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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie

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Here’s the recipe. I used hazelnut milk throughout instead of almond milk and coconut milk, and tahini instead of almond butter. Next time I think I’ll increase the middle layer and decrease the chocolate layer to suit my personal taste. It was delicious all the same.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

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A friend of a friend recommended steaming halved Brussels sprouts for about five minutes, then sautéing them in butter and serving them with lemon juice, salt, and chopped pecans. If you like a fairly traditional flavour but with a little twist, this is probably a good recipe for you. I prefer less of a sprout taste, for instance in the sprouts with soba noodles.

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Buttermilk Teff Pancakes

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I saw my local shop had red teff flour, so I picked some up and combined it with buttermilk, buckwheat, blueberries, baking soda and buttermilk to make these pancakes. I also added a little stevia and a tiny bit of wheat flour. the latter because I hadn’t cooked with teff and wasn’t sure what kind of a rise I’d get. I used a little peanut oil for frying.

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Vegan Lasagne

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I made one of my favourite lasagnes, which happens to be vegan. Vegetarian spinach lasagne and Moosewood lighter vegetarian lasagne are the other two I’m fond of. I used butternut squash, sweet peppers, courgette/zucchini, and kale. My basic tomato sauce also contains carrots, so there were plenty of vegetables amid the cashew cream and the pasta sheets I added.

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Porridge with Plums and Blueberries

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After enjoying most of the plum compote on soda bread, I put the remainder in my water porridge with some blueberries. I topped it with some of the muesli I made.

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Plum Compote

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When I bought some plums which turned out to be hard and woody, I converted them to compote by simmering them with a stick of cinnamon and a little annato seed in water with a little ruby port. After a long simmer, the liquid evaporated and the plums now have a much more intense flavour. The compote is nice on its own, or it can be put on bread or added to yoghurt.

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Cheese Platter

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Some evenings I want a simple but satisfying meal. A cheese platter with a glass of ruby port suits me.

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Here I have whole wheat crackers, Guinness cheddar, porter, Cashel blue, and apple.