Friday, 20 November 2015

Sugar Banana Pancakes (Grain Free, Gluten Free and Sugar Free)

Sugar Bananas (also known as Ducasse) are a little shorter and rounder at the end than lady finger bananas. The skin is very thin and the banana is very dense, sweet and makes for a great pancake batter compared to the usual bananas found in western supermarkets (known as cavendish). I have posted a 2 ingredient banana pancake recipe before before using the cavendish type (see here) and in this post I'm using sugar bananas for the pancakes. The batter is a lot thicker resulting in a more authentic looking pancake (without the need for flour) and is so much easier to flip!

Sugar Banana Pancakes (Grain Free, Gluten Free and Sugar Free)
Sugar Banana Pancakes 2 ingredients (Grain Free, Gluten Free and Sugar Free)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Strawberry, Hibiscus and Coconut Cream Gummy Lollies

Wild hibiscus are in season at the moment over here in Vietnam and if you are lucky enough to get them fresh they are great to add to salads or to make a lovely tea. Tart, crisp with a beautiful deep red colour, I have also strung them up for our Christmas tree decorations along with some star anise and cinnamon quils. While making my persimmon and cream gummies (see recipe here) at my friend Mahi's house, she gifted me with a big bag of fresh hibiscus flowers not knowing what else to do with them apart from making her traditional egyptian sweetened hibiscus tea. Since I was fully equipped with my gelatin, I ended up making these yummy strawberry, hibiscus and coconut cream gummy lollies :)

Strawberry, Hibiscus and Coconut Cream Gummy Lollies
Strawberry, Hibiscus and Coconut Cream Gummy Lollies

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Summer Rice Paper Rolls with Mango Coriander Dip

It's hot all year round here and sometimes I just feel like a light refreshing lunch. I made these summer rice paper rolls with mango coriander dip and they were just that - light, fresh and tasty. We ended up with them for dinner as well. I grew up with rice paper rolls which were usually filled with pork, prawn or egg and lots of Vietnamese herbs (see the recipe here), this version is filled with deliciously fresh veggies, herbs, creamy avocado and sweet mango instead.

Summer Rice Paper Rolls with Mango Coriander Dip
Summer Rice Paper Rolls with Mango Coriander Dip

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sweet Potato Fritters with Mozzarella and Olives

My kids needed a change for breakfast and I wanted to try something that could be packed into their snack box for school, it had to be tasty and I know that if it resembles pizza even just a little it would be a hit especially with my 3 year old. I made these sweet potato fritters this morning with fresh mozzarella and olives (you can skip the cheese if dairy free) and they were quickly devoured by the kids and my husband! The sweet potato can be steamed the day before and all the other ingredients can be measured out and prepped to save you time in the morning.

Sweet Potato Fritters with Mozzarella and Olives
Sweet Potato Fritters with Mozzarella and Olives

Friday, 6 November 2015

Persimmon and Cream Gummy Lollies

Persimmons have always been one of my favourite fruit and at the moment I am seeing these beautiful small astringent types which are soft, juicy and look like they are ready to burst open over here in Vietnam. They are elongated in shape with a tapered point. You need to wait until they are super soft to eat them unlike the non astringent variety which is eaten crunchy, firm and rounder in appearance like a beef tomato. I was over enthusiastic at the market and bought a few too many and wanted to use them up and made these persimmon and cream gummy lollies. Oh boy! these turned out so good!!


Persimmon and Cream Gummy Lollies
Persimmon and Cream Gummy Lollies

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Quick Pink Apple Slaw

I love all types of slaws, quick and easy to put together without too many ingredients. This is a refreshing version without the usual creamy dressing. Shredded apples give this crunchy slaw a lovely sweetness and the purple cabbage turns it all into a pretty pink. This slaw would go well as a side dish to any barbecue or feast :)


Quick Pink Apple Slaw
Quick Pink Apple Slaw

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Siam Reap with Kids

We recently travelled to Siam Reap, Cambodia with our three kids aged 11, 7 and 3. I've been waiting to visit Angkor Wat for almost 20 years and knew I would fall in love with the city. It was a wonderful break from the chaos of Saigon and I really enjoyed being able to cross the street with my kids without too much stress. The people are so friendly and genuinely love kids (which is how it usually is in most parts of South East Asia).

Siam Reap with Kids
Stop, drop & meditate. Exploring Angkor wat just after sunrise was incredibly beautiful