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Sweet Corn Ginger Soup

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I got this recipe from Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry. Corncobs are used to make a broth, while onion, celery, garlic, ginger and paprika powder are cooked in a bit of oil. The vegetables are then simmered in the broth, along with coconut milk. Finally the soup is blended and the corn kernels are cooked briefly in it. It is topped with coriander leaf (cilantro).

The recipe calls for straining out the vegetable mash before adding the corn kernels. This makes for a light, creamy soup.

However, I liked it better with the mash retained, which makes for a richer soup and a brighter colour.

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Chanterelle Pasta

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To make this, I pan-fried chanterelles in a bit of oil. Meanwhile I cooked the pasta in boiling water along with one toe of garlic, which I later disposed of. The mushrooms are so delicate in taste that any more direct garlic would have overwhelmed them. I added some frozen peas just before draining the pasta. The pasta, together with the peas, were added to the mushrooms, along with salt, pepper, and oat cream. I cooked it until the cream coated the pasta. I topped it with parsley.

Fenugreek Sprout Fry

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This recipe contains onion, mustard seed, cumin seed, chilli powder and turmeric fried in a bit of oil. Fenugreek sprouts are added and cooked briefly at the end. I let these sprouts continue growing for quite a while in order to get the start of leaves, but that isn’t required.

Light Pasta Salad

To make this pasta salad, I first soaked a handful of cashews in warm water, before blending them with a little water, one small clove of garlic, a bit of nutritional yeast, and half of a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. I then cooked the pasta, along with the carrots and broccoli, which I did not want to eat raw.

While the pasta and vegetables were cooking, I rinsed some tinned corn, sliced olives, chopped yellow and red sweet peppers, chopped cucumber, and chopped parsley. I rinsed the pasta, broccoli and carrots in cold water to chill them, then mixed them with the remaining vegetables, the cashew sauce, black pepper, salt, and olive oil.

Obviously the vegetables can be changed to taste – I meant to add some frozen peas to the pasta just before draining, but discovered I had run out – as the main thing about this dish is that it has a very light sauce instead of a heavy mayonnaise one that is typically found in pasta salads.

Sweet Peach Iced Tea

It has been a hot summer, and one of the things I’ve been enjoying is peach iced tea. To make this I first made sun tea using Darjeeling first flush leaves for a slightly more vegetal taste than my usual Assam. I mixed the strained tea and peach juice into a glass (about 1/4 peach juice and the remainder tea) and added a few drops of stevia and a little lemon juice (optional). The only other thing it needs is an ice cube.

Another nice combination is white tea and guava juice.

Raspberry Soup

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This is similar to the mixed berry and blueberry soups I made.

To make it, I simmered raspberries in water until they had fallen apart. I then strained the mixture because of the raspberry seeds. I added lemon juice, then sweetened to taste with agave and stevia. I prefer the soup to be tart so I didn’t sweeten it much. I then thickened it with cornstarch and let it cool before serving it with oat cream.

 

Fusion Lunch of Leftovers

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This is the sort of meal I throw together for lunch when I’m home. I had two king oyster mushrooms which I forgot to put in my mushroom pasta, two leftover baby bok choy, and fenugreek sprouts which I’d left to develop some leaves.

I started by heating some oil and adding two smashed garlic cloves, 1/2″ of sliced ginger, and 2 dried red chiles. Meanwhile I started some water to boil for rice noodles.

I chopped the bok choy and mushrooms and added them to the spices, along with the white part of a spring onion, then put on a lid and let it cook on medium-high heat, stirring from time to time. When the water was ready, I cooked the rice noodles, drained them, and set them aside.

When the vegetables were cooked, I removed the lid and added the rice noodles, a bit of soy sauce, some mirin, a touch of sesame oil, and ketjap manis. I removed it from the heat and stirred in the rinsed fenugreek sprouts and the green part of the spring onion.

I removed the chiles, garlic and ginger before serving.