low-fat bars contain ginger, which is a lovely winter spice for calming upset tums. Apricots are high in iron, which helps build good blood, so an all-round pick-me-up!
buckwheat, soaked and dehydrated ( I do plenty of this in advance and keep it in the fridge for whenever it’s needed.)
1/2 cup dessicated
25 dried unsulphured
1 tsp powdered ginger (a bit more if you like it!)
1 dsp coconut nectar (sugar alternative made from coconut.)
Grind the buckwheat and coconut to a fine powder in a coffee or nut grinder.
Transfer to a
food processor and add the apricots, ginger and coconut nectar.
Mix thoroughly until you have a sticky mixture.
Transfer the mixture to a silicone pie tray and spread evenly. Score into 8 bars with a pizza cutter.
Dehydrate for a few hours to repel some of the liquid.
freeze or refrigerate until needed.
This is perfect with
Yule log, or any sweet dessert. It is the consistency of whipped cream and tastes heavenly.
Sweet Cashew Cream
Cashew nuts, soaked
1 cup cranberry soak water (from soaking cranberries. Any other fruit soak water will do.)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Coconut nectar (a nearly- raw sugar alternative made from coconut.)
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.
Sweet Christmas Cashews
What could be more festive than these spicy snacks?
1 tsp Lucuma Powder
Mixed Spice Powder *
4 dessertspoons (dsp)
raw Honey or Agave Nectar (I used a mixture!) A Dessertspoon is an American Tablespoons.
Cashew Nuts, soaked
Drain the soaked nuts into a bowl and add the olive oil.
Mix thoroughly to coat the cashews in oil.
In a separate bowl, mix the other ingredients to a thick paste.
Pour the nuts into the second bowl and stir thoroughly to coat the cashews in the sauce.
Dehydrate on a
non-stick sheet until sticky, then scrape off and remove non-stick sheet to continue dehydrating until crunchy.
Messy to clean-up, but delicious and so worth it!
* Mixed Spice contains: Coriander, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Fennel, Cloves. In the US I believe this is called Pumpkin Spice. Mix your own if you need to. It tastes so Christmassy!
and Cranberry Stuffing. Apfelwein
These two dishes are made together. Well, Apfelwein is not really a dish; it’s a drink, but here goes:
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.)
Fermented Foods, Recipes, Side Dishes, Warm Drinks
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Christmas (or Yule in my house) like a slice of Bavaria. The Germans gave us a lot of the traditions we now take for granted at this time of year. Bavarians do sausage in a big way, but of course they’re all meat and all cooked and so not suitable for a raw vegan lifestyle, but this recipe brings a little bit of spicy Bavaria into the Yuletide festivities…
2 large handfuls of soaked
2 large handfuls of fresh mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes
Sea salt to taste
Lots of ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic flakes, or a couple of cloves of fresh (chopped)
Fresh or dried parsley
A pinch of paprika
a pinch of shilajit mushroom powder
1 cup oats
Cut the mushrooms and vegetables into chunks and place everything except the oats in the food processor.
Process until the mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as required.
Add the oats and stir in by hand. Adjust the seasoning at this stage if required, but remember that flavours become more concentrated after dehydrating.
On a dehydrator non-stick sheet, shape your sausages. I used an
ice-cream scoop to make 2 scoops for 1 sausage and shaped it with wet hands. This gave me 9 sausages.
Make your sausages any shape or size you want. Perhaps use photographs of real German sausages for inspiration!
Place your tray in the dehydrator and dehydrate until the sausage is firm enough to turn over. Remove the non-stick sheet and re-shape. Continue to dehydrate the sausages until they’re just right.
I like mine garlicky and peppery. how do you like yours?
Walnut and Loaf Carrot
A delicious alternative to meat for special occasions.
6 medium carrots, grated
2 cups walnuts, soaked overnight
Olive oil, nutritional yeast, soy sauce and dried herbs to taste.
You can vary your seasoning according to your taste. Maybe add some fresh chilli for a bit of a kick, or make a curry version with curry spices. I like it plain and simple with a bit of garlic and parsley in.
Place everything in the
food processor and process with the S-blade until well mixed. A few larger lumps is fine – it all adds to the flavour and texture.
Transfer the mixture into a silicone cake or loaf
mould and place in the dehydrator on a low setting until the mixture is firm enough to turn over and remove the mould.
Dehydrate further until the loaf has reached the desired texture.
You can freeze this until you are ready to use it. I transfer mine back into the mould and wrap in
Serve with the Tomato Sauce I showed you yesterday.
Recipe | Pumpkin and Walnut Loaf (theblend.ie)
Vegetable and Hazelnut Loaf (ggmet.wordpress.com)
Vanilla Scented Walnuts (annashortcakes.wordpress.com)
Veggie-nut Loaf (karenknowler.typepad.com)
What I shall be doing for Yule (theasatrucommunity.wordpress.com)
Main Meals, Recipes
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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.
1 litre Date-Soak Water (leftover from soaking dates)
A splash of
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.*
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.
Recipes, Sauces & Dressings, Soups
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