Sexy spooning seitan stew

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This was inspired by a recipe of Tempeh stew from Hiulits Cuisine . I just happened to have seitan and used it instead of tempeh. Also wanted to make it a bit more simple, so I skipped all the grounding of nuts and replaced it with chopped mushrooms. The overall main idea is to get something similar to a pea beef stew, wich I had not had in years. My only mistake was not to watch closely my broth, and almost burned it. Be careful when you play with fire!

Ingredients

  • Carrot
  • Half onion
  • Peas
  • Half eggplant (small)
  • Four white button mushrooms
  • Half tomato (small)
  • Seitan
  • Half bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Seitan stew howto: sauté vegetables Seitan stew howto 2: boil low-heat

Directions

  1. Sauté chopped carrot and onion till tender
  2. Add peas and chopped eggplant
  3. Add water, seitan, chopped mushrooms, chopped tomato, cover and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes
  5. Serve

Widowed lentils soup with carrot and cavolo nero

Widowed lentils soup with carrot and cavolo nero

In Spain, ‘widowed lentils’ stands for meatless lentils. Binary-gender-criticism apart, I wanted to give some sexy greenery and carrot for the widow to play. Cavolo nero is rough enough to stand the long cooking green lentils need, so I gave it a try, and got one new recipe for the win!

Ingredients for 1 serving:
– Green lentils 100gr
– One clove of garlic
– Half bay leaf
– Piede of celery
– Small organic carrot
– Six cavolo nero leaves, chopped
– Salt

Directions:
Soak green lentils for at least half an hour. Some varieties need the whole night, check directions on your label. Boil everything together for at least 15 minutes, you won’t need no oil. Depending on the variety, you might need up to 45 minutes for the lentils to soften. Keep an eye and stir, you don’t want to run out of stock. Serve.

Recipe review: Vegan Cream of Cauliflower (Gluten Free Vegan Girl)

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“De som vill sjunga hittar alltid en sång” – Swedish proverb

Dill was never something I was much into, because my west-mediterranean family has never used it for cooking. Then I tried IKEA’s sauce for salmon and however unhealthy, I felt immediately in love with that lovely new taste behind the sugar. Now I only had to find a healthy dish it could go with, and came upon a recipe from the Gluten Free Vegan Girl. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present you: Vegan Cream of Cauliflower with Dill.

This adaptation of her vegan recipe uses dill and a bay leaf as herbs, oats milk as a non dairy milk (sorry it’s not gluten-free anymore), and plain water and celery instead of vegetable broth. If you are going to use celery, please choose organic at least for this once, conventionally grown celery has high pesticide residue. What I do is buying it at the farmer’s market, cutting it into pieces and freezing it, then I always have some in hand for when I need it.

For two servings I used:
– Half an onion
– Half a garlic clove
– A small potato (organic)
– Half a cauliflower (organic)
– Half carrot (organic)
– A quarter a glass of oats milk (just the one I had around)
– A little piece of celery (organic)

Directions:
– As she suggests: sauté onion and garlic in a pot until onion is transparent. Then added chopped potato and carrot and cooked a little longer. I always use olive oil, but try to keep it as low as possible, few drops, so never more than a tea spoon.
– The following thing was adding water, the cauliflower, a piece of celery, a pinch of dill, salt and half a bay leaf. Left boiling for some fifteen minutes. Blended. Added the milk. She suggests heating it up all again after the milk. I did not, was too hungry. In any case the soup was warm enough to keep warm even with the milk. So that was it.
– Serve.

My conclusion: an overall outstanding recipe. Comforting. Healthy. And if it can be this good after my wrongdoings, it’s so easy anybody can do it. Give it a try, sing-along and… Smaklig måltid!

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Barley with veggies

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This is the story of a barley who wanted to be a soup. If fact, it wanted to be the Mushroom-Barley Soup from @cyberpenguin. As much as I’m excited to find a fellow cooking flightless bird, I messed it all up. So the water ended up evaporating. No soup, just boiled barley with veggies.

Tasted great though. I guess that’s the beauty of cooking, mistakes become discoveries, and I’ve discovered a different dish to enjoy.

Barley with mushrooms, carrots, courgette, split peas and chickpeas
Ingredients
– A teaspoon of olive oil
– Leek
– Mushrooms (don’t need to be organic)
– Carrots
– Courgettes
– Organic wholemeal barley
– Dried split peas
– Chickpeas (I boil them in bulk then freeze them. So they are ready when I need some)

Instructions
Cut, sauté and boil. As always I’m a mess with proportions.