Waste not....want not.
I'm the last person in the world who can be accused of hoarding, and regularly purge my home of clothes, shoes, handbags, and homeware, without a second thought.
When it comes to throwing out food, however, the lessons drummed into me by my Lithuanian grandparents kick in, and I just can't bring myself to do it.
So perfectly usable celery leaf scraps are transformed into soup, browning bananas make the ultimate chocolate banana loaf, a couple of lonely mushrooms are incorporated into a fluffy frittata, and leftover breakfast cereal is ground up and mixed with sugar and melted butter to make a sweet pie base.
When a friend recently gave me a recipe for flour-free, health cookies made using nuts, seeds, sugar, and egg yolk, I knew I had the perfect 'shidduch'.
I often make the famous Three Seed Cookies previously featured in this newsletter, and in the Meatland Salads & Sweets recipe book, and never know what to do with the leftover yolks, as the recipe calls only for egg whites.
Now I can make up both delicious cookie varieties at once - they're both laughably easy to put together - and will no longer risk giving my dog high cholesterol with all the yolk-only scrambled eggs I feed him.
Gluten-free, parve, and amazingly good.
If you love the Three Seed Cookies, then you'll lose your heart to this version, and I've included BOTH recipes for easy reference.
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar (or slightly less)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup natural almonds with skin, crushed
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pecan nuts, crushed
1: Place natural almonds and pecans in a food processor and briefly blitz to chop.
2: Beat yolks and sugar with a whisk till light and creamy.
3: Add all seeds and nuts to creamy yolk mixture, stir to mix thoroughly, then place slightly flattened spoonfuls of mixture on baking paper, and bake at 180 for approximately 12 - 14 minutes till lightly golden.
4: Allow to cool before removing from paper and store in the freezer to retain crispness. Feel free to decorate with melted chocolate if feeling naughty.