Pumpkin, Turmeric and Leek soup

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Nothing warms your belly quite like a big bowl of pumpkin goodness.

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Our version of the typical ‘mums homemade pumpkin soup’ has added immune boosting properties with the addition of turmeric and ginger. Super nourishing and warming on a chilly night. We love to get a little over board with our toppings, adding avocado, wilted kale, cheese,  extra spice, fresh herbs and sometimes some protein like poached chicken. The options are endless!

Like most of our recipes, this soup is easy to throw together – all you need are a few staple spices like turmeric and cumin, herbs like parsley and thyme and veggies.

** Also, the small side bowl in the above image is a sneak peak of our pumpkin and sweet potato curry. The recipe for this little gem will be up on the blog soon!

Ingredients 

– 3/4 of a large butternut pumpkin

– 1 Leek

– 2 small carrots

– 750 ml of water (1 Litre if you want a ‘thinner’ consistency)

Use a homemade vegetable stock if you have that on hand, if not water is fine! (we used water)

– 2 garlic cloves

– 1 small/medium brown onion

– 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger

– 1 tbsp of ground turmeric or grated fresh turmeric root

– 1 tsp of ground cumin

– 1 Bay Leaf

– 1 quarter of a cup of finely chopped fresh herbs (thyme, sage and parsley)

– Half a tsp of cayenne pepper

– Pepper to taste

– Himalayan Salt to taste

Toppings: Avocado, wilted kale, parsley and bocconcini cheese. We also added a ‘Moroccan souk’ spice that we purchased from a spice shop in the city. You can just finish with either dusting some more turmeric or quickly whipping up your own dukkah. 

Method

1. Heat your pot with some coconut oil and start by sautéing your onion, garlic and ginger. Heat till onion browns (be careful not to burn it)

2. Add a dash of water and all your spices and keep sautéing for a couple of minutes to create a paste like consistency.

3. Next add your Leek – sauté for a few minutes before adding your pumpkin and carrots.

4. Cook the veggies in the pot for about 10 minutes, making sure to continue stirring so that the onion doesn’t brown.

5. Add your water, himalayan salt and bay leaf and bring the pot to a boil.

6. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about half an hour (the longer the better).

7. Turn off the heat and blend your mixture with a hand blender.

8. Voila! You have made pumpkin soup, easy hey?

9. Top with your favourites. We mixed through some wilted kale, avocado, bocconcini cheese (we also love haloumi in soup) and parsley

10. EAT

M + S xx

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‘Creamy’ Mushroom and Poached Chicken Spelt Pasta

As we are now in Autumn.. pasta dishes are going to be enjoyed on a more regular basis, therefore we will be posting some super easy sauce and pasta combos to get rid of those boring pasta dishes that everyones used to having! This is our take on ‘Creamy’ Mushroom and Chicken Pasta.

We always try and cook with 100% organic ingredients.

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Ingredients: Serves TWO as a main

Organic Spelt Penne Pasta (around 1 cup uncooked) – We use spelt as we are able to tolerate this grain best (gluten intolerance issues… don’t ask)

Two  Organic small Chicken Breasts

Mushrooms (as many as you can get your hands on) – We used flat, button and shiitake

One Organic Broccoli head

One small Organic Zucchini

Fresh Organic Spinach (One handful)

Fresh Ricotta (3 tablespoons)

One Onion Shallot

One clove of Garlic

White Wine

Fresh Basil 

Pepper (to taste)

Himalayan Salt (to taste)

Coconut oil (one heaped teaspoon)

Method:

1) Cut up chicken breasts into small cubed pieces

2) Wash all the vegetables ‘obsessively’ well!

3) Chop up mushrooms and zucchini into quarterly pieces.

4) Break apart broccoli head and use your hands to break (‘shred’) into smaller pieces

5) Finely shop the onion, garlic and two basil leaves

6) With the coconut oil, place onion, garlic and basil onto a large deep frying pan

7) Sauté until golden and add a splash of white wine

8) Combine the mushrooms, zucchini and ‘shredded’ broccoli to the pan and salute until golden

9) Add a few more dashes of white wine and three tablespoons of ricotta

10) Mix well, turn down the heat and simmer with lid on. Keep as eye on the sauce and If you find it becomes a little dry add a few splashes of water

11) Pop two pots of water (one for the pasta and one for the chicken) on the stove and bring both to boil

12) Once pots are boiling, add the chicken and poach for around 4-6 minutes (this will vary on how large the chicken pieces are). Add the pasta to the other pot and cook for around 10 mins or less. We like our pasta ‘al dente‘ thus we leave it coking for less time.

13) Back to the sauce, add some seasoning (pepper and salt to taste).

14) Once pasta and chicken are ready, combine all to the creamy mushrooms pan and mix well.

15) Last ingredient to add is the fresh spinach

15)  Now its ready to serve! Top with some fresh basil and a little more seasoning and voila!

** Tip; Best enjoyed with a glass of red wine… Just saying

xxxxx Twins

 

Zucchini & Pea Soup with Poached Chicken and grilled Haloumi

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We have entered autumn. That means, we have entered soup season!

We’ve been feeling a little low and run down due to an overload of uni and part time jobs. So  in an attempt to cure our poor sleep deprived and stressed souls, we decided to make a green soup. We love our greens but aren’t really the types to start the morning with a green smoothie so a green soup works for us perfectly. The generous amount of turmeric and garlic gives this delightful meal an immunity boost – just ready to fight off cold and flu season. The added packed chicken also adds a nice touch of protein and the haloumi just tops it off with that ‘creaminess’ that every soup requires!

Go on, make our green soup! It’s super easy

Ingredients – Serves four as an entree or three as a main. 

– Four large zucchinis

– One small head of broccoli

– 1.5 – 2 cups of frozen organic garden peas

– 1 litre of pure water (or vegetable stock if you have one pre-made)

– Half an onion

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 heaped teaspoons of ground turmeric

– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

– 1 Bay leaf

– 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

– A generous pinch of himalayan salt

– Pepper to taste

– A knob of coconut oil

– 2 organic chicken breasts

– 60 grams of Haloumi

– 4 teaspoons of superfood dukkah

Method

1. Start by preparing all your green vegetables. Thoroughly wash them and dice into 2 cm pieces (the size doesn’t matter all that much as they’ll be blended at the end)

2. Heat the coconut oil in a pot and once hot, stir fry the onion and garlic with a dash of water. Once the onion gathers a bit of colour, add another dash of water plus the turmeric and cumin. Let the spices mix with the onion and garlic. This should start to smell very inviting!

3. Next step, add all your veggies, bay leaf and himalayan salt. Let this green goodness tenderise for a couple of minutes

4. Add your 1 litre of water. Put the lid on and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

5. In the meantime, heat up another pot of water with a pinch of salt and dice your chicken breast into 2-3 cm pieces. When the water has reached boiling, add your chicken and let it boil for about 5-7 minutes.

6. Whilst the chicken is cooking, this should give you enough time to prepare your haloumi. You can either place the haloumi in a fry pan to brown the edges or you can place the cheese until a grill. Up to you! This should only take a few minutes

7. When the chicken is ready, (you still want it to be succulent so check it every couple of minutes) strain it and place to side.

8. Return your attention to the soup. The veggies should be quite tender at this point. Now all you need to do is blend it all up with a blender stick (is that what it’s called…..?)

9. Ladle the soup into four bowls. Next place the haloumi and chicken in the middle. Finish with a generous sprinkle of homemade dukkah and fresh parsley

10. You could also toast a comforting thick slice of dark rye bread with a drizzle of olive oil. Our mum’s wholemeal spelt would also work wonderfully.

10. EAT

We hope you like it! Please let us know on instagram (@thymes.two) what you think and if you have any suggestions!

M +S xx

Spelt Pasta with Greens, Poached Chicken and Goats Cheese

Who doesn’t love Pasta..?

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Ingredients: Serves two hungry twins 

Organic spelt penne pasta (one uncooked cup)

One organic chicken breast

Organic spinach (one generous handful)

One small organic broccoli head

Six small organic asparagus

Half a cup of organic green garden peas

Split green olives (around 10)

Organic goats cheese (around one heaped tablespoon)

Pine nuts (one heaped teaspoon)

Fresh basil (for garnish)

One tablespoon of olive oil

Pinch of himalayan salt

Pepper (to taste)

Method: Easy Peasy 

1) Bring two pots of water to boil

2) Meanwhile, but up chicken into cube ‘bite sized’ pieces

3) Wash all vegetables

4) Cut up broccoli head and asparagus, shred the spinach (or simply tear up)

5) Once water is boiling, place chicken in for around 4-6 mins (test a piece before serving)

6) Place pasta in the water and cook for 10-15 mins (roughly)

7) Once pasta is cooked, drain and leave it in the pot. Add goats cheese and mix it through, then follow by adding the green vegetables, spinach, olives, chicken, olive oil, pine nuts, pepper and salt

8) Divide into two beautiful bowls and garnish with fresh basal

BON APPETIT!

xxxxx

Super Green Breakfast Spread

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As many of you would have noticed – we have changed our name to THYMESTWO. We eventually would like to expand our blog into something a bit more exciting in the future so we gathered that a new look would be a perfect start. We’re still keeping avocadotimestwo as our web address (partially because we still love the name but mostly because we’re severely handicapped when is comes to technology) but thymestwo is the name we will go by on our instagram. All change is good change right? 

Let us know what you think! Would love to hear some feedback

So in-between work, uni and yoga, we’ve been spending a bit of time in the kitchen. In an attempt to spice up our breaky boards (not literally ‘spice’ – chilli really doesn’t agree with our taste buds!), we came up with a light savoury green paste that goes perfectly with sliced avocado. We wanted to call it a pesto but to be honest it really doesn’t do traditional pesto any justice what so ever so we’re keeping it to a ‘spread’.

This recipe is extremely easy to throw together and is a tremendous way to sneak in some extra greens in the morning. If you’re adding sliced avocado which we highly recommend that you do then you’re not only getting in extra greens, but you’re also doubling up on your omega-3’s with the added olive oil and sunflower seeds. Adding eggs would also be fabulous as protein (Eggs and kale), complex carbs (wholemeal spelt) and healthy oils (avocado, sunflower seeds, eggs and olive oil) perfectly balance each other to sustain you with long lasting energy.

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Please feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients to suit our own taste buds. We personally didn’t want to make it too oily, as we were looking for a thicker ‘paste like’ consistency. But hey, everyone is different so give it a go and tweak it if need be. Oh and we would love to see your creations on instagram – tag us @thymes.two so we can view your breaky boards!

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Ingredients

– One small broccoli head (organic if possible)

– 1.5 cups of tuscan kale (or regular kale- we just used up the kale that was left over in the fridge)

– A cup of fresh basil leaves

– 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds*

– 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil*

– 1/3 cup of water*

– A generous pinch of himalayan salt

– A generous pinch of dried thyme

– Pepper (to taste)

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Method

1. Thoroughly wash the kale, broccoli and basil leaves.

2. In a food processor, first blend the broccoli and kale until you reach the consistency you want. (still a bit chunky)

3.  Add the remaining ingredients

4. We added water to the mixture to help it hold together but you could just add my olive oil.

5. Once you have blended the ingredients to the consistency you want, enjoy on some toasted spelt loaf with sliced avocado and tomato, or with poached eggs!

Voila!

If you love your pesto (doesn’t everyone..?) feel free to have a look at our ‘Creamy pesto’ in our recipe tab! Our creamy pesto is also fabulous on toast and baked fish. 

Stay Green Guys! 

*If you wanted to create more of a typical ‘pesto’ taste you could add extra olive oil/reduce the water and replace the sunflower seeds with pine nuts.

M + S xx

Creamy Pesto

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So, for our dad’s birthday we decided to have a relaxed night and cook him dinner at home. The menu was decided the day before – oven baked atlantic salmon on a bed of fresh spinach, roasted vegetables and blistered tomatoes. To us – this sounded wonderful. Not sure if many of you are aware, but atlantic salmon is by far our most favourite meal.

Anyway, a few wines into the night, we decided to start on dinner. Everything was going well until Mel asked ‘Sarah, what do we do about a sauce…?’.

The thing is, we never add sauces or condiments to our meals when cooking for just the two of us. We’re not saying we like plain food (…ew), we consider our cooking more along the lines of gourmet. We live by the philosophy that simply food, in it’s purest form – is the best. You know, herbs and veggies from your garden, good quality cheese, plump olives, heaps of good quality fats, home baked bread – you get the picture.

Also, due to our Italian background (thanks mum), we probably cook with a bit of mediterannean influence. Lots of olive oil , fresh herbs and red wine. Despite these lovely flavours, we never add ‘sauces’. If you appreciate the versatility of olive oil, you’ll understand this.

Back on track…as we were cooking for our food loving father, we thought a sauce would be more than ideal. SO in a frenzy amidst our food prep, we rushed to the herb garden and picked some beauties to make a lovely pesto. By the way, we cooked a dinner for four after three glasses of red. Go us..

This creamy pesto is full of life and love.

Just the way italians like it.

Ingredients 

– Half a cup of basil leaves

– Three twigs of rosemary (about a quarter of a cup)

– Thyme leaves (we just added a few as we were short for time and the leaves take a while to pick from the stem. If you have your own herb garden you’ll understand – terrible we know)

– Two cups of spinach leaves

– A third of a cup of walnuts (macadamia nuts would also work)

– A quarter of a cup of goats cheese

– A pinch of himalayan salt (do not use table salt! Table salt os very bad for you, we will be blogging about this shortly)

– Pepper to taste

– A quarter of a cup of extra virgin olive oil

– A quarter of a cup of water

Method

Look it would be great if we could post some long description as to how to actually make this marvellous spread in an attempt to make it look sophisticated and complicated but it really is too simply…Literally chuck all the ingredients into a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor on hand, a blender will work perfectly.

Serve this spread as desired. We loved it on our fish, but it would go lovely on a piece of freshly baked bread.

Done and Dusted.

M + S xx

 

Mum’s Wholemeal Seeded Spelt Loaf

Avocado, organic boiled eggs and homegrown garden herbs on mum’s wholemeal seeded spelt loaf. The only way to start the day. Oh and with a cup of joe of course! 

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We have the best mum in the world. We didn’t have any spelt loaf left in the fridge and we weren’t getting a delivery for a couple of weeks so our lovely mum did some baking. Not only did she bake us a wholemeal seeded spelt loaf, she also baked a gluten free vegan loaf (will post recipe when she has refined a little more). We have thoroughly enjoyed this bread in the mornings with our usual combinations of avocado, eggs and homegrown herbs. Mum’s dedication to her veggie patch and herb garden is just too cute to handle. A couple of days ago she picked some eggplants and they were just so tiny and beautiful. 

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Anyway, as many of you would probably already know from our instagram, we absolutely love to start our day with a balanced, savoury breakfast. Our favourite is avocado, herbs and organic boiled eggs on spelt toast. No porridge and stewed fruit for us in the mornings – we find starting the day on sugar and dairy is too ‘heavy’ for our digestive systems.

So, thanks to our mum for this fantastic recipe! Hope you enjoy xx

Ingredients

– Yeast (fresh or dry)

– 1 1/2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour

– 1 1/2 cups of white spelt flour

– 1 1/2 cups of warm water

– 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

– 2 tablespoons of linseeds

– 2 teaspoon of oats

– 1 teaspoon of olive oil

– 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt (Himalayan salt would be ideal here)

– 2 teaspoons of milk

Method

Step 1

Place yeast, maple syrup and warm water in a jug. Whisk to dissolve yeast. Stand in a warm place for 10 minutes or until frothy.

Step 2

Sift flours into a large bowl. Stir in salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons linseeds, 1 tablespoon oats, yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic . Place in a large, lightly greased bowl. Cover with a wet towel  and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease a loaf pan (coconut oil would work). Combine remaining linseeds and oats in a bowl. Set aside. Using your fist, punch dough down. Knead until smooth. Shape into a log. Place in prepared pan and cover. Set aside in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes or until dough has almost doubled in size.

Step 4

Brush top with milk. Sprinkle with linseed oats mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until dark golden and hollow.

Thankyou to our gorgeous mumma for this glorious recipe!