Monthly Archives: March 2013

wraps – easy & delicious

 

When you’re short on time and there’s not much left in the cupboards, you can often find ingredients to make a good wrap. When you’re fed up with bread sandwich, these are great and there’s more garnish then bread! 

I always try to have my favorite toppings and some wraps for when there’s no more eggs, no more homemade fresh bread, when I don’t want to heat any pots or pans, or if there’s no way I’m going out to brave the cold/wind/rain to find something to eat and, whatever the choice, I better not have anything else to eat but chocolate (there’s plenty of that around here).

If you’re gluten intolerant, there are some gluten free wraps made with corn flour.

Here are two possibilities with fish, one more luxurious than the other.

On the wrap, place two thin slices of ewe’s cheese (like pecorino), add some green leaves (I had spinach on hand).

Mash some tuna with dry tomatoes purée (easy to make with olive oil and dry tomatoes!). Leave the cheese if you don’t tolerate it.

Add this spread on top of the leaves.

Roll.

It’s ready!

 The tuna mix is delicious inside cherry tomatoes or accompanying chickpea. 

The other recipe is even more simple:

On the wrap, mash some fresh avocado, sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice. Add a slice of smoked salmon and sprinkle hot pepper like espelette pepper or shichimi togarashi).

Roll, it’s ready!

That’s it! It’s great on fresh homemade bread but add some seeds inside the dough like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, or pavot seeds… so it’s a bit crispy in the soft inside of the bread!  

So it’s possible to eat something good and not stay in the kitchen for half a day!

 
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olives & artichoke hearts quiche

 Here the winter is back… Just a few days before Spring is suppose to arrive! Well, no strawberries or crunchy salad yet so why not prepare a nourishing and comforting quiche?

I chose olives and artichokes hearts as it’s easy to find the preserved kind any time of the year and it gives a little taste of the Spring.

I am longing for new vegetables and fruits! Especially eggplants and tomatoes! But seeing the snow falling again, the dim light that it gives, the silenced city, almost asleep, and having my hands around a warm bowl of homemade soup, I find it rather nice!

For this quiche, I made the dough with chestnut and buckwheat flour. It’s a lot more interesting then wheat and I find the quiche to be lighter and more balanced in taste. With the olives’ acidity and the soft artichoke’s hearts, I have to take another bite!

Buckwheat and chestnut dough:

60g chestnut flour
150g buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
100g butter (in cubes or thin slices)
1 egg

cold water if necessary

Mix the flours wit the salt.

Add the butter and mix until sandy.

Add the egg. If the dough sticks to the bowl, add a little cold water to form a ball. Wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for abour an hour.
Turn the oven on at 180°C.

Spread the dough.

Line a tin with parchment paper and cover with the dough. Prick it with a fork and cook for 15 minutes in the oven. Reserve.

Turn the oven at 200°C.
Mix 3 tbsp of minced dill, 10 minced mint leaves, 200g of hard goat cheese, 1 can of artichokes hearts, 20 pitted green olives. 
In a bit of olive oil, in a pan, on middle fire, cook 2 small onions with a pinch of salt. Add the previous mix.
Beat 4 eggs with 1/2 liter of buttermilk, salt and pepper.
Spread the vegetables on the precooked dough and pour the eggs on top. Cook in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes.