Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Raw chocolate-orange mousse cake

This cake is honestly one of the most tasty, creamy and delicious cakes I have made :) Have I told you that I looooooooove avocados?  Yesssss, you guest it right... this cake is made of creamy avocados, although you will not be able to tell :) The taste is just like the traditional chocolate mousse made with tons of cream and dairy products. With this cake you will be able to enjoy the same taste, but in a much more healthy form:P
I added the orange juice and zest, because I really enjoy the combination of chocolate and orange. The two tastes harmonize well together and make this cake really a special treat :)

Sooo, let's see how to prepare it :) 
- 100 grams of walnuts (soaked overnight) - you can use any nuts of your choice
- 150 grams of almonds (soaked overnight)
- 2 cups of Medjool dates
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pure vanilla
- 2 tbsp coconut oil

- juice of 1 orange, freshly squeezed 
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 cup of Medjool dates (soaked for  30 minutes)
- 1 cup of coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 heaping tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably raw)
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk 
- 1 cup of cashew nuts (soaked for 2-3 hours)
- 1/2 cup of rice milk (or any plant based milk)

  1. Make sure that the dates are pitted. If they are a bit more dry, soak them for around 30 minutes. Usually soft Medjool dates don't need to be soaked :) 
  2. Soak the nuts overnight, or at least for 10-12 hours. The next day discard the water and wash them through running water. 
  3. Place all ingredients to a S-blade food processor and process until a smooth dough is formed, and everything sticks together (usually this means a big ball of dough running around your food processor ;).
  4. Place the crust to a cake form, even it out with your fingers throughout the base of the form, and place it to the freezer while you are working on the filling.
  1. Please make sure the dates are as well pitted and soak them, if they are more on the dry side.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and place it to a mixing bowl together with the maple syrup. Add the cocoa powder spoon by spoon, slowly stirring each spoon into the coconut oil - maple syrup mixture. Keep on stirring until a smooth paste is formed. This will make it easier to mix the cocoa well throughout the filling. 
  3. Place all ingredients, but the milk, to a S-blade food processor (or a high speed blender, if you have one). Leave a little orange zest for decoration.
  4. Start by pressing the "Pulse" function on your food processor, and gradually mix all ingredients well together.
  5. Add as much milk as you need to create a very smooth dough -> keep on mixing until you create a very smooth, chunk free paste. 
  6. Take the crust out from the freezer and pour the filling over it. Even the filling out using a spatula and place the cake to the fridge. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours before serving :)
 Enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Baked bean loaf with salad and baked potatoes

Hi there :) Today I am sharing with you a very easy recipe for a bean loaf. You can combine it with really any veggies on the side. This time I made some baked sweet potatoes (everyone's favorite :P), some lettuce, kohlrabi, sprouts, dried tomatoes and caramelized onions...or well, sort of ;-).
These onions were a bi-product of a coughing syrup made out of onions. This method is super effective against coughing and it is all natural :) The onions are well known for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. The syrup tastes better than it sounds, so give it a try next time someone gets ill in your family. I describe how to make the syrup in the Method section below. 

What will you need:

For the bean loaf:
- 2 cans of any type of beans (use fresh beans whenever you can)
- 1 zucchini
- 4 carrots
- 1/2 white onion
- spice mix
- a bit of chili
- salt, pepper
- 2 tbsp ground flax-seed with 6 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup of finely cur oats 
- a bit of water, if needed
- a small amount of coconut oil to coat the baking pan 

For the salad:
- 1 head of lettuce of your choice
- 2-3 sweet potatoes
- 1 kohlrabi
- sprouts of any kind
- 2-3 dried tomatoes in olive oil

For the caramelized onion
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 tbsp raw cane sugar
- tiny bit of oil

Bean loaf:
  1. Rinse and drain the beans from the can. I normally cook my own beans, but when I forget to pre-soak them, or I am under time pressure, I use canned beans. Please make sure, that you wash the beans under running water, as the cans contain BPA, which you don't want to eat..
  2. Prepare the egg replacer: mix 2 tbsp of ground flax-seed with 6 tbsp water and set aside for a couple of minutes, until the flax-seed soaks up the water.
  3. Wash the zucchini, peal and wash the carrots, peal the onion and put everything  into a food processor with an S-blade. Start to mix using the "Pulse" functionality. If the dough gets too dry, add some water. If it gets over sticky, add some more oats.
  4. Place the dough into an ovenproof pan, coated with a bit of coconut oil. 
  5. Bake on 200° for about 25-30 minutes, or until the bean loaf starts separating from the side of the pan and it becomes golden brown.
  1. Wash the lettuce, divide the leaves and make smaller pieces using your hands.
  2. Peel and slice the kohlrabi. Cut the dried tomatoes into smaller pieces. 
  3. Bake the sweet potatoes at the same time as the bean loaf on a separate tray :) I describe how to make the sweet potatoes in this recipe     
  4. Add some sprouts of any kind :)
 Caramelized onion
  1. Peel and slice one yellow onion (it can as well be red). Place it into a small bowl and add the sugar on top. Wait until the next day (6-8 hours). The onion will release a sweet nectar, which is amazing against coughing! You can leave the onion for 1-2 days.
  2. Instead of throwing the onion out, take a bit of oil and saute the onion in a pan until it gets translucent. voila.. you have caramelized onions :-) At least a version of them:) 

Place everything on a plate, arranging the ingredients like a rainbow with many different colors :) The more attractive your food looks, the better it will taste :) 

Enjoy <3

Monday, February 22, 2016

Easy winter soup

I made this soup on one of those days where I needed a quick and warming dinner, which was still healthy and satisfying. I found some veggies in the fridge and some chickpeas from preparing hummus the day before: and here is the result :)
I sprinkle black sesame seeds on almost all soups, as they are filled with iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. These seeds are a well consumed to prevent hair fall and even prevent aging :-) Worth to give them a go :) 

What will you need:
- 1/2 head of a bigger cauliflower
- 1 kohlrabi
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 4-5 stalks of celery
- 1 cup of cooked chickpea
- 1 heaping tbsp of home made vegetable stock
- salt and pepper
- pinch of chili
- black sesame seeds

  1. Wash and cut all the veggies and put them in a pot. Add the vegetable stock, chili, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour water into the pot, so it covers all ingredients, and bring it to boil.  Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to medium and cook the veggies until they become soft (please check with a fork :)
  3. Once the veggies are soft, add the cooked chickpeas and bring everything to boil once again.
  4. Serve hot and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. 
Enjoy :) 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cauliflower-chickpea-potato curry ala Lili

I have already made many different versions of this curry. The one on the top picture is from the summer and the one below is from yesterday. This time I used much more chickpeas, no tomatoes and it turned out very tasty :) The soup tastes as well somehow better during the winter times. It is very warming and somehow satisfying to munch on it, while looking outside the window on the snow. You can imagine it right? Nice and cozy place, spicy soup is warming you up from the inside :) I love these times during winter.
I call this recipe "ala Lili", because I can't really call it an Indian curry :) I leave that up to my Indian friends :)
The ingredients seems like a lot at a first glance, but actually this soup is very easy to make and takes the same time until your chickpeas are cooked in a pressure cook.
You could add some fresh cilantro on the top just before serving. I didn't have them at home.

So let's start, shall we? 

here is what you will need:

- 1 small head of cauliflower
- 1 kg potatoes
- 1 cup of dried chickpeas
- 100 ml tomato sauce 
- 2 tomatoes (optional)
- 1 purple onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 heaping tbsp coconut oil (un-melted)
- 1 tablespoon mom's vegetable broth
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 heaping tbsp curry powder
- a pinch of chili
- 1/4 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/ tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- water previously boiled 

  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight (10-12 hours) in at least 3-4x more water (they will soak up the water very fast).
    The next morning discard the water from the chickpeas and rinse them with fresh water
  2. Put the chickpeas in a pressure cooker and cook for about 15-20 minutes (3x less time as stated on the package).
  3. Meanwhile, wash and cut the cauliflower and potatoes (and tomatoes, if used) into smaller cubes and set them aside.
  4. In a  big pot heat up the coconut oil and add the onion. Add the garlic by pressing it through a garlic press. Saute for about 5 minutes, until onions get a bit translucent.
  5. Add the curry powder and mix it with the onion and garlic. Cook for half a minute, then add the cauliflower and potatoes (and tomatoes, if used). Mix everything well together. This should take another half a minute or so.
  6. Add the tomato sauce to the pan with a little bit of boiling water. Mix in the salt, pepper, vegetable broth, chili, turmeric and coriander. Bring the water to boil for a moment, then turn the heat to medium.
  7. By this time the chickpeas should be cooked. Remove them from the pressure cooker and rinse them with water. Add the chickpeas to the pot with all other ingredients. Pour in as much hot water, so that the veggies are sticking out a little bit. 
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat, covered.
  9. Serve hot alone, or with flatbread :) Sprinkle on top some black sesame seeds.
Enjoy :)

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    Delicious carrot cake

    I have always loved carrot cake, but I have never found a vegan alternative, which would resemble the original oneThis has changed, when a friend of mine, Maren, baked the PERFECT carrot cake for my bachelorette party. I instantly fall in love with this cake and have made it a couple of times since then :) 
    She found the recipe on the internet and I made a few modifications to it. 
    This cake has the perfect consistency, it is fluffy, moist, but sticks together at the same time. Give it a try, I am sure you and your family will love it :-)

    Here is what you will need:
     - 400 grams carrots
     - 400 grams of spelt flour
     - 1 package of baking powder
     - 1/2 tsp of baking soda
     - 200 grams raw brown sugar
     - 100 grams chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts)
     - 1 tsp pure vanilla powder (or vanilla sugar - in this case use less raw sugar)
     - 1 tsp cinnamon
     - 1/2 tsp cardamon (optional)
     - 1/4 tsp ginger powder

     - a pinch of salt 
     - a few drops of natural orange essence
     - juice of 1 lemon
     - 175 ml cold pressed sunflower seed oil (or coconut oil)

     - a little bit of powder sugar

    1. Preheat the oven to 165° on circulating air, or 180° top and bottom heat. 
    2. Peel and wash the carrots. Grate them into small, fine pieces. I used a food, which made this step much faster :)
    3. Add the carrots to a mixing bowl, add the oil, lemon juice and orange essence. Mix well and set aside at least for 10 minutes. 
    4. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon, ginger powder, salt.
    5. Add the carrot mix to the dry ingredients and mix well. Use your hands to mix the dough together. It takes a while until all ingredients are mixed, so stay with it, it will nicely come together :)
    6. Take a rectangular cake pan (or whatever pan you have at home) and coat is thinly with coconut oil.
    7. Pour the dough into the pan and press is slightly with your fingers, evenly distributing it throughout the pan.
    8. Bake on 165° for about 60 minutes. 
    9. Leave the cake inside the pan for about 10-15 minutes. After that, take it out from the pan and leave it on a rack to cool.
    10. I didn't put an icing on the top of the cake, as I found it already sweet enough. If you like, you can add a bit of powder sugar on the top of the cake just before eating.  

      Enjoy :) 


    ps: this is a view from the terrace where I took the pictures in the Sunset. Every day I am grateful to live in such a breathtaking place <3

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Black bean dip

    Hi there:) I made a quick black bean dip this morning for a spread on our lunch wraps. It turned out pretty good, so I thought of sharing it with you.

    What will you need: 
    - approximately 1 cup of black beans
    - zest of 1/2 lemon
    - juice of 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
    - 1/4 tsp salt
    - pinch of black pepper
    - 1 tbsp flax seed oil
    - 4-5 dried tomatoes in olive oil
    - approximately one heaping tbsp olives, coated with Provence herbs 

    1. Soak the black beans in approximately 3 cups of water overnight (at least 12 hours).
    2. In the morning rinse the beans with fresh water and cook them in a pressure cooker for around 15-18 minutes. If you don't have a pressure cooker, then cook the beans as it is shown on the package.
    3. When beans are cooked, rinse them once again under fresh water and add them to a food processor with a S-blade. 
    4. Add all other ingredients and process until smooth, but still a bit chunky. 
    5. Use for dips with veggies, on a wrap or spread on a bread :)
    6. Enjoy :) 

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    Home-made almond milk

    As much as I believe that plant-based milks are wayyyyyyyyy better for your health than cow's milk, I can understand, that they are not affordable for all. The plant-based alternatives of milks can be 3x more expensive, than the regular cow's milks.. 
    However, making almond milk at home could be a great solution for you:) It is really very very easy to make.  All you will need is a quite good blender and a fine strainer, or cheesecloth. You can use any nut you like, hazelnuts work very well too :)

    What will you need:
    - 1.5 cups of almonds
    - 3 cups of water (plus water for soaking)
    - 3-4 dates
    - 1/4 tsp of vanilla
    - 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
    - a pinch of nutmeg
    - a pinch of salt
    - some maple syrup, if you like the milk more sweet 


    Enjoy :)