Thursday, 29 September 2011

First Ever Recipes of My Brand New Blog... and a little Review :o)

So, here we go, this is what I ate tonight - vegan Sweet & Sour Lentils with kamut noodles, followed by my own home-made Banana, Apple, Lucuma and Pistachio 'ice-cream'. Yum :o)

I did try and take pics, but with the combination of my crappy camera, and my Mum's tinted yellowy lightbulbs (cheers Mum!!), the result wasn't too attractive.. So if at some point I get a super-duper camera (hint hint Christmas pressie?!) then I will add photos. For now though, the recipes. Devised by yours truly :o)

I tend to use the American way of measuring ingredients (spoons and cups). This is for two main reasons - the first, it's just easier than fiddling around with scales. The second is that I don't like to know precisely how many grams of each ingredient i'm going to be eating! It messes with my head and I get into calorie calculation - always bad news..

Sweet & Sour Lentils with kamut noodles - for one person!

2 tbsp red lentils, rinsed in a fine-mesh sieve
8 tbsp passata
8 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup (I use Heinz Fiery!)
1 tbsp pineapple juice
1/2 tsp palm sugar
1/4 tsp dried chives
1/4 tsp dried paprika
1/4 tsp dried ginger
1/8 tsp mild chilli powder
1/4 tsp brown rice vinegar
2" chunk of grated carrot
3" chunk of carrot 'matchsticks'
Mixed peppers, also matchsticked! about a cupful, I didn't actually measure ;o)
Frozen green beans, snapped into 1-2" pieces, approx 1/3 cupful

60g or so of Kamut noodles (about 1.5cm diameter circle when held tightly and you look at the end of them, to save weighing!) ..and ok ok, they were actually tagliatelle, but I prefer that to actual noodles!

Throw all the Sweet & Sour ingredients into a saucepan, bring to the boil, semi-cover and simmer for 23 minutes.

Meanwhile bring another saucepan of water to the boil, and 12 minutes before the sauce is finshed cooking add the 'noodles'. When cooked, drain well, then mix into the sauce and serve up.

Really yummy!

Banana, Apple, Lucuma and Pistachio 'ice-cream' (also for 1 person)

When frozen banana slices are blended in a food processer.. they turn into the most amazingly delicious 'just like ice-cream' :o) Ice cream is what I missed most when I began my vegan adventure. I'm allergic to soya (helllooooo migraine!) so soya ice-cream was a no-no. And anyway, all the fake stuff that's available is usually pretty much full of sugar and rubbish... and invariably cornstarch (another allergy of mine).

I'm addicted to this stuff now, it's my favourite dessert! I make all kinds of variations (watch this space!) AND it's soooo healthy :o)

1 small sliced frozen banana
Approx 1/2 cup of slightly thawed frozen apple pieces
2 tbsp vegan 'milk' (I used Kara coconut milk or Ecomil sugar-free almond milk)
1/2 tbsp raw lucuma fruit powder (I LOVE this stuff!)
A handful of chopped pistachio nuts

Bung it all into a food-processor or mini-chopper with a strong motor (I use a Kenwood with a 300watt motor, and I think it will burn out one day as it kicks up a bit of a fuss).

Pulse/blend for a few minutes until you are left with a smooth and creamy Mr Whippy style manna-from-heaven!

Spoon out into a freezer-proof container, then freeze for around 45-minutes. Take out of the freezer, mix well, then out back for another half hour or so until ready to eat :o)

I always have a bit of chocolate with my cup of tea - and THIS is my favourite kind - Raw Chocolate Pies by Living Food in St Ives in Cornwall. It's just like old-fashioned chocolate biscuit cake! Out-of-this-worldly delicious... and guess what? It's good for you!

I always keep them in the fridge, then cut into slices and have some every night. Gorgeous!

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