Quick Cucumber Pickle

This little gem of a condiment is probably one of the easiest things to come from my kitchen.

It’s so easy even Archie helps to make it – also it’s his favourite thing at the moment so he’s keen to have a stash in the fridge.

This pickle can be teamed with anything. Perfect for adding to burgers, pimping up a curry or stir-fry by adding a freshness. Basically it can make friends with any kind of dish and it will make it taste good.

QUICK CUCUMBER PICKLE

1 cup of white vinegar

1 cup of water

3/4 cup of white sugar

1 pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)

1 telegraph cucumber (sliced)

METHOD

Add vinegar, water, sugar and chilli (if using) to a saucepan and bring to the boil.

Slice your cucumber – not too thin and not too thick.

Once the pickle liquid has boiled take off the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

Add the cucumber.

Cover with a lid and leave to cool.

It’s ready to eat.

You can keep it stored in the fridge for 1 week. Just put the cucumber and liquid into a sterilised* jar.

*To sterlise a jar – Make sure it is clean and fill it with boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Empty and add your contents. Don’t forget the lid. Place the lid in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place on the jar. Remember once you have sterlised the jar don’t touch the inside of the jar or lid.

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Sticky Pork Bao with my Quick Cucumber Pickle.
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BLISS BALLS

I have an announcement.

I am no longer a maker of bliss ball virgin. My cherry has been popped.

Now I have eaten my fair share of them but to be honest I just couldn’t be bothered making them. I barely have time to pee in peace let alone get amongst a bliss ball recipe.

So I sucked it up got Mr almost 4 involved and it was actually surprisingly easy and he LOVED it!

When LUXE Fitness approached me to try their new protein powder I was a little dubious. I don’t do shakes and I definitely don’t do smoothies. Don’t get me wrong I like the idea but it’s a textural thing for me and I instantly feel like gagging …. moving on, even the thought is making me gag!

Instead of using it in a shake or smoothie I decided to check out their website of recipes and there in all it’s orby lucious goodness (channeling my inner Nigella here!) were the peanut protein balls.

In true me fashion I didn’t have half of the things in my cupboard so I took their recipe and threw my spin on it.

Crunchy Peanut Bliss Balls

1.5 cups oats
1 cup of pitted dates
1/2 cup LUXE protein powder
4 TBSP GO superfood Cacao powder
1/2 – 3/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter (we used Pic’s PB)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (we used Equagold vanilla paste)
water to bind

Method

It’s pretty darn simple. Chuck everything into your food processor. Blitz til everything in combined. Add water until it comes together.

Use a teaspoon and roll into balls. Dust with the Cacao powder and you are done.

Very Berry Bliss Balls

1.5 cups oats
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup LUXE protein powder
2 TBSP GO superfood Cacao powder
1 tsp GO superfood Camu Camu powder (if you don’t have this just add more raspberries)
1/2 – 3/4 cup FRESH AS freeze dried raspberries
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (we used Equagold vanilla paste)
water to bind
1/4 cup desiccated coconut (to rolls balls)

Method

It’s pretty darn simple. Chuck everything into your food processor. Blitz til everything in combined. Add water until it comes together.

Use a teaspoon and roll into balls. Crush the freeze dried raspberries into a powder and mix with the coconut. Roll the balls in the coconut and raspberry mix and your are done.

The only downside to this whole exercise is that I had to borrow my mother’s food processor because we don’t have one. Then I remembered why …….. they are a complete B***H to clean!

J x