I'm still rattling about complete with my gallstones. So much for the NHS priority admission within the month - the month has come and gone! So I am playing safe and trying to adapt my eating patterns to a low fat intake. But it's win some, lose some on the recipe front.
I thought that this recipe for carrot and sweet potato fishcakes sounded good.
100g cooked, flaked white fish
50g sweet potato
2 teaspoons of Wasabi sauce
1 teaspoon chopped herbs.
Cook and mash the veg. Combine all the ingredients. Shape into two fishcakes. Roll lightly in polenta and sesame seeds. Place on a greased tray and bake for 20 minutes or so.
Looks nice, doesn't it? But...so disappointing because I could barely taste the fish. Next time I'll make it with smoked haddock and hope that it will be more successful.
I was much happier with this alternative recipe for crumble.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon xylitol
1 tablespoon each of flaked almonds, pistachio nuts, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and ground almonds.
Fry the oats in the melted oil and xylitol for a few minutes until they colour. Add all the remaining ingredients. Spoon over your cooked fruit.
This recipe for oaty crisps is from the Fat-Free Vegetarian cookbook.
6 oz oats
3 oz sugar (I halved this)
1 beaten egg
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons malt extract.
Mix all together and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Place 18 teaspoonfuls on baking trays, flatten with a fork and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
I use these jumbo oats as they are soft and delicious
(and I'm susceptible to a nice bit of packaging, having worked as an illustrator for advertising and packaging.)
As usual I didn't quite stick to the recipe. I halved the amount of sugar and added chopped pieces of crystalized ginger.
The resulting biscuits looked nothing like the photograph in the book!
Mine were very mis-shapen and the malt extract seemed to have sunk to the base of the biscuit.
No panic, they still tasted good!
In searching for low fat menus I am being introduced to products that are quite new to me. Coconut oil is a very happy discovery, delicious in stir fries as well as in baking. Malt extract is well known to me although I haven't tasted it for many years. I was given a teaspoon of 'Virol' and a teaspoon of cod liver oil every morning throughout my childhood!
It's best not to think about the air miles involved in my new purchases, goods from Sri Lanka, Fiji and different parts of the world. At least I can balance things a little by stepping no further than my garden or the storage shed for winter vegetables.
If you have any tasty low fat recipes I would love to have them.