I don’t make curries often enough! And when I finally did, apparently I forgot to write down the recipe… This sweet and spicy curry roughly includes onion and garlic, red curry paste, coconut milk, peanut butter, mango chutney, potatoes and carrots, lime and fresh mango. I served it with basmati rice, green soy beans, coriander and salted peanuts. Definitely need to recreate this one and measure it properly this time!
This week’s photo challenge for #eatcaptureshare hosted by @thelittleplantation is quite tricky, as we’re studying the Masters. Today, we’re meant to get inspiration from Miró. This is my entry, a butternut and miso soup and some freshly baked bread rolls on the side.
The soup is simply oven baked butternut squash, onion, garlic, miso paste, vegetable stock, coconut milk and a few drops of sesame seed oil. Blended smooth and served with a drizzle of coconut milk and white and black sesame seeds.
My friend @veggielation posted a drool-worthy picture of a raw mocha brownie with cashew cream, that I just had to try. I made a few adjustments from what I had at hand, and I really liked the result. I brought it to a birthday party too, and I dare say it was quite popular among the guests. I’m actually not a coffee drinker (might lose som followers now…) but I love it as a flavour together with chocolate. And coffee is not the only bean in this brownie – but you could never tell that from the taste!
Pop over to @veggielation for the original recipe, and here’s my take:
200 g black beans, rinsed and drained
100 g dark chocolate
1 dl tahini
1,5 dl shredded coconut
4 dl rolled oats (GF if needed)
0,5 dl espresso or strong coffee
3 tbsp maple syrup
1,5 dl natural cashews
3 tbsp coconut cream (thick part)
1 tbsp maple syrup
Start by soaking the cashews while you make the brownie. Next, pit the dates and soak in water for a few minutes. Then, melt the chocolate.
In a food processor, blend the shredded coconut to a coarse flour. Add chocolate, tahini, black beans, dates (without the water), oats, coffee and maple syrup. Blend well to a sticky dough.
Line a pan with parchment paper, mine was approx. 15×20 cm. Choose a larger pan if you want a thinner brownie. Press the dough into the pan and even it out. Put in the fridge.
Drain the cashews. Blend the ingredients to the cream in a food processor until super smooth. Distribute evenly on top of the cold brownie, and keep in the fridge until serving.
My friend @livingwith4fromscratch has such an inspiring feed. She’s also a mum of four, and has children with major food allergies. Has this stopped her from cooking delicious food? No way! And let’s just say we definitely share a love for loaded salad bowls.
I wanted to try something new to me, and my eyes were immediately drawn to her post with baked sweet potato with fillings. So I baked a sweet potato at 200 C for about 45 minutes, and stuffed it with home made Chunky Monkey Granola, peanut butter and a drizzle of coconut cream. It was beyond delicious! I know it doesn’t look too pretty on picture, but trust me on this one. Why not try it as a luxurious weekend breakfast or a treat-yourself-lunch?
I tend to forget about noodles, and when I eat them I always wonder why I don’t eat them everyday. Such an easy and versatile staple! Here I made a peanut butter sauce with garlic, onion, ginger, coconut milk, soy sauce, sriracha and lots of crunchy peanut butter. While it simmered on the stove top, I cut whatever veggies I found that needed to be used up in thin strips. Carrots, red cabbage, mushrooms, haricot verts and fresh pineapple. I stir fried it quickly on high heat, and added cooked somen noodles at the very end. Ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!
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!
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 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!
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:
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
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.
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.