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Carrot, Mung Sprout and Spinach Salad

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This recipe gave me an excuse to sprout some mung beans. As usual I did not follow the recipe faithfully, opting to use frozen grated coconut over rehydrated dry coconut. I also used a mix of purple and orange carrots to add additional color.

This was more work than the carrot mustardseed salad I’ve made in the past, and in my opinion the other salad is nicer. This one isn’t bad, but it wasn’t special enough to justify the effort.

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Recycling Soup

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After rehydrating shiitake mushrooms for gyoza, I had a nice, earthy broth. I also had the stalks of the Chinese cabbage left over. From the broccoli stalk soup, I had the top of the broccoli. I also added carrot, corn, salt, pepper and savoury to make this soup, which I topped with a little parsley.

Cabbage-Mushroom Gyoza

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For the filling of the gyoza, I used one Chinese cabbage (just the leaves), 2 spring onions, 250 grams (dry weight) of rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, 3 cloves of garlic, a 1″ piece of ginger and 2 carrots. To this I added a bit of mirin (about 2 tablespoons), soy sauce (about 2 tablespoons), sesame oil (about 1/4 teaspoon) and salt (about 1/4 teaspoon).

I used pre-made dumpling wrappers. The gyoza were pan-fried on both sides, then I added some water and cooked them until it evaporated. I served them with spring onion, rice vinegar, soy sauce and chilli oil.

Any extra dumplings can be frozen before cooking to save them for later.

Broccoli Stalk Soup

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I’ve been making a lot of soups lately, because it’s a good way of getting vegetables when the weather is chilly and a salad sounds unpleasant. This one tastes more exciting than it looks.

For this soup, I first fried half an onion in a little oil, then added thyme, a few fennel seeds, some fresh ginger, and chopped vegetables: half a head of broccoli plus the entire broccoli stalk, 6 mini bok choy, and one carrot. I cooked the vegetables until they were all soft, adding water as needed. Once the vegetables were soft, I puréed them with a little water and added salt and black pepper to taste.

I topped it with oat cream.

Kimchi Ramen Soup

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I made a broth with chicken stock, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. I boiled a carrot, chard/mangold stems and black fungus in it, then removed the garlic and ginger chunks. At this point I added the chard leaves, a small sweet pepper, and the noodles. I finished it with the juice reserved from the kimchi I used to make dumplings, a marinated egg, and green onion.

I’ve had a very similar fusion dish at a Japanese restaurant, but with bok choy and bean sprouts instead of chard and black fungus.

Vegan Pastel

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This adaptation of the traditional Filipino dish comes from Astig Vegan. I couldn’t find a turnip or jicama, so I used swede. I found the dish a little bland.

Vegetable Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce

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Did I mention how delicious the creamy garlic sauce was with the cabbage? Even though I halved the cabbage, I still made the full recipe for the garlic sauce because I knew I would love it. I made it using cashew cream.

I used some of the leftover creamy garlic sauce as a dipping sauce for carrots, sweet peppers and crackers. The rest I used to season this pasta, which I cooked with carrots. Some stir-fried mushrooms and Brussels sprouts completed the dish.