B’s Basil Pesto Brushchetta (Without Garlic)

Yummy.  Home-made pesto cannot be compared to the store bought kind at all!  It simply melts in your mouth. I made the pesto a day earlier as I wanted it to sit in the fridge overnight to make it more flavourful.  Pesto and Brushchetta are both notoriously famous for their garlic flavour.  I however do not like garlic.  I find the smell rather pungent and the after-taste deadly.  So here you have it Basil and Brushchetta without garlic.  Feel free to add garlic if you like the taste as it does enhance it for garlic-fans!

Here’s a picture of my masterpiece 😉

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Doesn’t that just look gorgeous?  YES – food can look gorgeous.  😉

Here’s what I did..

First I made the pesto…

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Then I used my home-made bread (pan-toasted first) and topped it with everything.  Ready to go in the oven!

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And out it comes!  All ready to feast on.  It screams EAT ME NOW! 🙂

B’s Basil Pesto Brushchetta

Makes: As many as you spread! 

Ingredients for pesto:

  • 2 cups of basil leaves (removes stems of course!)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup of cheese (I used cheddar as that’s what I had at home!)
  • Salt and pepper

Ingredients for Brushchetta:

  • Pomodoro Fresh Tomatoes
  • Bread (toasted first)
  • A bit of cheese
  • Fresh Basil leaves (torn for the garnish)
  • Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. Blend basil leaves, pine nuts and cheese together using a food processor.  Add olive oil and blend again.  Add salt and pepper.
  2. Toast home-made bread.  I like doing this on the pan as I love how it comes out 🙂
  3. Spread basil pesto on bread, top with chopped tomatoes.  Add salt and pepper.
  4. Top with some cheese.
  5. Put in oven (about 190 C) till cheese has melted.

YUMMYYYYY!

Enjoy 🙂

xx

B

Bread Cups filled with Fresh Guacamole

Hello!  I was thinking of trying bread cups – so simple yet they look so pretty!  I had avocados in the fridge and they were softening up and waiting to be mashed.  So thought I’d whip up some fresh guacamole!

First, lightly oil/butter muffin cups to prevent bread from sticking.  cut the edges of the bread and put it in the cup!

photo 1 (4)Bake them!  And top them up till they look yumyyyyy…

photo 2 (5)A nice close up … yummm….

B’s Bread Cups filled with Fresh Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • slices of bread (edges cut out)
  • Guacamole
  • cut pieces of tomatoes

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees.  Oil muffin pan.
  • Press bread inwardly to form a cup shape.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or so (keep an eye on it).
  • Fill it in with guacamole and any other toppings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

B’s Easy Coleslaw Recipe

I’ve always wanted to try to make coleslaw – as I know it’s pretty easy but the creaminess of it made me feel it shouldn’t be rendered a salad. LOL 😉  Prior to this recipe I came up with I’ve been buying store bought creamy coleslaw.  I usually like coleslaw without onion and that’s not an option when you buy packaged coleslaw!  So my version is healthier, onion-less and less creamy without compromising the taste.

Firstly, I used a food processor to grate carrots and cabbage:

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And I whisked the dressing together… and tried it to make sure it was the taste I wanted… Hmm.. And adjusted it accordingly!

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I refrigerated it for about 2-3 hours and let the flavours combine properly… 🙂  Doesn’t it look yummy?? 🙂

B’s Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Makes: Enough for 3-4 people as a side 

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 1/2 cabbage head (grated)
  • 6 tbsp ‘lighter than light’ mayonnaise (I buy into marketing! LOL)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • salt, pepper

Method:

  1. Grate the carrots and cabbage finely.
  2. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together.  Taste it once it’s done and adjust accordingly to your taste.  If you do miss the cream, add a few tbsp of cream 🙂
  3. Mix the dressing with the salad and refrigerate!

That was simple!  🙂  Enjoy this nice side with jacket potatoes! 🙂

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Foodie Fridays: Tofu Breakfast Muffins with Quorn Bacon = B’s Eggless Egg Muffins Recipe!

I tried making this at home after thinking about how much I loved McDonald’s Egg Muffins when I was non-veg.  I tried to somehow make a vegetarian version of Egg Muffins!  It was divine.

Here’s the result!

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It was really easy too!  Great for a weekend brunch 😉

The most important step is marinating the tofu so the flavour and colour gets absorbed properly.

Here’s a picture of how the tofu pieces should look after marinating it:

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B’s Tofu Breakfast Muffins with Quorn Bacon 

Makes: 4 Muffins

Ingredients:

  • Half packet of firm tofu cut into big rectangles (see picture above)
  • Quorn Bacon Slices
  • 4 Muffins
  • Cheese Slices
  • Seasoning: Turmeric Powder, Soya Sauce, Chilli Powder, Salt, Pepper (Mix in a bowl

Method:

  1. Place kitchen towel under and over tofu pieces to absorb extra moisture.  Leave for half an hour.
  2. Marinate the tofu with the seasonings mentioned above.
  3. After half an hour, pan-fry the tofu patties till they are done (a bit crispy on both sides).
  4. Pan fry the bacon slices.
  5. Assemble with cheese in the muffins.

Enjoy it with any sauce you like 😉  I had it with BBQ sauce and baked beans on the side with hash browns!

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B’s Eggless Milo Custard Recipe

I really really wanted custard last night.  So yes, I made custard at 11 pm and made a variation for my husband with Milo.  It came out really really yummy for chocolate lovers!

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So I made normal eggless custard and added milo to it.  I was pretty generous with the milo as you can see.  While it was on the fire I whisked it so it became a smooth chocolately (it’s a word I swear! hahaha) custard.

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It was good… Hmmm… The husband loved it.

B’s Eggless Milo Custard Recipe

Makes:  Enough for two hungry people.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp custard powder
  • 2 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • vanilla essence to taste
  • generous amount of milo (optional)

Method:

  1. Boil milk with sugar until its dissolved.
  2. Add evaporated milk.
  3. Mix custard powder in a bowl with water till there are no lumps.  Add to the milk and whisk.
  4. Add vanilla essence.
  5. Custard is ready 🙂  Add milo and whisk if you want a chocolate mixture!

Note:  I love custard and can eat it with anything!  When my sisters were here, we had it over scones topped with Nutella.  That was really good 🙂 The leftover custard can be refrigerated in a bowl.  It will set in a few hours and can be eaten cold! 🙂

Enjoy this simple vegetarian dessert 🙂

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B

B’s EGGLESS SCONES

Yes – so I’ve made eggless scones many times.  This is very easy and quick.  My previous recipe does not seem to work as well for me as I’ve made tiny adjustments here and there.

I’ve also experimented a lot with Nutella as a topping as that’s just a winner. 😉  Baking eggless scones is really easy, so if you haven’t tried it out – you really really should.   Most recipes online for scones are eggless if you omit brushing the top with egg and replace it with milk.

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This picture should entice you… Hmmmm…  It’s ready to eat 😉

I’ve taken pictures before the toppings too! Ok so I take a lot of food photos.

Scones before the free fat topping.  (I love doing that: free fat.  The reverse of FAT FREE.  How can a dessert be FAT FREE?  It’s FREE FAT FOR ALL! Can’t allow me to get FAT ALONE!)

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B’s Easy Eggless Scones

Bakes: About 4-5 large scones

Ingredients:

  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • 60g Unsalted Cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 25g Caster Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 120 ml milk , a bit extra for brushing

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220C.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt and rub the butter. Make sure the butter is cold. This ensures softer scones.
  3. Add in the sugar.  Mix in the milk and mix lightly to form a dough. Do not knead. (NO NEED TO KNEAD!! LOL)
  4. Move to a floured surface and cut the shapes required.
  5. Brush with milk.
  6. Bake for about 13 minutes, till golden on the top.
  7. Serve with clotted cream, jam or Nutella.  🙂

Finally my revised version of eggless scones.  Have been meaning to do this- as I don’t use my previous recipe much anymore!  We had this with hot custard the other day and it was divine.  🙂

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Foodie Fridays: B’s 2 Ingredient Granola-Banana Cookies

Hello 🙂  There are so many 2 ingredient recipes floating around that make you think how easy it can be to whip something up!  I came across this website a few days ago and wanted to try somethings out. The ice-cream bread looks like a fantastic idea, I will definitely try it out in B’s Kitchen 🙂

Today, I wanted a healthy but easy snack (I’m recovering from a flu) boo-hoo! Hate having a flu!  Yes, I’m all rhyming today 🙂

I used 1 banana and about 3/4 cup of granola.  EASY & VEGETARIAN!

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I used this granola as it had bits of chocolate.  I love the combination of chocolate and banana! 🙂

I mixed the banana and granola in a bowl.  Mashing up the banana is key!  Then mixing it all in is easy (I use disposable gloves to do this as I have long nails and it’s kind of gross otherwise!)

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I then made them into tiny cookie sizes.  I didn’t flatten them out much as I prefer it to be soft inside.

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I funnily enough forgot to take the end result.  It was hot out of the oven – the smell of banana filled the kitchen and I starting eating.. and eating.. Gave the husband his share.. and then I remembered… “MY BLOG…”

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The tiny remain before I ate my last bite! 🙂 YUMMY.

B’s 2 Ingredient Granola-Banana Cookies

Bakes: About 6-8 depending on size

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (riped is better!)
  • 3/4 cup granola

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Line baking tray with cookie sheet.
  3. Mash the banana and mix in the granola.
  4. Make sure the mixture is not too dry or wet.  It should be moist like the picture above.
  5. Bake for 15 mins.

Enjoy this healthy vegetarian treat! Great for days when I hit the gym.  I can eat minus the guilt.

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B’s Easy 3 ingredient Ice-cream : Banana, Nutella & Peanut Butter

The title gives away the whole post 😉  I’ve made Frozen Banana Ice-cream before (just blend the frozen banana – I’ve blogged about it here).  It’s a simple vegetarian ice-cream with added flavours.  Delectable. Today I wanted a tiny bit of Nutella and Peanut Butter in it… I got started on whipping this up! 😉

Got my ingredients ready:

ImagePut it in the food processor with a bit of milk and the additional flavourings:

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The end product – creamy yummy… delish… HEALTHY… Well relatively healthy, much better than an ice-cream scoop!  So here it is… The end product:

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Nice creamy texture…photo (11)

This one has more chocolate! 🙂

B’s Easy 3 ingredient Ice-cream : Banana, Nutella & Peanut Butter

Makes:  One Scoop

Ingredients:

  • 1 Frozen Banana (cut into pieces prior to freezing)
  • 1-2 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Nutella
  • 1/2 tsp Peanut Butter (home-made it better, check out my recipe here)

Method:

  1. Blend frozen banana pieces in a powerful blender or food processor.
  2. Add a bit of milk if needed.
  3. Add Nutella and Peanut Butter.
  4. Keep blending till smooth consistency is achieved.
  5. Serve immediately (Yes immediately!  Do not underestimate the melting power of frozen banana! haha)

Hope you enjoy it!  It’s helping me overcome this terribly hot weather in London.

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B’s Recipe Index

The list of my tried and tested recipes that I’ve blogged about so far!

Appetizers

Avocado (Mustard-Mayonnaise) Crusted Chips

B’s Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Mash

B’s Basil Pesto Bruschetta

Bread Cups with Fresh Guacamole

B’s Crunchy Chickpea Bites

B’s Crispy Kale

Easy Stove Top Homemade Salty Popcorn

B’s Grilled Potatoes

Quorn Steak Sushi

B’s Mediterranean Lettuce Cups

Makhani Potato Bake

Baking

Coconut Scones

Eggless Scones

Extremely Easy Banana-Nutella Boats

B’s Eggless Scones (Revised Recipe)

Cookies

B’s 2 Ingredient Granola-Banana Cookies

Chewy Brownie Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Breads

Cheese Loaf

Easy Home-made Artisan Bread

Olive & Cheese Breadsticks

Desserts

B’s Eggless Oven Pancake 

B’s Eggless Milo Custard

B’s Frozen Banana Ice Cream

B’s Easy 3 Ingredient Ice-cream:  Banana, Nutella & Peanut Butter

B’s Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding

Fruit Jelly

Sago Custard

Mains

Asparagus, Tomato & Olive Pasta

Chinese Crispy Noodles

Chinese Style Ginger Glazed Brussel Sprouts

B’s Easy Vegetarian Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)

B’s Easy Jacket Potatoes

B’s Red Sauce Topped Over Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini (Easy)

Eggless Oven Pancake with a Mexican Quorn Minced Twist

Easy Sushi Bowl

Kitsune Udon (Japanese Noodle Soup)

Makhani Paneer

Scrambled Tofu

Eggless Tofu Frittata

Pad Thai

Peanut, Almond & Walnut Satay Sauce Noodles

Pineapple Fried Rice

Poha – Flattened Rice

Vegan Jacket Potatoes (With Creamy Avocado & Sweet Corn)

Vegan Savoury Masala Pancakes (Chilla)

Vegetarian Tuna Jacket Potato with Avocado and Chia Seeds

Salads

B’s Easy Coleslaw Salad

B’s Multi-seeded Cranberry Salad

B’s Summer Salad

Spreads

B’s Basil Pesto Spread

B’s Easy Home-made Peanut Butter

B’s Oregano Cashew Dip

B’s Quick and Healthy Hummus

Guacamole (Avocado Spread)

Drinks

B’s Easy Green Smoothie

Ferrero Rocher Banana Smoothie

Fresh Raspberry Lemonade