TOW the Girlsnight

Is it technically a girlsnight of there are guys there? Even guys whose fingernails you’ve painted with glow-in-the-dark fluorescent pink nailpolish? Hm, anyway, I made sure I was in charge of the food so I could make it as paleo as I wanted, hehe. May have weirded my friends out. Again. I also made them try Harry Potter shots at a bar (involves cinnamon, fireworks and oranges), safe to say we like to live vicariously huh. In any case, none of them had ever had spaghetti squash before, but they all assured me it was delicious. The thing with this recipe is that the cinnamon complements the slightly bland, sweet flavour of the squash so nicely, bolognese like never before. Aaaand since we had dinner and dessert (appetizer was, well,..acohol, quite unoriginal ;) ), 2 recipes to post!

Cinnamon “Spaghetti” Bolognese

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In squash halves, ’cause that’s just how we roll..

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 cans of tomato paste
  • 1 can of cubed tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 300 gr/10oz ground beef
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 laurel leaves (or 1tbs dried laurel powder)
  • 2 tbs dried oregano
  • 2 tbs dried basil
  • 1 tbs hot sauce
  • 3/4 tbs cinnamon
  • salt&pepper

Now what?

  1. fry the onions in some fat of choice, once they are translucent add in the garlic and ground beef
  2. add tomato paste, laurel leaves and cubed tomatoes
  3. throw in the rest of the vegetables and spices
  4. once your sauce is boiling, put the heat on low and let it simmer untill all of the vegetables are soft and cooked through
  5. meanwhile, prepare the spaghetti squash, prick some holes all over the squash with a knive (to make sure it won’t burst while cooking. quite important.)
  6. either bake it whole in the oven for an hour or so, 375°F/190°C, or nuke it whole on high in the microwave for 20min
  7. cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and fibery stuff
  8. carefully loosen the stringy flesh with a fork (to retain the longest, most “spaghetti”-like threads)
  9. serve on plates and top off with some extra cinnamon and some fresh basil leaves

Aaaand now, for dessert!!

Orchard Apple -Walnut Pie

(hyper girly applause! YAY!!) My mum’s boyfriend brought some hand picked walnuts and apples over (sooo good, the guy is unbelievably tall, comes in handy apparently). The apples were quite sour, ideal for pies (I’m gonna keep on bragging), so I decided to get creative (well, not really, apple pie wasn’t at all that far fetched) anyway, I made them two ways! And for the best taste bud experience I suggest you go with either honey or maple syrup, if you go with honey, add some extra walnuts and less cinnamon, for maple syrup, add some extra cinnamon. tadah.

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Ingredients (serves 6):

for the crust (adapted from TGIPaleo)

  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs maple syrup/honey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pastured butter
  • 2 tbs walnuts

for the filling

  • 3 apples, diced (freshly picked from a garden or orchard! freshly picked! or, well, granny smith)
  • 1/2 cup chopped up walnuts (freshly picked from a garden or orchard! freshly picked! or, not)
  • 1 1/2 tbs maple syrup/honey (to taste)
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbs pumpkin spice/ gingerbread spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger)

Now what?

  1. preheat your oven at 180°C/350°F
  2. mix the ingredients for the crust together untill no lumps remain
  3. put a baking sheet in your mold and spread the crust out evenly
  4. bake for 15min
  5. in the mean time, dice apples and chop walnuts
  6. when the crust is done, take it out of the oven, sprinkle half of the spices on the bottom, then trow in apples and walnuts
  7. finish off by drizzling over the honey/maple syrup and adding the rest of the spices
  8. bake for 30min

nomnomnomnom

The One With The First Recipe/Pilot

Oh yes, I loooove Friends, like I said, surprisingly unoriginal (still awesome).

Chicken Orange Almond Watercress Salad

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Oh yes, Instagram pics! Lucky to have a phone with a decent camera, otherwise you wouldn’t be getting any photo at all! Hah! Not true, I’m just lazy, and incidentally also do not own a fancy shmancy foodporn camera. I got the inspiration for this one somewhere in a paper, forgot where. Tastes absolutely delicious!

Ingredients (serves 3-4):

  • 1lb chicken breasts/thighs/drumsticks/..
  • 2 scallions
  • 3tbs pumpkin seeds
  • 1tbs tamari
  • 3tbs almonds
  • 8oz watercress
  • 1 orange
  • 3tbs olive oil
  • 2tbs raspberry vinegar (any vinegar will work)
  • 1tbs mustard
  • pepper&salt

Now what?

  1. place a pan over medium heat, add a splash of fat of your choice (butter, duh) and throw in the pumpkin seeds, once they start poppin’ quench them with the tamari and set aside.
  2. Grate the peel of the orange untill you have about 1tbs, cut the scallions up and halve the almonds.
  3. In the same pan, fry the chicken together with the scallions, orange peel and almonds, add some extra spices if you like, garlic, chili powder, or lemongrass go nicely with it.
  4. When the chicken is almost done add the pumpkin seeds back in, together with the cut up orange flesh.
  5. For the Dressing: whisk the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, pepper and salt together.
  6. Arrange the watercress on plates, drizzle some of the dressing over it, dump the chicken mix over it, add some more dressing.

Boom! You’re done! Enjoy!

First Post Five! Come on, just, just, put your hand on the screen,.. you know you want to ;)