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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 10 – Sweet Cashew Cream

Published December 29, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

This is perfect with Yule log, or any sweet dessert. It is the consistency of whipped cream and tastes heavenly.

Sweet Cashew Cream

Ingredients

1 cup Cashew nuts, soaked

1 cup cranberry soak water (from soaking cranberries. Any other fruit soak water will do.)

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 dsp Coconut nectar (a nearly-raw sugar alternative made from coconut.)

Method

Simply blend all the ingredients together until you have a smooth cream.
Use straight away or keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 1 – A Jug of Tomato Sauce

Published December 20, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Tomato Soup/Sauce

This soup can be used as a warm soup any time of the year, cold like a gazpacho or as a sauce, which incidentally goes very well with the Walnut and Carrot Loaf I’m going to show you tomorrow.

Ingredients:

8 medium Tomatoes

1 litre Date-Soak Water (leftover from soaking dates)

A splash of olive oil

Seasoning to taste: I like to use: Parsley, garlic, paprika (which also gives a good colour) salt and pepper. You can vary this to your own taste.*

Method:

Blend everything in a blender (you don’t need a high-speed blender – an ordinary one will do.)

When you have a smooth mixture, transfer to a saucepan and heat to blood temperature and enjoy.

Can be frozen before heating for later use.

* Add an avocado for a creamier mixture.

Cheezy Sauce

Published March 10, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

This quick and easy sauce goes with lots of things. I like to have a jug of it in the fridge for those emergency cheezy recipes.

Ingredients

1 cup cashews, soaked for at least half an hour

2 or 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

pinch salt

water to blend

Method

Blend everything together until nice and smooth. Adjust the quantities as required. You could add some herbs for variation. Parsley and basil are nice.

It’s also really nice with some red pepper and chilli added.

Will keep about a week in the fridge if covered up.

Cashew Cream

Published March 8, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I like to mix up a batch of this and keep it in a box in the fridge.

I use it in smoothies, sweet recipes and as a creamy side dish with fruit and sweet treats.

CASHEW CREAM

Ingredients:

1 Cup Cashew nuts, soaked and rinsed

1 Banana

1 dsp/tbs Baobab Powder (this is optional – I use a lot of baobab!)

1 dsp/tbs Honey or Agave syrup (again optional, but gives a lovey taste)

Fruit juice/ Water or Fruit-Soak Water as required.

A pinch of Vanilla Powder or a bit of chopped Vanilla Bean

Method

Blend or process everything until really smooth. UseĀ  little liquid if required.

The consistency should be that of a thick cream, but make it thinner if you want to pour it.

Keeps for about a week in the fridge.

Raw Fridge Staples

Published July 29, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

Here are a couple of useful sauces to make and keep in the fridge.
I had to dash out this afternoon, so I whipped them up quickly before I caught my train.
They are both good for making salad dressings, spreading on crackers, dipping vegetables in… etc, etc…

Raw Tahini
Soak 1 cup sesame seeds for a couple of hours. (Be careful not to soak the seeds too long or you will waterlog them and the tahini won’t last as long.)
Drain and blend with 1/2 cup water and some salt & pepper
It’s that easy! It will last about 4 days in the fridge.
This Raw Tahini comes out really pure and white and is perfect for making Raw Hummus! go on, soak some chick peas now…

Green Cashew Cream
This uses the pulp from making Cashew milk.
1 cup cashew pulp
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp agave syrup
1/2 cup water
Blend everything together. The Spirulina gives it a bright green colour which makes it look like it’s doing you a lot of good, which it is!

A great base for salad dressings or dips. Again, keep in the fridge and use within a week.

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

Salad Dressings

Published July 11, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

Surprise surprise! I’ve been making a lot of salads lately!
Sometimes I don’t pour and sprinkle stuff on top of my salad, but more often than not, I do. Here are some of my favourite mixings:

Kiwi Mint Dressing:
1 Kiwi Fruit, chopped
wine vinegar
mustard
hemp seed oil
lemon juice
agave nectar
chopped fresh mint
A few garlic flakes
All of these are to taste. I like mine really minty, so I chop up loads of fresh mint.
Blend everything with a hand-held blender and pour or dip to your heart’s content!

Tahini “Special” Sauce
This reminds me of the ‘special sauce’ I used to pour on my houmous and falafel, back in the day…
2 dessertspoons raw tahini
1 teaspoon chopped chilli
olive oil
lemon juice
paprika
chopped coriander
Blend everything together and dream of the Middle East! =)

Simple Salad Sauce
This one is easy. The old ones are the best, eh?
Lemon Juice
Olive Oil
Mix in quantities to suit. Usually more oil than lemon juice works best.
Sea Salt
Ground Pepper
Ground Mustard
Garlic flakes
These are to taste, so don’t overdo it.

Tomato Treat
6 small plum tomatoes, cut into quarters
1/2 cup olive oil
1 generous pinch of: seaweed, pumpkin seeds and garlic granules
1 crushed Chlorella tablet
Blend together and mix into salad.

Mr H’s Raspberry Relish
My lovely man first made this for me with tinned (!) raspberries, but he’s seen the error of his ways now and makes it with fresh!
1 punnet raspberries (this is a good thing to do with those raspberries that really should have been eaten yesterday… you know the ones!)
Red wine vinegar
Olive oil (although probably he’ll use hemp oil from now on – it’s his new favourite!)
Blend and season to taste (not that it needs any!)
Yummy on any salad and quite nice just licked off fingers… but I digress! =)

 

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

Taking It On The Road

Published July 6, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

Mr H and I went out today to visit an old friend of mine, whom I’ve not seen for many years. He’s married now with no less than five children and they live in Australia. I got back in touch with this friend just in time for one of their rare visits back to Blighty and today we went to meet them.
Why am I telling you this? Well, naturally, we needed a packed lunch, so I put the following together:

The Mighty Salad
In a large box, combine:

2 avocados, chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
handful mixed seeds
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 fennel bulb, chopped
1 apple, chopped
1 handful mushrooms, chopped
several mixed olives, chopped
Lettuce leaves to scoop and wrap the salad, wrapped separately.

For the dressing I used hemp seed oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, agave nectar and lemon juice.

We also took about 8 pieces of fruit with us and a bar of raw vegan chocolate, together with a Tupperware cup of (probably not raw) Karo milk for our tea.

Mr H carried this lot, because he is much stronger than me and we did get several “ooh, that looks tasty” comments as well as my friend’s wife telling me we look “very healthy… for vegans!” Which I’m going to take as a compliment! =)

 

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

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