Pink Peppercorn Mackerel Rillettes
I Love Fish Pate or Rillettes in all its forms… what is not to love about heavenly fish mixed with salty butter smoothed onto some yummy toast. Delicious…but can be dangerous to your waistline. Often this tasty treat is made with vast amounts of butter, the fish cooked in wine and even occasionally finished with brandy.
This version of Mackerel Rillettes is a lighter and healthy way to enjoy this tasty treat. The mix of smoked and fresh mackerel means it is so easy to prepare, there is less sugar and also gives the dish a lighter quality. There is still the richness of butter but it has been lightened up by the addition of natural yoghurt and even a dollop of mayo. (Trust me on this one…it adds a certain piquancy)
You don’t have to use the pink peppercorns…but for a special event, I think it’s nice to have those little bursts of bright pink coming through.
Healthy Chocolate Fondant Pots
Who doesn’t love a chocolate pot.
Just the right side of chewy but still a bit gooey these little pots are so easy to make and if you have made any of my recipes before now you probably have all the ingredients in your store cupboard already.
Portion size is everything here, these are quite intensely chocolatey pots, so a little goes a long way. If you are serving at a dinner party and it’s your 20% then this recipe will make two generous portions. Or you could make these up mid week but in which case then they make 4 little morsels…just think about the size of puddings on retreats…just a couple of mouthfuls.
If you don’t like cinnamon then skip it or add ground cardamom, the zest of an orange or get creative in your own way to suit your taste.
Healthy Duck a l’Orange
Can there really be a healthy Duck a l’Orange?
French cooking is often associated with feasting. Dishes are laden with butter, oil, wine, heavy creams…on the face if it doesn’t sound like a healthy way of eating. But of course healthy eating is all about balance and moderation and so no whole foods should ever be permanently off the menu.
Eaten without the skin, duck breasts are as lean as white meat chicken or turkey. They also contain more iron per serving than most other poultry and even some cuts of beef.
If you want to avoid the extra fat, just remove the skin before serving. The fat is in the skin, not in the duck meat.
By the way, here’s something counterintuitive but true — duck fat has properties similar to olive oil, with a good combination of poly- and monounsaturated fats. Duck contains some saturated fat as well, so you don’t want to go duck fat wild.
There’s also the ease. Duck breasts are as easy to cook as steak and can be prepared in just 15 to 20 minutes.
This dish has been given a Conscious Cooking clean up so making it a great balance between indulgence and healthy eating. The result is a healthy Duck a l’Orange.
Chipotle Veggie Burger
This may well be my most favourite veggie burger ever.
It actually came about by accident as I had forgotten to get an ingredient for my planned burgers. It was a case of Ready Steady Cook…as I scoured the cupboard and fridge with an hour to go before lunch service.
Everything that goes to make up this veggie burger you could possibly have already in your kitchen and it take only about 15 minutes to rustle these up.
Try them for yourself…I don’t think you will be disappointed.