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Vegan Fig Pear Cakes!

Yesterday, I invented this lovely recipe, adapted it from this recipe of mine!

I had an abundance of fresh figs from our own tree at the moment & I needed to use them up.

Delicious!

Recipe: For 10 flower-shaped cakes

Ingredients:

dry ingredients:

1 cup organic white spelt flour

1 cup organic whole wheat spelt flour

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

3 pinches of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground garam masala

1/2 teaspoon of ground green cardamom

Fold in after:

1/3 cup roasted skinned hazelnuts

1 cup cleaned & quarter fresh figs

1 cup peeled, cored, fresh ripe pear chunks

wet ingredients:

2 flax eggs

30 ml organic sunflower oil

1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk

Method:

  1. Chop your roasted hazelnuts into smaller chunks. Set aside. Take a bowl & ad all dry ingredients in this order in it. Mix with a spoon. Finally, fold in: quartered figs, pear chunks & hazelnuts. Mix in.
  2. Take another smaller bowl & add flax eggs. Mix well & wait for 10 minutes until more gel like. Add other wet ingredients. Mix well. Now, pour wet ingredients to the bowl with dry ingredients & fold everything just through. Preheat your oven to 200°C. (392 F)
  3. Place chosen silicon baking mats, I chose flower shaped one’s & fill them with 3/4 of the batter. See that in everyone, you have figs, pear chunks & hazelnuts. When filled up, shake your mat up & down a bit to remove any air holes in the dough. Place silicon mats on a Silpat for stability on an oven rack & bake into the hot oven for 25 minutes but lower your oven to 180°C.(356 F). Test with a small pin to see if the cakes are fully baked. Take out of oven & leave cakes in their mats for about 15 minutes. Then, carefully flip them over & take them out! See that they come out in 1 piece & place them all on a wire rack to cool down completely! They are nice on their own & you can taste the fig, hazelnut & pear. Now & then, you can taste the green cardamom & the garam masala! Perfect with a good cup of spiced green tea! MMM! A look at the goewie inside:
Yummy!

You might like:

Vegan Spelt buttermilk fig cake!

Vegan spelt cashew nut pulp muffins!

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Spiced Veggie Soup from our garden! ;)

Hey sweeties, another tasty soup recipe using all veggies from our garden!

 

Recipe: For a whole lot of soup

Ingredients:

1 very large green courgette & 1 normal green one, cleaned, mushy interior & seeds removed, cut up into thicker chunks (about 1800 gr when cut up)

2 small white onions, peeled & finely chopped —- I only used 2 small onions because they are very pungent

1 leek, well washed, cleaned & cut up —- I only use 1 leek because the home-grown leek is very pungent & sharp in flavour

2 spring onions, cleaned, white & green parts used, chopped

1 small green chili pepper, cleaned, green flesh chopped & seeds kept to use into the soup

1300 ml of a hot vegan stock

pink salt in a grinder

black pepper

garam masala: 3 big dashes

ground Curcuma ( turmeric) :3 big dashes

a fruity extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Take a cook steaming pot with fitted lid. Pour some olive oil in it. Heat up on high. Now, add chopped onions, spring onions, leek & green chilli pepper pieces & seeds. Stir fry for about 10 minutes. Add chopped courgettes, garam masala & turmeric too. Stir everything round into the pan. Fry for about 5 minutes more. Add hot vegan stock & place fitted lid on.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes or until the nozzle of the steamcooker makes a lot of noise & the pressure inside is too high! Then, turn heat off & carefully with oven gloves on, set the steam free until there is no steam left. Then, check seasoning. I added some black pepper extra. Mix the soup until smooth! Enjoy! A kicking soup! 🙂
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Meatball & tomato lover’s spaghetti!

Yesterday, I invented this lovely easy pasta dinner. I had 3 types of tomatoes in the house. I had some very small tomatoes from a friend & some smaller long cherry tomatoes. I also had some semi-dried tomatoes in oil. I added a few other key ingredients & this was the final tasty result!

Recipe: For 4 persons

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

260 gr egg-free pork & veal mince

black pepper

sea salt

For the rest:

375 gr white spelt spaghetti

125 gr semi-dried tomatoes in herbs & oil, padded dry, cut up

20 mini tomatoes

15 longer cherry tomatoes, each cut up into 2

a good aged balsamic vinegar: 3 or 4 glugs

3 medium white onions, peeled & thinly sliced

black pepper

sea salt

Just before serving: some shredded parmesan shavings

Method:

  1. Place mince into a bowl & add seasoning to your liking. Roll smaller meat balls with your hands. Place them on a plate.
  2. Cook pasta until tender. Drain well & keep warm. This took me 8 minutes.
  3. At the same time, fry your mini meat balls in hot oil until browned on all sides & cooked through. Remove them from the pan & keep warm. In the same hot pan, fry onion slices & season with some black pepper & sea salt. When ready, remove from the pan & add to the meatballs. Now, add some extra oil. Add all tomato pieces & fry for about 1 minute or so. Pour about 4 to 5 slugs of that aged balsamic vinegar to the hot pan & stay around the pan. Fry for another 2 minutes. Add meatballs & onion slices back to the pan & stir everything carefully around the pan trying not to break up the tomatoes! Check seasoning one last time. Serve at once & just before eating, shred some fresh parmesan shavings on the top od each plate! Enjoy, best with a loved one! 😉 MMM!
Super yummy!

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Vegan Strawberry Einkorn Cakes!

A few days ago, I made these lovely vegan strawberry einkorn cakes! They were absolutely the max!

Delicious Healthy Strawberry Einkorn Cakes! Mmm,…

They also make an ideal Food Gift! 🙂

Tasty for everyone!

I hear you say, what is einkorn, Sophie?

Einkorn is a type of ancient wheat.

Einkorn wheat (from German Einkorn, literally “single grain”) refers to wild species of wheat. Einkorn wheat was one of the first plants to be domesticated and cultivated. It has a high content of protein, phosphorous, vitamin B6 and potassium when compared to modern forms of wheat. It also has plenty of carotenoids. It enhances better digestion too. The low content of gluten in einkorn makes it easier to digest than modern wheat. It hasn’t been manipulated. This means that nutrients are better absorbed, ensuring that you have no tummy problems after eating any einkorn dish.

But because it is another form of gluten, people who are gluten-intolerant can digest it easily because it is different from normal gluten & it won’t show up in a gluten test! I read that. It is also know as einkorn in German, Petit épautre (Small Spelt) in French, Eenkoornmeel in my language aka Dutch.

I have made many baking dishes with einkorn flour to get to know this flour a bit more. You can’t just substitute einkorn flour for normal gluten full flour. It doesn’t work. I invented these yummy vegan strawberry einkorn cakes & made them to perfection.

Tips:

  • Beat less and at lower speed or by hand for lighter textures in cakes and muffin recipes.
  • Einkorn flour doesn’t rise much in the oven, so I added baking powder in this lovely cake recipe.

Let’s see this yummy cake recipe on the inside:

Juicy, a bit spiced up & just lovely on its own or with a vegan café latte! 🙂

Recipe: For 8 smaller cakes

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

150 gr organic whole grain einkorn flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice (koekkkruiden in Dutch)

80 gr coconut sugar

1 sachet of 8 gr vanilla cane sugar

200 gr fresh hulled strawberries, quartered & few extra

Wet ingredients:

2 flax eggs (Here I only used 2 tablespoons of ground flax + 4 tablespoons of water, mixed, left to stand for 10 minutes until thickened a bit)

75 ml sunflower oil

Method:

  1. Take a bigger bowl & sieve your flour & baking powder. Mix with a spoon. Add mixed spice, coconut sugar & vanilla cane sugar. Mix gently with a spoon. Add the quartered strawberries & fold them into the flour-sugar-spice mix until they are all covered.
  2. Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan oven) (320 F) for 10 minutes. If you have another oven it will be 180°C (356 F) In another smaller bowl ad flax eggs. Mix with a whisk & leave to stand for 10 minutes until thickened a bit. Add sunflower oil & whisk together.
  3. Pour wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients & mix. See that there are no lumps of flour left. Take a muffin-mini cake tray & line them with paper muffin tins.
  4. Fill your paper tins with the batter. See that there are equal amounts of strawberries in each mini cake! Top the extra strawberry pieces on top of some of the cakes & push them to the inside. Bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven & take them out of the tray. Place them all on a wire rack to cool down completely! When cold, eat them just like that, just remove the outer paper & munch! Excellent with a vegan café latte! 🙂 Store them into a cookie-cake box! 🙂 You like what you see? SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL TO MY BLOG SOPHIE’S FOODIE FILES! It is free! Join 2,000 email subscribers! You also get my Free E-Book to download called Healthy Vegan Christmas!11 new unpublished healthy vegan recipes & 8/10 are also gluten-free! Join me! I have 2 versions of my E-Book: one for IMac, IPad, Iphone & 1 in PDF! Just click onto the photo below to get subscribed & to get my free E-book! Enjoy!  

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Oatmeal Rhubarb Breakfast!

This morning, I invented this lovely warm oatmeal breakfast.

Delicious!

I harvested the 1st fresh rhubarb from our allotment! It was 766 gr in total, ooh yes! I used a lot green-red stalks for a lovely home-made crumble, I made this delicious one! The other 3 stalks, I used for this lovely breakfast! It is easy to make, fresh & super yummy too! 🙂

The 1st rhubarb from the garden = 766 gr!

Recipe: For 3 persons

Ingredients:

For the oatmeal:

1 + 1/4 cup (115 gr) gluten-free small-sized oats

1 cup (250 ml) water

1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened soy milk

For the rhubarb compote:

3 stalks of fresh rhubarb, cleaned, washed, pad dry, cut up into smaller pieces, each about 2-3 cm

3 tablespoons of water

organic cane sugar: about 2 tablespoons

Method:

  1. Make your oatmeal. Add all ingredients into a medium cooking pot. Stir & bring to the boil. Boil on medium-heat until your oats have been cooked. This took my oats 15 minutes. Keep warm.
  2. At the same time, put rhubarb pieces into fitted cooking pot. add water & stir often, bring to the boil. When rhubarb is started to soften, add cane sugar & stir round into the rhubarb. Boil until just cooked through & check with a fork. The rhubarb pieces has to be tender & cooked through. The pieces don’t all need to fall apart! Check if you find it just sweet enough. I like to still taste the tang of the rhubarb but yet a bit sweet!
  3. Serve at once: spoon your oatmeal at one side of the plate. Spoon your compote on the other side of the plate & serve at once & enjoy with your loved one & a cup of tea. 🙂
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Asparagus Spelt Pasta!

The last few weeks, I have made this pasta dinner for a few times! Why? Because it is asparagus season! That means that the white gold is back in town! Lovely succulent fresh white asparagus pasta with a few simple ingredients. It is a super healthy pasta dinner & it uses only 4 basic lovely tasty ingredients! Let’s guess!

MMMM!

I used wholemeal spelt penne, fresh butter, fresh flat-leaf parsley & white asparagus! Ooh yes, so simple, very easy yet delicious to make!

Let’s begin with the tasty recipe!

Fresh cooked white asparagus!

Recipe: For 4-5 persons

Ingredients:

350-400 gr wholemeal spelt penne

2 packets of fresh white asparagus, peeled & each one cut up into smaller bit-sized pieces

a handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, washed, cleaned, spun dry & cut up finely

fresh lactose-free butter or fresh butter

keep the cooked water where from your asparagus

To serve: freshly grated Parmesan cheese

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

Method:

  1. Take a large cooking pot & fill with cold water. Place your cut up asparagus in it. Place fitted lid on & bring the water to the boil. When it is well boiling, set the timer to 8 minutes. Boil your asparagus for 8 minutes or until just al dente when pierced with a fork. Taste with other pieces too. Drain well but keep about 150-250 ml of the cooked asparagus water. In the same pot, heat of a few knobs of butter. When hot, add drained asparagus & the cut up parsley too. Carefully with 2 hands, shake your pot up & round so that the melted butter & parsley have coated the asparagus. See that the asparagus are hot too. Season with some finely milled black pepper & some salt too but not too much! Keep warm.
  2. At the same time, cook your pasta until al dente. This was 8 minutes. Drain well. Add the butted aspargus-parsley to the warm pasta & stir round carefully in the pot trying not to break the cooked asparagus! Add some of the cooked asparagus water just enough until you get a bit of a sauce. Season again if you need to.
  3. Heat up 2 white pasta plates & place the mix onto your plate. Just before serving, add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the top! Now, you can taste the sweet asparagus, the parsley, the salted cheese & the yummy spelt penne! Perfect! Enjoy with loved one’s!!!! MMM,… 😉

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Healthy Lunch Salad!

Yesterday, I invented this lovely healthy lunch or dinner. I even eat it like breakfast this morning! 🙂 So good, So yummy! You can eat it just like this but I will give you few other options too, just the way you like it! 😉 Doesn’t it look lovely?

Yummy food!

This recipe is super easy to make & you can serve it just like this, the easy way or add some other things in. I will show you at the end of this recipe with yummy suggestions!

Let’s make this recipe!

For 5 persons

Ingredients:

For the salad:

dry rinsed quinoa, enough for 5 persons

2 spring onions, washed, cleaned & cut up into rings (white & green part)

1/2 fresh cucumber, peeled & each round cut up into 4 pieces

about 10 small tomatoes, each one cut up lengthways into 2

1 + 1/2 stalk of green celery, cleaned, cut up into smaller pieces

black pepper

some Maldon sea salt

fresh washed, spun dry, young salad leaves from the garden, like yellow purslane, mustard greens, cut away green salad leaves, cut away red salad leaves, …

fresh washed, spun dry, herbs from the garden like chives, chervil, …

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil

1 + 1/2 tablespoon of a good aged balsamic vinegar

5 grins of black pepper

a few pinches of Maldon sea salt

Method:

Cook quinoa according to packet instructions & add celery bits too. I added a bit of a good vegan stock to it. Cook until just al dente. Drain excess water, if you need to. Drain well. Spread quinoa & cooked celery bits onto a big plate & place into the fridge to, cool down completely, for at least 1 hour. After that, add cucumber, spring onions & tomatoes. Mix it through the quinoa. Season with some black pepper & some salt, but not too much. Place back into the fridge to cool down a bit more.

Make the dressing. Place all ingredients into a fitted empty jam pot & screw lid on. Shake jam pot up & down a bit & taste. It has to taste fab!

Plate up! Place a lot of the mixed salad leaves & herbs onto your plate. Spoon the quinoa-veggies mix on top, in the middle of your plate, as much as you like. Finally, spoon your dressing all over your quinoa-veggies mix. Let’s eat! MMMM!

Variations:

  1. Eat it like this + dressing + some lovely vegan feta or real marinated feta cubes!
  2. Eat it like this minus the dressing + serve with some good organic pork gyros with some added red bell pepper strips fried in olive oil!
  3. Eat it like this + dressing + poached organic chicken fillets!
  4. Eat it like this + dressing + roasted white fish or roasted salmon!