walnut babies that we had made earlier in the afternoon. (I didn't have any beads like the template I was following so we used playdough which worked ok unless a wee thumb was pressed into it.)
The biscuits were also an ideal opportunity to create a blackcurrant recipe for We Should Cocoa. Sylvia wanted apricot jam so I used apricot in half the bikkies and blackcurrant in the other half. I used far less jam than Kari but I followed her lead in baking the biscuits, pressing a thumb (or in my case a half teaspoon measure because the biscuits were so hot), adding jam and returning to the oven for a few minutes. The jam straight out of the oven seemed so liquid that I was sure it would never set. Yet it did gel more once the biscuits cooled. The only other time I have made thumbprint biscuits on my blog, I added the jam before baking, which seems more straightforward. I wish I had the time and energy to experiment and tell you which way I recommend.
Casserole of Lentils Rice and Sausage in the oven like Kalyn's but I ran out of puff and once it was cooked on the stovetop, I served it up. My expectations were low. E loved it and so did I. I think it could do with more experiments but it was very good as it came.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Pumpkin cake for Dolly's tea party
Two years ago: Lentil quinoa balls and fun links
Three years ago: Morning Rush Muffins
Four years ago: Vegetarian Cassoulet
Five years ago: Mushroom Yoghurt Pie with Spinach Crust
Chocolate walnut thumbprint biscuits
Adapted from Bite Sized Thoughts and Kitchen Daily
Makes about 24 biscuits
70g dark chocolate
1/3 cup walnut oil (or neutral oil)
1/4 cup milk (I used soy milk)
2/3 cup (scant) brown sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
1/4 cup plain white flour
1 tsp baking powder
Jam (I think I used about 1/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 180 C and line two oven trays. Finely grind walnuts. Break chocolate into small chunks in a microwave proof mixing bowl and gently melt in the microwave. Mix in remaining ingredients, except jam. Try not to eat the bowlful before you get it in the oven (it is that good). Roll mixture into balls about the size of a walnut. *Make a dent in each with your thumb and drop in about 1/4 tsp jam (I found this enough but add more if desired). Bake for about 12 minutes or until cooked on the outside. Cool on the trays and store in an airtight container.
* I cooked mine for 10 minutes and then made a depression with a half tsp measure because the biscuits were hot and then added jam and returned to the oven for 2-4 minutes. However, as discussed above, I think I would like to try putting the jam in before baking.
Rice, sausage and lentil stew
Inspired by Kalyn's Kitchen
serves about 4-6
2-3 tsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, grated
6 vegetarian sausages, chopped
1/2 tsp wild garlic salt
1 clove garlic
2 cups cooked rice
400g tin lentils, rinsed and drained
shake of smoked paprika
(Note: I think sultanas might be interesting in here but didn't think of this til later)
Gently cook onion in olive oil over a large frypan until very soft and caramelised. While you are cooking onion, grate carrots and add to onions as they cook. Now add in chopped sausages and keep cooking (I did wonder about cooking these sausages first but didn't have time). When onions and carrots are well cooked, add in remaining ingredients. Check seasoning. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes to warm through and thicken the sauce.
On the stereo:
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