One way of getting by in Malmö, on a budget (for me, at least) has been to shop at my local ‘livs’ store. ‘Livs’ stores are small, little corner shops, come greengrocers. They often have great prices on veg and sometimes reduce great quantities as the day goes by. This it where it really gets fun (AND CHEAP!). My local ‘livs’ store, last week had huge bags of passionfruit, bananas & apricots all reduced to 10kr (just under £1), and I had used them in a myriad of different ways, but time came to that the last few needed using up. This is one great way of using up leftover fruit, that has maybe gone a-bit-too ripe, to make a nutritious & healthy breakfast option.
To make you’ll need:
- 400ml water
- 4tbs rolled oats
- 4 ripe bananas, roughly chopped
- 5-6 ripe apricots, de-stoned & roughly chopped
- 1tsp Vanilla bean paste/ vanilla extract (optional)
- 1tsp Maca powder (optional), sifted
- 1tsp Young barley grass powder (optional), sifted
- Pinch of salt
For the yogurt top:
- 200ml dairy-free yogurt (I used Oatly)
- 1 Passionfruit
Start by placing the water and the oats in your blender and pulse until you get a creamy, thick solution. Then, add about half of the rest of the ingredients, remembering to keep pulsing it down. Once you start getting a creamy & fruity mix you know you’re on the right track. blend it with the final portion of ingredients and pour into a jug/pitcher. In a separate bowl mix up the yogurt with the passionfruit pulp & seeds. To prep the passionfruit, I’d recommend using a small, serrated knife to cut the fruit in half and then scoop out the tart & sweet pulp with a spoon.
To serve, pour the smoothie mix into your desired cup/ bowl/ glass. If the mixture is a bit too thick, then try thinning it out with a splash of water. After, you have the desired amount, spoon the yogurt on top and drink.
Inspired by perusing the NOPI cookbook by Ramael Scully and Yotam Ottolenghi, I came across their recipe for ‘whole roasted celeriac’. This is my interpretation of that kind of dish using a rutabaga.
- 1 peeled rutabaga (Swede, Swedish turnip)
- 2tbs gram flour, sifted
- 1tsp sumac
- 1tsp tomato pureé
- 1tbs Lakrids salted liquorice syrup, liquorice powder will also work
- 1tsp dried parsley
- Zest of 1/2 a lemon
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Splash of rosewater
- 1tsp ground coriander
- 1tsp ground cumin
- Oil, for frying
- Salt & Pepper
For the pistachio pickled apricots:
- 5 apricots, halved
- 1tbs Maille white balsamic vinegar with pistachio nut flavour
- 1tbs cider vinegar
- Splash of water
Start by placing a baking dish with a layer of flavourless oil into the oven at its hottest setting. Then, boil the rutabaga for 15 minutes in a big pan of salted water. Whilst it’s boiling you can start making the spice crust. In a bowl combine all the ingredients until they make a sticky, aromatic paste. When the rutabaga is sufficiently boiled, take it out and pat it dry with some kitchen towel/tea towel. Now cover the vegetable in the spicy mixture. Take the baking tray out of the oven and place the covered root vegetable in the oil, so it starts sizzling. Be careful the oil doesn’t spit onto you!
Place back in the oven and turn the heat down to 180°C. Cook for a further 30-40 minutes, taking it out at regular intervals to turn the rutabaga. Once it’s had its 40 minutes, take out and place a skewer through the middle, If it goes in without much resistance, then you know it’s done, if not, place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
If you’re going to make the pickled apricots, I’d do them the night before, so they have time to soak up the pickle. Simply fill up a small dish with the vinegars, place the apricot halves in and top up with a splash of water.
I’d recommend serving this with a great big bowl of fluffy couscous, the pickled apricot halves, tomato wedges and chopped coriander & walnuts.
Here’s a quick recipe for a dessert perfect for cooling down in the Summer sun. The flavours also give a taste of the exotic, so even if you’re stuck at home, you can feel like you’re on holiday
- 4 peaches ( I used doughnut peaches as they are in season)
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 shot of lemon vodka (optional)
- 2tbs sesame seeds, toasted
- 1/2 tub of vegan crème fraîche/ yogurt ( I used Oatly fraîche)
- 2tbs icing sugar, sifted
- 2 apricots, chopped finely
- 1tbs ground cardamom
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- Squeeze of lemon juice
Start by making the fraîche. Add all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix throughly. You can either then place it in the fridge to firm or do as I did and use the freezer. It will start to create a slightly frozen texture, like a semi-freddo.
Whilst it’s in the fridge/freezer you can prep the peaches. Cut them in half and de-stone. This is usually a messy job, so I tried to keep it intact by poking the stone through the other side. once this is done, heat up a pan on a medium heat. Place the peach halves in the pan, flesh down. cook until they begin to colour. Flip and cook for a few minutes. Squeeze the lemon juice over them and sprinkle them with the lemon zest. Take them out of the pan and place them into the serving bowls. This in an optional step, but I like pouring a shot of lemon vodka on them too! Take the fraîche out and dollop it on top. Finish with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. I’d recommend you pair it with a Tokaji wine.