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Fit for a smoothie?

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We had some leftover parsley stems from this recipe and Abel made mind-blowing smoothie out of it.


FIT SMOOTHIE FIT

Ingredients (for 2 glasses of smoothie):

  • 2.5 cups of orange (juice)
  • 1.5 cups of grapefruit (juice)
  • 2/3 cups of fresh parsley (stems in our case) and celery leaves
  • 2 tbsp of honey (or Agave syrup)
  • ice cubes

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Blend and enjoy the kick!

*a chili with personality*

*a chili with personality*

For decoration I chose to sacrifice our favourite chili from the balcony. I actually imagine it to taste good mixed into the smoothie as well.

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Yeast Spread with Oat, or Oat Spread with Yeast

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Yeast Spread with Oat, or Oat Spread with Yeast

Yeast spread with oat flakes…

Abel loves this spread and since the birth of our blog he has been asking me to post the recipe.

Well, here it is. I learned it from my Mother and I try to pass it on exactly the same way.


 

YEAST SPREAD

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp (about 10g) of fresh yeast
  • 1/2 cup of oat flakes
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • 1 clove of garlic (pressed)
  • 3/4 tsp of salt
  • a pinch of: black pepper, paprika powder and turmeric
    optionally a little nutmeg or marjoram
  • about 3 tbsp of oil for frying
  • a handful of chopped parsley

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Heat oil and fry onions. After a 2-3 minutes, add oat flakes. In the meantime dissolve yeast in hot (!) water and add it to the pan. Stir until the liquid evaporates. Add all spices at the end. Sometimes I also add a little piece of butter or margarine to make it more creamy.

We often eat it on a cold Sunday morning for breakfast. Believe me, it tastes a lot better than it sounds! ;)

 

Happy Breakfast!

Happy Breakfast!

 

 

Kick-Ass Seitan

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Kick-Ass Seitan

In my first months ~years in Munich I had the opportunity to live in a shared apartment with two very kind happy hippies, my flatmates Miri and Benny. They are vegetarian, of course. They used to cook often, and one of the best dishes I tried there was their Seitan. They didn’t have a special recipe, so every time they prepared seitan, it was a different and tasty stuff.

By the way, seitan, is a ‘vegan meat’ made mainly out of wheat gluten (a.k.a. wheat protein) and spices, originally from Japan. The base is a powder you can order from almost any vegan or organic store.

As so many times, first we used La Dimensión Vegana as an inspiration.  Then Uta and I found our own style and we ended up with this kick ass seitan and chorizo. Beware: we used it and will use it in many recipes, just have a look at the Tamale from Chiapas for instance, so you might want to bookmark this recipe!


 SEITAN BASICS

Ingredients (4 to 6 pieces) :

  • 1 and 1/2 cup of seitan basis (gluten powder)
  • 2 tbsp of onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp of oregano
  • 1/2  cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp  of liquid smoke (you can find it in many vegan shops and it is the final touch you’ll need for the perfect taste)

Possible fillings:

  • 4 garlic cloves pressed or chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut stripes

Preparation time: 20 minutes


Mix in a big bowl all the dry ingredients. Then pour together all the liquid ingredients. Then mix very well liquid and dry ingredients using your hands. The result should be a soft dough.

 

Now divide the dough into four. Spread out each part over a piece of plastic foil. You can roll it up and make plain ones, or you might top it with garlic, parsley and red peppers, as we did for the photos. Make a firm roll out of it and boil it for 15 minutes with the plastic foil around. Thus, it will keep the form.

You can eat it like this, but we often fry it, as the thin&crispy seitan slices have an amazing aroma!

Seitan Vegan Sausage Chorizo


We have another basic recipe for seitan powder, so let’s make this post an economic two-in-one. Chorizo in Spain and Mexico, kolbász in Hungary: a spicy sausage based on paprika.

SEITAN CHORIZO

Ingredients (6 to 8 pieces):

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of seitan basis
  • 2 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp of chilli flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3/4 tbsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp of paprika powder (the best is the homemade red powdered paprika from Uta’s grandmother ;)
  • 1/2 tbsp of oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp of thyme
  • 1/4 cup of steamed rice
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of liquid smoke and/or chili Chipotle (yummie!)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Chorizo Kolbász Vegan

The process to do Seitan in any variation is the same. First the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the liquids in another, then mix it all to make the dough. Roll them into plastic foil, firmly, and boil for 15 minutes.

For excursions like we had last weekend to the Tegernsee, our sandwiches look like this: fried chorivegano (see above recipe), vegan mayonnaise and veggies. It resists warm temperatures, will give you energy and you wouldn’t guess….it’s very tasty!!

Tegernsee

Or try it on the grill. Mmmm….

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