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Chermoula spiced eggplant with beetroot and a Japanese dressing

Imogen Taylor - Wednesday, April 21, 2021

I am happy to find that after a day of roaming, and travel freedoms reclaimed - my creativity has returned to me.


I have sliced the eggplant into rounds and tossed in olive oil, then laid them out on a tray to bake in the oven.

I have sprinkled the eggplant with my Chermoula spice blend, but any Moroccan spice mix would do...

 

 

Steamed beetroot drizzled in olive oil with a Japanese tahini and lime dressing.

Served with:

Eggplant slices roasted and flavoured with my Moroccan chermoula spice blend.

The Japanese dressing is a new invention comprising:


Lime juice (from 1 lime)

1 tbs coconut sugar

1 tbsp tamari

1 splash rice wine vinegar 

1 clove garlic

1 tsp Sambal oelek

1 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp sesame oil

Add a few glugs of olive oil as it amalgamates in a high speed blender

Garnish with toasted sesame seeds (for the beetroot), and chopped parsley (for the roasted eggplant)..

 

 

Pumpkin, sweet potato and leek galette

Imogen Taylor - Tuesday, August 04, 2020

    

This is a roasted root vegetable, and leek galette; served with sautéed kale, garlic, toasted pine nuts and lemon juice.. I made this galette for the first time two weeks ago. But the vegan pastry was a miss, so back to the drawing board. Turns out; using coconut oil as the fat component (when making pastry) is NOT a winner! 

This galette used a spelt flour and vegan butter recipe. (Tweaked from my last effort).

Why is pie-making such a happy craft?!  (that’s vegan cheese on the top)..

 

 

My very simple vegan galette recipe.
1 cup organic wholemeal Spelt flour
pinch Himalayan pink salt
25gm vegan butter 
3 tbsp water

Method.
Add the vegan butter to the flour/salt mixture and rub together till you have a crumb.
Add the water and combine till a dough forms. Continue blending the ingredients till the dough becomes "united". (that is; all ingredients have surrendered individual identity and melded into a whole...)
Put aside to rest for half an hour minimum.

When ready, roll out the dough on a sheet of baking paper till the dough is really thin.

 

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For the filling:

quater of a pumpkin, cut into pieces and roasted

roasted sweet potato (cut into cubes of some description before roasting)

sliced leeks, sauteed on both sides till caramelised.

freshly ground black pepper

Once the pastry is rolled out, spread the vegetables over the pastry and sprinkle liberally with the pepper. Leave a small area free on the outside so that you can roll the pastry inwards towards the centre to form your galette. Transfer your pie onto a baking tray or baking dish that fits size-wise.

Bake at 200 degrees Celcius for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it to check that the pastry is browning.

I have added vegan cheese once the galette is removed from the oven. Plus toasted pinenuts.

But work with what you have in your pantry.

I have served the galette with wilted kale which I have sauteed quickly with sliced garlic and a squirt of lemon juice.

Yummmmmy!


  

Vegan breakfast ideas

Imogen Taylor - Friday, July 31, 2020

 

 

I'm a great one for buying bananas and watching them go off in the fruit bowl! I salvaged these before they transformed (i don't like them once they’re past the firm stage cos the sugars all change), and caramelised them with maple syrup to have with granola for breakfast this morning.

So; here is granola and caramelised bananas with plums, hemp seeds, caramelised almond slivers, salted caramel coconut yoghurt, et "les fleurs du jardin".

 

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Pear parsnip and carrot salad with toasted sesame seeds

Imogen Taylor - Sunday, July 24, 2016

 

Dishes like this make me fall in love with veggies all over again; I love plants!!!

I have shaved the parsnip and the carrot, and roasted them in the oven till crispy. Then served them with pear, radish, red onion and organic rocket on a bed of grains; quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and lentils (actually an organic soup mix).. What a cocophony!! But it was outrageously good..

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