Dairy Free Mushroom Pâté

 

I have discovered something terrible. It turns out that I really have no choice but to eat dairy free.

Dairy free.

No Parmesan for me, no Pecorino, no Mozzarella, no cheesecake. I mean.. do I even have to go on? It’s a health thing and it’s not fixable, so here I go. I have been trying to get used to it for a couple of weeks now. I am quite happy to drink coffee with soymilk, use margarine on bread etc., but saying goodbye forever to cheese is proving the hardest. I do come up with different new things to eat to make things better and I realised that when going out, it is good to go to a Chinese restaurant or for sushi as these are the places where avoiding milk is the easiest.

Well, why not have some mushrooms then? At least they are dairy free.

I had a lot of leftover mushrooms and decided to make a bread spread with them. There are so many recipes out there with cream cheese, butter etc. Needless to say, I had to come up with my own version and I think it is delicious. It feels very creamy in your mouth and it is, to be honest, quite a fancy topping for your bread.

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Ingredients:

3 Tbsp margarine
1/2 a big onion
3 garlic cloves
4 cups of slices mushrooms
1/4 cup red wine
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley or two sprigs of fresh leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
a pinch of cayenne pepper

 

Method:

Melt margarine in a pan and add chopped onion to cook until soft. Add chopped garlic and all the mushrooms.

Sprinkle salt and other spices on the mushrooms. You will see that they will release a lot of liquid into the pan.

Add wine and cook on low heat for around an hour or until all the liquid has evaporated.

Blend the mixture until smooth.

 

Yummy!

 

 

Focaccia

This recipe is just the answer to your prayers about focaccia. It’s an opportunity to stick your fingers in the dough to make holes. It’s the delicious, aromatic bread to stuff your face with. It’s everything you ever wanted!

I made this for my boss who ate like a tonne of it straight away. I had to make more.

So, yeah. I recommend it truly and honestly. Don’t be afraid of the mighty focaccia.

This beauty takes its sweet time rising. But what else would we be doing in life? Isn’t being the slave and invested carer of this delicious bread the best fate we can really achieve?

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Ingredients for the dough:

 

3 1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp dry yeast

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp fine salt

1 3/4 cup warm water

2 sundried tomatoes

 

Ingredients for the oil:

 

1/2 cup olive oil

2 minced cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp basil

1/2 oregano

coarse salt

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Mix the dough ingredients with a spoon until combined. The dough will be sticky like hell, so just mix with a spoon and cover with plastic wrap. Leave to rise for 1 hour.

In the meantime combine all the ingredients of your oil, except the salt. If you have any of the herbs fresh, go for it, mince them and use. If you only have dried herbs, use those. Fresh is always better but I rarely have all these plants around the house. One or two at most…

After 1 hour spread baking paper on a baking tray. Gently press the air out of the dough and tip it over on the baking paper. Spread it more or less evenly on the tray. Don’t roll it or handle it too much. This dough is like a cat, too independent to accept cuddles. Cover with plastic wrap again and leave for 15 minutes.

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Make holes in the dough using your fingers. It’s a good idea to dip your fingers in the oil you prepared to avoid the dough sticking to your fingers.

Leave under wrap for another hour to rise.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Cover the focaccia with the oil mixture. Follow with coarse salt.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes – until golden brown on top.

 

Devour!

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Have it with mozzarella maybe, some sliced cucumber, tomato, some delicious leaves like rocket/arugula. Have it with parma ham, with olives, with whatever tickles your fancy.

It freezes well. You can microwave it, but do always put a little container/glass of water in the microwave with it so it doesn’t dry out. And don’t microwave for very long.

 

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Easy Kale, White Bean & Potato Soup

Winter is getting closer and everybody starts talking about kale and putting it in recipes, right? They have a point, since kale is in season now and it is the least bitter when grown in cold temperatures.

And, as I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to nutrition, I went ahead and checked that kale has some amazing amounts of vitamin K, A and C. If you make this soup and eat it and then want to feel extra, especially good about doing it, have a look at this link. It explains a lot about the benefits of kale. World’s Healthiest Foods – Kale

The beans aren’t just a filler either, I used lima beans and found some awesome info about them on that website. Have a look for some info on whatever beans you use.

This is a recipe for a hearty, warming autumn soup. Even though it does not contain meat, it leaves your belly satisfied and full.

 

This amount serves 4.

kale & bean soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced (I use a food processor)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 carrot, cut lengthwise and then chopped

1 vegetable stock cube

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tsp Herbes de Provence

1 tsp marjoram (use oregano if you have no marjoram)

1/2 tsp salt

1 can white beans (lima/haricot/navy, whatever is easiest to get)

2 cups kale, finely chopped

1 1/2 liter water form the kettle

salt & pepper to taste

kale & bean soup

 

In a pot, heat the olive oil and add onion and garlic. Let cook for a couple of minutes until the onions soften.

Add the cubed potatoes and carrots. Stir to coat with oil and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Pour the water in and follow with celery, herbs and bring into a rolling boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are almost ready.

Add kale and drained and rinsed beans and cook for 5 more minutes, just enough for all the flavours to blend.

Check the taste and add more salt if needed. Season with freshly ground pepper.

Delicious served with rolls.

 
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Vegan Strawberry Loaf

Ahh, strawberries! The ultimate summer fruit! Who doesn’t love them?

This recipe is an eggless, vegan cake with delicious strawberries. I started thinking about this recipe when I ran out of eggs one day and really wanted to bake something without having to go to the shop. So here you have it. It takes a while in the oven and being vegan it does have a slightly different flavour and smell. Still delicious though.

 

As this cake bakes for such a long time, it’s a good idea to check on it periodically and cover it with aluminium to prevent the top from burning.  A lot depends on the strawberries. The more juice they release into the dough, the longer it  takes to cook, so keep your cocktail stick at the ready to jab and know for sure. The baking time I provided here is for super juicy fruit or even a batch from the freezer, so if you use hard, young berries, you could be done within an hour.

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup rapeseed oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup strawberries, cut in halves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

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In a medium bowl mix applesauce, oil, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.

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Mix flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl until evenly distributed and add to the applesauce mixture.

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Fold together with a spatula until there are no more streaks of flour.

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Add strawberries and gently stir them in.

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Pour the mixture into a lined, small loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

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Oven-baked Applesauce Rice

When I was a little girl my Grandma used to make a similar dish in a remoska mini oven that we had. She continued always making this particular dish in the remoska even though we already had a standard oven, so when the remoska was out of the cabinets, I knew the delicious cinnamon smell would soon fill the whole house. Ah, the childhood memories!

You can check out what a remoska is here. I can see the nostalgia is not only mine and the remoska seems to be making a brilliant comeback as an electricity saving oven. Well done! Maybe I’ll get one too?

We ate this as a normal dinner. Maybe you’ll like it better as a lunch or even dessert! This was back under communism when eating meat everyday was just not how things were, so rice with apples seemed like a very good dinner idea. We were not obese back then, so sometimes I look back into these times to see if I can find any more healthy recipes. Now, bear in mind that this is not diet food either as it has sugar.

I now adapted this recipe to my lifestyle and more modern likes (like brown rice instead of white) and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!

applesauce rice

 

 

applesauce rice

 

 

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup applesauce (mine has very little sugar)
2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 apples
a handful of dried cranberries
a pinch of dried ginger
a pinch of dried cardamom

an oven-safe dish with a lid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Wash your rice in a sieve and dump in the baking dish, add water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, salt and stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients.

Add applesauce and stir again.

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Cut apples into slices, I cut them widthwise and just remove the middle to save time. Place apples on top of your mixture and press lightly to submerge them in the sweet, spiced water.

Sprinkle with cranberries.

Put the lid on and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the rice is done. Brown rice likes to take its time 🙂

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This amount serves 4 for a light and delicious meal.

Enjoy!

 

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Vegan Twice Baked Potato

This is a dish that reminds me of beautiful Ireland where I used to live. Granted, there would probably be bacon in the recipe if you ordered this in an Irish pub but it’s still the same soft, comforting goodness. If eating a potato as the main star of your meal seems wrong to you, make some meat with it but I am perfectly happy appreciating the tuber just as it is.

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Ingredients:

4 large potatoes

2 large mushrooms

2 spring onions

3 Tbsp olive oil

salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and marjoram (you can use oregano if you don’t have marjoram)

 

Preheat your oven to 200C/395F.

You need to cover the washed and unpeeled potatoes with olive oil. I don’t like touching oily things, so I just pour 1 Tbsp of oil into a plastic bag and toss the potatoes in it until uniformly covered.

Put the greasy bulbs on a baking tray and into the oven for 1 hour or until tender. Nobody said it’s going to be quick.

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Slice the spring onion and mushrooms and set aside.

In a big bowl mix the rest of your oil, spices and chopped spring onion.

 

Once the potatoes are baked and the knife goes into their flesh without much effort, start with cutting off a flat section off the top. This is when I always burn my fingers because I just cannot wait to get to work. Try to learn from my mistakes and let the potatoes cool for 10 minutes at least.

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twice baked potato

Next, spoon out the potato flesh into the bowl of spices and spring onions. Be careful not to make a hole in the bottom of your potato but if you do, don’t fret. Use my trick (in the photo) and put the skin from the top of the potato in the bottom, to reinforce it.

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twice baked potato

Mash and blend the mixture in the bowl and you’re ready to start stuffing the potatoes with it. Try the mixture first, to make sure that it’s as delicious as you’d like it to be. For a finishing touch, place mushroom slices in the soft mash.

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twice baked potato

Bake for another 30 minutes in 200C/395F.

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I served mine with steamed vegetables. This amount serves 4.

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