We just completed the thirty first Vegan Foundation Cooking Course. The food the participants made was exceptional and as always they excelled at their signature dishes. Part of the Vegan Foundation Cooking Course is pairing up and creating a signature dish. The intention behind this part of the course is to create something from a recipe using organic, seasonal local produce.
As I start to wind down the last week of work before I go on my yearly visit to India I feel a curry recipe is called for, so I am sharing with you two recipes. I adapted the first recipe earlier this year and had planned on sharing with you all then but somehow spaced it out. So here is Mak’s (my beloved’s) favourite curry recipe. He used to eat this at a restaurant called Prem’s in Pune India, in those days he was vegetarian and not yet vegan. The original recipe has paneer and lots of cream however he was equally happy with this vegan version of it.
You know those meals that you had growing up that you just can’t get out of your head. Something that you just have to have from time to time to overcome the nostalgia. Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) is one of those dishes for me.
In the last vegan foundation course Grace and Mark made a delicious salad with black bean kofta balls. They were a real treat. I had a left over eggplant from the course and decided to develop their recipe further by putting chopped walnuts and mashed eggplant in the koftas. It worked and they are lovely and crunchy but moist at the same time.
Salad is usually on my own personal menu for lunches but with a recent cold snap I decided to make a hearty soup to warm up last week. Wanting to create a new soup recipe in the fashion of a Tuscan soup with beans and pasta I found myself flicking through the Wicked Healthy cookbook and stumbled upon their fagioli recipe.
Do you love to go out to eat when you are on holiday? Or are you like me and the sheer thought of going out to eat when away fills you with dread? As I love to eat good quality organic food, eating out doesn’t always interest me, then the whole vegan thing and possibly having my food cooked in the same pans as meat thrills me even less. So I usually do the majority of the cooking when I go away.
I hear from many people that they cannot digest legumes or beans properly and when I enquire into what type of beans they eat they usually say beans from a can. If you follow the guide of information I have collected from many sources and from 40 years of problem free bean eating you may find out that you actually can digest beans well.
A few months ago I found out it was National Diabetics week and I regretted not knowing about it so I could have posted a blog that week. Weeks and weeks later I am still determined to get a blog post out to you as it is a subject close to home. My father has type two diabetes and even though he has had it for more than twenty years I am only just beginning to understand what Diabetes is.
What herbs did you grow up with? Growing up in the Northern Territory to an English family, herbs were not widely used in our house. We always had mint sauce with certain meals but unfortunately more often than not it was made with dried mint. My mum did grow parsley and that was a regular in salads and as garnishes. Then when my mum discovered the delicious flavours of Italian cooking we had basil. Fresh Basil was hard to come by and we often had to resort to dried basil.
Beetroot and Green Bean curry
I have a skill that comes easily to me, I can’t often say this so I am quite proud of this skill and it was learned directly from my grandmother. It’s the skill of being able to create a delicious meal out of meager ingredients. Looking into a next to empty fridge I can quickly think of a creative delight to whip up for dinner.