Monday, 10 August 2009

Healthy Brownies

Chocolate brownies are amazing, but sadly not one of life's superfoods :o(
So I decided to try to make 'healthy' brownies, which were both a success and failure.
Failure because they were totally un-brownie-like in texture and feel.
Success because they tasted pretty good in the end.
Instead of using butter (yep, they were completely butter/marge/oil free) I used prune puree which I've already posted about here. And some very roughly ground wholemeal flour which was ground by an old steam engine thing at an agricultural show.
I also chucked in some chopped up toffees that were lurking in the cupboard and going soft.
So here's a wee pic, no recipe, as I can't remember what I did, but a vague summary follows after the image.

About 250g prune & chocolate puree
100g sugar
200g flour
3tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
2 eggs
1tsp coffee granules
100g toffees chopped into little bits

Chuck it all in a big bowl and mix well with an electric whisk (except the toffee) - add more milk if needed. Hoy it all into a greased brownie tin, and stick it into a medium oven (about 180C) for about half an hour. It doesn't taste luxurious, but it does taste nice, and feels a lot more virtuous than regular brownies.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Salad Series Part 3 - Smoked Mackerel and Apple

So life got a bit busy again. And that's meant I've not had a lot of time for posting recipes or pics. I have done quite a lot of baking and cooking, and even remembered for take some photos, so now that things are marginally less manic, there might be some more posts going up soon. But I thought I should finish what I'd started and go for the third and final Salad Series installment - Smoked Mackerel and apple. So here it is! Since I made it a weeeeeeee while ago, I can't exactly remember what went into it, so it's not the most specific recipe in the work - sorry! (Although to be honest the chances of anyone a) reading or b) being inspired to make anything from the site are pretty slim, so I'm thinking it's not something I need to worry about too much...)

Smoked Mackerel and Apple Salad
Here's what I think I put in....
  • 1 vacuum pack of smoked mackerel, flaked.
  • 3 red apples cored and chopped but with the skins left on
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped.

For the dressing -
  • 1x 284 ml carton of soured cream
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Salt & Pepper

Mix it all together and enjoy :0) It was really yummy, and went into pitta breads for lunch the next day which was also great.

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