Happiness Bread

Happiness Bread is a soft savoury gluten-free and grain-free bread, packed with sweet potato, nuts and seeds with the golden scent of turmeric which is perfect for kick-starting your day.

Sliced loaf of Happiness Bread on a blue lined napkin

Having a loaf of Happiness Bread on stand by during the week means that breakfast time is a doddle. I think sorting out breakfast for the week is one of the most important meal-prepping tasks you can do. For the mornings when the alarm doesn’t go off and you are running late for the school run you definitely need a grab-and-go breakfast which is protein packed, satisfying and full of delicious healthy ingredients. And who doesn’t need a dose of happy in the mornings?

Why is this recipe so brilliant?

  • Made from sweet potato, coconut flour and a smattering of tapioca flour which makes it a grain-free, paleo bread.
  • It has a lovely soft moist texture so it’s easy to eat and gentle on your digestion.
  • This is a savoury sweet potato bread so you can pair it really well with bacon and eggs in the morning or to accompany soup or salad for lunch.
  • Turmeric is the golden ingredient. It’s incredibly good for you and also creates a beautiful sunny colour to your loaf.

Please note Happiness Bread is a lot softer and more cakey than your regular sandwich loaf so if you want a bread which is a bit more traditional then have a look at this Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread recipe which is so easy and also vegan (but not grain-free!).

Loaf of Happiness Bread on a blue linen napkin next to a bread knife.

Ingredients

  • Mashed sweet potato – loads of tips for preparing below.
  • Eggs – medium
  • Cashew butter – ever making your own Cashew Butter?
  • Coconut oil – you can use unrefined which is more economical.
  • Coconut flour – gives a delicious coconutty taste.
  • Tapioca flour – used to give the loaf a lovely crust.
  • Nuts – walnuts and flaked almonds are used here. Used whole for lovely texture. You can sub for any nuts. Pecans are delicious here too.
  • Seeds – we’re going crazy with chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax for loads of protein power, taste and texture.
  • Ground Turmeric – 1 whole tablespoon. Treating ourselves – it’s an antioxidant and has strong anti-inflammatory effects. It’s a great ingredient as you don’t need a lot of it for it to be beneficial.
  • Baking powder –  for rise and tenderness.
  • Salt – I prefer to use kosher salt as it is a more gentle salt which supports the flavour of all the ingredients.

If you love using sweet potato in baking then have a look at these gluten-free recipes:

Loaf of Happiness Bread on a blue linen napkin

How do you make Happiness Bread?

Detailed method in the recipe card below

  1. Beat the mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, cashew butter and cooled coconut oil together in a large bowl or food mixer.
  2. Combine all the other ingredients in a separate bowl (saving some of the nuts and seeds for scattering over the top) and then mix into the wet ingredients.
  3. Pour into a lined and greased 2lb loaf tin. Scatter over some nuts and seeds then bake at 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4 for 50 minutes.

Sweet Potato Tip

I do not recommend peeling, cubing and boiling the sweet potato to prepare it for this recipe. You lose a lot of the sweet flavour and nutrients which leaches out into the water. Instead I urge you to go the extra step of cooking your sweet potato in their skins as follows:

Two ways to prepare the Sweet Potato:

1. Oven Baked

  1. Wrap the sweet potatoes individually in aluminium foil and place in a large roasting tin.
  2. Bake at 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4 for between 1-1½ hours, depending on how big the potato is.
  3. Test for doneness by pressing lightly into the potato through the foil. It should feel very soft beneath your finger.
  4. Leave the potatoes to cool a little then unwrap the foil and peel away the skin of the potatoes which will come away very easily.
  5. Mash the flesh with a fork and refrigerate until needed.

2. Instant Pot

  1. Pour 250ml water into your Instant Pot insert.
  2. Place a silicone sling or trivet into the bottom of the insert.
  3. Arrange unpeeled whole sweet potatoes onto the silicone sling in a single layer.
  4. Click the lid into place, set the valve to sealed, press Pressure Cook and set the timer for 15 minutes. (Bear in mind it takes about 5-8 minutes for the pot to come to pressure).
  5. Once the timer goes off you can quick release the pressure from your pot. Once the steam has gone, open the Instant Pot and turn off.

Sliced loaf of Happiness Bread on blue linen napkin

Happiness Bread FAQs

How can you store it? This is a very moist bread. It is best kept in an airtight tin or in the fridge.

How long does it keep for? It keeps for up to 3 days out of the fridge and up to 5 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze it? Yes, wrap well and it keeps for up to 2 months in the freezer. I recommend freezing in slices so you can pull them out the night before ready for the next day. 

What can you eat Happiness Bread with?

  • Delicious just slathered with butter.
  • Even better with extra nut butter on top.
  • Piled high with bacon or turkey and avocado for a substantial meal.
  • Served with eggs, anyway you fancy.
  • To accompany your favourite soup (which I always think needs a bit of bread on hand)

Variations on the recipe

  • Happy Pumpkin Bread – To avoid the effort of preparing the sweet potato you can make this bread with tinned pumpkin.
  • Happy Banana Bread – Swap out the sweet potato for banana! This bread will be a lot sweeter and takes it more into the realm of cake rather than bread, but hey, who ever said that was a problem!!

Sliced loaf of Happiness bread with butter slathered over one slice.

Since introducing this bread to your morning routine I guarantee it will make you very happy. Having an easy and filling breakfast is worth its weight in gold.

Another lovely way of eating Sweet Potato in the mornings is with these Sweet Potato & Bacon Rosti. A firm favourite and incredibly popular recipe. Great for meal prepping too!

I urge you to give this Happiness Bread a try. If you do then please leave a comment below and give the recipe a rating which will help others find the recipe on Google. If you use this recipe as a building block for your own culinary creation I’d also love it if you tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Happiness Bread is a soft savoury gluten-free and paleo bread, packed with sweet potato, nuts, seeds, coconut and turmeric. Perfect for kick-starting your day, nay your year.

Happiness Bread

Happiness Bread is a soft savoury gluten-free and grain-free bread, packed with sweet potato, nuts and seeds with the golden scent of turmeric which is perfect for kick-starting your day.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 362kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g cooked sweet potato* about 3
  • 4 eggs medium
  • 140 g cashew butter
  • 60 g coconut oil melted to liquid state
  • 75 g coconut flour
  • 30 g tapioca flour
  • 75 g walnut halves
  • 30 g chia seeds
  • 25 g flaked almonds
  • 25 g pumpkin seeds
  • 20 g sunflower seeds
  • 20 g sesame seeds
  • 15 g ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C / 160°C  fan / gas mark 4 and line and grease a 2lb loaf tin.
  • Beat the sweet potato, eggs, cashew butter and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl or food mixer.
  • Reserve a few of the nuts and seeds for sprinkling on the top of the loaf.
  • Combine the coconut flour, tapioca flour, the rest of the nuts and seeds, turmeric, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Tip the dry ingredients into the sweet potato mixture and beat until well combined.
  • Pour into the loaf tin, smooth down the top and scatter over the reserved nuts and seeds.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes or until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean.

Notes

You can prepare the sweet potato in the oven or the Instant Pot:
  • To cook in the oven wrap each potato in aluminium foil and bake for 1-1 ½ hours (depending on the size of the potato). Leave to cool then unwrap from the foil, peel away the skins and mash the flesh with a fork.
  • To cook in the Instant Pot, pour in 250ml of water into the Instant Pot insert. Set over a trivet and place the whole sweet potatoes in a single layer. Pressure cook for 15 minutes and then quick release after 5 minutes. Peel the sweet potatoes away from their skins and mash with a fork.
Happiness Bread is very moist and as such keeps well in the fridge for up to 5 days. (or 3 days out of the fridge)
It can be frozen for up to 2 months. It’s a good idea to freeze in slices so you can remove them from the freezer the night before you want to eat some.

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5770IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 3.1mg

The Best Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel

The Best Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel is made with seasoned almond flour and is a 10 minute wonder meal.

overhead view of Plate of Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw and lemon

Chicken Schnitzel is definitely my favourite weeknight meal at the moment. I am having it every other night and I can’t see I will ever get tired of it. It’s crisp on the outside with the chicken perfectly juicy on the inside. This recipe is also super quick with limited ingredients and just happens to fit in nicely with the Whole30 which I’m currently in another round of. There are no breadcrumbs needed in this recipe as the almond flour crisps up deliciously in the pan without being too crunchy or nutty.

close up of Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw and lemon

Almond flour is my secret weapon in making the best gluten-free Chicken Schnitzel. It’s actually not that easy to get hold of though so do check if you’re ordering it online that it is actually the finely milled almond flour that you are buying. Quite often you’ll find ground almonds are packaged up as almond flour but that’s not what you’re looking for here. The almond flour you want is white, powdery and well, flour-like.

You will be using the almond flour exactly the same way you would if you were coating with regular flour. Your chicken is bashed gently out to an even thickness with a meat mallet, then dipped in beaten egg and then finally dredged through the seasoned almond flour. Season the flour well so that the crisp coating is ultra flavourful. The chicken is then pan-fried for three minutes each side and before you can google the correct spelling for schnitzel, dinner is done.

Plate of Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw and lemon

I love to serve the best gluten-free Chicken Schnitzel with a quick homemade coleslaw. I haven’t included an exact recipe below as you can use whatever veg you happen to have in the fridge to make it. I feel I have hit the jackpot though if I have carrots, red cabbage and fennel in. I just throw them into the food processor fixed with the grater attachment and mix the shredded veg with some mayo (I often don’t put onions in as they need to be sliced by hand and frankly I can’t be bothered). If I’m feeling really decadent I’ll sauté up some new potatoes but really that’s fancy-talk as the dish doesn’t need it. But whatever you do, don’t forget the squeeze of fresh lemon. It’s essential.

Plate of Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw and lemon

SHOP THE RECIPE

  • Almond Flour
  • Meat Tenderiser
  • Ghee
  • Cast iron skillet

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The Best Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel

The Best Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel is made with seasoned almond flour and is a 10 minute wonder meal.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 716kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 45 g almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion granules
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 chicken breast

Instructions

  • Melt the ghee in a large flat bottomed saucepan or cast iron pan and turn to a medium-low heat.
  • Whisk together the almond flour with the paprika, onion granules, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt and pepper and sprinkle evenly onto a plate.
  • Break the egg into a medium sized bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Batter the chicken breast gently to an even 1 inch thickness, then dip first into the egg, then once fully coated dredge through the almond flour so it’s coated well on both sides.
  • Carefully place the chicken into the pan and cook for 3 minutes each side until golden.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan, cut into even strips and serve with homemade coleslaw.

Notes

*you can use olive oil but I like the flavour of ghee the best.

Nutrition

Calories: 716kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 346mg | Sodium: 907mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.5mg

Matcha Protein Breakfast Shake

If you’re looking for an energising delicious breakfast shake which is gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan then this Matcha Protein Breakfast Shake has your name all over it. Guaranteed to motivate you and your body.

Matcha Protein Breakfast Shake

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy eater. ‘I will pretty much eat anything’ I will self-righteously declare to all and sundry. But if you dare to serve me breakfast then you’ll generally find I throw a sudden and unpleasant temper tantrum.

You see in my opinion breakfast is the worst. An amalgamation of all my least favourite things to eat; some because I am intolerant – gluten, oats and to a lesser extent dairy and some because I outright think they are heinous devil foods – eggs, mushrooms and baked beans.

So I have this horrid dichotomy of always waking up starving but delaying my body food until a more palatable meal comes my way, say lunch (although I am not averse to having lunch or even dinner for breakfast if I am feeling especially wanton).

The Ultimate Fast Food

Then, as the adverts say, I discovered protein shakes. Not smoothies, with endless helpings of fruit which dive me headlong into a sugar crash before 9am, but a less sweet and more nutrient packed shake.

These take mere moments to prepare, just slam everything into the blender and whizz up, which I then consume whilst feeding Cole, clearing up his breakfast and getting him dressed. They are the ultimate fast food and don’t contain any ingredients that make my body want to heave – which can only be a good thing.

Matcha Protein Breakfast Shake

What ingredients to put in a protein shake

There are so many delicious and healthful choices to include in a protein shake. I prefer to keep mine dairy-free but there are several substitutions you can make here.

  • Avocado – makes the shake deliciously creamy
  • Banana – gives the shake sweetness and thickness
  • Almond butter – excellent source of protein (you can sub with cashew butter)
  • Kale – for our vitamins and iron
  • Chia seeds – more delicious protein
  • Flaxseed – and even more protein
  • Hemp powder – plant based protein powder
  • Matcha – for flavour and calming properties
  • Coconut water – thinning down our thick shake with flavour (you can use tap water)

The result is creamy, refreshing and satisfying. The perfect start to the day.

Matcha

The star ingredient in this breakfast shake though is the matcha green tea powder which I have been experimenting with as an ingredient, mainly in my baking, for a while now. It has such a unique grassy flavour that becomes quite addictive.

How much Matcha to use

Various brands of matcha have different strengths so if you are unsure how the strength of your matcha holds up to other brands then being by using only 1 teaspoon. Give the shake a try and if it seems a bit light on the delicate earthy grassy notes matcha is renowned for then add another.

 

Matcha Protein Breakfast Shake

An energising delicious breakfast shake which is gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan. Guaranteed to motivate you and your body.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Servings: 1 large shake
Calories: 542kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 25 g kale 1 large handful, blanched
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
  • 3 teaspoons hemp protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 250 ml coconut water
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Bung it all in the blender, blitz until smooth and away you go!

Notes

  • The recipe specifies to blanch the kale which makes it easier to digest. However, if you don't have the time then you can add it in de-stemmed and raw.
  • You can swap the almond butter for cashew butter or peanut butter to mix up your morning flavours.
  • I use a very high quality grade matcha tea which is a clear bright green colour. The brighter the green the better the tea quality.
  • The finished shake is quite thick. You can thin it down by using more ice cubes and coconut water. If you go down this route then the shake would probably serve 2 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 1826mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2920IU | Vitamin C: 56.3mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 4.9mg

 

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Chargrilled Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Anchovy: Day 30 of Whole30

Chargrilled Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Anchovy
My new food fad came about completely by accident last week. I had finished a particularly grueling personal training session and was so ravenous I could have eaten the entire contents of my kitchen, but so exhausted I didn’t have the energy to lift a finger. I think I stared vacantly into my fridge for a good ten minutes, willing the food to leap out and cook itself. Thank goodness I spied some skirt steak, the quickest cooking cut of beef there is. The injection of iron is perfect after exercise to replenish energy stores.

I had been meaning to make something with the half jar of sun-dried tomatoes that had been languishing at the back of the fridge for a while. So I seized the opportunity for a no-nonsense accompaniment to my steak and threw it in the blender. Then I basically just started throwing other stuff in the blender that seemed to go with it. It was the addition of the tin of anchovies though that turned this from a quick practical supper to a heady combination of meditteranean influence as the kitchen suddenly filled with the salty sweet herby aroma of summer. The sun streamed through the window as I threw my steak on the griddle and I ended up with the most divine heart strengthening salad I have had in my entire Whole30 month. And I have had a lot of salads.

Chargrilled Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Anchovy  |  Stroud Green Larder

There was plenty of the sauce left over and I have pretty much been adding it to everything ever since. A couple of tablespoons went into a bolognaise I was making, a teaspoon went into some fresh tomatoes to bolster the flavour and I have even been dunking celery into it as a very satisfying snack. The anchovies inject such a deep intensity of savouriness without you even knowing they are there. The sun-dried tomatoes, which can sometimes be a little cloying by themselves, sing of sunshine sweetness whilst the red wine vinegar brings the two into check and the herbs boost the freshness.

Do make this and use it as a salad dressing, a bagna cauda type dip or a pasta sauce; add to your stews, soups or even use as the tomato base for your pizzas. It’s quick to put together and you will reap the benefit for many meals to come. I would imagine it would keep for about a week in the fridge, but it’s far to useful to last that long and mine most certainly didn’t. Luckily, I made some more.

Well, that was it. The very last recipe on my Whole30 challenge. It has been a very good month, I haven’t blogged about even half the lovely recipes I have discovered and I can’t say I have missed out on that much (but oh my goodness I can’t wait to have a gin and tonic). The only real unquenchable craving I’ve had is the actual act of baking which I can’t wait to get back to as soon as possible. Oh, and I have lost a little bit of weight which was the point of the whole exercise but not enough that I can rest on my laurels. So this will not be the end of everything I have learned on the Whole30. I am sure lots of what I blog about in the future will continue in the Whole30 or paleo vein but interspersed with a little bit more cake.

Chargrilled Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Anchovy  |  Stroud Green Larder

Just as a quick note before you get onto the recipe. I originally made this with skirt steak but when I re-created the dish for the blog I could only get hold of rump steak. It was infact the biggest slab of steak I have ever seen in my life. Obviously you can use any steak you like but do bear in mind that every cut of steak will require different cooking times. The best guide that I have found is on Delia’s website if you are unsure.

Chargrilled Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Anchovy
Serves 4

600g steak (skirt, rump, sirloin, whatever you fancy)
2 tbsp lemon and garlic oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper
200g sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
50g anchovies
2 tsp red wine vinegar
25g of fresh basil leaves
A tbsp roughly chopped fresh oregano
About 100ml olive oil
A large bunch of rocket
1 red pepper, sliced very thinly

  1. Mix together the lemon and garlic oil and Dijon mustard then rub it all over the steak with plenty of salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a griddle pan on the hob until smoking then place the steak in the centre and cook for about 3 minutes each side, depending on how thick your steak is. When it’s done to your liking then remove from the heat and leave to come to room temperature whilst you carry on with the dressing.
  3. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes and the anchovies from their olive oil, reserving the oil as you will need to add it back in later.
  4. Put the sun-dried tomatoes into a blender along with all the ingredients (apart from the rocket).
  5. Measure out the reserved olive oil from the sun-dried tomatoes and anchovies, you need 200ml. If there is not enough then top up with some extra virgin olive oil from your larder. Pour into the blender as well.
  6. Blend it all up until smooth. Check for seasoning before decanting into a jar and drizzling over your warmed steak. Serve with plenty of peppery rocket and slithers of red pepper.

Salmon Tartare

A light refreshing salmon tartare which works excellently as an appetiser on an avocado cucumber salad. No-cook with about 10 minutes of prep. An easy dish and perfect if you are on the Whole30 or eating paleo.

Sesame Salmon Tartare
This sesame salmon tartare is a wonderful example of a carb free, sugar free and dairy free recipe which is just so satisfying and bounteous with all kinds of levels of flavour. It seems a bit fancy but it is really just a gussied up salad with no more skill required than just a bit of chopping and stirring. But then you taste it and you come right back to fancy again.

When you think of eating raw fish you tend to think of sushi or ceviche which can sound a bit clever and terrifying. However, this Salmon Tartare is anything but, just as long as you trust the fish source.

This recipe lies more on the ceviche side than the sushi side as the lime juice in the marinade ‘cooks’ the fish. The salmon is absolutely delicious on its own with a definite hint of umami but with the addition of lightly dressed cucumber and naked avocado it becomes a proper event. It’s the kind of food that requires you to sit at the table and savour every mouthful. Don’t skimp on the sesame seed garnish either, if you can’t get hold of the black sesames just use the white ones, as they provide such a welcome delicate crunch to compliment the soft salmon and the creamy avocado.

Ingredients for the Salmon Marinade

Once you’ve diced the salmon, making sure you remove all the tiny bones then you just need to marinade it 4 ingredients whisked up:

  • lime juice
  • sesame oil
  • coconut aminos
  • red chilli

Salmon Marinade | Stroud Green Larder

Salmon Tartare | Stroud Green Larder

Whilst the salmon is marinating you can prepare the salad which is just diced cucumber and avocado.

TIP: remove the cucumber seeds. It makes the salad more robust and not as watery.

Sesame Salmon Tartare | Stroud Green Larder

If you make this Salmon Tartare then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Salmon Tartare

A light refreshing salmon tartare which works excellently as an appetiser on an avocado cucumber salad
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 394kcal

Ingredients

  • 350 g salmon fillet skin removed
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 25 ml sesame oil
  • 25 ml coconut aminos
  • 1 red chilli sliced thinly
  • 2 avocados
  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds lightly toasted
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds lightly toasted

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl mix together the lime juice, sesame oil, coconut aminos and chilli.
  • Then dice the salmon into small cubes and submerge into the marinade. Stir everything together so the marinade can fully absorb into the salmon then put cling film over the top and place into the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel, de-stone and slice the avocado thinly, arrange it at the bottom of your serving dishes.
  • Then prepare the dressing for the cucumber by mixing together the rice vinegar and olive oil.
  • Peel and scoop out the seeds from the cucumber. Dice it very finely then add it to the dressing, mixing it all up thoroughly. Pile the cucumber on top of the avocado on your serving dishes.
  • Then arrange your salmon on top and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.

Notes

  • If you can't get hold of black sesame seeds then just use all white sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 1055mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 42.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.9mg

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Infused Olive Oil

This Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Infused Olive Oil is such a useful ingredient to have in your kitchen toolbox. It takes no time at all and will amp up humdrum roasted veg, grilled meats and salad dressings.

Lemon Garlic and Thyme Olive Oil
If you cook a lot then there are a bunch of tasks which you will be doing on a regular basis like chopping onions or crushing garlic. It’s these menial jobs which can sometimes add a good few minutes onto preparing your meal and let’s be honest, those few minutes can sometimes be better spent thumbing through Grazia or hopping amongst the Sky channels.

This is why I love infused oils; garlic is such a good infused oil mainly because of garlic’s innate tendency to burn easily, so while I am very careful about using fresh garlic in the oven, if all the garlic flavour is within the oil then you don’t need to worry. Also I do get fed up of always peeling and crushing those suckers, I must do it nearly every day. So having an oil where the hard work is done for you is so useful.

How to use Lemon Thyme and Garlic Olive Oil

This particular infusion of olive oil is brilliant for:

  • slathering over a chicken before it goes on to roast.
  • drizzled over barbecued meats or steamed vegetables for instant flavour
  • substitute your usual olive oil for this one in salad dressings which cuts out mincing about with mustard and vinegar emulsions, chuck this onto your leaves and you’re golden.

So the main thing I am really trying to get across here is that for about 30 minutes of not too stressful labour of a weekend you can produce an oil that will help you cut down time on your cooking for the next couple of weeks. Just as long as you like all your meals flavoured with lemon and garlic, but who doesn’t?

Dried Thyme | Stroud Green Larder

Can you use different herbs?

Of course you can use whatever herbs you like, the woodier herbs tend to dry better than the more leafy ones so will impart flavour more easily. Rosemary is a particular favourite.

Infusion Tips:

  • It is important to use dried herbs rather than ones picked fresh as mould will gather on fresh herbs floating about in oil.
  • The same goes for the garlic and lemon but I advise you fish those out of the oil anyway then you don’t have to worry about botulism or anything.

Peeling the garlic

This recipe requires you to peel a whole head of garlic. If you find this a bit of a nuisance then you obviously haven’t seen Martha Stewart’s excellent tutorial which explains how the job can be done in under a minute. And since I tested it out for this recipe I can confirm that it does actually work.

Alternative Flavour: Chilli Oil

The other oil infusion I also regularly make is chilli oil. Prepare it in the same way as the garlic infusion by simmering the oil with 1 red chilli then removing the chilli before you decant it.

If you make this Lemon Garlic and Thyme Olive Oil then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Infused Olive Oil

This Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Infused Olive Oil is such a useful ingredient to have in your kitchen toolbox. It takes no time at all and will amp up humdrum roasted veg, grilled meats and salad dressings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 500 ml

Ingredients

  • A few sprigs of thyme
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 strips lemon zest
  • 500 ml olive oil

Instructions

  • First of all dry the thyme by putting the herb on baking parchment on a baking tray and place in the bottom tray of an oven at the lowest setting you have. Leave the door slightly ajar and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Remove and peel all the garlic cloves from the head of the garlic.
  • Then place the garlic, along with the lemon zest and olive oil in a wide bottomed saucepan.
  • Heat the oil on a low setting, never bringing to a simmer, for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lemon and garlic with a slotted spoon and leave the oil to cool before decanting into a jar along with the dried thyme.

Notes

This should keep well for about 2 weeks.