Friday, 24 May 2013

Buckwheat granola (Gluten free)

I'm a big breakfast person. I love making my own muesli and porridge mixes to have on hand ready to throw together for quick and delicious weekday breakfast. I have been wanting to try to make my own raw granola for ages BUT I don't own a dehydrator and our oven in a furnace. It doesn't matter how low I put it, everything still burns if I'm not super careful. This started as a attempt to make raw granola using the "keep warm" setting on the oven but unfortunately it got a bit toasted but it still tasted amazing. If you own a dehydrator or a oven that will work you can make this raw for sure. But otherwise makes a delicious crunchy granola which keeps really well in a sealed glass jar.
I've been enjoying the granola on top of green smoothies along with bee pollen and hemp seeds. Kev likes it in a more traditional style with nondairy milk and some fruit. However you like your morning cereal this granola is a crunchy, slightly sweet and super healthy way to start you day. It makes a small amount as I've been making a fresh batch each week but I have made double and triple batches as well and they turn out great.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Malyasian cooking

I promised a recipe from our time away. While in Penang we did a cooking class with a local home cook called Pearly. During the class we went on a tour of a amazing local market and then went to Pearly's home to learn how to cook three dishes and then share for lunch. Although none of the dishes on the menu were vegetarian Pearly happily adapted them for me so I could still be a part of the class. If you go to Penang you must find time to go to one of Pearly's classes (see here for details). I asked Pearly if I could share one of the dishes here with you all. This is the vegetarian version of the Sambal Goreng which traditionally uses prawns instead of the eggplant. This was my favorite dish we made, I love the cashew coconut sauce and the fried chillies. So good! Although there is a bit of cutting involved it comes together really quickly. Serve with rice and some greens for a lovely meal. 

Sambal Goreng
In Pearly's book she writes that she doesn't know why this dish is called Sambal Goreng as it doesn't contain any sambal!

1/4 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup of water
4-5 tbsp of vegetable oil
4-6 shallots sliced
4-6 gloves of garlic sliced
4 large fresh chillies (2 red and 2 green) seeds removed and sliced
4 small purple eggplants
20 cashews toasted and chopped to garnish

Spice paste
15g tamarind
1/3 cup of water
2 stalks of lemongrass finely sliced
20-24 cashews
1/4 tsp of salt
** if you don't mind shrimp paste add 1 flat tsp of shrimp paste but works fine without it.

Squeeze the tamarind repeatedly in water. Rest for 15 minutes and then squeeze again. Strain the water off using your fingers (not a sieve) and place in a blender. Put all the other spice paste ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and set aside.
In a small bowl mix the coconut cream and water. Heat wok with the vegetable oil. Fry the shallots until crisp and set aside. Keeping the same oil, fry the garlic until crisp and set aside. Remove all the oil (and set to one side) except 1 tsp and fry the chillies for about 10 seconds and set aside.
Add the oil back to the wok and fry the eggplants until soft and golden. Remove from the wok and set aide. Fry the spice paste and coconut milk over a low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes.
Pour the white sauce into a serving dish. Place the eggplant and chillies on top of the sauce. Add the toasted cashews and garnish with the fried shallots and garlic. Serve immediately.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

We are back!

After having an amazing time, we are home and getting back into things. I will be back shortly with a delicious Malaysian recipe we picked up while we were away but in the mean time here are a few pictures to get you started. The photos are all taken in and around Penang. We ate some of the most incredible food in this city. If you have ever been to Penang you would know that the people there take their food VERY seriously. I will be back to share more soon and a recipe or two. Until then enjoy a few sneak peeks from around George Town, Penang.