Not-a-green-juice cheesy beans with chilli and rosemary crispy-polenta-deep-fried goodness

IMG_2590Look, to be fair, I do have green juice and granola days. I do. They aren't as frequent as I would like and they tend to be rather balanced. And by balanced I'm talkin green juice and hot chips. Are you picking up what I'm putting down here folks?

I'm a girl that all about balance.

So, I wanted to ditch the wheaty breakfasts, all that toasty deliciousness was making me, well..... bloated. I woke up dreaming of beans (because god knows they were never responsible for a belly full of gas!) but I needed a crispy counterpart.

"Welcome fried Polenta, top of the sunny morning to your crunchy self. Now get in my cake hole !!"

I used my usual beans recipe. You can get it here. But they weren't quite badass enough to stand up to my spicy polenta wedges. So I smothered it all in cheese and popped it under a hot grill. Holy snappin people! Mamma needed a little horizontal meditation after this plate of cheesy-chaff.

IMG_2592Cook your polenta as per the instructions on the pack (but make it quite dry)-different brands require methods. I cooked mine in buttermilk for a slightly cheesy finish but you can just use milk or water.. Once it's done, add a handful of parmesan, a tablespoon of chopped rosemary and some chopped chilli. Season to taste.

Pop the mix into a silicone tray or a lined tray. Refrigerate for an hour or so- I left mine overnight. Turn out onto a chopping board and cut into pieces. Fry on both sides in a little olive oil and enjoy with the cheesy beans. Top with a little parsley (greens are really important folks).

IMG_2594Maybe take it easy on the serving size. Maybe just clear your schedule for the morning. Maybe have a green juice instead of a double espresso.

Yeah, I'm all about the balance. Breakfast of champions.

IMG_2596Michelle xx

A serious lesson in corn cakes.

IMG_1805Next week my eldest child is flying the coop for a week in Canberra. Is it that time already? So fast the passing of the last thirteen years. Could it be that this is the same small babe that walked me past the point of sleep deprivation and led me up the path to crazy love? I'm quietly nervous, having never had my boy so far from my side.

I console myself with breakfast. The small one mixes corn fritter batter and picks rocket flowers to decorate the plate. She says that corn cakes are ugly food but they're delicious on the inside. She's right.

I remind her that it's whats inside that matters.

She agrees but voices her concern for mushrooms. Ugly inside and out says she in a serious voice.

No flowers will help the poor mushroom. :(

Corncakes (for my baby cakes)

1 tin corn kernels

½ red onion chopped

½ small red capsicum

small bunch coriander chopped

1/2 cup SR flour

⅓ cup milk

1lightly beaten egg

1 t curry powder

1 t sweet paprika

salt and pepper to taste

* mix everything until combined.

* heat a small amount of oil over medium heat and place 2 tablespoons of mixture per fritter into pan.

* Wait until edges start to crisp and bubbles appear, then flip.

*cook for two minutes or until centre of fritter feels firm.

* Serve with homemade houmous (recipe in my lunch recipes), rocket leaves and tomato chutney

* Eat outside in the sunshine with your small ones. :)


Mamas musical fruit

IMG_1732 Do you remember being 10 years old and there was something that all your friends ate that your mum wouldn't buy. For me it was space food sticks, which were like real astronaut food! 

(and tasted like chocolate flavoured candles.)

Anywho for my kids it's baked beans. Ever read how much sugar is in a tin of beans? I might as well give them a donut on toast. I think they smell weird and don't even start me on the ones with those weird sausage things inside.

I'd rather eat a candle.

Mama's Beans

1 chopped onion

½ chopped red capsicum

bunch coriander stalks (use the leaves somewhere else)

1 T sweet paprika (use hot if you like it spicy)

1 t ground coriander

1 t turmeric

1 T worcestershire sauce

350ml tomato passata

2 x 400g tins white beans

1 435g tin refried beans

* Cook onion, capsicum and coriander stalk over med heat until soft.

* Add dry spices and cook for one minute

* Add passata, refried beans, worcestershire and stir until smooth

* Drain and rinse white beans until water stops foaming and runs clear. Add beans to sauce and enjoy with toasted sourdough spread with danish feta.

Michelle xx

Ps. Blame the dog :)


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