Grim Grains is a lifestyle blog aimed at liveaboards and minimalists. It celebrates strange, dark and vegan cookery while promoting the idea of eating by colour.

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Cheesy seaweed pasta 15 minutes

We have been moving non-stop for the past few weeks, sailing from Victoria all the way up to Gabriola island. It's been amazing, but because we set sail every 2-3 days I don't have a lot of time to prepare complex meals. Simple doesn't mean boring, this recipe is proof of that. The whole thing is ready in 15 minutes, it requires few ingredients and is delicious!
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Tofino Kelp Stout

It's obvious from our photos and videos that we love craft beer, everytime we travel we try the local brews. Last weekend we sailed down to Victoria to meet some friends, our former airbnb hosts in Vancouver. At the liquor store we picked up a bottle with a gorgeous tag, a kelp stout! It's rare to find seaweed-based products, never imagined we would a find a beer brewed with it.
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Stovetop popcorn 5 minutes

There are many reasons why you should pop your own corn kernels: It’s cheap, if produces no waste and you can flavour it yourself.
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Toothpaste 5 minutes

Until recently, toothpaste was, for us, one of these seemingly complex things that can only be manufactured. An important part of living aboard is minimising the single-use products. This simple recipe joins an upcoming collection of ideas for a minimalist lifestyle.
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Hijiki soba 40 minutes

After Japan opened itself to the world over a hundred years ago, japanese cooks began to adapt western dishes in their own style. For instance, in the west people use ketchup as a condiment but the japanese use it as a base for tomato sauces in 'Naporitan' pasta. Spaghetti 'Naporitan' was created just after world war 2, after Shigetada (the head chef at the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama) saw occupying soldiers eating it. Nowadays, you can find spaghetti seasoned with soy sauce and served with seaweed. I have always been a huge fan of japanese-style pasta, and decided to make my own version!
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Vegan pimento olive cheese 120 minutes

Last weekend, I attended a nut-free vegan cheese workshop. I've made plantbased cheeses in the past, going to this event was a way to confirm what I knew and to learn new tricks! Having allergies means I can't have nut cheeses, luckily there are always alternatives. The workshop, as well as many of the online recipes I've tried in the past, inspired me to try to make my own cheese. I put olives in everything, so I decided to make a spicy pimento olive cheese!
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Salted caramel carob chip cookies 20 minutes

Got up early sunday morning with cookies on my mind. When I peeked into my fridge I spotted a lonely jar of leftover date caramel. It was then that I decided to make some salted caramel cookies with unsweetened carob chips!
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Roasted yellow pepper pasta 30 minutes

This weekend I decided to make a batch of black pasta, no better way to serve it than with some roasted yellow pepper sauce. The contrast between the yellow and black is crazy beautiful.
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Halloween pumpkin cookies 30 minutes

Halloween is coming up! This blog has a lot of recipes that are perfect for it. Here is a short list of my favourite ones: Black yaki gyoza, Basic black bread and Black pasta. Those recipes weren't holiday-specific, but these cute pumpkin cookies sure are! They're super soft and easy to prepare.
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Vegemite caramel 20 minutes

Cadbury released a vegemite chocolate bar earlier this year, as usual I only found out about it this week. I liked the idea so much I decided to make something inspired from it. Ended up making some vegemite caramel.
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