Mayonnaise and Aioli

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 INGREDIENTS
1 Large Egg
1 ½ Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tsp White Vinegar
¼ Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tsp Salt
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil (for Mayo) or Olive Oil (for Aioli)
1 Minced Clove of Garlic (for Aioli)

METHOD

  1. Combine yolk, lemon juice, vinegar , mustard and salt (if making aioli, add the minced garlic as well)
  2. Whisk until blended and turns bright yellow, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add oil (vegetable oil for mayonnaise and olive oil for aioli), a few drops at a time using ¼ cup measure while whisking, about 4 mins.
  4. When this is well incorporated, add the additional ½ cup oil in a steady stream while whisking until thick, about 8 mins.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge.
  6. Can be made 2 days ahead.
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Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl

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Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl – http://www.oceansbetweenkitchens.com

INGREDIENTS 
Serves 4

20 Large Shrimp (Shell and Tail removed)
3-4 cups Cooked Rice
2 Shredded Carrots
1/4 Sliced English Cucumber
4 Tbsp Pickled Ginger
1 Sliced Avocado
Handful Beansprouts
1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
Sesame Seeds

SAUCE
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Gluten Free Tamari
3 Tbsp Mirin
3 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1.5 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl to serve.

METHOD
1. Place a serving of rice in the bottom of a bowl, add shrimp, carrots, cucumber, ginger, avocado and beansprouts.
2. Sprinkle with green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.
3. Drizzle sauce over rice bowl.

Oven Baked Chicken Strips

INGREDIENTS

2 Chicken Breasts
1 Egg
1.5-2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs (For Gluten Free version I use Ian’s Gluten Free Panko)
Seasoning – In SA I use Robertons Chicken Seasoning, in USA I use Mrs Dash.

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 375 ºF/190ºC
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Slice chicken breast across width way into strips.
  4. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow bowl.
  5. Season panko and place in separate shallow bowl.
  6. Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the panko.img_8574
  7. Place chicken strips onto baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes – turning halfway.img_8580

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Soft Pretzels

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Makes 12 Pretzels

3 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour
2 Tsp Instant Yeast
1 1/4 Tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 cups Warm Water (plus extra if needed)
1 Large Egg (room temp)
2 Tbsp Butter or Vegan Butter (I prefer Fleischmanns)

BAKING SODA DIP
3 quarts (3 liters) water
1/4 cup Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

EGG WASH
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tbsp Water

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
Pretzel Salt
Butter/Vegan Butter
Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

Dough
1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, xanthin gum, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
2. Add the water, egg and butter. Mix until a firm dough forms, about 4 minutes in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. If the dough appears to be dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or enough for it to form a soft pliable dough.
3. Knead the dough until smooth, then transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover will cling wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise until almost doubled, 1 hour – 1.5 hours.

Shaping and Baking
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/ 280°C.
2.Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
3. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.
4. Remove dough from bowl and divide into 12 pieces. If dough is sticky, lightly flour kitchen surface.
5. Work with one pice at a time, keeping the other pieces covered. Roll the piece out and shape into a pretzel. Watch this video on how to shape pretzels.
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4. Add the baking soda and sugar to the boiling water and wait for the foam to subside.
7.Gently place the pretzels one at a time into the water, they will initially drop to the bottom and then they will rise. If they don’t rise within 5-10 seconds, use a slotted spoon to nudge them from sticking on the bottom. They can removed when as soon as they float to the top.img_8462
8. Remove the pretzels form the water and place on baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk wash and sprinkle with salt (or leave plain if you’re making them sweet).img_8460
9. Bake the pretzels until golden brown about 10-15 mins.
10. If you choose to make cinnamon sugar pretzels, brush with melted butter as soon as you remove from the oven and dip into cinnamon sugar mix.img_8450

Rocket Salad with Oven Roasted Golden Beets, Caramelized Red Onions, Fresh Figs and Candied Pecans

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INGREDIENTS 
One packet fresh rocket
4 baby golden beets
One large red onion
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
4 fresh figs
1/2 cup Pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar
Cinnamon

METHOD
Candied Pecans


1. Add the brown sugar to a frying pan and melt the sugar.
2. Add the pecans and coat throughly in the melted sugar.
3. Remove from the pan and place on a greased baking tray with foil.
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and set aside to cool.

Roasted Beets and Caramelized Onions
1. Pre heat the oven to 400F/200C
2. Peel and quarter the beets.
3. Peel and cut the onion into wedges.
4. In one bowl, toss the beets with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a baking sheet. 
5.In a seperate bowl do the same to the onion but also add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar and spread on a baking sheet.


6. Bake for 30 mins turning halfway.
6. Remove from the oven and cool.

Assemble


1. In a medium bowl toss the rocket with balsamic vinegar and place on a serving dish.
2. Over the rocket, add the golden beets and the caramalized onion.
3. Break up the candied pecans and scatter on top.
4. Tear or quater the figs and place on top.
5. If desired, drizzle with additional olive oil and balsamic vinegar to serve.

Authentic Phad Thai

INGREDIENTS 
(Serves 4)

14oz (350grams) Flat Rice Noodles
3 Tbsp Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Block of Firm Tofu (cut into small pieces)
16 Raw Shrimp Tail on
1/2 Can Bean Sprouts (1 Cup Fresh Bean Sprouts)
4 Sprigs Green Onion (Cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 Lime
4 Tsp Fish Sauce
4 Tbsp Chopped Peanuts
4 Tsp Palm Sugar (Can Substitute Brown Sugar)
2 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
2 Eggs
Optional: Thai Chili Peppers

METHOD

1. Place noodles in a bowl and cover with room temperature water. Soak for 10 mins (should be tender but not soft enough to eat)
2. Add oil to wok and add chopped garlic, tofu, shrimp, sprouts and green onion. Stir until shrimp is pink and cooked.
3. Add lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste and noodles. If desired, you can add chopped thai chili peppers for added heat.
4. Stir continuously to combine, cook for 3-4 mins (until noodles are soft).
5. Push noodles to the side and add eggs, gently scramble until cooked.
6. Combine with noodles and serve.
7. Garnish with fresh lime, peanuts and sprouts.

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Moist Chocolate Cake With Ganache Frosting – Dairy Free And/Or Gluten Free

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INGREDIENTS

Cake

2 ¼ Cup Flour (Use all purpose Gluten Free Flour to make Gluten Free)
4 Tsp Baking Powder
¾ Cup Cocoa
1 ½ Cups Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Cup Oil
2 Tsp White Vinegar
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
2 Cups of Water

Ganache

2 Tbsp Vegan Butter/Margarine (Earth Balance)
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Egg White (unbeaten)

METHOD (Cake)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar and salt.
  3. Make one large well and 2 small wells. Place oil in large well and vinegar and vanilla in smaller wells.
  4. Beat with electric beaters until combined
  5. Add eggs and water and beat until well combined.
  6. Place in a greased rectangle Pyrex or baking pan [about 13”(33cm) x 9”(23cm)].
  7. Bake for 40 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cake cool completely.

Ganache

  1. Melt Vegan Butter and cocoa powder over low heat. Stir until well blended.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together powdered sugar and egg white.
  3. Add the above mixture to the butter, cocoa mixture and stir over low heat until blended.
  4. Pour over cooled cake and spread to cover entire cake.

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Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Mini Loaves

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread

This is a very moist dense pumpkin bread due to the high fruit content and low fat content. The recipe can also be made into muffins – adjust baking time to 20-30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

1 ¾ Cups Gluten Free Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
1½ Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
¾ Cup Puree Pumpkin
2 Ripe Bananas
¼ Cup Applesauce
⅓ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ Dairy Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with non stick spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla. Mix everything together until well combined
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  6. Spoon evenly into loaf pans.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the loaf and if it comes out clean the bread is done.

Cheese Cake

image.jpegEveryone loves cheese cake. My family like a creamy cheese cake. I am always asked to make my cheese cake for family and friends and there is never a drop left. The recipe is easy to make bigger as you can increase the size of the cake by a third or more.

INGREDIENTS
1 pkt marie or ginger nut biscuits or graham crackers
100 ml butter or margerine – cold
3 250ml tubs cream cheese
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
250 ml fresh cream
2 tbls cornflour
1 tsp vanilla

METHOD
Oven 160C (300F)
Place biscuits/crackers in a food processor and blitz till fine crumbs. Cut butter/margarine into cubes and drop into the feed tube till well combined with the crumbs. Grease a 30 X 20 cm pie plate and press the crumbs into the plate bringing the crumbs halfway up the sides. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Place the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat till smooth. Pour over the baked crumbs and return to oven for 35 minutes. Switch oven off and leave cheese cake in the oven for a further 30 minutes. Remove and leave to cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from the fridge 2 hrs before serving.

Seven Layer Cookies

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I bake these on a parchment lined pan and when cool remove the cookies with the parchment and allow my guests to cut the slice they want. Always the first to go, people can never have enough…

INGREDIENTS
1 pkt tennis biscuits/graham crackers
100g butter or margerine
2 cups chocolate chips or 1 cup of each peanut butter chips & chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 480g 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
2. Crumb biscuits/crackers in a zip seal bag and a rolling pin or in a food processor.
3. Cube butter and add to bowl and whizz. If you are doing it in a bag, melt the butter and mix in the crumbs.
4. Press into a 26 x 38 cm pan. Sprinkle the coconut over the crumbs, then the chocolate chips and then the nuts over the chocolate chips.
5. Evenly drizzle the condensed milk over all the layers.
6. Bake until golden brown around the edges and springy to the touch, about 20-30 minutes.
7. Remove to a wire rack a allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.