Thursday, July 12, 2012
Ghee is a traditional food product that has been used for thousands of years in Indian food preparation and is one of the main ingredients for nourishing women's health and hormones in traditional ayurvedic medicine.
In France and commercial cookery kitchens it is often referred to as clarified butter. As you can see from this photograph above the milk protein starts to bubble up and then separates creating a golden amber liquid which is your ghee. When cooking for our clients and catering we love to use ghee, it is particularly helpful with fertility and conception as part of a natural food diet and I consumed quiet a bit a while on a pre-conception nutritional eating plan and am sure it helped with conceiving my little bub.
If you fancy you can add cinnamon sticks, garlic, a red chilli, and ginger while the cooking process is happening to add some heat and fire to your ghee. In Ethiopia they add these spices to there ghee which enhances flavour and is truly delicious. I keep my ghee at room temperature in a stainless steel container I purchased from a Fijian supermarket in Newtown which is a special ghee container with a little spoon. When making a new batch I usually do 2-3 sticks or organic butter so that it lasts longer.
Start experimenting and adding it to your daily cooking methods. Ghee enhances the flavour of the ingredients and acts as an efficient vehicle for transporting minerals and vitamins to your body. It is rich is essential fatty acids and also good for brain health.
2-3 sticks top quality organic butter (makes a big difference in the quality of ghee)
Spices if you wish - cinnamon, fresh ginger, cardamon pods, garlic, red chilli (just strain at end)
In a medium saucepan add the butter and turn heat up until the butter starts to lightly bubble, then turn heat down to a simmer so that the butter is bubbling and you can see the separation starting to happen, cook for around 15-20 minutes when you see the milk protein floating on the bottom of the pan and the white foam is separating on top.
When cooled strain with a fine mesh strainer and you can keep the crunchy proteins if you wish and eat on toast (a tip from an ayurvedic chef) or throw them away. Use ghee in replacement of butter when sauteing or oil and notice the difference in flavour, taste and texture of foods.
It is super yummy in curries and also scrambled eggs and omelette's!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
After a longtime away from blogging due to a new pregnancy and nausea I'm now back in the kitchen cooking up a storm!
These beautiful tea cakes are inspired by my nana who provided the main ingredient, succulent oranges that grow in her backyard. Not been a highly acclaimed baker I can testify these are very simple to make and are truly delicious - light and nutty.
It's hard to stop at one (especially when your pregnant!)
We have a new cook on our team the gorgeous Lucia who is an Italian girl specialising in gluten free baking, we may feature some of her recipes on our blog if she will let us!
This recipe can also be converted to a full cake and I'll list instructions below.
You need to start in advance as the oranges take a few hours to cook down.
2 oranges preferably organic as skin is used
250g rapadura sugar (ground into castor sugar in food mill or thermomix) or organic castor sugar
150g ground almonds
100g ground hazelnuts
6 free range organic eggs ( room temperature)
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Wash oranges and with skin on cook for 2 hours in saucepan until soft
Once cooked pulp in a blender until smooth
In a large bowl beat 6 eggs and add the sugar blending until smooth
Using a wooden smooth hand stir in the nut meals both almond and hazelnut and also add the oranges and baking powder
Mix gently until all ingredients are combined well
Either spoon into cupcake patties we used fancy biodegradable ones we picked up or if you prefer lightly grease a spring form baking tin with some real butter and spoon in the mixture
For cupcake size bake for 20-25 minutes
If using a cake tin bake for 75 minutes until golden