Raw Vegan, Beetroot Ravioli

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Raw, Vegan Beetroot Ravioli

I love this recipe from vegan food and living by Juliette Bryant. It is raw and so takes little time to create. It tastes super luxurious and creamy due to the cashews with the nutritional yeast creating the sensation of a silky cheese sauce.

Beets are best eaten raw as they loose some of their vibrant color and nutrients when cooked. This marinade softens them, making the texture more like pasta than beet.

Ingredients

2 large beetroots

For the marinade

  • 60ml olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. tamari

For the filling

  • 300g pre-soaked cashews
  • 115ml water
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Chives and parsley (optional)

Method

  • Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Finely slice the beetroots into thin disc shapes and place them into a bowl with the marinade and leave covered for 4 hours. This will soften the beetroots.
  • Place all the filling ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  • Place a dollop of filling onto the beetroot and then cover with a second piece of beetroot to make the ravioli
  • Garnish with a sprig of parsley
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Sprouting broccoli with sweet tahini dressing (Goma-dare)

Green Veg with Sweet Tahini

Sprouting broccoli with sweet tahini dressing (Goma-Dare)

Goma-dare is a Japanese sesame sauce, normally used in Shabu Shabu. It is the most popular of all the sauces, is salty sweet and can be used for many dishes.

Mr. B and I like to use the sauce when looking for something light and quick in the evening, just adding it on top of some broccoli or raw/blanched spinach

The sauce takes 5 minutes and will keep in the fridge for a week or two. This recipe is an adaptation by Ottolenghi, hence the added tahini. I think it is a wonderful interpretation giving the sauce an added layer of depth

Ingredients

  • 250g purple sprouting broccoli/head of broccoli
  • 180g snow peas

Sauce

  • 50g tahini
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ½ tsp. tamari
  • 2 tbsp. honey/maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Pinch of sea salt

Method

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce, you want the consistency to be smooth and tick but pourable
  • Trim off the broccoli leaves, bring a pot of water to the boil, salt and blanch the broccoli and snow peas for 4 minutes, running under icy cold water to stop the cooking and leaving to drain
  • Once the vegetables are drained, mix with the sauce
  • Add the sesame seeds over the top and serve

 

Sesame Sweet Potatoes

Sesame Sweet Potatoes

Sesame Sweet Potatoes

Umami in Japanese means I will give you my right hand and first-born child for a bite of that!

There aren’t many vegan dishes at Zuma, the Japanese Peruvian restaurant in London and now New York, as we found out one Friday night, but the few they have are all delicious and I intend to blog them all for you before the end of the year.

This is one of my favorites due to my obvious obsession of all things Umami. They make it on the Robata grill, which adds an extra smokiness, but you can do it in the oven and it isn’t too far off

The sweet potato and marinade give a lovely sweet salty combination that can be used for other vegetables too. It is also a super quick preparation from kitchen to table, making it an easy weekday or weekend main or side

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350c
  • Wash the sweet potatoes and cut so as to create discs, approximately 1.5 inches wide
  • In a bowl mix together the ingredients and cover the discs well
  • Pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 25-30 minutes, until beautifully caramelised.

Raw Vegan Matcha Cheesecake

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Raw Vegan Matcha Cheesecake

‘Dessert is like a feel-good song, the best ones make you dance’.

This is one of those life-changing recipes. It tastes beautifully decadent due to the silky texture but is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. As you can see from the combination of ingredients, it is all natural and pretty similar to your granola, so you can eat cheesecake for breakfast and feel pretty good about it. Revolutionary.

I did a lot of taste testing with this recipe and no one could believe that the topping was made with cashews as the main ingredient and contained zero diary. I also did some live cooking to show how long it takes to make, my best time being 6 minutes 32 seconds!

If you don’t like Matcha, you can add raw cocoa and make a chocolate version or blueberries to make a fruity version. The options are endless.

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 6 pitted dates

Filling

  • ¾ coconut milk/cream
  • ½ cup raw honey or maple syrup (vegan option)
  • 5 cups raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours minimum in water and then drained
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. matcha green tea powder

Method

  • Blend the hazelnuts, desiccated coconut and pitted dates until it reaches a crumb like consistency
  • Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a cake tin or if you want to make mini versions distribute evenly into 15 cup cake holders
  • In a clean blender add the coconut milk, honey, cashews and coconut oil until silky smooth
  • Add the matcha powder and blend again until fully combined
  • Pour on top of the base and leave in the fridge/freezer to set

Chocolate Raw cheesecake

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake (substitute raw cocoa powder for the matcha)

Green Peas, Pink Grapefruit and White Almonds

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You are a work of art, not everyone will understand you…that’s okay…but those that do, will be in awe as they fall in love with you…

This is a beautiful summer dish, inspired by Alain Passard, my favourite Parisian chef. His cookbook, ‘The Art of Cooking with Vegetables’, is more like a book of art with no photo’s, just abstract pictures of what the dish could be. It is up to you to fulfil its potential.

I love this dish as it is light, fresh and delicate. A beautiful dish to serve at the table and it really lets the ingredients speak for themselves with the pop of the garden peas nicely complemented with the tart and textured grapefruit.

Ingredients

  • 350g fresh garden peas, shelled
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 16-20 blanched almonds
  • 40g salted butter
  • 2 tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • 2 springs fresh thyme
  • Sea salt

Method

  • Peel the grapefruit, removing as much of the pith and core as possible
  • With a sharp knife free the grapefruit segments by cutting long the sections of membrane and letting the segments and juices fall away onto the plate
  • Cut the segments into bite size pieces and set them aside
  • In a pan, melt the butter and add the olive oil and gently heat
  • Stir in the fresh thyme and garden peas
  • Cover with c.1.1/2 inches of water, stirring until cooked, c. 10 minutes
  • Once the peas are cooked, drain the water, discard the thyme and divide between the bowls
  • Arrange the grapefruit segments on top and scatter the almonds over the top

Summer corn custard with blackberries, sage and roasted hazelnuts

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‘And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer’

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is an elegant vegan dessert bursting with summer flavours and combining the texture of silky corn custard, juicy tart blackberries and toasty crunchy hazelnuts

I am not one with a sweet tooth, like Mr. B. so this desert really suites me as it has a little salt in the custard base, making for a salty sweet combination that dances a tango on your tongue

The recipe is from Vedge, the exciting vegan cookbook out of Philadelphia using innovative techniques and flavour combinations to elevate the humble vegetable to its rightful place

Ingredients

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1/5 cups vegan cream (mayonnaise/aquafabba can be used)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. agave nectar or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. agar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2 sage leaves, cut into chiffonade (thin strips)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup shelled, skinned hazelnuts, chopped

Method

  • Shave the kernels off the cobs into a medium saucepan
  • Add the vegan cream, coconut milk, agave, vanilla, salt and the agar. Heat over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until it comes to a boil, about 10 minutes. Keep the mixture at a rolling boil for c. 5 minutes to allow the agar to fully dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully transfer the mixture to a blender, add the cornstarch and blend for 30 seconds
  • Strain the contents through a sieve into a clean saucepan, bring just to a boil and immediately remove from the heat
  • Ladle the custard into six ramekins, or glasses if you don’t have any
  • Allow the custards to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator. Let them chill for at least 2 hours before serving
  • Toss the blackberries in a small bowl with the sage, lemon juice and remaining 1 tbsp. agave, cover and refrigerate until ready to use
  • Place the hazelnuts in a small sauté pan, sprinkle with the remaining ½ tsp. salt and dry roast over a medium heat until golden brown (the smell is amazing). Allow the nuts to cool
  • When the custards are ready to serve, toss the hazelnuts with the blackberries, then spoon some on top of the custard.
  • Serve immediately

Quinoa Granola Bar (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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‘Each day is a gift, don’t send it back unopened’

I like to eat every two hours or so, little and often is my motto, so it’s important to have healthy easy snacks with me at work and when I travel. I like this recipe as it can be used as a snack or a homemade granola and is another recipe to add to my love affair with quinoa collection, as Mr. B calls it. It is relatively easy and can be adapted to whatever you have in the cupboard. This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe from the ambitious kitchen, a beautiful healthy food blog from an inspiring author who used healthy food and blogging to overcome her eating disorder.

A slight detour…

As I was writing the first sentence of this blog, ‘I like to eat every two hours’ I was struck with gratitude for being able to say that.

Some people don’t have the luxury of eating once a day, not only in developing countries due to poverty levels and famine but also in our own back yard.

Two organisations that are dedicated to this cause are Mary’s Meals, which supplies food at school in developing countries, to help lift children out of the cycle of poverty, www.marysmealsusa.org and the Woman’s Lunch Place in Boston, www.womenslunchplace.org, which aims to supply at least one good meal per day as well as helping to restore dignity and hope to vulnerable woman. I support these two charities and would urge you to read about they work they do. They certainly help me to be more mindful when I sit down for a meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • ½ cup uncooked Quinoa
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • ¼ cup vegan dark chocolate (can use non-vegan chocolate if preferred)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Add oats, Quinoa and pumpkin seeds to a large baking sheet, spreading evenly
  • Toast for 10 minutes
  • Once toasted pour into a glass bowl and add the chia seeds
  • Whilst baking, melt the almond butter in a shallow pan on a low heat, add the coconut oil, salt, honey and vanilla
  • Once melted, take off heat and allow to cool slightly
  • Add to the mixture and combine
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pour the mixture in, spreading out
  • Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top
  • Place mixture into the freezer for 10-20 minutes or until hardened
  • Remove from the freezer and cut into 8 bars, use any that has crumbled as granola