O is for … Okra Vegetable Medley

O is for … Okra Vegetable Medley - Candy Coated Culinista

O is for … Okra Vegetable Medley – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 2-3
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 7 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 10 okras, sliced into rounds
• Handful of snow peas
• ½ red bell pepper, large dice
• Sea salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• 2 tbsp Raspberry balsamic vinegar

1. Over medium-high heat pour olive oil into the pan.
2. Once oil is heated pour in the okra, snap peas and red peppers.
3. Add in the salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar and stir.
4. Let cook for 7 minutes and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I always find okra to be slimy even when fresh since childhood. That aside the dish was tasty and there was a distinct okra flavour.

Apple Rose Tarts & Rose Bud Tarts

Apple Rose Tarts - Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts – Candy Coated Culinista

I have been eyeing this recipe for about a year now and have wanted to make apple rose tarts so badly. I just didn’t trust my skill level; as I found this to be one of those what I like to call more “cheffy” desserts; which requires a certain amount of skill and finesse that this home cook probably doesn’t have yet. Well when my male co-worker came to work after promising to make these with 24 apple rose tarts in hand believe me it was on. I thought if he can do it I can surely, not because he was a male but because he isn’t a baker by any means. So if that’s the case then what am I afraid of and that weekend I spent a couple of hours squashing my fear.

Yield/Serving: 14-18
Prep Time:
1 hour
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty level is: Medium, time consuming

• 450g box of butter puff pastry , contains 2 rolls/packages
• 6 royal gala apples, thinly sliced
• Lemon juice
• 1 cup raspberry jam
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp cardamon
• Raspberries, for centre of tart
• Confectioners’ sugar, to decorate

1. Preheat oven to 360°F.
2. Spray muffin tray with cooking spray.
3. Prepare butter puff pastry as instructed on the box.
4. Work on a marble surface if possible like a pastry board, or otherwise flour your surface.
5. Roll out the puff pastry until thinned and slices sheet into 6 stripes of pastries.
6. In a small bowl mix raspberry jam and cinnamon until combined.
7. Cut apples in half and core.
8. Using a mandoline thinly slice apples and place in a bowl with lemon juice and toss. (so apples don’t brown)
9. Using a microwave safe bowl cook apples for 40 seconds until apple are pliable.
10. Brush entire puff pastry with raspberry jam.
11. Make a dome shape with the apples on the top edge of the puff pastry; letting the apple peak overtop.
12. Overlap the apples until you reach the end of the puff pastry.
13. Turn up the bottom half of the puff pastry to seal the apples in.
14. Roll the pastry tight and place in the muffin tray.
15. Place raspberry in the centre.
16. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until puff pastry is a golden brown.

• Use one full stripe for a full sized tart and cut pastry strip in half for a mini sized tart.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have no idea what I was afraid of as these turned out so well and I even did a little recipe variations as I never like to copy a recipe exactly. The dough was flaky with the sweet and tart quality to the apple and raspberry. These went very fast for father’s day and the compliments came in just as fast. This took a lot of time and lots of love was put into this recipe for sure; but it was worth it in the end. People couldn’t believe I made this and frankly I couldn’t either.

Apple Rose Tarts - Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts – Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts - Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts – Candy Coated Culinista

Raspberry Jam & Peach Yoghurt Weeknight Bundt

Raspberry Jam & Peach Yoghurt Weeknight Bundt - Candy Coated Culinista

Raspberry Jam & Peach Yoghurt Weeknight Bundt – Candy Coated Culinista

You’ve just got home from work and you have guests coming over in an hour and a half; what can I prepare that is fast and tasty and fool proof under this time crunch and on the fly with whatever is in the pantry? Well this raspberry jam and peach yoghurt cake fit the bill. I was a little worried as I didn’t have a solidified recipe; but I let my instincts kick in and carried on.

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 – 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

• 1 cup self-rising flour
• 2 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/3 cup butter, cold and diced
• 1 egg
• 1/3 cup peach yoghurt
• 1/2 cup milk
• ½ cup raspberry jam
• ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tbsp water

1. Preheat oven to 320°F and spray pan with non-stick spray.
2. Sieve flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
3. Using your hands mix the cold butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
4. In separate bowl whisk together yoghurt, milk, egg and then pour the mixture into the flour and combine using fork until it becomes a dough.
5. Add two-thirds of the raspberry jam into the dough and incorporate; but don’t overwork.
6. Pour dough into a bundt pan and bake for one hour, or until golden brown on top.
7. In a medium size bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar add water and drizzle over top of cake.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Reviews were “this is a surprisingly moist cake” and I couldn’t agree more. I was a little worried with the hour cook time I would have no time to redo or make a new dessert before my guests arrived; but I pulled it off and sent the leftovers home with them.

Buttery Balsamic Green Beans

Buttery Balsamic Green Beans - Candy Coated Culinista

Buttery Balsamic Green Beans – Candy Coated Culinista

Sweet, buttery, tart and salty and on a beautiful vegetable… this can’t get any better.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

• Green beans, 2 handfuls
• 2 tbsp Vegetarian margarine
• 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
• 1 tbsp Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
• 1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
• Feta Cheese, to taste

1. Using a saucepan; bring water to a boil.
2. Add green beans into a steamer basket cover and reduce to medium heat and steam until just cooked.
3. Place steamed green beans in a bowl and add margarine, agave nectar and raspberry balsamic vinegar and coat.
4. Add dried cranberries and mix.
5. Plate and sprinkle feta cheese on top and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I made this recipe with what was in my panty and fridge and this turned out amazing. I love how some of my best recipes come from just what is on hand at the time. I have already made this simple recipe twice already and I will continue to make this time and time again. The dressing is a great way to get that picky eater to at least take a few bites of a not so favorite vegetable. I did however have to take their portion; because I just knew it all wouldn’t be eaten. A valiant effort was made and it was appreciated.

Raspberry Mango Pineapple Yogurt Ice Pops

Raspberry Mango Pineapple Yogurt Ice Pops - Candy Coated Culinista

Raspberry Mango Pineapple Yogurt Ice Pops – Candy Coated Culinista

It’s summer and when summer hits I have a slushie every other day habit; and I need to kick it for me and my wallet. I will enjoy any iced treat from Mac’s, Second Cup, Timothy’s, Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Tim Horton’s, Icee’s at the movies even the ones fast food restaurants and pumping out now. We’re in a heat wave this week with 40°C weather with the humidex, so I decided to use the Popsicle moulds I bought at the end of May and start making healthier popsicles myself.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 24 hours in the freezer to set
Difficulty level is: Easy

• 12 oz raspberries
• 4 tbsp sugar
• 100g IOGO Mango Pineapple yogurt

1. Toss raspberries and sugar into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Place a portion of the raspberry puree into the bottom of the molds, then add the yoghurt and then finally top off with more raspberries.
3. Place the sticks in and freeze for 24 hours.
4. Once frozen run a little cold water over the mould to dislodged the pop.

• Remember to add more sugar than how it tastes not frozen. When it freezes the sweetness lessens.
• Leave a little space at the top for expansion.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Yeah!! Cheap homemade ice pops and made with yogurt; which I cannot eat unless it’s apparently in a smoothie and masked with fruit or in a ice pop. It was a little tart so I would add more sugar to ensure sweetness when it is frozen. I adjusted the recipe to 4 tbsp instead of the 2 tbsp I used. I couldn’t wait and snuck an ice pop at the 20 hour mark and it was frozen already. It just depends on what setting your fridge is at.

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