Monthly Archives: June 2009

Limited edition individual rhubarb polenta cakes ready to order now….

We are really into rhubarb at the moment.

It is just such an appealing vegetable: pretty colours (red and green), a veg which is used as a fruit, good in cakes, as a compote with plump raisins, poached with strawberries and served alongside a deliciously wobbly panna cotta or even as a sauce with mackerel/herring/salmon where the astringency cuts beautifully through the oily fish.

So next week we’re baking ……

Rhubarb polenta cake (£ 2.50 each)

These dinky, individual cakes make  a great tea-time treat: not too sweet and pleasingly crunchy because of the polenta which usefully soaks up the juices from the rhubarb. They would also work really well as a pudding, perhaps with a drizzle of cream or a blob of mascarpone (or lower fat ricotta).

This cake is make with live bio yoghurt, eggs, polenta and a wheat-free flour blend. Rhubarb is 94% water and therefore extremely low in calories. It is a good source of potassium which works with sodium in the body to regulate fuid balance in the body. The live yoghurt supplies “good” bacteria and prevents the growth of “bad” bacteria. Like other dairy foods, yoghurt is a valuable source of calcium, a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth.

Nutrition per cake

Energy

(kcal)

Protein

(g)

Fat

(g)

Of which saturates

(g)

Carbo-

hydrate (g)

Of which  sugars (g)

Fibre

(g)

Sodium

(mg)

Salt

(g)

361 

6.5

13

7

57

34

1.5

277

0.7

 

Dark chocolate & hazelnut brownie (£ 1.50 each)

These don’t really need an introduction….

They are in my modest opinion easily the best, most chocolate-y brownie around. The hazelnuts (which are toasted first to bring out their nuttiness) make a nice change from the ubiquitous walnuts and provide a lovely contrast with the soft brownie.

Dark chocolate is a good source of copper and provides useful amounts of iron. Indeed there is scientific evidence that eating chocolate can be good for you. Studies suggest that people who indulge once in a while tend to be more relaxed and happier….. and medical evidence shows that happy people live longer! Hazelnuts are particularly rich in vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant.

Need  I say more!

Perhaps, how about a big pile of brownies instead of a pudding or as a birthday cake (very cute with lots of small candles – I have tried it).

Perhaps the “good for everything” brownie should be the image for The Big Treat movement?

Nutrition per brownie

Energy

(kcal)

Protein

(g)

Fat

(g)

Of which saturates

(g)

Carbo-

hydrate (g)

Of which  sugars (g)

Fibre

(g)

Sodium

(mg)

Salt

(g)

415 

6

27

12

40

32

1.5

121

0.3

 

Orders please by midday Tuesday 23/6 for delivery on Thursday.

Best,

Monique

 

 

 

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The Big Treat

When did you last give yourself a treat?

What did you do?

And how did you feel afterwards?

I may have told you that I set up a Health Think Tank with 2 other people a couple of months ago.

We had another meeting  recently where we were joined by like minded, enthusiastic creatives who want to share the message of good (physical and mental) health with the wider world.

Our first project will be a “campaign” (I am using this word cautiously because I think it smacks of negative things and militants – which is not what we are not about) called The Big Treat.

The idea is to encourage people to look after themselves, to be “selfish” and reward + treat (in both meanings of the word) themselves by doing something positive.

I will tell you more about the mechanics of the “movement” (surely that is a much nicer word?) and how you can get involved.

For now you can help us by answering the above question and letting me have your suggestion via the blog or at info@savvycook.co.uk .

I am offering a week worth of cakes for the most imaginative idea!

Enjoy the weekend when it comes round…..

Monique

Baking inspired by the weather

The weather is supposed to improve from Friday, but I can’t help being inspired by the current spell of wet weather.

Therefore, on next week’s menu you will find

Damp lemon & almond cake (£ 13.50, serves 6-8 )

This cake is quite plain and dense, but not less delicious because of it if you like that kind of thing (which I happen to do).

It is quite a rich cake which would be equally at home as a pudding perhaps with a few raspberries served on the side in which cake it would feed 8 + very comfortably.

Almonds provide a good source of protein and also contain several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, several of the B group of vitamins, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. All contained in one small nut! They are also a useful source of calcium for people who do not include dairy foods in their diet.

Nutrition per portion

Energy

(kcal)

Protein

(g)

Fat

(g)

Of which saturates

(g)

Carbo-

hydrate (g)

Of which  sugars (g)

Fibre

(g)

Sodium

(mg)

Salt

(g)

562

 

11

43

17

37

31

2

223

0.55

 

Zesty carrot & sultana cupcakes (£ 1.65 each)

Delightfully fragrant little things these, made with lots of orange zest and ground mixed spice. Perfect with a cup of strong, black tea and robust enough to take on a picnic should the weather suddenly turn fine.

Carrots are one of the richest sources of the anti-oxident beta carotene, which helps to protects the body from free radicals which can cause damage in our bodies. Although carrots were known to the Greeks and Romans, they were not widely used in Europe until the middle ages.

Nutrition per portion

Energy

(kcal)

Protein

(g)

Fat

(g)

Of which saturates

(g)

Carbo-

hydrate (g)

Of which  sugars (g)

Fibre

(g)

Sodium

(mg)

Salt

(g)

361

 

6

21

2

41

28

3

133

0.3

 

Thank you to those of you who are already making Savvy cakes an integral part of your weekends!

Your business is much appreciated and Savvy Cook hopes that our cakes are making your day more delicious.

Monique

What’s baking in Savvy Cook’s kitchen this week?

Rather belatedly, here’s what will be baking in our kitchen this week.

Given the fact that the weather is going to be  quite bit cooler for  a couple of more days, a delicious ginger cake and some fig & walnut biscuits which would both be perfect with – dare I say it – a cup of hot chocolate or a cup of strong Assam tea,  no milk for me.

Parkin (serves 10-12, £ 9.50)

Densely satisfying cake with a deeply gingery smell and flavour; keeps really well, if anything it improves with age. A bit like men.

Oatmeal is an excellent source of soluble fibre. This can help reduce high blood cholesterol levels. It also slows the absorption of sugar in the body which in turn helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Blackstrap molasses is the most nutritious type of molasses. It contains lots of minerals important for health including iron, calcium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.

Nutrition per slice

Energy

(kcal)

Protein

(g)

Fat

(g)

Of which saturates

(g)

Carbo-

hydrate (g)

Of which  sugars (g)

Fibre

(g)

Sodium

(mg)

Salt

(g)

279 

5

10

5

46

27

2

275

0.6

 

 

Fig & walnut crunchies (£ 1.50 for 3 biscuits)

Delicously chunky biscuits made with gram (chickpea) and barley flour + jumbo oats.

Dried figs are a good source of potassium, calcium and iron as well as fibre. They contain both insoluble fibre (helping to keep the digestive system healthy and regular) and soluble fibre (helping to control levels of cholesterol and sugar in the blood). Walnuts are rich in protein and contain several antioxidant nutrients including selenium, zinc, copper and vitamins E.

Nutrition per portion of 3

Energy

(kcal)

Protein

(g)

Fat

(g)

Of which saturates

(g)

Carbo-

hydrate (g)

Of which  sugars (g)

Fibre

(g)

Sodium

(mg)

Salt

(g)

177

 

3

10

5

20

9

2

87

0.2

 

Please let us have your order by midday on Tuesday for delivery on Thursday or Friday, via e-mail at info@savvycook.co.uk or leave a comment and one of us will be in touch.

Best,

Monique

Hedgerow cocktail

I sampled this delicious cocktail last week at a round table meeting with the theme “designing your way out of a recesion”.

Although the weather is not quite what it was last weekend, this is a useful “recipe” to have up your sleeve for when the sunshine returns:

(Official name) “Le Jardin Fizz”

Courvoisier Exclusif, tonic water, lime and elderflower cordial combine in this refreshing summer time thirst quencher.

  • 35ml Exclusif
  • 15ml cordial
  • 100ml tonic water
  • lots if ice and freshly squeezed lime juice

Sante!

Monique