Niki’s Fruity Chilli Jam

2016, Healthy, International, Spring, Super Quick
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Hello my lovely readers,

As you all know by now, I’m a massive chilli fan, I can’t get enough of the deliciously flavourful fruit. My chilli jam is quick, straightforward and won’t blow your socks off (so all you foodies who have milder taste buds can still enjoy :P).

 

In fact you can truly control the heat intensity of your jam by the choice of your chilli (you can find this by your desrired intensity ) –

Super hot – hot –  I would recommend birds eye or habanero
moderate to mild – I would recommend jalapeño or chipotleThe choice is yours but feel free to experiment!

It’s aromatic and truly fruity, you’ll see what I mean when you make it for yourself and trust me once you start making my fruity chilli jam, you’ll be hooked.

I have tweaked a few of the ingredients from the conventional recipes to make it a healthier version of the classic chilli jam by swapping out the standard caster sugar for xylitol. This sustainable and natural sweetener is that is sourced from plants so it’s easily digestible.

 

This jam keeps for up to 2 months in the fridge and is the perfect accompaniment to meat, fish and vegetable dishes, it’s a very versatile jam indeed.

 

I personally love to have it with some grass fed lamb chops or on the side with my steamed veggies.

All you need is:
8-10 yellow, orange and/or red organic chillies, deseeded (regardless of variety) and finely processed in a food processor
A handful of organic cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon of rice vinegar
1 teaspoon of tamari
1/2 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed finely
1 tablespoon of avocado or olive oil
5 tablespoons of xylitol

Simply heat your pan over a moderate to high flame and soften your ginger and garlic for just a moment. Once the aromas start wafting out, add in all your chillies and stir for a couple of minutes. (Your eyes may begin to water a little but just remember that you’re cooking out most of the raw heat from the chillies anyway and is in no way an indication of how your chilli jam will taste). Next, add In your chopped tomatoes, rice vinegar, tamari and xylitol, mixing well until all the xylitol has dissolved into your jam. Cook this down for a good 15 minutes and you’ll see very quickly how it thickens and becomes sticky and saucy…it’s a beautiful moment when that happens and when it does it’s time to take it off the heat. Let it cool completely before you put into your sterilised jam jar and store in the fridge.

I do hope you give this one a try folks, you’ll love it for sure!

Happy Baking!
Niki B
Recipe Creator

 

 

 

Niki’s Mini Lahmacun

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Super Quick

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Selam!

My wonderful readers I do hope you are having a truly restful Sunday evening. Having spent a year in Istanbul I had the great fortune of being exposed to the beautifully cosmopolitan city and all the delicious food it had to offer. One of my favourite savoury dishes out there was the legendary lahmacun. It’s essentially a Turkish pizza but I can assure you the flavours are bold and super tasty. My take on it is rather different I must say as its missing cheese and the wheat base but I hope you give it a try, once you try a lahmacun there’s just no going back!

 

For approx 10 mini lahmacuns you will need:

 

For the base:

1 small cauliflower- processed finely to resemble fine sand in a food processor and wrapped up in a tea towel (wring out that moisture!)

1 pastured egg

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of doves farm cornflour

1 teaspoon of ground cumin and turmeric

1 spring onion, finely chopped

 

For the delicious lamb topping:

250g of finely minced grass fed lamb

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (Turkish pul biber would be ideal but not necessary)

1 tablespoon of finely chopped coriander

1 teaspoon of ground coriander

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of ground cumin and turmeric

1 teaspoon of avocado/extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves crushed

 

Simply preheat your oven to a medium high heat and mix all your ingredients for the cauliflower base in a bowl. Shape your cauliflower bases into ½ inch thin discs and place gently onto your baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Whilst that’s happening, cook your lamb mince with the olive oil and the seasoning in a frying pan, use a wooden spoon to really pulverise the lamb as much as possible. Once the cauliflower bases have had those 10 minutes, bring them out and take a teaspoon to measure the lamb mince topping. Spoon into the middle of the cauliflower bases and pop back into the oven to cook for a final 15 minutes. Serve warm with a light salad….afiyet olsun!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Niki’s Spiralised Golden Chicken Salad

2016, Healthy, Super Quick

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Happy April all!

With the arrival of Spring I wanted to share a fun and delicious way to have your chicken salad. With a few simple spices and techniques you can jazz up this classic dish and make it your own. What I love about this dish is that it can be as hearty or light as you wish, versatility is key in our busy lives afterall. Turmeric is quite simply one of the best spices I have ever used in my cooking and I’m delighted to share all of its benefits with you. From having anti-inflammatory properties to being a punchy antioxidant, I can’t recommend turmeric enough to you. Aside from all the nutritional benefits turmeric contains, it also adds this wonderfully golden tinge to your meats and sauces. Spiralising is also another technique I have come to love because it adds another dimension to cooking. You can get a spiralizer for a very reasonable price nowadays so you can incorporate it into your day to day cooking as it’s also quite a handy tool to have for quick Courgetti too. All you need for my spiralised golden chicken salad is:

 

For 2 people:

2 free range skinless and boneless chicken breasts

1 teaspoon of black sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons of olive/avocado oil

2 carrots, spiralised

1 beetroot, spiralised

A handful of baby kale

A small handful of alfalfa sprouts

 

Firstly, heat your shallow pan over a medium high heat and pop in your chicken breasts. Pop in all of your seasoning and turn the heat down. Let the chicken cook for a further 10 minutes with the lid on and then turn the heat off and allow to cool. Then assemble your salad however you wish and making sure your chicken is cold so it doesn’t wilt the baby kale. Finish off with a scattering of your black sesame seeds and enjoy!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

 

Niki’s Grilled Polenta Slices with Pesto

2016, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Super Quick

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Good evening my bella readers,

Today is the last day of my Italian week here at nikibakes and I wanted to share my grilled polenta slices with you all. It’s so simple but truly satisfying and tasty. This gluten free and veg wonder is also very versatile in that you could add it as a side to your next steak or meat dinner or even as a light lunch with some salad, the choices are truly endless!

 

All you need is:

250g of cooked polenta, cooled and poured into a square pyrex dish to set

½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

Extra olive oil to brush the polenta steaks

 

For the Pesto sauce:

 

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 handful of basil

2 garlic cloves

½ cup of almonds

 

Simply slice your polenta into ½ inch thick slices and season your delicious slabs. Set aside. In a food processor blend together the olive oil, basil, garlic cloves and almonds until a lovely and aromatic pesto sauce forms. Next, heat your grill pan over medium high heat and lightly brush your polenta slices with olive oil. Grill each polenta slice on both sides for 3-5 minutes each. Serve warm with your pesto sauced drizzled over. Enjoy!

 

Ciao for now!

Happy Baking

Niki

Niki’s Blood Orange and Pomegranate Cake

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Super Quick, Sweet

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Hello my lovely readers,

To warm yourselves up this winter and really up your vitamin c, my blood orange and pomegranate cake is just the ticket. I could literally eat five blood oranges in one go and it wouldn’t be enough, they are so delightfully sweet and sour and they lift my cake right up. When you take a bite, your body will feel that rush of vitamin c flooding your body whilst also luxuriating in the slightly sweet and light base of the cake. It couldn’t be simpler but it’s a true show stopped so I cannot recommend it enough for dinner parties and special events. All you need is:

3 blood oranges, peeled and sliced (1/2 inch thick)

1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup of almond milk 

1/4 cup of olive oil plus extra or greasing

2 eggs 

1/4 cup of maple syrup 

3 tablespoons of coconut sugar 

1 cup of almond flour 

1 teaspoon of baking powder 

1/4 cup of dedicated coconut 

Simply preheat your oven to gas Mark 3 and lightly grease the bottom of your cake tin with some olive oil. Lay your sliced blood oranges side by side until there are hardly any gaps and the whole of your cake tin is lined nicely with your tangy fruit. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds into any small spaces you can find in between the blood oranges. Beat together your oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar for a couple of minutes until the mixture is nicely mixed in together. Add in your eggs, one by one and continue to mix in until well incorporated. Finally, fold in your almond flour an desiccated coconut and alternate with the almond milk to stop  your cake batter from getting too clumpy. Spoon out gently onto your cake and pop into the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, checking on it halfway through. You’ll know when the cake is ready as it turns beautifully golden brown and will be slightly springy to the touch. Let it cool for a further 10 minutes before turning it out onto your serving dish. Your cake is now ready! 

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Happy Baking! 

Niki

Niki’s Sweet Potato Katsu Curry

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter

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So it’s still quite chilly outside and with all this wind why not cosy up to my comforting and super easy sweet potato Katsu curry? It couldn’t be more straightforward guys, as long as you have curry powder there’s not much more to it. Best part? It is gluten free as well! Happy days indeed! All you need is:

1-2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp of polenta
2 tbsp medium curry powder
2 tbsp. of cornflour
500ml of water or vegetable stock
1 tbsp of soy sauce
2 bay leaves
1 free-range egg, beaten lightly
3-4 tbsp of coconut oil or ghee for shallow frying
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, sliced into ½ inch thick medallions
Japanese rice or the rice you have to hand, pickles and salad to serve

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté gently for 2 minutes, then throw in the carrots and sweat slowly for a further 10 minutes with the lid on, giving the odd stir, until softened and starting to caramelise. Stir in the curry powder and cook for a minute. Slowly pour in the stock and cornflour until combined and whisk thoroughly whilst doing so. Next add in your soy sauce and bay leaves and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, so the sauce thickens but is still of pouring consistency.

While you are waiting for the sauce to thicken, simply dip your sweet potato medallions in the beaten egg and then dust with the polenta and season it as desired and fry on both sides on a medium heat…4 minutes on each side should do the trick but keep an eye on it as it can burn so very easily! You could also use chicken if you prefer, it is equally as delicious.

Happy Baking guys!
Niki

 

nikibakes: 7 days, 7 ways ecover

2016, Autumn, Breakfast, Christmas, Easter, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Super Quick, Sweet, Winter

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I am so thrilled to finally share the ecover for nikibakes: 7 days, 7 ways! Out on the 31st of Jan on amazon kindle…I hope to show you how you can eat optimally and be the best version of yourself. Join me on my food journey where you will see how easy it is to have healthy AND tasty food! – love Niki x

Niki’s Walnut and Maple Syrup Muffins

2015, Christmas, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet, Winter

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Happy Holidays lovely people!
Whilst we are surrounded by cheer and bright lights all around us, we can all get run down and tired from all the shopping and extra preparations at this time of year…so have a go and whipping up my quick walnut and maple syrup muffins. They’re hassle free yet super tasty and gluten-free, no compromise on flavour here guys. What’s more, you’re getting all the sweetness of the maple syrups but none of the processed sugar you may find in other muffins, the walnuts also provide that wonderful crunch and will fuel you up for many hours. All you need is:

Handful of walnuts, chopped up
3 tbps of maple syrup
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1 ½ cups of ground almonds
¼ cup of melted coconut oil and ghee
1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp of baking powder
½ tsp of grated nutmeg
1 cup of almond milk

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or medium high and simply beat your maple syrup, oil (or ghee if chosen) and eggs until thoroughly beaten. Next, fold In your ground almonds, ground spices, salt, baking powder and alternate with your milk. Fold in until just combined and scoop out your batter into your muffin cases and bake for no longer than 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy these muffins guilt free and hassle free!
Happy Baking!

Niki

Niki’s Chunky Guacamole

2015, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick

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Hola hola!
Comfort and convenience is what we all crave this time of year, so why not whip up my chunky guacamole? It is creamy, tasty and packed full of vitamin e from the avocadoes. What’s more, this is a perfect dip for the festive season so it’s great if you have last minute guests, they will love the flavours and can enjoy it guilt-free. Read on:

All you need is:
½ a medium red onion, finely diced
1 tsp of fresh red chillies or dried chilli flakes
2 ripe avocados, mashed up roughly
1 small handful of fresh coriander, chopped finely
6 ripe tomatoes, chopped finely
the juice of one lime
a generous splash extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

Simply have your fork at hand and mash all the ingredients up, it couldn’t be simpler! I have served my chunky guacamole with purple sweet potato chips and some extra fine salsa but you can be as flexible as you like with your dip! Go ahead and enjoy it guys 

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Happy Baking!

Niki