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Monthly Archives: June 2015

White Asparagus with Turmeric

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Last year I posted a picture of green asparagus cooked with milk and turmeric. It is equally tasty when prepared with white asparagus, and the bright colour of the turmeric is far more visible.

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Vegetable Juice for a Workout

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When I wake up in the morning I’m generally thirsty, but if I plan to exercise I have found that consuming enough plain water to quench my thirst will give me a stitch in my side during my workout. My solution is vegetable juice. I don’t have a juicer but simply use a blender and strain it.

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The mix varies depending on what I have available. In this picture, I have cucumber, carrot, rhubarb, chard/mangold leaf, blueberries and ginger. Not visible but also included are lemon juice, liquid stevia and a little flax oil. Three constants which I always include ensure that the result is never too horrible are ginger, stevia and lemon juice. I’ve also learned that I like carrots in my juice and am not fond of lettuce juice. The rest, however, is flexible: if it can be safely eaten raw and I have it on hand, it might be added.

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Refreshing Apple Salad

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With the warmer weather I often find a salad is sufficient for dinner. I started with this recipe but made quite a few substitutions. Instead of radish, I used carrot. Instead of frisée, I used red-leaf lettuce. Instead of endive and lemon peel, I used nothing. I don’t know what type of apple I used, though it was crispy and sweet. I replaced half the oil with flaxseed oil. The dressing was a little too tart for me so I added 1 teaspoon of honey. In the end it was probably a completely different salad, but it was still refreshing.

Carrot-ginger Soup and Green Beans

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I started with this recipe but decided I didn’t want lemon juice but a bit of an extra spice kick. I ended up adding a bit of garam masala while it was simmering. I served the carrot-ginger soup with green beans in soy sauce.

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Yeast-Leavened Rye-Buckwheat Pancakes

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For breakfast I made rye-buckwheat pancakes leavened with yeast, served with a purée of fresh strawberries sweetened with maple syrup.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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I used this recipe for the gravy but used another recipe for the chicken. When I make a barbecue I often cook some chicken tikka at the end, which I then use over the next few days in other dishes.

Fava Bean Meze

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I’ve posted so many pictures of meze that I don’t bother to post most times I prepare it. Suffice to say, it’s a summer favourite. But I’m not just sticking with old favourites like baba ghanoush (left), yogurtlu havuc salatasi (bottom) and fresh pita; I also try new dishes such as fava bean puree.

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