Orange Cookies

After a long week at work, there is nothing more I enjoy than spending an afternoon baking. Here is how I make orange cookies.

Ingredients:

200g unsalted butter, softened
80g coconut sugar
250g plain flour
Grated zest of 1 orange

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 170°C, Gas mark 3

-Cream the butter until soft in a large bowl or a food mixer

-Add the sugar and mix until the mixture is light and fluffy

-Add the zest and flour to the mixture to form a dough

-With your hands, shape dough into small balls and place them on a lined baking tray

-Flatten the dough slightly and place in the oven for 14-20 minutes until golden brown

-Transfer onto a wire rack to cool

I like using coconut sugar as it’s a slightly healthier alternative to caster sugar and gives the cookies a lovely golden colour. You can add pretty much anything to the cookies, like chocolate chips, dried fruit, or lemon zest. Just swap out the orange zest and replace with an alternative.

Sushi

So I’ve been on holiday this week, and thought I would share with you how I make sushi. It is very simple and makes for a delicious lunch.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of medium grain sushi rice per person

2 Tsp of sushi seasoning per cup of rice

3 Sheets of Nori per person

Any filling ingredients – I used Smoked Salmon, Seafood Sticks and Cucumber

Soy sauce

Wasabi

 

Directions:

  • Rinse the rice under cold water to wash the surface starch off the grains, repeat till water is clear
  • Cook the rice in a rice cooker
  • Once the rice is cooked, add the sushi seasoning to the rice and stir
  • Using a bamboo mat, place the rough side of Nori upwards and using a rice paddle, spread the rice evenly across the sheet
  • Place your filling in the centre of the sheet, I used smoked salmon, seafood sticks and cucumber, but you can pretty much put anything you like in the rolls. Avocado works well or even some chicken
  • Using the bamboo mat slowly roll towards the centre and over your filling, then pick up your sushi roll with the mat and squeeze the roll to secure the filling inside
  • Unroll and use a serrated knife to cut into small pieces

It’s best served with some soy sauce and I like it with a hit of Wasabi.