Last Friday there was a first harvest of courgette (zucchini for you USA people). I decided to make a courgette cake with, as i made tens of times before in the years past. This time though, it would be a keto cake. No sugar, no wheat flour. In stead, i will use erythritol and almond flour. No sultanas this time, i stopped eating them the beginning of this year. Too sweet.
To be honest, i found the cake a bit too savory. I should have thought about the lack of sultanas and add a bit more sugar. I think for next time i will buy some sultanas, even though they are too sweet for me personally. But, on the whole i enjoyed the cake. Especially the almond flour adds a really nice flavour.
- butter, for the tin
- 3 medium eggs
- 125ml vegetable oil
- 100g erythritol
- 350g courgette, coarsely grated
- 1 tsp vanilla sugar (optional)
- 300g almond flour
- 1 tablespoon of psyllium powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 85g almonds, roughly chopped, or any other nut or seed you have
- a pinch of salt
- Heat oven to 160C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and sugar, then add the courgettes and vanilla.
- In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with a pinch of salt.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, then pour into the tin. Bake for 1 hr and ten minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool, then serve, or freeze for up to 1 month.
Mixed the eggs, erythritol and oil. Added the vanilla sugar.
And the rasped courgette.
Put the raw almonds on the top of the cake
... and done!
Published on July 15, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Since January this year i’ve been getting more into a keto diet. Not that i really want to loose weight, no. I want to keep my glucose level and lower. Since a year i had been eating low carb, but it didn’t really work that well. So this keto diet seemed the next step. More serious, more hardcore, less carbs, hardly any sugar, more fat, the same proteine.
I did need to find new ways to bake. I did settle mostly on almond flour and erythritol. Way more expensive, yeah, sad to say.
Today i wanted to bake me some cookies. I bought chocolate, a 85% dark chocolate. I did have all the other ingredients at home. Half the mix i’m saving in the fridge. I will bake more cookies tomorrow, and take them with me to the garden.
The almond flour tastes great. The cookie is not as sweet as usual, with the dark chocolate into it. But i love it!
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/8 cup boconut oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup erythritol
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 100 gr dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180° degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a baking mat.
- Melt the butter and coconut oil.
- Add the erythritol and egg and mix until combined.
- Mix in the salt and baking soda.
- Add the almond flour a little bit at a time to avoid any clumping, Whisk everything together.
- Chop the chocolate in small bits. Fold and stir in the dark chocolate chips.
- Shape the dough into tablespoon cookies a few inches apart.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until it begins to brown around edges. Let the cookies cool for around fifteen minutes.
- The cookies taste best on the day they are baked. You can put the dough in the fridge or the freezer and bake them within a couple of days.
Published on June 12, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Yesterday at the garden i picked a few rhubarb stems. My first ever! So today i baked a rhubarb almond cake, which i will bring with me to the garden tomorrow. I just had my first piece. Lovely!
I used this recipe from sugaryandbuttery.com as a basis. I did not use regular sugar for this, but erythritol, which doesn’t spike my glucose. I also used wheat flour in stead of corn flour. I don’t mind the gluten. I used my brownie 20×20 cm form.
- 6 eggs, separated
- 200 gr erythritol powdered (i use my coffee grinder to powder)
- 60 gr wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 200 gr almond flour
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar
- pinch of salt
- 3 stalks of rhubarb (this is all i had picked in the garden – was luckily enough for the cake)
- sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 160ºC and grease a 20×20 cm rectangle cake pan.
- Wash, peel and cut rhubarb, set aside.
- Beat the egg yolks, vanilla and sugar for about 5 minutes until light and creamy.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff.
- Carefully fold the almond flour and egg yolk batter into the egg whites, do not stir or beat.
- Pour batter in cake pan and sprinkle the rhubarb pieces on top evenly.
- Bake for 20 mins.
- Sprinkle the almond slices over the cake and bake for another 30 mins.
- Let cool or enjoy warm.
The egg yolks, powdered erythritol and vanilla sugar beaten until it is light and creamy
The egg whites beaten stiff
The almond flour
The cake with the sliced rhubarb on top, before it went into the oven
The finished cake 🙂
Published on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 by Ellen
Tonight, the last Sunday night of March, there is another Pot Luck evening at the garden. I’m making soup. Last Wednesday i picked a whole bag full of wild garlic (daslook in Dutch). I love it. The oniony garlicky taste. The fact it only grows in spring. The way it looks, the beautiful green leaves. Soon the white flowers will pop up, now you can only see the buds coming up.
This is a basic soup. First i had the idea of making it with nettles and wild garlic. I found this recipe on the BBC Good Food website. It turned out i had picked more than 500 grams of wild garlic, so i’m settling for a wild garlic soup. Just leaving out the nettles.
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 onion
- 1 fat leek
- 4 celery sticks
- 1 large winter carrot
- 2 potatoes
- 2,5l good-quality vegetable stock
- salt and pepper, fennel seeds
- 2,5 vegetable broth cubes
- 500g wild garlic leaves (keep any flowers if you have them)
- 200 ml milk – i used oat milk
I took spring onions with me to the garden, to slice them up finely and put on the soup once it was served.
- Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion, leek, celery, carrot, potato and a good pinch of salt, and stir until everything is well coated. Cover and sweat gently for 15-20 mins, stirring every so often to make sure that the vegetables don’t catch on the bottom of the pan.
- Pour in the stock and simmer for 10 mins. Add the wild garlic leaves and simmer for 2 mins.
- Remove from the heat and blend using a stick blender or tip into a blender. Return to the heat and stir through the milk, then taste for seasoning. Ladle into bowls and drizzle over a little extra oil, then top with a few wild garlic flowers, if you have them.
The onions, carrots, celery, potatoes and leek are first simmered for around 20 minutes.
I added salt and pepper, fennel seeds and the water with two and a half vegetable broth cubes.
I had washed the wild garlic, sliced it in small sections and put it in the soup. Left it simmering for 10 minutes.
The soup after it has been pureed with a stick blender.
Yesterday Nitai came by and brought a 1 kilo Cheddar cheese pack from the dumpster. It was a bit moldy, so i did cut of the sides. We shared it. I had seen the recipe for these Cheddar Cheese Crackers earlier, so today i thought i would make these.
These crackers are great for my low carb diet. And yes, i would like to loose a bit of weight, but most importantly it is good for my glucose level. I still have the wish to get rid of the diabetes injections and medicine.
- 200 gr almond flour
- 110 gr cheddar cheese, grated by hand
- 15 gr nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoons chili pepper
- 3 gloves garlic, very finely
- 1 small onion, cut finely
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 180ºC and place the rack into the middle position. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the dimensions of your sheet pan. Grate the cheese.
- Measure the dry ingredients (the first 8 ingredients) into a medium bowl, stirring thoroughly with a whisk to break up any lumps.
- Add the eggs and the oil to the bowl with the dry ingredients. With a rubber spatula, work the ingredients together to form a ball of dough.
- Place the parchment on the counter and the ball of dough on top. Flatten the dough slightly with your hands. Cut a piece of waxed paper longer than the parchment. Begin rolling out the crackers. Cut any dough that goes beyond the parchment and patch it to areas that need more. Continue until the dough is even in thickness and just about to the edges of all sides of the parchment.
- Cut the dough into 4 cm columns and rows. Make a small hole in the middle of each cracker.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully break up the crackers, spread them evenly in the pan, and place them back into the warm oven for 10 minutes to complete baking. Cool completely before enjoying. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator if you prefer.
Published on November 29, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen
My quest for finding edible food for my low card diet continues. Today, for the second time, i made linseed crackers, also known as flaxseed crackers. I did do a search for other recipes. I settled for a vegan one with other seeds and i decided to finally use the nutritional yeast i had bought a month or two ago.
- 120 gr broken linseed
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
- 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (or nooch)
- 2 table spoon of whole linseed
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
- put water over the broken linseeds till they are covered with around a centimeter and leave them for half an hour at least
- heat the cumin and coriander seeds and grind them fine
- add the sunflower, pumpkin and whole linseeds to the broken linseed mixture together with the nutritional yeast
- add the ground cumin and coriander seeds, salt and pepper
- add a bit more water if the mixture is too dry
- roll out half the mixture on baking paper (i baked the other half after the first one
- bake in a 150ºCelsius hot oven for half an hour
You may break the large crackers into smaller pieces and leave them in a closed box. Not sure for how long, a week or two i guess. I do enjoy the nutritional yeast in this, it gives a savoury flavour to the crackers.
There are many different spices and herbs you may add: rosemary, thyme, garlic or turmeric for example. You could also add sundried tomatoes and olives.
Enjoy your weekend!
The different seeds and nutritional yeast and spices
Toasting the cumin and coriander seeds
Grinding them fine
Adding to the broken linseed and water mixture
Adding the sunflower, pumpkin, whole linseeds and the nutritional yeast
Spreading the dough out with a rolling pin on a baking sheet
The linseed crackers
Published on November 23, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen
I love quince. Last year was the first year i ate them. Here in the Netherlands they are not well known. But we have them in the garden, so i started to look for recipes. And there are plenty. The membrillo i made two weeks ago. Jams and jellies. And cakes!
I’m taking a Nigel Slater cake as inspiration. I didn’t have golden syrup, so i added a bit more muscovado sugar and some honey i still lying around. This week i saw quinces on the market at a Turkish stall, for 80 cents a kilo. I bought four big ones.
water 1.5 litres
caster sugar 150g
quinces 3, medium
For the cake:
self-raising flour 250g
ground cinnamon 1 tsp
ground ginger 1 tsp
bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
salt a pinch
dark muscovado sugar 125g
poaching syrup from the fruit 240ml
First you need to boil the quinces until they are soft in the water and sugar liquid. I let mine boil for around an hour. The recipe said to core them afterwards with a teaspoon. That didn’t work for me. So i halved the quinces again so i could cut out the cores. It worked reasonably well. Some bits broke off. To me it still looked good.
Pre-heat your oven at 180ªC. Use a round cake tin with a diameter of around 24 cm and butter it.
For the cake you mix the dry ingredients. Then you warm up the butter, muscovado sugar and the honey (or golden syrup if you have that). The two eggs and 240 ml of the poaching liquid are mixed separately. Add the butter and sugar mixture to the dry ingredients and mix them. Then add the egg and liquid mixture. This leaves you with a slightly runny cake mixture. Pour this over the quinces in the tin.
Bake the cake for around 40-45 minutes.
Published on October 26, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen
Tomato harvest is going towards its end. Last weekend we picked most of the tomatoes from the plants. Green ones. Around a month ago i made green tomato chutney. I likd it, but it was too sweet for some people. So i searched for another recipe. I found this one on the BBC Good Food website.
In the comments there are some variations mentioned. So i’m adding some spices and chili’s. I will add the old chutney i made, simply add less sugar and taste a bit more.
The courgettes are for a pickling sweet sour courgette recipe. I ended up not making it. Another day.
- 2½ kg green tomato
- 500g onion
- 1 rounded tbsp salt
- 500g sultana
- 500g cooking apple
- 300g light muscovado sugar
- 1 litre jar spiced pickling vinegar
- spices: ground ginger, tumeric, ground star anice, dried chili
- I didn’t leave the tomatoes and onion overnight. Too impatient. I did start out with them though and left them standing for a while.
- Next i picked the jars from my collection of saved ones and put them in big pans with boiling water. I left them in there with the water boiling fiercely for around ten minutes.
- Chop the sultanas. Peel, core and chop the apples.
- Put the sugar and the vinegar into a large pan, boil and stir to dissolve the sugar
- Add the sultanas and apples to the vinegar and sugar and simmer for around ten minutes
- Strain the tomatoes and onions, don’t rinse. Add the tomatoes and onions
- Put the ginger, tumeric, star anice and dried chilis in a dry pan and roast them for around ten minutes. Add them to the chutney mixture
- Simmer for around an hour or until you are happy with the consistency.
- Transfer the chutney to the jars, make sure they are really full and cover with the lids
Published on October 25, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen
paste, a Spanish jelly made with quince and sugar
Quarter the quinces and cut out the core. I didn't peel them. More pectine and more taste!
Boil tha quinces in water for around an hour
Get rid of the water and puree the quinces
Add the sugar. The recipes says to add the same weight, i added a bit less
Cook on a low fire...
.. till it gets brown. It took me around two hours. Do go through it with a wooden spoon to prevent it from burning at the bottom
Put the paste in a tin and let it cool. The brown bits are from the paste getting burned a bit. Lazy me.
Some apples drying. I hope these will work out! And that the flies keep of them.
Published on October 12, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen
A proper Dutch apple tart. Delicious!
- 200 gr soft butter
- 160 gr light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 300 gr flour
- bit of salt
- 1 egg
- 100 gr raisins
- 1 kilo of Elstar apples
- 100 gr walnuts sliced coursly
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 bag vanilla sugar
- Rub a 24 cm wide springform in with butter and cast flour over it
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Whisk the butter, light brown sugar and cinnamon
- Sift the flour over it with a pinch of salt and add one egg
- Mix to a supple dough and leave to rest in the fridge for at least fifteen minutes
- Divide in three parts, one part for the bottom, one part for the side and one part for the top
- Roll out two parts and put this in the springform
- Divide the breadcrumbs over this
- Put the rum over the raisins and leave them be – i did this at the start of making the cake
- Peel the apples and cut into course pieces
- Put in the raisins, decide for yourself if you want to sift out the rum (i didn’t)
- Mix the apple, raisins, walnuts, sugar, vanilla sugar and cinnamon
- Put the apple filling in the springform
- Roll out the rest of the dough , slice this into small ribbons and cover the cake with them
- Break an egg, scarmble this and cover the ribbons with it
- Bake the cake in 60 minutes
- Let the cake cool a bit
- Serve with some powdered sugar and whipped cream if you like this
Published on September 21, 2018 at 6:00 by Ellen