These raw vegan coconut bonbons are delicate, melt in your mouth candies with a strong coconutty flavor and a vanilla note on the finish. Meant to imitate the Rafaello bonbons, the almond in the middle ensures for the crunchy texture.
Like all the raw vegan energy balls, they are easy-to-make and only require a few ingredients, all of them being natural and from the super foods category. This means we will not only have some exquisite, delicious sweets, but we can also consider them guilt-free, healthy and energizing. And needles to say, they will make the best treat for your guests as they are surprisingly pretty and so delicate.
That feeling when you have just found a new guilt-free, tasty, easy-to-make treat which happens to be gluten free as well. Whether this intolerance is just in our heads or not, whether carbs making you fat Continue reading →
At the beginning of each spring, grandpa would head to the woods near the village to forage one of the first spring greens to appear: stinging nettles. Despite the stinging, he would always pick them up with no gloves on as touching the plant bare-handed “helped with rheumatism”, according to grandpa.
The harvested young nettle plants would then get a good clean from grandma who would blanch and saute them with a bit of oil and a good amount of garlic. And this is how one of the most amazing dishes of my childhood was made. Garlicky nettles stew with polenta and sunny side up eggs, pure bliss!
And guess what! Grandpa was right regarding the health-related properties of the nettle! The nettle plant is not only used to treat arthritis and relieve sore muscles through urtification, but some studies have shown that consuming nettle leaf can also be compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy. And not to mention that they are rich in iron which makes them a perfect remedy for anemia.
What you will need for this nettles stew:
250 – 300 gr fresh nettles 10 – 13 cloves garlic 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon wheat or rice flour – this is added in order to thicken the sauce, I personally prefer the dish with no flour as it’s not too watery or I add just 1/2 tbsp rice flour a pair of gloves
salt & pepper to taste
Clean the nettles thoroughly using a pair of gloves.
Rinse them a few times with cold water.
Blanch the nettles in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then place them under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Drain well. Save a cup of the water in which the nettles have cooked. Note: If you like the taste, you can keep the nettle water and drink it to enjoy the health benefits of this plant.
Use a blender to puree the blanched nettles. (You could also chop them on a cutting board instead.)
Crush and chop a few of the garlic cloves (3-4) and lightly fry them in the vegetable oil. Add the flour and mix well.
Add the nettles to the pan and saute for about 5-10 minutes, adding a bit of the nettle water as needed. Once done, add the rest of the garlic cloves minced. The final result should be a very garlicky stew.
This delicious homemade rye crispbread is so easy to make and much tastier than the store-bought Wasa style crackers. No need for introductions, if you are a fan of crackers, this recipe is perfect for you! Continue reading →
You love vegan patties, but the experience of making them brings back nasty memories: that crumbly texture & they keep falling apart when you cook or eat them. Although some of them might be tasty in the end, the time and effort you put in making them is not worth it. They will just never behave like their sisters “meat patties”!
After a few (more or less) failed attempts to make lentil & buckwheat patties, black beans & mushroom burgers, cooked chickpeas patties etc., I decided it was just not worth it. Until I came up this recipe. Continue reading →
I finally had the chance to visit the largest farmer’s market in Bucharest in good company. My Greek colleague Georgios kept telling me about some excellent organic olive oil he bought in Obor, produced by a Greek family. He was praising the homemade sesame pasta as well and I couldn’t get the Greek honey out of my head, so I had to get there and see for myself. Continue reading →
Have I already told you how much I love Puglia? This unpretentious place with sun-drenched houses and unspoiled beauty which excels in cucina povera and abounds with fresh seafood and local produces. You must have noticed by now that I keep praising the local food atmosphere with its simple dishes.
Only 2 weekends in Bari so far, but it feels a bit like a home away from home. I already know my way around and I’m still looking forward to the next trip. Not to mention that each time I left Puglia, my hand luggage was packed with Continue reading →