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Bran Muffins

Posted on : 20-05-2009 | By : Cindy | In : My idiot-proof recipes

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These bran muffins (adapted from a recipe by Alison Holst) are super filling – a great snack when you are trying to control your weight. Enjoy these muffins with a cup of tea but don’t expect to absorb any iron – both bran and tea bind iron and reduce its absorption. If you are concerned about iron, keep these for in between meals. I like to use up any over-ripe bananas in this recipe. Mash 1 or 2 and throw them in!

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2 cups wheat bran
1/2 cup flour

My date scones

Posted on : 17-05-2009 | By : Cindy | In : My idiot-proof recipes

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Date scones are quick and easy but not exactly nutritious. Too bad! Ever heard the saying, “A problem shared is a problem halved”? What could be better for your emotional health than sharing your thoughts, feelings and frustrations with a good friend, a date scone and a cup of tea!

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3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
40-50g butter (I use dairy spread: half butter, half canola oil)
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1 – 1.5 cups reduced fat milk

Mix flour and baking powder. Rub in butter. Add dates. Stirring with a knife, add enough milk to make a dough. Pat out on a floured board to about 3-4 cm thick. Cut into squares. Place on greased oven tray. Brush with a little milk (the sugar in the milk caramelises to make the tops go golden). Bake at 210C for 10-15 minutes. To check if they are cooked, tap the bottom; they should sound hollow.

This morning’s breakfast – Oatmeal Pancakes

Posted on : 16-05-2009 | By : Cindy | In : My idiot-proof recipes

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These pancakes are super-healthy and filling. Nutritionally similar to porridge but much more fun! We love them with maple or golden syrup and if there are any left-overs I pack them in the school lunch-box.

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1 cup rolled oats
1 cup reduced fat milk
2-3 tablespoons wheat germ
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Soak rolled oats, milk and wheat germ for a few minutes. Drop in egg and whisk with a fork. Mix in sugar and banana. Lastly mix in flour and baking powder. The mix should be thicker than pancake batter. Heat a non-stick fry-pan. Drop a generous tablespoon of mix for each pancake and cook each side until golden.

My nanna’s recipe for homemade Rewena (Maori) bread

Posted on : 07-05-2009 | By : Cindy | In : Maori kai, My idiot-proof recipes

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Rewena Bread

Step 1

1 c flour
1 tsp sugar
1 potato

Peel and cut potato into small pieces. Place in pot with 1 cup water, lid on, and simmer to mashing consistency. Mash, cool and when luke warm add sugar and flour. Mix to a pikelet batter consistency. If it is too thick, add more warm water. Cover and place in a warm place for 24-48 hours to ferment. The mixture should smell yeasty and sweet.

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Step 2

After 24-48 hours, set aside 1 tablespoon of the dough and put into a large Agee jar. Cover and keep in warm place.  Feed one day with ½ cup warm potato water and next day with 1 teaspoon sugar. This is your ‘bug’ which is the base for making future loaves of rewena. Skip this step if you only want to make one loaf.

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Step 3

5 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Mix flour, salt and soda. Pour in rewena from step 1 and mix. Add more water if necessary. Knead 10 mins.
Put in greased dish and set in a warm place to rise.
Place in cold oven and bake at 150-180C for 1 hour. This allows the bread to rise a bit more as the oven temperature rises.

For more on making Rewena see:


My rewena trial and error tryout
[disaster!]

Results of my attempts to make a nutritious rewena bread

Curious Kai

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