Author: Vanilla Salt

Blissfully delicious: Coconut milk pancakes

A fun twist on pancakes: these fluffs are made with coconut milk and served on a bed of black cherry home-made jam, topped with maple syrup drizzle. A soft sweet piece of heaven. Preparation + cooking time: 15- 20 min / Serves 2 We would need: 1 ½ cup of plain flour 1 heaped tablespoon of baking powder a pinch of salt 1 ripe banana, mashed 2 eggs 1 cup of coconut milk a little oil or butter for greasing the pan DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and pinch of salt. Make a well in the center, add mashed banana, eggs & coconut milk. Whisk to a smooth batter. Cook on a non stick pan over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes per side. Serve hot with jam, syrup or whipped cream if you like. Bon app! With love, Marie Palaimingai skanūs: Kokoso pieno blyneliai Smagi kombinacija: šie puručiai yra pagaminti su bananais ir kokoso pienu, patiekti su namine juodųjų vyšnių uogiene ir paskaninti klevų syrupu. Tikras nuosavas, minkštas bei saldus gabalėlis …

Radish garden salad with a cranberry spin

A lovely light starter with fantastic sweet&salty flavours. Easy to toss together, and is everything salad should be – fresh and crunchy.  Tried, loved and adopted from my mom’s kitchen. Preparation time: under 10 minutes / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 2 handfuls of mixed greens (crisp romaine, baby spinach, rocket works well) 1 small cucumber, peeled lengthways into ribbons 4 radishes, ends trimmed, thinly sliced 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped chives 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped dill Salt & pepper to taste a pinch of roasted sesame seeds (optional) For the dressing: 1 tbsp. of cranberry jam 1 tbsp. of light soy sauce 1 tbsp. of water DIRECTIONS: Place greens in a large serving bowl along with cucumber, radishes and herbs. Season with a tiny bit of salt & pepper. Toss together.  Add some sesame seeds if using. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small jug until well combined. Drizzle the dressing over salad just before serving. Bon app! With love, Marie

Food cupboard spicy bean soup

This hearty, delicious warming soup uses some basic food cupboard ingredients and comes together very easily, which makes it perfect for chilly winter days. Keep the winter out and warmth in with this spicy & flavoursome bowl of soup. Preparation + cooking time: 45-50 min / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: Olive oil 1 onion, finely sliced 1 carrot, sliced 1 big potato, diced 1/3 of celery stick, chopped 2-3 garlic cloves, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 x 400 g can of chopped tomatoes 6 cups of vegetable stock Sea salt & freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp. of sweet paprika 1 pinch of dried red chilli 2 bay leaf 2 tsp. of chopped fresh parsley or ½ dried 1 x 400 g can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and when hot, add onion and carrot. Stir in diced potato, celery, garlic and red bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Tin in the tomatoes and add the stock. Season with salt & pepper. Sprinkle in sweet paprika and a pinch of dried …

Winter treat: Creamy prawn gratin

A delicious creamy oven bake inspired by home-holidays-nostalgia. Rich, good-hearty starter, which makes it almost a petit dîner. Preparation + cooking time: 25-30  min / Serves 4  We would need: 2  tsp. of butter 1 onion, finely chopped 100 g prawns 5 crab sticks Parsley (optional) For sauce: 1 tsp. of butter 1 tsp. of flour 1 cup of milk salt & pepper to the taste 1 tsp. of soya sauce Few drops of Tabasco sauce 4 tsp. of grated cheese DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a saucepan and over medium heat cook onion until transparent. Cut crab sticks and prawns into small pieces and add to the saucepan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.  For sauce: In a new pot melt the butter over low heat, then stir in the flour. Cook for about 1 minute constantly stirring. Slowly add the milk. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Use a whisk to create a smooth sauce. Lastly, add salt&pepper, a spoon of soya sauce and few drops of Tabasco sauce. Stir until the sauce is completely smooth and thickened. Pour …

Life simple pleasures: Tomato & Egg

Ah! Such an amazing match: the rich tomato sauce infused with Italian herbs, nurturing the egg-poached goodness and a warm crusty bread. I am absolutely in love <3. It’s super easy&quick to-make and what’s best – you can tailor the dish to your liking by flavouring the tomato sauce with your all time favourites. Preparation time + cooking: 20-25 min / Serves 2 hungry or 4 willing to try We would need: 4 tomatoes Some olive oil 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced 4 free-range eggs 1 tbsp. of caster sugar Salt & pepper to your taste 1 tsp. of dried Italian herbs (such as basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme and rosemary). Fresh herbs (optional)   DIRECTIONS: Prepare the tomatoes: peel off the skins, clean the stems out, roughly chop and then purée in a blender. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, for about 2-3 minutes. Lower heat, add the tomato purée and sugar and let simmer until the sauce is thickened, another 5-7 minutes. Season with salt&pepper, and Italian …

Her perfect majesty – Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is always the right dessert.  Let me tell you why. It’s utterly simple. It literally means “cooked cream” and that’s all it really is. And yet it tastes luxurious and looks beautiful. It’s very easy and quick to make. And yet it will look remarkably elegant on any dinning table. It’s perfect for everyone. It can be tailored to your preferences. It’s always gluten-free, it can be low-sugar or no-sugar, and even vegan. And I just love the feel of velvety smooth panna cotta with fresh berry topping melting in the mouth. It’s absolutely delicious! Convinced yet? Give it a try! Preparation time: 30 min + Chilling time  /Serves: 4 For the panna cotta: 6 tbs. of water 1 envelope of powdered gelatine 300 ml of double cream 250 ml of milk 2 tsp. of caster sugar ½ vanilla pod or couple of drops of vanilla extract For the sauce: Handful of berries (raspberries & blueberries) 2 tsp. of caster sugar     DIRECTIONS: Use a small bowl to sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Let …

Chocolate-chip cookies

Cookies are my favourite food gifts, wrapped in a paper bag and tied with a ribbon, they will surely make someone’s special day better. Meet my mini-cake cookies,  thin & crispy on the outside, filled with tasty bits of  dark chocolate and most importantly, extremely easy-to-make. If chocolate is not your thing, you can experiment with a whole world of different flavours. Roasted nuts and dried fruit will definitely make a nice twist. Makes about 25-30 cookies We would need: 250 g of butter, diced 1 cup of golden caster sugar 2 eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 and ½ cups of flour 1 tsp. of baking powder a pinch of  fine sea salt 150 g of quality chocolate (milk or dark)   DIRECTIONS: Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in the eggs one at a time and stir in the vanilla extract. Sift in the flour, add a baking powder and a pinch of salt. Stir well. Lastly, roughly chop and stir in the chocolate. Ready mixture place onto a food …

Breakfast ideas: avocado & egg

You might say that warm avocado might seem like a bad idea, however, I think, it is worth to try at least once. You might be surprised, but beautiful creamy avocado and baked egg remarkably go well together. It’s fast&easy to make and surely is a good option to start your day with. Preparation + cooking time:  ~15 min/ Serves 2 We would need: 2 medium sized avocados 4 free-range eggs fine sea salt & black pepper   DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven, Gas mark 4/350 °F/ 180 °C. Halve the avocados and remove the pit, scoop a little extra of the flesh out in order to fit in the egg. Crack an egg into the avocado half and season to your taste. Bake roughly for 15 min, or until the white is opaque and the yolk is done to your liking. Serve with a diced tomatoes, sauces, and a few toasts. Bon app! With love, Marie  

Rachel’s cream of tomato soup with crunchy lemon chickpeas

This quick & simple recipe comes from Rachel Khoo’s latest cookbook “Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook”. The soup celebrates the simplicity of ingredients and transforms them into a luxurious lunch meal. Yet another proof that you can make a fuss free dinner from basic food cupboard ingredients. This silky textured tomato soup with roasted garlic and a splash of cream, topped with baked lemony chickpeas for additional crunch, is sincerely brilliant. Would definitely cook again. Preparation + cooking time: 50 – 60 minutes / Serves 2 / Veg-friendly We would need: 1 x 210 g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 unwaxed lemon, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, unpeeled 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil sea salt 1 x 400 g tin of good-quality chopped tomatoes 250 ml of vegetable stock 1 tbp of sugar 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar freshly ground pepper 100 ml single cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/ 350°F/ 180 °C. Toss the chickpeas, lemon and garlic in the oil and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with salt and …

Fish Ambul Thiyal or My sour fish curry

I had a pleasure to visit Sri Lanka earlier this year. Big thank you to my friends who made it possible and  yet another one for their unconditional hospitality <3. During my stay I was lucky to try different sorts of food: vegetable & fish roti, spring hoppers, various sorts of curry with red rice. Not even talking about the plethora of fresh fruit & veggies. I loved it all! Naturally once back I wanted to recreate some of those fantastic dishes, and my first take was this delicious sour fish curry. It’s not as complex as it might seem from the first look, spicy and beautifully sour in flavour. It works best with the firm white fleshed fish, however, in my version, I used regular salmon. Hope, you’ll like it!   Preparation + cooking time:  a bit more than 1 h/ Serves: 2 We would need: 300 g of fish, cubed 5 cloves of garlic 5 cm piece of ginger, roughly chopped 1/2 tbsp of black pepper powder 1 tbsp. of fenugreek 5 pieces of goraka 2 tbsp. …