Posts Tagged ‘home made’

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RAW VEGAN GLUTEN FREE SPAGHETTI AND PESTO

October 31, 2012

 Dear One,

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Spaghetti and pesto used to be among my favourite foods. I now replace the pasta by kelp noodles and the store bought pesto by home-made raw vegan pesto (I made some a few days ago with fresh basil I grow in my kitchen).

 

 

For 2 :

1 packet kelp noodles (340g)

about 1/2 cup home made raw vegan pesto

a dozen cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 tsp red chilli flakes (optional)

Rinse and drain the kelp noodles (you can use a salad spinner to get the kelp noodles really dry). Transfer to a bowl, add the pesto, the cherry tomatoes and the chilli flakes if using. Mix thoroughly with your hands or 2 forks. Let stand for as long as you can (a least a few hours, overnight if possible)  to allow the kelp noodles to soften.

Enjoy !

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RAW DEHYDRATED COURGETTE CRISPS / CHIPS RECIPE

October 8, 2012

 Dear One,

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Did you know you can make raw dehydrated crisps out of courgettes ?

I have tried making crisps / chips out of all sort of vegetables, and courgettes are among those that give the best results : light and crispy, not woody and chewy. Actually, these are so good that one would think courgettes were actually meant to be turned into raw dehydrated crisps.

Raw dehydrated sweet potato crisps work well, too.

They are great snacks, as they are delicious, healthy, quick (dehydrating time put aside) and easy to make, versatile (you can create endless variations with different vegetables and different spices), and cheap

As a snack for 2 :

2 organic courgettes

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp curry powder or spice mix of your choice (optional) – I just wanted them plain today

1/8 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Make sure you use organic courgettes, this way you can safely eat the skins.

Using the fine blade on your food processor or a mandolin, slice the courgettes as thin as you can, using .

Transfer the slices to a bowl, add the sesame oil, the salt and the spices, if using and coat them evenly with the oil and salt / spice.

Spread the slices over 2 dehydrator trays, with as little overlapping as possible, and dehydrate for about 12 hours. Eat straight away or transfer to an airtight container. They will only stay crispy for a couple of days, so you  need to make them often.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also make them in an oven. You can find more details on how in the raw dehydrated sweet potato crisps post.

Enjoy !

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RAW DEHYDRATED SWEET POTATO CRISPS / CHIPS RECIPE

October 7, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Do you like the gourmet packs of root vegetable chips sold a little fortune ? Look no further. This home made alternative ticks all the boxes :

– They are just as delicious

– They are ridiculously easy to make and highly versatile, as you can use any spices

– They hardly cost any more than the price of your vegetables (no excuse not to get them organic)

– They are healthier, as they only have a little amount of good quality oil, and they are not deep fried

As a snack for 2 :

2 large organic sweet potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

1/8 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Make sure you use organic sweet potatoes, so that you don’t have to peel them. Just wash them thoroughly using a vegetable brush. If you are using non organic sweet potatoes, you will want to peel them.

Slice the sweet potatoes as thin as you can, using the fine blade on your food processor or a mandolin.

Transfer the slices to a bowl, add the olive oil and the salt. You can also leave out the salt and use any sort of spices you like. Mix with your hands, making sure that all the slices are nicely coated.

Spread the slices over 2 dehydrator trays, with as little overlapping as possible, and dehydrate for about 12 hours. Eat straight away or transfer to an airtight container. They will only stay crispy for a couple of days, so you  need to make them often.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also make them in an oven. You will want to set your oven to the lowest temperature, 42° C if possible. If your oven starts at a higher temperature, you can leave the oven door ajar. Check on the crisps regularly to see how they are doing. You want them crispy but not burned or overcooked.

Enjoy these home made raw dehydrated sweet potato crisps / chips as a snack or for tea and save the store-bought-ones money for something else. Raw dehydrated courgette crisps work really well too.

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RAW OPTIMUM NUTRITION SALAD RECIPE

September 23, 2012

Dear One,

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I do enjoy Gourmet raw dishes, but nothing beats salads for everyday nutrition. This one is highly nutritious, yet exciting and bursting with flavour and interesting textures !

For 2 hungry people :

2 small baby gem lettuces (or your favourite salad, 2 if you are using small ones), washed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces

1 cup home-made or store-bought fermented vegetables (Home-made fermented vegetables recipe)

1 ripe avocado, diced

1 big handful green mung bean sprouts (or any sprouts you have at hand)

about 12 ripe cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (just leave out if you don’t do tomatoes, or replace with red bell peppers)

about 12 plain black olives (the green ones are unripe)

2 tbsp cold pressed walnut oil

2 tbsp walnuts, broken into small pieces

2 tbsp soy lecithin* (soy lecithin is not raw)

2 tbsp buckwheaties (sprouted, then dehydrated shelled buckwheat groats)

2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds

2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp dried cranberries or goji berries

1 tbsp baobab fruit powder (Vitamin C loaded superfood)

about 10g nori sprinkles

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

Mix. Enjoy 🙂

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HOME MADE ORGANIC MOISTURISING BODY BUTTER

September 11, 2012

Dear One,

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Making your own cosmetics from organic ingredients is unbelievably easy, and home made preparations are usually way more efficient than store bought, as greater quantities of active ingredients are used. No parabens nor other nasty chemicals, no animal testing, just wholesome organic ingredients. Recipes can be adapted and personalised endlessly. And last but not least, it is really fun to do.

Use this amazing rich moisturising butter / mousse right after a shower or a bath and you will be rewarded with silky soft skin. It also doubles up as hand cream, foot cream, massage cream, make-up remover, hair wax, …

Caution : Essential oils are NOT suitable for babies and pregnant or breastfeeding women, though. The only essential oils I know to be safe to use on babies and young children are Chamomile and Lavender. In any case, consult an aromatherapist who is trained in treating mums-to-be and babies.

To make about 1 cup : (use organic where possible)

100ml melted shea butter

100ml coconut oil

5g emulsifying wax (optional)

25ml vegetable glycerine

25ml pure water or rose floral water (or floral water of your choice)

2 drops essential oil of geranium

2 drops essential oil of lavender

2 drops essential oil of lemon grass

2 drops essential oil of niaouli

5 drops grapefruit seeds extract (optional)

Gently melt the shea butter in a bain-marie. Add coconut oil and wax. Once wax has melted, remove from bain-marie and add vegetable glycerine and start blending using a small manual or electric whisk.

When the colour starts changing to white, add the water a little at a time, whilst still whisking.

Stop whisking when you reach a runny cream / lotion consistency. Add the essential oils and grapefruit seeds extracts and quickly whisk again. Transfer to a clean jar, ideally glass. The cream will set as it cools.

Use within a couple of weeks or store in the refrigerator if not using the grapefruit seeds extracts, as it acts as conservative.

Apply liberally as needed.

Stay Happy

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5 minutes salad

August 21, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Sometimes we have a very precise idea of what we fancy for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack … we might have decided to try that recipe a good friend gave us, or one from that excellent recipe book … but sometimes, we just have no idea. Yet, we have to come up with something.

On one of such mornings, right after our breakfast of green juice, I had to make ‘something’ for my partner to take with him for lunch. I started by washing some salad leaves, cutting them into bite-size pieces and throwing them into a bowl. Then I opened the fridge to see our jar of homemade kimchi / fermented vegetables (this particular batch had white cabbage, carrots, cucumber and leeks) say hello to me … 3 tablespoons of fermented veggies later I spotted the sprouting jars. The jar that was ready had a mix of quinoa, white radish and lentils.

With 2 minutes to go, I topped the bowl with some Goji berries, cacao nibs and hemp seeds. I kept dressing very simple (and very fast) : just some flax oil and some kelp powder. The salad already have enough complex flavours : the sourness and saltiness of the kimchi, the sweetness of the Goji berries, the wonderful slight bitterness of the cacao nibs, … I thouroughly mixed everything with my hands, and hey presto ! it was ready to pack. Oh, and at the very last minute I added a few black olives.

I had no idea of what the salad tasted like, but if not exactly delicious, at least he would have something healthy to eat …’  Around 1pm he sent me a text message saying that the salad was just amazing !!! I wished I had made enough for 2 … That evening he mentioned how much he had enjoyed the salad again, and I thought : ‘Oh, we might have a hit here …’

The next day I made the salad again, adding a few extras to take it to the next level. This is the improved recipe.

For 2 salad lovers in a hurry :

Salad greens (I used 1 lettuce and a handful of rocket, use any or your favourite)

Kimchi/fermented vegetables (Homemade or store-bought ; it is a pity to buy these, though, as they are so fun, easy and inexpensive to make). I will be posting a recipe soon, watch this space …

Sprouts (2 handfulls, any sprouts)

Wakame (or your favourite sea vegetable, to top on on those minerals – 5 to 10g of the dry sea vegetable to be rehydrated as per product instructions )

Goji berries (1 teaspoon, you don’t want to make the salad too sweet)

Cacao nibs (1 teaspoon)

Hemp seeds (1 teaspoon)

Flax oil (1 tablespoon)

Black olives (a dozen)

Ashwaganda (1 teaspoon – reputed adaptogen, also known as indian Ginseng)

Mushroom powder (1 teaspoon – Reishi, Cordyceps and Shiitake, to name but few, are used in traditional Chinese medecine for their exceptional immune boosting properties. We use store-bought exotic mushroom powders, and make our own from local mushroom. More on this coming soon …)

Kelp powder (1 teaspoon)

Chili flakes (just a sprinkle – optional, especially if you already used chili in your kimchi)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, throroughly mix with both hands … ta da

I am sure you have exciting 5-minutes recipes …

Keep Smiling

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