Grilled Cheese Meatballs in Onion Sauce

Meatballs loaded with onion sauce and finished off under the grill to melt all that cheese to golden perfection. These are the kind of dishes that make me wish winter would last forever.

You can serve these with mashed potatoes, over pasta or even in a bun.

The meatballs in this recipe are medium large intended for dinner, but you could make them a lot smaller and then serve them as an appetizer for a party with little wooden skewers in them.

Serves: 4 – 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed or grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
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  • 4 medium onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cup grated cheese*

*Cheddar , Gouda, Asiago, Fontina, Gruyère, Havarti, Monterey Jack are all great cheeses for melting and grilling, use any one or make a mix.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 220° C / 425° F
For the meatballs, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands. Don’t overmix. Form 8 meatballs.
Put them in a oiled oven dish and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes. I use a cast iron skillet but a baking dish is fine too.
Meanwhile heat a large frying pan and glaze the onions on medium low heat in the two tablespoons of olive oil, add a pinch of salt. Partially cover and let cook for about 20 minutes. Stirring now and again. After the 20 minutes add one tablespoon of sugar and stir around until in begins to caramelize and gets a deep golden color.
Add the two tablespoons of flour and again stir until this too gets a golden color.
Gently add the beef stock and stir to completely combine. Add the cumin and let simmer for 10 minutes.
When the meatballs are cooked take them out of the oven and carefully pour over all the onion sauce.
Set the oven to grilling.
Cover the meatballs and onions with the grated cheese and place back in to oven. Grill for about 5 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Homemade Spelt Tortilla

Nothing beats a home made Tortilla, it’s super simple and you don’t even need a tortilla press. However if you do have one, lucky you, use it.

I don’t have a tortilla press and just use a rolling pin and it literally only takes me minutes.

They are delicious, quick, easy, cheaper than store bought and healthier too since there are no additives of unpronounceable ingredients in them.
I’ve been making these for a long time now and once I started , I never bought a tortilla again. It’s just not worth it. The great thing is, you can use them for anything, sandwiches, veggie wraps, fajitas, you name it.

They freeze well to, so I always make a few extra.

Makes 8 Tortillas.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Spelt flour, half plain, half whole grain
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup very hot water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • more flour for rolling out dough

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and give it a good stir.
Add the hot water and olive oil to the flour and mix, first with a fork, then when it comes together continue kneading with your hands. Knead for about two minutes until you have a soft pliable dough.
Shape into eight balls and place on a lightly greased plate.
Cover with cling film and let rest for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes, roll each ball out on a floured surface into a circle of about 20 cm. / 8″. Place a piece of parchment paper between each tortilla to prevent it from sticking.
Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.
Place the tortilla on the preheated skillet and cook for about 30 seconds on each side. If you cook them for too long, your tortilla might become stiff, dry out or break. Anything can happen, believe I’ve seen it, so keep it short.
Place cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with a tea towel to prevent drying. Repeat for the rest.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge or freeze, again with parchment paper between each tortilla and then in a zip lock bag. They will keep in the freezer for a month.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Winter Granola with cozy spices

….WINTER GRANOLA, CHERRIES AND COZY SPICES…..

All the flavours of Winter in a bowl, seriously delicious and good any time of day (or season), although I did make this with cold weather in mind. This spiced winter granola is my favourite comfort food for rainy cold days, and the dried chewy cherries pair so well with the warm spices, honestly self control doesn’t stand a chance here, you’ll find yourself eating it by the handful but that’s ok since it’s full of healthy goodness.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon star anise, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried Cherries
Winter Gingerbread Cherry Granola

I have taken a different approach this time and made a caramel like sticky sauce to stir thru the Oats, so good…

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the water and maple syrup and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil. Cook for a few minutes to reduce.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool slightly.
  3. Add the vanilla.
  4. Preheat oven to 320° F/ 160° C degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Toss the oats, spices. hazelnuts, seeds and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  6. Add the coconut/canola oil to the brown sugar syrup and stir until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour the syrup over the oat mixture and mix well with a rubber until thoroughly combined. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.
  8. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
  9. Rotate baking tray halfway thru.
  10. Allow granola to cool completely in order to get the crunchy clusters.
  11. Now add the dried Cherries.
  12. Store this in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.

Enjoy !

Myra XO

Morning Glory Muffins

The best Home made Grab and Go Breakfast Muffins. With all natural ingredients.

Packed with apples, coconut, carrots, walnuts, spice, raisins, and sweetened with maple syrup, basically everything I love in one.

I have added some applesauce instead of oil, making these beauties not only addictively delicious but also healthy and fat free.


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup all purpose (spelt) flour
• 1/4 cup corn starch
• 1 cup oat flour (ground oats)
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp mixed spice (ginger bread spice)
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 3 large eggs, at room temperature
• 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cup grated carrot
• 2 small apples, grated coarsely
• 1/3 cup raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients in an other bowl including carrot and apple.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir carefully until just combined. If you still see dry ingredients it’s ok. Don’t over mix.
  6. Now add the raisins, walnuts and coconut flakes, stir just once or twice.
  7. Pour into the muffin cases and place on a rack in the middle of the oven.
  8. Bake for about 23 to 25 minutes.
  9. Test by inserting a dry skewer into the muffin center. If it comes out dry, they are done.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the tin and placing the muffins on a rack to cool completely.
  11. You can freeze them at this point in an airtight container or zip lock bag, they will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Velvety Broccoli Cheese Soup

A creamy broccoli soup packed with goodness! 

Comforting, creamy soup loaded with broccoli and cheese for a delicious filling meal, serve with crusty bread for dipping.

To keep the sodium in the recipe low, choose low- or reduced-sodium chicken stock. I’ve used a cheddar cheese in this recipe but a semi cured Gouda will work too.

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 tbsp. Olive oil
• 1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
• 1 cellery stick, washed and sliced
• 1 large potato, peeled and cubed small
• 1 tbsp. Flour
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 medium head broccoli, cut into florettes. set aside 1/2 cup florettes,
• 1 1/2 Cup Milk (I use half fat milk)
• 1 Cup Chicken or vegetable stock (low sodium preferably)
• A handful of fresh Basil leafs, some smaller leafs reserved for decorating
• 1 Cup grated cheddar (loosely packed)
• Chopped spring onion and creme fraîche to serve


INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
Add onions and garlic and sautee until translucent.
Add the flour and stir to coat everything.
Add milk and stock slowly stirring continuously so you don’t get lumps.

Bring to a slow simmer and add the potatoes.

Chop most of the Basil, remember to reserve some small whole leafs for decorating. Add the chopped Basil to the soup.
Add the bay leaf and Broccoli florettes and cover with a lid.

Cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are completely tender when pierced with a fork.
Meanwhile steam the remaining cup of broccoli florettes in the microwave for three minutes on high and reserve to add to the finished soup.
Remove the Bay leaf!
With a hand held blender, puree the soup until creamy and velvety.
Add the broccoli florets and heat thru.
Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche and some chopped chives.
Sprinkle with some Basil leafs and serve piping hot.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Chia Seed Bread

Hello Folks, I just need to tell you about my new Chia Bread. My absolute favourite bread as of now.
It’s easy, nutritious, delicious and soooo all round good. You just have to try it. The Chia seed works as a moisturizer for the bread so it doesn’t dry out for….well at least two days, because that’s how long mine lasted. But it would have kept for another day, for sure. Normally home made (natural) bread goes stale within a day. But this one stay nice and fresh for days.
It’s high protein and high fibre, but mostly I can’t stretch enough how yummy it tastes.
I have a lot of favourite breads and I absolutely adore baking bread, like  Fig walnut bread, High Fibre Health Bread or  Norwegian Bread .
But I feel that this is the easiest one.
There is no real baking skill involved so don’t worry if you’re not an every day baker. All you do is knead and bake.

The smell from the oven will make it the best day of the week with a full sense of accomplishment.

Let’s do this!
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Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 50-60 minutes
Makes : 1 small loaf

INGREDIENTS:

  • 340-360 ml hand warm water, about 1 1/2 cup
  • 1 sachet instant yeast, 7 grms. / 1 1/2 tsp.
  • 1 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 cup plain spelt flour
  • 30 grms. / 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. salt


INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 210°C / 410° F
NOTE: Don’t add all the water in the beginning, leave out about a quarter cup and add the remainder if it seems dry.
Put all the ingredients in a mixer equipped with the hook attachment and knead for 5 minutes.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for another minute or so and shape into a loaf.
Place the dough in a 20cm / 8″ loaf tin, and cover loosely with cling film that has been sprayed with a little oil.
Let it rise for about an hour. This bread will not rise as much as a conventional loaf, just a bit above the tin.
Place in a pre heated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
Check after 50 minutes, by tapping on the bread, If it sounds hollow already insert a wooden skewer. If it comes out dry, remove the bread from the oven.
The baking time also depends on your oven, so be sure to check. Although this bread is very forgiving.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack before slicing.

Serving tip: A thick slice topped with avocado mash, coarse sea salt and a squeeze of lime.

Enjoy,
Myra XO

Buffalo Pulled Chicken Enchiladas

The creamiest Enchiladas you will ever make, slightly spicy and so delicious.  Perfect comfort food, for any time of year and any left overs freeze well.
I served it with a salad and it was more than enough for four people since they’re quite filling.
You could also feed six people from this recipe and serve with a side of  rice and beans,  a salad or some corn.

Serves: 4 – 6
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INGREDIENTS:
• Buffalo enchilada sauce
• 3 small chicken breasts or two large
• salt and pepper for the chicken breasts
• 1/2 C. cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
• 2 cups mozzarella
• 1 sliced avocado to serve
• some pomegranate seeds for decorating (optional)
• 8 medium Tortillas, soft
• 1/4 C. sour cream to serve

BUFFALO ENCHILADA SAUCE:
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 tbsp. flour
• 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
• 1 can chopped tomatoes
• 1 can water (from the tomatoes )
• 1 tsp. dried oregano
• a dash of cinnamon
• 1 tsp. coconut sugar
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1/2 tsp Buffalo Hot sauce like Frank’s (or more), taste as you go!!

METHOD:
Add oil to a pan and add the flour. Cook for two minutes on medium high and add the seasoning and give it a stir.
Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for about five minutes.
Blend the sauce at this point with a hand held blender for a smooth result.
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
Place the chicken breast in the sauce, bring to a simmer and cover partially. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
Remove the chicken breast form the sauce and place on a large plate, shred with two forks.
Mix the sauce with the cream cheese.
Place one cup of the sauce mixture over the shredded chicken together with 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella. Mix with a spoon.
Cover the tortillas with a damp cloth or kitchen towel and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave to soften.


Divide the chicken mixture over the tortillas and roll them up.
Get out a baking dish and cover the bottom with a thin layer of sauce.
Place the filled tortillas on top with the seam down.
Lightly spray the tortillas with cooking spray. This will help the tortillas turn golden in the oven. Place baking dish in the oven, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until the tortillas begin to turn golden.
Remove the baking dish from the oven. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese over the sauce.Lightly cover baking dish with aluminum foil and place into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil after 20 minutes and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Remove from oven.
Pour over the sour cream and place sliced avocado on top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Note: if kids are eating it might be an idea to omit the hot sauce all together and put the bottle on the table for the adults to add.
Enjoy!
Myra XO

Melted Grilled Cheese Dip

This has to be my favourite starter, and anyone who loves cheese will go mad over this. I mean who doesn’t love melted cheese?
The great thing about this recipe is that you can use any leftover cheese you may have lying around, they just have to be full fat ,  light cheeses don’t really melt properly and end up being rubbery.
You want the whole melted gooey, cheesy, stringy experience.
On the bottom of the dish there is a layer of onion confit, made by cooking a lot of onions with some brown sugar and dark balsamic vinegar. You can make your own or use a jar of store-bought onion jam or onion chutney whichever you prefer. Or even just golden fried onions will work too.
Then it’s topped with a layer of Cranberry sauce, again store-bought is fine or make your own.
Finally the whole thing is topped with mixed grated and cubed cheeses. Use whatever you have lying around. I tend to make it with leftovers, so each time its a bit different, sometimes with some added Gruyère or Roquefort, and every time its delicious and disappears in about 10 minutes (and that’s because guests are trying to polite).
It’s made in about 10 minutes plus oven!!!

⏰ Prep time : 10 minutes
🍝 Cooking time : 20 minutes
🍴 Serves : 4 as a starter
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INGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 Cup Onion Confit , Onion jam or Onion chutney
• 1/2 cup Cranberry Sauce
• a grating of pepper
• 2 tbsp. milk
• 2 tsp cornflour
• 150 gr / 5.2 oz Brie, crust remove and cut into cubes
• 150 gr. / 5.2 oz Cheddar, grated
• 100 gr. / 3.5 oz Gouda, grated

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Pre heat the oven to 220 C / 425 F
2. Place all the cheese in a bowl.
3. Mix the milk with the corn flour and mix through the cheeses.
4. Get out your baking dish and spread the onion jam, confit or chutney on the bottom
5. Then top with a layer of the cranberry sauce.
6. Cover with all the cheese from the bowl.
7. Place in the middle of a hot oven and bake for about 20 minutes until golden and bubbly.
8. Place on a big plate surrounded by crackers and bread and serve straight away.
Enjoy!
Myra XO

Oreo Cheesecake

This cheesecake is such a show stopper! Creamy like you’ve never tasted before. Filled with Oreo cookies on an Oreo cookie base. I mean Wow. This Cheesecake is basically my Kryptonite and the wonderful thing about this recipe is that it’s quite straight forward, for the crust you just crush the Oreo cookies with filling and all, add a little melted butter and done.
The filling is really simple too, so creamy and hands down my favourite cheesecake recipe. Unless you don’t want to bake in which case you’d probably be better off with something like this no-bake white chocolate cheesecake with Raspberry swirl , or if you just need a small cheesecake fix you can make these Berry Cheesecake crumble bars instead.
Either way, this cheesecake is thick, rich and dangerously decadent and a must try!

Prep time : 20 min

Baking time : 45-50 min


INGREDIENTS:

• 250 grs / 9 oz / about 22 cookies for crust
• 8 cookies for filling, quartered or roughly chopped
• 3 tbsp. melted butter
• 850 gr. / 3 ¾ cups cream cheese at room temperature
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
• 3 large eggs plus 1 yolk at room temperature

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Heat oven to 350 F / 180 C. Place the cookies for the crust in a resealable plastic bag. Flatten bag to remove excess air, then seal bag. Finely crush cookies by rolling a rolling pin across the bag. Alternatively crush cookies in a food processor by pulsing until completely crumbled. Place in a bowl and add the melted butter, mix well. Press firmly onto bottom of 8 inch/ 20 cm. non-stick spring form pan. Place in the freezer while you make your filling.
2. Beat cream cheese, flour, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Quarter the remaining 8 cookies. Gently stir into cream cheese batter. Pour over prepared crust.
3. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake at 350 F/180 C for the first 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 320 F / 160 C. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn off the oven and open the door just a tiny bit (I put a large wooden spoon in the opening or a folded tea towel), leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour. This will prevent the cheesecake from cracking*. Cool at room temperature until no longer warm to the touch. Then refrigerate for at least four hours but preferably overnight.
4. When ready to serve, decorate with whipped cream and tiny Oreo cookies if desired. I like to remove the cheesecake one hour before consuming so the cheesecake isn’t too cold.

*the trick to a perfect cheesecake is to NOT remove it from the oven straight after baking, and don’t open the oven door during baking either. This will make it crack. If that does happen any way, it’s not the end of the world, just sprinkle with crushed cookies, or decorate with fruit, Gananche or whipped cream.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail has to be one of the most classic starters I can think of. It’s one of those dishes that almost everyone loves, and is perfect for dinner parties since it’s light, fresh, delicious and elegant. Leaving you plenty of room for the main course.

You can make the sauce in advance, cook the shrimp in advance and assemble the Shrimp Cocktail just before serving, which is fairly easy.
The sauce is really delicious and that tiny bit of vanilla takes it to the next level.


Use just a small amount of Tarragon, you want a hint in the background without overpowering the Shrimp.

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Prep time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 5 minutes
Serves 4
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INGREDIENTS:

• 110 ml. / 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
• 100 ml. / 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 50 ml. / 1/4 cup crème fraîche
• 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
• A splash of tabasco (optional)
• Salt and black pepper
• 1/4 vanilla bean, scraped
• 1 tsp fresh chopped Tarragon
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• 450 gr. / 1 lb. cooked shelled prawns
• 1 iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
• 1 avocado, peeled and diced
• Some lime wedges and pomegranate arils for decorating.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine the ketchup, mayonnaise, crème fraîche, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the vanilla and chopped Tarragon
If you’re cooking the shrimp yourself; this is how.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the shrimp all at once, bring back to the boil and lower the heat to a simmer, cook until the shrimp change color to a beautiful coral. Normally for medium sized shrimp this will take about 5 minutes at the most. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Drain and cool. Then peel the shrimp and discard the shells.
Add the shrimp to the sauce and stir to coat, reserving some larger shrimp to decorate and place on top.
Place the shredded lettuce on the bottom of four glasses or glass bowls, followed by the avocado, then a generous spoonful of prawns and sauce.
Decorate with lime wedges and Pomegranate arils.
Serve straight away.

Enjoy!
Myra XO