During the cold war, wine with added spinach juice was given to weakened soldiers.
A dish of korean inspiration! A delicious scallion pancake coloured green with spinach. This is a great way to add an extra portion of vegetables to your meal.
I bet you all remember the scene in the movie Hook, when the lost boys are sitting in front of an invisible buffet. The boys are trying to make Peter understand that he needs to imagine there is food on the table. The moment when that little switch turns in his head, and he sees the feast, is one of my very favourites. A table covered with strange playdoh-like food, varying in colour, texture and shape. I've been wanting to re-create that buffet, to make something bizzare, yet eatable, and delicious.
This oatmeal is an attempt at doing just that, something that is very colourful, bizzare and beautiful. I like that can't identify what everything is right away - what is that green goo? Is it cake batter? Pesto (ew)? I like to challenge people's ideas about food, pasta doesn't need to be beige and neither does your oatmeal.
For those who worry about having spinach in oatmeal, know that you can't taste it in this. Also, why shouldn't you have greens in the morning? We all have these pre-conceived ideas of what morning meals should look like, or what they should include. Of course, I'm not re-inventing breakfasts with this recipe, it's still oatmeal. I like to think that i'm taking it a step further, in terms of what a morning meal can look like.
I'm one step closer to having my peter pan buffet! Now imagine a table full of dishes with this level of colour and texture! I'm in eatable play-doh food heaven.
I made a fresh loaf of black bread the other day, it only made sense to make another recipe with it! I made a spicy, lime-infused carrot and avocado sandwich!
I wanted something spicy, I love lime with avocado so that's how it started. Planning recipes according to colour is important, it creates more variety in your meal. The colours don't always have to contrast each other
It really depends how i feel, i wouldnt mind having an all-green sandwich (future recipe maybe?)
Have some green pancakes for breakfast or dessert. Who said pancakes needs to be a morning thing? This recipe isn't too sweet, we have the sugar-free topping to thank for that!
Wanted to make green cookies, didn't know what i wanted in them, but i knew i wanted THAT colour. Spinach was an obvious choice, plus i had some left-over from yesterday.
I've been having a lot of baking failures, I needed something simple to make that didnt involve flour.
Flour is fussy, flour is mean.
Using oats for bulk is a great, and healthier alternative to flour (plus it's hard to fuck up.) Failing at food is the worse, i can never bring myself to throw it away. It feels like a waste to trash it, so I end up storing it in the back of the fridge. In refrigerators, unlike on school buses, the cool kids don't hang out in the back. After 3 days my anger subsides, and I toss it in the garbage and deny ever making it.
On a brighter note, THESE cookies were crazy successful! Super moist, tasty and GREEN.
Plus, these don't take a very long time to make. It makes 5 small cookies, it's easy and doesn't make a mess. I never bake huge batches of desserts, but if you want more you can double or triple the recipe easily.
I've been looking for ways to incorporate persimmon into savoury recipes. I always thought it could make a great sauce for pasta or rice meals. If pureed, it will taste very sweet, but if you mix in curry powder and other spices and ingredients it becomes less of a dessert.
Be careful when selecting your persimmon, there are two varieties. Hachiya persimmon are more elongated and you need to wait for it to soften down before attempting to eat it. Fuyu persimmon, have a tomato-like shape and you can eat it like an apple.
There are many different varieties of curry powders it's just a pre-mixed combination of different ground spices. If you're in a hurry, buying a mix is best. But if you have a full stocked spice rack, it may be better and more fun to do it yourself. Typically curry mixes have turmeric, coriander, cumin, black and red pepper, cinnamon cloves, fennel seeds, cardamom, ginger and fenugreek. There can be as much as 20 different spices, but you can probably omit a few and it'll still taste pretty great.
Enjoy over some basmasti rice, or grated cauliflower rice for a lighter and grain-free meal.
We have arrived in New Zealand, the land of plenty. All of the foods that we like and miss are here. Foods like nutritional yeast, miso and soba (to name a few). With a fully re-stocked pantry, I started to make faux-cheese again, a recipe from Vegan Richa that is simple to make and that I love. The recipe is for a cheese that can be cut into wedges, or that can be grated over pizza. I had an idea to use this recipe to make filling for ravioli, the difference being that I won't add any agar agar (a seaweed based powder that makes liquids jellify). Making your own dough is simple, the whole process will take you less than 40 minutes.
I got the idea to make ravioli from an old 70's book about the cooking of Italy. This book is one of many that we found in a thrift shop here in Whangarei; we bought all the ones that we could find. Devine & I like picking through them, drawing inspiration from the images and ingredients.
A lot of the recipes in these books use meat and dairy, but it's easy to swap these ingredients out for something else. In New Zealand, the groceries are plentiful and finding everything we need is a breeze. We hope you enjoy this recipe, and that you try and make Richa's original pepper jack cheese recipe too.