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

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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.
overhead view of Plate of Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw and lemon
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings
1
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
Course Main Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings
1
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
overhead view of Plate of Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw and lemon
Instructions
  1. Melt the ghee in a large flat bottomed saucepan or cast iron pan and turn to a medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour with the paprika, onion granules, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt and pepper and sprinkle evenly onto a plate.
  3. Break the egg into a medium sized bowl and whisk lightly.
  4. 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.
  5. Carefully place the chicken into the pan and cook for 3 minutes each side until golden.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pan, cut into even strips and serve with homemade coleslaw.
Recipe Notes

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

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It’s the almond flour in this recipe which really makes this chicken dish a hit. Perfectly milled almond flour is not easy to find but I buy RealFoodSource Certified Organic Extra Fine High Protein Almond Flour (1KG) from Amazon and I love it. It panics me when my bag is starting to look empty as I use it all the time, in sauces, in cakes, energy balls and of course my beloved Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel. I find my bag of almond flour absolutely essential to my Whole 30.

If you get a proper meat mallet you’ll be surprised how often you use it. Not just for meat but for bashing up biscuits, praline, the list goes on. Do your rolling pin a favour and get a proper basher. I like the OXO Good Grips Meat Tenderiser.

Ghee is my new favourite ingredient and if I don’t have time to make it myself I go with Ghee Easy Organic Ghee, 850 g. Ghee is great as it has a high smoking point so gets lovely flavour into your dishes without any risk of burning like regular butter.

One of my very favourite saucepans is my cast iron skillet pan and it is what I use for making this Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel. I originally asked Luke to get me this for Christmas a couple of years ago as I was keen on an implement that could be easily transferred from hob to oven and this is ideal. I use it a lot for cooking whole chicken breasts, by searing the chicken on in the skillet on the hob and then finishing off for 10 minutes in the oven. It’s now invaluable to me and the pan I have is the Staub Dust 40510-617-0 Frypan with cast iron handle, cast iron, black, 26 cm which I love love love.

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Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti

Crisp fronds of sweet potato giving way to a soft interior studded with smoky bacon bits make these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti the best brunch dish you’ll have this weekend.

overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

It’s not all about the cakes round here. It mostly is, I’m not going to lie. However, this October I have been doing things a little bit differently. Even before I started making cakes for a living I struggled with my weight, I was always on this diet or that but I love food and I am greedy which is why I find it so hard to lose weight. In my twenties I had so much more restraint but it has always been a constant struggle. When I became gluten-free and started exercising properly with my personal trainer I lost a bunch of weight as I was eating the right food for my body and my little excesses here and there were cancelled out by lots of running or crossfit, whatever I was into at the time.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

However, for the past three years I have been finding the weight issue even more of a battle. I have had two children and have been snacking and carb loading to excess to counteract major sleep deprivation and utter exhaustion. Then of course I make and recipe develop gluten-free cakes for a living so there’s that.

Since having Beau I have been more mindful of taking more time for my fitness. I am lucky enough to attend a local Mum’s Rehab Fitness class which allows you to bring your children which has been a game changer and I can slowly feel myself getting stronger and my body is feeling less battered. Then this past month I have finally found the motivation to revisit my food choices and I have been going back to basics with a clean living Whole30 diet. I have done a few Whole30s before, my very first I documented on the blog four years ago, but this time round I am really enjoying it instead of finding it a chore. It feels good to exert some self control back into my everyday food intake and hopefully once my 30 days are up my sugar levels will be balanced enough that I won’t freefall back into bad habits.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

One of the meals I find the hardest to navigate though is breakfast. I basically have no time for it and eggs, which seem to be the staple of a lot of Whole30 breakfasts, are just not for me at all. So when I was calling on my insta crowd for some inspiration, one lovely member suggested I look to an old recipe of mine. I wrote about these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti in my first Whole30 back in 2014. I made them constantly for a time, they were really popular with readers and then I…just…forgot about them. The recipe has been languishing in my archives waiting for its time to shine once more.

I have re-discovered these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti with a vengeance this past week and made a huge batch which I, and both children, have been devouring with abandon. Carefully restrained abandon on my part since I am trying not to overeat.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

You obviously don’t need to be on a Whole30 to enjoy these as they are so delicious!!! Grated sweet potato and onion brought together with eggs and coconut flour with crispy bacon bits within. The crisp little edges are really where it’s at, shallow fried to perfection in ghee. If you aren’t doing the Whole30 you might choose to not bother with ghee, but I’ve come to really enjoy the taste of it these past few weeks and it’s an excellent cooking fat due to its higher burning point. I’d heartily recommend you give ghee a go.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

I have been eating my Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti with a bit of blanched kale and dipped into a quick green tahini sauce. Yup, I do breakfast time a bit weird around here, but it really works for me. My breakfast and brunch game has been completely revitalised with these crisp little nuggets and I’ll absolutely make sure that when my Whole30 is up this time they will continue to be on my breakfast time rotation. Although to restrict these rosti to breakfast or brunch would be a grave error. I can tell you right now you’ll be wanting to make them for lunch and dinner as well. I’m here to tell you that you can! Have at it! Go wild!

overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

Since I can’t leave well enough alone I have also tweaked the recipe a little bit from its original incarnation to make it a little bit easier and steamlined the ingredients and method a little more.

I urge you to give these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rostis a try, they are so easy and delicious. If you do make these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rostis then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe or use it as a building block for another delicious creation, I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

p.s. sorry about two sweet potato recipes in a roll, I’m obviously in the zone!

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Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti
These crisp and easy Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti are perfect for your weekend brunch.
overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce
Course breakfast
Cuisine British
Keyword sweet potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
8-10 rostis
Ingredients
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 in sweet potatoes about 500g total
  • 1 onion
  • 30 g coconut flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
Course breakfast
Cuisine British
Keyword sweet potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
8-10 rostis
Ingredients
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 in sweet potatoes about 500g total
  • 1 onion
  • 30 g coconut flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce
Instructions
  1. First place the bacon rashers under the grill.
  2. Whilst the bacon is grilling you can peel and grate the sweet potatoes and the onion.
  3. Add the coconut flour and eggs to the sweet potato and onion shreds.
  4. When the bacon is ready cut it into small pieces and add that to the sweet potato mixture, mixing in it is dispersed evenly.
  5. Mix in very well with your hands squeezing so it all binds together.
  6. Heat a tablespoon of ghee on a low-medium heat in a large frying pan.
  7. Scoop up half a handful of the rosti mixture and squeeze into a ball with your hands. Drop into the frying pan and flatten slightly into a circle. Repeat so you cook a few rostis at a time. You will probably need to cook the rostis in batches of 4 depending on how big your saucepan is.
  8. Fry on a gentle heat for about 4 minutes until the bottom of the rostis are lightly golden. Then flip over with a spatula and fry on the other side for another 3 minutes until also lightly golden. Remove and place onto kitchen paper to remove the excess grease then serve or keep warm in the oven until they are all ready.
Recipe Notes

*for speed I have also used 1 teaspoon onion granules in the past and they have worked brilliantly.

*I have also used almond flour in place of coconut flour and it's worked well too.

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I have been using this Ghee Easy Organic Ghee, 850 g in my Whole30. Actually I always found that replacing butter with ghee one of the sticking points in previous Whole30s but this time round I’m loving it and will definitely continue to cook with ghee after the 30 days are up.

One of my very favourite saucepans is my cast iron skillet pan and it is what I use for these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti. I originally asked Luke to get me this for Christmas a couple of years ago as I was keen on an implement that could be easily transferred from hob to oven and this is ideal. I use it mostly for cooking whole chicken breasts, by searing the chicken on in the skillet on the hob and then finishing off for 10 minutes in the oven. It’s now invaluable to me and the pan I have is the Dust 40510-617-0 Frypan with cast iron handle, cast iron, black, 26 cm which I love love love.

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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.

Sesame Salmon Tartare: Day 22 of Whole30

Sesame Salmon Tartare
So I am finally on my last week of Whole30. I will not lie to you, it has been difficult. It isn’t so much the everyday eating which is all well and good as I love a bit of a salad, I am happy to eat my fair share of protein and I will wolf down pretty much any vegetable you put in front of me. However, I have felt a bit out at sea when I plain don’t want to cook or am out and about and have to rely on someone else’s cooking.

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Salmon Tartare  |  Stroud Green Larder

Good luck to you if you want to eat at a restaurant on the Whole30, it’s not an easy prospect due to restrictions on carbs, dairy, legumes and sugar but I just about managed it this weekend due to The Maynard in Crouch End’s hog roast stall. It was a bit of a palaver as I had to order the two components of my meal separately. I went into the pub to order the side salad off their normal bar menu and then once it had arrived I went out to the front of the pub to the special hog roast stall they had set up that day to order my pork sans brioche burger. It worked well in my favour though as I think he took pity on me for just ordering a pile of meat and served me the biggest portion of pork you can imagine. It ended up being a delicious lunch but it was the third pub we had gone into to try and find food and my hunger was beginning to turn me into the Hulk.

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In my normal every day life I eat out at restaurants a lot. I like to try new food, sample the extraordinary dishes of talented chefs and also, since I spend so much time in the kitchen myself, I am always looking for a bit of a break where someone else can cook for me. It is my absolute bugbear, therefore, that when I am trying to watch what I eat there is so little catering for that in the big wide world. So excuse me if I have a mini tantrum; feel free to skip down to the part where I discuss the recipe below if you can’t bear it, I have some nice things to say about my new salmon invention. Still reading, okay, you were warned. I look forward to the days, as I know they will arrive soon, when more UK restaurants and pubs understand that you don’t need carbs to have an enriching, complex and exciting meal. Salads and vegetables should be celebrated and treated like the main event and not an afterthought or a side dish. I know I can eat like this at home so is it so difficult to eat like this out of home? A few restaurants already understand this kind of cooking implicitly, the Ottolenghi restaurants always have queues stretching out the door and round the corner and it’s no wonder, the sheer variety in their ingredients and flavours is outstanding. Bruno Loubet’s Grainstore in Kings Cross also prides itself on giving vegetables equal billing, if not the starring role, to the meat and their menu is always fantastic and innovative. However, until these kind of restaurants become more prolific and pubs offer a more diverse menu then we will have to satisfy ourselves at home.

Sesame Salmon Tartare  |  Stroud Green Larder

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.

Sesame Salmon Tartare  |  Stroud Green LarderWhen you mention raw fish you tend to think of sushi or ceviche which can sound a bit clever and terrifying as you are dealing with raw fish. However, just make sure you trust where your fish is coming from and you’ll be fine to prepare either one at home. 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.

Sesame Salmon Tartare  |  Stroud Green Larder

This recipe is perhaps a tad too much for two but if you serve it for four then it’s an excellent starter if you are having people over to dinner.

Sesame Salmon Tartare
Serves 2-4

350g salmon fillet, skin removed
Juice of 3 limes
25ml sesame oil
25ml coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you are not Whole30)
1 chilli, sliced thinly
2 avocados
½ cucumber
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp light olive oil
1 tsp black sesame seeds, lightly toasted
1 tsp white sesame seeds, lightly toasted

  1. In a medium sized bowl mix together the lime juice, sesame oil, coconut aminos and chilli.
  2. 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.
  3. Meanwhile, peel, de-stone and slice the avocado thinly, arrange it at the bottom of your serving dishes.
  4. Then prepare the dressing for the cucumber by mixing together the rice vinegar and olive oil.
  5. 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.
  6. Then arrange your salmon on top and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.

White Peach, Strawberry, Basil and Pistachio Salad: Day 17 of Whole30

Strawberry White Peach Basil and Pistachio Salad
I’d love to be able to tell you that this was the most earth shatteringly innovative fruit salad to ever befall you but the truth is that the recipe is really in the title. I’ve given some quantities below for guidance but really prepare however much you are in the mood for, altering quantities of each ingredient as you see fit, there is no right or wrong, there are just big and small appetites.

Strawberry White Peach Basil and Pistachio Salad  |  Stroud Green Larder

There are few things more luxurious than preparing ripe fruit for a delicate salad. The assortment of colours and distinctive scents make the gentle paring of the peach and the light hulling of the summers’ first blush of strawberries such a joy. It’s a lovely thing to do at 4pm when your energies are waning, lunch was too long ago and dinner too far away. With just a handful of prized ingredients you can encapsulate the spirit of summer and sometimes that is worth even more than the food itself.

Strawberry White Peach Basil and Pistachio Salad  |  Stroud Green Larder

There are two ways to eat this kind of salad, on a shiny hot day in the garden, quietly in repose, listening to distant lawnmowers and watching the puppy playfully catch the water from the hose. Or you can savour every mouthful at a drizzled window pane, willing the grey clouds away with every luscious bite of summer.

Strawberry White Peach Basil and Pistachio Salad  |  Stroud Green Larder

This week I have also enjoyed this salad without the coconut topping but instead with a smattering of black pepper and a light drizzle of very good extra virgin olive oil and it was absolutely cracking.

Strawberry White Peach Basil and Pistachio Salad  |  Stroud Green Larder

White Peach, Strawberry, Basil and Pistachio Salad
Serves 2

1 white peach, sliced
200g strawberries, hulled and quartered
A handful of roughly torn basil
2 tbsp de-shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
3 tbsp thick coconut milk (optional)

Place the fruit, basil and pistachios in a bowl then gently mingle them together with your fingers so they brush up against each other without manhandling or bruising.
If you would like to serve with a topping, whisk up very thick coconut milk until it billows and pour on top.

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Infused Olive Oil

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.

This particular infusion of olive oil is brilliant for slathering over a chicken before it goes on to roast. You can also use it drizzled over barbecued meats or steamed vegetables for instant flavour or 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

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. 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. 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 the chilli then removing the chilli before you decant it.

As a footnote, one of the directions below calls 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.

Lemon Garlic and Thyme Olive Oil | Stroud Green Larder

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Infused Olive Oil

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

  1. 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.
  2. Remove and peel all the garlic cloves from the head of the garlic.
  3. Then place the garlic, along with the lemon zest and olive oil in a wide bottomed saucepan.
  4. Heat the oil on a low setting, never bringing to a simmer, for about 30 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. This should keep well for about 2 weeks.