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Healthy Advent Brunch


Zagreb simply isn’t backing down. No, no…it even steps up like a champion it is. It got more shinny, better smelling, happy and crowded as the season continues… just like a circus. 2 times best Christmas destination in Europe defended the title, keeps adding the glory and fame to its name. I am overly delighted because of it.

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Rudolph is peeking around every corner, Santas keep on spreading the happiness all around, bells ringing without stopping, every single place keeps on playing those already famous Christmas songs (Mariah, Britney, George Michael L ). So even if your nature spells Grinch, the Christmas spirit is still upon you.
You see them sausages smoking and cooking, frittatas getting new dipping, (the one I like has a bit of coconut and chocolate plus cinnamon on it…the place called „kod bake Marije“ has it, in front of Johann Franck). And as per us, Johann is absolutely super crowded. Fire, vine and rum tea…makes it all Christmassy as always.

For all of you out there looking for something new we have; bean lens, octopus stew wrapped in bread in Tomićeva street, or the on with tuna and cherries (made a promise to myself to try that and post it on Instagram ☺). Or goulash with bagels in Martićeva street( tried it, not bad…) stay tuned peeps. So however, we are the voice of reason!

In that Christmas food insanity out there, you can cook your own masterpieces at home, and no, we do not talk about sarma or Christmas cakes we have left behind us, or the stake and new years cakes that are right in front of us, not even about Vlatka Pokos and her cooking school on telly, we are simply talking about; healthy and delicious. Bottoms up!

WINTER BRUNCH

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CHRISTMAS SMOOTHIE

(serves 4)

Blend:

  • 6 clementines
  • 1banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (Encian Superfoods Bio Chia Seeds)
  • 1 tbsp baobab (Encian Superfoods Organic Baobab)

If chia seeds are not pre soaked, in order to maximize the benefits, it is necessary to blend them well in a blender and then add:

  • 1-2 dl water and
  • 2 dl Encian Aronia Juice

…and blend once more.

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VEGATABLE RICE FLOUR FLATBREADS WITH ONION BEET ROOT CHUTNEY

(serves 4)

Flatbread ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Encian Superfoods Bio Rice Flour
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tbsp Encian Superfoods Bio Flaxseed Flour
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • A small bunch of parsley
  • Salt, pepper and chilli according to taste
  • About 0,5 dl warm water
  • Frying oil
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Instructions:

Finely chop, or blend in a blender, onion, carrot and parsley. Add flaxseeds, flaxseed flour and rice flour then season according to taste. Add water and knead with hands. Form little rounds and fry in a pan with a bit of oil. To make them even healthier – fry them in an oven at 200°C for about 25 minutes.

Serve with fresh veggies or/and any kind of dip to your taste. We decided to go for delicious cherry tomatoes and homemade spicy onion-beet root chutney.

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Chutney ingredients:

  • 4 onions – finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1-1,5 dl Encian Beetroot Juice
  • 1 tbsp of wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic – finely minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (double concentrated)
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala spice blend (or to taste)
  • Lemon juice, salt, pepper and chilli – according to taste

Instructions:

Fry finely chopped onion with olive oil until golden brown.

Add a tablespoon of wine vinegar and cook until the onions start to stick to the pan.

Add some beetroot juice, stir and cook until it starts to stick again.

Repeat this process of adding and reducing until you have used all beetroot juice (according to your taste).

Finish of with tomato paste, garlic, spices and lemon juice.

 

Recipes by: Željka Čolakić

Text: Lidija Šeatović

Photo: Marija Laća

Translation: Filip Šeatović

Powered by: Encian

 

 

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