great food made easy

Cooking doesn’t have to be hard work. No one knows how long you’ve spent in the kitchen. All they are thinking is if they really liked the food or not.

Having already created two cooking apps for Apple, I have now created my own blog version which simplifies otherwise complicated recipes so anyone can feel confident in cooking them. The recipes and the way they are written are great for teaching kids to cook too, plus it’s all designed for a basic kitchen and the ingredients are available in most supermarkets. The cost of most of these recipes is, per portion, less than the price of a commercial sandwich and predominantly pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and with an anti ageing and healthy bias. So you can pimp up your repertoire on a budget.

You’re welcome.

Since I starting cooking Anna’s truly delicious and easy recipes, I am throwing away most of my cookbooks as I use only one or two recipes from each book, whereas I’ll happily cook all of these recipes, over and over again. It has become my favourite cookbook, and I’m always recommending it to my friends who want really delicious food without the hassle.

Jenny    TV producer/director and mum.

avocado gatsby tartines with fries

All the best food in one, Gatsby sandwiches are sandwiches with fries inside them also called chip butties here in England, however, this is a healthy version. So firstly you have char griddled bread, then a delicious avocado salad, then you garnish it with crunchy healthy fries. As all my girlfriends say, my kind of food. It covers all bases, sweet and savoury, crunchy and smooth. It’s a healthy tasty snack, starter or light meal. May I suggest only one for a starter as they are quite filling. An open sandwich taken to another level.

Recipe

For two as a snack or light meal or four as a starter.

Ingredients:
Four slices of bread (I use sourdough)
2 ripe avocados
Half a tiny red onion finely chopped
1 lemon
Baby salad leaves
1 clove of garlic
A small sprig of parsley finely chopped
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Mustard, a pea-sized smidge
Half a teaspoon of maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
Matchstick fries 1 portion

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chewy ginger cookies

Crunchy, chewy and spicy…these cookies tick all the boxes. I found a recipe in the Waitrose supermarket, converted it to vegan and reworked them with healthier coconut oil and spelt flour. They are really easy to make and would be fantastic dipped or drizzled in melted dark chocolate. They are also perfect for making an ice cream sandwich with, with dairy free ice cream stuffed between two cookies. My favourite dairy free ice cream is Swedish Glace,I’m testing them out on my friend Emily tonight and I’ll get back to you.
They passed the very ‘moorish’ test….hurrah!

Recipe

Makes 24.

Ingredients:
75g of stem ginger in syrup plus three tablespoons of the syrup
150g soft light brown sugar
150g of warmed coconut oil (I use mild coconut oil)
200g of self raising flour (I used white self raising spelt flour)
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of salt

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s chocolate brownies

These really are the best brownies I have ever tasted because they are not too sweet and are really chocolatey and nutty. My friends all ask me to bake them for them after they saw the shots on Instagram and started dribbling at the sight of them, and they really are dribble-worthy. The story about these amazing chocolate brownies is as follows. This recipe was found amongst the painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s collection of recipes in her cookbooks. She was a passionate cook and this recipe was hand written by her on Waldorf Astoria note paper. She was was staying there on April 30th 1963 to collect an award for the creative arts from Brandeis University, so they think she must have asked the hotel for the recipe because she loved them so much. O’Keeffe was a passionate foodie and collected recipes wherever she went, and a bit like me she dipped into healthy food and dipped into more indulgent food depending on her whim. Try them, they are beyond.

Recipe

Makes 8 large brownies.

Ingredients:
1 cup of butter
114g of dark chocolate (I use Green and Blacks)
1 cup of plain flour (I use spelt)
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 cups of finely chopped walnuts (I smash them with a rolling pin while they are still in the bag)
2 eggs (or egg replacer for 2 eggs from health food store)
2/3 cup of sugar (I used golden caster sugar)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

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chewy double chocolate vegan cookies

Chocolate biscuits are up there as one of the best things to munch on with a cup of coffee or tea, and I love to have a snack on the go at all times. These biscuits are really chocolatey and chewy because they are made with golden syrup. They have quite a grownup taste because the flavours are quite intense and very chocolatey, which I like. You really know you have had a hit of chocolate when you have had one of these. Ralph and I think they are beyond delicious and really moreish.

Recipe

Makes about 18.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup melted coconut oil(I use mild from health stores or online)
1/2 cup of golden caster sugar
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of plain flour (I use white spelt)
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
egg replacer for 1 egg (from health stores or online)
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips

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greek salad tartines

What could be nicer…an open salad sandwich always does it for me and my girlfriends. We love that combo of crunchy bread and salad. It’s healthy clean food and perfect for lunch or as a starter. This version of Greek salad is taken from all the most interesting recipes I could find for Greek salad and I mixed them up. I also cut the vegetables very small so it’s easier to stick the bread in your mouth if you want to eat them without a knife and fork, like I do.

Recipe

Serves 4.

Ingredients:
One loaf of sourdough bread sliced into 8 slices and cooked using my scorched bread recipe
A handful of baby tomatoes
Half a small red onion
quarter of a cucumber
A handful of black olives stoned and chopped (they taste better if they have had he stone in)
6 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Half a red pepper
A sprig of chopped fresh oregano or a teaspoon of dried
A sprig of chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of capers plus another tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of orzo or pasties
150 g of feta cut into thin slices
Salt and pepper to taste

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chocolate avocado ganache

This chocolate ganache is super healthy and tastes like a very rich chocolatey ganache made with dairy, this is because the avocados give it a thick and rich creamy consistency. It’s so rich you only need a small amount. You can frost vegan cupcakes and cakes with it and it’s super healthy. It’s also great served as a pudding with coconut cream, desiccated coconut, berries, or bananas. You can even serve it with frozen berries which look amazing next to the dark chocolate ganache and it looks great served in little espresso cups or small shot glasses.

Recipe

Serves 4.

Ingredients:
2 tsp vanilla
2 teaspoons of maple syrup or to taste (optional)
2 ripe avocados
8 dates (pitted) the softer ones work best
Pinch salt
¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

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kale curry

This Kale curry is really creamy and it’s got pine nuts, sultanas and coconut milk in it so it’s quite rich. I wasn’t sure if it was too rich, but once you put it with plain basmati rice it’s perfect. You could also serve it with roast chicken. It’s also a more complicated recipe than my usual recipes, but bear with it as it’s worth it and it’s a tasty way to eat kale. My friend Babs tried it when she popped round and she loved it and she normally loathes curries…So if you fancy a healthy, creamy curry this recipe is made for you

Recipe

Serves 1-2.

Ingredients:
A big bunch of kale or a big supermarket bag of it
½ cup of coconut milk (the thick cream bit only)
A handful of pine nuts
A handful of sultanas
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
½-1 teaspoon of chilli powder
¼ teaspoon of turmeric
¼ cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 clove of garlic peeled and minced

The semi final
A couple of teaspoons of coconut oil
2-3 fresh mild red chillies
½ teaspoon of mustard seeds

The final
A thumb size piece of fresh ginger cut into matchstick pieces
½ cup of coconut oil

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