Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here it is: part 3 of my triptych of Indian delights to feast your face on. I usually eat this as a side dish along with the Saag Aloo Gobi and the Okra Tomato curry, however it is just as tasty if eaten for the 'main event!' Packed with protein (approx 22g per 1/2 cup) this tasty dish is really filling and energising, and it's super low in fat to boot. This would be great as a side dish for EVERY meal (but probably not as let's face it, nobody wants to eat the same thing every day, that's just dullsville!) Another great thing about this dish is that it is seriously yummy eaten either hot or cold, so you could have some with your dinner, then have the rest the next day for lunch with some salad or whatever else you happen to fancy for lunch that day. Flexibility is the name of the game here!
Hello, how are you? Enjoying the cold, drizzle and darkness that winter is bestowing upon us? No, me neither. I've blinked and it's winter again, how depressing. When it's freezing and dark outside, hot comforting and spicy foods seem to appeal the most. Even though I am officially a salad addict, you just kinda need more during the cold times. The night is dark and full of terrors. Ok, it's not really, but I am a Game of Thrones fan and that's pretty sums up how I feel at the moment!!
So then, this dish is part of an Indian triptych I created (I believe my days in art school were the last time I used that word!) to help fuel your (and of course mine, I'm not that selfless!) cold winter nights.
Now this really is the easiest snack to whip up in under 5 minutes!! I'd never heard of these before last week, until my driving instructor (watch out people on the roads of west London!) was raving about them after his mini-break in Spain. A few days later I was in the supermarket and lo and behold, there they were, sitting there waiting for me to cook 'em up into a tasty tapas treat! They are very inexpensive, one 135g box costs just one of your Great British pounds, so you can't really go wrong.
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Oh yes, you'd better believe it. To me these are the definition of a treat. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so usually my treats are of the crunchy savoury variety, and what better than a savoury snack that packs a punch of protein?! Nothing is better. These are the real deal and I've already cooked them twice this week.......well......y'know, it's cold now, a girl's gotta treat herself!! These are based on a recipe by Bryant Terry, however I've changed them around a bit and added in new flavours. I was particularly excited with these as it is a completely new way for me to cook beans, and considering my boyfriend and I smashed through the first lot I made in about 5 minutes, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Well, it's in the fritter!
So I'm back. I had the best 9 weeks of my life in Asia (Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. We meant to go to Laos but ran out of time!) and am aching to go back. Of all the places we went, it was Northern Thailand that was my very favourite. It felt like a spiritual home and I miss Chiang Mai with all my heart!! Before I went away I assumed that I would lose lots of weight and waste away into nothingness, being a gluten free vegan and all. As it happened that wasn't the case at all. We ate like KINGS there! Happy Cow was our best friend, and being that much of Asia is Buddhist, there were tons of vegan restaurants around, and not just for tourists/westerners. We found many local vegan restaurants, where there was no menu or English spoken, and it was a case of pointing and smiling at what you wanted piled onto your massive portion of rice. The food was really incredible and we didn't feel like we were going without at all, which was totally unexpected! I did two cooking classes while I was out there, one in Vietnam and one in Thailand, and now I am back and armed with some great new recipes to share with you! Here are a few to drool over. Apologies for the photography, my camera lens got a bit dirty out there!
So this is what I had for lunch. Since the coconut and cinnamon muffins, I have still not been shopping, so am in the lazy process of creating meals from whatever I can find in my cupboards or at the back of the fridge. One thing I do always have a full stock of however, is a large collection of spices, herbs and seasonings. I really have everything, from Chinese and Thai spices, to every Indian spice you can think of. Inbetween all of those, I have Jamaican seasonings, Japanese, French, Italian....you get the picture. I also have a separate section for sweeter spices such as the obligatory cinnamon, nutmet, allspice, cloves etc. Then in the other cupboard I have the health boosting goodies, so the wheatgrass, spirulina, hemp protein, maca, chia seeds, lucuma, raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, milled flaxseed, seeds and nuts etc. What is the point in me telling you all of this? Well, it's to show that as long as you have all the right seasonings, herbs, spices and whatnot, you can create lush vegan feasts with very few ingredients. This is what I have been doing for the last couple of lazy days, as I gradually run out of food in the house. As you can see, I have not gone hungry in the slightest!! With a bit of imagination and a store cupboard full of herbs and spices, I have created this Moroccan inspired chickpea and lentil stew, and it's mighty good!
These burgers are great! They were super tasty raw (and by raw I mean dehydrated for a few hours) however you could cook them too if you wanted, and they would still taste great. When I made these I was travelling with work the next day so took the leftovers with me for lunch, which turned out to be really yummy cold too! The reason I kept them raw was to keep all the nutrients in the vegetables intact, as when food is cooked it loses some of its nutritional value. I used a dehydrator for this, but if you don’t have one you could just put your oven on the lowest heat and leave the door ajar, and that’ll work fine too.
This is definitely one of my favourite recipes. So much so in fact, that I end up secretly scoffing half of it before I even get round to serving it up! There is something about a chilli after kick that I find really addictive. I know that chilli is addictive, it increases the serotonin in your brain which produces a happy effect, also apparently it increases the temperature of your blood, which in turn speeds up your metabolism. But best of all it’s damn tasty and I love it!!