I love traditional Italian pasta dishes and for Amatriciana you will need:
Macaroni or pasta of your choice, allow 75g -120 per portion, depending on appetites
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
120 g guanciale
A pinch of chili
1/4 cup white wine
1 can (450 g) tomatoes and juice, crushed
Pinch of sugar or stevia
freshly grated pecorino
A salt and freshly ground pepper
I use fresh basil for garnish
Add the pasta to a large pot of salted water and cook until still slightly firm to bite. This usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain when cooked.
Saute the finely chopped onion and garlic on medium heat in the olive oil. Stir continuously so that it does not brown. Cut up the pancetta or guanciale into small cubes and add together with a pinch of chili.. If you like it very spicy add more if you wish but traditionally it should only have a hint of heat !
Add the chopped tomatoes and pinch of sugar and wine and leave the sauce to thicken on a low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
Season with a very little sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Pour over cooked drained pasta and garnish with fresh basil leaves and freshly grated pecorino cheese. If you do not have this, use Parmesan.
They specially loved decorating them and you can see the delight on their faces.
For the muffins you will need:
Sieve the flour and mix all the dry ingredients together. In a separate container mix all the liquid ingredients together. Use a metal spoon to fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Prepare muffin cases on a try. Spoon or pipe the batter into the cases. Bake in a pre heated oven at 170C for 20 minutes.
Allow the muffins to cool before decorating them.
To avoid processed sugar in the form of icing, I brushed the top of the muffins with warm honey and allowed the kids to decorate them to their liking.
As seen on tv this week, my recipe for a delicious carrot vegan cake:
This cake contains no animal derived products (no eggs, no added fats, processed sugar, no milk).
Everyone I tried it on loved it and it is ideal to cut into squares and add to children’s lunch boxes as a quick pick-me-up snack during the day. It is also a good replacement to cereal bars.
The consistency is dense but not heavy and the texture is very pleasing. Like most of my cakes, you do not require a mixer or food processor and the secret is not to overmix, just use a large metal spoon and fold in rather than mix. You will need:
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup water
1 cup non-dairy yoghurt or one extra cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup coconut
1 teaspoon powdered cloves ground
3/4 cup agave
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of Apple Organic Vinegar
3 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate
1 cup coconut milk
12 tablespoons aquafaba
Heat the oven to 160C.
In a saucepan mix the water, grated carrots, spices and the raisins. Bring the water to boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 8 – 10 minutes. Add the agave and salt and stir for about three minutes. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool completely.
Place the aqua faba in an electric mixer and beat it until it forms stiff peaks.
In a large bowl sieve the flour and baking powder and bicarbonate. Stir and add the coconut and other dry ingredients. Add the coconut milk, non dairy yoghurt or water, cider vinegar to the raisin and carrot mixture. Stir well. Fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a metal spoon. Do not overmix. Then fold in the stiff aqua faba. Pour the cake batter in a greased bake tin of 23 cm and bake for half an hour until the cake is golden. (If you wish scatter a fruit, seed and nut mixture on the surface before baking but this is optional).
Glaze the surface with a teaspoon of warm agave by using a brush. Allow to cool before removing from the cake tin.