After all that dehydrated food of the past week, I was craving something fresh and pure.
We had this gorgeous Marmandetomato in the organic veg box this week. Just one, but oooh! How lovely:
I knew I didn’t want to process it, so I sliced in neatly and made this simple layered salad:
* first, a handful of baby spinach leaves,
* next, a spoonful of fresh home-made raw hummus,
* then the Marmande tomato, sliced (I had to share mine with Mr H, but there was plenty!)
* finally a couple of spoonfuls of the Cultured Vegetables I made last week
a drizzle of olive oil completed the dish…. Mmm, just what we wanted!
Dehydrated food is all very well and really does add texture and interest to food, as well as making some things more edible (eg aubergines) but as with everything – in moderation. It would be maybe not dangerous, but certainly unwise to rely too heavily on using the dehydrator, or any other appliance, in making a meal. Sometimes it’s good to just get back to easing fresh food. In fact, our diest should consist mainly of fresh vegetables, so no wonder my body was craving that juicy purple tomato!
The Cultured Vegetables are really delicious. I couldn’t believe it! I thought they would smell or taste a bit ‘off’ but they are soft and sweet. I confess I have always had difficulty with raw cabbage, but this makes it palatable and more easily digested. I recommend it. Easy to make, easy to store (pop the jar in the fridge to slow down the process once fermentation has started) and so delicious to eat!
The weather has turned a bit cooler today, so I’m experimenting with a warmer dish. This one will be good in the winter time.
Thai Spicy Mushrooms
4 Portobello Mushrooms, sliced hemp seed oil
Thai spices sesame seeds
a drop of cider vinegar Marinade the mushrooms with the other ingredients and leave to stand for about half an hour.
Then dehydrate on a low setting for 4-5 hours.
These are delicious served with Green Cashew Cream. (yesterday’s recipe!)
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…
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.
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
mustard hemp seed oil
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
Blend everything together and dream of the Middle East! =)
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! =)