Chewy Almond, Honey and Lime Biscuits

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My Christmas present from my darling children was Jo Seagar’s new recipe book, A Bit of What You Fancy.  It is a lovely looking book and I can definitely spend hours drooling over the recipes in it. In particular, there are two biscuit recipes that really appealed to me.  So, yesterday, I made these gorgeous Chewy Almond, Honey and Lime Biscuits. They are an absolutely divine dairy and gluten free treat!

Just like macarons, they have an egg white and almond meal base, but you don’t need to beat the eggs quite so much. I’m guessing it’s because of the almond and egg white base, I liked these so much.  It is so nice to have a biscuit that seems quite simple to make but is more of an adult treat.

Recipe

2 egg whites

2 cups of Almond Meal

1 cup of Castor Sugar

zest of 3 limes (finely grated)

1 Tablespoon of honey (Warmed)

Icing Sugar

Preheat oven to 160C and dust two baking trays with icing sugar.

Beat egg whites to soft peaks, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix to a soft paste.

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Roll into balls, then roll in icing sugar.

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place on trays leaving enough space to spread out slightly. Gently press, but do not flatten.

Bake for approx 15 mins.

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Loving: Summer Days, Cider & Fresh Tomatoes

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something you can be thankful for..no matter how simple it is.

Summer Days

I have been loving these Summer days, enjoying my children more than ever and the many adventures we have enjoyed together. We haven’t had a lot of fantastic, you can’t beat Wellington on a good day kind of days, but we have made the most of the ones we have had. I’m going to miss the holidays. What a blessed time it has been!

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Cider

My darling husband does not like beer, the taste has just never tickled his buds. Over the past couple of Summers, we have grown to like Ciders and we regularly try different ones. We both agree that Rekorderlig is a pretty fine specimen. It certainly seems to make a fine summers drink on a hot day, especially after a good stint out in the garden.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of my favourite fruit. A few years back, I took a photo in a market in Marseille (France), I have come to realise the vegetables in it, make up the bulk of the vegetables I most like to eat. Front and centre is tomatoes! Is it any wonder, I must have tomatoes in my garden every summer? Tomorrow, we will eat the first of the cherry tomatoes from our garden. I can’t wait for the Isle of Capri ones to start ripening.

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Linking up with Megan at mnm’s

Are Macarons Passé?

According to The Dominion Post – Your Weekend Magazine and many of their fairfax cohorts – macarons, salted caramel and mason jar glasses are all so common that they are no longer cool.

If you haven’t read the article, you can check out the article here.

Personally, I have to say I love macarons and the last one I had was from McDonalds, I  had to try them.  Although the colours were fantastic,   and it looked perfectly formed, I didn’t really find it had much flavour.

Salted Caramel is one of my favourites, if it is on the menu I will always go for it!  I recently made the fabulous beetroot salted caramel chocolate cake the features in the Little and Friday celebrations book.  It was divine, short on time and lacking multiple cake tins of the same size, I cooked the cake as one and cut it in half. It’s very rich, but oh so yum.

I’ve never been a fan of faux anything…trying too hard just isn’t cool!

Sourdough definitely has a time and a place, I personally love it plain with a smear of butter or dipped in good quality olive oil with balsamic or duhka – but are they passé too?

What trends need to die?  What is the new food trend? What needs to be brought back?

I love your comments and interactions with my readers, please leave your thoughts below.

I did it … I think!

I love Jamie Oliver’s book  15 Minute Meals, but lately, had kind of forgotten about it due to the frenzy and mess achieved in making any of the meals.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone actually prep all the bits for you, cut the vege or at least have it washed and prepared on the bench, the jug pre boiled, and everything required within easy reach! And then of course, clean your kitchen up afterwards, while you sit with an after dinner sticky, feet resting on a lovely soft pouf.

I had none of that tonight, in fact, I even had to go buy the supplies to make the meal. From arriving in the supermarket carpark, to having the meal on the table took me 40 mins total.  I am sure that I spent at least 15mins in the Supermarket and driving each way takes another 5mins each.  So, I had at the most 20mins to cook the meal. I think I can actually say that I cooked the meal in 15 minutes!!!

The meal of choice tonight was Gorgeous Green Chicken with Herby Vegetable Couscous and Tzatziki. The end result should look like this:

Gorgeous Greek Chicken

I’m a bit of a fan of raw vegetables, this recipe calls for most of the vegetables to remain raw, just be finely chopped and mixed through the couscous, so kind of perfect.  There is a freshness that only raw vegetables can give. I didn’t take too many pictures as I cooked as, I was trying to cook it in 15 Minutes. I love a good challenge, do you?

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A little blurry, but this is the vege all chopped in the food processor and ready to be mixed with the couscous.

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The chicken all nicely seasoned, crispy and brown

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Aftermath, mess and a cluttered bench! What do you expect…life is happening too – lunch boxes, discarded glasses and the medicine cup.

IMG_0230And on the table ready to be consumed, in just on 15minutes. (I think!)  mmm….Lemon and mint are perfect companions anywhere, anytime and I just love the lemony minty goodness of the Tzatziki Jamie recommends to accompany the chicken and vegetable couscous, particularly good if the chilli you use is awesomely fresh and spicy!  The kids even gave this the thumbs up.