Summer socca

Summer socca

Summer socca is the epiphany to easy lunch that can look like a fancy lunch. It can be your secret when you need to make something quick, healthy and scrumptious. I have been in a creative slump for a couple days. I just have been feeling meh, and tired after having my sister and her two kids here. It was havoc in my household. Having family or any guests are so good, because the obvious fact, kids can play and learn and keep each other occupied. The work, though, does not end…I still have to learn to relax a bit, I am doing that now more when my sweet munchkin is napping. How do mothers do it all? I ask once again…?

Summer socca is the epiphany to easy lunch that can look like a fancy lunch, but it’s just a plain jane dressed in some salad and drizzled with a glossy green dressing. It can be your secret when you need to make something quick, healthy and scrumptious.

I have been in a creative slump for a couple days. I just have been feeling meh, uninspired and tired after having my sister and her two kids here. It was havoc in my household. Cookie crumbs everywhere, me cooking and sweeping. What have I succumbed too, I mean I was like this before having kids. It’s not like it’s something new. But the equation of three little bubs in you’re house is quite something different compared to one, everything gets multiplied by three.

Having family or any guests are so good, because the obvious fact, kids can play and learn and keep each other occupied. The work, though, does not end…I still have to learn to relax a bit, I am doing that now more when my sweet munchkin is napping. How do mothers do it all? I ask once again…?

Summer socca

August has to be the longest month just yet, just because everything that you need is closed. The blue color folks have taken a much needed holiday. So no clean house, teeth or even a decent date night is to be seen. September, where are you? I need a few things fixed asap like this gaping irritation in my mouth. Now that I’m part of the thirties club, my body is certainly making it clear that I am getting old, pretty quickly. And i’m not even on to my second kid yet, what am I going to look like then? sigh…

There is simply never enough time and I guess there will never be to do it all be it all. You just have to make it work some way or another. That’s why I am searching for more easy recipes that is it all I’m looking for at this stage of my life when there isn’t enough time. Like my five-minute makeup routine, it should be snappy, do the trick and look good. I want to spend enough time with my family, enjoy cooking and using social media as a beacon for what I do. But I am certainly not going to stress the small stuff, even though somedays all my insecurities get highlighted. Take a breath and start again.

Summer socca

So something’s gotta give (like the movie) and socca is the answer to those days when you’ve had no answer and just need something quick and daringly fancy. Sans beet chutney can be done as well…plain old socca is better than no socca, best served with a chilled glass of rose, which I haven’t had in ages by the way. I should be living life in the south of France or what? Let’s be honest here, I get in bed by nine and never drink wine, so here’s to good food, that’s something right?

Recipe

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4-6 people

Summer socca

Summer socca

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 salt

Beet Chutney

  • 2 cups chopped and cooked beet
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or plain white sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 tsp of curry like has ragout
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Cashew cheese

  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Extra’s

  • Rocket leaves
  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Basil pesto
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the socca, set to thicken for 20 minutes.
  3. Pour into an olive oil smeared skillet and let it cook ever so slightly for ten minutes.
  4. Place in the oven and let it bake for ten minutes till cooked and turn on the griller for five minutes till brown on top.
  5. Smear the socca with beet relish, rocket, cashew cheese, walnuts, and avocado.

Beet Chutney 

  1. Cook together the onion, vinegar, and sugar together and then add the beet.
  2. Add the curry powder and the ginger.
  3. Cook the chutney mixture for 10 minutes until the chutney begins to thicken ever so lightly.
  4. Mix together the cornstarch and water and add this to the chutney, cook for another ten minutes,  turn off the heat and then scoop into sterilized glass jars.

Cashew cheese 

  1. Place the drained cashews in a food processor and blend till smooth, add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt.
  2. Add a few splashes of coconut cream or almond cream and then scoop out on to a square piece of parchment paper, roll it up like a sausage and then place in the fridge for at least one hour to set.
  3. Add more nutritional yeast for a more cheesy flavor and stringy effect.
  4. Place in the fridge for up to one week.
  5. Extra’s: Roll the cheese in fresh chives, sundried tomato pieces (not canned) or roasted sesame seeds.

Green glossy dressing 

  1. I mixed 1 tbsp of homemade basil kale pesto with 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup honey, olive oil, and salt.
  2. You can buy store-bought pesto, but if you want to make your own, simply blend 1 cup sliced and washed curly kale leaves, 1 hand full of basil leaves with 2/3 cup salted nuts, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast and 1 tsp honey.
  3. Add salt and pepper for flavor.

Notes: if you’re not quite sure where to buy nutritional yeast in France, you get it at most local supermarkets in the bio ile or at a bio store. It’s called levre douce as far as I know.

So for a fancy socca or a plain old socca evening…santé!

Hope you enjoy**

M*

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