Monday, 1 December 2008

Stew, Crumble and Photographs

Here are some photos from my milk making experiment. I made up another batch yesterday and it went really well.

I put it in an old squash bottle.
I have two successes to report today. My first is making stew.
Recipe (this isn't strict - you can use any vegetables)
I used: 1/3 butternut squash
10 salad potatoes
3 carrots
3 parsnips
1/2 a dark green cabbage
3 fresh tomatoes
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans for people in the US)
1 can gungo peas
2 vegetable stock cubes
medium curry powder
200g red lentils
olive oil
Method: again, this is not strict.
- Fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil, in a large pan. Add basil.
- Make up the stock with a pint of boiling water. Add to the pan.
- Chop and add the squash, carrot, potato, parsnip and carrot.
- Pour in the tomatoes and canned beans. Bring to the boil, then simmer.
- Add the lentils. They don't seem to get too 'scummy' on the top, but if lentil froth appears just skim it off with a spoon.
- Add salt to taste. Add more water if it gets dry, and let it bubble away for an hour or so.
Success munber two: Super easy apple and blueberry crumble
2 apples, cooking or eating will do
big knob of sunflower spread
2 spoons of sugar/agave nectar/maple syrup
1/3 cup blueberry juice
cinnamon to taste
a cup of oats

- preheat oven to 200C
- chop up the apple
- put the apple, juice, a spoon of sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon in a microwaveable bowl
- zap for 4 minutes, until the apple is soft
- mash the apple with a fork
- put the puree into the bottom of a loaf tin
- while the bowl is still hot, put the sunflower spread into it and stir it until melted
- cream in the remaining sugar and cinnamon
- add and mix the oats
- put the oats into the tin, on top of the puree. Lightly press it down
- bake for 15 minutes

Failures: the gluten was awful. I might have done something wrong with it, I'm not sure. It was fairly similar to tofu, but floury and went soggy very quickly. Not a repeater.

Today's experiment: sprouted chick peas
They've been doing their thing for a day now. I'm hoping to make raw sprouted hoummus with them. I'm trying to include more raw in my diet, but find raw vegetables pretty bland.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Stew and crumble look like great recipes!

Good luck with the sprouted chick peas. I keep meaning to try sprouting and make a raw effort, but somehow it never manages to happen.

Keep posting!