Monday, February 23, 2015

Recipe: Quick Baked Beans - Vegan, Healthy Eating, Heart Friendly, Diabetic Friendly, Clean Food.

I love beans.  Yes, I know lots of you don't. But, if you've never tried them give them a go sometime. They're nicer than they sometimes look.  I've created this recipe to taste good and look pleasing to the eye. Give it a crack!

Quick Baked Beans.

1 x small red onion - diced
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 x 400g can Cannellini Beans
2 x 125g cans Four Bean Mix
1 x stick celery - diced
3 tablespoons water for skillet instead of oil
1 x 400g can Italian diced & peeled tomatoes
1 x 50g sachet tomato paste
1 x cup water
2 x teaspoons demerara or brown sugar
2 x teaspoons fish sauce
6 x Basil leaves chopped
1 x teaspoon ground Cumin
Ground black pepper and basil leaves to garnish.


Put 3 tablespoons water into skillet, add onion, and garlic and saute.  Add celery. (I like my celery still a bit crunchy)
Put beans into a colander and rinse well under cold water, drain add to skillet with rest of the ingredients except for your garnish. 

Simmer stirring often until liquid reduces to your liking.

Serve on toasted GF seed bread, or bread of your choice. You could also serve this over cooked brown rice.

Garnish with basil leaves and black pepper.

Recipe: Healthy Eating, Heart Healthy, Diabetic Friendly, Good Clean Food that tastes great.

Baba Ganoush. (Eggplant Dip)

This recipe is delicious with vegetable sticks, turkish bread, or your favourite dry discuits.  I also like it as a condiment for saute' mushrooms, hash browns, grilled tomatoes. (Vegetarian mixed grill) It is probably equally as good although I haven't tried it on an assortment of steamed vegetables, or jacket potatoes.


1 large Eggplant
1/2 cup Tahini paste
3 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 pinch ground cumin
sprinkle of sweet paprika
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped parsley


Char grill your eggplant until slightly blackened, then place it on ovenproof paper on a tray and bake it until very soft at about 200C. Cool slightly. Scoop out flesh, discard skin.

If you like a rough, rustic texture, use a fork and mash it.  If you like a smooth, paste type consistency, put it in your Thermomix or Food processor.

Add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin salt & pepper and 1/2 parsley.
Mix well and taste. Add more of any of the above to suit your taste.

Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with sweet paprika and remainder of chopped parsley.

Serve at room temperature.

Can be make a day or two before and stored in the refrigerator. This will enhance the flavour. Return to room temperature before serving.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Great Reading - Crime, Conspiracy, Action - "Mortal Insight" by E.B. James


Mortal Insight

A brilliant novel. Draws you in, then keeps you in suspense. It brings you conspiracy, crime, action and asks the question: When your life is at stake, are some truths worth bringing out into the open?

Detective Sergeant Steve Keller has begun to see things.

He desperately hopes the visions mean something and not that he's going crazy.

But the visions don't go away, and when they start meaning something more, Steve finds himself caught in an investigation way bigger than he ever imagined.

As the pieces begin to fit together, something dangerous emerges. He can't hide what he knows, but to expose it doesn't just stir up controversy, it provokes someone who lurks in the shadows; someone who will kill to keep this information quiet.

Great reading, didn't want to put it down when I first began to read it. When I picked it up the second time, well, I couldn't put it down until I finished it at 2.00am in the morning!!! Worth the lack of sleep.

E.B.James is the pen name of Meredith Resce. Meredith has written many books, but this is her first crime, thriller, so hence she chose to write under a different name for the different genre. This book is available through Word Bookstore.

or go to Meredith's Author page :

Do yourself a favor and grab a copy.

Great Reading.

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