I have been so busy with blogging that I completely forgot about my YouTube channel. But even I am not posting regularly, I do interact with my viewers. They keep asking me about recipes and give me some ideas for videos. One idea was the box cake. I made the cakes, ganache, but lost interest and kept in fridge for a week. When my fridge became overcrowded, I had to finish the cake and finally I completed it two days back.
When Cindy announced that this month’s Bread Bakers challenge is nut meal and nut flour inspired, I was so happy. As you know I have been on a low carb high fat diet and am keeping myself away from breads. But making a bread with nut flour/ meal is the best option I can have as I use nuts a lot. I bookmarked a sandwich bun recipe, which I tried in a loaf tin and got good results. But it never made it to the blog. It was time I posted that recipe. As the recipe uses only almond flour, this is a gluten free bread. So if you have gluten allergy, then go for it. It is amazing.
For the second day of vegan sweets, I wanted to make a cake. How can I avoid a cake? Before five months, I was believing that wheat flour is so good for health. But after reading all those problems it creates, and advice from our group to stop feeding kids with wheat, I have stopped making anything with wheat or maida for Sruti. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, so I couldn’t explain you in detail of what harms come by consuming wheat, but if you search the web, I am sure you will find many articles. I know so many of you will not agree, but it is a fact. I don’t mean to bore you with my diet details, but I feel that whatever I learn I need to pass it on to my readers. May be some of you can change your way of life.
For the third day of vegetarian grilling I have an extremely delicious paneer cutlet recipe. Usually we use potatoes to bring any cutlet dough together but in paleo potatoes are excluded as they are very starchy. I had to use flax seed to bind the dough. Another option is egg. But if you prefer cutlets without eggs, then try flax seed powder as it works great as a binding agent. To up the flavour I used some home made feta cheese in the dough. We usually use bread crumbs as the crust for cutlets for a nice crispy finish, but as bread is also excluded, I used some coarse almond meal to get a good crunch. It worked so good.
Coming to the second day of vegetarian grilling, I am here with a delicious yet easy breezy recipe. The one thing I love being in paleo is paneer. It is one of the ingredient I have to eat daily and it is nearly five months since I started eating paneer for my dinner. And I still like it so much. It is one of the ingredients which takes care of my protein macros and so I can’t take it off my diet. But when there are so many recipes with paneer, why worry? I love baking paneer, but hubby is not such a huge fan. And he eats paneer only thrice a week, only on his vegetarian diet days. So the other four days, it is only me and I try to make different varieties in oven.
For the final week of this month’s BM, my theme is Vegetarian grilling. It is great if you have a grill at home, but for those who doesn’t have it, there is still so many ways you can grill your food. You can either do it on stove top in a grill pan or you can do it in your OTG. I used my OTG for all the dishes this week. The first one is only vegetables. You can use any vegetable you have at hand. I had a pack of mushrooms and some tiny baby eggplants. So I used both of them in this dish. While using oven, it is so easy to make these vegetables. Just mix, spread it on the tray and grill. The only drawback is that it takes nearly 30 – 45 minutes when grilled in oven. But I have so much time at hand and I don’t like standing beside the stove and keep on stirring the veggies.
Peynirli Cicek Pogaca literally translates to Cheese Flower pastry. Pogaca are savoury pastries filled with cheese, olives and potatoes and available all over Turkish bakeries. They are enjoyed as breakfast or tea time treats. When I saw the shape of the breads, I just immediately decided to make it for this month’s #BreadBakers theme. The theme was to make a Mother’s day inspired flower bread. There are so many ways to make beautiful shaped breads and this is one of the easiest methods.