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Pasta with Broccoli and Asparagus

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I steamed broccoli and asparagus for six minutes, then blanched it. In the meantime, I chopped a spring onion and parsley, and grated a carrot and some red Leicester cheese. Because it is a sharp, old cheese, only a little was needed so the dish wasn’t too heavy. Next I cooked the pasta in boiling salted water with a crushed clove of garlic. The pasta was mixed with the vegetables and a little butter, then set on a bed of carrot and topped with cheese.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

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I make this smoothie as a full-meal dessert, when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to eat a full meal and also a sweet. Usually I make it from one banana, one tablespoon of Dutch-process cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon tahini, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 juicy dates, and stevia to taste. I add just enough hazelnut milk to blend.

This smoothie is decorated with matcha powder, coconut flakes, raspberries, strawberry and pistachios.

Roast Aubergine and Blue Cheese Dip

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I was eating Cashel blue cheese and thinking about the vegetables I needed to use, one of which was aubergine/eggplant. I decided to make something similar to mutabal, where yoghurt is added to roast aubergine to make it creamy.

To make this I roasted one aubergine. In a small grinder I blended one clove of raw garlic, some olive oil, a tablespoon of lemon juice, salt and a hunk of Cashel blue. After adding the roast aubergine with its juices and blending I adjusted to taste, adding a bit more cheese and salt.  The proportions depend on your preferences and the size of the eggplant.

It was tasty served with black pepper oatcakes.

Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

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Usually when I make smoothies I make them as a dessert, using fruits and not vegetables, but smoothie breakfast bowls looked like too much fun to pass up. I made the smoothie from cooked and chilled broccoli, a handful of blueberries, a banana, hazelnut milk, and stevia. To decorate I used sunflower seeds, dried goji berries, pumpkin seeds, pinenuts, coconut flakes, sliced almonds, black and white sesame seeds, flax seed powder, and flax seed powder mixed with goji berry.

Rice Flour Dumplings on a bed of Macerated Red Berries

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The dumplings are made from glutinous rice flour, salt, baking powder, boiling water and stevia. The dough was divided in thirds and one part was mixed with matcha powder while another part was mixed with cocoa powder. The dough was rolled into strands, braided, looped back and rolled some more before being cut and rolled into balls which were boiled.

The dumplings are set on a bed of macerated raspberry and strawberry sweetened with agave syrup and stevia.

Steamed Matcha Rice Dumplings

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To make these little sweets, I mixed glutinous rice flour with baking powder and a pinch of salt. I then added hot water and stevia and kneaded the dough a little before dividing it and adding matcha powder to half of it. Meanwhile, I heated some water in a large pan and lightly greased a muffin tin. I rolled the dough into small balls and put them in the muffin tin, then set the tin over the boiling water and steamed it for 20 minutes.

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After reading that lemon is a good accompaniment to matcha, I made a glaze of lemon juice and sugar. These small chewy steamed dumplings were a nice treat.

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Semolina Pudding with Raisins

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I was craving something sweet and quick. I toasted some sliced almonds and golden and dark raisins in a little coconut oil, then set them aside and roasted a small piece of cassia and two cardamom pods along with some semolina. When it was toasted, I added in some saffron and hazelnut milk until I got the desired consistency. I sweetened it with agave and stevia, then mixed in the reserved fruit and nut, and added a little tahini. I topped it with dried rose petals.