The Green Kitchen Book Review

Hi Everyone,

Well as promised here is my review of “The Green Kitchen” by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl, Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day.  What can I say..this book is utterly beautiful and the recipes are to die for!  David and Luise are a married couple with a daughter based in Stockholm and are the new faces of exciting vegetarian food.  The have a blog called Green Kitchen Stories which as you can imagine has become enormously popular.  They show you on the blog and in the book how to combine everyday staples to create nourishing, delicious food using only natural ingredients.

“The Green Kitchen” is beautifully photographed with vibrant colours and pictures of fresh, healthy food that is good for your health.  Two recipes that caught my eye immediately were the flourless banana pancakes and the Pizza with a Cauliflower base.  Both of these recipes are gluten free and this is denoted with GF in a circle below the number of serves.

The Cauliflower pizza crust is a very clever recipe.  It mixes together beautifully into a big ball that resembles dough and presses out perfectly onto your baking tray on top of some baking paper.

My pizza base straight out of the oven.

I made a margarita pizza on top of my pizza base and it was really good..it is as they say in the book “super tasty and really quick to make”…my daughter just commented “it was beautiful”.  You would never know the crust has been made from cauliflower, the pizza cutter glided through the base smoothly and lifted up as a firm slice you can hold in your hand and eat.  A great recipe to make for children if you want to get more veggies into their diet, I think they’ll love this pizza and wouldn’t even notice the difference.

The Flour-free banana and coconut pancakes had me intrigued, lately we always seem to have a couple of bananas going brown in the fruit bowl that are perfect for this recipe.  The pancakes were delicious and light.  Be gentle turning them over as they are a little more fragile seeing they don’t contain flour.  My youngest daughter thought they tasted a bit eggy.  I liked them and didn’t have that overfull, bloated feeling you can get with traditional pancakes.

My pancakes.

I think this a wonderful book for cooks of all levels.  Both the recipes I made here were easy to whip up and very tasty.  There is an informative introduction and an “Inside Our Pantry” section at the front explaining the ingredients and why they’re good for you.  I borrowed my copy from the library so I could check it out before committing.  I loved this book so much and know I’ll be cooking from it often so will now purchase a copy.  I highly recommend it.

(excerpt copyright David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl 2013. Images copyright Johanna Frenkiel)

If you try any of these recipes I’d love to know what you thought and how they turned out.

Pizza with a Cauliflower Base

florets from one cauliflower
80g (3oz, 3/4 cup) ground almonds
1 Tblsp dried oregano
sea salt, freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C/400F, place some baking paper on a baking tray.

Cut florets from the cauliflower and pop into a food processor and whiz until you have a fine crumbly mixture.  Measure out 3 cups of the cauliflower ‘crumbs’ and place into a bowl.  Add the ground almonds and oregano, salt & pepper and mix up using your hands.  Make a well in the centre and pour the eggs into it.  Using your hands again, work from the outside and mix ingredients into the middle mixing well to incorporate everything.

Form the mixture into a ball, it will be looser than a normal pizza dough.

Put the ball on top of your baking paper and press down to flatten into a pizza base with your hands. Build the edges a little higher.  Bake in the oven for around 25-30 minutes, until golden,
(mine cooked in 25).

Remove pizza from the oven, cover top with tomato pizza base (I buy mine pre-prepared from the supermarket) or (this is not in the book – whiz up a can of whole peeled tomatoes in the food processor with some salt and pepper, dried oregano and basil).  Then top with your favourite toppings, I made a margarita pizza here (tomato base, grated cheese, bocconcini and sliced tomato).

Flour-Free Banana & Coconut Pancakes

3 ripe bananas
6 eggs, lightly beaten
50g/2oz desiccated coconut
150g blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp coconut oil for frying
maple syrup for topping

With a fork mash the bananas.  Put into a bowl with the eggs and coconut.  Add blueberries but reserve some for garnish.  Mix well.

Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and pour two to three tablespoons of pancake batter per pancake.  Using a spatula carefully flip them over when they look set and cook on the other side for about another minute until cooked through.

Stack a few on a plate and drizzled with maple syrup and yoghurt if desired.

Catherine x

16 Comments

  1. Ally

    Hi Catherine. Loving your blogs. This is the second interesting cauliflower recipe I have come across today. I have just started the 5:2 diet and was searching for recipes to fit in with it and came across one that uses cauliflower to make a substitute for rice. Looking forward to trying them both, and will try to borrow the book from my library as I am a veggie, not sure Port Macquarie

  2. leah // sang the bird

    Thanks lovely! Great review…. I've been waiting to hear what this recipe book is like. It is now officially on my wish list. I am GF and Miss S is on a GF diet for 2 weeks… I am going to try out the pizza base and see if she likes it. I'll let you know how it turns out xx

    p.s happy new week xx

  3. mel

    People who come up with these alternatives are so clever – I know I said it before but cauliflower pizza base! I'm actually really curious to try it. All of your recipes look like they turned out beautifully. M x

  4. Chi Feasey

    I actually went out specifically to hunt down some cauliflower the other day in anticipation of this review! 😀

    My daughter actually loves it but I'd run out of delicious new ways to cook it.

    I LOVE how the pizza base turned out! Your daughter's right – it does look beautiful and I'm sure it tasted wonderful.

    This recipe is perfectly timed and hot on

  5. Catherine Bedson

    @leah look forward to hearing if Miss S liked the pizza base Leah and yes I think this book is right up your street. xx

    @mel yes aren't they clever, you should try it it's a great recipe I'm sure your children would like. xx

    @chi I'm delighted you bought a cauliflower in anticipation of this recipe Chi..that made me smile. Looking forward to hearing if your

  6. noreen

    hi catherine! i've not needed gluten free food, but the idea of getting veggies into my children through pizza is appealing! pizza is my 11-year-old's favorite food.

    must go outside to get the dirt ready for the garden. i have lettuce in a pot that i'm eating, but want to plant more veggies very soon. thanks for the book idea, i'll check it out. joy to you, n

  7. Lauren

    Wonderful review, Catherine! We've been gobbling up cauliflower mash all winter, but that pizza is simply stunning.

    Would you believe that my 13 year old doesn't love pizza? We don't eat it often, but sometimes and I'd love to try this…how do you think it would hold up on the grill?

    Lovely detailed review and great photos….Thank you!

  8. Catherine Bedson

    @noreen thanks Noreen. & enjoy the garden.
    @lauren that's the first I've ever heard of someone not bring keen on pizza! Not sure about the grill, cook it in the oven the first time & maybe try the grill second time around to see how it works out.
    @scrambledmegs I think you'll love this book when you buy it Meg.

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