There’s a day for everything on IG. I’ve recently become familiar with #turmerictuesday and I think I finally know how to spell it. This sweet and spicy mango coconut curry is full of the yellow gold, and based on a recipe that I found on @plants_are_delicious. I always freestyle when I cook, so here’s my take:
Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tbsp turmeric 2 tsp ground coriander seed 1 tsp paprika powder 400 ml coconut milk 2 tbsp spicy mango chutney 1 lime, the juice 2 tsp vegetable stock powder 400 g chickpeas, drained and rinsed 3 carrots, sliced 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced Salt 200 g baby spinach or kale For serving: basmati rice, coriander, lime, roasted natural cashews and roasted coconut flakes.
Sauté onion, garlic and ginger in oil on medium heat until soft. Add spices and fry for a minute. Add coconut milk, mango chutney, lime juice and vegetable stock powder and stir until combined. Bring to boil and add chickpeas, carrot and mango. Add salt to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, until carrots are starting to soften. At last, add spinach or kale just before serving.
Today marks the start of autumn, with the older kids going back to school. But I refuse to think that salads are only for summer evenings, so here’s a salad that smoothly eases you towards darker nights and lower temperatures.
In this salad is whole bulghur cooked in vegetable stock, green lentils, sliced baby tomatoes and roasted chickpeas. The kale is cut in pieces and massages for a few minutes with olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and top with pickled red onion and roasted sunflower seeds. Drizzle with an easy vinaigrette with oil, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, agave syrup and lots of flat leaf parsley.
My food processor is working really hard at the moment. Counting backwards today, I’ve made guacamole, two flavours of nice cream for the kids, one crumble and one batter for a cake (recipe coming very soon!) and last but not least this mango and melon smoothie.
As usual I started with frozen banana, frozen mango and a splash of oat milk. Then a added some green honeydew melon, a variety I hadn’t seen before. I served it with fresh redcurrants, cacao nibs, pieces of melon and puffed quinoa. Thank you food processor for your loyalty! What would I do without you?
WATERMELON SMOOTHIE BOWL Back to reality. After only a couple of days in the office, I’m already wishing to go back to warm summer days and time to make smoothie bowls like this one for breakfast.
I simply cut watermelon in pieces, froze them overnight together with some banana, and then blitzed the two together with a splash of oat milk in the food processor in the morning. Toppings are watermelon, cacao nibs, shredded coconut and beautiful (but not edible!) flowers. A pink summer dream!
We’ve been away from home that past three weeks, staying with family for our summer holiday. Some might call me crazy, but I brought my food processor along. Best decision! I’ve used it all but two or three days. For hummus, baking, nut butter and – most importantly – my smoothies.
In this one I’ve put frozen bananas, cacao powder, peanut butter and oat milk, and the toppings are banana, blueberries, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of my homemade nutella. That’s a smoothie worthy of a holiday breakfast!
I went treasure hunting the other day and struck gold in the shape of blackberries. They’re one of my favourite berries, they’re so full of summery flavour and sunshine. I put some of them in the freezer and then blitz it up with frozen banana and some oat milk. Topped it with more of those lovely berries, some shredded coconut and cacao nibs. The pretty little roses are just for show, not tot be eaten.
This dish was – as usual – an improvised affair. It resembles Thai Massaman Curry, with some garlic, green chili paste, peanut butter, coconut milk, potatoes and carrots. Instead of adding chicken or beef as in Thailand (never pork, since Massaman means Muslim!), I served it with falafels. Plus rice, a squeeze of lime and peanuts. I was out of fresh coriander (my worst nightmare!!!), so I cheated with alfalfa sprouts, parsley and mint. But go for coriander if you have a choice. I didn’t take any measurements, but I’ll definitely make it again and jot it down for future reference.
Imagine if I’d known as a child that I could have blueberry ice cream with berries and nutella – and call it a healthy breakfast! Frozen bananas, blueberries and a splash of oat milk blended until smooth. Topped with lovely strawberries and blueberries and homemade vegan nutella. Please don’t wake me up if I’m just dreaming. (Just need to practice my drizzle skills, as you can see…)
I love summer, and really want to make the most of it. Eating fruits and berries in season is one way. This simple breakfast is made with blueberry soygurt from @alpro and topped with peaches, banana, redcurrants from the garden, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and raw cacao nibs from @naturya. Lots of summery flavours!
My go to smoothie any day of the week. Love the sunshine colour and the fresh taste. Just blend frozen bananas, frozen mango, a splash of oat milk and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Here I topped it with frozen redcurrants, hazelnuts and pieces of dark chocolate. Can’t have a bad day after this start!