Tom Kha Soup

When the cooking is a bit too jazzy to remember the recipe, a photo of the result will have to do. I remember adding coconut milk, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, miso, lime, nutritional yeast, red curry paste, cane sugar, lots of veggies and some coriander and cashews at the end. Well, something along those lines. Next time, I’ll be better prepared with the right ingredients and a recipe to follow!

Red Curry Noodle Soup

Life isn’t always easy, and the past few days have been tough. So this warming, slightly spicy soup is just what I need to get back on track and soothe my soul.

• Sauté 2 cloves of garlic, 1 onion and 3 cm ginger (all finely chopped) in oil in a large pot. Add 2-3 tsp red curry paste according to taste. • Next add 4 kaffir lime leaves and 400 ml of coconut milk. Bring to boil. Add 1 tbsp of miso and 1 tsp of soy sauce.
• Next, add whatever greens you like. Adjust cooking time depending on the vegetables. I added the following in this order: diced potato, broccoli, baby corn and carrots sliced with a potato peeler.
• At last, season the soup to taste with salt, extra curry paste and freshly squeezed lime.
• Cook the noodles. I used lovely thin somen noodles. Put noodles in a bowl and add soup. Top with coriander, cashews and lime wedges

Apple Ice Cream & Granola

APPLE ICE CREAM WITH BUCKWHEAT GRANOLA
Any fellow food blogger recognise this scenario? You improvise something in the kitchen, add what you have at hand, take a few photos and eat the whole thing up, thinking “This is amazing!” Fast forward a month or so until you find that photo and think “Hmm… this was good, but what’s in it???”

Yep, that’s what happened here. I remember using frozen apple slices, home made apple jam with cinnamon and coconut milk. Probably vanilla powder too. And I know for sure that I made the granola on the stove top in a pan, adding dry buckwheat, walnuts and some kind of sugar. Maybe cane sugar or agave? And more cinnamon. I really wish I remembered, because this combo was so fresh, delicious and crunchy! Well, I guess I have to head back into the kitchen and try to recreate it. Lucky for me that we’re right in the middle of the apple season!

Mango Coconut Curry

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.

Peanut Curry with Falafel

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.

Gecko’s Green Pancakes

GECKO’S GREEN PANCAKES
What’s in a name? Sometimes it’s everything! My 3,5-year-old loves PJ Masks, and these green pancakes are named after the green character (obviously). So these pancakes give you strength, agility and makes you able to climb any obstacle. No wonder my kid wanted to eat them! Oh well, they taste pretty good too.

Ingredients
2 dl rolled oats
0,5 dl millet flakes
1 dl green peas or soy beans
1 dl spinach
1 dl coconut milk
1 dl plant milk
0,5 dl crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1,5 dl plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp aquafaba
0,5 tsp salt
zest from lime and grated ginger

In a food processor, mix oat and millet to a coarse flour. Add all the other ingredients and mix to a thick batter. Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes before frying pancakes on medium heat in a little coconut oil.

Banana, Cardamom & Lemon Pancakes

I’m always trying out new combos. Even though the pancakes were great last time, I need to change something. So this time I added zest and juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of freshly ground cardamom seeds to the batter. I also had a deciliter of large white beans in the fridge, so a threw them in the mix as well for extra protein. None of the kids had any complaints, so they were well concealed. And they loved the cardamom! It was perfect as a light lunch, served with peaches, strawberries, a spoonful of coconut cream and sprinkled with cacao nibs and hemp seeds.

Fruity Red Rice Bowl

I never get tired of salads. Put them in a bowl and make them look nice – even better! In this one, you’ll find red rice, salted peantus, carrot zoodles, mango, fresh bean sprouts, crispy tofu, green soy beans and half a passion fruit. For a fruitier twist, serve with dressing made with coconut cream, pineapple juice, finely grated ginger, lime juice, rice vinegar and salt.

Not convinced that tofu is for you? I’ll try to win you over with my how-to in Stories on Instagram. Give it a try! My favourite is Extra Firm Tofu from @yipin.se. (Just my recommendation – not sponsored!)

Carrot Cake with Cashew Frosting

A moist, flavourful, sweet and dreamy carrot cake. There’s hardly anything better, is there? I used a recipe by Swedish queen of baking @leilalindholm and switched eggs for 1,5 dl aquafaba. (Just google it! Let me know if you want it translated to English.) The frosting takes a bit of work, but you’ll thank me when you’re finished. Recipe inspired by @lazycatkitchen

FROSTING
150 g natural cashews
0,5 dl coconut cream
50 g vegan butter
zest from 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 dl icing sugar

Soak cashews in cold water for at least 4 hours, or in hot water for 1 hour. Drain well.
Put half of the cashews, all of the coconut cream and the butter in a blender. Blend until smooth, and then add rest of cashews and lemon zest and juice. Blend again to a smooth cream.
With a spatula, combine cream with icing sugar. Put in the fridge for about an hour before spreading on top of the cooled carrot cake.

Noodle Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

This is like mash-up of Pad Thai and satay. Good? Yes, indeed! Especially if you like peanuts, and who doesn’t? You can add any veggies you like to the stir fry, just make sure to fry them quickly on high heat so they don’t go too soft. Start with the sauce, so the stir fry is hot and fresh from the pan when serving.

Peanut sauce
200 ml creamy coconut milk
1 dl crunchy peanut butter
2 cloves of garlic
3 cm fresh ginger
2 tsp red or green curry paste
1 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp Japanese soy
10 drops of sriracha or 0,5 tsp red chili, finely chopped

  • Finely chop garlic and ginger. Sauté on medium heat in a saucepan in cooking oil.
  • Add curry paste, peanut butter and coconut milk. Stir until the peanut butter melts.
  • Add brown sugar, soy, and sriracha or red chili. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • I like the crunchy peanuts, but if you prefer a smooth sauce, just mix it.

Noodle Stir Fry
300 g rice noodles
100 g cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, coarsely grated
10 cm leek, thinly sliced
100 g fresh bean sprouts
100 g baby corn, cut in pieces
300 g tofu, marinated and fried
salted peanuts, coriander and lime for serving

  • Cook the rice noodles and rinse in cold water. In a large pan, fry cabbage, carrots and leek on high heat in cooking oil.
  • Add noodles, baby corn and tofu.
  • When all is heated, pour the warm peanut sauce over the stir fry and mix well.
  • At last, add bean sprouts, squeeze lime juice on top and sprinkle with lots of fresh coriander and salted peanuts.