised as these were going to the pot at separate times). Vietnamese Beef Stew3. Put the oil in the frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, lower the temperature to medium-low and brown the beef cubes. Add the shallots and chillies and fry for a couple of minutes.

Vietnamese Beef Stew4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, carrots, cinnamon stick, star anise, kaffir lime leaves and stock and bring slowly to a rolling simmer. Transfer to the casserole and to the oven.Vietnamese Beef Stew5. Cook for an hour then add the butternut squash (be careful the pot will be very hot) and give the stew a stir. Return to the oven and cook for a further 45 minutes to 1 hour until meat is very tender.Vietnamese Beef Stew6. Add some chopped basil leaves, check the seasoning and serve with crusty bread.Vietnamese Beef StewAnd try it on top of the bread with some crumbled soft cheese on top!Vietnamese Beef StewHave a lovely week!

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Heartwarming chicken tomato soup with brussel sprouts

Chicken tomato soup with brussel sprouts recipeWhen it is so cold outside it's difficult to stay on diet. You just want to stuff yourself with food and roll into bed. Can you relate? Or maybe it's just me! But I did find a solution to it! A soup! Soups based on broth (not chowders, purees, or cream soups) have an extremely high water content yet can be filling and warming. Here is a chicken soup that originally started as a stew but have been modified sooo many times and now it's just a soup (a very lovely soup). I hope you like it ;-). Chicken tomato soup with brussel sprouts recipeCHICKEN TOMATO SOUP WITH BRUSSEL SPROUTS

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 carrot, pealed and grated
  • 2 celery sticks
  • a knob of butter
  • 1kg chicken drumsticks
  • 1.5l-2l chicken stock
  • 8 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large potato, pealed and cubed
  • 200g brussel sprouts, pealed and sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat a knob of butter in a large pan and add the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. My granny used to always say that fried carrot in butter gives that sunny colour in soup... awww!

2. Add the chicken drumsticks and stir until coated in butter as well.

3. Add the stock and bring it to the boil.

4. Add tomatoes, potato and brussel sprouts. Simmer everything slowly for up to an hour, on the low heat with the lid on.Chicken tomato soup with brussel sprouts recipe5. Once all cooked, have a quick taste to check the seasoning, pull the meat from the bone (unless you want to eat drumsticks whole) and serve.Chicken tomato soup with brussel sprouts recipeEnjoy!

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Pinterest challenge: roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowls

Roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowlsThis is my first Pinterest challenge this year! So I thought I will pick something on the healthy side. I think we all have been guilty of heavy eating during holidays and I am sure every one of you would love to start fresh and come back to a healthy eating routine. This awesome and wholesome bowl full of veg has instantly caught my attention! And I am glad it did, because this magic bowl is full of flavour! It actually taste real and the combination of flavours really works. So why not to try?  Roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowlsROASTED VEGGIE, CURRIED AVOCADO AND COCONUT RICE BOWLS adapted from Half Baked Harvest

(roasted veggies)

  • 1/2 butternut squash, pealed, seeds removed and sort of cubed (I kind of sliced it in wedges)
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped (I pealed it as well, but I wish I left the skin on)
  • 250g bag of brussels sprouts, all sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful pecans

(coconut rice)

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • pinch of salt
  • 80g creamed coconut, grated
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

(curried avocado)

  • 2 ripe avocados, pealed and pitted
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1tsp curry powder (used mild one)
  • 1cm cube ginger, pealed and grated
  • 1 tsp honey (got mine from Florida!!!)
  • salt and pepper to taste

(for assembly)

  • handful of goat cheese or blue cheese (tried both and preferred goat cheese in this combination)
  • arils from one pomegranate

1. Start by roasting the veg. In a small bowl (or a cup) whisk together the olive oil, cayenne, maple syrup and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread the veggies out in the baking dish and drizzle the olive oil mixture over them and toss well to coat. Roast it in C210 preheated oven until vegetables are tender and starting to brown (about35 - 45 min), stirring the veggies halfway through. During the last 15 minutes add the pecans and toss to coat.Roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowls2. Meanwhile, cook the rice. Add the rice, coconut water, salt, coconut oil and creamed coconut to a medium size pot and cook it as usual. As I have electric cooker I cook my rice this way (although I really hate electric cookers at least it is good for cooking rice and stuff!). So I bring the rice pot to boil and then I switch the cooker off. The heat that remains on the electric plates will finish cooking the rice without burning it! Just don't be tempted to open the lid while magic happens!

3. Final step is to make curried avocado! Just pull all the ingredients to the food processor and whizz... ta da! Roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowls Roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowls4. To combine the bowls just add a little bit of everything: roasted veggies, rice and curried avocado. Sprinkle the bowls with some cheese and pomegranate arils.Roasted veggie, curried avocado and coconut rice bowlsEnjoy!

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Biscuits or scones?

Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipeWe recently have visited States and I finally had a chance to taste a biscuit... for breakfast, with the gravy!!! What? If you come from America than this might not be that surprising to you. But here in England biscuit has a complete different sense and purpose. It even looks different! The biscuit that I had in States reminded me of scone that we have over here. Maybe we don't eat scones with the gravy, but we certainly have cheesy types as well. I must admit eating the biscuit with gravy inspired me to try and marry the scone with the soup! Not just any soup, but the most british one: broccoli & stilton soup.Biscuits or scones?I of course tried to determine the differences between american biscuit and british scone, but did not found that many. Although the ingredients are practically identical, the scone recipe might call for buttermilk, oatmeal or even barley (especially the most traditional recipes). So I guess the choice is yours how to call this baked delight ;-).Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipeI often bake these basic type of scones, because they are that basic that you can add any flavour you want to them. You want them sweet = add a 1-2tbsp sugar and handful of dried sultanas, you want them cheesy = add any cheese you want! I replaced butter with coconut oil, just because I believe that make the scones feel a little bit less naughty. And it works every time! Oh, I just love the consistency and the benefits of the coconut oil!

BASIC COCONUT OIL SCONES

  • 150g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 45g coconut oil
  • 30ml milk (can be substituted with coconut milk)
  • 1 medium egg (or add another 25ml of milk if you want to keep it even more basic)

1. Mix all the ingredients together (mix flour and baking powder separately first) until everything combines well and shapes non-stick dough.

2. Roll the dough 1 cm thick and by using cookie cutter cut the dough into the circles.

3. Bake the scones for about 10-15 in the preheated 180C oven. Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipe Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipeEnjoy!

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How to bake Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits)

How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) As I write this I am Lithuania and I thought it would be nice to post something Lithuanian to make for Christmas. Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) are very traditional, but they might not be to everybody's taste.  Some might find them too bland but they are definitely fun to make, so please give them a chance! If you are trying to imagine what they taste like imagine a small breadstick but with poppy seeds in them. They are usually served soaked in poppy seed "milk" but can be eaten as a snack. Interested? Then read on ;-) How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) KŪČIUKAI

  • 500g  plain flour
  • 7g dry fast acting yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 250ml milk (lukewarm)

1. Mix all the ingredients and form it into a dough. Kneed the dough for at least 5 min. How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) 2. Form the dough into a ball and place it into a bowl. Cover it with cling film and place it somewhere warm for an hour or so. When the dough has risen (at least doubled in size) then punch it to "deflate" it and cover it to proof for another half an hour. 3. Once the final proofing is done shape the dough into sausage shapes and slice them into small bits (about 1cm in size).  How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) 3. Bake these in preheated 190C oven for 5-7 min until slightly golden but not brown. How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) I must admit, this recipe is slightly naughty! Traditionally Lithuanians don't eat any dairy or meat during Christmas eve and this recipe certainly has some milk and eggs. If you want to try you can soak these in poppy seed "milk". To make the "milk" just soak some poppy seeds in sweetened water and mash them with a mortar and pestle. The water should turn slightly white and milk like. How to make Kūčiukai (Lithuanian Christmas Eve biscuits) Enjoy! Rasa ;-)

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