Very easy sweet potato and kale muffins

Sweet potato and kale muffins goodfoodeveryday

Good Food Everyday as seen on tv.  Easy Sweet Potato and Kale Muffins with photography by George Aquilina during a live show.

‘A recipe that could not be easier and never fails.  The kale leaves were roasted with some olive oil, sea salt and sesame seeds and added to the muffin mix just before baking’

This recipe makes 12 regular size muffins or 6 giant muffins.

You will need:400g self raising flour (you can also use gluten free flour)

100g teff flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
250g mascarpone
1 tablespoon apple organic vinegar
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon dukkah
4 kale leaves, chopped and roasted with some olive oil and sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 180C.

Wash and peel the sweet potato.  Grate it coarsely.

Sieve the self raising flour, the teff flour and the baking powder.  Add the smoked paprika, dukkah and sea salt.  Add the grated sweet potato and mix gently so that the flour coats all the pieces.

In a separate bowl mix the mascarpone, apple organic vinegar and eggs by using a hand blender.

Prepare the muffin tray with muffin cases.

Mix the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Check to see if you have a dropping consistency.  If necessary, add some water [a few spoonfuls at a time] until you have a dropping consistency.

Cut up the roasted kale leaves by pulling the pieces apart with your hands.  Add to the mixture and keep some for sprinkling on top.

Pour the batter into the muffin cases.  Sprinkle the rest of the kale leaves on top of the muffins.  Bake for 20 minutes for the regular muffins and 30 minutes for the giant ones.

Tip: Serve as they are or with a touch of butter.  Serve with a soup to make it a full meal and they are also great to accompany a salad

My self raising flour is by St Georges Brand, teff flour by Peak’s Free From, mascarpone by Zappala, spices by Schwartz, organic apple vinegar by Fiorentini, sweet potato, kale and vegetables by Big Fresh and Farmers Markets, muffin cases and muffin tray by Tescoma

Dukkah fortified with Aronia and flavours from Egypt

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Dukkah fortified with Aronia powder.  This photo was taken by George Aquilina during a live tv show

Most of us find the preparation of home-made food satisfying and, in Egypt, I observed that many families find enjoyment in spending time together preparing abundant meals. Egyptian cuisine is not as widespread as Lebanese, but offers great vegan and vegetarian dishes that are reliant on beans…

Source: Sunday Times Flavours from Egypt

 

I use Aronia concentrate in powder and liquid form from Aroniada Agro, spices and herbs by Schwartz, nuts, beans and grains by Good Earth, Maltese Bread and ice cream by Carrefour from GS Superstore, kitchenware by Tescoma

Cooking with sweet potatoes

sweet potato with gbejna and bacon bits credit george aquilina

Cooking with Sweet Potato in today’s Sunday Times.  This photo was taken by George Aquilina during a live tv show.

Sweet potato comes in a variety of colours and textures and, in Malta, there are two varieties which are now grown locally: the classic sweet potato with a light purplish skin and an off-white interior, and the sweeter and creamier variety with a copper skin and bright orange flesh known as the…

Source: Sunday Times Cooking with sweet potatoes

I use sweet potato, fruit and vegetables from Big Fresh and Farmers Markets, pork and bacon by Majjal ta Malta, cheeses by Experia the deli, gbejna by Alexandra Spagnol at Farmers Market, ricotta and mascarpone by Zappala, spices and herbs by Schwartz, olive oil by Costa d’Oro, chocolate by Valor, nuts, grains and dried fruit by Good Earth.

Umm Ali with Maltese Bread

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Umm Ali with Maltese bread, as seen on tv.  This photo was taken by Charles Vassallo during a live show.

‘this Egyptian dessert must be, I think, my most favorite sweet.  I still remember the first time I tasted it and although I have replaced the condensed milk in mine, it is still very good.  I use stale Maltese bread and serve it with some vanilla ice cream.  mmmm.’

You will need:

1/2 Maltese small loaf
800ml milk
half a cup on chopped apricots
half a cup of chopped dates
half a cup of chopeed mixed almonds and pistachios
1/4 cup coconut
150g sugar or the equivalent in stevia (check the label for conversion)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a few drops of vanilla essence
1/2 cup mascarpone mixed with 6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Cut the Maltese bread into small cubes and place in a large bowl. Add the nuts, dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and coconut.
Prepare an ovenproof dish with oven spray. Place the bread mix into the ovenproof dish.
Heat the milk and sugar or stevia and bring it to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the milk on top of the bread, nut and dried fruit mix. Allow to rest for 15 minutes if you have time. Pour the mascarpone mixed with water and then sprinkle the icing sugar. Cook for 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Tip: Serve hot or cold with vanilla ice cream or a runny custard and scatter some flaked almonds.

I use dried fruit and nuts by Good Earth, spices by Schwartz, mascarpone by Zappala, stevia by Tate and Lyle, kitchenware by Tescoma

Summer salads and dressings

Escape salads and dressings Tuna Sweetcorn Salad Marconia Schembri

Sweetcorn and Tuna Salad.  This photo was taken during a live tv show by Marconia Schembri

Salads enable us to provide substantial meals in the summer months without spending too much time in a hot kitchen. Make use of the large variety of leaves in the market to add balance and add different textures and flavors.  The combination of sweet corn and tuna is a classic salad choice and the addition of sweet potato, coriander and lime make ….

Source: Sunday Times Summer salads and dressings

I use sweetcorn and tuna by 3 leaves, fresh vegetables by Big Fresh, potted herbs by Callus Gardens, rice by Better Than, beans and pulses by Good Earth, dried herbs and spices by Schwartz.  

Pork Meatball Traybake

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Quick pork meatball traybake, photo taken during a live tv show by Debbie Farmer

‘an ideal all-in-one supper or to feed a large crowd  for Sunday lunch.’

For the pork meatballs you will need:

300g pork mince
25g finely chopped bacon
60g gluten free oats
1/4 teaspoon dried mixed spice
1 teaspoon mustard
1 egg
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together, form small balls and place on a plate covered with baking paper.  If you have time refrigerate for half an hour.  If you do not have time, they will still retain their shape.

For the rest of the traybake, you will  need:
6 slices of Maltese Bread (or similar sourdough)
1 sweet potato, skin on and diced
6 tomatoes, skin on and diced
1 eggplant, diced
half a butternut squash, cooked, peeled,roughly chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper chopped
fresh chives, finely chopped
2 potatoes, skin on and finely sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 sundried tomatoes
1 tablespoon capers
1/4 tablespoon pink pepper corns
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Prepare an ovenproof dish by brushing it with olive oil.
Brush the Maltese bread with olive oil on both sides.
Line the dish with the slices of Maltese bread.
Then arrange the vegetables on top of the bread, starting with the cooked sweet potato tomatoes, coloured peppers, butternut squash, eggplant and finishing off with the meatballs.  Sprinkle crushed peppercorns, coriander, capers and salt and pepper.

Brush the slices of potato with olive oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds.  Line the sides of the dish with sliced potatoes.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 50 minutes.
Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Tip: If you do not like the taste of pink peppercorns used crushed fennel instead

I use local pork (Majjal ta Malta), gluten free oats by Nutrifree, vegetables by Big Fresh and Farmers Markets, spices by Schwartz, capers by Belazu, olive oil by Costa d’Oro

A slice of baked cheesecake in today’s Sunday Times

Escape Sunday Maltese Mulberry Cheesecake credit Shine Photography by Marconia

Baked Cheesecakes, maltese mulberries [cawlsi] and more  in today’s Sunday Times.   Photo by Marcona Schembri

‘Sweet and savoury baked cheesecakes are a classic favourite and the choice of how to make them and what ingredients to add is endless. The consistency is dense and cheesecakes may even have a chalky texture in a wonderful way. Since I have lived here I prefer to use ricotta to make New York,…

Source: A slice of baked cheesecake in today’s Sunday Times

I use Ricotta by Zappala, fresh fruit by Big Fresh and flour by St Georges Brand

Stracciatella Dip

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Stracciatella Dip served with Wellaby’s crisps and crackers, photo taken by Andrea Sacco Baldacchino during a live tv show

‘Stracciatella di Burrata is made from the filling of a burrata cheese, a mix of torn mozzarella and cream and it makes the most wonderful dips.’

You will need:

300g Stracciatella di Burrata
150g tomatoes
2 spring onions
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon fresh chives
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
4 sundried tomatoes
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple organic vinegar
a pinch of stevia
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Chop finely the tomatoes and spring onions. Prepare all the ingredients and mix them together just before serving.

Amazing flavors and a colourful centrepiece.

Tip: Try making this dip with feta

I use Stracciatella di Burrata by Murghella, vegetables and  fresh herbs by Big Fresh, dried herbs and spices Schwartz, crisps and crackers by Wellaby’s, stevia by Tate & Lyle, sun dried tomatoes by Experia Deli.

Raw Brownie Batter (vegan, lactose and gluten free)

raw brownie batter goodfoodeveryday

To serve with ice cream or just as a dip, raw brownie batter.  This photo was taken during a live tv show by Roger Azzopardi

‘Summer brings an air of celebration on the island.  The bright blue skies and sea all around, the sunshine.  And the short distances make it possible to end nearly every day surrounded by family and friends sharing good food, celebrating.  This is a perfect quick addition to ice creams or simply use as a dip’

You will need:

1 cup tofu (use ricotta for non vegan and lactose inclusive diets)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon agave (you can use honey for non vegan and lactose inclusive diets)
1/2 sweet potato
1 tablespoon finely chopped almonds
vanilla
150g sugar free dark chocolate

Place the sweet potato in the microwave and cook it (timing depends on size and microwave). Allow to cool and peel.

Place the tofu (or ricotta as above), cocoa powder, agave, sweet potato, almonds and vanilla in a large bowl and use a hand held blender to bind and form a consistent mixture. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and add it to the mixture. Mix until the mixture is smooth and consistent. The mixture should be soft enough to have a spreadable consistency. Pipe into bowls and garnish with cherries and M&Ms.

Serve with ice cream or simply as a dip.

Tip: If you have a very sweet tooth, add a tablespoon of Stevia

To dip I use gluten free biscuits by Nutrifree. I also use tofu by Clearspring, almonds, cocoa powder and agave at Good Earth (or ricotta by Zappala), chocolate by Valor, maraschino cherries by 3 leaves, stevia by Tate & Lyle, vanilla by Schwartz and sweet potato by Big Fresh, M&Ms by Xirja, kitchenware by Tescoma, table accessories by Loft.

No bake coconut chocolate cherry slice

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Coconut chocolate cherry slice photo taken during a live tv show by Marconia Schembri

‘An incredibly quick dessert, ideal for the hot summer days. It is vegan, gluten free, lactose free and has no added processed sugar. Worth a try if you are reading this recipe as it will not disappoint’

cherry coconut chocolate credit george aquilina

Coconut Chocolate Cherry no bake slice, photo take by George Aquilina during a live tv show

You will need:
2 cups coconut
2 tablespoons agave
1 vanilla pod
2 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
400g sugar free dairy free chocolate

a tart tin with a loose bottom
cling film
10 cherries

Place the coconut, agave, seeds from the vanilla pod and cold pressed coconut oil in a blender and pulse until it forms a paste.
Cover the bottom part of the tart dish with cling film.
Place the mixture in the tart dish and press down by using a spatula.
Place in the fridge for an hour.
Melt the chocolate by placing in a microwave or bain marie.
Pour the chocolate over the coconut

Place in the fridge over night or the freezer if you are not going to serve immediately.  Before serving dip the cherries in melted chocolate and place on top of the tart.

Coconut Chocolate Cherry Slice

Coconut Chocolate Cherry Slice, photo taken during a live tv show by Charles Vassallo

Tip:  This tart was made in a rush during a live tv show without being placed int the fridge long enough to set.  You can have a must neater finish by allowing the tart to set overnight in the fridge or freezer before decorating.

I use agave and coconut oil by Good Earth, chocolate by Valor, vanilla by Schwartz, cherries by Big Fresh, tart tin by Tescoma, coconut by St Georges Brand, cling film by AMC, decorative tableware by Loft.