My New Favourite Slice

Yesterday I made my version of The Global Vegan’s Peanut Butter Crackle Slice ( I have an allergy to peanuts so used almond butter/paste). This is my new go to, must have dessert/snack/slice.  Sweet but with only a 5 dates for sweetness, a little salt to balance, cranberries and coconut for contrast in texture and a little more sweetness,  crunch – the puffed rice and the coconut oil or cocoa butter to hold all together and I used 70% cacao dark chocolate to melt and put on top. This is a raw slice so aside from the melting of chocolate and oils no cooking required – just pop in the freezer for an hour or two.  This is divine! Dairy free, gluten free, processed sugar free, it has a good wack of protein and good oils.  Perfect!

#MeatfreeMonday Baked Mac No Cheese: The Global Vegan – Ellie Bullen

The Global Vegan by Ellie Bullen,

Published by Plum

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Photography by Ellie Bullen

 

 

p150  Mains

“The mac-no-cheese recipe in my first cookbook turned out to be the most popular dish. It was
amazing to hear from so many people who cooked and loved the recipe, whether they made it for
their family, friends or just themselves. It’s a truly delicious meal, so I wanted to share a fun, new
version in this book, inspired by my travels in the United States where mac ‘n’ cheese is on menus
everywhere. I noticed that bacon was often added to the dish, so I’ve added coconut bacon to this
recipe to give it a special twist.” p150

 

Serves 4
250 g macaroni
350 g peeled and deseeded pumpkin, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
3 tablespoons soy or almond milk
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons cashews
100 g cauliflower florets
100 g broccoli florets
2 tablespoons Coconut Bakon (see page 289)
2 tablespoons Parmesan Crumble (see page 265)

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan-forced.

Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water, then set aside.

Meanwhile, bring another saucepan of water to the boil, add the pumpkin and cook for 8–10 minutes or until tender. Drain and transfer the pumpkin to a blender, along with the nutritional yeast flakes, soy or almond milk,
pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oil and cashews. Blend on high until smooth.

Refill the saucepan with water and bring to the boil again. Add the cauliflower and cook for
3 minutes, then add the broccoli and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain and place in a baking dish.
Add the pasta to the baking dish and pour over the pumpkin sauce. Mix well so that the pasta is fully coated.

Sprinkle over the coconut bakon and parmesan crumble and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

**PARMESAN CRUMBLE**

This simple savoury crumble is wonderful sprinkled over pasta dishes and bakes.

Makes about 1 cup

50 g (1/3 cup) cashews

1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Place the ingredients in the small bowl of a food processor and pulse 4–5 times or until the cashews have broken down to a rough crumble. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

 

 

 

#MeatFreeMonday – Cauliflower Steaks with Red Hummus: More – Matt Preston

More

Matt Preston Published by Plum

RRP 39.99

Photography by Mark Roper

“I don’t really understand the attraction of fake meat that bleeds. Who is it going to attract? For me, part of the attraction of plant-based dishes is precisely that they don’t bleed. It’s probably something to do with carnivore guilt. Still, for that section of society here’s a steak that comes swimming in something sort of red that doesn’t involve a laboratory Petri dish. ” p75

Cauliflower Steaks with Red Hummus

 

2 teaspoons cumin seeds
juice of 1 lemon
60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
35 g (¹⁄3 cup) currants
finely grated zest of ½ lemon
2 small heads cauliflower
¹⁄3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

RED HUMMUS (AKA MUHAMMARA)

150 g roasted red capsicum (from a jar is fine)
60 g (½ cup) walnuts, toasted
400 g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon harissa
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 small ice cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Preheat a barbecue at plate with a lid on medium–high.
Combine the cumin seeds, tablespoons of the lemon juice and tablespoons of the olive oil in a bowl. Season well.

While your barbecue heats up, combine the currants, lemon zest, remaining lemon juice and remaining oil in a bowl. Season with salt and set aside so the currants plump up a bit.

Cut each cauliflower into 1. cm thick steaks, leaving the base intact, you will get about three steaks from each cauliflower. Save any leftover cauliflower for making rice to go with the Sri Lankan beetroot and cashew curry on page 236.

Brush the cauliflower steaks with the cumin mixture and place on the barbecue at plate. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes or until golden and nicely charred. Turn over and cook for another 5 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and golden.

Meanwhile, make the red hummus. Blitz the capsicum and walnuts in a food processor until almost smooth. Remove half and place in a bowl. Add the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, harissa, cumin, lemon juice and ice cubes to the processor and blitz until almost smooth.

With the motor running, add the oil in a thin, steady stream until smooth and well combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the parsley to the currants and toss together well. Spread the hummus over serving plates. Top with the reserved capsicum and walnut puree followed by the cauliflower steaks. Sprinkle with the currant mixture and serve.

 

**MEATY ADDITION: Reduce the cauliflower to 1 and serve with Barbecued white fish fillets see page 275 or 4 Barbecued or chargrilled chicken breast fillets see page 260.

Pumpkin, Potato & Peanut Thai Red Curry: More – Matt Preston

Super easy and delicious – Matt Preston makes cooking wholesome and delicious food easy.

 

More

Matt Preston

Published by Plum

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Photography by Mark Roper

“Lawd luv a tray bake. Less washing up and loads of crusty burnished bits around the edges to pick at as a cook’s treat.” p202

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 onion, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
70 g (¼ cup) crunchy peanut butter
½ bunch coriander, leaves picked, stalks and roots cleaned and finely chopped
400 ml can coconut cream
2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
juice of 1 lime and  4 kaffir lime leaves
2 tablespoons coarsely grated palm sugar
1.2 kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into 5 cm pieces
3 large coliban potatoes, peeled and quartered lengthways
80 g (½ cup) salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons coconut flakes, toasted
steamed rice, to serve
SERVES 4

 

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Heat the coconut oil in a flameproof roasting tin over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2– 3 minutes or until softened. Add the curry paste, peanut butter and coriander stalk and root and cook for 1 minute or until aromatic.

Stir in the coconut cream, soy sauce or tamari, half the lime juice, the kaffir lime leaves and sugar until well combined and bubbling.

Remove the tin from the heat. Add the pumpkin and potato and carefully toss until well coated. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender and starting to char around the edges. Squeeze over the remaining lime juice, top with the peanuts, toasted coconut flakes and coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.

#MeatFreeMonday – Butternut Pumpkin with Lemon Tahini and Miso Granola: Community (New Edition) – Hetty McKinnon

More pumpkin goodness fro you.

Community: New Edition

 Hetty McKinnon

Published by Plum

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Photography by Luisa Brimble

 

Sweet butternut pumpkin drizzled with earthy, lemon-scented tahini is a simple salad in itself. Here, I’ve taken this reliable dish to another level with the addition of savoury granola. Miso and chilli sauce bring the umami, and work in tandem with the maple syrup, resulting in a uniquely savoury granola with just a whisper of sweet. This recipe makes a lot of granola – perfect for gifting or keeping in the pantry for snacking and salad topping. It can be stored in an airtight container for several months. You can also vary the nuts and seeds: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, cashews would all work – just keep the ratios the same.“p205

 

Butternut Pumpkin with Lemon Tahini and Miso Granola

1 large butternut pumpkin (about 1.5 kg), peeled and cut into thick wedges
80–100 ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves
sea salt and black pepper

LEMON TAHINI
90 g (1⁄3 cup) tahini
juice of ½ lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
sea salt and black pepper

MISO GRANOLA (MAKES 3 ½ CUPS)
100 g (1 cup) rolled oats
½ cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
½ cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons white miso paste
2 teaspoons chilli sauce, such as sriracha, sambal oelek, gochujang (or use dried chilli flakes)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or brown sugar)

 

Preheat the oven to 220°C.  Place the pumpkin on a baking tray, drizzle with the olive oil and scatter over the paprika, coriander and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
Using your hands, massage the oil and spices into the pumpkin pieces until they are well coated. Spread them in a single layer on the tray, and bake for 30–40 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender, flipping over halfway through. Insert a knife or skewer to test for doneness.

For the lemon tahini, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Whisk in about 125 ml (½ cup) of water, a tablespoon at a time. The sauce will become thick – simply keep adding water and whisking until the mixture is the consistency of thickened cream.

For the miso granola, reduce the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Spread the mixture onto the prepared tray and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once, until golden.
Allow to cool completely, then break the granola into smaller pieces using your hands.

To serve, place the pumpkin on a plate and drizzle with the lemon tahini. Top with 3–4 tablespoons of miso granola and finish with the parsley leaves.

Spiced Sweet Potato, Puy Lentils& Rocket with Honey-Roasted Walnuts: Community (New Edition) -Hetty McKinnon

This is a wonderful book for those who love to share their cooking, who love their veggies, for vegans (swap out the honey for maple syrup) and vegetarians too. It is autumn in Western Australia – a time when the garden is producing plenty of sweet potatoes – gold and purple and pumpkins – butternut and kent (and rocket) . I have loved discovering some wonderful recipes that showcase these  ingredients. I hope you love them too.

Community: New Edition

 Hetty McKinnon

Published by Plum

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Photography by Luisa Brimble

“Sugar and spice and all things nice – this salad is exactly that. The natural sweetness of sweet potato combines perfectly with the warming spices of cumin, cinnamon and nutmeg. And the honey-roasted walnuts are nothing short of show-stopping. Make a double batch and keep them in a jar for snacking!” p83

Spiced Sweet Potato, Puy Lentils& Rocket with Honey-Roasted Walnuts

Serves 4

4 sweet potatoes (about 2 kg), peeled and cut into 2 cm cubes
2–3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground allspice
200 g (1 cup) puy lentils, rinsed
1 cup whatever soft herbs you have (such as mint, parsley, chervil, tarragon, chives, dill and/or coriander), finely chopped
2 cups baby rocket leaves
50 g parmesan, shaved
sea salt and black pepper

SWEET VINAIGRETTE

1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove, grated
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
80 ml (1⁄3 cup) extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper

HONEY-ROASTED WALNUTS

2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
pinch of sea salt
2 cups walnuts

 

Preheat the oven to 200°C. On a large baking tray, combine the sweet potato with the olive oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin and allspice and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 25–30 minutes, or until tender and starting to turn golden. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add the lentils and simmer over medium heat for around 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but still have a bite to them. Drain. To make the sweet vinaigrette, whisk together all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. While the lentils are still warm, stir through the vinaigrette. To prepare the walnuts, combine the honey with the chilli flakes, turmeric, salt and just enough water to make a thick paste. Coat the walnuts in the paste and spread onto a baking tray. Roast for 15 minutes, or until the walnuts are crunchy and almost dry. The nuts will stay a bit sticky, which is fine. Combine half the herbs with the rocket, sweet potato and lentils and season well. To serve, scatter over the walnuts, the remaining herbs and the parmesan.

 

#Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Soup – Dinner in 5 – Pete Evans

**If you swap out the chicken bone broth in this recipe with vegetable stock you have the perfect autumn vegetarian soup.**

Dinner in 5

Pete Evans

Plum

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781760559168

RRP$39.99

 

 

Cauliflower Soup 

SERVES 4

cauliflower 1 head (about 1 kg), broken into florets

onion 1, chopped

garlic cloves 4,

chopped chicken bone broth 1.25 litres (page 231) **or vegetable stock**

+ coconut oil or good-quality animal fat 3 tablespoons, melted

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

“When cauliflower is abundant and cheap, I love to eat it in as many ways as possible. I roast, fry, pickle and use it raw in salads. One of the easiest and most satisfying ways to prepare cauliflower when you have a glut is to make a delicious soup. This one is really versatile, so use whatever seasonings take your fancy.” p 194

Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

Place one-quarter of the cauliflower florets on a baking tray, drizzle over 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil or fat and toss to coat. Sprinkle on a little salt and roast for 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower is golden. Set aside.

Heat the remaining coconut oil or fat in a large saucepan over medium–high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until slightly softened.

Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the remaining cauliflower florets and cook for 5 minutes to soften.

Next, pour in the broth (**or stock**) and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium– low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is very tender.

Puree the soup with a hand-held blender until super smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into warm serving bowls and top with the reserved roasted cauliflower. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle on some pepper, if desired, and serve.

 

 

 

Vegetable and Lentil Tabbouleh:CSIRO Low Carb Diet – Quick and Easy -Grant Brinkworth & Pennie Taylor 

CSIRO Low Carb Diet –  Quick and Easy 

Grant Brinkworth & Pennie Taylor 

Pan Macmillan Australia

RRP $34.99

Vegetable and Lentil Tabbouleh

400 g firm tofu, sliced

4 zucchini, thinly sliced diagonally

640 g fresh vegetable and lentil salad

250 g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems and leaves finely chopped

¼ cup (60 ml) fat-free Italian dressing

 

Preheat the chargrill plate on a barbecue to medium–high.

Add the tofu and zucchini and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden and just cooked. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Pumpkin and Tofu Tangine – CSIRO Low Carb Diet – Quick and Easy -Grant Brinkworth & Pennie Taylor 

CSIRO Low Carb Diet –  Quick and Easy 

Grant Brinkworth & Pennie Taylor 

Pan Macmillan Australia

RRP $34.99

Pumpkin and Tofu Tangine

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon harissa seasoning

300 g peeled, seeded pumpkin, cut into thin wedges

600 g firm tofu, cut into 2 cm pieces

2 zucchini, cut lengthways into quarters

1 x 500 g packet frozen broccoli and cauliflower rice

 

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, deep non-stick frying pan over high heat.

Add the harissa, pumpkin, tofu and zucchini and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes.

Add ½ cup (125 ml) water. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large non-stick wok over high heat. Add the broccoli and cauliflower rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until heated through and starting to crisp up.

Divide the rice and tofu tagine evenly among shallow bowls and serve.

 

#MondayMunchies Roadside Treasure Cake ( Apple & Blackberry Tray Cake): Family Food & Feelings – Kate Berry

 

‘Family, Food and Feelings by Kate Berry, Published by Plum, RRP $39.99, Photography by Kate Berry’

 

“When we lived in the hills, every autumn the girls and I kept a close eye on the roadside apple trees, checking on their progress and making sure no one had swooped in before us. It was a game of luck. Sometimes we’d get in first; sometimes we’d lose to another apple poacher, or to the birds. But when we did win, it was on. We’d park the car under
the tree, grab the baskets from the boot and take our positions: Pepper on the roof for the higher apples, me on the boot and Maya at ground level.
As for blackberries, well those guys were just everywhere, and they’re prickly. So even though they taste delicious, they just weren’t as fun. But I do love the metaphor that can be found somewhere within the hostile blackberry bush … with a little care and time you’re rewarded with something sweet and delicious.” p115

180 g (1½ cups) spelt flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
55 g (½ cup) hazelnut meal
155 g (2/3 cup) brown sugar
3 free-range eggs
100 g coconut oil
150 g plain yoghurt
2 apples (we’d use whatever variety we happened to find), cored and cut into eighths
200 g blackberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan-forced). Line a lamington tin with baking paper.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a mixing bowl.

Stir in the hazelnut meal and set aside.

Place the sugar and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk for 5 minutes or
until thick and pale. Add the coconut oil and yoghurt and whisk until well combined.

Gently fold the flour mixture into the yoghurt mixture until just combined – take care not to overmix.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and spread it out nicely. Arrange the apples in an even layer on top of the batter, then squish the blackberries in between.

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden on top and firm to the touch, and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares and serve.

SERVES 16