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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 12 – New Year Cheese

Published December 31, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

After all that festive merriment (admit it, you had a sherry, didn’t you?) we all need some probiotics.

Here’s what I do with mine:

New Year Cheese

Ingredients:

2 cups cashew or macadamia nuts, soaked

1 cup finely shredded celery

water to blend

a generous handful of nutritional yeast

4 probiotic capsules (just open them up and drop the powder in.)

lemon juice.

Method

Blend everything together. Use as much water as you need, but try not to get the mixture too runny.

Pour or spoon the mixture into moulds (I use cookie cutters which gives me a selection of fun festive shapes) placed onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet.

Dehydrate until the mixture is firm enough to remove the mould.

Dehydrate some more, until you can remove the non-stick sheet and place the cheese on the mesh.

Dehydrate until you have the consistency you want.

Use like regular cheese. Only this is much better for you.

Happy New Year!

salt and seasoning to taste

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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 5 – Apfelwein and Cranberry Stuffing

Published December 24, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Apfelwein and Cranberry Stuffing.

These two dishes are made together. Well, Apfelwein is not really a dish; it’s a drink, but here goes:

Ingredients:

6 medium Carrots

6 Apples

2 cups Cranberries

Fresh Apple Juice

Method:

Grate the apple and carrot and mix in a bowl with the cranberries.

Transfer the mixture to airtight jars (Kilner or Mason or similar) and cover with apple juice.

Close the lids tightly and keep the jars in a safe cool place for a few days.

Strain the solids out of the liquid.

Drink the liquid – Apfelwein! This can be spiced and warmed or drunk cold.

Eat the fruit – Stuffing! (Mix in some oats if you want to, but it’s personal taste.)

Ridiculously Healthy Garlic Mushrooms

Published November 28, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I went on a mushroom forage last week. I didn’t find any to bring home, but I did learn a lot and it has renewed my love of all things fungi (and edible!)

I love  mushrooms and garlic and this raw garlic mushroom recipe really is the bees knees…

Garlic Mushrooms

Ingredients

Mushrooms (I used a whole box of mushrooms from the supermarket, but any edible mushrooms will do)

1 cup cashew nuts (soaked until soft)

water to blend

1 – 2 tbs olive oil to help emulsify the water

1 tsp garlic chips or 1 clove garlic very finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

nutritional yeast flakes – about a handful

seeds (I used sesame seeds and pre-soaked & dried sunflower seeds) – about a handful

Method

Blend the cashews with water and oil until creamy and smooth.

Add the garlic and seasoning and blend again.

Pour into a large bowl and add the yeast flakes and seeds.

Stir thoroughly.

Chop the mushrooms into bite-size pieces and drop them into the mixture.

Stir the mushrooms gently to coat them in the mixture and leave for about an hour to soak up all the liquid.

Lay the coated mushrooms out on a dehydrator mesh and dry overnight.

These keep for a few days in the fridge and can be eaten as they are, or with salads etc as a side dish.

The seeds add a bit of crunch to the mushrooms and soaking them in the sauce for a while adds to the flavour as they absorb all the delicious juices.

You can add herbs or spices to the mixture as you wish. Parsley goes nicely with garlic and I like adding a bit of paprika (I love paprika – perhaps I’m secretly Hungarian!)

Pink “Rice”

Published March 19, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Pink Rice

This is so easy, so colourful and goes well with all sorts of dishes!

Ingredients:

Organic Beetroot

Organic Parsnip

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil (optional)

Method:

Peel the vegetables if the skins are tough, otherwise just wash them and snip the ends off.

Chop into manageable pieces and put into food processor with S-blade.

Process until kibbled into rice-sized pieces.

Turn the kibbled veg into a bowl and stir in salt pepper and oil to taste.

Voila – pink rice!

Planet of the Ood

Published March 15, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

If you’re not a fan of Doctor Who, you won’t know what I’m talking about, but if you are… you’ll know what I mean when I tell you that the humble Celeriac is know as an “Ood” in our house! They just look like them, don’t they? And “Ood” is so easy to say.

We’ve had an Ood in our veg box every week this month so I have needed to be creative in coming up with things to do with them.

Here are three ideas… or is that Ood-eas… (sorry!)

OODLES

Ingredients

1 Ood (Celeriac)

Olive oil

Soy sauce/ Tamari/ Miso

Nutritional Yeast

Seaweed sprinkle

Method

Cut the Ood into manageable pieces and spiralize into a large bowl.

Marinate with the rest of the ingredients to taste.

Best served about an hour after making so all the flavours have mingled.

Ooh… lovely! =)

MASHED OOD

We compromise here sometimes by partially cooking part of a meal.

Here, I’ve gently steamed the Ood in the process of creating a soft mash.

Method

Chop your Ood and place in the food processor with the S-blade. Process until it is kibbled into small pieces.

Transfer the kibbled Ood into a sieve and place over a pan of boiling water for a few minutes with a plate over the top.

Stir regularly. The steam will escape around the top of the sieve and gently steam the Ood.

Transfer the steamed Ood to a bowl. Mash with a potato masher and season to taste.

This warm dish is a great complement to the rest of the meal, especially on a really cold night.

OOD SOUP

Another warm dish for the winter months

Ingredients

1/2 Ood (Celeriac)

3 carrots

2 Sweet Potatoes

Olive oil

Liquid (nut milk/ water, stock) as required

Seasonings

Method

Chop the vegetables and then kibble in a food processor (omit this step if you have a high-speed blender)

Transfer to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients.

Blend until the mixture is as smooth as possible.

Warm in a pan over a low heat unit blood temperature is reached.

Serve immediately.

I like to sprinkle dried seaweed, dried leek and nutritional yeast on mine!

Flour Power

Published March 9, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I do have a bit of an issue with “all purpose” things – how can something be good for everything?

Well, I have developed a type of raw “flour” that I can use for most things – generally in place of flaxseed (which I’m not terribly fond of) in cakes, crackers, granola etc.

Here’s my recipe for Most-Purpose Flour and two recipes using it.

MOST-PURPOSE FLOUR

Ingredients

Almond pulp (from making almond milk)

Oats

Maca powder

Baobab powder

Optional sweetener

Method

Dry the almond pulp on the dehydrator until it is really dry.

Place in the almond in the food processor, with the S-blade. Add some oats, a spoon of maca and a spoon of baobab.

Process until the mixture it a uniform texture and store in a sealed jar until use.

Quantities are vague for this recipe because it really depends on how much you have. I used about half-and-half almond and oats and a tablespoon of each of the superfoods.

For variation, try using other nut pulp, seed pulp, alternative superfood powders, etc…

Now for the recipes:

MACANOLA

Ingredients

Dried fruit (I used apricots, figs, cranberries, pineapple, plum and mango) soaked until nice and squishy

Most-purpose flour

Mixed seeds, soaked overnight or for several hours.

Method

Place the soaked seeds and fruit in a bowl and add sufficient flour to coat everything. Hang on to the fruit soak water for other recipes, but discard the seed soak water.

Spread the mixture over non-stick dehydrator sheets and place on rack in dehydrator on 115℉ overnight.

In the morning you with have a lovely crunchy granola which can be eaten as-is or as a cereal with milk.

Store in a sealed jar or box for up to a week.

CREPES D’AMANDE

These are like crispy, slightly wholemeal crepes.

They’re not light and fluffy as pancakes should be, but serve a similar purpose.

Ingredients for each crepe:

1 Banana

4 dsp/tbsp Most -Purpose Flour

A drop of water, fruit juice or fruit soak water

(multiply quantities to as many crepes as you want to make)

Method

Chop the banana and place in food processor

Add the flour and process with S-blade

Add liquid if required to form a smooth, just-pourable consistency/

Spread into a circle on a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 4 hours.

Flip and dehydrate for a further 2-4 hours until the right consistency is reached.

The crepe should hold together and roll around a filling without breaking.

Serve with your favourite filling.

I ate mine with cashew cream and fresh raspberries. They were absolutely divine!

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. Use  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.

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