Dear Friends of Tasha. Kitchen,
Happy New Year!
My wish for you is to Live Better, Strive Harder, Be Bolder, Dream Bigger, Climb Higher and Seek Greater.
These too are wishes for myself and in the pursuit of this at the end of the year I took some time out to self reflect on all I have learnt over the last year.
In 2018, I completed my certificate in Plant Based Nutrition with Cornell and have used this and some great books (e.g. how not to die – Gene Stone and Michel Greger), articles and blogs to learn more about the hard science behind food and disease. Many of you may have seen my blog evolve over that time, from broad based healthy food to more of a plant-based blog. This is a reflection of my learning and has caused me to sit back and think about what my own philosophy is and what the blog should centre around.
After much study, contemplation and a recommitment to both my followers, and myself I am pleased to announce a new blog coming soon. The blog will be dedicated to Vegetarian, Vegan and Raw recipes with a focus on Plants and Whole Foods to maximise the nutritional content. There will also be a new section where I will share scientific research, so you can learn with me.
The blog will be called PlantToTable.com and exists today but with a redirect to Tasha.Kitchen until it is ready for launch in early 2019. Tasha.Kitchen will resume this Saturday and an announcement will be made when the new blog is ready.
I hope that this news allows you to forgive my absence and I look forward to continuing our journey together.
Courgette and Corn Fritters
These are a great little snack or starter filled with tasty vegetables. They remind me of my grandma’s Pakora’s but are made with corn flour instead of chickpea flour, both of which are gluten free so we are in luck, either way
The wonderful thing about this dish, is the texture, it is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside (any of your from the UK and old enough should understand this reference from the old Dime advert :))
I adapted this from Robin Swallow’s recipe, from Manna Café in London. I baked these instead of frying them and used coconut oil instead of sunflower
These are Mr. B approved. The recipe makes c.12 and they were gone in less than the time it took to write this blog!
- 2 small courgettes/zucchini, grated
- 175g corn kernels
- ¼ bunch fresh coriander, chopped
- 115g masa harina (white corn flour)
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- Grate the courgettes and then place them into a bowl and sprinkle with a little salt. Let sit for 10 minutes
- Take the grated courgettes and place into a clean tea towel. Squeeze out all the liquid and place into a clean bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl of dry courgettes
- Mix with your hands until well incorporated and the mix holds together, add a little water if you need to
- Take 1 tbsp. full of mix and shape into a small patty or ball, continue with the rest of the mix
- Take the coconut oil in your palm and cover the fritters
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until crisp
Serve with choice of sauce, I like sweet chilli for this
There is nothing like the taste of cool watermelon juice on a hot day. My best friend and I used to love sipping them as we were walking down the beach in Thailand, or with a spicy papaya salad to cool our mouths down.
So here I am in my living room in Boston, it is snowing outside and a far cry away from a Thai beach. I’m on detox, which is hard in January when you are more often than not stuck inside due to the darkness and weather, staring at your wine collection-or maybe that is just me…
So I crank the heat up, and blend up some watermelon, with a squeeze of lime and a sprig of mint.
I sit back, close my eyes and imagine the sound of the ocean, the waves lapping in and out and the sound of the sand crunching beneath my feet…and for a moment…just a moment, I am there.
Journey with me to a dream of sun and sea, breath deeply for a moment or two or three, and even if there you can’t be, for a moment of your day you’ll be happy and free!
- Squeeze of lime
- Sprig of mint
(Optional extras: You can add some honey or agave syrup, but I find the watermelon sweet enough. If you are not on detox you can add rum or vodka)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend/pulse for 30 seconds-1 minute
- Pour into a martini glass
- Kick back and relax!