Who’s heard of forbidden rice? I hadn’t until I cooked up some delicious black rice and my partner Mak did research on the nutritional content of it. Black rice is still today referred to as forbidden rice. This stems back to the Ching and Ming dynasties in China.
Last week the graduating chefs of 2016 came together for a two day refresher course. On the first day we made all things Indian and one of the many dishes we made was Malai Kofta which are vegetable balls served with a creamy sauce. It is a simple recipe which you can easily make nut free by using sunflower seeds instead of cashews. This is the third and final recipe in my series of blogs on nut free recipes. I hope you enjoy this wonderful Indian meal.
I always make too much rice. Is that what you do, or are you more accurate with your estimations of how much you will eat? I always cook too much so will often throw it in my salad for lunch the next day. However the other day there was far too much left over so I did some creative thinking and came up with this sweet little recipe. We had left over rice and quinoa and yum it worked so well together.
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.
Last week I went into our local book shop to buy a novel for my holiday and of course I walked out with a cook book. It happens every time. I love looking through cookbooks even though I rarely follow a recipe I still find them incredibly useful for inspiration. For example I have been making Kidgeree (an Indian rice and lentil) the same way for years then last week after I purchased Saffron Soul by Mira Manek, I was inspired to make a kidgeree entirely different to my original recipe. Guess what? I love this new recipe more than the one I have been making for years. I didn’t really follow the recipe and I decided to make the coriander chutney in the book but I used macadamia nuts instead of peanuts, didn’t have anything near the quantity of coriander that the recipe suggested and I used dates instead of honey and added lime because in my not so humble opinion a chutney is not chutney without lime. The result looked anything but a chutney but was sensational mixed through the kidgeree.
I have a variety of burger recipes and I love them all. Then I have a burger recipe which I teach on the food photography cooking class as part of The Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training. Every year when I make these burgers I wonder to myself why I don’t make them more often. They are really good, they are juicy and soft and sit well in a burger bun or on top of a quinoa salad.
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.
I love pastry but my belly doesn’t. I can make gluten free pastry and it’s delicious but I always find it too fussy. This recipe that I recently taught on module four of the Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training is a simple one to follow and a delicious alternative to pastry, which really is fuss free. You can fill the crust with anything. One of the tofu bakes in my cook book would fill this base beautifully or you can fill them with the two filling options I suggest below.
What was comfort food to you as a child, something that really nourished you and made you feel good no matter what was going on around you? One of mine was baked potatoes. When we went camping we would throw a potato in the fire and cook it and eat the whole potato charred skin and all. A baked potato is even more appealing to me now I am on a vegan diet. Mak and I pop our potatoes in the oven and the skin crisps up. So many options for toppings but this one is my favourite.
How has your week been? We went camping last week. It is the only thing I know that really gets me to relax and the absence of Wi-Fi makes it even more relaxing. I took along dinners that had already been frozen so the only prep I had to do was to reheat the dinners and make a salad for lunch. It was super luxurious.