Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Here is a recipe for alternative bread, alternative spaghetti and alternative rice

Wheat Free Bread
This recipe is for a breadmaker, if anyone out there knows how to modify it for a conventional oven please let me know I would be really grateful.
Also, it's in metric...

In a small bowl add:
2 1/4 teaspoons of dried yeast
3 eggs (or 2 if they're rather large eggs) - free range organic are the best in flavour
1/4 cup olive oil (or any other taste-free oil)
250ml- warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Mix ingredients together, let it stand while doing the next step.

In a large bowl add:
200grams Rice flour (white)
50g Soy Flour (full fat)
50g potato flour
1 1/4 teaspoon guar gum
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons of organic raw honey mixed into boiling water to fully dissolve it.

Sift (or mix with a fork) the dry ingredients and *slowly* add the contents of the small bowl. (It is important to do this slowly by making a well in the dry ingredients and stirring in slowly so the wet ingredients 'catch' a little of the dry ingredients on every circle)

Add 1/2 cup linseeds seeds (or other seeds like pumpkin,sesame, sunflower,poppy or hemp seeds) once the dough has finished being worked (so the seeds suspend in the mixture)

Transfer to the Breadmaker. Setting 'rapid crust' medium or dark

NB: the honey water can also go in with the wet ingredients to give the yeast a head start.
You can add all kinds of other ingredients like green or black olives, sundried tomatoes and rosemary, dried out onions, flaked almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, coriander and garlic or a combination of these ingredients. Let me know your favourite and do experiment with the ingredients (and the amount of water according to the consistency of the bread that you like )until you get it just right.

Alternative To Spaghetti
Julienne courgettes by slicing them lengthways with a julienne or a potatoe peeler if you dont have one(they are so cheap and worth getting) Once you have a mound of spahetti looking courgette ribbons place them in pan of boiling water for just one minute then drain well and add to meatballs, meat sauces or any other dish where you previously woud have used pasta

Alternative To Rice
Take a head of cauliflower cut into chunks and discard the core as its too bitter while keeping the florets. Add the florets to a food processor and use the grating blade of the food processor to grate until the whole cauliflower has been used. The cauli crumbles really fast so give it a blast of a few seconds then check it out and repeat unti its all crumbled. Once you have your mound of rice you can add it to salads, curries and sauces raw or any dish that would have previously used rice. Or you can cook it for no more than a minute with a little oil in a wok and then add ingredients to it or use it as the base for dishes like Spanish Rice, Savoury Rice, Rissotto, Kedgeree(my favourite)

Savoury ‘Rice’

1 Cauliflower grated in food processor as above
1 Green Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Onion, chopped
4 Mushrooms, quartered
2 slices of parma ham or flaked salmon
Halloumi or Feta Cheese (about quarter of a pack, cubed)
1 tomato, chopped
Sesame or Olive Oil
light Soy Sauce
Chop the cauliflower into small chunks and use the grating blade of the food processor to grate until the whole cauliflower has been used.
Next take a large wok or saucepan and soften the chopped onion in olive or sesame oil – add the chopped ham or flaked salmon to it as it softens. Add a dash of sesame oil, then add in the mushrooms, peppers and halloumi or feta. Add in all of the grated cauliflower and stir until its mixed into all the ingredients. Add a little more sesame oil and a little light soy sauce.
Reduce the heat and leave to steam / reduce for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in the chopped tomatoes and stir for a further five minutes

Spanish Rice

I cauliflower shredded in processor
1 red chopped pepper
Half bunch of chopped coriander
5 spring onions thinly sliced
2 chopped tomatoes

Add to a large wok then add in

I tablespoon of basil
1 tablespoon of paprika
half teaspoon of garlic powder
half tablespoon of honey
teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 garlic clove crushed
teaspoon of onion powder
teaspoon of cumin powder

toss the 'cauliflower spanish rice' mix in the wok until it is all well mixed adding marigold bouillon powder (about 2 teaspoons) sprinkle it over the mix and saute or stir fry lightly in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Mash an avocado and add juice of one lemon and add it to the cooked ingredietns as you serve it.