Friday, 1 July 2016

Welcoming July With Your Eat Your Green Recipes

Oh my goodness is it July already?! 

Once again #EatYourGreens cooking and baking challenge is welcoming your vegetarian and vegan recipes this time for the month of July.
Please share with us your recipe made with a green vegetable and they will be featured in the round up at the end of the month.   For further details on how to participate, see here, but otherwise its really easy, just add a link to your recipe to the comments section below to take part. 

Right now, please click here to see the recipes shared with The VegHog my co-host in June 2016.  
Happy July and don't forget to #EatYourGreens and more importantly share them with us.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Vegan Strawberry Cinnamon Crumb Bars

Yesterday I was going to share progress in my garden, as well as a small harvest of fresh strawberries, but I was tired.  Even though I had not done much over the weekend, I was mentally tired and then coming back home from work, had me crashing to the sofa. 

All week I have been sharing food from overseas and other climes, but today its back to British - not necessarily these bars which are American, but I am nodding my head to one of the Best British ingredients - Yes, lets all scream Strawberries!
This was one beautiful strawberry bar.  The bottom soft spongy, the top crumbly and crunch and in between a layer of strawberries. Teasing me, first a little bit burst of fruit, then a little bit jammy and then a little bit chewy.  Nice.  Although D eats everything I make, he does not always appreciate the vegan cakes I make that often, but he loved this one and was happy that I was not going to take any slices into work to share.  Secretly I was pleased too.  
I've adapted  the recipe for Blueberry Spice Crumb Bars slightly from  Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Post Punk Kitchen's Duo.   I am not going to republish it here, if you don't have the cookbook - go on treat yourself, if not - you can find the recipe on-line.  I  replaced the spelt flour with plain flour, blueberries with strawberries and omitted the ginger and allspice.  

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Maqluba - Middle Eastern Upside Down Savoury Rice Cake

All week,  except for Friday much to do with the EU Referendum I have been trying to raise some awareness of Refugee Week through Cooking A Dish from Another Country .  Refugee Week  in the United Kingdom is an event that promotes positive encounters between asylum seekers and refugees and members of the receiving communities, as well as raising awareness. The theme for Refugee Week  2016 was Welcome.  
Today I will share another Middle Eastern dish called Maqluba.
Over the years, I've seen various versions of Maqlub.   Maqluba is a Palestinian dish popular throughout the Middle East.  Once the dish is cooked, the cooking pot is turned  upside down and removed to reveal  the edible crown beneath.  

I have no doubt that Maqluba takes centre stage on the table at Middle Eastern family feasts, especially now when many Muslims across the world are taking part in the holy time in the Islamic calendar of Ramadan and this may be part of the Iftar meal - breaking of the fast.  I do however wonder how the Syrian asylum seekers  in the Calais Jungle in France are coping at this trying and testing time.  There is an initiative called The Refugee Community Kitchen which has seen a group of compassionate people band together to help the refugees living in the camps of Europe.  The Refugee Community Kitchen have come together to create a kitchen to feed people to sustain them and their children.  I hope we can all play a small part here and donate a little.
Maqluba is often made with meat, but I have adapted a meat version from Libyan Food and Kitchen of Palestineinto a version, suitable not just for vegetarians but also vegans.  This one is made with aubergines and cauliflower.
I have to admit, I was expecting it to collapse on removing the pot, but it remained perfectly intact. I was really pleased to even slice it perfectly too.  Feel free to sprinkle with toasted pine-nuts, almonds or herbs.  
Other posts related to Refugee Week
Eritrean Zigni and Berbere
Middle Eastern Kibbeh
Somalian Fava Beans 
Syrian Cauliflower Zahra Mnazalet

Zimbabwean Butternut Squash