Pasta with Butternut Squash & Cashew Cream

Different shades of orange are abundant in my feed at the moment. And in my food too. And I love it! This is simply tagliatelle with oven baked butternut squash, some olive oil and fresh sage, together with the loveliest cashew cream.

Soak 3 dl of natural cashews in water for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Drain the nuts and mix in a blender or food processor together with 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, 0,5 dl oat milk and 1 tsp of salt. Add more oat milk until the cream is super smooth. I needed just over a deciliter in total, so add slowly and make sure you stop before it gets too runny. Enjoy with the pasta, on a sandwich or just straight out of the jar. It’s that good.

Pear Crumble Cake

I just love crumbles, and I got this recipe from my friend @lesoulfoodist for a plum crumble cake. Now I’ve made a few adjustments, like using brown sugar and cardamom for another flavour profile, and topped it with pears instead of plums. Just as delicious!

Ingredients
4 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 dl brown sugar
1/3 tsp vanilla powder
2 tsp cardamom, coarsely ground
pinch of salt
100 g vegan butter
0,5 dl aquafaba
1,25 dl plant milk
1-2 ripe pears

Crumble
0,75 dl plain flour
1 dl rolled oats
1 dl brown sugar
75 g vegan butter

Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a round spring form (20-23 cm) with parchment paper.
Mix all dry ingredients for the batter. Combine with vegan butter, plant milk and aquafaba to a thick, smooth batter. (I used the food processor. Super easy!) Put the batter into the spring form and even out.
Cut the pears in thin slices, keeping the peel on. Cover the batter with the pears like a wheel.
In a small pot, melt the vegan butter for the crumble. Add oats, flour and sugar and stir to make a crumble, and distribute evenly on top of the pears. Sprinkle with extra cardamom and pearl sugar on top.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until the top is golden. Serve slightly warm with whipped oat custard.

Nourish Bowl

I’m trying to fuel myself through this rough patch, with the dark and cold season ahead of us, with lots of nourishing, delicious food. I love my salads even in the winter, but I try to add a few warm ingredients to keep the body temperature up and to feel more full.

In this nourish bowl is:
* whole bulghur cooked in vegetable stock and turmeric
* avocado
* wilted baby spinach with garlic
* steamed broccoli
* oven baked butternut squash
* cucumber
* green lentils (canned)
* tofu feta (see step by step recipe in my Storiy highlights!)
* pomegranate seeds
* walnuts
* drizzle of olive oil

Sweet Potato Stroganoff

Stroganoff with a special type of “falukorv” sausage is a staple meal in many Swedish homes. This one is 100% plantbased and so much better. In my humble opinion.

Peel and dice 2 sweet potatoes. Bake in the oven at 225 C for about 15 minutes, until fork tender.

In the meantime, make the stroganoff sauce. Sauté 1 onion and 3 cloves of garlic, both finely chopped, in 1 tbsp oil in a large pot. (Use a cast iron pot if you’ve got one.)

Add 3 tbsp of tomato paste and fry for a minute. Then add one tin of tomatoes, 2 tsp vegetable stock powder, 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard and 2 tsp dried rosemary (If you sub with fresh rosemary, don’t add the sprigs until the last few minutes of cooking.) Simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, add 1 dl of plant cream, 1-2- tsp agave syrup and 1 tbsp of miso paste. Bring to boil again. Add 2 carrots, coarsely grated. Season with salt and pepper. Don’t let the sauce boil more than a minutes or two after adding the carrots. You want to keep some crunch.

When you’re happy with the sauce, fold in the baked sweet potato, sprinkle with chopped almonds and rosemary. Serve with rice.

Apricot Breakfast Rolls

Freshly baked bread in the morning – few things can beat that! The smell from the kitchen and warm rolls is a truly great start to the day. If you want this, but don’t fancy getting out of bed at 4 am, go for an overnight dough. This is my favourite recipe from @mittkok and it’s so simple to prepare and makes the best rolls!

15 g fresh yeast
4 dl cold water
1 tbsp agave syrup
1,5 tsp salt
9 dl sifted rye
10-15 dried apricots, chopped in small pieces
optional 10 chopped walnuts

Dissolve the yeast in the water. Stir together all the ingredients to a dough. It’s supposed to be sticky. No need to work the dough until smooth. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and place in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, pour the dough onto a clean surface sprinkled with flour. Shape it to a long rectangle, about 40×10 cm. Fold lengthwise. Brush with cold water and sprinkle again with flour. Let the dough rest until the oven is heated to 275 C. Then place an empty oven tray in the oven for a few minutes until hot.

Cut the dough in twelve pieces, making sure they’re more or less the same size. Take out the hot oven tray, cover with parchment paper and transfer the rolls onto the tray. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden on top. Let cool on a rack under a kitchen towel for 5-10 minutes before eating.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Here in Sweden, we really lika “fika”, which is a collective noun for rolls, buns, pastries and the like, but can also just mean a cup of coffee or tea. I prefer when baked goods are included, no surprise huh? Many would agree that the most Swedish fika of all is cinnamon rolls. No wonder we have created a special day for it! So today is #kanelbullensdag or #cinnamonrollday.

We took a shortcut and made cinnamon roll muffins instead of baking a yeast bread. The recipe is from @fridasvegobak and it was delicious. My youngest ate the top of the muffin only, the good bit with the sweet pearl sugar.

Flowers in the colour of the Swedish flag and a very cute cinnamon roll play set from Ikea felt like the right kind of props for this patriotic shot. Do you have a special kind of sweet or pastry where you live, friends?

Shepherd’s Pie

I have a weak spot for everything British, and Shepherd’s pie is no exception. I absolutely love mashed potato, so this makes such a great, comfy dinner. Underneath the mash is chopped onion and garlic, grated carrots, peas and sweetcorn quickly fried in a pan with a bit of oil, black pepper and some soy sauce and miso for salt and umami. I baked the pie for 20 minutes until the top started to look golden. At last, I sprinkled nutritional yeast on top when serving for that cheesy flavour.

Slow Roasted Tomato Spaghetti

This pasta was so simple to make, yet so full of flavour. Best combo, right? I cut 400 g large cheery tomatoes on the vine in half, and put them with the cut side upwards on a oven tray. I drizzled them richly with olive oil, salt and 2 cloves of sliced garlic. Then I slowly roasted them in the oven at 150 C for 1 h 15 min.

I chopped a handful of almonds and roasted them lightly in a pan. When the tomatoes were ready, I boiled the spaghetti. Meanwhile, I put the roasted tomatoes in a pan on medium heat. I added 1 tbsp of extra olive oil, 0,5 dl of white wine, a splash of white vinegar, black pepper and 10 leaves of fresh basil. I let it simmer until the pasta was ready.

When all was ready I simply poured the pasta into a large bowl and tossed it with the tomato sauce, and added some fresh basil and the roasted almonds. The best pasta we’ve had in a long time!

Blueberry & Apple Rolls

Lovely rolls with two fillings – blueberries and vegan custard, and grated apple with cinnamon and custard. Perfect autumn flavours! Both the dough and the custard recipes are from @fridasvegobak, the Swedish queen of vegan baking if you ask me. Check her feed out if you haven’t already!

The only little mishap here was that my 2-year-old was a bit impatient and apparently turned the heat in the oven down while watching the rolls bake in the oven… So they ended up a bit flat, but still really moist and yummy. And a semi-failed baking experience only means one thing – I have to give it another go. Oh, poor me.

Apple Muffins

A nice little treat for a picknick at the playground with the kids and some friends the other day, when the sun was still shining. This was simple enough to let the two youngest help out, which always makes me feel like Mum of The Year, because truth be told I don’t usually have the patience to let them mess around while I cook.

Ingredients (makes 12 medium muffins)
100 g vegan butter (I use @naturli)
1 dl aquafaba
2 dl caster sugar
3 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp vanilla powder
a pinch of salt
0,5 dl apple jam or sauce
1 dl plant milk
1 large apple
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp caster sugar

• Melt the butter and let it cool.
• With an electrical beater, whip the aquafaba and caster sugar to a fluffy batter.
• In a separate bowl, mix plain flour, baking powder, vanilla powder and salt. Sift into the fluffy batter and fold in until combined. Stir in melted butter, apple sauce and plant milk until the batter i smooth. (I used my homemade apple sauce with lots of cardamom – yummy!)
• Finely dice the apple and toss the cubes in cinnamon and sugar. Fold this into the batter.
• Distribute in 12 muffin cups. Bake in 225 C for 13-15 minutes, until the top is golden.
• Let cool, dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!