It was such a joy to come across a gluten free cafe last month when we accompanied Mr MaMT on one of his business trips, during the hols. The owner of the cafe was a nutritional therapist and told us that she liked to put together a healthy, nutrient dense lunch menu at reasonable prices – which was just what we needed when we were on our travels!
Anyway, this savoury flapjack is inspired by the ‘seed jack’ Miss 13yo chose with her large plate of chopped salads, and it’s now something I regularly make and add to my 16yo boy’s lunchbox for a protein punch. Plus I tell him the zinc from the seeds will help his hormonal skin! 😉. Miss 13yo might take a slice for her lunch with some side salad and Mr MaMT and I also enjoy a slice with our lunch-time soup, as opposed to the usual bread … Very versatile!
Mill 10 seconds/ speed 9:
200g mixed seeds (I use a mixture of pumpkin/ sunflower / chia / linseed / sesame)
Add to bowl and chop 3-5 seconds / speed 6:
200g strong (organic) cheddar, cut into 1cm cubes. (On one occasion, I even used up some halloumi as no-one would eat it otherwise)
Set aside with the seeds
Add and give them 3-4 turbo blasts until neatly chopped:
200g roughly chopped mixed veggies (I use cabbage, onion and carrot)
Add and mix 10 seconds/ reverse / speed 4:
1 tsp GF baking powder (opt)
Mixed herbs of choice
Pinch salt and pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric (opt)
Give the mix a manual stir with the TM spatula, if necessary, then pop into a greaseproof lined 25 x 20 cm tin (approx) and bake 20 minutes / 200 degs
Remove from tin with the baking paper and once cooled a little, cut into 8 rectangular portions.
Refrigerate or freeze and add to your kids’ lunchboxes, as required.
I'm Mum to two beautiful artistic and creative children and wife to Financial Adviser Dan. I might as well give him a plug, as he's very passionate about helping people get their retirement on track and works very hard, often into the wee hours.
Anyway, moving on ... We left Melbourne in 2010 to relocate to England. Dan and the kids are all Aussie born, whilst I'm from old Blighty. Aside from living in Germany for 6 months back in the 80s to polish up my German, I lived in Australia for 14 years all up; a reasonable chunk of my life, so yes, I do miss many aspects ... big, clean, uncluttered streets, good coffee, the health and dental service, some dear friends and rellies, barbecues in parks, reasonably priced council rates and generally the positive Aussie attitude of giving someone a 'fair go'. I don't miss the stinky and relentless 40-45degree days in summer, poor TV or AFL talk. Yawn yawn. Britain has such rich heritage and history, fabulous architecture and beautiful countryside ... we just need to appreciate it more ... a bit more sunshine wouldn't go amiss either!!!!
Before we left Australia in 2010 to embark on a new chapter in our lives, my sister-in-law very very generously gifted to us, what now ranks as the best present ever: A Thermomix! "What's this?", you may ask ... "never heard of it" ... well, in short, it's a unique power blender / food processor, which weighs, cooks and steams. Let me tell you, it's a mighty fine piece of German engineering and we have alot of quality time together. "What does it do that's so special?", you might ask. Well, what doesn't it do? It weighs, cooks, chops, crushes, grinds, mills, grates, emulsifies, whips, mixes, blends, kneads, simmers and steams. Did I miss anything? Basically, it's the equivalent of about 10 appliances in your kitchen. To a certain extent, it even washes itself - but you still need your dishwasher!
It's perfect for people with special dietary needs, eg Coeliac Disease (which Dan has) or food allergies; busy mums; busy career people; chefs; foodies who love experimenting with their own flavours; foodies who love making their own spices/curry paste, soup, butter, jam, mayonnaise etc and others who enjoy the convenience and speed, or who will otherwise not bother cooking healthily.
Thermomix is an extremely popular member of many households in Australia, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Italy and Spain, perhaps not quite so well-known in Britain, but it's getting there ...