My new favorite cookbook was just delivered to my front door.
My very own dedicated and signed copy of The Brother Hubbard cookbook arrived at my house this afternoon.
For the last year or so, I have been looking at ways of reducing our meat intake. The main reason behind this decision is the fact that most of the available meats in the markets are full of hormones and antibiotics. You can of course buy free range and organic produce but not all supermarkets have them and unfortunately I don’t always have the time or the opportunity to go to specific shops for specific products so if I can’t buy free range/organic produce, I don’t buy it.
Don’t you hate when you open a package of feta, use a little bit, put the rest on a container and next time you take it out is to put it in the bin because it has gone off? It used to happen a bit too often in my house to the point when I stopped buying feta cheese. But feta cheese is amazing in so many things that we missed it terribly so I had to come up with a different solution.
Marinating the feta will not only make the cheese last longer, but it will also infuse with amazing flavors that will in time improve your salads, frittatas… anything where the cheese goes.
No more waste – just delicious food
200 grs feta cheese
2 garlic cloves
1 bay leave
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
Carefully cut the cheese into cubes.
Put feta in a jar with a top and add the rest of the ingredients to the jar.
Pour enough olive oil to cover cubes of cheese.
Let marinate in refrigerator for 2 weeks for an amazing taste but if you can’t wait, overnight will do.
You could also use sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary, thyme or capers for the marinade. Chop and change. It will never be boring.
Serve it topping your favorite salads or simply on fresh bread. Simple and delicious, what real food should be.
Have you got a favorite recipe for your feta?
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We are big into nuts in my house: almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts… any kind of nut. All but peanuts as Mr Chaotic Monkeys is allergic to them. Almonds in particular are a staple in our snack bag, together with fruit and rice-cakes.
Almonds are an amazing food. They are high in vitamin E, high in healthy (monounsaturated) fats, magnesium, potassium and protein, which makes them the perfect healthy snack to have when you are feeling peckish.
ROSEMARY ROASTED ALMONDS
2 cups of whole almonds
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
dash of ground pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl making sure they are all properly coated.
Put the nuts in a roasting tray in a preheated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes shaking them slightly half way. Take them out and let them cool.
The rosemary gives the almonds a delicious fragrance that together with the roasting brings the almonds to a whole different level.
The boys have always liked almonds, but now they LOVE them!
What is your favorite snack?
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