Category Archives: Lunchbox

Party Tortellini Salad

IMG_4907Born out of the idea of making some sort of Caprese-inspired skewer and then not having enough time for assemblage, this salad made for a very colourful centre-piece at a house party.

Preparation is simple; it is best to choose the small variety of tortellini as they are friendlier for bite-size snacks at parties. Prepare by boiling as explained on the packet and then add a splash of olive oil and leave them to cool completely. Stir a few times to ensure that the oil helps them from sticking to each other.

Then you will need basil, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls. Cut the mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes in two and tear up the basil leaves with your hands (or else chop roughly with a knife). Store in the fridge until ready to serve. You may drizzle a bit more olive oil or pesto sauce on top. Mix it all up or serve it as is. Serve with toothpicks or forks or on little plates.

Et voila… ready to party!

Hemp Protein Bars

IMG_4602The original recipe came from here, a great website for those of you who are looking for encouragement and help to get in better shape / embrace a healthier lifestyle.

I feel like I’m being pre-emptive on the New Year’s resolutions bandwagon today. The things is that for some reason this Christmas I wasn’t really into making sweets. I kept trying to build myself up to it, but in the end I opted for making something I really wanted to try out. So here goes :)

The ingredients, with my adjustments:

6 tablespoons hemp protein powder

3 tablespoons oats

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 tablespoon goji berries

1 coffee made with approximately 75ml water, a teaspoon of instant coffee and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 teaspoon raw cocoa nibs

2 tablespoons chopped roasted almonds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

To make:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together with a spoon at first, then mash together with your hands (let the coffee cool down for a couple of minutes before). You may want to add the coffee little by little until you get the consistency that you want. Add more cold water if necessary.

Press into a square shape and cut into bars or smaller squares. After tasting, I decided I preferred to roast it slightly in a fan oven, because it tasted too ‘raw’ to me. If you decide to do this (this step isn’t necessary), place the bars on a baking sheet and bake for ten minutes in a 180 degree oven, turning half way through.

With thanks to Mark for the coffee idea and for introducing me to this website :)