In the busy time of making the batter for the brownies, i forgot to make photos of each phase. So i only have a photo of the wet ingredients. Well, it is not that difficult. I used this recipe on Great British Chefs as a source. I left out some of the spices, the cardamom and pistachio nuts. Still is pretty good to me. I will make another photo once they are done. There are of course many more recipes for courgette (zucchini for you US people) brownies to be found. I have made other ones before. One of my favourite baking websites Joy of Baking has many different options for any type of brownie you want!
2 large eggs
1 packet vanilla sugar
1/4 tsp salt
160g of light muscovado sugar
60g of oil, flavourless, such as vegetable or rice bran, or in my case, sunflower
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
45g of cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
130g of spelt flour, or plain flour
2 courgettes, or 1 large courgettes, grated
100g of dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4. Grease a 20x20cm baking tin and line with baking parchment
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt, sugars, oil and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the cocoa, baking powder and flour
Sift this into the wet mixture and fold gently to combine. Fold in the grated courgettes and chocolate chips, and mix until just combined
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30–40 minutes, until the batter has set and springs back when pressed in the middle. Leave to cool
I leave the brownie to cool overnight in the fridge, i like the fudgy feel it gets then, but if you can not control yourself, slice into 16 squares straightaway and enjoy!
Today i got these things from a friend from the garden. Dumpster dived. Skipped. Whatever name you give it. I can use this for the cakes i am gonna bake the end of this week. The savoury cakes i will bake for the garden work moment. Thanks!
Five kilos of wholemeal wheat flour milled in Schiedam
I confess, this morning when i peeled and cut the apples i got from the garden, i sighed. And decided to use to of the Delcorfs new harvest i bought on the market. Because they are bigger.
The recipe i used is from smulweb.nl, a Dutch cooking website. I did do a search on duckduckgo.com for the word appeltaart, trying to find a good recipe for the Dutch appeltaart. And there i found this Italian applecake recipe. Hmm.
150 gram butter
150 gram sugar ( i used light brown sugar)
4 eggs (i only had three, i added soaked lineseed for the fourth)
500 gram apples
150 gram flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 lemon, the juice and the rind
a bit of salt
1 courgette, rasped (because i have so many and this cake is for the garden)
preheat your oven to 180 ºC
melt the butter on a low fire, keep an eye on this and put out the fire once the butter is completely melted
peel the apples, slice them finely
rasp the courgette over the apples
rasp your lemon
squeeze your lemon and put it over the apple slices
put the sugar, salt, lemon peel and four eggs in a bowl, whisk this till it is foamy
add the melted butter to the apples
add the flour and the baking powder to the apples and mix
add the apples and flour and butter to the egg mixture and mix good
cover a 26 cm wide round springform with butter and add a spoon of flour to it and swirl it around
put the dough in the springform
bake for 40 to 50 minutes in the oven
put the oven out once it is done and leave the cake inside for five minutes
Seven years ago i was diagnosed with diabetes. Since then i took pills. And for two years i have been giving myself insulin after i have measured a too high glucose in my blood. I also started to go to a dietitian again. Seven years ago i went to another dietitian, but it to my liking. The only thing i learned was to spread my meals a bit during the day. I also got a piece of paper with the traditional low fat meals on it. I never used it.
I have been talking with my current dietitian about my food. I do have a sweet tooth. I do enjoy bread. Potatoes. Pasta. The one thing i learned through reading online is that low-carb is a good type of diet for diabetes.
I talked with my dietitian about this and i have tried to minimize my carbs. With difficulty.
Dark chocolate (at least 85% cocoa): 30 grams or less
Winter squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, spaghetti and hubbard): 1 cup or less
Liquor: 1.5 oz or 50 grams
Dry red or white wine: 4 oz or 120 grams
Foods to Avoid
Bread, pasta, cereal, corn and other grains
Starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and taro
Legumes, such as peas, lentils and beans (except green beans and snow peas)
Fruit other than berries
Juice, soda, punch, sweetened tea, etc
Desserts, baked goods, candy, ice cream, etc
I have minimized my alcohol ever since 2011. A year and a half ago i stopped drinking wine at home. I drank two bottles a week then. Now i occasionally drink wine or beer. Usually once a month. Longer even. Sugar, desserts, cakes and all, that is hard to leave standing. Really hard. still working on it. Coffee is hit and miss. The past three weeks i did drink coffee at home, with sugar and cream. I will go back to tea once the coffee is finished. Tea i drink with no sugar. Bread is difficult. Today i baked a new bread, with lots of eggs, courgette and coconut flour. I like it. I will try more recipes. I’ll keep you posted here about them!
I am happy i am an omnivore. It would be really difficult to eat low-carb as a vegan.
My glucose has been significantly less the past month. I just got to keep it up.
Today i went for gevuld speculaas. This is almond spice between two layers of speculaas. Speculaas is a spiced cookie dough. It might seem a bit like ginger biscuit, but there are more spices in it: pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg.
I went for the filled with almond paste version. One my alltime favourite cookie.
The coukie dough is like a short crust pastry.
Last Friday i got the flour and spices. It was dumpster dived.
At the back there are a couple of recipes for speculaas.
The almond past goes on top of the first layer of speculaas. On top is the final speculaas. Yummy!
A whisked egg is spread on top.
A cross section. I have way too much. Tomorrow i will bring most of it to the garden to share.
A sunny day. This evening we will be looking at the stars and the planets. Maybe the moon as well. I don’t know if it is visible here. We’ll see!
This morning i baked a parsnip cake for Daniël. Yesterday i made pumpkin soup for this evening. A bit spicy, with a large winter carrot, a parsnip, onions, garlic, ginger, three hot peppers. I hope it is nice. Spicy.
160g whole flour
2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
1 tsp cardamom
150ml vegetable oil
200g light soft brown sugar
half an orange juice
200g finely grated parsnips
80g raisins or sultanas
Place the flour in a bowl and stir in the cinnamon, cardamom and the baking soda, put to one side.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large loaf tin with parchment.
Beat the sugar with the oil with a hand held or in a standing mixer. Add the eggs and the orange zest and beat in well. Stir in the grated parsnips followed by the flour and mix it in. Stir in the raisins.
Bake for around 50 minutes.
I discovered some old Wire gig footage on youtube this weekend. Here is one for you.
This year’s special Albert Heijn‘s special Christmas shopping booklet with all the Christmas dishes you can buy. Some things do appeal, especially the vegetables and vegetable mixes for soups. Most things though i don’t like at all. The ready made dishes. The chocolate milks. The puddings. I’m not saying i won’t buy anything in the Albert Heijn. But not that much. These dishes are of course meant for the largest crowd in the Netherlands. The people with not that much time, simply wanting to celebrate Christmas together. Nothing wrong with that.
I won’t be spending Christmas with my family this year. I will ask around if other people are spending Christmas alone, maybe there is something we can organize. A dinner. With sauerkraut and mashed potatoes perhaps. A self made cake for dessert. And whipped cream. Pumpkin soup. Or parsnip soup. Simple dishes. But i’ll see what comes around. Still plenty of time to organize something.
Aah, and today i donated five euros to the Kraut Fund Fest Rotterdam. On 16 December i will go to the Rotterdamse Oogst Markt and make my own sauerkraut. With a special bucket and a water seal. My own experiment a year ago failed horribly. Or was it two years ago? Anyway, looking forward to that!
The New Zealand spinach, parsley and thyme picked today
The greens picked last Friday: rocket, chervil, turnip greens
From the freezer five pieces of puff pastry. Once defrosted i put all five on each other and used a rolling pin to spread it out. Next time i will make a quiche i will make a quick pastry for the crust. Butter and flour basically. For now i wanted to use this puff pastry, which i bought over a year ago.
Three eggs. I didn't use the leek. And i used one more egg.
The puff pastry spread out and in the tin
The filling. Four eggs, a bit of whole milk, salt and pepper, four cloves of garlic sliced thinly, cayenne pepper and all the greens cooked in a bit of water and sliced roughly. No cheese, i didn't have any in the house. It would be a good addition though. No cream either. Would be nice too.
A close up of the cake once it is finished baking. For an hour in a 175ºC oven. I did put some aluminium foil around the tin. I noticed some leaking of the filling. I like the way the filling looks. Packed with greens.
I do need to be really careful with money. These are the items i bought today. In the supermarket food for my cat, milk for breakfast (oat porridge), a carrot for my spaghetti and minced beef and tomato sauce, sauerkraut for next week. At the organic butcher i bought the minced beef. Which was more expensive than everything i bought in the supermarket together.
The two receipts
The spaghetti, onions and tomato pasta sauce i got this weekend from a friend from his dumpster diving activities. The leeks are from the garden. The bread i found in a plant standing outside of the butcher, a bit old, but still completely packaged and not eaten by anyone at all.
My dinner this evening. I will have more sauce for at least two more days, maybe even three more.
I still need a couple of things from the supermarket which i will get tomorrow. Butter and sugar. I do try to minimize the sugar i eat for my diabetes, but i do like around one tablespoon in my oats porridge in the morning, together with a bit of butter. Butter i used to buy in the market, but the price has been going up lately. In the supermarket it is cheaper right now. Eggs i still buy at the market, together with some vegetables. Last week i only got onions there.
It is a challenge living within such a tight budget. Quite enjoyable, for a limited time.