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

Celebration cake

IMG_2538 Yesterday was my mama's birthday.

What better way to pay tribute to her than cake. The best cake. Quite simply the most perfect cake. Ever. A whole big slice of gluten free goodness that begs to be hoovered with soft cream and slightly unconsidered manners.

Light, nutty, slightly chocolately and beautifully moist. This cake is complex, the flavour artfully grownup and just the right amount of pretty. It doesn't shout it sings.

Happy Birthday to whoever is lucky enough to grab a slice of this goodness. This little baby sings Happy Birthday better than Marilyn Munroe in her birthday suit.

Nice pot of tea and a sunny spot in the garden and this cake means you don't even need to buy a gift.

Yep, that's right Cheapskate- it's a good thing you can bake like a mother....

Celebration Cake

210gms of roasted walnuts (make em nice and toasty in a 180degree oven till they smell good)
180gms good quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
4 eggs separated
200gms caster sugar
200gms  butter
Tbs vanilla paste
Cocoa to dust and cream to serve.

Preheat oven to 170. Grease 24cm round cake tin.

Wizz up chocolate and walnuts in a food processor until it resembles course crumbs. Leave some texture in the mix.

Beat egg whites until stiff and transfer to a clean bowl.

Beat egg yolks with sugar until creamy. Add melted cooled butter and vanilla paste.

Add yolk mix to whites and fold gently until incorporated. Pour mix into tin and bake for about 50 mins.

Allow cake to cool in tin for about 15 mins and then carefully invert onto a rack.

To serve, dust with cocoa and add a dollop of lightly whipped cream.

Celebrate the cake. It's all about the cake.