Dark Chocolate Banana Cake

September 11, 2014 at 12:59 am

banana and chocolate cake
INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 120 g softened butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 100 g dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 sml banana sliced for top of cake
  • 1 tblsp brown sugar for top of cake

METHOD

1. Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs , Mix. Mash bananas, apple sauce and milk and add to the bowl with the vanilla extract.

2. Stir in flour, cocoa and chocolate leaving some chocolate to sprinkle on top.

3. Pre -heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

4. Line the base of a 20 cm springform pan with baking paper. Spray sides of pan with oil.

5. Pour batter into tin and lightly tap tin onto the bench to get rid of any air bubbles. Decorate with sliced banana and and sprinkle remaining chocolate. Sprinkle with 1 tblsp brown sugar and bake. Insert skewer into the oven after 40 mins. Bake a further 5 if needed.

If you are making the YIAH – Your Inspiration at Home Chocolate raspberry Truffle powder version then simply add 1/3 cup in the mix when adding the cocoa. Reduce the caster sugar to 1/2 cup instead of 3/4 cup. Instead of layering bananas on top simply sprinkle 1 or 2 tablespoons YIAH Choc Raspberry Truffle powder on top before baking.

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Beetroot and Beef Patties

June 6, 2014 at 1:32 am

Beetroot and Beef Patties

There is something special about fresh beetroot. I love the brilliant colour that flows through as you peel, chop or grate it. I get excited at the thought that my food will be nourished and enhanced with such a beautiful, natural and nutritional product of nature.  Most of all I love the sweet juicy flavours.

These Beetroot and Beef patties are so simple to make. Yes, they area little messy (beetroot always is) but oh so worth it.

I wear gloves when preparing beetroot which prevents staining on the hands. My Mother thinks I am hilarious and cannot comprehend why a little colour on my hands from something beautiful like a beetroot should bother me. She is old school you see, get in there and get it done is her philosophy!

I strain the grated beetroot so my patties do not overflow with juices. After asking fellow foodies on facebook what to do with the juices their recommendations were to use it in a fresh juice, make a cake ( a chocolate and beetroot cake or red velvet cake sounds divine) or make a reduction out of it which is what I chose to do and used it instead of a sauce or chutney with some minted yoghurt! So hear is the recipe. I cooked my patties in my Philips Airfryer. Cook them in a shallow pan  with a drizzle of oil if you do not have one.

beetroot patties before cooking

INGREDIENTS

MINTED YOGHURT

  • 1/2 cup extra thick Greek Yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • season

METHOD

1. Prepare minted yoghurt, Set aside.

2. Reduce Beetroot juice on low heat in a small saucepan until half in capacity, set aside.

3. Place all ingredients for the Beef and Beetroot patties in a large bowl. Mix and knead thoroughly until everything is well combined.

4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup portion your patties and shape, flattening slightly.

5. If you are using an airfryer. Spray the patties with a little olive oil and cook on 180 for 16 minutes.

6. If you are using a large frypan then spray the pan with a little oil and cook 4 patties at a time on low to medium heat, flattening slightly for about 3 -4 minutes on each side until cooked.

7. Serve with some salad, grilled pitta,  minted yoghurt and beetroot reduction.

Enjoy.

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beetroot patties with beetroot reduction

Maple Chocolate powder Biscuits

May 5, 2014 at 7:19 am

Maple Chocolate powder biscuits

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

2. Melt butter and honey in a small saucepan. Remove from heat to cool. Add YIAH salted Maple Chocolate powder and YIAH Maple Balsamic vinegar and combine. Once mixture has cooled slightly add egg, mix well then add the flour. Sit bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes.

3. Roll 1 tablespoon of  mixture into a ball and flatten slightly using palm of hand. Place on baking tray allowing 2 cm between each one and repeat until finished.

4. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden, swapping trays halfway. Cool for 10 minutes before placing on wire racks.

Enjoy!

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Maple Choc Banana Muffins

May 5, 2014 at 6:43 am

Maple Choc Banana Muffins with Natvia

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4  NATVIA (natural sugar substitute)
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked with fork
  • 2 tablespoons YIAH maple salted chocolate powder
  • 2 tablespoons YIAH Maple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Williams (nut free, dairy free, sugar free) chocolate spread, melted slightly 30 seconds in microwave
  • 1 small firm banana, sliced diagonally (for the top)
  • Extra YIAH Maple Balsamic Vinegar to drizzle on top

METHOD

1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees celsius.

2. 12  x 1/2 cup capacity muffin tray lined with patty cases.

3. Lightly whisk all wet ingredients together. In another bowl mix the YIAH Maple salted chocolate powder with the flour. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix.

4. Pour the batter into muffin patties 3/4 way full. Place the sliced banana on top and drizzle lightly with a little of the YIAH Maple Balsamic Vinegar (about 2 tsps)

5. Bake for about 3o minutes. You want the top to be a bit springy.

6. This recipe can also be placed in the deep freeze and is great for kids lunchboxes.

Note: If you cannot find the Sweet William Chocolate spread , use your own choice or melt some dark chocolate to make 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cream to the melted chocolate.

NATVIA  is a natural sugar alternative made from the STEVIA plant.

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Easy Stroganoff meatballs with passata

March 5, 2014 at 12:59 am

Easy Stroganoff meatballs with passata

INGREDIENTS

Meatballs:

  • 500g Lean pork mince (or mince of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons YIAH Stroganoff spice Blend

Passata sauce:

METHOD

1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs and mix well. Knead in bowl with fist until well combined for a couple of minutes.

2. Roll 1 tblsp of the mixture into balls with wet hands, repeat until finished.

3. In a large saucepan with lid add the passata ingredients with the YIAH Herb and garlic dip mix. Bring to the boil. Place the meatballs in the sauce and cover. Simmer on low heat for an hour occasionally stiring. Serve with pasta of your choice.

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Maple Chocolate Banana Bread with Natvia

March 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

Maple Chocolate Banana Bread with Natvia

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4  NATVIA (natural sugar substitute)
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked with fork
  • 2 tablespoons YIAH maple salted chocolate powder
  • 2 tablespoons YIAH Maple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Williams (nut free, dairy free, sugar free) chocolate spread, melted slightly 30 seconds in microwave
  • 1 small firm banana, sliced diagonally (for the top)
  • Extra YIAH Maple Balsamic Vinegar to drizzle on top

METHOD

1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees celsius.

2. Lightly grease a loaf pan approx 25cm x 10 cm (I used an average size loaf pan and 6  x 1/2 cup capacity muffin tray lined with patty cases.

3. Lightly whisk all wet ingredients together. In another bowl mix the YIAH Maple salted chocolate powder with the flour.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix.

4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan 3/4 way full. Place the sliced banana on top and drizzle lightly with a little of the YIAH Maple Balsamic Vinegar (about 2 tsps)

5. With the remaining batter (if any) fill the patty cases with 1/4 cup capacity mix.

6. Bake the loaf pan for 1 hour, insert knife and if it comes clean remove from oven. If not, check at 5 minute intervals. The top should be a little springy. Over cooking will dry out the loaf.

7. The muffin size should be ready in around 3o minutes. You want the top to be a bit springy.

8. This recipe can also be placed in the deep freeze and is great for kids lunchboxes.

9. If you cannot find the Sweet William Chocolate spread , use your own choice or melt some dark chocolate to make 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cream to the melted chocolate.

NATVIA  is a natural sugar alternative made from the STEVIA plant

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Christmas Rolled Chicken

December 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

Christmas Rolled Chicken

I created this dish with the inspiration of Christmas colors in mind. I also wanted a contrast in flavors hence the Maple Glazed prosciutto which is a little crispy piece of sweetish savoury heaven. I hope that you enjoy this meal any time of the year.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Chicken Breasts, pounded and flattened to about 1cm thickness
  • 2 cups baby spinach’
  • 2 red onions finely diced
  • 220g baby bocconcini cut in half or torn mozarella
  • 1/2 cup sweet dried cranberries for filling
  • 150g raw walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 large red capsicum, diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tblsp YIAH Roma Italian spice blend or YIAH Herb n Garlic Dip mix
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100g prosciutto
  • 2 tblsp maple syrup

METHOD

1. Prepare the walnuts. set aside.

2. In a large frypan on medium heat, add oil. Sautee the red onions until soft and translucent. Add red capsicum and stir occasionally until soft. Season. Add YIAH Roma Italian Spice Blend or YIAH Herb and Garlic Dip Mix.

3. Stir in the spinach, cranberries and parsley until the spinach has wilted. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in the walnuts and breadcrumbs and set aside.

5. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees celsius.

6. Lay a row of clingfilm approx 50 cm and place flattened chicken breasts horizontally in a row on the clingfilm, slightly overlapping each other. Place a piece of clingfilm on the chicken and flatten the overlapping pieces slightly being careful not to tear the chicken.

7. Place the filling along the middle of the chicken leaving a 2 cm border. Do not over crowd. You only need a thin layer about .5 cm high. The leftover filling can be frozen and used as stuffing on another occasion.

8. Place the bocconcini across the filling.

9. Starting with the horizontal side closest to you and fold the chicken over and roll until the horizontal seam is at the bottom. Use kitchen string to tie up the log to avoid any spillage.

10. In a frypan on medium heat, spray with olive oil and place the chicken in the hot pan to seal all sides until golden brown.

11. In a roasting pan place 2 cups chicken stock and put the rolled chicken in the oven for approximately 40 minutes until golden brown and juices run clear.

12. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the oven and put the heat up to 200 degrees celsius.

13. Place the prosciutto slices on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush both sides with maple syrup.

14. Place in the oven and every 5 minutes brush the top side flip over then brush again with maple syrup. Repeat this process about 4 times (20 minutes) or until the prosciutto is  JUST starting to get crispy.

15. Remove from heat.

16. Allow the chicken  to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 3cm thick slices and serve with maple glazed prosciutto.

Enjoy.

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Pastichio Pie

November 16, 2013 at 5:41 am

A family favourite in my household, I YIAH-rized it using the YIAH Greek Taverna  Spice Blend and making it as child friendly as possible. After a request from a liker of my page she asked “ I have to bring a dish to our family luncheon at my sister’s house and when I asked Mr.5 what he would like to bring he said spaghetti Bolognese……help!”. Too cute don’t you think? What better way to present spaghetti Bolognese than with a Pastichio Pie!

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g beef mince
  • 500ml Passata (tomato puree)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 1 large celery stick finely diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 ¼ tbslp of YIAH Greek Taverna Spice Mix
  • ½ packet of BUCATINI (it is like spaghetti but tubular, you can use spaghetti if you cannot find it) Cooked
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup grated parmesan for the topping
  • ½ cup parmesan for the spaghetti

Bechamel Sauce:

  • 500ml milk (I used light milk as a preference but full cream is better)
  • 50g butter
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Pinch nutmeg

METHOD

1. Medium heat a deep pan with lid and add oil. When it is heated add diced onion, carrots and celery. Season with salt and pepper and sweat out for about 10 minutes stirring constantly until soft and translucent.

2. Stir in the YIAH Greek Taverna Spice blend.

3. Add beef mince and break it up until browned. Add tomato passata and chicken stock. Put lid on and simmer on low stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. At this time partially cover the Bolognese until thick and no excess juices are evident. Set aside when done

4. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

5. In a medium pot on low heat melt the butter for the sauce.

6. Add the flour whisking constantly for a minute or so until the flour comes away from the sides. Add a third of the milk whisking constantly. When it starts to thicken add the rest of the milk whisking constantly until the béchamel becomes thick. This should take at least 5 minutes. When thick add nutmeg and grated parmesan and mix well.

6. Add half cup parmesan cheese to the spaghetti and toss.

7. n a 20cm spring form pan layer the bottom a third of the way with the spaghetti/bucatini. Then add the mince layer another third of the way. Top with the bechamel and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese.

8. Place pan onto a baking tray, place on bottom rack and cook for approx. 45 minutes or until golden brown.

9. Allow to cool 30 minutes before removing (run a knife around the circumference of the pan first). Serve on a nice round dish into and cut into wedges .

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Middle Eastern Baked Cigars

October 22, 2013 at 6:41 am

Turkish Meze and casablanca cigars

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g Premium Beef Mince
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 large red capsicum, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 small eggplants, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tsp YIAH Turkish Meze Dip Mix
  • 4 tsp YIAH Casablanca Dip Mix
  • 1 tsp YIAH Harissa spice blend
  • 2 packets frozen Spring roll squares
  • Light Oil Cooking Spray

METHOD

1. In a 30cm deep saucepan on medium heat add oil and onions. Cook until translucent. Add carrots, zucchini, capsicum and eggplants and season. Cook until soft and caramelized.

2. Add honey and YIAH Meze,  YIAH Casablanca and YIAH Harissa.  Add toasted pine nuts and Mix in for 2-3 minutes. Set aside for mixture to cool before rolling them into cigars.

3.Thaw the Springroll wrappers

4. Pre-heat Oven to 210 degrees celsius.

5. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper (these will be used multiple times).

6. When the filling has cooled place 2 tablespoons of the mixture on the sheet  towards the bottom in a line leaving a few 2 centimetres from the sides and bottom  (note the sheet should be placed with point side down to resemble a diamond shape.

7. Fold the corner towards you over the mixture then fold over the sides cover the ends.

8. Continue to roll and seal the top point using a cooking brush dampened with water. Repeat process placing on the baking trays 2 cm apart. Spray the cigars liberally with Light Olive Oil Spray.

9. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a nice warm golden brown.

10. Serve with a Greek Salad or Harissa yoghurt.

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Chocolate Raspberry Melting Moments with Dark Chocolate Ganache

October 22, 2013 at 6:13 am

with yiah btle melting moments choc raspb powder

INGREDIENTS

Ganache:

  • 150 ml thickened cream
  • 100g 70% Cocoa dark Chocolate

METHOD

1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

2. Beat both sugars, and butter until creamy.  Add YIAH – Your Inspiration at Home Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Powder, sifted flour and sifted cornflour. Using the folding function on your mix, fold until all ingredients are well combined. Do not over beat.

3. Place mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

4. Roll 1 tablespoon of the mixture into balls and repeat with the remaining mixture placing them 3 cm apart on the baking trays.

5. With a fork place into approx. 1 tablespoon of plain flour and shake off excess. Press onto balls and flatten slightly. Repeat with remaining balls.

6. Place in oven and cook for approx 15 minutes changing trays around (top to bottom) halfway through.

7. When you take the biscuits out they should be slightly soft to touch on the surface and just starting to firm.

As the biscuits cool down in the trays the butter will solidify and the biscuits will become firm and melt-in-the-mouth.

8. To make the ganache melt the chocolate in a saucepan on low heat. Do not overheat. Pour the chocolate into a bowl to cool slightly. Mix in the the cream and sit for about 20 minutes until thickened but still soft.

9. Put the ganache into a piping bag with a half centimeter nozel opening of your choice. Pipe the ganache on flat side of one biscuit only and place another biscuit flat side down on top. Press down slightly. Repeat until finished.

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