Buckwheat, Oatmeal, Almond & Pomegranate Molasses Granola

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This was my breakfast yesterday. Greek yogurt with granola that I made with pomegranate molasses. Love the tang that the molasses gives and it is quiet easy to make at home. I made it with some cinnamon and vanilla but you can spice it as you like.

Ingredients:

For the Pomegranate molasses:

710ml of pomegranate juice

½ cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the granola:

1 cup of oatmeal

1 cup of buckwheat

¾ cup of slivered almonds

3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

4 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 ½ tablespoons of honey

 

Place all of the ingredients for the molasses in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, about 2 to 3 minutes. Then reduce the heat to medium low and let it reduce until it becomes a thick syrup. This will take about 40 minutes. It will thicker like a caramel as it cools down. Remove the cinnamon stick. Let it cool down for a few minutes and then pour it into a glass jar. Let it cool completely before covering it. Keep it in the fridge.

To make the granola, preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the oatmeal, buckwheat, almonds, melted coconut oil, molasses, vanilla and honey. Then spread it evenly over the prepared baking sheet. Bake it for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Because of the sugar content in the molasses, it browns quickly so be careful not to burn it.

Allow it to cool down completely before storing it in a airtight container.

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Buckwheat-Banana Waffles (Gluten-free)

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It has finally started to feel like summer again, after all the rain and crappy cold weather. And it looks like it’s going to stay like this way for a little while (knock on wood). Hopefully, it will last the whole month.  We had a really nice weekend. On Friday we went out for cocktails and watched the sunset from the Skylounge of the DoubleTree hotel. And on Sunday we spent the afternoon cruising around Amsterdam on a friend’s boat.

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I love this gluten free waffle recipe. I have been making it very often lately. It is better to do it with very ripe bananas as they add most of the sweetness to the batter. I try to always have bananas in the house and let them get ripe for a while. So there is always an excuse for banana-oatmeal pancakes or waffles or cake.

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Ingredients:

1 1/3 of a cup of buckwheat flour

½ cup of rice flour

2 ripe bananas, mashed (the riper, the better)

1 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

1 egg

3 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey

3 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Pinch of salt

 

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and then let it cool down a bit.

Mash the bananas and place them in the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Brush your waffle iron with some vegetable oil or use cooking spray. Pour in the waffle batter. The cooking time will depend on your waffle iron. Mine takes 4 minutes per waffle.

Serve with the topping of your choice. I like to add dulce de leche and fruit, or ice cream.

Beet Crepes with Whipped Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction (Gluten-Free)

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Growing up I didn’t like beets. Then all of the sudden I started to crave them for some reason. This was a few years ago, nowadays I cook with them so often. Maybe I am making up for the time I didn’t eat them. I am even growing some on my balcony now.

I used buckwheat flour for these crepes so they are gluten free. This is just a basic savory crepe recipe, you can play around with the filling. Maybe top it with a green salad or use them as tacos.

To keep the pink vibe going, I made a raspberry slushy. This was my very bright lunch today. If you like beets, maybe you want to check out my beet tartare with roasted strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette by clicking here.

This recipe makes about 9 crepes.

Ingredients:

For the batter:

1 cup of buckwheat flour

1 1/3 cup of milk

1 egg

1 cooked beet, shredded or blended (I used a food processor)

1 pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of olive oil

For frying:

Olive oil or coconut oil

For the whipped goat cheese:

300gr of goat cheese

6 teaspoons of Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon of agave or honey

Toppings:

Balsamic reduction

Fresh cherries

Fresh Strawberries

 

If you have never made balsamic reduction before, it is super easy to make. Pour 250ml of balsamic vinegar into a pan. Reduce over medium-low heat until it has reduced to about 1/3 of a cup.  Don’t let it get too thick though, as it will thicken as it cools down. If it gets too thick, you can always warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up. You can make this in advance and keep it in your pantry.

To make the whipped goat cheese, just place it in the food processor with the Greek yogurt and honey. Then pulse until smooth. Transfer it to a bowl, cover with plastic film and keep it in the fridge until ready to use.

To make the batter, just blend all of the ingredients together. Let the batter rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add a bit olive oil or coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, add about 1/9 of the crepe batter and swirl it around the pan. Once bubbles start to form on the top, loosen the edges with a spatula. Then gently flip it using the same spatula. Let it cook for about 30 seconds on the other side, then transfer it to a plate and repeat for the rest of the batter.

To plate up, fold each crepe in half, and then fold it in half again. Serve with some of the whipped goat cheese and fruit. Finish it by drizzling some of the balsamic reduction.

 

 

 

Buckwheat Crepes with Roasted Figs & Gorgonzola (Gluten-free)

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I have been seeing figs at the market lately and had to get some. I love to eat them with gorgonzola. Fig season is so short that I try to eat as many of them as I can before they are gone. I remember when I was a little kid in Lima and we would drive to the beach outside of the city. On our way back home, we would stop and buy a box or two of fresh figs that they would sell by the side of the road. For me that was the best part of the day. The beaches near Lima are very cold so that was never my thing. But getting my hands sticky, by peeling the skin off fresh figs because I couldn’t wait till we were home to wash them and eat them, sure was. I remember them always being so sweet. Figs are one of those things that, if they are in season while we are on holiday in Lima, I always stuff myself with until I cannot see them anymore.

It has been a while since I have eaten crepes so I combined the two in one dish. This time I used buckwheat flour to make gluten free crepes. It is also nice to drizzle some balsamic reduction over the finished dish. I always have some in my pantry. But when I went to grab it, I realized it was pretty much empty so I didn’t add it. You can make it by just reducing a bottle of balsamic vinegar in a pan over medium heat until it becomes a syrup and just store it in an airtight container.

This recipe makes 6 crepes.

Ingredients:

For the crepes:

2/3 cup of buckwheat flour

1 cup of milk (I use semi-skimmed milk, but you can also use whole milk)

3 ½ tablespoons of butter, melted (plus a bit more for the pan)

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of sugar

Pinch of salt

For the roasted figs:

9 fresh figs

150gr of gorgonzola

2 shots of port

Honey

Salt

Pepper

For the toppings:

1/3 cup of pistachios, chopped

Honey

Start by making the crepe batter. You can whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl, or you can just use a blender. I used a blender. Cover the bowl with the batter with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

To roast the figs, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Slice the figs making a cross in the middle and stuff them with a piece of gorgonzola. Drizzle some port and honey on top of each stuffed fig. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in a pre-heated oven at 180C/350F for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add a bit of butter to the pan. Once the butter has melted, add about 1/6 of the crepe batter and swirl it around the pan. Once bubbles start to form on the top, loosen the edges with a spatula. Then gently flip it using the same spatula. Once it is golden on both sides, transfer it to a plate and keep it in a warm oven while you make the remaining crepes.

To plate up, fold each crepe in half, and then fold it in half again. Serve with the stuffed figs, drizzle extra honey on top and add some of the chopped pistachios.

 

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Buckwheat

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It seems that winter is finally catching up. It has been quite a soft winter so far. But with the temperatures starting to drop this weekend and maybe snow on the way, a nice warm soup was in order. I roasted the butternut squash, garlic and onions in the oven to bring out their sweetness. For the toppings, I roasted some buckwheat with maple syrup and cayenne pepper (I find it quite an addictive snack). I also made some bacon crumbs. And for some peppery taste, I added some micro arugula that I grow myself in my teeny tiny little greenhouse.

Ingredients:

For the Soup:

1 butternut squash, peeled and sliced

6 pearl onions or 1 big onion, leave the skin on

3 garlic cloves, with the skin on

Splash of olive oil

1 ½ liter of vegetable or chicken stock

100ml of cream

Salt to taste

For the maple roasted buckwheat:

6 tablespoons of buckwheat

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of salt

For the bacon crumbs:

12 bacon strips

Topping:

Micro arugula

 

Line an oven tray with aluminum foil; place the peeled and sliced butternut squash and unpeeled onions on the tray.  Cover one head of garlic in aluminum foil with a bit of olive oil inside and place it on the tray  (I roasted the whole head of garlic and only used 3 cloves for the soup, the rest you can use for another dish). Splash a bit of olive oil over the vegetables and roast at 180C/350F for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Mix the buckwheat, maple syrup, olive oil, cayenne and salt in a small bowl.

Line an oven tray with parchment paper and place the buckwheat in a single layer. Roast for about 10 minutes, check that it doesn’t burn.  Then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

To make the bacon crumbs, just cook the bacon until crispy.  Allow to cool down and then put it in the food processor and pulse until you get crumbs.  Set aside.

Going back to the soup, peel the onions and 4 cloves of garlic. Place them on a pot and add the butternut squash. Add the stock and blend until it is creamy.  Warm up the soup over medium heat and then add the cream and salt to taste.

Serve warm and top it with the roasted buckwheat, bacon crumbs and micro arugula.