Thursday, February 1, 2018

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!


Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread 

Flatbread with Beetroot Spread, Spinach & Olives

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread in a jar
makes a unique gift!

Savory Beetroot Walnut Spread Recipe!

This beautiful vegan spread is super yummy, highly nutritious and very easy to make. It's wonderful with wholegrain crackers, pita chips and veggies, too. It's even more delightful with a glass of Pinot Noir.  

You can enjoy it as a spread on flatbread with spinach and olives too. You can also put it in jar as a unique gift!

Ingredients (serving size 10):

3 medium red beetroots
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup toasted pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/5 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cumin seeds 
1 tbsp. Meyer lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
Few fresh dill sprigs 

Instructions:

Peel beetroots, wash and pad dry with paper towel. Chop into medium size pieces, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle of see salt and roast at 425 for 30-40 minutes. I roast beetroots in a pyrex glass dish loosely covered with parchment paper, which accelerates the cooking time. Remove beetroots from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes. 

In a food processor, combine roasted beetroots, walnuts, seal salt, olive oil, cumin seeds and garlic cloves. Process until roughly smooth. Add Meyer lemon rind and juice and process 3-4 more times. Place the mixture in a bowl and garnish with crushed pistachios, a few Meyer lemon rinds and a drizzle of olive oil.

Enjoy!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines Recipe!


Lavender Meyer Lemon Madeleines

Pelindaba Organic Culinary Lavender

A Valentine’s Day gift made
 with Lavender Love!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your sweetie, celebrating with your friends, or planning the perfect 'Me Day' – nothing says Love like making a lavender-infused gift with your own creative hands.

Madeleines, the Classic French Tea Cakes are baked in special molds that give them a delicate shell shape. The name 'Madeleine' was given to these delightful tea cakes by Louis XV to honor his father in law' cook Madeleine Paulmier. 

Madeleines infused with divine organic culinary lavender flowers and heavenly Meyer lemon are truly delicious, very easy to make and a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift too. Madeleines are best eaten the day they're baked. Though 3-5 days old Madeleines are wonderful too, when dunked into coffee, espresso and even wine. However, you enjoy them, gift yourself with making some.  

Culinary Lavender Tip: always use high grade organic culinary lavender such as Pelindaba Lavender's organic culinary lavenderIt's sweet, aromatic and delightful, which will make your baked goods even heavenlier!

Ingredients: Makes 12 Madeleines

1/2 cup spelt pastry flour
2 Tbsp. almond flour 
1/3 cup sweet butter (dairy or non-dairy)
1 Tsp. fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 Tsp. Meyer lemon zest
2Tbsp. sugar
1 Tsp. organic culinary lavender (finely chopped)
1/3 cup almond milk

Directions:

        Preheat oven to 375°F.
Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside.
Melt butter and let cool to room temperature.
Using electric mixer or a mixing bowlat high speed beat spelt pastry flour, almond flour, sugar, almond milk, lemon juice and melted butter until the mixture is creamy and smooth. 
Add lemon zest and lavender flowers and beat for additional 2-3 minutes until they are well blended.
Spoon 1 Tbsp. batter into each mold.
Bake for 15-17  minutes , or until cakes are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed with your fingertip.
Use the tip of the knife to loosen madeleines from pan if necessary; invert onto rack.  
Let it cool for 5-10 minutes if you want to eat them right away. For packaging as gifts, let them cool for at least an hour.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor

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