Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower (p. 111)

Soup…always a favourite!

Actually very simple and soooo delicious! Roasting the veggies on parchment paper really adds something special to the taste. I added an extra 1 1/2 cup of veggie broth because I found it too thick but that is me!

What I learnt: Substitute for fresh herbs…use 1/2 the amount with dried herbs.

Warning! Warning! Warning!

Do not put hot ingredients in your glass blender. Let them cool down !

Why ?

The glass container will crack if it does not explode from the temperature difference!

 

How do I know this ? Well, I am using my spare blender because I did attempt to blend together the hot ingredients of a soup. So let it cool down first and enjoy this delicious colourful soup with a salad.

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Happy always ready to help.

Happy always ready to help.

Searching, planning the next recipe with a little help from my friend. The recipes require some planning and some shopping in health food stores. It allows for great discoveries and I find that the people in the health food store more relaxed and happier that at my regular grocery market. Yes! Not everyone but the overall energy or feeling when you enter a health food store is different. First, it is of a smaller size with just the right amount of items on the shelves. The fresh produce smell and look alive. Maybe it is just me! I do not know. You ask for the “strangest” item and “of course” they have it. They know what you are talking about when you inquire about cardamome, hemp, tempeh, arrowroot,… Anyways, simply wanted to mention that I like my little health food store near by (Biotope).

Planning my next recipe, going for a soup. Winter is far from finished and a good warm soup is so comforting. Check out the next post for the soup of february ! It will be creamy without the cream !

Happy cooking !

Un-Shepherd’s pie

Got you curious for sure with this title recipe. Continue reading please.

Hummus & Green Apple Salsa

Hummus & Green Apple Salsa

 

Surviving  the junk food weekend – or Holiday or any other occasion that requires us to get off track and indulge in the fatty food and alcohol. Well, for this time, Super Bowl XLVIII, I was prepared, homemade green apple, hummus, caulifloer soup and for dinner the “un-sheperd’s pie” of KarmaChow Ultimate cookbook.

The snacks have been part of my ongoing recipes. The “un-sheperd’s pie” is my second time making this delicious dish. The meat is once again replaced with crumbled tempeh. The spices are key to the success of this recipe. The flavours and textures are quite similar to your grand-mother’s shepherd’s pie but a little healthier.

Mashed potatoes…almond milk and olive oil. Cannot ask for anything simpler.

un-shepherd's pie (p.143)

un-shepherd’s pie (p.143)

Discovery: crumbling tempeh not always easy but going through the effort makes a difference. Did not have to many dishes to wash after all the prep work. Took about 1 hour to prepare. I replaced the red kidney beans with lentils. I used what I had on hand. The corn was frozen corn from my annual corn roast last summer. Fresh golden corn nothing like it !

Makes 8 portions easily. Make your  portions smaller  because it is very filling and nutritious.

With a little home made chutney; mmm good!

See you at the next delicious recipe!

Kitchen Sink Veggie Soup

IMG_3820This is a great soup (page 97). It is a staple in our home for several months now.  You basically take all the veggies you have lying around and put them together in a pot with some water.

A simple soup yet everything has an order, a sequence…

First come the celery,leek, onion,shallot and garlic ;

Second, the spices (Smell the flavour !)

Thirdly, comes all the other veggies and stock – I do not always add vegetable broth, I  simply rinsed out the can of the tomatoes.

Boil and simmer and VOILÀ ! La soupe de vegetables ! Magnifique!

Discovery:  CUMIN – the spice that makes everything taste so yummy ! Of course,thyme,dill, oregano but I know them; CUMIN is new! PLUS, adding a handful of fresh spinach or kale to the soup when ready to eat adds color and flavour !

This is a keeper! Plus with this winter that is just hanging on with lots of snow and cold, the soup feels good!

Happy cooking!

Luscious Limey “Cheese” cake (p.217)

imageA “cheese”cake without cheese… Got your attention ! PLUS no cooking !

A dairy free, creamy, citrusy and delicious cake without all the unhealthy sugars and fat of the classic cheesecake. Today is an almost all vegan day at the firestation. Once a month our shift has us at the house for an entire day (24 hours): breakfast-lunch-dinner.

As you know by now, I am the designated cook for my team. This sunday they wanted CHILI for lunch. Not a problem ! Smokey Tempeh Chili (p. 112).  Chili is always a favorite, simple and easy to make. Tempeh was NEW to everyone ! Everyone loved it. Doubled the recipe and that was enough for 9 guys and 1 girl (that’s me!). The spices were perfect. No one felt bloated or missed the meat. Added some Basmati rice and lunch was served!          (Long grain brown rice would have been the best but you use what you have!)

Discovery: The crust for the “cheese” cake… I used pecans. It is surprising how the cashews creamed up and made a delicious filling. Of course, I licked the spoon !

Difficulty / Solution :

  • Tempeh was frozen when I purchased it. It had not completely thawed, so I chopped it up into little cubes because crumbling was out of the question.
  • Blender unavailable, did it all in the small size food processor, slowly blending ingredients together. Turned out nice, not perfectly smoothe but nice !
  • It cost  $$ was no more than the traditional cake ,

You might notice that the springform pan is not perfectly round. It happens in a fire station. But it worked out and that is what matters! 2 fellows wanted the recipe, now that is a nice compliment for me and for KarmaChow.

9 guys and 1 girl enjoyed the food all day! The cake and chili recipes will be repeated!

I call this a great success !

Happy cooking!

Miso…

What is Miso ? It is a japanese staple. It is most often a soy base spread. Very salty and comes in different colors;  white, red, dark. Used in soups and as seasoning. I found it at the health food store, my regular grocer did not know what I was talking about.

The recipe is Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts (page 177). A sweet and salty dish…

Well, let me say that this was pretty simple to make however WARNING WARNING WARNING , go easy on the miso. WOW! was this ever salty. Invite friends over because it calls for 3 pounds of brussels sprouts.

Discovery: Miso, use a little less. It really does not require a lot. Maybe my brand of miso was not MELLOW enough!

What I forgot: to cut them in halves, oops!

I substituted hazelnuts with pecan and that was delicious! I loved this recipe. I will do it over with less miso and split the recipe into smaller portions. It was for sure sweet and salty. The combo was good! It almost came out as great looking as the picture in the cookbook.IMG_5486

imgres-3Nachos…Oh Yes!

You never thought that we could have VEGAN nachos. WRONG !

Chipotle Cashew Cheeze Sauce (page 85)

I whipped this up just before going out to meet up with Mom & Dad. I wanted something different from the regular chips and other snacks we share at our saturday afternoon card game! (Rummoli is the game of choice!)

2 cup of cashews in a blender can be quite the task. I soaked my cashews in water as I prepared all the other ingredients (maybe 15-20 minutes) before putting them in the blender. The longer they soak; the easier on the blender.  This helps my blender since I do not own a Vitamix blender (not yet anyways !). “The king of all blenders! ”

  • Discovery: Easy to do, not too messy and delicious! I will make it spicier next time..Hot stuff! It makes a lot. Bring some over to share with friends for sure! At least 4 cups ! Not a recipe to make if you are eating solo, unless you want to eat the same stuff all week!

I had the dip with tortillas chips but crackers, vegetables anything that you dip is good!

The recipe also says that this is delicious on pasta, potatoes, or a sauce for Mac& Cheeze.

I have some leftover, going to try it on some pasta this week!

More cooking to come!