Cheeses, RECIPES

Creamy Cashew Based Ricotta

Only three ingredients !

*Makes 2 1/2 Cups

Only 4 ingredients

Ingredients:

1 cup of soaked cashews ( To soak them, the night before, put in a bowl and cover with water)
14 oz or 1 block of 400 grams of firm tofu
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp of salt or to taste

Drain & rinse the tofu and the cashews

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor

As simple as that !!!

The ricotta will keep in the fridge for 4 days.

Delicious on a slice of rustic bread, as a cannelloni filling or as a dip with veggies !

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RECIPES, Soups

Ramen Bowl in a Thai Red Curry Sauce

*Makes 2 generous portions

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz of firm tofu
1 tsp of Sriracha
Vegetable oil for sautéing

2 tsp of sesame oil
2 minced garlic cloves
3 cups of vegetable broth
200 ml of light coconut milk
2 tbsp of Thai red curry paste
1/2 tsp of ginger powder
2 ramen nests
2 large bok choy heads (Chop ends and wash leaves well to remove all of the earth)
Fresh juice from 1 lime

Black sesame seeds, lime wedges or slices & chopped green onions for garnish (Optional)

DIRECTIONS:


1. To begin, get the tofu out of the way. Cut the tofu into tiny cubes and sauté the tofu in a pan with the vegetable oil & Sriracha for about 5 minutes *until crispy on the edges.

2. In a large pot add the sesame oil & garlic. Cook for 3 minutes on a low heat until fragrant.

3. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry paste and ginger powder and bring the soup to a boil on medium heat.

4. Once the soup is boiling, add the ramen and bok choy. 

5. Once the ramen and bok choy are soft, remove the soup from the heat and add the lime juice.

6. Divide the soup into 2 bowls.

7. Add the sautéd tofu

8. Garnish with lime slices, sesame seeds and green onion

Yum Enjoy !!!

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Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Applesauce & Cinnamon Loaf

All you need is one large bowl, a 9 x 5 bread or loaf pan and a spatula !. Should you not have any spelt flour in the kitchen, no worries simply use all purpose flour. This simple to make and delicious recipe is sweetened with maple syrup ! Super moist ! Perfect as a snack or for breakfast 🙂

  • 2 cups of spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of coarse oats
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened soya milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F

Dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine.

Wet ingredients

In the same mixing bowl, add applesauce, maple syrup, milk and vanilla and mix until just combined. There is no need to overmix the batter.

Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes. The loaf is done when it’s golden brown on the outside and slightly moist on the inside.

Let cool on a rack before slicing

Ready to serve !

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Desserts, RECIPES

Lemon Custard Tarts

  • Makes 8 mini tarts
  • You will need 4 inch tins with the removable bottom

Ingredients

Tart Shell

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil (Melted)
  • 4 tbsp good grade maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

a little neutral oil (any vegetable oil) to brush tins

Lemon Curd Filling

  • 1 cup lemon juice (Approx 5 Lemons)
  • 1 can (400 ml) of full fat coconut milk at room temperature
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp agar agar powder 
  • pinch of ground turmeric for colouring

Instructions

  • Brush 8 x 4 inch tins with the vegetable oil.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the Tart Shells

  • Put all crust ingredients into a blender, and blend until sticky. Press the mixture in equal portions into each mini tart tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool. 

For the Filling

  • Pour the coconut milk into a sauce pan on low heat. As surface begins to steam, add in the cornstarch and agar-agar. Stir until completely dissolved. 
  • Add in maple syrup and lemon juice and simmer gently for approx 1 minute.
  • Pour mixture into cooled tart shells and refrigerate for 4 hours to set. I sprinkled the tartlets with lavender, but you can certainly decorate them with your favorite topping. Coconut shavings is an idea or blueberries 🙂

If you have leftover lemon custard it can be frozen for up to 1 year without quality changes. To thaw simply transfer to the fridge. After thawing, keep in the fridge no longer than 4 weeks. When you’ll use it, simply rewarm at low heat and whisk until dissolved.

Enjoy these delicious mini tarts

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Mains, RECIPES

Crispy Teriyaki Tofu

*Makes 4 portions

This sauce’s perfect sweet and sour balance is also delicious as a dip !

1 14 oz block of firm tofu

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp canola oil

Sauce:

8 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

4 tbsp water

4 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp maple syrup

2 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp grated ginger

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 400F. Cut the tofu block into slices and then 1 inch cubes. Toss tofu cubes in a bowl with the cornstarch and oil until evenly coated. Arrange on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until crispy.

For the teriyaki sauce, add all ingredients to a small pot and whisk together until smooth. Bring to a boil and continue whisking until sauce thickens to desired consistency. If sauce is too thick, thin with additional water.

Toss the baked tofu with the sauce in a bowl until completely coated. Serve over rice or noodles and with vegetables of your choice. I have mine on a bed of rice, topped with edamame, wakame, sliced tomatoes, and sprinkled with green onions and raw sesame seeds.

Enjoy !!!

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