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Leftover Vegetable Curry

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I don’t always make food following a recipe or a plan. Some days I just throw together what I have in the house, like this curry with green beans, carrots, tomato and leftover potato.

Caraway Cake

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This recipe always makes for a nice and unusual cake. I added a light powdered sugar and milk glaze.

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Squash Curry Pasta

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Origin

There was no particular recipe which inspired this dish. The dish draws upon both western vegan and Indian techniques and ingredients.

Ingredients

For the pasta

  • 200 grams / 7 ounces of pasta (dry weight)
  • salt

For the cashew paste

  • 15 cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sauce

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 onion
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash purée
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • salt

Process

Set the cashews to soak in a bowl of warm water and set them aside.

Purée the onion and green chilli. If you don’t have ginger-garlic paste, purée ginger and garlic as well (2 parts garlic to 1 part ginger). Set the onion-chilli-ginger-garlic paste aside.

Purée the tomatoes and set them aside.

Heat the oil in a deep cooking pan such as a wok. When it is hot, reduce the heat to medium and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the onion paste. Stir frequently and cook the mixture until the raw smell leaves the onion, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, put a large pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. When it comes to a boil, add a generous amount of salt and then allow it to come to a boil again.

Add the turmeric to the pan and mix well, then add the tomato purée and a pinch of sugar. Simmer for some time, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the butternut squash purée to the tomato mixture and allow it to simmer gently for about 10 minutes while you stir occasionally. When it is done, add the garam masala and salt to taste, then add the frozen peas and set the sauce aside. You can remove the curry leaves at this point if you do not want your diners to have to pick them out of the final dish.

After adding the squash to the pan, preheat the oven to 180° Celsius/350° Fahrenheit.

While the squash is cooking, cook the pasta according to the directions on the package in the boiling salted water. (I used large seashells, which took 19 minutes to cook to al dente.) Drain the pasta and set it aside.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare a cashew paste. Combine the cashews with the salt, nutritional yeast, and the minimum amount of water needed to make a smooth paste. Purée the cashews and set them aside.

Mix the pasta well with the sauce and put it in a baking dish. Dot the top of the pasta with the cashew paste. Bake for 30-45 minutes, uncovered.

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Serves 2-3.

Salsify and Carrot

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I left out chicken in this recipe to make the dish a purely vegetable side dish and used black salsify instead of burdock root.

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Okra in Tomato Sauce

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I cooked Greek-style okra in a tomato sauce.

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Cabbage in Coconut Sauce

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Cabbage is not one of my favourite foods but I try to eat it regularly for its health benefits. Thus I’m always looking for ways to make it taste good. This recipe for Asian winter greens with panch phoran and coconut is a nice option. Instead of the vegetables listed I used what I had available: Savoy cabbage, oxheart cabbage and bok choy. I used frozen coconut instead of fresh.

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Rating: Tasty – I will probably make it again.

This rating doesn’t do it justice: it’s probably the best-tasting cabbage I have ever eaten. I even ate some of the leftovers the next day, without bothering to heat it. If I’m willing to eat cold cabbage, it must be a good recipe. But it’s still cabbage, so I cannot promise it a regular place at my table, when there are so many more delicious vegetables available.

Playing with my Food: Bread with Circles

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This is another milk (part rye) loaf, topped with oatmeal flakes. I used pumpkin to keep it moist. Inside, I created a pattern of circles using Dutch-process cocoa powder and matcha powder.

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I was inspired after looking at pictures of giraffe-, leopard- and watermelon-pattern bread.

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