Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Whole Wheat Vegan Bread - Recipe

Pour 2 1/2 cups of warm water in a large bowl
Mix in... 
1 tbsp of molasses
2 tbsp of yeast
3 cups of whole wheat flour
...leave in bowl, covered with a towel or cloth for at least 30 min

Then mix in...
1/3 cup more of molasses
1/4 cup each of vegetable oil and milk
1 tsp salt
Gradually add 3 1/2 cups of white flour
...knead all ingredients together as you add the flour

Split dough into 2 separate, greased bread pans
Let rise for at least 2 hours or so
Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 40 min!

If you wanna get experimental, you could steep chai spices into the warm water, delish!

Super Simple Epic Guac - Recipe

This is some EPIC guac, right here, esseh!! It's creamy, avocado-y and delicious, I swear, meng!

Firstly, mash the innards of 1 avocado
Add 1/4 cup of fatfree plain Organic yogurt (Olympia brand, as per usual, is awesome!)
Throw in a dash of cumin, cracked pepper (a sprinkle of salt if you so please)
A few drops of your hot sauce of choice
Squeeze half a lime into the mix
...and stirrrrrr it all up!
Hint: My mother's secret was to add a generous dollop of salsa, so do it up if you have salsa in the fridge.

Enjoy with unsalted Que Pasa chips, awww yeah!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Carrot, Ginger & Broccoli Soup with Vegan Bread - Recipe

In a medium skillet, heat a little bit of olive oil
Throw down 1/2 a red onion, chopped, plus a garlic clove, chopped, and a big nub of grated ginger

Separately, pour about 2 inches deep of water, and a metal strainer across the rim of the pot (setup for steaming)
chop broccoli and carrots, and steam those baybays until they're soft. Add those to the separate skillet, then pour 3 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth, reduce the heat
Sprinkle a tablespoon of cumin
Crack some pepper into the mix as well
Some chilli flakes add a solid kick
a tsp of ground ginger (optional)
a pinch of salt

Using a handblender, or a food processor, or some sort of other blender-type device and smooth the soup to soup-consistency

Serve warm with a slice of Vegan Bread

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - Recipe

The hummus addiction continues... This time, with cumin and oregano roasted red peppers!

Preheat that oven to 350, first off...
Throw all these ingredients into a bowl and stirrrrr it up...
2 tbsp olive oil
a few hefty teaspoons each of cumin and oregano
one seeded, quartered red bell pepper
...pour onto a baking sheet, and put that sucker into the oven. Roast those up for a good 25-30 min

In a food processor...
1-2 cups of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (same diff)
a spoonful each of cumin and oregano
lotsa pepper and a pinch sea salt to taste
a shot of rice vinegar
When the peppers are ready, throw them in as well

Serve with unsalted tortilla chips :)

Falafel Quesadilla - Recipe

Inspired by The Coup's Falafel Quesadillas , this recipe is my own take on my favourite lunch meal from Calgary's most radically amazing vegetarian restaurant. I couple this quesadilla in all its warm, spicy goodness, with some Homemade Tzadziki

First off, you require a whole grain tortilla in which you will eventually enclose around the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 350. In a bowl, drizzle some olive oil. Sprinkle some cumin into there as well, and a dash of oregano. Mix it up, then add a seeded, quartered red bell pepper, and coat up that baybay. Place the pepper pieces onto a baking sheet and roast for about 25-30 min, or until the pepper is soft and bendy.

Meanwhile, in a pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat
Throw down some chopped red onion and some chopped garlic...with your choice of a few drops of your fave hot sauce
Each falafel ball should yield about 4 or 5 discs when you cut them up. (I buy the falafel balls from Community Natural Foods) Use however many you please, but usually one ball should suffice per tortilla

Heat a separate pan on medium heat. I like to spray the pan with this olive oil spray I found, then throw down that tortilla. Now, when you're filling that thing, make sure you pile your ingredients onto half of the tortilla, because you're going to fold over the other side (I thought I'd better explain if there are any quesadilla virgins out there)

Place the red onion and garlic combo, falafel discs, Decide whether you feel like some crumbled light feta, or whether goat's cheese is what you'd rather. Either one rocks!
Some lettuce is cool, too, or mixed greens type thing, if you so please

Remove the now-roasted red peppers from the oven and chop them up into smaller sliced before loading them into the tortilla
Fold that in half, and flip, because the one side should be crisping up, but not charred. Vital that it's not charred, unless you like it like that...

Once it's been cookin' on both sides, flip 'er onto a plate, chop it down the middle so you have 2 perfect-sized quesadilla pockets. Dip it in the Tzadziki (recipe near the top of this post!) and put on a sombrero or somethin'!