Kimchi on everything

 

Hello

Have i told you how much i love kimchi. Kimchi and i go way way back. I must admit though that i was very scared of making my own kimchi, as i was scared of contamination and explosions- I know i am a little dramatic.

All things aside my kimchi turned out great and it was delicious. So here is the recipe that i used that i got off the kitchn.

However i did twerk up the recipe and added 1 tablespoon of Sea Salt and 1 cup of water, before letting the kimchi rest for 1 week. After 1 week i placed the kimchi in the fridge and waited 5 days after that i burst that jar open with a POP and then nomnonom.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head (2 pounds) napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt
  • Water to soak the Napa Cabbage in

For the Paste

  • 1 Tablespoon of grated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of ginger
  • 1  teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of korean chilli powder ( In Berlin you can get it at Vihn Loi)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 Small Daikon radish peeled and cut into match sticks
  • half a leek cut into circles ( you can also use spring onions)

Finishing Touch

  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of water

 

Special Equipment:

Airtight seal able jar -I used this  one

Method:

  1. Cut the Cabbage in half l remove the cores and then chop medium sized strips.
  2. Salt the Cabbage, place the cabbage in a big bowl and pour in the salt massage it in well, you can use gloves here but that is purely optional just make sure your hands and nails are clean. The cabbage should start to soften once it has slightly softened add water the water should be enough to cover all of the cabbage. Cover the bowl with a chopping board and place a heavy book or canned goods on top. Let it stand for 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile make the spicy Paste. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, ginger, sugar, chilli powder and water. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the Cabbage and wash and drain with cold water 3 times. Give the cabbage a good squeeze and drain out all the water. Towel dry the bowl and place the bowl and place the cabbage back in the bowl.
  5. Add in the paste, leek and daikon raddish. Mix everything well together, again use your hands however this time it is more advisable to wear gloves as the chilli could irritate your skin and the garlic smell may take longer to get rid of off your hands. However this is entirely up to you!  Make sure its all mixed together well.
  6. Place the mix in the jar add in 1 tbsp of salt and one cup of water, shut the jar and let the magic happen. Let it ferment at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. I let it ferment for 1 week and then placed it in the fridge and let it stand for another 5 days after that i popped it open.
  7. Check on your kimchi daily- Avoid opening the lid too often though. If anything looks off just write me or if you think something has gone wrong don’t risk  getting sick, dispose of it! Always trust your gut feeling. Taste the kimchi if it is to your liking you can eat it at an earlier stage as well, however please use a clean fork and do not use the same fork once it has been in your mouth to avoid contamination.

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once my kimchi was done i ate it with everything ( as pictured above on top of my lentil pommegranate salad) . Kimchi also tastes great with a simple bowl of rice, quinoa or what have you. Kimchi Good!

 

Here are a few links to a blogpost that i read about the benefits of fermented foods. Sauerkraut i am coming for you next!

 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5711/Why-Im-Krazy-for-Kimchee.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14758/why-fermented-foods-are-good-for-weight-loss-mood-glowing-skin.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24066/the-best-foods-supplements-for-a-healthy-gut-a-doctor-explains.html

 

 

 

 

Essentials: Oatly + milk rice recipe

The first product that i want to feature is Oatly. Oatly is a proud Swedish company, that makes oat drinks that are a great alternative to milk. I am all about making my own milk alternatives but sometimes the time is not there to clean everything up, therefore when i buy, i buy Oatly. Other milk alternatives brands which are available in stores contain a ton of crap like sunflower oil, i don’t understand what oil is doing in there! I recommend Oatly because it tastes amazing, contains simple readable minimal ingredients, is creamy and delicious-making it great to cook and bake with. I love their vanilla, chocolate and pure oat drink. I find all three the bombdiggity 😀

 

 

Oatly’s products are organic and place a deep emphasis on producing only plant-based products that are environmentally and eco friendly. Their website is very informative, colorful, has funny illustrations and is enjoyable to read.

Oatly also contributed at the Way out West festival which is one of Sweden’s biggest music festival which decided back in 2012 to go completely meat free this cut the festivals carbon footprint by 25%. They topped this in 2015 by going milk free too with Oatly changing the festivals name to Way oat west. (see video below)

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPTtwsFqwE0

Toni Petersson the CEO of Oatly he also posts YouTube videos under a series called Toni Tv were he posts hilarious videos like the wow no cow song and also shares his thoughts.

Oatly has made it possible for me to remake a childhood dish that i loved and still love and that is Milchreis. As a child i would have done everything for Milk rice i was a milk rice monster. Milk rice is something that is known by most people in Germany and is especially loved by children, it is like a sweet milk risotto that is topped with hot cherries, applemus/applesauce or cinnamon usually.  I have tried making milk rice with coconut milk but that reminded me more of the Thai sticky rice which i also like -don’t get me wrong- but i never really found the milk rice from my childhood till i tried to make it with Oatly. I hope you enjoy it, its super quick and easy  to make and doesn’t really require much stuff 🙂

What you need:

Stove

cooking pot with a lid

wooden spoon

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk rice or risotto rice

4 1/2 cup of vanilla oatly 

toppings: cinnamon, berries or whatever you prefer

Method:

Place the 4 1/2 Cups of Oatly and the rice in a pot and bring to boil once it is boiling turn down the heat to low and let it simmer. Stir occasionally, if it gets to dry add more Oatly. This takes about 25 minutes. Once the rice is ready turn off the heat take the pot away from the stove top and let the rice rest for 10 minutes in the pot with the lid on. Serve in a bowl add your toppings and enjoy. This is a great breakfast, lunch dinner or dessert! 😉

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Misir Wot aka Ethiopian lentils

Lentils are an essential in many cultures as they are versatile and packed with protein. Misir in Amharic stands for lentils and wot means stew or curry. I was introduced to Ethiopian food by my boyfriend, we went out for Ethiopian food here in Berlin and I fell in love with the flavors, spices and food traditions like eating from a huge platter together. Ethiopian food is usually served on a huge platter (traditionally on a straw platter) an injera is laid out -the traditional Ethiopian sourdough bread made out of teff (originally gluten-free but many restaurants nowadays mix it with wheat…)- and different wot’s are placed on top of the Injera.

 

Since i am all about experimenting and cooking things myself, i had to make my own wot. Its healthier to cook things yourself as you know exactly what goes into what you are making. Restaurants in my opinion are going overboard with some ingredients such as oil, i am not saying that eating out is bad- i mean i live in Berlin a culinary metropolis-  but maybe you should let those meals out inspire you to whip up the food yourself just to your liking and with less salt and oil and all that not so good stuff.

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Vegan Take away from Betje Ethiopia in Berlin. Vegans when odering Ethiopian food dont forget to say no butter and no ghee !

This recipe does though call for original Ethiopian good stuff, that is the whimsical red hot spice mix Berbere. The Spice mix is a blend of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, chili peppers and korarima ( which is a plant that grows wild in Ethiopia and is known as Ethiopian Cardamon). This mix can be found in all Ethiopian and spice stores, sometimes even sold in Italian grocery stores in the spice section. In Berlin it is easy to get your hands on it, even the organic brand  Sonnentor has a Berbere mix thus you can get it in the spice section from organic stores here as well, and if all else fails just order it online. Its essential for this recipe and its what gives the lentils its red hot color and rich spicy taste.

Ingredients:

1 red onion diced ( white onion works too)

2 cups of dried red lentils (washed)

1 Tbs of tomato paste

2 tbs of berbere spice ( more if you like it spicy)

1 tsp tumeric powder (also known as curcuma)

a pinch of cumin powder

1 crushed garlic clove

1 medium sized knob crushed ginger

4 cups of water

2/3  can of crushed tomatoes

Salt to taste

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Method:

-Put a tablespoon of olive oil in cooking pot and place it on a medium high heat stove top.

-Once the oil is hot but not smoking hot place the onions in and let them saute, when the onions are glassy add the garlic and ginger turn the heat a bit lower you don’t want the garlic and ginger to burn.

-Add in the berbere, turmeric and cumin and mix it well.

-Place in the lentils and stir everything together.

-Toss in the tomato paste and stir in well together.

-Add the crushed tomatoes followed by 3 1/2 cups of water.

-Lower the heat and let it simmer, stir occasionally and add in the rest of the water, when there is a visible reduction of water. Let it simmer for 30 mins, stir in salt to your taste and then serve.

– Serve with rice, bread and all the other carbs you can think of. However if you can get your hands on injera, then ignore everything else and devour it with injera!

Tip: This can also be enjoyed cold and stores up-to 3 days in the fridge so its also a great recipe for meal preps. Perfect recipe for creating a tasty nourishing wholesome happy bowl.

Pulp is not fiction, here have some pulp ball sauce with pasta.

Lets talk about the wonders of pulp, this is no fiction its just pure good realness. If you are a nut milk maker, you know that there is always some residue left in the nut milk bag. Unlike negative thoughts, do not let go of this residue and throw it in the trash. Instead use it to make cereal, crackers or my favorite “pueat balls” These are awesome when eaten mixed in a red sauce or when topped with pesto or anything saucy. I haven’t tried this recipe with other nut pulps,  as i usually only make almond milk, but feel free to try it and tell me how it turned out.

What you will need:

2 tbsp of flax seeds

4 tbsp of water

1 1/4 cup of almond milk pulp

4 chopped up dried tomatoes

4 chopped up olives

4 chopped up Champignons

salt to taste

1 tsp dried Italian spices mix

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 yellow onion

Method:

Preheat oven at 175 degree Celsius.

While the oven is heating up make your flax egg. Place the flax seeds in a small bowl and add water. Set aside.

Take a pan and saute the chopped up onion with 1 tbsp of onion. Set aside to cool.

In a big bowl add in the pulp, chopped up dried tomatoes, chopped up olives and champignons. Mix well add in salt and rub in the dried herbs. Pour in the sauteed onions and add in the remaining oil. Mix well and fold in the gel like ‘flax egg’. Mix well but don’t over do it, it should have a wet but not too wet and not too dry consistency which is still moldable.

Take some of the mixture and roll into a golf ball size ball. Place this on baking paper or on a baking dish. Do this with the rest of the mixture.

Put the balls in the oven and let them bake for 30 mins, or until they are firm and dry. If your oven is very very strong tune down the heat to 125 degree Celsius.

and Voila they are done if you are adding these to a red pasta sauce then pour the sauce on top of the balls and serve.

till then have a good one.

 

Untraditional Versions of Hummus

Berlin is a fast growing and evolving city, and you could say I am a somewhat proud Berliner. Its been a bumpy road reconnecting with the city but I am in tune with the flow now. I have found my place here, and I am loving it. Berlin has taught me a lot, and has introduced me to so many new sounds, people and tastes. Especially tastes such as Hummus. Hummus, you good friend of mine. I dollop hummus on so many things now it’s insane. I always have a jar in the fridge for all occasions be it mixed in my veggie bowls, on my rice, in my quinoa, spread on my bread(sprinkled with pomegranate seeds nomnom) or dunking my veggies in it, I simply love it! Hummus is a good and cheap source of protein for vegans and a tablespoon goes a long way. Since it is protein rich it can curb cravings as you get satisfied and get full faster and longer. It is also very easy to prepare at home and can be made in so many different flavors. Below I share two of my favorite recipes.

IMG_1119   Idea: Hummus tastes great spread in a baked sweet potato with salad. It makes a simple but real yummy, nutritious and healthy dinner. Simply Good!

Tip: I also always buy 1kg of dry chickpeas/garbanzo beans from the various Turkish stores that exist in Berlin. This is not only better than buying a can as cans are such a waste, canned beans are also highly processed. Futhermore it is cheaper to buy beans of any kind in its dry form, as it lasts longer and is better for you and you can cook huge batches and freeze them for letter use. To prepare the beans soak them overnight.Drain the beans place in a pot fill with water so that all the beans are covered and bring water to boil, reduce the heat  and cook on low heat. Place a piece of onion in and do not salt the water yet as this slows the beans from becoming cooked through. Cook for an hour on low medium heat and spoon out the foam that may form. During the cooking process study, read do something anything don’t waste time 😀 and blame it on cooking! Once your beans are ready prepare them how you wish or freeze them for later use.  

1. Habibis Hummus

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of cooked chickpeas

3 Tbsp. of Tahini

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 lemon

2 pinches of Garam masala (or more if you like the taste)

½ cup of water

Method:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process till smooth. *if you don’t like garam masala or don’t have any use ground cumin

2.Baba Gahummous

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of cooked chickpeas

3 Tbsp. of Tahini

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 lemon

½ cup of water

2 pinches of Garam masala (or more if you like the taste)

½ tsp of paprika powder

½ red bell pepper ½

eggplant 3 medium sized mushrooms (like locally grown brown champignons)

Method:

Rub some olive oil on the bell pepper and eggplant and chopped up mushrooms. Place everything in a preheated 175 degree Celsius oven and let it bake for about 10 minutes. Just make sure that the bell pepper and eggplant are well browned (not burnt). Add all the other ingredients in a food processor place the roasted mushrooms, eggplant and bell paper into the mix and process till creamy.