It’s green. It’s lurid. It may be slightly off putting to some… But I take a secret delight in making weird (and slightly wonderful) things like this. They’re not normal looking and get funny looks. I kinda like that. Maybe I’m weird. Well, yes, I am weird. But that’s beside the point. I challenge you to put spinach in something and try and mask that colour! Unless of course it’s something chocolately – then I’ll let you off.
So this came about at Christmas. Having had stomach issues, there was a lot of stuff I couldn’t eat when Christmas Day arrived, or rather had to avoid – stuff that was normally okay just irritated it, there was so much damage to it at this point pretty much everything caused at least some minor discomfort. So I decided about an hour before we were due to sit down for our Christmas Lunch, that I wanted something bread/stuffing-esque to accompany my meal. Meaning I made this for the first time at one of the busiest times anyones kitchen will be, at any point during the year. Oops. I still helped making the main Christmas meal though so I made my presence at least slightly helpful 😛 I was chief potato and parsnip shuffler, and gravy stirrer.
I had no idea what on Earth this would turn out like. It was a complete experiment, and given everything else that was going on in the kitchen at the time, I just had to chuck it in the oven at whatever temperature it was and hope for the best. Which luckily, turned out to work pretty well. Then how was I supposed to get it to cool within about 10 minutes, in a steamy hot kitchen?! I realised this wasn’t going to happen. So…It got put on a plate, on the floor, outside like some discarded vegetable peelings. I don’t know about you, but when the kitchen is busy and the compost bin is rammed full, our veg peelings end up in a bag outside the kitchen door so they’re not in the way! Bingo. It did the trick. I brought it back inside and sliced it up.
At this point, my Uncle took great delight in questioning the intriguing looking little hulk loaf. He also took great delight in sampling it – and was pleasantly surprised. I have no idea what he was expecting, but I was surprised he actually seemed to enjoy it. Sometimes I think it’s just me that likes my weird concoctions! He then went on to take some more….It was at this point I quickly snaffled the rest of it away from his reach before I ended up with none left.
- 200g spinach
- 30g pea protein
- 30g unflavoured whey
- 30g coconut flour
- 10g sukrin reduced fat almond flour
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp Natvia
- 100ml egg white
- 1tbsp fish sauce
- 1tbsp dried chives
- 2tsp water
- 1tbsp cider vinegar
- 1tsp psyllium husk
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Microwave the spinach in a bowl for 2 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before blending to a puree.
- To the spinach puree, add the remaining ingredients, stir and blend until smooth. The batter should be pretty thick – this is okay!
- Line and lightly oil a non stick loaf tin. Scrape the batter in and bake for 30-35 minutes.