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Fennel Marinated Zucchini and Mung Beans

August 30 2017 Golubka Kitchen 

Fennel Marinated Zucchini and Mung Beans This post was created in partnership with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada. I have a major weakness for anything marinated, especially vegetables and beans or lentils, probably because of where I grew up. Though Russian cuisine is known for straightforward foods like meat, potatoes, and mayonnaise-heavy salads, I come from a special pocket in the southwest of Russia, where the foods of many cultures intersect. We have culinary influence from Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Karachay-Cherkessia – all Southern nations that are known for their use of spices and herbs that make their food much brighter than traditional Russian fare. The region is also known for delicious, marinated foods, which I grew up eating lots of – marinated eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, green beans and so on. You name it, and chances are that they marinate it. That might be why I’m so excited to share this light, summery, fennel-marinated zucchini and mung bean dish. It’s comfort food to me, and I think you’ll really like it as well :) What brings this whole dish together is the lemony fennel marinade. I usually reach for cumin when putting together marinades for vegetables, but I had the epiphany to use fennel here, and I’m so happy I did. It has the perfect, bright and summery anise flavor, which is also quite unique. Another amazing thing about fennel is that it’s a digestion aid. In parts of India, fennel seeds are chewed after a meal precisely for that purpose, and also as a breath freshener. So cool! The preparation here is quite low maintenance, and we’ve got a video up top to show the whole process. The zucchini is not cooked, just ribboned and marinated, which makes it softer, but with a pleasant, crisp bite. It’s served over marinated mung beans (I mixed in some lentils as well), with lots of herbs, microgreens and avocado. This dish can serve as an excellent, summery side or an addition to salads, but honestly, I’ve been eating it as a light meal most of the time. It’s nourishing and filling enough because of the inclusion of fiber and protein-rich mung beans and lentils. Both mung beans and lentils fall under the nutritious category of pulses, together with all other beans, chickpeas and dried peas, which might just be the most affordable superfoods out there. This year, we are working with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada on creating some simple, weekday-friendly pulse recipes, as part of their Half-Cup Habit program. Making a habit of incorporating at least 1/­­2 cup of cooked pulses in your cooking a few days a week always leads to some sustainable, nourishing and affordable meals. For more recipes, check out our Red Lentil Gazpacho, White Bean Tuna Sandwich, Smoky Chickpea Croutons, Perfect Pressure Cooker Beans, or any recipes on the Pulses website. Fennel Marinated Zucchini and Mung Beans   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 cup mung beans or French lentils, or a combination of both - soaked in purified water overnight sea salt 4 small zucchini - sliced into thin ribbons lengthwise, preferably on a mandolin ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ⅓ cup olive oil ½ tablespoon fennel seeds - toasted and freshly ground 1 garlic clove - minced pinch of red pepper flakes about 1 cup minced fresh herbs, such as dill, mint, parsley, basil, cilantro freshly ground black pepper avocado - for serving (optional) microgreens - for garnish (optional) Instructions Drain and rinse the mung beans/­­lentils and place them in a medium soup pot. Cover with plenty of water, bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 7 minutes. Taste for doneness and cook longer if needed, until fully cooked, but not mushy. Add salt at the end. Drain, transfer to a medium bowl or shallow dish and set aside. If cooking both mung beans and lentils, cook them separately, as they have different cooking times. Place the ribboned zucchini in a colander and generously sprinkle with salt. Let soften and release excess liquid for up to 30 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, fennel seeds, garlic and red pepper flakes, mix until well combined. Add half of the marinade, half of the herbs, salt and pepper to the dish with the cooked mung beans/­­lentils and stir to coat. Rinse the zucchini, pat it dry with paper towels, and transfer to a medium shallow dish. Add the remaining marinade, herbs, salt and pepper to the zucchini, and toss to coat. Roll the zucchini slices and put them into the dish with the mung beans/­­lentils. Drizzle any remaining marinade over top. Alternatively, you can simply combine the beans, zucchini, all of the marinade, herbs, salt and pepper in a dish or bowl, and toss to coat thoroughly, skipping the rolling of the slices (that step is just for looks). Cover the dish and let marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or days - the longer, the better. Serve garnished with avocado and microgreens, if using. 3.5.3226 You might also like... 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Restaurant Highlight – The Beet, Byron Bay

July 17 2017 Happy Cow veggie blog 

I live on the east coast of Australia in a coastal town called Byron Bay. We have juice bars and salad bars and most places will be able to veganise a dish by leaving out a few ingredients. The pub down the road from me has vegetarian nachos. When I go there for dinner, I ask them for the vegan version, which means I get the corn chips, salsa, guacamole and beans minus the cheese and sour cream - the chefs usually give me a double serving of corn chips, which I think is really lovely. I recently attended a new restaurant with friends, and before going, I checked if they had vegan options; they said they did, but I wasnt convinced. Sure enough, the vegan options were limited to two - hot chips and roast veggies. I later wrote a very friendly message to the new owners, via their Facebook page, explaining to them that I was very disappointed and that when key ingredients in a dish were omitted and not replaced, the flavour was severely lacking. They replied promptly and were very apologetic, saying that they would try much harder. That would be a win, I would say. […] The post Restaurant Highlight – The Beet, Byron Bay appeared first on The Veggie Blog.

Mango Curry with Fennel and Parsnip

March 29 2017 Golubka Kitchen 

Mango Curry with Fennel and Parsnip This is the time of year that I start having uncontrollable cravings for all things bright, fresh and fruity. I want more smoothies and salads, raw fruit, snappy veggies, etc. Thankfully, this is also when yellow champagne mangoes start showing up everywhere. They perfectly satisfy my cravings with their sunny, sweet flesh, and I manage to fit them into almost every one of my meals while the season lasts. I of course love using mangoes in sweet dishes (smoothies, porridges, dessert), but they also make for a really special addition to savories. That’s how the idea for this curry came about. Nothing about it is terribly authentic, in fact it’s sort of a mishmash of ingredients used in cuisines around the world, but it’s vibrant, delicious, loaded with nourishing produce, and it’s exactly the kind of curry I want to eat right now. There’s silky fennel with its refreshing, mild anise flavor, parsnips for some substance and earthiness, chili and curry powder for spice, and broccoli for a flash of green. Everything gets cooked in a heavenly, creamy mixture of mango, pureed with coconut milk, and the result is a satisfying, savory, sweet and sour curry that’s incredibly good for you. You might be wondering what the soba noodles are doing in a curry, but hear me out. I’ve recently been really into adding noodles to creamy soups for texture and substance. A common weekday meal for me is a quick blender soup of avocado, bell pepper, greens, a bunch of cilantro, dulse, and lemon juice served over soba. The soba gets slathered with the creamy soup, and the whole thing makes for a really nice eating experience. It works the same way in this curry, but you can of course serve the curry over any rice of your choice instead. Enjoy! Follow this link to get the recipe for the Mango Curry with Fennel and Parsnip :) You might also like... Celeriac Parsnip Mash with Crispy Sage Ant Hill Forest Cake Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl Spiced Kombucha Moscow Mules & a Giveaway .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb { background: !important; -webkit-transition: background 0.2s linear; -moz-transition: background 0.2s linear; -o-transition: background 0.2s linear; transition: background 0.2s linear;;color:!important; } .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover{background:#ffffff !important;color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post:hover .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a:hover{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover a{ color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb{ margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; } The post Mango Curry with Fennel and Parsnip appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Spiced Amaranth Porridge with Ginger Stewed Apples and Raisins

February 5 2017 Golubka Kitchen 

Spiced Amaranth Porridge with Ginger Stewed Apples and Raisins This creamy amaranth porridge is another cozy breakfast recipe we developed for Nuts.com. Amaranth is the superstar of the pseudograins, since it has more protein than both quinoa and buckwheat, and is the only grain/­­pseudograin to contain vitamin C. Needless to say, it’s a great thing to start yourself off with in the morning, and tastes absolutely delicious when cooked with a bunch of warming spices, and topped with stewed apples. Paloma is currently obsessed with apple sauce and eats it with breakfast and as a snack at school, so a pot of stewing apples on the stovetop has been a weekly occurrence in my kitchen. If you’ve never made apple sauce/­­stewed apples before, the process is surprisingly easy – the apples pretty much take care of themselves with some heat and water, and become incredibly velvety in a short amount of time. Add some spices to the equation, and you’ll have yourself an incredibly versatile topping for porridges, yogurt and even toast. We’ve got some links for you after the jump, wishing you a peaceful Sunday. Stuff We Can Do – a comprehensive instagram outlining the actions we can take to oppose some of the crazy things happening in our country concerning human rights, the environment, etc. Lots of very doable stuff there. Healthyish – loving Bon Appetit’s new spinoff website, which follows the philosophy that healthy food = delicious food. Lots of great interviews, recipes, and ideas there. Dr. Melanie Joy on the Rich Roll podcast – a psychologist who coined the term carnism, which examines the meat paradox, or why we love certain animal species (cats, dogs) and eat others (cows, pigs). A Cook’s Remedy – Aran Goyoaga’s beautiful new video series, which explores her relationship with food and cooking. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate – so excited to try Sophie’s recipe, made with beets! Follow this link to get the recipe for the Spiced Amaranth Porridge with Ginger Stewed Apples and Raisins :) You might also like... Tile Flatbreads Creamy Apple-Anise Soup and Pumpkinseed Cheese Black Bean Chocolate and Fig Cookies Parsnip Cake with Candied Kumquats .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb { background: !important; -webkit-transition: background 0.2s linear; -moz-transition: background 0.2s linear; -o-transition: background 0.2s linear; transition: background 0.2s linear;;color:!important; } .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover{background:#ffffff !important;color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post:hover .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a:hover{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover a{ color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb{ margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; } The post Spiced Amaranth Porridge with Ginger Stewed Apples and Raisins appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Honey-Roasted Pears with Vanilla Cashew Cream

November 23 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Honey-Roasted Pears with Vanilla Cashew Cream This post was created in partnership with Smiley Honey. Roasting pears is the easy road to a sophisticated dessert. You let the heat of the oven do the work of softening their flesh to a silky, melt-in-your-mouth consistency while tending to other things (perhaps making something creamy to serve the pears with). More specifically, honey-roasting with various spices will always be a winning technique, especially when you use a high-quality honey like the wild thyme blossom honey from Smiley Honey I used here. The honey melts under heat and envelops whatever you are roasting with its soothing, complex sweetness, contributing to those crispy, caramelized edges we all love so much. Serve the warm pears with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or take it one step further and make a nutritious cashew vanilla cream. This is not your ordinary cashew cream, as it’s made lighter with the addition of one of the roasted pears. When whipped up, the pear contributes an airiness to the cream, making it less dense and adding interest to the flavor. There is also a studding of ground chia, for its gelling abilities and amazing nutrition. The cream pairs perfectly with the jammy pears, and the garnish of pomegranate seeds, though optional, adds to that festive look and flavor. The whole thing is easy and quick to whip up, so if you are still looking for a dessert to serve this Thursday and like pears and cream, this might just be the one. Smiley Honey is a raw honey company offering a fine collection of uniquely flavored honeys from around the world, from Spain to Romania, Italy to a number of states in the US. They sent me some samples of their honey, and I was impressed by how distinctly different each of them tasted. There is a tendency to think that honey is honey and that’s that, but there is a world flavor in each kind, depending, of course, on the blossoms the bees forage the nectar from, among other factors. The Smiley Honey shop has a thoughtful flavor profile description for each kind of honey they sell – it almost feels like choosing a wine, and rightly so. I chose to go with the thyme honey from Spain for this dessert – it has a boldness of flavor, along with savory and earthy notes, is very aromatic and absolutely delicious. Other flavors that caught my eye are sage, tulepo, sourwood and acacia. All Smiley Honey is raw, which means it’s rich in health benefits and will help boost your immune system. Together with Smiley Honey, we think that a jar from them would make for a perfect gift or treat to yourself during this time of year. If you’d like to try it out, use code Golubka at checkout in their store to get 10% off any of the honeys. Lastly, it’s the time to give thanks in these parts, so thank you for cooking from this page throughout the years. Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the U.S. and a peaceful rest of the week to those elsewhere :) Our Holiday Menu so far - M A I N Whole Braised Holiday Cauliflower S I D E Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Gratin Celeriac Parsnip Mash with Crispy Sage S O U P Creamy Butternut Squash, Pear and Cranberry Soup with Crispy Kale D E S S E R T Apple Pumpkin Pie with Salted Pecan Caramel D R I N K Spiced Kombucha Moscow Mules Pear Cranberry Chai Honey-Roasted Pears with Vanilla Cashew Cream   Print Serves: 4-8 Ingredients for the honey roasted pears neutral coconut oil - for oiling the baking dish 5 ripe pears - cut in half and cored ¼ cup filtered water 1 cinnamon stick 5-7 cardamom pods - green shells removed, coarsely crushed in a mortar and pestle 3-5 whole cloves 1-2 star anise (optional) freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon honey - to taste for the vanilla cashew cream 1½ cups cashews - preferably soaked for 2 hours ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk - preferably homemade ⅓ cup honey 1½ tablespoons chia seeds 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 roasted pear - from above ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons neutral unrefined coconut oil - melted for serving more honey to drizzle crushed pistachios (optional) pomegranate kernels (optional) Instructions to roast the pears Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C). Lightly oil the baking dish with coconut oil. Arrange pears inside the dish cut side down. Pour water over the bottom of the dish and place spices in between pear halves. Drizzle with lemon juice and honey. Bake for 40-45 minutes, basting the pears with the liquid every now and then, until soft throughout. Let cool. to make the vanilla cashew cream and serve Drain and rinse cashews. Combine with almond milk, honey, chia seeds, vanilla extract and roasted pear in an upright blender, blend until smooth. Drizzle in the coconut oil with the motor still running and blend to incorporate. If using a regular blender (not a high-speed one such as Vitamix or Blendtec), optionally strain the cream through a fine-mesh sieve for a silky-smooth consistency. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight, letting the cream set. To serve, whisk cream to fluff it up. Distribute between bowls, top with 1-2 pear halves, drizzle with honey, garnish with crushed pistachios and pomegranate kernels and enjoy. 3.5.3208 This post was created in partnership with Smiley Honey, with all opinions being genuine and our own. Thank you for considering the sponsors that help keep Golubka Kitchen going. You might also like... 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Pear Cranberry Chai

October 30 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Pear Cranberry Chai Are you guys dressing up for Halloween? I’m not, but Paloma is going to be John Lennon circa 1974 (the rest of her friends are princesses). Yep, the Beatles obsession is as strong as ever. Right now, John is the absolute favorite. 1980 (year of his death) is the WORST number, not to be spoken in the house, and she’s been know to put on Imagine and cry to it more than a few times. And this is an otherwise cheerful, happy kid too. Crazy! Anyways, whether you are participating in this weekend’s spooky activities or not, maybe you can consider treating yourself with this seriously autumnal chai, or better yet, plan to serve it at some sort of holiday occasion. I’m confident your guests will be blown away. As far as I can recall, this is the best chai I’ve ever tried. Besides all the required, invigorating spices, this one is infused with fresh pears and cranberries, which add lovely flavor and a tiny hint of sourness. It’s a bit sweet, spicy, gingery and creamy. And if you are wondering what I do with all the leftover stewed pears, I blend them into a pear sauce and spoon it onto all kinds of dishes. There are some weekend links after the jump. Have a nice one :) Protein, Iron, Calcium – I’ve been finding Gena’s articles about protein/­­iron/­­calcium-rich plant food combinations so helpful Urban Moonshine – I’ve been taking these digestive bitters before almost every meal and have really noticed a difference. Highly recommended if you have any mild issues with digestion or even as a blood sugar stabilizing aid. Also, want to make this Happy Belly Seed Mix soon. Sophie Buhai’s New Jewelry Collection – the photos! Exceptional Advice from Anthony Bourdain’s New Book – please never change Tony .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb { background: !important; -webkit-transition: background 0.2s linear; -moz-transition: background 0.2s linear; -o-transition: background 0.2s linear; transition: background 0.2s linear;;color:!important; } .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover{background:#ffffff !important;color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post:hover .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a:hover{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover a{ color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb{ margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; } The post Pear Cranberry Chai appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegetarian Spring Pho with Sweet Potato Noodles and Heirloom Beans

March 22 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Vegetarian Spring Pho with Sweet Potato Noodles and Heirloom Beans As though writing a cookbook and trying to stay on top of a second grader’s homework and extracurriculars is not enough, we’re planning a long overdue and major kitchen renovation this summer. When I say long overdue, I am not exaggerating one bit, as we haven’t put a hammer or paintbrush to the kitchen in the thirteen years of living in this house. Something has always topped it on the priority list, which, I know, sounds crazy considering what I do. Our kitchen is nicely sized and sunny, but has many questionable and outdated details from the 90s along with badly aging countertops, the layout needs improvement, and there is a low hanging ceiling in an otherwise high ceilinged house. There’s lots of unearthed potential, and we are finally coming around to letting it free. To me, this is extremely exciting – the kitchen is my office, the place where the family eats, and also happens to be the central hangout spot in the house. Somehow, we’ve managed to put ourselves onto a very tight schedule – the book manuscript is due June 30th, and the kitchen is being knocked down July 1st, the next day! For now, I’m planning and gathering ideas, scouting Craigslist and Pinterest, and picking up old pieces of driftwood off the beach – who knows when I’ll need them. Hot soup has always been my ultimate comfort food, and I know I will be needing lots of it in the months to come. Vietnamese pho is king when it comes to soups that warm you from the core, and I’ve been experimenting with vegetarian pho recipes during the past couple of weeks. The main component of any pho, but especially vegetarian pho, is the broth. This pho broth is first and foremost based on toasted spices – star anise, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, peppercorn, and clove – each bringing its individual character to the flavor profile. I’m not normally the biggest fan of cinnamon in savory dishes, but in this broth it balances with tamari, brown rice vinegar and chili to create a fragrant and deeply nourishing broth.  I bought a few too many sweet potatoes from my favorite local farm and they made it into the pho in place of rice noodles, truly hitting the spot. This soup is all I want to eat right now. It’s warming, spicy and substantial, but also loaded with springy, crunchy vegetables and tons of herbs – the perfect balance, if you ask me. Ciao Italian readers! Our book The Vibrant Table is now available in Italian, and you can order it here. Vegetarian Spring Pho with Sweet Potato Noodles and Heirloom Beans Note: I noticed that making the broth the night before lends the best flavor, so if you have time, let the aromatics sit in the broth for a night. 2 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds 1 1/­­2 teaspoon black peppercorn 5 whole cloves 3 cardamom pods – green shells removed 1 medium onion – sliced into 8 wedges 3 garlic cloves – crushed with a knife 1-inch piece ginger, sliced and crushed with a knife 1/­­2 lb shiitake – hard stems removed, caps sliced 6 cups purified water 3 1/­­2 tablespoons tamari 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar 1/­­4 teaspoon sriracha 1 1/­­2 cup cooked beans (I used these beautiful ones) 2 medium sweet potatoes – spiralized (I use this spiralizer) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 small or 1/­­2 large broccoli head – cut into florets 2 baby bok choy or 1 regular bok choy – sliced handful mung bean sprouts juice of 1 lime, plus more for serving handful each cilantro, basil and mint leaves 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1. Warm dried spices in a medium soup pot over medium heat, stir around until toasted and fragrant, for about 2-3 minutes. Add onion, garlic and ginger and toast for another couple of minutes, until fragrant and onion begins to get some colour. Carefully add water (it may splatter) and shiitake stems, followed by tamari, brown rice vinegar and sriracha. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let infuse further for at least 30 minutes or as long as you have time (overnight is best). Strain, discard solids. 2. Warm the coconut oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat, add broccoli and bok choy and saute for about 3-4 minutes, until they turn bright green in color. Set aside. This step can be eliminated and you can add broccoli and bok choy directly to the broth, along with the sweet potato noodles or later, together with mung bean sprouts, if you want to keep the greens extra crunchy. 3. In the meantime, bring the broth back to a boil, add cooked beans, sweet potato noodles and sliced shiitake caps. Adjust the heat to a simmer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the type of spiralizer used. Mine makes very thin threads, so 3 minutes is enough time, while other spiralizers produce much thicker noodles, which need longer cooking time. Add sauteed broccoli and bok choy to the broth, followed by mung bean sprouts. 4. Remove pho from heat, add lime juice, herbs and sesame seeds. Serve warm with more lime juice and/­­or fresh herbs.

Vegetarian Bouillabaisse

January 28 2016 Green Kitchen Stories 

Vegetarian Bouillabaisse We did a little survey on instagram a few days ago where we asked what type of recipes you would like to see more of here on the blog. Lots of fun and creative suggestions popped up. The sum of it was pretty clear though. There seem to be a never-ending need for Quick Family Dinners, Budget Recipes, Healthy Breakfasts and more Vegan dishes. We will certainly take these topics in mind for future updates. If you have more suggestions, go ahead and leave a comment below. To kick things off we have looked at what we have done in the past years and have chosen 3 of our favourite recipes in each category. If you haven’t tried these recipes already, they might be a good starting point. Quick Family Dinners - Filled Spinach Crepes - Summer Pasta with Smashed Tomatoes   - Fresh Pea & Mint Soup Budget - Shakshuka - Mung Bean Stew - Carrot, Tomato & Coconut Soup Healthy Breakfasts - 3 x Breakfast Oatmeals - Chia Parfait & Apple Crunch - Raw Buckwheat Porridge De Luxe Vegan Dinners - Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates and Almonds - The No Recipe Curry - Sweet Potato, Carrot & Red Lentil Soup Savoury Snacks also seem to be a thing that we need to make more of so that will come up soon. Today’s recipe is a vegetarian version of the French fish stew Bouillabaisse and ironically it doesn’t seem to be even close to the topics that you are asking to see more of. It is not super quick, more like an hour or so. Saffron and white wine are on the ingredient list, so not a budget recipe (although all other ingredients are quite cheap). And to be honest, the kids didn’t like it very much. Elsa picked out the carrots, parsnip and the white beans and left the rest untouched! It is vegan though, if you skip the aioli. But if we look past the fact that this apparently is an entirely unwanted recipe from your side, we do have some good news: You are going to love it anyway! And so will the guests that you invite over for a vegetarian dinner this weekend. You see, this French stew is filled with flavour from white wine, fennel, garlic and saffron, sweetness from the slow cooked tomatoes, carrots and parsnips, and it gets a mild taste of the ocean from a sheet of nori algae (the ones you use for rolling sushi). We like to keep the vegetables chunky to replace the fish and seafood. We also roast fennel slices for a fancier presentation. Our idea was that they would look like two prawns in the middle of the plate, but, ehm, I don’t know, they just look like roasted fennel to me. They do taste good, almost crusty on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside. We serve it with homemade aioli but you can also use store-bought, to save time (or simply mix mayonnaise with garlic). If anyone is reading this from Marseille, we are sorry if we have insulted your traditional recipe. I am sure we have made a bunch of wrongdoings (for example excluding the main ingredient), but we did it with good intentions and love in our hearts. Vegetarian Bouillabaisse Serves 4-6 This takes around one hour to make. You can skip the roasted fennel on top if you are in a hurry and don’t care about fancy presentations. If you prepare it in the morning, it will taste even more flavourful when you serve it in the evening (or the day after). And if you are making it for kids, you can replace the wine with more vegetable stock. 2 tbsp butter, coconut oil or olive oil 2 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp anise seeds 2 yellow onions, peeled, one finely chopped and the other coarsely 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced in thick coins 2 parsnips, peeled and sliced in thick coins 1 fennel bulb, coarsely chopped 250 ml /­­ 1 cup dry white wine 2 potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters 2 x 400 g /­­ 14 oz tins whole tomatoes (or crushed) 2 cups vegetable stock 1 g saffron powder 1 sheet nori, crushed or finely chopped (optional) 1 tbsp fresh thyme 1 cup large white beans To serve 1 fennel bulb fresh thyme and dill zest from 1/­­2 orange (optional) 4 pieces of sourdough bread Aioli 2 egg yolks* 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar (+ more for seasoning) 125 ml /­­ 1/­­2 cup cold-pressed olive oil (choose a quality oil, stored in glass bottles) 125 ml /­­ 1/­­2 cup cold pressed rapeseed oil (choose a quality oil, stored in glass bottles) 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated sea salt and pepper, to taste  Place a large sauce pan on medium heat. Melt butter or coconut oil and then add fennel seeds and anise seeds, onions and garlic. Sauté for a couple of minutes or until the onions have softened. Add carrots, parsnips and the chopped fennel and after a couple of minutes the white wine. Let simmer for five minutes and then add potatoes, tomatoes, vegetable stock, saffron, nori and thyme. Give it a good stir and then leave to simmer for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, set the oven to 435°F/­­225°C. Slice the remaining fennel in thick pieces lengthwise, drizzle with oil and salt and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until soft and slightly burnt at the edges. When the cooked vegetables are soft and the stew tastes flavourful, add beans and let simmer for a few more minutes before serving. Making Aioli: Making Aioli: Whisk egg yolks* and lemon juice (or vinegar) in metal bowl to blend well. Whisking constantly (by hand with a balloon whisk) while drizzling in the oil very slowly, 1 teaspoonful at a time, until sauce is thickened. Stir in finely chopped garlic and season the aioli with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve the soup in wide bowls, top with roasted fennel, dill, a dollop of aioli, orange zest and a piece of sourdough bread. *Raw egg is not recommended for infants, elderly, pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems. Be sure to use pasteurized egg yolk instead.

Butternut Squash, Leek and Apple Soup

November 3 2015 My New Roots 

Butternut Squash, Leek and Apple Soup Back in the summer, I was asked to be the guest chef at a restaurant here in Copenhagen for the upcoming fall season. But not just any restaurant: a hyper-local organic restaurant sourcing 95% of their ingredients from within 200 kilometers of their front door, and one that holds classes to educate and inspire city dwellers to eat sustainably all year round. Oh, just kind of up my alley. And it is run by a woman who I clicked with instantaneously, our first conversation touching on everything from mushroom foraging to manifesting ones own reality through the power of positive thinking. I said yes because I was so moved by her ultimate mission, what the restaurant stood for, and not really taking into account that I hadnt cooked in a professional kitchen in many years. But after giving me permission to call the event The Grand Pumpkin Orgy, how could I possibly say no? Fast forward a few months to a couple weeks ago. I am standing at the cutting board preparing vegetables for soup. The soup to be served at the restaurant, which will be full of guests, all there to eat my food. I feel confident and excited, using all of my pumpkin comprehension to develop a menu of stellar proportions, and not letting the true weightiness of the event bog me down. Once cooked, everything goes into the blender. I puree it. I taste it. And its delicious. Without any major adjustments at all, it is exactly what I wanted it to be: clean and pure and tasting of the ingredients it is made with, only better. Then the doubt creeps in. Wait a second. That was easy. Is this really good enough? How can I serve such a simple dish to all these people with undoubtedly high expectations of what this dinner is supposed to be? Why did I ever think I could do this in the first place?! BAH! I brought my recipes in for the chef to review, sheepishly handing them over as if there was something wrong with them; not impressive enough, flashy or complex – just what I believed to be delicious. After a raised eyebrow, he said that he wasnt sure apple and butternut squash would go together. I gulped, but told him as confidently as I could that I believe in the intelligence of the season, and trust that whatever grows together, goes together. Right? The soup was a hit. Clean and pure and tasting of the ingredients it was made with, only better. Not only was the chef impressed (and later excused himself for judging my soup before making it himself), but the guests as well. As I went around to the tables asking everyone how it was, they all reaffirmed my belief that my instincts are not completely out of whack, and that, quite simply, good ingredients make great food. After several years eating locally-grown, seasonal produce Ive learned that you can pretty much step back and let the ingredients do the work for you, since true deliciousness needs little intervention. Cooking like a pro, to me, means respecting the ingredients and doing as little as possible to bring out their tastiness. So, this soup is that soup. The one I served at the restaurant to all of those people that scared me, but also reminded me that simple is best. It is a deep and delicious love song to autumn. The ingredients are inexpensive, widely available and the process is foolproof. Its an oven soup! Thats right: everything cooked together right on a baking sheet so there isnt even a pot to wash. Me likey. Butternut Squsah: the Nutrient Storage Facility Winter squash rocks because it is a virtual storehouse of nutrients. Unlike summer squash (re: zucchini, crooknecks, pattypans), winter squash has had a lot more time to develop and pump itself full of vitamins and minerals throughout its lengthy life on the stem. Were talking oodles more vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and even some extra dietary fiber thrown in. This combination of nutrients spells good news for asthma sufferers, those with heart disease, elevated cholesterol, or inflammatory conditions such a rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Nature designed summer squash to be rather delicate, with a high water content for those hot summer days when we need a cool down. Naturally, their shelf life is rather short during our abundant harvest season when produce is plentiful. On the flip side, winter squash has a tough outer skin and lower water content, which allows it to be stored for a very long time - some varieties up to six months. This means that we can keep these vitamin bombs around for a long time after the first frost to provide our bodies with the nutrition we need to see us through the long months of winter when there is nothing fresh in sight. Put that in your oven and roast it! The Garlicky Rye Bread Croutons, although an additional element to create, are the crowning glory of the dish, and really make it special. If youre not into bread, try toasting some pumpkin seeds for the top, or something else crunchy to add contrast to the silky smooth soup. It begs mentioning that the apple cider vinegar in this recipe is not optional. Why? Because it adds acidity. Acidity is the one thing missing in almost every home cooks food because, well, we are never really taught about its importance. If you read the introduction in my cookbook, I have a section called The Holy Trinity of Flavour explaining that salt, sugar and acid are the three foundation flavours of any successful dish. Adding just a touch of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to almost anything you make (no kidding!) heightens and brightens the other flavours and creates a surprising balance of tastes. Try it and see for yourself.     Print recipe     Butternut Squash, Leek and Apple Soup with Garlicky Rye Bread Croutons Makes at least 2 quarts /­­ 2 liters, Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil (or ghee) 3 leeks 1 medium onion 5 cloves garlic 1 large butternut squash (mine was about 2 lbs. /­­ 1 kg) 1 large, tart apple 4 - 6 cups /­­ 1-1 1/­­2 liters vegetable broth, as needed 1 tsp. fine grain sea salt 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/­­2 tsp. ground cardamom 1/­­2 tsp. ground star anise apple cider vinegar to taste (start with 1/­­2 tsp. up to 1 Tbsp.) 1 batch Garlicky Rye Bread Crouton (recipe to follow) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F /­­ 200°C. 2. Prepare all vegetables: chop leeks and onions, peel garlic (but leave it whole), peel butternut and cut into cubes, chop apple. 3. Place all vegetables on a baking sheet with the coconut oil, toss to coat, and set in the oven to roast for 25-35 minutes until tender. 4. Transfer roasted vegetables to a blender and add the spices and hot vegetable stock (you may need to work in batches). Blend on high until completely smooth. Taste, then add salt and apple cider vinegar, blend and taste again. Adjust seasoning to your taste, and add stock until the desired consistency is reached: I like mine quite thin so I use the full 6 cups /­­ 1 1/­­2 liters of stock. 5. Transfer soup to a large cooking pot over medium heat to warm, if necessary. Divide soup equally among bowls and serve with the Garlicky Rye Bread Croutons and freshly cracked black pepper. Garlicky Rye Bread Croutons Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 cups /­­ 200g stale dark sourdough, cut into generous cubes (any bread here would work, but make a healthy choice) 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee (ghee is definitely the tastiest) 2 fat cloves garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane a couple pinches flaky sea salt Directions: 1. Melt oil in a small saucepan over low heat. When it is melted, add the garlic and stir to combine. Cook just until the garlic starts to simmer, immediately remove from heat and let cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350°F/­­175°C. 2. Cut bread into generous cubes and place in a medium sized bowl. Pour the garlic oil over the top and toss to coat, using your hands to squish the oil into the bread. Spread out bread cubes on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and place in the oven. Toast for 15-20 minutes, tossing a couple times during cooking. Croutons are ready when they are crisp and golden around the edges. Once cool, store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days. You guys. I’m making app! It’s almost ready! I can’t wait! The My New Roots iOS app will include your favourites from the blog, plus 5 exclusive app-only holiday recipes, perfect for the upcoming season. Click the link below to go to the App site where you can sign up to be notified when the app is out (soon, I promise!) and receive my brand-new recipe for Crispy Sweet Potato Shoe String Fries with Miso Tahini Gravy, like right now. Thank you for all for encouraging me to do this, and your ongoing support. I like you very much. xo, Sarah B  

Grand Budapest Hotel & Courtesan au Chocolat

September 7 2015 seitan is my motor 

Grand Budapest Hotel & Courtesan au ChocolatSince this blog is about food, I rarely get to talk about other things I like. But today’s Vegan MoFo promt is the perfect occasion to change that. I like books and films a lot and I like it even more when films are about books and writers. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film about writers. Sort of. It’s also a  film about the author Stefan Zweig, whose works have inspired Anderson’s movie. (Also sort of. If you haven’t seen this movie, go watch it, it’s hard to describe. I promise it’s going to be fun!) In addition the director credits several old films, like Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel by the way is based on the fabulous Novel Menschen im Hotel ( Grand Hotel) by  Vicky Baum. There are other novels that could act as the model for this movie, like Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth.  I have read Zweig’s The World of Yesterday but not the other works Anderson mentions. When I first saw Grand Budapest Hotel I was absolutely amazed by the fictional world Anderson had created. In the movie everything was torn apart and put back together in a way I have never seen before. The setting is a hotel in the fictional Central European country Zubrowka. The town around this hotel has similarities to Eastern European spa towns. Most of the the material was shot in Görlitz though, a small and beautifully renovated town right at the Polish border. It’s not far from Dresden where I live and it has become a popular US-movie location. Dresden also plays a little part in the Grand Budapest Hotel, I recognised a couple of streets and museum halls. In one of the most fascinating scenes in the movie a couple of characters chase each other through such a hall. Then they leave though a door and we find them back in Görlitz or somewhere else, but definitely not behind the museum in Dresden. Admittedly, this movie is not a documentary. And Anderson makes no secret of the fact that “the places [he] had envisioned just didn’t really exist anywhere“. He says he’s interested in the invention, he’s not trying to be realistic. He definitely has accomplished that. I recognised many buildings but couldn’t follow the characters’ paths because they were invented. I recognised the time period Anderson was covering but his interpretation was completely different both from the fictional and non-fictional works I have read about this period before. As I said, he put everything together again in a completely new way, even the tiniest details. The German location names used are funny and absurd and the spelling of many things is only superficially German (or French). I don’t know that much about Wes Anderson but his socialisation outside of Europe seems visible in all these details. (Or maybe he did it on purpose.) For example, there’s a bakery in this movie called Mendl’s. In German this would be Mendl or Mendls Bäckerei. No apostrophe, I would say. At least not back at that time. Then again I might be wrong. I am siding with Konrad Duden here, who published Germany’s most influential dictionary. Thomas Mann on the other hand used apostrophes with genitive cases. So we’re probably lucky he wrote great novels instead of designing and printiong bakery signs. Anyway, Mendl’s supplies everyone with a pastry called courtesan au chocolate, which is again a mix of English and French words. Those courtesans au chocolate are a colourful and elaborate version of the French pastry Religieuse. For the movie this version was invented in a bakery in Görlitz and the recipe is online. The funny thing is that they used a dairy shop in Dresden, Pfunds Molkerei,  as setting for the pastry shop. I’ve only been there once in my pre-vegan days, not to buy cheese, just because it’s an outstanding location and a tourist magnet. I only lasted ten seconds though because it was smelly as hell in there. So I cannot really imagine it turned into a bakery, even if it’s only for a few scenes. Those poor actors. Beautiful pastries smelling like aged cheese. Whatever, let’s finally get to today’s topic: “Make something inspired by a book or film.” I did not only veganise the original recipe, I changed the whole thing. Because  my recipe is how I has imagined the courtesans before learning about the recipe. It’s my version of the story! Note: For the food colouring I tried to go with natural dyes, but I think artificial ones would have been better. My colours came with a taste and I didn’t like both the matcha and the blueberry plus soda versions that much. So if you have access to artificial vegan food dyes, I recommend to use them. P.S.  We’re on the last day of our vacation and I am writing this recipe on the road. The recipe plugin isn’t working that great on our tablet. Sorry if the ingredient list looks a bit confusing. I’ll fix that as soon as we’re home. Print Grand Budapest Hotel & Courtesan au Chocolat IngredientsFor the doughnuts 240 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour 1 1/­­2 teaspoons instant yeast 120 ml (1/­­2 cup) soy milk 50 g (1/­­4 cup) sugar 2 tablespoons oil 1 pinch salt 1.5 to 2 litres of oil, suitable for frying For the ganache 2 tablespoons sugar 1/­­2 tablespoon cornstarch 60 ml (1/­­4 cup) soy milk 160 g chopped dark chocolate For the glaze 150 g (1 1/­­2 cups) powdered sugar, divided vegan red food colouring (I used 1 teaspoon. Adjust according to your package directions.) 1-3 teaspoons water 1 teaspoon matcha powder 2-3 teaspoons lime juice 2-3 teaspoons blueberry juice (from cooked blueberries) 1 pinch baking soda For the icing 55 g (1/­­2 cup) refined coconut oil or shortening, softened 50 g (1/­­2 cup) powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract InstructionsTo make the doughnuts, combine flour and yeast in a bowl. Add milk, sugar, oil, and salt to a small pan and heat until luke warm. Add to the flour mixture and knead for about 7-10 minutes, or until your dough is firm and doesnt stick. Cover the dough and let it rest until doubled in size, about 60-90 minutes. Roll the dough into 4 equally sized pieces and use differently sized cookie cutters to cut each piece into 3 differently sized disks. Note: This is what I did. Its easier just to roll each piece of dough into 3 differently sized balls. Use leftovers to make 4 additional small balls, about the size of a grape. Let the disks or balls rest (covered) until doubled in size. Heat the oil in a pot. If you choose a smaller pot, youll need less oil. Just make sure that the doughnuts will be able to float and not stick to either the bottom of the pot or to each other. Use a candy thermometer. The oil should be around 160°C to 175°C, and definitly not hotter than 180°C. Fry the doughnuts for 1 or 2 minutes, or until crispy and browned. Transfer to some pieces of kitchen paper towels to drain off excess oil. To prepare the ganache, mix sugar and cornstarch and set aside. Place soy milk and chopped chocolate in a small pot. Heat carefully until the chocolate has melted. Make sure the chocolate doesnt burn and stir. Remove from heat and add sugar mixture. Whisk until silky. To fill the doughnuts, use a pastry bag with a long and small pastry tip. Use the tip to poke a hole into the big and medium sized doughnuts and then pipe some of the ganache into them. This takes a little experience but after a couple of doughnuts you should get the hang of it. To make the red glaze combine 50 g (1/­­2 cup) of powdered sugar with red food colouring and 1-3 teaspoons of water, depending on the amount of food colouring you used. The glaze should be silky and not too runny. Dip the small doughnuts into the glaze and let them dry on a cookie rack. To make the green glaze, combine 50 g (1/­­2 cup) of powdered sugar with matcha powder and lemon juice. Dip the medium sized doughnuts into the glaze and let dry. To make the purple glaze, combine 50 g (1/­­2 cup) of powdered sugar with baking soda and blueberry juice. Dip the large doughnuts into the glaze and let dry. The glaze will change its colour after a while and turn purple/­­blue purple. Dip the grape sized dough balls into leftover ganache and let dry. To make the frosting, place coconut oil and powdered sugar in a small food processor. Whip until smooth, add vanilla and whip again. To assemble, piple some frosting onto the large doughnuts and top with a medium sized one. Top the medium sized doughnuts with frosting and add a small one. Place the grape sized dough ball on top. Now try to eat this! 3.1 http:/­­/­­www.seitanismymotor.com/­­2015/­­09/­­grand-budapest-hotel-courtesan-au-chocolat/­­ Copyright (C)2015 All rights reserved. www.seitanismymotor.com      

Pepper Almond Soup with Spicy Tempeh

July 3 2015 seitan is my motor 

Pepper Almond Soup with Spicy TempehAfter I’d been to an Indian restaurant a couple of times, I tried to recreate the meals I had tasted there. Of course I failed. Back then I had only a couple of cookbooks in my possession and nothing more. It didn’t occur to me to look for recipes on the internet. (It’s been a long time! Did didn’t even have my own computer back then.) I thought the “curry” recipes I had in front of me might suffice. Well, they didn’t and I ended up with hopelessly underseasoned vegetable stews. Only slowly I learned about the power of spices. I didn’t want to be afraid of them and the next time I tried to make an Indian dish, I bravely doubled every single spice that was mentioned in the recipe. That was a start. One day I found out that curry powder comes in many different variations, when I visited a small tea and spice shop in my university town. They had about 15 different curry blends and every single one was so much more aromatic and interesting than the generic blend I used to buy at the grocery store. Today I have a ridiculously huge spice rack. And I learned a couple of tricks to make spices really shine in my food. I don’t remember who taught me about toasting spices. Whoever it was, I want to thank you. I couldn’t believe my nose when I smelled a bunch of toasted cumin seeds for the first time. And I finally understood one of the secrets to Indian food and really aromatic vegetable dishes. I toast spices often now and I do not reserve this technique for Indian dishes. Toasted spices make even this simple soup taste spectacular and it doesn’t take much time to get the best out of them. Because a vegetable soup isn’t really that filling, at least not for me, I also made a batch of marinated tempeh to go with it, using the same spice blend. It is so flavourful that you don’t even have to marinate the tempeh. Just mix everything andplace it in the oven, bake it and serve with your soup. If the ingredient list of this recipe looks too long, you can replace the spice mix with whatever you have on hand. I think berbere would work great, too. Also, I don’t know about your weather, but it’s hot here! So both the soup and tempeh can be served cold. (You can chill the soup and keep the tempeh at room temperature.) Print Pepper Almond Soup with Spicy Tempeh 4 Servings IngredientsFor the toasted spice blend 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds 10 cloves 10 black peppercorns 5 black cardamom pods, crushed 5 allspice berries 1 star anise For the tempeh 200 g (or an 8 oz package) tempeh 120 ml (1/­­2 cup) water 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 red chili pepper, seeds removed and sliced (or 1/­­2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper) 2 cm fresh ginger, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ground, toasted spice blend (see above) 1 teaspoon salt 1 - 2 teaspoons agave syrup or sugar For the soup 50 g (1/­­3 cup) whole almonds 1 tablespoon oil 85 g (1 cup) leeks, finely sliced 1 small onion, sliced into rings 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 red bell peppers, cut into stripes 2 teaspoons ground, toasted spice blend (see above) 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika 1 star anise 1 tablespoon tomato paste 720 ml (3 cups) vegetable broth salt to taste 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar InstructionsTo make the spice blend, heat a cast iron pan and add spices. Toast until fragrant, for about 1 - 2 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once the spices have cooled completely, grind them into a powder using a coffee grinder. To make the tempeh, preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut the tempeh into thin slices and cut each slice into half both length and width wise, so that you get 4 small rectangles per slices. Place all ingredients for the marinade in a casserole dish and stir in the tempeh. Bake for 34-40 minutes, or until all the liquid has evaporated. Make sure to stir the tempeh from time to time. To make the soup, decrease oven temperature to 180°C (350°F). Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast them for about 5-8 minutes, or until slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside. Add oil, leeks, onion, garlic, and peppers to a large pot. Fry for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except for vinegar and salt) and cook for 15 minutes. Remove star anise. Place almonds and about 1/­­2 cup broth from the soup in a blender and blend until creamy. Add the rest of the soup and blend until smooth. Season with vinegar and salt and serve with tempeh.3.1 http:/­­/­­www.seitanismymotor.com/­­2015/­­07/­­pepper-almond-soup-with-spicy-tempeh/­­ Copyright (C)2015 All rights reserved. www.seitanismymotor.com Pepper Almond Soup with Spicy Tempeh is a post from: seitan is my motor

Kadai Paneer

May 18 2015 Meatless Monday 

A kadai (also karahi or kadhai) is a thick, circular cooking pot used in Indian cuisine. Not to worry if you dont have one on hand, this paneer (a type of Indian cheese) dish can be cooked in any type of pot. Its the flavorful tomato gravy that really makes the dish! This recipe comes to us from Prash of Yummily Yours. Serves 2 For the curry: - 3/­­4 cup paneer, cubed (Use Tofu for vegan) - 1/­­2 cup bell peppers (capsicum), diced - 1/­­2 cup red onions, diced - 3/­­4 cup tomatoes, diced - 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste - 1/­­4 cup yogurt - 2-3 tbsp oil - Salt to season For the Masala: - 2-3 Brown Cardamom (badi elaichi) - 1/­­2 tsp Ajwain (or carom) - 1 tsp Cumin (Jeera) - 2 Green Cardamom (choti elaichi) - 1/­­4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (Sabut Methi) - 2 Bay leaves - 2 Cloves (Laung) - 10-15 Red chilies - 1 tsp Black Pepper corns - 1 Star Anise - 1/­­2 tsp Turmeric - 1 tsp. Himalayan Salt - 1 tbsp. sugar Add all the paneer cubes to hot water and let it remain until ready to use. This gives thee paneer a soft melt-in-mouth texture. Except for the turmeric, Himalayan salt and sugar, dry roast all the other ingredients in a pan n medium high heat. Constantly mix the ingredients while roasting or they could burn. Continue the process until a faint aroma of spices begins to fill the kitchen. Turn off the heat, set aside and let it cool. Blend the cooled down ingredients along with turmeric, Himalayan salt and sugar to make a fine powder. Keep the masala covered to retain the aroma and flavors. Meanwhile, heat some oil in the same pan. Once hot, add the diced onions and bell beppers and cook until they are slightly soft. Add the diced tomatoes and cook further until the tomatoes are thoroughly cooked. You can see the oil has separated from the tomatoes and veggies. Now add the masala into the pan along with some salt (if required because the masala contains salt too). Mix well. Add the paneer cubes (drain them out of the hot water before adding) and mix well. Now, add the yogurt and a very small quantity of water if required. Cover and allow to cook until the curry begins to boil. Uncover and continue cooking until the curry reaches desired consistency. Top it with some crushed dry fenugreek leaves i.e Kasoori methi (optional) and serve hot with some naan bread.   The post Kadai Paneer appeared first on Meatless Monday.

Roasted Fennel and Beet Salad with Tahini Herb Sauce

March 2 2015 Oh My Veggies 

Roasting fennel mellows its anise flavor, making it the perfect addition to this in-between seasons salad.

Chili with Soy Curls and Fava Beans

February 17 2015 seitan is my motor 

Chili with Soy Curls and Fava Beans This blog is a mess! I have a couple of new recipes in my draft folder but cannot seem to find the time to publish them. Over the weekend I posted pictures of them on facebook and instagram and asked everyone which to post first. It was a pretty close race, but I promise those white chocolate lemon tartelettes you were crazy about are going to be next! I don’t claim that I know a lot about chili. Heck, I can’t even get proper chili powder over here. And for this recipe, I used some ingredients you would probably not put in a chili. So maybe this just a stew and not a chili? Well, you decide! When we were in Malta I picked up a couple bags of rare (in Germany) looking beans. I got some dried fava (broad) beans and some black beans. The black beans were produced in Madagascar and were double the size of a black turtle bean. The fava beans were even bigger. I bought both because I wanted to make my own version of the Maltese bean spread bigilla. I just hadn’t looked up what bean to use. Later I found out that bigilla is made with fava beans, but I never got around to make it. So those beans were lying in my pantry right next to some soy curls that were a gift from the generous Panda with Cookie. This weekend I finally brought myself to pull these items out of their corner. It had gotten cold again, there was a tiny bit of snow and so it was the perfect occasion for a warm chili. Typical chili spices are ground chili peppers, oregano, cumin and when I collected them from the spice rack I spotted my jar of star anise fruits. Star anise is often used in Chinese or Vietamese cooking and it’s one of the components in five spice powder. The Indian spice blend garam masala may contain star anise as well and you can find it in chai. For me it is associated with Christmas baking, as I put it into my lebkuchen spice mix. I like star anise a lot for its liquorice flavour and its beautiful shape. It is often used in meaty dishes, admitted these are Asian recipes. Since I was planning on a meaty chili by adding some soy curls, I thought I should try and throw in a star anise as well. It was a very good idea. Cooked for 30 minutes and then removed, the anise fruit added only a very subtle liquorice flavour that made this stew stand out from other chili recipes.   Chili with Soy Curls and Fava Beans (makes 2-3 servings) Ingredients: 60 g ( 1 1/­­2 cups) soy curls 480 ml (2 cups) hot vegetable broth 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, finely diced 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1/­­2 large green bell pepper, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 60 ml (1/­­4 cup) dry red wine 400 g (2 1/­­4 cups) chopped tomatoes 1 cup cooked black beans 1 cup cooked fava beans about 240 ml (1 cup) water 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon oregano 1 star anise 1 bay leaf salt and black pepper to taste 1 green chili pepper, sliced into rings 1 chipotle in adobo, minced Instructions: Place the soy curls in a bowl and top with hot vegetable broth. Let sit for about an hour. Heat oil in a large pot and add onion, garlic and peppers. Fry over medium heat for 5 minutes. Deglaze with wine. Drain the soy curls and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Reserve the liquid and place in a measuring cup. Add water and fill up the measuring cup to 600 ml (2 1/­­2 cups). Pour the liquid into the pot. Add drained soy curls, tomatoes, beans, and spices. Bring to a boil and cook covered for 10 minutes. If desired, remove a serving for a child or someone else who doesn’t like spicy food now. Add the chili pepper and the chipotle to the pot. Cook for another 20 minutes. Remove star anise and bay leaf and serve with bread. Notes: 1. Dried fava beans have a tough skin that is commonly removed after cooking. But dont do it! The skin adds both flavour and texture to the chili that you dont want to miss. Alternatively you can use canned favas, they come with a softer skin. 2. We have a toddler in our household who doesnt tolerate heat. Therefore I removed her serving before adding the green chili and the chipotle. You can add them earlier, if heat is not a concern. Chili with Soy Curls and Fava Beans is a post from: seitan is my motor

Blueberry Anise Mug Cake

January 12 2017 Veganpassion 

Blueberry Anise Mug Cake I really love having a sweet breakfast. And what I also love is cake. So why don't combine these two favourites and turn them into a delicious mug cake. It feels so good tasting this warm piece of pastry while it's cold outside. Makes 4 portions Ingredients: 200g whole spelt flour 1,5 tsp. baking powder 1 pinch stevia 1/­­4 tsp. anise 1/­­4 tsp. vanilla powder 80g coconut oil 2 tbsp. orange juice 60g agave sirup 150 ml cold water 100g blueberries Preheat oven to 170°C (338°F) air circulation. In a mixing bowl mix flour, baking powder, stevia, anise and vanilla. Warm up the coconut oil gently until it's molten. It may not be too warm. Add coconut oil, orange juice and agave sirup with the dry ingredients until the dough is smooth. Gently fold in 3/­­4 of the blueberries.Spread dough into four mugs and garnish it with the rest of the berries. Bake it according to the size of the mug between 20-25 minutes. Enjoy while it's still warm.

Creamy Butternut Squash, Pear and Cranberry Soup with Crispy Kale

November 20 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Creamy Butternut Squash, Pear and Cranberry Soup with Crispy Kale We’ve got a little upgrade on classic creamy butternut squash soup for you today. This one still has plenty of butternut squash for its creaminess and ochre hues, but with the addition of leeks, pear and cranberries. Leeks contribute a savoriness, while the pear gives a bit of sweetness, and the cranberries bring a subtle sour note. There’s also an addition of fennel seed, for its subtle anise flavor and digestive aid properties (useful during a big holiday meal). When cooked in coconut milk and pureed together, the vegetables make for a delicious whole, more interesting in flavor than your classic butternut soup, but still very familiar, comforting and soul-warming. This soup would make for a great starter to a Thanksgiving/­­holiday meal, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. There are some links after the jump, enjoy your Sunday :) How the Brain Powers Placebos, False Memories and Healing The New York Times interviews Frank Ocean Let It Go 30 Minute Yoga Routine – been loving this super slow, super relaxing yoga routine with Tara Stiles lately Zadie Smith’s Brexit Diary Ana Kra¹: Ikebana Albums – a book I’d love to own Millennials are Drinking The World’s Coffee Supply Dry Creamy Butternut Squash, Pear and Cranberry Soup   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients for the soup 2 tablespoons olive oil or neutral coconut oil 2 leeks, white and light green parts only - sliced 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 medium butternut squash or 2 honey nut squash - cubed 1 pear - cored and cubed 1 cup cranberries - thawed if frozen 1 13.5oz can light Thai coconut milk - optionally reserve some for garnish ¾ cup water sea salt freshly ground black pepper for the crispy kale 1 small bunch kale - leaves torn into bite-sized pieces 1-2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon maple syrup 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast sea salt freshly ground black pepper Instructions to make the soup Heat oil in a medium pot over medium high heat. Add leeks and cook for 3 minutes until tender. Add fennel, squash, pear and cranberries. Stir to coat with oil and fennel. Add coconut milk and water and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and let cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through and tender. Transfer soup to a blender and puree, seasoning with salt and pepper. You might have to do this in batches, depending on the size of your blender. Serve garnished with reserved coconut milk (optional) and crispy kale (recipe below). to make the crispy kale Preheat oven to 400°F (200° C). Place kale onto a parchment paper-covered baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly with your hands. Place into the oven for 7-9 minutes, until crispy. Kale can burn very fast, so take care not to burn and watch it closely. 3.5.3208 You might also like... Gluten-Free Winter Squash Gnocchi Pear Cranberry Chai Vegetarian Spring Pho with Sweet Potato Noodles and Heirloom Beans Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Gratin .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb { background: !important; -webkit-transition: background 0.2s linear; -moz-transition: background 0.2s linear; -o-transition: background 0.2s linear; transition: background 0.2s linear;;color:!important; } .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover{background:#ffffff !important;color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post:hover .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a:hover{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover a{ color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb{ margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; } The post Creamy Butternut Squash, Pear and Cranberry Soup with Crispy Kale appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Pear Cranberry Chai – Holiday Recipe Month

October 30 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Pear Cranberry Chai – Holiday Recipe Month Are you guys dressing up for Halloween? I’m not, but Paloma is going to be John Lennon circa 1974 (the rest of her friends are princesses). Yep, the Beatles obsession is as strong as ever. Right now, John is the absolute favorite. 1980 (year of his death) is the WORST number, not to be spoken in the house, and she’s been know to put on Imagine and cry to it more than a few times. And this is an otherwise cheerful, happy kid too. Crazy! Anyways, whether you are participating in this weekend’s spooky activities or not, maybe you can consider treating yourself with this seriously autumnal chai, or better yet, plan to serve it at some sort of holiday occasion. I’m confident your guests will be blown away. As far as I can recall, this is the best chai I’ve ever tried. Besides all the required, invigorating spices, this one is infused with fresh pears and cranberries, which add lovely flavor and a tiny hint of sourness. It’s a bit sweet, spicy, gingery and creamy. And if you are wondering what I do with all the leftover stewed pears, I blend them into a pear sauce and spoon it onto all kinds of dishes. There are some weekend links after the jump. Have a nice one :) Protein, Iron, Calcium – I’ve been finding Gena’s articles about protein/­­iron/­­calcium-rich plant food combinations so helpful Urban Moonshine – I’ve been taking these digestive bitters before almost every meal and have really noticed a difference. Highly recommended if you have any mild issues with digestion or even as a blood sugar stabilizing aid. Also, want to make this Happy Belly Seed Mix soon. Sophie Buhai’s New Jewelry Collection – the photos! Exceptional Advice from Anthony Bourdain’s New Book – please never change Tony .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb { background: !important; -webkit-transition: background 0.2s linear; -moz-transition: background 0.2s linear; -o-transition: background 0.2s linear; transition: background 0.2s linear;;color:!important; } .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover{background:#ffffff !important;color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover .yuzo_­text, .yuzo_­related_­post:hover .yuzo_­views_­post {color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb a:hover{color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb:hover a{ color:!important;} .yuzo_­related_­post .relatedthumb{ margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px; } The post Pear Cranberry Chai – Holiday Recipe Month appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Curry Coconut Ice Cream

March 5 2016 Golubka Kitchen 

Curry Coconut Ice Cream It’s been a long time since I first thought of making curry ice cream, and I finally got around to it this winter. I thought this was a good time to share it, for those of you in seasonal climates, feeling the first signs of spring among the remaining chill of winter. You might associate ice cream with balmy weather, but the many spices in this recipe provide an earthy, invigorating, and overall warming effect. I have a friend who’s lived most of her life convinced that she strongly dislikes Indian cuisine, especially any dishes having to do with curry. Things have changed for her recently, after taste testing many curry-centric dishes in my kitchen, which I have, somewhat strategically, asked her to try. For better or for worse, I’m the type of person, who often makes it their goal to get people to like whole food-based ingredients they have rejected. That might be one of the reasons I have this blog! To end the story, my friend has grown to not just like, but love curry, and she now frequently makes it at home. She has also turned out to be the number one fan of this ice-cream, so this one’s for her. This story might be proof of the theory that any type of food can be delicious if made from scratch, with the right ingredients and attention. It also reminds me to keep trying foods I think I dislike, in hopes of developing a taste for them. This ice-cream was a big hit among those who tried it. The mingling of sweet and savory, creamy and spicy makes for a bold and complex flavor. And you might be thinking this same thing at this point – it would be interesting to try making curry ice cream with no sweetener, to serve next to savory dishes. I will certainly be doing that one day soon. Curry Coconut Ice Cream Note: If you are looking for a trusted source for buying your spices, Mountain Rose Herbs is an excellent online herb and spice shop, stocking all the freshest, organic spices you will need for this recipe and beyond. 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 whole cloves 3 green cardamom pods 2 black peppercorns 2 cups coconut milk 2 teaspoons turmeric powder 1-inch fresh ginger root – peeled, sliced and crushed with a knife 1/­­4 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/­­2 teaspoon xanathan gum or 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder 1. Toast whole dried spices in a medium, heavy-bottom sauce pan over medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant. Coarsely crush spices in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder. Return to the pan, add coconut milk, turmeric and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat, lower the heat to a slow simmer and cook for 20 minutes, partially covered. Remove from heat and let cool. 2. If you have a high-speed blender such as Blendtech or Vitamix, pour milk with spices into the blender, add maple syrup and xanathan gum/­­arrowroot powder and blend until smooth. If you have a regular blender, strain the milk and discard spices. Add strained milk into the blender with maple syrup and xanathan gum/­­arrowroot powder and blend to combine. 3. Place the mixture in the refrigerator and let chill thoroughly, preferably overnight. Churn in an ice-cream machine for 20-25 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Scoop into a container and freeze for at least 4 hours. When the ice-cream becomes hard, let it soften at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Gingersnap Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches

December 22 2015 My New Roots 

Gingersnap Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches Dear friends, Ive been hit with the Christmas spirit! Perhaps a little slow on the uptake, this recipe was the absolute magic that knocked me sideways, and its better late than never. Especially in this case. To keep this level of deliciousness to myself would be decidedly Scrooge-like indeed. Two treats come to my mind when I think about Christmas: gingersnaps and eggnog. I thought about just posting a raw vegan egg nog ice cream or just gingersnap cookies, but then I realized that combining these two things would be utterly insane in the best way possible. So I did just that, and the first bite I took actually caused me to laugh out loud. These ice cream sandwiches are so delectable that I beg you to make them. This ice cream is everything. Its super rich, creamy, decadent with plenty of warming nutmeg spiciness to conjure up egg nog memories without any egg to speak of. Or cream. Or milk. Its vegan and raw believe it or not, but you tastebuds wont know that – they will only thank the dear heavens for being born in a body that gets to eat this gorgeous stuff. The Gingersnap cookies are also vegan, gluten-free, and delicious on their own, or embracing a giant scoop of egg nog ice cream (obviously). They cleverly employ rolled oats that are turned into flour right in your food processor, creating a satisfyingly-textured treat that Im sure you will make over and over again. The brown rice syrup is worth finding if youre into a super crisp cookie, where the barley malt syrup can be used in its place but the results will be chewier.  Because the flavours in this recipe rely heavily on spices, I thought the following reminder would be helpful. Most people assume that spices are just inanimate powders that they can keep forever, but they are actually very delicate creatures that change both flavour-wise and nutritionally over time. Buying spices whole will ensure that they will keep their taste and nutritional potency for up to twelve months, while ground spices will last for only six months. If youre like my mom and have had the same dusty jar of chile powder kicking around since 1992, do yourself a favour and discard it, buy some fresh, and enjoy. Life is too short for stale spices!  There are times when ground spices are appropriate, especially for convenience sake. Cinnamon, ginger, paprika, cayenne, turmeric, cumin and cardamom are the ones I usually have ground since I go through quite a lot of each of these over the course of half a year. Spices that I always keep whole include nutmeg, clove, allspice, coriander, fenugreek, star anise and peppercorns.  Although it is commonplace for people to store spices next to the stove for easy access, this is not the best place. Spices should be kept away from heat and light and be tightly sealed in a glass or ceramic container. Metal canisters may contain compounds that can interfere with the spices chemically, while plastic containers encourage condensation, which leads to spoilage. Keep spices in a cool, dark place, and put a date label on the jar to remind yourself when to toss any remaining product after it has expired. The Eggnog Ice Cream recipe calls for nutmeg, which I will implore you to grate fresh, because it is a revelation! Ground nutmeg loses its flavour very quickly that the results of this recipe will be completely different. If pre-ground nutmeg is all you have then you may need to increase the amounts Ive called for. And in that case, ask for a couple whole nutmegs for Christmas.      Print recipe     Raw Vegan Eggnog Ice Cream Makes 1 quart /­­ 1 liter Ingredients: 2 heaping cups /­­ 300g cashews 2 ripe bananas 1 vanilla bean 1/­­8 tsp. sea salt 1/­­2 cup /­­ 125ml maple syrup 1 tsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg, to taste 1/­­4 tsp. ground cinnamon, to taste Directions: 1. Soak cashews for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. Drain, rinse well and place in a blender (a high-speed blender is recommended) with all other ingredients. 2. Blend on high until completely smooth. Taste and adjust spices to suit your taste. 3. Pour mixture into a metal or glass container and place in the freezer to set, for at least 4 hours. Once frozen, place plastic wrap directly on top of ice cream to prevent it from absorbing any other flavours in the freezer. Let thaw 15-20 minutes before serving so that it is easy to scoop. Enjoy! Gingersnap Cookies Makes 20 cookies Ingredients: 2 1/­­2  cups /­­ 250g rolled oats 1/­­2 cup /­­ 75g coconut sugar 1 1/­­2 Tbsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/­­2 tsp. fine grain sea salt 1/­­2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1/­­3 cup /­­ 80 ml coconut oil 1/­­3 cup /­­ 80 ml brown rice syrup or barley malt 2 Tbsp. water 1 tsp. vanilla extract Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F /­­ 175°C. 2. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt coconut oil. Whisk in brown rice syrup, water and vanilla. Remove from heat and set aside. 3. In a food processor blend oats until you have a rough flour. Add to a large bowl with all other dry ingredients. Stir to combine. 4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold to combine. 5. Spoon out dough into balls onto a lined baking sheet – give them plenty of room because they spread a lot! ( I use at 2-3 baking sheets to bake the whole batch) Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, let sit for five minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in a tightly sealed container for 5 days. Assembly 1. Remove Eggnog Ice Cream from the freezer at least 15-20 minutes before serving. 2. Scoop a generous ball of ice cream and place on top of a cookie. Add another cookie to the top and press to set. Enjoy immediately, or wrap sandwiches in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until ready to eat. Assembled ice cream sandwiches will keep for 1 month in the freezer. I wish all of you out there a delicious, magical, safe, healthy, and abundant holiday. And I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support this year in making my dreams a reality. From the blog, to my cookbook and the My New Roots app, your ongoing enthusiasm for what I’m doing really motivates me to keep going. Big love to you all. Peace, blessings, and happy holidays! Sarah B. Show me your ice cream sandwiches on Instagram: #MNRicecreamsandwiches

Winter Fruit Salad with Spiced Syrup

October 20 2015 Vegetarian Times 

1 | Toast cardamom pods in dry skillet over medium heat 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer to cutting board, and crush with back of wooden spoon. Place in small saucepan with star anise and honey. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. Stir in orange juice, and vanilla. 2 | Toss together fruit in medium bowl. Strain syrup over fruit, and toss again.

Dicker Schmidt, Dresden {Restaurant Review}

September 6 2015 seitan is my motor 

Dicker Schmidt, Dresden {Restaurant Review}  I am not sticking to today’s Mofo theme, which is called, “re-create a restaurant meal”. Instead I want to write about a meal I ate at a restaurant and want to recommend the restaurant! I cannot or do not want to recreate the meal I am going to talk about. Because I am just glad I can step out of my flat, walk a few steps, get this made for me, enjoy it and just walk away without doing any dishes. The restaurant meal I want to share with you today is a veganised version of the very popular German fast food called döner. (Döner is in fact Turkish. But the German version is different from the Turkish.) I never had a non-vegan döner in my life and tried my first vegan version a couple of years back at Vöner in Berlin. I admit that like some other things I just tried it to spite those who tell vegans not to eat fake meats. Let me tell you nay sayers, you are missing out. Vegan döner is usually made with seitan that comes on a rotating spit just like the meat version would. It’s cut off in thin slices and served with flatbread, vegetables, onions, and tzatziki sauce. The combination of soft, fresh flatbread, tangy sauce and chewy, well seasoned seitan is very, very hard to resist once you’ve tried it. I was always sad that we didn’t have something like this in Dresden. Thankfully this changed last year when a couple of life savers decided to open a new vegan restaurant in our neighbourhood. It’s called Dicker Schmidt (Fat Schmidt). Their tagline is “hausgemachte vegane Esskultur”, meaning homemade vegan food (or more precise: eating) culture. I always found both this title and the headline absolutely brilliant. In a time where veganism first and foremost seems to be all about healthy aka “clean” eating, weight loss, and complying with today’s stereotypical beauty standards (healthy, young, and lean) it’s refreshing to see such a concept. At Dicker Schmidt vegan food culture is also equated with fake meats, processed foods, and fats – lot’s of things that are not considered a part of so called healthy vegan diets anymore. These things take the center stage and are perfected with homemade marinades and fresh vegetables. They don’t call their signature dish döner, they call it Dicker Schmidt. If you don’t like seitan, they have a soy based alternative or you can  get a fake meat free version with roasted vegetables, too. Another pretty asesome thing about this restaurant is their shop counter. Here you can choose from lots of different plant based meats, cold cuts, and spreads to take home. They have vegan liverwurst, salami, egg salad, Hackepeter (the original version is made from raw minced pork), etc. I’ve seen people roll their eyes and make comments like: “Why do vegans eat this fake crap? They should suck it up and eat real meat instead!” or “I gave up meat. I don’t want to replace it!” To which I reply that if you’ve always been a liverwurst person and told everyone you could never live without liverwurst, here’s your chance to go vegan. Foods like these do mimic the flavour of meat products, true. And why not? The only thing you signed up for as a vegan is living without animal products. It’s not about sacrifice. You don’t have to give up your favourite flavours. And you don’t have to feel bad or weird for eating something that looks like meat. It still is not and eating it doesn’t make you a less fantastic person. If vegan versions of processed foods make you happy and enjoy veganism then please go for it! Many of them have their own qualities and in the end it’s just food. Probably tasty. So why not? Dicker Schmidt, Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße 32, 01097 Dresden, all days 12 am to 8 pm.    

Chocolate Shortbread and Hazelnut Squares

June 22 2015 seitan is my motor 

Chocolate Shortbread and Hazelnut SquaresSometimes I look at old recipes on this blog. And the I cringe. Or a serious laughing fit makes me fall off my chair. But I probably shouldn’t be too hard on myself. After all I didn’t know much about baking in general when I started this blog. Plus, there weren’t too many vegan baking books to get help from. So I veganised ingredient lists and worked by trial and error. I wasn’t afraid of recipes that called for a ton of dairy products and I didn’t set those aside which called for three or four eggs. It was fun and creative. Baking from scratch felt like being Molly Bloom. It was mostly about what came to my mind and what came to my mind next. A stream of ingredients, a weird meandering of methods. I probably could have made recipes simpler. But that’s the good thing about blogging as a hobby. You can do whatever you want. If you want, you can make a fool of yourself. It’s just a recipe blog. I mostly want to have fun and learn a thing or two. So far, I learned a lot. And I do bake differently now. I want things to be precise and I want recipes to work (and not only for me). That’s why I sometimes rewrite old recipes, update pictures and and put the posts back on the blog. Once I found a recipe for chocolate hazelnut squares in a grocery store leaflet. I don’t remember the original ingredient list, but judging from my adaptions it must have contained a ton of dairy and eggs. I probably tried to replace every single one of these ingredients. I also mixed together my own weird version of an egg replacer by combining tapioca starch, margarine, soy creamer, and baking powder. Was that supposed to be an egg? What was I thinking? Whatever, I remember that the bars were indestructible and came out excellent. And that weird recipe stuck in my head and I’ve always wanted to revise it. Now I finally did, crossing off some ingredients and specifying the instructions. The finished bars taste almost exactly as I remember them: a delicate and rich shortbread base combined with a moist and soft hazelnut topping. And this time I got there much faster. How have your cooking and baking techniques changed over the years? What did you learn and how has your confidence improved? Did your approach towards baking or cooking change? Did you find new methods and realise that certain steps or ingredients you relied on are unnecessary? Note: I know that there’s been going on a lot of discussion about which fats to use in baking. I started using refined coconut oil instead of margarine quite a while ago. That is mostly because I have very easy access to refined coconut oil and it’s cheaper than margarine. If you buy organic, it’s also more sustainable than palm oil. But I do also think that this is completely up to you, your dietary choices and other circumstances. So you can use margarine instead of coconut oil, if you want. For the curst, increase the amount to 200 g (3/­­4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and adjust the plant milk. You’ll probably need less if any at all to get the crust hold together. Print Chocolate Shortbread and Hazelnut Squares IngredientsFor the crust 300 g (2 1/­­2 cups) all-purpose flour 100 g (1 cup) sifted, powdered sugar 60 g (1/­­2 cup) sifted cocoa powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­4 teaspoon baking powder 165 g (3/­­4 cup) refined coconut oil, softened 1-2 tablespoons soy milk For the topping 200 g haselnut meal (or ground walnuts) 180 g brown sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­4 teaspoon salt 80 g (1/­­3 cup) soy yoghurt 80 ml (1/­­3 cup) vegetable oil 60 ml (1/­­4 cup) soy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract InstructionsGrease a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) brownie pan or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). To make the crust, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Knead in the softened coconut oil with your hands and add soy milk if the dough seems to crunbly. Press into the prepared pan and refrigerate while making the filling. To make the filling, place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add liquid ingredients and stir until everything is combined. Pour on top of the filling and spread out evenly. Bake for 45-50 minutes. If the filling gets too dark, cover with a sheet of aluminium foil. Let cool completely and cut into 16 squares or whatever size you like.3.1 http:/­­/­­www.seitanismymotor.com/­­2015/­­06/­­chocolate-shortbread-and-hazelnut-squares/­­ Copyright (C)2015 All rights reserved. www.seitanismymotor.com   Chocolate Shortbread and Hazelnut Squares is a post from: seitan is my motor

Chinese 5-Spice Syrup

May 15 2015 Vegetarian Times 

Chinese 5-Spice Syrup   Makes 1/­­2 cup   VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE.   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups apple juice 1 star anise 1/­­2 tsp. dried fennel seeds 1/­­2 tsp. Szechuan peppercorns 1 cinnamon stick 3 whole cloves   INSTRUCTIONS: Bring all ingredients to a simmer in medium saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until reduced to 1/­­2 cup and thick and syrupy. (Mixture should lightly coat back of spoon.) Sponsored content: Presented by Natural Gourmet Institute

Mexican Bread Pudding with Spiced Syrup

February 23 2015 Vegan Dad 

Mexican Bread Pudding with Spiced Syrup This recipe is a mash-up of Isas bread pudding from Isa Does It and a recipe from the very first vegetarian cookbook I ever bought, Simple Vegetarian Recipes. I used the all white flour version of my Everyday Bread because it has a nice open crumb structure that easily soaks up the liquid. If you are using a denser or leaner bread, give it more time to soak. I think its worth the time to use the vanilla bean, but your can sub in 2 tsp vanilla extract and forget heating it on the stove. The agar is probably not needed--I was just panicking that I was adding too much liquid. As written, the end result is a moist and custardy pudding that pairs nicely with the anise notes from the syrup. The almonds provide some texture to make for a perfect dessert. INGREDIENTS Bread Pudding - 7 cups cubed stale bread - 1 cup raisins - 3/­­4 cup sliced almonds - 1 1/­­4 cups almond milk - 1/­­8 tsp turmeric (optional) - 1 vanilla bean - 1 can light coconut milk - 1/­­4 cup cornstarch - 1/­­4 tsp agar (probably optional) - 2/­­3 cup sugar - 1 tsp cinnamon - 1/­­4 tsp nutmeg - 1/­­8 tsp allspice Spiced Syrup - 1 cup water - 1 cup packed brown sugar - 1 cinnamon stick - 2 star anise - 4 cloves METHOD Bread Pudding Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 baking pan. 1. Put bread in a large bowl. Add raisins and almonds and toss to mix. 2. Scrape vanilla bean and whisk into the almond milk in a sauce pan. Whisk in turmeric. Add the bean pod and bring to bubbling over medium heat. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove bean pod. 3. Whisk in coconut milk, then whisk in cornstarch until smooth. Whisk in agar. 4. Whisk in the sugar and spices. Pour mixture over the bread and gently turn to coat. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the bread has soaked up as much liquid as it can. Gently mix the bread halfway through if necessary. Transfer to prepared pan and distribute evenly. 5. Bake for 35 mins, or until golden and the liquid has set. Spiced Syrup 1. While the pudding is baking, add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Bring to bubbling over medium heat and let bubble away for 10 mins. Remove from heat. Remove spices just before serving.

Marzipan Cheesecake Brownie Bars

February 4 2015 seitan is my motor 

Marzipan Cheesecake Brownie Bars This year I haven’t baked much so far. I admit that I needed a little sugar break after I had finished my e-book on holiday baking. I didn’t really crave a lot of sweet stuff until I saw a picture of a marzipan cheesecake bownie cake. I saw it and wanted to have it on our dessert plates right that moment. But that’s the problem with pictures and with the internet, too. You can stare all you want, that cake is not going to appear in front of you. Plus, it wasn’t even vegan. If you’re going to veganise a cheesecake, there are two methods, depending on what kind of cheesecake you’re making. If you are making a US-style cheesecake, vegan creamcheese is the substitute of choice because most Northern American cheesecakes are made with creamcheese. If you’re going for a German/­­Eastern European cheesecake, many people these days use drained soy yoghurt, because traditional cheesecake recipes call for curd cheese (quark), that is often drained. The recipe I was looking at was made with creamcheese and sour cream. I can get vegan versions of both these things, but I went with a mixture of drained yoghurt and cashews instead. It’s totally weird but whenever I use vegan substitutes for my recipes I feel like cheating. After going vegan I “grew up” making my own substitutes and now that most people can get them, I don’t need them anymore. And isn’t it funny that I consider creamcheese and sour cream substitutes but yoghurt and soy milk not? Yeah, it’s weird. Anyway, I veganised the cake with ingredients I am most comfortable with when it comes to baking. By comfortable I mean these are ingredients I know good enough so I can make a new recipe from scratch. If I would have used creamcheese, I probably would have had more work and maybe I would have been forced to make some changes. Or maybe I wouldn’t have liked the taste? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. These bars came out so wonderful. They have a moist crust and the filling is creamy with a hint of marzipan. They are best eaten on the day they were made, right after they have cooled down.  If you store them in the fridge make sure to take them out one or two hours before serving. Marzipan Cheesecake Brownie Bars (makes one 20 x 20 cm or 8 x 8 inch pan) For the brownie crust: 120 g (4.2 oz or 1/­­2 cup) firm tofu 6 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 tablespoons non-dairy milk 100 g ( 1/­­2 cup) sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1/­­2 teaspoon ground vanilla 120 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder 170 g (6 oz chocolate or 1 cup chips) dark chocolate, melted For the cheesecake filling: 500 g yoghurt, drained over night (see note) 175 g (6.2 oz or 1 1/­­4 cups) raw cashews 110 g (1/­­2 cup) melted margarine or refined coconut oil 120 ml (1/­­2 cup) non-dairy milk 125 g ( 1/­­2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) sugar 150 g (5.3 oz) firm marzipan, finely chopped 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/­­4 teaspoon ground vanilla Note: To drain the yoghurt place a sieve over a bowl and a large cheesecloth over the sieve. Pour in 500 g of yoghurt and let sit in the fridge over night. There probably won’t be much drained liquid in the bowl as the cloth will soak up almost everything. The next day, scrape the yoghurt into a bowl. It should have a creamy consistency similar to greek yoghurt or sour cream. Use immediately or cover and store in the fridge until ready to use. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) square pan with parchment paper. To make the crust, combine tofu, oil, milk, sugar, and vanilla in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and mix well. Pour in tofu mixture and stir well. Fold in chocolate. Pour into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth down the batter. To make the filling, combine yoghurt, cashews, margarine, milk, and sugar in a blender and process until smooth. Add the marzipan and blend again. This will probably take a while. Make sure your blender doesn’t get too hot. Once the marzipan is blended in mix in cornstarch and vanilla. Pour on top of the crust and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the filling is nicely browned. If it browns too quickly, place a piece of aluminium foil on top. Let cool before serving. Tip: For decoration you can use chocolate shavings or cut out marzipan and powdered sugar. Marzipan Cheesecake Brownie Bars is a post from: seitan is my motor


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