Pinaattipäivät – Spinach Days

It has been a long time since I last wrote. I always promise to myself to write at least one post per week but oh well. I guess this is the reality when you are working 5 days a week in a busy job and have a toddler. Not much of your own time and when you do, you just want to be and breath. I love my job and that keeps me going when I am tired or sick as today when having a day off from work.

My daughter and I had a very spinachy week last week, we did spinach pancakes and spinach soup and she loved the both. I felt like a huge victory when I got her to eat something green, she is one of those kids who prefer pasta&chicken, pasta&sausages, rice&chicken , white bread and all of these with loads of ketchup. No vegetable have I managed to get her to eat for 3 years! Spinach victory, that what it was. I was also excited to be able to do both spinach soup and pancakes without dairy or eggs (my soup I served with one boiled egg as it is traditional to do so). My husband did not recognise the oat milk base in the spinach soup when he did blind tasting, that is how good and authentic it tasted like! Here you are these simple recipes, perfect for toddlers. My daughter loved dipping bread in different kind of soups.

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Spinach Soup (Dairy free):

1 litre of oat milk
1dl (1/2 a cup) white flour
150g of frozen spinach
1tsp salt
hint of white pepper
hint of nutmeg

1. Mix cold oat milk and white flour together and whisk it a bit to make sure no flour lumps appear.
2. Heat it up to the boil and then keep in heat (without boil) and mix all the time until gets thick (takes 10-15min).
3. Add spices.
4. Serve with bread and boiled eggs if you prefer.
This is super tasty and so traditionally Finnish! The same thick soup tastes great with boiled potatoes too when used as a sauce.

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Spinach pancakes (Dairy free): Makes 8-10 small pancakes

 2 1/2 dl (1 1/4 cup) oat milk
a bit under  1/2 dl (1/4 cup) canola oil
1 1/2-2dl (3/4-1 cup) white flour
1/2tsp salt
2-3 cubes of defrosted frozen spinach

1.Mix together oat milk, canola oil, then add flour and salt.
2. In the end add the defrosted spinach cubes and mix well.
3. Fry in the frying pan in canola oil and serve with sugar or jam.

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View from my office building. Pretty amazing!

Strawberry breakfast -Mansikkainen aamiainen

As you have probably noticed I am a rather health conscious person. I  love healthy food, it makes me feel better and it is like the whole body is thanking me for giving nutritious meals. My current favourite breakfast is something very simple, quick but tasty. It is dairy free but has lots of nuts in it to get good fats and enough energy to take me to the lunch time.

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I use my favourite muesli AXA’s Glorious in my breakfast bowl. Glorious is a Swedish muesli, so tasty, so healthy and so good. I am so addicted to it that I carry it in my suitcases from Finland. If Brits knew this muesli they would die for it, it is super amazing! I don’t know what I will do in Australia without it, I probably will need to start mixing my own muesli to imitate this Glorious morning muesli I am so used to.

AXA_Glorious_Premium muesliI simply pour 100ml of oat milk  into the bottom of the bowl, then I add lots of Glorious muesli on top and I decorate it with lots of thinly sliced strawberry pieces. Yummy!

I warmly recommend. Healthy, nutritious and filling.

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I hope you all have had a great Friday!

Carrot Bread -Porkkanakakku

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I found this recipe from one of my favourite vegan blogs called Chocochili. It is such a good blog so I happily advertise it here too (Finnish blog).  Most of the recipes are suitable for my daughter but tasty enough such as I don’t think the flavour suffers from the allergy friendly cooking. The original recipe is for cupcakes but I used the same dough for carrot bread. It is definitely more of a bread than a cake. The only thing I really changed in the recipe was that I replaced almond milk with oat milk. I was surprised how moist the cake turned out. It is not very sweet either so it can be eaten both at breakfast or brunch time. I love it as I prefer sweet continental style breakfast, eggs and bacon are just not my cup of tea! Hope you enjoy this bread!

100ml grated carrot

150 ml (2/3 cup) dark brown sugar

250ml oat milk

100 ml vegetable oil

350ml (1 2/3 cup) white flour

2 tbs potato starch

1,5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1. Mix dark brown sugar, oat milk and oil in the bowl.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together.

3. Combine dry ingredients with the brown sugar-vegetable oil-oat milk mix.

4. Add grated carrot and mix.

5. Bake in 175 centigrades for 30-40min until fully cooked. Do a ”fork test” and if the dough does not get stuck to the fork it is ready.

PS. I tested the banana version too. You can make it simply by replacing the grated carrot with 1-2 mashed bananas -tasty!

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Löysin tämän ihanan kakkuohjeen lempi vegaaniblogistani Chocochili.  Voin lämpimästi suositella kyseistä blogia kaikille, jotka suosivat maidotonta ruokavaliota. On kyseinen blogi toki muutenkin mainio! Tämä kakku on todella herkullinen ja nopea.  Englantilaisessa maailmassa tämänkaltaisia kakkuja usein kutsutaan leiviksi pikemminkin kuin kakuiksi, sillä ne eivät ole niin makeita. Alkuperäinen ohje oli muffineille ja niissä oli mantelimaitoa. Korvasin mantelimaidon kauramaidolla ja tämä maittava kakku oli valmista uuniin. Suosittelen! Kakku ei ole liian makeva ja sopii jopa aamiaiaselle tai brunssille!

1 dl hienoksi raastettua porkkanaa

1dl fariinisokeria tiiviiksi painettuna

2,5 dl kauramaito

1 dl rypsiöljyä

3,5 dl vehnäjauhoja

2 rkl perunajauhoja

1,5 tl leivinjauhetta

1 tl vaniljasokeria

1 tl kanelia

1/4 tl neilikkaa

1.Laita uuni kuumenemaan 175 asteeseen. Kuori ja raasta porkkanat.

2. Mittaa kulhoon fariinisokeri, mantelimaito ja öljy. Sekoita tasaiseksi.

3. Yhdistä toisessa kulhossa kuivat aineet. Kaada neste kuivien aineiden joukkoon ja kääntele tasaiseksi. Lisää lopuksi sekaan porkkanaraaste.

4. Paista n. 30-40minuuttia kunnes kypsä.

PS. Testasin baananilla myös. Voit tehdä banaaniversion korvaamalla porkkanaraasteen 1-2 banaanilla -herkullista!

Berryfull breakfast mousse -Marjainen aamiaismousse

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One of my favourite bloggers Deliciously Ella posted a while ago the recipe of a berry breakfast puree. I made a lot more simple version of it and I totally fell in love with it. It is super healthy but incredibly tasty. My baby was munching it with the smile on her face too.

One portion:

1/2 banana

1/2 avocado

Blueberries and/or raspberries depending on your taste. I used couple of tablespoons of blueberry puree as  it is hard to find fresh blueberries this time of the year.

Put the ingredients to the blender and mix well and you will have the silkiest mousse for breakfast. I eat it with fresh raspberries and raw oat porridge (oats soaked in rice milk and sweetened by Acasia honey).

Try and enjoy!

Croque Madame muffins-Croque Madame muffinit

ImageI promised to post you Rachel Khoo’s recipes that I find amazing. Well here you go. I tried her Croque Madame muffins this morning and you should have seen my dear Aussie husband’s face when he was eating them. He had two in one go! They were tasty, beautiful and just overall phenomenal. I recommend you to try them.

Six Croque Madame muffins:

6 sandwich bread slices, crust cut off

6 eggs

6 slices of ham

grated cheese

black pepper

Sauce:

1 tbs butter

1tbs plain flour

200ml milk

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp nutmeg

hint of black pepper

30g cheese (hard cheese like Parmesan, Gruyere or mature Cheddar)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius degrees. Prepare the sauce by melting the butter. When butter is melted in the pan add the flour and beat it such as it becomes a thick sauce. Add the milk, mustard and nutmeg and cook the sauce by whisking it and mixing it for 10 minutes until it thickens. In the end add the cheese and a bit of black pepper.

2. Flatten the bread slices by hand or with the rolling pin. Push them to the bottom of the cupcake tin. Add the slices of ham, pour one egg in each one and pour some sauce on top. In the end add some grated cheese on top.

3. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Serve immediately so that the egg yolks do not get overcooked and stay runny.

Lupasin postata Rachel Khoon reseptejä, jotka ovat herkullisia ja mielestäni hyviä. Tässä siis yksi. Tein tänä aamuna aamupalaksi hänen Croque Madame muffineitaan ja voi kun olisitte nähneet rakkaan aussimieheni naamataulun kun hän maiskutti näitä ranskalaisia kakkusia. Hän ahmi kaksi yhteen menoon. Ne olivat herkullisia, kauniita ja kaiken kaikkiaan vain onnistuineita. Suosittelen siis lämpimästi kokeilemaan, muffinit tulevat nopeasti valmiiksi. Suomessa Croque Madame ei ole kovin tunnettu, kun taas täällä briteissä lähes jokainen pubi ja brasseri tarjoaa niitä listallaan. Kyseessähän on klassinen kinkkujuusto voileipa, mutta salaisuus on voi, voissa paistettu leipa, jonka päälle kasataan kinkkua, juustoa ja kananmuna ja keltuainen jätetään juoksevaksi. Croque Monsieur on puolestaan vastaava leipä ilman kananmunaa. Yksinkertaista, mutta herkullista. Muffinit ovat siis kehitelmä tämän klassisen herkun pohjalta.

Kuusi Croque Madame muffinia:

6 voileipäviipaletta

6 munaa

6 viipaletta kinkkua

juustoraastetta

mustapippuria

Kastike:

1 rkl voita

1rkl vehnäjauhoja

200ml maitoa

1/2 tl Dijon sinappia

1/2 tl jauhettua muskottipähikää

ripaus mustapippuria

30g juustoa (kovaa juustoa kuten Parmesan, Gruyere tai kypsä Cheddar)

1. Lämmitä uuni 180 celsius asteeseen. Valmista kastike sulattamalla voi. Kun voi on sulanut lisää jauho ja vatkaa kunnes seos sakeentuu. Lisää maito, sinappi ja muskottipähkinä . Vatkaa ja sekoita seosta  noin 10 minuuttia kunnes seos sakeentuu kastikkeeksi. Lopuksi lisää juusto ja mustapippuri.

2. Littaa leipäviipaleet käsin tai kaulimella. Aseta ne muffinivuokiin. Lisää kinkkuviipaleet jokaiseen muffiniin, kaada yksi muna jokaiseen muffiniin ja kaada kastiketta päälle. Lopuksi ripottele juustoraastetta muffineiden päälle.

4. Paista muffineita 180 asteessa noin 15 minuuttia. Tarjoile välittömästi, jotta munan keltuainen pysyy juoksevana.

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Banana oatmeal -Banaanikaurakakkunen

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Banana oatmeal -Banaanikaurakakkunen

This morning my baby girl was a rooster, she woke up at 5.30am. Wow. Early start. I have been awake for so long now that when it approaches 10am I feel like it is a lunch time. I guess my dear Aussie husband likes when I wake up so early as it means he has breakfast waiting for him and we can enjoy our early morning moments together. Today I thought I would try my morning oatmeal but instead of raspberries I used bananas and yummy, it was tasty! I felt I needed something super sweet and energy rich to go on as the morning wake up was so early. Try this, it is a perfect sweet breakfast!

Two portions:

2 dl (1 cup) jumbo oats

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) rice milk or regular milk

1 tbsp date pieces

1 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp dried cranberries

2 tbsp honey

1 banana

1. Mix rice milk, oats, raisins, dates and dried cranberries. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add in the honey.

3. Mash half of the banana, mix it in. Slice the other half of the banana, mix half of the slices into the oats and pour the mix into small tart tins. Put rest of the banana slices on the top of oat meals for decoration.

4. Bake in 190 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Tänä aamuna tyttäreni heräsi kukonlaulunaikaan klo 5.30. Wow. Aikainen aloitus aamulle. Olen siis ollut jo hereillä niin pitkään, että kellon lähetessä kymmentä tuntuu kuin olisi jo lounasaika. Rakas aussimieheni ei pistä pahakseen aikaisia aamyherätyksiäni, sillä se tarkoittaa yleensä sitä, että tuore leivottu aamiainen kahveineen odottaa häntä ennen töihin lähtöä.  Voimme aikaisina aamun tunteina nauttia yhdessä pitkän aamiaisen ja rentoutua. Olen ehkä hitusen epätavallinen suomalaisnainen siitä syystä, että rakastan hemmotella miestäni. Mikään ei ole mielestäni niin ihanaa kuin leipoa hänelle aamiaista, laittaa ruokaa, yllättää leivonnaisilla tai vaikka vain tehdä voileivät valmiiksi lautaselle. Joku voisi kommentoida minun olevan desperate housewife kandidaatti, mutta koska teen sen täysin vapaaehtoisesti rakkaudesta en näe toiminnassani mitään paheksuttavaa eikä sisäinen feministini koe arvojansa loukatuksi. Hemmottelu on rakkauden ele ja pieni lisämauste jokapäiväiseen arkeen. Tänä aamuna valmistin vadelma kaurakakkusten sijaan vastaavia banaanisia. Tarvitsin jotain super energistä ja makeaa, jotta pysyn liikkeessä aikaisen aamuherätyksen jälkeen. Banaanikakkuset olivat onnistuneita, jam. Kokeilehan, ne olivat täydellisen makoisia aamiaiskakkusia.

Kaksi annosta:

2 dl jumbo kaurahiutaleita

1/2 dl riisimaitoa tai maitoa

1 rkl taatelinpaloja

1 rkl rusinoita

1 rkl kuivattuja karpaloita

2 rkl hunajaa

1 banaani

1. Sekoita kaurahiutaleet, rusinat, karpalot, taatelit ja riisimaito. Anna imeytyä 5-10 minuuttia.

2. Lisää hunaja.

3. Muussaa puoli banaania ja sekoita kaurasekoituksen sekaan. Viipaloi toinen puolikas banaanista ja sekoita puolet viipaleista kauraseokseen. Kaada seos pieniin torttuvuokiin ja koristele banaaninpaloilla.

4. Paista 190 asteessa 20-25 minuuttia.

Raspberry oatmeal breakfast – Vadelmakaura-aamiainen

Gooday everyone. This raspberry oatmeal brekkie is going to rock your morning!!! It is healthy, nutritional and just perfect. It suits for old and young, men and women, adults and kids. I think it has that something I am always looking for in breakfasts: sweetness, fullness in addition to the round and balanced flavour. This oatmeal tart is also very simple and gets baked quickly in the oven whilst you are making your coffee or feeding your baby (as I did!!).

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For two people you need:

2dl (1 cup) rolled oats (jumbo oats, they are crunchier)

3/4 dl (almost 1/2 cup) rice milk (or milk)

3 fresh dates chopped

1-2 tbs raisins

8 raspberries

2 tbs honey (if you are looking for a low GI -glycemic index- go for agave syrup)

8 sun dried banana slices or fresh banana slices

1. Preheat the oven to 180-190 celsius degrees.

2. Mix the oats, raisins, dates and rice milk. Pour milk over the oats such as it just covers the oats and is likely to get absorbed into oats. Let the mix soak for 5-10 minutes in the fridge.

3. When the oat mix looks like it has been absorbed into the rice milk, mix it with raspberries and honey. Pour the mix into two small tartlet baking tins (10cm diameter). Decorate oatmeal tarts with sun dried bananas.

4. Bake them for 20minutes.

Serve with fresh berries! Heavenly start for your morning!

Have a great weekend!!!

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Rum Zucchini Breakfast Loaf – Rommikesäkurpitsainen aamiaisleipä

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I am totally in love with using zucchini in baking. I hope you don’t get bored with my zucchini recipes. This one is my own invention based on the various recipes I have tried. I wanted to combine things I love in cake baking which are dark rum, oats, dark sugar, golden syrup and zucchini. I tried to keep this loaf less sweeter than cakes or muffins but sweeter than regular bread. I promise you will enjoy this recipe, I have almost eaten the whole loaf myself that I baked the other day!

One loaf:

150ml rice milk (or regular milk)

2 tbsp cranberries

8 prunes chopped (or 4tbs raisins)

3 dl self-raising gluten free flour (or regular flour+ 1 tsp baking powder)

1 dl dark rice flour (or oat, millet or quinoa flour)

1 dl rolled oats

50g dairy free margarin (or butter)

125 pear puree

2 tbsp dark rum

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/2 dl dark soft sugar

1 1/2 dl grated zucchini

1-2 tbsp golden syrup

11/2 tsp cardamom or all spice

(you can add 1 tsp no-egg to get the dough stick together a bit more firmly but this is not necessary)

1.  Soak the cranberries and prunes in rice milk.

2. Combine flour, rolled oats, baking powder and bicarbonate soda and pinch the butter in such as the mix turns to breadcrumb like.

3. Stir in cardamom, sugar, pear puree, rice milk mix and rum.  Mix well. Finalise the mix by adding the golden syrup.

4. Bake in 180 celsius degrees for 40-45 minutes. Check the loaf with a stick to make sure it is fully cooked.

Banana tea loaf -Banaaninen teekakku

photo (51)I got an inspiration for this recipe in the book called The Busy Mum’s Vegetarian Cook Book. I came across with it in our local library, started to glimpse it through and the book gave an impression of being super good. The recipes are rather quick and easy. The pictures look delicious and ingredients seem to go well together. It has a big range of recipes from cooking to baking.

Regarding the British libraries by the way, I have to tell you something. They are fantastic. I praise them as they do offer a wide range of amazing cook and baking books, surroundings are nice, staff friendly and what is even better, they have this one amazing invention from which we could benefit in Finland too. In addition to the library card you get the key ring that has the same bar code as you library card so in case you forget the library card at home you can always pop into the library and borrow books if you just have your keys with you. I think it is a great invention and we should adopt it in Finland too! Libraries here offer story times for babies and toddlers  and in general I think the facilities are great. The council area we belong to seem to be exceptionally good. You can even return to books to any library within the council area and you can also get so called baby library card which gives you free delay policy regarding children books. This means that despite the week overdue you don’t have to pay for the delay. How amazing is this? As a new and young mother I do appreciate this, my brain seems to have deteriorated during the pregnancy and I am so absent minded that I hardly remember to put clothes or make up on in the morning :)! This free delay policy helps significantly otherwise I would be paying the overdue charges almost every week! Anyway from libraries back to the tea loaf I baked. Here below you find my own adaptation of the recipe.

One loaf:

150ml rice milk (or regular milk)

1/2dl (1/4 cup) cranberries

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) raisins

3dl (1 1/2 cup) gluten free self-raising white flour (regular self-raising white flour suits too of course, if you use non-self raising flour add extra teaspoons of baking powder)

1dl (1/2 cup) oat flour (you can of course use regular flour too, I just wanted to get more oaty flavour)

3/4dl (almost 1/2 cup) rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground fine cardamom

50g dairy free margarin (of course regular butter works as well)

3/4 dl (almost 1/2 cup) dark soft sugar

3 tbsp dark rum

2 tbsp pear puree

1tsp no-egg+2tsp water mixed or 1 regular egg beaten

2 ripe bananas mashed

1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius degrees. Oil the loaf tin.

2. Put raisins and cranberries to soak in rice milk.

3. Mix the flours, baking powder and cardamom.

4. Add margarin and rub it such as it starts reminding bread crumbs.

5. Add the rolled oats.

6. Stir in the sugar, rum and pear puree.

7. Add the rice milk mixture with raisins and cranberries.

8. Stir in the no-egg mix or beaten egg.

9. Add the mashed bananas.

10. Bake in 180 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Tip of the week: Avocado Nature’s Butter -Avokado Luonnon Voi

ImageFor many Australians particularly for Queenslanders it is self evident to use avocado on the bread as a spreading. My Aussie husband’s favourite combination is Vegemite and mashed avocado on the top of the rice cake. I know, sounds weird! I have to admit that it is incredibly tasty. During my current diet I cannot put butter on bread (which I love to do!!) and I am not very fond of those vegetable oil spreadings as they don’t have the same flavour as butter, only the consistency imitates it. Being so, lately I have mashed avocado and used it as a spreading on the top of rice cakes and bread. It is tasty, healthy and nutritious! I warmly recommend to anyone. An extremely tasty combination is this avocado mash, a hint of black pepper and for example smoked salmon on any bread.

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