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

Pasta Bowl with Dips

A nice dip or sauce can lift any salad bowl to new heights. And the more the merrier, right? So for this pasta bowl (yes, there is penne pasta well hidden underneath the greens), I topped it was guacamole, home made coleslaw with vegan mayo, and the smoothest hummus you could ever imagine.
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I’ve put a Story highlight in my profile how to make this divine, life changing hummus (after a recipe from @hannelenesvegetar). After trying this, where the trick is to boil canned chickpeas with baking soda, you’ll never want to eat another hummus again. You can thank me later.

Rice Noodle Salad

The best way of serving salads in my family, is to let everyone pick what the like and mix it on each plate. I find that the children are more likely to try something new if it isn’t mixed up. There’s no such thing as “hiding” new foods from my kids by concealing it.

Here’s a lovely salad with
• rice noodles quickly fried in sesame oil and sesame seeds
• oyster mushrooms torn in strings and fried until crispy
• mango
• baby spinach
• sliced sugar snaps
• cucumber
• carrot sliced with potato peeler
• salted peanuts

I topped my salad with lime juice, coriander, soy sauce, a pinch of cane sugar and some vegan sriracha mayo.

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.

Fluffy Pancakes

You know that “I’m the best mum in the world” feeling, when you just whip up a batter and fry a stack of fluffy pancakes and bring them on a picnic with the family? Here’s a recipe for you, if you want to collect points from your kids.

Ingredients (serves a hungry family of six)
5 dl plain flour
1 dl potato starch
4 tsp baking powder
0,25 tsp vanilla powder
0,5 tsp salt
4 dl oat milk (or other plant milk)
0,5 canola oil
1,5 tbsp lime juice (can be substituted with lemon or vinegar for acidity)

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add oat milk and oil to the mix and blend thoroughly until combined and lump-free. At last, add lime juice or similar. This reacts with the baking soda and makes the pancakes fluffier.
Fry pancakes in oil on medium heat until golden on both sides and serve with berries.

Fruit Platter

Carrot cake (the one I posted the other day) wasn’t the only thing we served on my youngest’s birthday party. I also to the opportunity to do something I’ve been dying to try for some time. A really loaded, indulgent, generous fruit platter! It was so much fun making it, and even more fun watching the kids dig in. The table was full of other sweets, but they went straight for the colourful tray. The little birthday boy, who absolutely looooves fruits and berries, couldn’t have been happier!

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.

Salad with Tofu, Melon & Capers

Another one of those salads where I simply roam the fridge, save some veggies or fruit before they go bad, add some tofu and drizzle with a super quick dressing.
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In this mess you can find whole bulghur, watermelon, cucumber, sesame tofu, capers, fresh basil and coriander, and a tahini dressing. I just added some lime juice, salt and plant milk and stirred until smooth and runny.

Nacho Bake

Does nachos count as #tacotuesday? Anyway, this is a favourite in my family, based on a recipe from @welldonesthlm. Cover an oven tray with parchment paper, and spread out nacho chips and tortillas cut in pieces. Cover with soy minced (fried with onion, garlic, cumin, paprika and some tinned tomatoes) and sweetcorn. Use vegan cheese on top if you like that. Bake in the oven at 225 degrees for about 15 minutes. Top with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, lime wedges, salsa (I like pineapple in mine!), vegan sour cream and coriander. Serve with the joy of life – guacamole.