Thursday, 28 April 2011

Olive Lentil Burgers

What You Will Need
{2 tsps} olive oil
{1 small} white onion, diced
{8 oz} cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
{3 cloves} garlic, minced
Fresh black pepper
{1/2 tsp} dried thyme
{1/4 tsp} dried tarragon
{1/4 tsp} smoked paprika
{1/2 cup} pitted kalamata olives (plus a handful more for chopping)
{1.5 cups} cooked green lentils, rinsed and drained (not red, they're too mushy)
{2 cups} breadcrumbs (shop-bought)
{3 tbsp} soy sauce
{1 tbsp} nutritional yeast (optional)
{2 tsps} freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cooking spray

How You Do It
>Preheat oven to 180C.
> In a preheated pan, saute the onion for about 3 minutes with a pinch of salt.
> Add mushrooms, garlic, thyme, tarragon, paprika, and black pepper: 7-10 minutes.
> Pour mushroom mixture into a blender with the olives and process. Add all other ingredients EXCEPT THE BREADCRUMBS
> Pulse until fairly smooth. Transfer into a mixing bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs, adjusting flavour if necessary. Chop up the handful of extra olives and add them to the mixture.
> Shape the mixture into little burger patties, and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Spray with cooking oil.
> First side: bake for 15 minutes, then flip. Second side: repeat. Should be nicely browned.

With homemade walnut pesto!

Pudding! Chocolate orange biccies.

Tempeh bean, lemon and garlic broth.

A veritable feast!

And look! My dill is growing.


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Chocolate Cookies With A Heart Of Jam

"Magnificent" "Yummy" "Better than shop-bought cookies"

All praise for these choc-o-jammie cookies. Please, please, hold the applause. You're making me blush.

Y,know The Stuff That Goes In
{60g} plain flour
{2.5 tbsp} cocoa powder, fairtrade
{1/4 tsp} sea salt
{1/4 tsp} bicarbonate of soda
{2.5 tbsp} organic sunflower oil
{2.5 tbsp} unsweetened soy milk
{1 tsp} vanilla extract
{75g} granulated brown sugar
{3-4 tsp} jam (I love Bonne Maman's raspberry)

Yields about six cookies

Like...How You Do It
 > Preheat your oven to 180C; line a baking tray with baking paper (I used foil because it's all we had in the cupboard...improvisation is cool).
> Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and bicarbonate of soda.
> Add wet ingredients (except the jam), and the sugar. Incorporate well.
> Dampen your hands and smush one tablespoon of mixture into a cookie shape. Keep going until all the mixture is used up.

> Bake for 5 minutes. Take out of oven and press a heart shape into the centre with your thumb. Put a wee bit of jam into the indentation. Bake for a further 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes. Then, transfer to a cooling rack.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Garlic Bread

What You Need
{1} part-baked baguette, sliced
{1/2 cup} vegan butter
{2 large cloves} garlic, minced
{1 heaping tbsp} freshly chopped parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the butter, garlic and parsley until well combined.
  3. Slice the baguette and spoon the butter mix into the cracks.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Banana Shake

What You Will Need:

{1-2} fresh bananas, sliced
{1 mug} soya milk (or any other dairy-free milk)
{1 tsp} peanut butter


Throw all the ingredients into a blender. Whizz it up until smooth. Pour, and enjoy.