RECIPES, Uncategorized

No Knead, Kalamata Olive, Sun Dried Tomates and Rosemary Focaccia




7 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour
1 tbsp coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1 tsp active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp agave
1/3 cup olive oil *
1 small red onion , thinly sliced
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
1/3 cup Kalamata pitted olives , chopped  *
2 fresh rosemary sprigs

& some chili flakes

Use good quality olives and olive oil it makes a big difference in flavour, I used Barakaris olives and olive oil from Mouton Vert located in Montreal

1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour and yeast. In a small bowl combine warm water and agave to dissolve. Then pour liquid over the flour mixture. Stir to combine until you have a sticky dough.
2. In another large mixing bowl add 1/4 cup olive oil only, and transfer dough to the bowl. Roll the dough to coat in the olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly, and transfer to the fridge overnight. (Make sure the bowl is big enough for dough to double in size).
3. Remove dough from fridge and line a 17 x 12 inch baking tray lined with parchment paper. Transfer dough onto tray. Push dough out with hands as best you can to cover tray entirely. Wait 1 hour for the dough to come to room temperature. It should soften and rise considerably.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat focaccia dough again to ensure it is the same thickness throughout on the pan (about 1-inch thick). Then dimple the entire dough by pushing your fingers into the dough. Drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
5. Decorate with thinly sliced red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and rosemary & chili flakes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Fluffy and tasty !

Cristina for Peas and Peace

RECIPES, Soups, Uncategorized

Leek & Potato Soup

Ingredients

  •  4 medium-sized chopped leeks
  •  2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
  •  4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  •  1 small yellow onion, diced 
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  3 garlic cloves, minced
  •  salt & black pepper
  •  chives, chopped *optional

Instructions

  1. In a large pot on medium heat add oil, then saute garlic, leeks, and onion together with salt until soft – about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add potatoes, vegetable broth, salt & pepper to pot – cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Potatoes should be soft when tested with a fork.
  3. Use a hand-blender to blend soup on medium to high until ingredients are smooth and consistency is creamy.
  4. Season soup to taste with salt & a good amount of black pepper. Serve with chopped chives and black pepper – enjoy

Tip

Freezing potato and leek soup: Allow soup to come to room temperature, store in a sealed container and place in freezer for 1 to 3 months. Remove, defrost, and cook in pot until desired temperature

Serve with warm crusty bread !!!

Cristina for Peas and Peace

Desserts, RECIPES

No Bake Carrot & Coconut Energy Balls


Loaded with natural sugar, healthy fats and fiber to satisfy your cravings

Makes 12 balls


* 1 medium gratted carrot
* 1/2 cup (125ml) rolled oats
* 1/2 cup (125ml) almonds
* 1/4 cup (60ml) hazelnuts
* 1 tbsp chia seeds
* 1/4 cup (60ml) almond milk
* 1/6 cup (40ml) pitted dates
* 1 tbsp coconut oil (not melted)
* 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
* 2 tbsp shredded coconut (I used unsweetened but if you prefer a sweeter energy ball, use sweeetened)

Blend everything (except for the shredded coconut) in a food processor until dough is formed. Shape with your hands into bite size balls and then roll in the shredded coconut.

Keep refrigerated for 1 hour.

Stores in the fridge up to 1 week. 

Enjoy !

Peas & Peace

HEALTH

Follow your dreams !!!

I am 57 years old, and I am here to dispel the notion that being a certain age restricts you in terms of the activities you can do. I am a firm believer in the notion that age is but a number, it is all in how you feel on the inside. I would like to illustrate this via my love of ballet.

From a young age, I have been fascinated with the dance world, and the innovative ways in which it marries music, movement, and expression. I Took ballet classes in my teens, but life caught up with me, and I eventually resorted to simply spectating at performances here and there, nothing more. However, as time went on, I could no longer fight the urge to revisit it for myself. There was one small thing holding me back in my mind. If I were to go back, and start from the beginning, I would be placed in a class with young children, and would need to keep up with them, and the fear of old knee and other injuries flaring as well. Still, despite all of these apparent concerns, something compelled me to enroll myself.

This is a photo of me at my midterm recital, as you can attest, my fifth positon is not perfect and I need to work on and improve many movements and steps. Regardless, I made it! I attend two hour classes twice a week and can keep up with my much much younger class mates. My passion for the art of ballet inspired me to push my limits, stay fit, practice the sequences, and better myself with each and every class.

Somewhere, I am hoping that I could maybe also be an inspiration to a parent or grand parent, anyone really to follow their passion or dream. This goes to show that no matter how old you are, you can do anything you set your mind to, it’s never too late! If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, find out the necessary steps, and work towards your goal.

Mains, RECIPES

Eggless Quiche

*Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 5.5 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, as needed

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 500 gr of silken tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

For the crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 inch Quiche pan.
  • Combine the ground flaxseeds and water in a small bowl and set aside. This is your flax egg.
  • In a food processor add the dry ingredients (almond flour, all purpose flour and salt) and pulse to combine. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and flax egg. Add 1-2 tablespoons water as needed until the dough sticks together when you press it between your fingers.
  • Crumble the dough into the pan and press the mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Press firmly and evenly. Poke a few holes in the bottom of the crust, and then bake for 12 minutes. Remove and set aside while you make the filling. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

For the filling:

  • In a medium skillet, sauté the garlic and mushrooms over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until the mushrooms soften. Now add the spinach and stir until it wilts. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the food processor, add the drained tofu, almond milk, nutritional yeast, onion powder, turmeric and salt. Blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the cooked vegetable mixture, and pulse a few times to combine, but don’t blend entirely.
  • Pour the filling into the crust and spread evenly using a spatula. Bake for about 35 minutes.
  • Cool for 15 minutes before slicing.