Category: Food

How To Make Edamame Humous

I saw a recipe for Edamame Humous ages ago, back when edamame was the big new thing.  Now everyone is bored of them I actually got around to making it!  This is just the recipe that I used, but with humous it’s all about seasoning to taste.

  • 110g Frozen Edamame
  • 35g Tahini
  • 1tsp Lemon Rind
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 35ml Water
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp Oil

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Tofu Steak

I found this recipe for Tofu Steak on Pinterest, but tracked it back to this It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, a vegan recipe blog.  I always want to cook with tofu because it’s healthy, but tastes quite bland and once you open a packet it goes off within days.  This was a bit of a trial, but here’s what I did.

Tofu Steak

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Carrot and Ginger Soup

This is a soup recipe, if you’re wanting something quick, healthy, and vegetarian.  Or you have a lot of carrots to use up because boyfriend bought another bag even though there was already one in the fridge…

  • One onion
  • Six Carrots (diced)
  • Ginger (I used about 2g of frozen stuff, puree would have worked so much better)
  • 500ml Vegetable Stock
  • Cheese 🙂

Pretty easy soup!  Fry the onion in some oil until brown.  Add the carrots, stock, and ginger and simmer for 20mins ish.  Then remove from the heat, blitz in a blender, and return to the heat to warm back up.

I vastly improved this soup by putting a pile of grated cheddar on top.

 

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Ginger Almond Smoothie

Another smoothie attempt.  I should really start thinking through the flavour options instead of just throwing in everything that I find in the fridge…Anyway this time around I wanted to try adding some of the Almond and Coconut Butter I had picked up, and I used Coconut Milk so that’s kind of coordinated.

This is what I used anyway:

  • 4 Frozen Kale
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 tbsp Frozen Raspberries
  • 2g Frozen Ginger
  • 20g Huel
  • 200ml Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp Almond Coconut Butter

And then just blitz in the Nutribullet.  It makes two glasses.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 300
Carbs: 24
Fat: 17g
Protein: 12g
Sugar: 8g
Fibre: 6g

I always look at these things and think eeek!  So many calories, and so much sugar for a little drink.  I do this whilst stuffing my face with chocolates…

 

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Osmanthus Flowering Tea

I picked this flowering Osmanthus tea up in Leaf, a hipsterish restaurant in Liverpool that I want to live in.  I’ve never tried flowering tea before, and it was only a few quid so I thought I’d give it a go.

Anyway, they are sewed up green tea ‘bulbs’ which unfurl when plonked in hot water.  Once they have fully opened you can drink.

It was quite fun, but it wasn’t the best tasting tea I’ve had.  It wasn’t a strong taste, but a bit like stewed green tea.  I’ve also seen prettier flowers on the interwebs.  So I don’t know if this was a dud one, or whether it had been siting on the shelf too long (the other tea I bought there is fine), or whether flower tea is just a bit rubbish. But I think I’ll try some more just to see.

 

Anyone know anything about flowering teas? Have you had good ones?

 

 

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Quick and healthy vegetarian lunch

Quick and healthy vegetarian lunch Quick and healthy vegetarian lunch today!

Today I decided to make a quick and healthy vegetarian lunch, after a few weeks of being ill and eating junk.

I boiled some sweet potato for about 15mins until soft, then threw in some sugar snap peas for the last 5 mins.  While they were cooking, I put a few handfuls of mixed leaves on my plate.  The cut up half an avocado and a quarter of cucumber and sprinkled them on top.  I broke out, and dusted off, my spiraliser.  I hadn’t used it in a while, so I spiralled a carrot and put that in the salad too.

When the potato and sugar snap peas were done I added them to the mix.  I also dolloped on some cottage cheese to get some protein.  Really this ended up with too much sugar in it from the sweet potato, and could have done with more protein and less carbs.  But…as a veggietarian it’s tricky to get the proteins…

 

Nutrition (approx):

  • Calories- 530
  • Carbs- 77g
  • Fat- 20g
  • Protein-23g
  • Sugar- 28g
  • Fibre- 19g

 

Green Kale Smoothie

Frozen Kale Smoothie

Another day, another green kale smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 40g Frozen Kale
  • 40g Apple
  • 20g Frozen Raspberries
  • 14g Huel
  • 190ml Coconut Milk

So the recipe is pretty simple, you just put everything in a blender and blitz.  I used my beloved Nutri-Bullet, which is tough enough to blitz the frozen stuff.   Frozen kale, btw, is a life saver for the semi-regular smoothie maker who does enough to buy fresh kale each week, but not enough to actually use it before it goes off.

And Huel, if you weren’t aware, is supposedly a food replacement powder.  Although really I just use it as a protein top-up.  I used the vanilla flavoured stuff, so the smoothie had a vanilla tang to it.  It’s also my ‘greenest’ smoothie yet, they all seem to come out brown for some reason.

Nutritional Information

These quantities are enough to make the smallish glassful you see in the photo. And that’s what this nutritional information is based on.

  • Calories- 140
  • Carbohydrates- 18g
  • Fat- 4.3g
  • Sugar- 10.4g
  • Protein- 5.9g
  • Fibre- 3.9g

How To Make Green Chai Shortbread

Soooo I’m very into my green tea these days!  So when I found this recipe for Chai Shortbread I got quite excited.  I don’t ‘do’ black tea though so I substituted in T2 Creamy Choc Chai, which is green tea.

Ingredients

  • 150g Margarine
  • 160g Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp Creamy Choc Chai- finely ground
  • 30-50g Chocolate chips (I just eyeballed it, and also ate some so I don’t have a firm grasp of the amount)
  • Optional- extra chocolate to melt on top

I found the trickier part of making the Chai Shortbread was getting the Chai tea fine enough.  The Creamy Choc Chai has some bigger chunks in it, as would any Chai I assume.  I sieved it, pressed it with a spoon, chopped it with a knife, and hit it (gently) with a hammer.  As you might expect using the knife was the most effective!

Chai Shortbread

Recipe

  1. Cream the margarine and sugar, then mix in the vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, and beautifully ground Chai.
  3. Mix the two together.  At this point I added my chocolate chips.  Then smushed (technical term!) the mixture together with my hands to make a ‘log’ about 20cm long.  It’s pretty crumbly at this point and fell apart a bit.  And some of the bits that fell of somehow ended up in my mouth…
  4. Anyway, wrap the log in cling film and put in fridge for 1hr.
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F, and put some baking paper on a tray.
  6. Cut the log into discs about 1.5 cm thick.  Then put in the oven for abut 12mins.

It was quite tricky to cut the log into discs…as you can see my chai shortbread pieces are slightly misshapen.   And mine got a little too brown but they still tasted yummy.

Chai Shorbread

 

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The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura- Book Review

The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea

I picked up The Book of Tea from the interwebs for not very much money.  It’s part of the Penguin classics series (no 112 if you were interested).  It’s from 1906, and is a guide to the Japanese tea ceremony.  Not so much a step by step, but a brief history of tea in Japan, and explanation of the importance of drinking tea.

The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature.

I started folding down the pages of The Book of Tea when I found a quote I liked, and suddenly all the pages had corners turned down.  Boyfriend would be most distressed at my treatment of the book, but it’s the words that are important not the paper, right?  Anyway, Okakura writing in the early 20th century comments on the ‘long isolation of Japan’.  He challenges the West’s view of Japan and the East.  Westerners believed, and continue to believe, that Japan is backwards or barbarous.

We have developed along different lines…You have gained expansion at the cost of restlessness; we have created harmony which is weak against aggression.

He talks about the different schools and types of tea, and the different dynasties which favoured them.  He goes into Taoism and Zennism.   I read this on the train to London and was a little tired, so these bits I struggled to take in.

The whole ideal of Teaism is a result of this Zen conception of greatness in the smallest incidents of life.  Taoism furnished the basis for aesthetic ideals, Zennism made them practical.

It’s 108pages long and worth a looksee, though more if you have an interest in Japanese culture than tea.  Who knows if The Book of Tea is accurate with it’s description of tea houses and tea masters.  Or in it’s history of tea.  But taken with a pinch of salt (apparently how tea was drunk once- yuck) it’s a good read.

 

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berry smoothie

Berry Smoothie

Exciting times people, I have the Nutribullet! Boyfriend said ages ago he would get it for me for my birthday so I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting…Anyway my birthday finally rolled around and now I can go smoothie crazy!  Starting with this Mixed Berry Smoothie.  Well we’re several iterations in really.

I have also been experiencing Huel.  Huel is a silly word.  It is also a nutritionally balanced powder that gives supposedly fulfills all your nutritional needs. It’s been designed as a meal replacement, I can’t quite get to grips on that.  Instead I am just adding it to my porridge and smoothies.  It’s high in protein, so I imagine that people use it as a protein powder.

I’ve been experimenting with smoothie recipes, and this one was pretty good.  It’s amazing how much better adding a banana makes everything taste, but also how much more calories and sugar it adds.  So I suppose my next challenge is a delicious banana free smoothie.  Also one that looks less brown…berry smoothie

Ingredients-berry smoothie

40g Mixed Frozen Berries
1 Banana (around 130g)
25g Huel
25g Kale
Chilled Herbal Tea

Nutritional Values-

Calories- 240
Carbs- 42g
Fat- 4g
Protein- 10g
Sugar- 19g
Fibre- 7g

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