Thursday, 18 December 2014

Raw Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese, 80/10/10 low fat style

If you're new to the idea of 'raw' cooking, this is a nice thing to start off with (after salads and fruit-plates of course!)


2-3 large courgettes/zucchini (or 5, or 6, or 7...its all good)
Mushrooms - As many as you like
Cherry tomatoes - go crazy
1-2 tsp garlic powder
Vinegar, 1/2 cup
Basil - a bunch or 1 tbsp dried
Pepper, salt
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Any other Italian herb you like

Julienne the courgettes/zucchinis with a peeler that looks like this or a spiralizer
Chop the mushrooms and soak in the vinegar for an hour to soften
Drizzle the vegetable spaghetti with lemon juice and mix (this softens it)
Chop the tomatoes and 'ring them out' over the spaghetti for the juice, then bung them in.
Now you can drain the mushrooms and EITHER simply add them with the herbs to the spaghetti, OR pop them in a food processor along with a couple of sun-dried tomatoes and the herbs. This makes a real tasty mushroom mince that looks impressive too.

This is just a quick meal that can be tweaked in whichever way you like, go crazy and experiment!

Et voila :)

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Re-growing garlic success

Here's an update on my garlic! It's been about 3 weeks of sitting my garlic in water. I thought I would have to throw it out by week 2, but then it seemed to shoot up overnight  gonna plant it today in the secret greenhouse, i'll keep you updated and let you know if I get baby garlics out of it. If I do, you lot should try it and you'll never buy garlic again  My girlfriend hates garlic and is not happy about this 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Vegan Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup :)

I made a huge pot of thi and had enough leftover from dinner to freeze 3 batches.
Oh! My 'strictly NO vegetables NO fruit' meat-eating girlfriend tried it and really liked it! :D
Serves 4 

600g carrots, chopped
150g dry red lentils, rinsed
1litre of boiling water/stock (i used water with a splash of soy sauce)
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp green chillie (it's quite hot so go easy!)
1 tsp coriander seeds (optional)
1/4 cup soya cream (or any dairy-free cream)
Pinch of turmeric for colour.

Heat a big pan and dry-fry the cumin and coriander seeds for 1 min. Add chilli. Add carrots, hot water and lentils. Add turnermic. Let it simmer for 15 mins.
Blend the soup and add the cream. Season with pepper and garnish with coriander.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

vegan Stinging nettle and broccoli soup

I'm always looking for ways to get more nettles into my diet. This is probably the nicest soup i've tried so far :)Serve 4 (or 2 hungry people)

2 big handfuls of nettle tops
1 broccoli
2 garlic cloves
1 onion
Soya cream
4 Spring onions

Fry the onion till soft, add garlic. Add the broccoli and enough water or stock to cover. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 6-8 mins. Add the nettles and wait a few more minutes. Now take the pot off the heat and blend the soup till it's smooth.
Season well and pour in a little soya cream and top with spring onion.

Dandelion tattoo

This kept me and my friend's little boy entertained for ages today.
Pick a dandelion, squeeze the white sap from the stalk and draw on yourself. Then pick up a little dirt and rub it over where you drew, like this:

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

RAW stinging-nettle smoothie

This was really sweet. This is raw stinging nettles and i was sceptical about stinging my mouth, but yep, it's true - blend them and the sting is neutralised.

2 big handfuls of stinging-nettles (washed)
1 banana
1 orange
2-3 strawberries

Just blend it up :)

(Didn't realised my face is in the reflection, it was a sunny day lol)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Stinging-nettle stir-fry (vegan)

I went foraging yesterday at Ferry Meadows and picked the top leaves from stinging nettles. Such a good idea - free, organic and delicious :)
Make sure you rinse them well under cold water.

1 cup stinging nettles
1 onion
1 stick celery
1 cup brown rice (cooked)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 large garlic clove

Fry onion untill tender. Add garlic. 2 mins. 
Add stinging nettles and 1/2 cup water. 5 mins.
Add celery and soy sauce till slightly cooked through. Add rice. I added a teaspoon Chinese All Spice.