11 February 2018

Peanut and cabbage noodles


I've made these spicy peanut and cabbage noodles a couple of times, but I never seem to be able to make a pretty picture of them. Well, I will keep trying, as the dish itself is so tasty.

I made slight variations to the dish this time. I would normally add tofu as the protein, but now I had these soya chunks around, and decided to use them. They also fitted the dish very well, and also the sprouts on the top add a nice zing to it. The spicy peanut sauce itself is of course key, so make sure to taste it and balance the flavours according to your taste while you make it. It's also easy to substitute the different components, but I do think that this is a nice use of cabbage.

Peanut and cabbage noodles

Ingredients

Sauce

5 tbsp peanut butter
5 tbsp soya sauce
3 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp mirin
½ tsp chilli flakes

Other ingredients

½ red cabbage
1 onion
1 garlic clove
200 g soya chunks
Sesame seeds
Radish sprouts
Wholewheat noodles

Method

Mix the sauce ingredients together, and add more of any ingredient to taste.

Cook the noodles, cool them down and set to side.

Cut the cabbage into thin strips. Chop the onion into half rings and chop the garlic finely.

Fry the onion and cabbage in a pan until soft, although I like to leave a bit of crunch to the cabbage.

Add the soya chunks and garlic and fry some more.

Stir in the sauce and the noodles and heat through.

Serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and radish sprouts.

Enjoy!


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10 February 2018

In My Kitchen in February

Now it's time to have a look at what's been happening in my kitchen lately. It has been another busy month, and I haven't spent too much time in the kitchen, but have a few nice new items to show.

There have been plenty of blood oranges and lovely veg in my kitchen recently. It has cheered my winter up a lot! This morning I had again freshly pressed blood orange and lemon juice to start off the Saturday.




I also have a new winter-themed Moomin mug that I got from my mum for Christmas. It's nice to sip warming drinks from this one and watch the Winter Olympics. Are you also following the Olympics?


There is a cute pink pony hook on the fridge keeping my oven mittens tidy.


I just love all sorts of retro tins, so it goes without saying that I had to get this smoked paprika tin with an aviation theme. I bought it at a covered market in Sweden.


I have yet to try this white miso instant soup, but I can imagine that it's very nice and warming, and a convenient dinner on busy weekdays. I will try it very soon.


These wholemeal Spätzle (German egg noodles from Swabia) were really tasty. I had them the traditional way with fried onions and cheese. Spätzle is one of my all time favourite foods. 
 

Here are some dishes that I've cooked lately. I'm still very much cooking comfort food, as it's still winter and chilly.

The other day I made a nice and warming vegan lentil curry, which is always a good idea.


This is a classic Finnish dish: cheesy oven sausages, of course as a veggie version. Sometimes I crave these wholesome dishes of my childhood and try to make veggie versions of them. It tastes better than it looks, and it's brilliant with mashed potatoes.


I've made some warming soups, like this carrot, red lentil and potato soup. I've also eaten much more soups at work than usual. They are just perfect for this season.


I'm sharing this post with Sherry from Sherry's Pickings, who is hosting the In My Kitchen challenge.


Have a great weekend everyone!

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3 February 2018

Homemade pizza for a cosy night in


Are you familiar with the concept of Hygge, a word that went viral a few years ago?

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is the Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Over recent years, hygge became a defining characteristic of Danish culture. (source: Wikipedia

Well I like hyggeing at home very much. Having a good book to read or a film to watch, curling up on a sofa with a hot beverage or nice comfort food. That's hygge at its best for me. Our recent pizza night was just one of those cosy nights in. I made a cheesy spelt crust pizza with various tomatoes (no tomato sauce at all this time), green olives, garlic and some seasoning. It was just perfect, and I hope that I would do such nights much more often. This pizza was also part of my cheap eats regime.

How is your weekend going? Are you relaxing more or out and about? I hope that you'll have a good one whatever you are doing!


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1 February 2018

Eat Your Greens welcoming February recipes


Hello everyone and welcome to the first Eat Your Greens challenge in 2018! We've had a little break from the challenge in the busy holiday season, but now Shaheen and I are back with hosting. I also hope that you are full of ideas for green recipes and ready to share them with us! February can still be gloomy, especially in the Nordic countries, but I hope for an energy boost through greens.

For those of you, who might not know the rules of Eat Your Greens, have a closer look via this link. It's very simple though, just post a vegan or vegetarian dish containing green vegetables on your blog during February, and share the link to the post in the comment section of this post. The recipe will be featured in the round up at the end of the month.

I hope that we'll get many recipes to have a nice collection of recipes for the first Eat Your Greens challenge in 2018!

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27 January 2018

Homemade veggie sausages


I find that there can never be enough veggie sausage experiments, and therefore today's recipe is again for vegetarian sausages.

I've been cooking with some Finnish protein products again. This time with Härkis, the one made from broad beans. It's really versatile, but this time I wanted to make some homemade veggie sausages from it. This mix stuck very firmly together, probably better than any of my previous veggie sausage attempts. I think that you can substitute this product with some soya or wheat gluten products.

Have a look at my recipe here!


Homemade veggie sausages

Ingredients

250 g Härkis (protein product made from broad beans)
200 g potatoes
1 onion
2 black garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 egg
Vegetable oil for frying

Method

Peel and boil the potatoes and mash them.

Chop the onion and garlic finely and cook them in oil until soft.

Mix all ingredients together and shape sausages from the mix.

Fry the sausages in a pan until they have a crispy outside layer.

Serve with for example potato mash and cabbage mix on the side like I did.


Enjoy!

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21 January 2018

Deconstructed hummus with pasta


It's been quite a cloudy weekend, but now the sun came out, so we are heading out soon for a Sunday afternoon walk. There is a lovely star fort close to our home, and we like to do little walks there. It's also very close to Copenhagen's most famous landmark, the Little Mermaid.

This is called a deconstructed hummus only because I haven't bought a new blender to make my own hummus, and assembled it from the different components. So in this pasta I used whole chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil and lemon. I also added some fried red onions to the pasta. I should buy some sort of a blender soon though, as we can't make any smooth soups either.

Those garlic and beetroot sprouts just looked so tempting that I basically wanted to build a dish around them. I thought that they would go nicely with falafel, and they did indeed. This was a nice little weekday dish, and I would make it again, if I happen to have the same ingredients.


Have a nice Sunday!

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19 January 2018

Open mini tortillas


It's Friday night, finally! How has your week been, and what plans do you have for the weekend? I'm just glad to be at home now, although I'm still working a bit from home. I have some nice plans for tomorrow anyway, like a new local beer release party, and before that I will also go and vote in the Finnish presidential election at the embassy. It will be such an exciting day, I'm sure. It could also snow tonight, but the forecasts aren't fully agreeing on that. It should be a fairly chilly winter's day anyway.

Tonight we'll have a lentil curry night, which my partner is currently starting off by frying the onions, and I will soon continue cooking. But I wanted to share this dish briefly that I recently made: open mini tortillas with pinto beans, sweetcorn, bell pepper, tomato sauce, cheese and coriander. That's pretty much it, just add some warming spices like ground cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, chilli etc. to the sauce, and it's all good. I love this sort of dishes, and I was quite keen trying those cute mini tortillas from our local shop. They were good, very bouncy.

I hope that I'll manage to post something else this weekend as well, but we'll see. Have a good weekend everyone!



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