"Our lives are like the course of the sun,
at the darkest moment
there is promise of daylight." - unknown author
I don't know about you but sometimes, especially when the weather is heavy with dark clouds and heavy rain, when the wind seems to go on forever, when my head seems to explode because of the stories I tell myself, I need to do something creative to help me snap out of the self hypnotic trance I put myself into (we are all specialists at this you know that don't you). Today ... cooking was my solution ... cooking something new ..... :)
Earlier this week, while going through my pile of magazines I came across a recipe for biscotti, a delicious sort of Italian biscuit I just love having while sipping my coffee in Costa Cafe. (I will definitely have a little bag with me next week while having my coffee in one of the coffee shops in Eastbourne)
Before sharing the recipe with you let me tell you that it is very, very easy to prepare and also the result is delicious.
Walnut and cranberry biscotti
What do you nee:
2 eggs plus 1 extra beaten for glazing
150 g caster sugar
250 g plain flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
50 g walnuts chopped
50g dried cranberries or any other berries (you don't need to respect exactly the quantity really)
Whisk the eggs and the sugar together in a bowl. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, a pinch of salt and the chopped berries.
Leave the dough to rest in the fridge wrapped in cling film for about 1 hour. (the dough should be a bit soft but also a bit sticky)
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees C, or gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Once the dough has rested, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectange about 28 cm long and 5 cm wide. I cut this in 2. Put them onto the lined baking tray, brush with beaten egg.
Bake for 20 min. Check if it is ready with a skewer. Take out from the oven and leave it to cool.
Reduce the temperature to 180.
When cool, cut into think slices and lay flat on the lined baking tray, bake for 20 more minutes and don't forget to turn them halfway through cooking .. until a big golden brown.
Allow to cool and ... start eating and sharing with friends.
OK so by the time I had my first few slices of biscotti and sipped my coffee I was already feeling better and ... with an episode of NCIS in the background ... (I love watching TV while cooking) ... it was time to try a new recipe ... this time ... sweet potato burger.
Here is what you need:
600g sweet potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tsp ras el hanout (Maroocan spice mix yum yum)
50g almonds (like a powder)
a handfull of pumpkin seeds
Bake or boild the sweet potatoes until soft. When soft, scoop out the flesh and set aside. Meanwhile gently fry the onion and garlic in a bit of oil. Add ras el hanout and continue for a few seconds.
Combine all ingredients and let the mixture rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Form the mixture into burgers or smal ball size shapes. Coat them in flour and fry them on both sides.
Enjoy them pipping hot or cold with mustard, sweet chilli, various relishes.