amber alberda and fries of celeriac

This recipe I have from the book from Amber Albarda, a friend of my is very happy she read her book so I was curious why….and I understand….. she is very good in writing what food does in your body, she explains very well the reason why you better eat whole food and not refined! I took also lessons about food and read a lot and I must say I agree with her point of vision. Always nice to read a book what is almost in line with your ideas of what to eat and what to leave…:)

Celeriac fries 2 persons
1 big celeriac (500 gram)
4 tablespoons of olive oil extra vierge
2 tablespoons of unrefined agave syrup
2 tablespoons of cumin seed
1 tablespoon of Celtic or himalayan salt
2 cloves of garlic minced
4 twigs of fresh thyme just use the leaves

Kitchentools
an oven
a oven plate
a knife
a cooking pan
a bowl
a colander

How to make………
Get the celetriac and get rid of the peel, wash it and cut it in pieces like fries (first make slices and then rectangles). Get the cooking pan and poor in some water! Cook the fries for 3-5 minutes till they are more soft.
Get rid of the water and put the fries in a colander to ‘dry’ them in the meanwhile you can make the ‘sauce’. Put all the ingredients together in a bowl ( olive oil extra vierge, unrefined agave syrup,cumin seed, Celtic or himalayan salt,garlic and thyme leaves) mix very well and it will become a sauce. Get the bowl and put in the fries, with your hands you spread the sauce all over the fries, be careful otherwise you will break the fries.
time to get the oven plate, covered with some baking sheets. Lay down the fries and they aren’t allowed to touch eachother ;).
be sure the oven is on 200 degrees celsius and bake the fries for 15 minutes, then turn them around and bake for another 15 minutes.
Pling time to get them out, they are really fantastic to eat!

enjoy

lalalala…….pineapple cupcakes

Yes today it was the baking-day, with my son, cupcakes! I choose together with him a cupcake from the book vegan cupcakes taken over the world. And yes the cupcakes took over the kitchen. The flour was on the floor, on the sweater of Kaya, on his shoes, in his mouth. And that because I was disturbed by the doorbell 🙂 and it was Annelies, and yes when I start talking I cannot stop, so I knew when I came back to the kitchen it would be a hell. But Kaya really enjoyed making the cupcakes. The dough tasted a little strange, but I must say making pineapple cupcakes was for me anyway a way of discovering. I don’t eat pineapple so much and never  bake with it. But when they came out of the oven and the topping was on top the taste become great, and kaya was proud to put the raspberry and blueberries on top of the cupcakes!

So here for you out of the book, but instead of sugar I used agave syrup and half spelt meal and half flour

Ingredients for 12-15 pineapple cupcakes
for the cake
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt meal
1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea saltingr cupcakes pineapple
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup of crushed pineapple (in it’s own juice)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
handful of blueberries and raspberries for garnish

for the topping
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Kitchentools
a bowl
a food processor with s-blade
an oven
cupcake pans
a spoon
a whisker
a cup and a teaspoon
a saucepan

How to make…….
You need a child for mixing the dry ingredients :), and an adult for using the food processor.
So step 1 is putting all the dry ingredients together in a bowl (all spice, cinnamon,flour, meal,ginger, salt and baking powder) Mix it well by hand with the whisker! (yes a typical job for the child)
In the meanwhile step 2 get the foodprocessor, put in the processor, the pineapple, oil, vanilla extract and syrup and purée!boy doing cupcakes

step 3. The sweet child can prepare the cupcake pans by putting them on a plate, and you can mix the wet ingredients together by the dry ingredients, mix well.
And now step 4 preheat the oven on 175 degrees Celsius (I never do but everywhere they say it has to)
Step 5 is filling the pans with the dough, fill them like halfway! Now put them in the oven for about 25 minutes!
Let the child put the timer on and when it rings he can check if the cupcakes are ok, by using a skewer and put the skewer in the cake, when it’s ok the skewer come out clean without dough on it

When the cakes are ready, you can make the topping. In the meanwhile the cupcakes can cool down.
Take the saucepan and put in the vanilla extract, pineapple, syrup and cornstarch. Put on the heat and bring it to a boil, stir constantly for about 30 seconds.
Time to bring the heat down and stir constantly for 1 minute. Get the cupcakes and with a tablespoon you put the topping on the cakes. The finishing touch is the blueberry or raspberry or both on top (your child will love to do this).
The cupcakes you store now for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, yes you learn your child to be patient 🙂 :).
But after all the waiting you have some delicious cakes, they look nice and taste nice

end pineapple cupcake

Enjoy……………….

pro-biotic,supplements and zucchini cake

I love library’s, so many interesting books ans so much books. This time I am reading about pro-biotic, pre-biotic and meta-biotic how well they are for the intestines and immunity and a good health (kefir drink I want to make anyway this year, it is a good pro-biotic) .
I am  also reading  a book about supplements. For me supplements are needed when you have unbalances, but maybe this book will change my opinion. At least it gives me a good view about synthetic supplements I never thought about. How can you make a real copy of the original, without all the factors what make the vitamins or minerals work? You cannot live on supplements, so there is still something in real food what they can’t make, also the books tells me that the basic from al lot of synthetic supplements are chemical substances. I don’t want this in my stomach….so I will continue reading the book and going to make my opinion complete after.
But now time to make the zucchini cake, I had the recipe from someone from the gardening project and it is delicious and also a releave after eating to many zucchini soup and so on. Because when the plant is giving vegetables it won’t stop, it goes on and on!

Zucchini cake 24 centimetres
1 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of mixed spelt flour and all purpose flour
1/2 cup of agave syrup (or sucanat if you like) look a the structure the pie will have it can be to wet if you use syrup or to dry if you use sucanat, so put in some flour if too wet or some ‘milk’ if it’s too dry.
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 salt (not necessary)
4 minced cloves
1/2 tablespoon of organic lemon zest
1 tablespoon of nutmeg (fresh grated from the ball)
2 teaspoons of ginger powder
1 cup of rice milk (or other milk if you like)
1/4 teaspoon of apple vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of grated zucchini

kitchentools
an oven
a spring like 24 cm
a rasp
a bowl
a whisker
a cup, tea- and tablespoon

lets make the pie
Put all the dry ingredients together into the bowl and mix well! In the meanwhile you put in the vinegar togehter with the milk and set aside for 5 minutes. Time to grate the zucchini. Love this job put beware of the fingers :).
Mix the vinegar, milk, oil, agave syrup, lemon zest, zucchini into the bowl with the dry ingredients , now all the ingredients are in the pie. Mix very well till you get a nice dough, it’s wetter then bread dough and thicker then pancake dough.
Time for the truth, put the pie into the oven at 175 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes. The pie is ready when you put in a sharp knitting needle and the dough won’t stick at the needle any more. Of course you can test also with other sharp things like a fork or something else.
Easy, not too sweet and a good solution when there are to many zucchini’s growing at the same time in your vegetable garden.
end zucchini cake

Enjoy and thanks to Fiona and it’s based on the recipe from not for rabbits

Another pie….strawberry/lemon raw pie

Yes another pie I made on yvi his b-day! Really delicious and fresh. But now I heard that agave syrup is also very bad for your health. I have to find it out…Is it true or just a story. I must say there is always discussion about sugars. Which are the good ones. The only good rule about this is not take it too much. We don’t eat every day pie, so once in a while some ‘bad’ sugar is ok I think, but we do not touch refined crystallized sugar.
Anyway here is the recipe, I made it last time, with blueberries. Sorry forgot from who it was…I took from the internet

The ingredients for a 18 cm pie
bottom
50 grams of almonds soaked overnight
50 grams of raw hazelnuts soaked overnight
3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
150 grams of dried dates

layer
100 gram of extra vierge cocnutoil
300 grams of raw cashews soaked overnight
juice of 2 lemons
1 vanilla bean
120 gram of agave syrup

topping
1 box of frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons of agave syrup

Kitchentools
a foodprocessor
a spring ( I used a ceramic oven dish with some baking paper inside)
some joy

How to make the pie….
The soaking overnight take the longest time. Before you go to bed put the nuts in a bowl with water. The day after when you wake up, you can get ready for making the pie. First we start with the bootom, put all the ingredients togehter in the foodprocessor and mix till it’s a smooth dough!
Get the spring, cover this with some baking paper and put the bottom of the pie into the spring, make also the side from this pie with the bottom I think something like 5 cm high.
Put the spring into the fridge and now it’s time to make the layer. It’s going to be boring put put all the ingredients together in the food processor and mix until smooth (coconut oil, doesn’t have to be soft, cashews,juice of two lemons, vanilla bean and agave syrup)
When this is mixed well, get the spring out of the fridge and put in the layer above the bottom.
After put the pie again back into the fridge.
The last but not least the topping (last  made with blueberries). Again get the food processor put in the strawberries and agave syrup mix well till it’s smooth. (if the food processor doesn’t like the frozen strawberries wait till they are more soft and not frozen any more).
This is the topping, put this as finishing touch on the pie. Go to the freezer with the ppe, and put it like 6 hours in the freezer. Just before you want to eat it, take it from the freezer.
Enjoy this delicious pie and be creative to make your own taste on this pie, with different fruits

Yammie