Spray a bit of oil on the flat tray that will be used to cool down the thins. The light spread of oil will prevent the thin from sticking to the used surface.
Mix the crushed hazelnuts to the coconut.
Melt the sugar on high heat, then stir until it becomes golden and really clear.
Add a pinch of salt to the melted sugar, then put in the coconut and hazelnut. Mix very quickly with a spatula until the sugar is completely absorbed. This process should take 1 minute max… it has to be done very quickly.
Remove from the hob and lay the mix very flat on a dish prepared for it. Using a rolling pin or the back of the spatula, continue to flatten the mix, then create tracks as above on the picture.
The tracks you have created will allow you to easily break off the thins once the mix has cooled down and hardened.
If you rather make balls and have a high heat tolerance. You will have to move very quickly as the mix can cool down and harden within a minute… The balls can only be rolled by hand.
…And here is what I made few months earlier… in the dark
Note: melted sugar can be really painful if not handled with care. No children should be around when you are doing these thins.
Adding salt to the melted sugar breaks down its sweetness.
1 teaspoon of Paprika powder, coriander powder & cumin powder
3 garlic cloves
Start by soaking the soya mince in boiled water for 10 minutes. When rehydrated, the mince will double in volume. Drain, squeeze out the water and set aside. Also put the barley to soak in cold water for 20 – 30 minutes.
Chop and blend 1/4 onion with the tomato, leek, the chilli pepper and garlic cloves. Set aside.
Finely chop the rest of onion and fry it in a sauce pan with 3 table spoons of oil. Once the onion is browned, add the now rehydrated soya mince and with salt and black pepper. Stir fry for 3 minutes until the mince takes a bit of colour. Now add the blended ingredients and stir well with a spatula, then cover for 10 minutes.
Remember to stir from time to time to avoid burns. All you should hear by this time is frying noises from the pan. This means it is the time to add the kidney beans with the coriander, paprika and cumin. Stir, then pour in 400ml of water. Cover the pan and leave it to simmer for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, rinse the barley and place it on the hob with 250ml of water, 1 table spoon of oil and salt.Living the pot uncovered on high heat, allow the water to evaporate for 20 minutes. Once the water has evaporated, fluff the barley and add another 10ml of water, then cover. This time, cook on low heat for 10 minutes to complete the cooking process with steam only. By this time the chilli corn should be ready. Serve and enjoy.
Barley is a good alternative for those who do not like rice, cooking it without soaking beforehand can take up to 80 minutes, it is therefore best to soak it before hand to save on energy.
Drain the halved pears and cut them in 2 making each piece a quarter. Dry every quarter with paper towel and set them aside.
Mix the almond powder, lemon zest and sugar, together and set the mix aside.
Now prepare the chocolate sauce in the same way as for the sponge and orange sandwich (search the blog).
Spray some vegetable oil on the oven baking tray and lay the puff pastry flat on it.
Cover the pear quarters in chocolate and gently place them length ways on the pastry sheet.
Now, cover the pears with the almond, zest and sugar mix like on the third photo on the top. All you have to do now is just fold the pastry over the pears to create an envelope.
With a knife or fork score the edges of the pastry to seal the envelop. Using a baking brush, gently brush the top of the pie with some vegetable oil before placing it in the oven for 40 minutes at 180C.
Once the pie is ready, let it cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving. The dark chocolate can be very bitter for children, so, serve it to them with an ice cream or a fruit sauce. Enjoy!
Peel the beetroot and cut it into small pieces, cut the leek and onion in the same size, set aside separately. Drain and rinse the sweetcorn, set aside. Peel and grate the potato length ways to obtain the longest possible “straws”.
Squeeze out the extra water coming out of the potato, lightly dust with salt and pepper mix well, set aside. You will need a frying pan and a wok to cook this meal. A large sauce pan could be used instead of the wok.
In the wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, and brown the chopped onions with a pinch or two of thyme. This should take about two minutes. Now, add the leek and celery then stir for 3 minutes. Time to add the beetroot, corn, a bit of garlic granules, a bit of ginger and salt. Stir all to mix well. Adjust seasoning. Now add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water then, stir continuously for 4 to 5 minutes the time for the water to dry out and for the beetroots to absorb the other ingredients. Once this part is done, remove the wok from the hob, cover and leave aside.
Now onto the potatoes rostis, also called “pomme pallaisson” in French. These are simply small potatoes pancakes and with a big baking potato for example, you can easily obtain 4 small pancakes.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and make sure the surface of the frying pan is covered. When the pan is hot enough, divide the potatoes straws in 4 little mounts and place them on the pan.
Gently flatten each one and fry each side for 2 to 2.30 minutes. Only use a thin spatula or a large bread knife to turn the rostis over. Serve as suggested below.
Peel the potato and cut it very finely. Cut the leek, onion and garlic too, set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan, fry chopped onion and potato until brown, then, add the leek and 3 chopped garlic to wilt, stirring continuously for 1 minute.
Now pour in the tomatoes and add the scotch bonnet. Also add in 200ml of water and cover for 20 minutes. What we are looking for here is for the potatoes pieces to be completely soft. After that, blend the content of the pan while it is still hot.
For the bread, preheat the oven at 180C.
Cut the bread into wedges, mash the remaining garlic and rub it on the wedges. Place the bread on a baking dish and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle on some dried basil and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Done. Serve. Enjoy.
Do check out the booklet for some useful shopping tips and the “Did you know” section.
After hollowing the aubergines, set the skins aside and grate its flesh.
Cut the onion in half, chop one half for the peanut sauce and grate the other half for the stuffing.
In a bowl, mix together the grated aubergine flesh, and everything that has been grated. Add in the garlic, salt, pepper and two tablespoons of oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning before scooping the mix into the aubergine skins. Place the stuffed aubergines into a Pyrex dish, then into the oven for 1 hour at 180C.
Peel the plantain and cut it in 4. Place in a baking tin, drizzle with oil, salt and put it in the oven with the aubergines for 25 minutes (preferably in the last 25 minutes).
In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Simply fry the chopped onion in one tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes, then, scoop in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Stir to dilute for 1 minute then pour in 400ml of water. Leave to gently simmer and reduce for 7 to 10 minutes.
Serve as suggested with the peanut sauce on the side or bottom as it may overpower the taste of the aubergine. Enjoy.