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23 / 01 / 2020

This sauce is absolutely divine! Overflowing with flavour and texture, I would encourage you to think of it more as a 'pesto' in how strong the flavour really is. Yes, it's slightly oily and kind of rich, but that's the beauty of this sauce. It's full of vegetables which I won't rush to say are my favourite, but together and slowly cooked in this way until they are incredibly tender - is utter heaven. I intended this recipe make a lot, because as well as serving it stirred through pasta for a hot dinner, or cold lunch the next day (so GOOD!!), you might like to serve this on bruschetta or freeze some to add into a lasagne, to bump it up 101 flavour notches. Do try this one honeybunches, it's simple yet sophisticated.

Makes approx. 6 cups of sauce. (Serves 8 if stirred through pasta)

Ingredients

Method

  1. Grab a deep dish pot/large & deep fry-pan, and add the olive oil (yes it's a lot, but as I said think of this like a pesto, plus the eggplant absorbs a lot of it) along with the diced onion, capsicum and celery, sautéed over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the eggplant and sauté until all the veg (the eggplant especially) is incredibly tender and starting to fall apart. It will take approx. 15 minutes, don't rush this step.
  2. Add the garlic, oregano, capers, olives, chilli flakes and a generous sprinkle of salt & pepper. Stir and cook for a few minutes longer. It should be incredibly fragrant and beginning to resemble a sauce.
  3. Drizzle in a generous splash of red wine vinegar, stir to de-glaze the pan and then add the two tins of tomatoes. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for approx 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Finally add the parsley and more salt & pepper should you think it needs it. Stir through pasta, serve on bruschetta or incorporate into a lasagne. Enjoy x

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20 / 01 / 2020

I have had zero luck with making homemade hummus in all my five years of being vegan. Honestly, the result of my repeated efforts has been bitter, card-boardy and tasting like dirt, ehk :(! But hello, hello - I've finally made utterly delicious hummus here Honeybunches. Creamy, smooth, light & lemony, nutty, garlicy and quite addictive… as much as pulses can be hehe. And not one bit bitter - hallelujah! Yes, I soak the chickpeas, but I promise it's dead-easy, just a spot of setting and forgetting, which I know we can all do. Then, moving one level up from plain hummus, is this INCREDIBLE dried spiced "lamb" which is hands down one of the most delicious things on the planet. It's glorious!! Sweet, juicy, cinnamony, and slightly vinegary! You won't regret making this recipe HBs. 12/10 it is!

Makes approx. 4 cups hummus & enough "lamb" topping for most of the hummus with a bit leftover. Serves 10 as an entree or 4 as a main w pitta bread.

START THIS RECIPE AT LEAST A DAY IN ADVANCE

Ingredients

Hummus

Method

  1. Get your chickpeas soaking for your hummus at least a day before you intend to start eating it, by placing your chickpeas in a bowl (or jug to save space) and cover with water, leaving enough room for them to double in size. Pop them in the fridge (unless you live in a very chilly climate/time of year) and let them do their thing for 1-3 days.
  2. When ready to make your hummus, drain the chickpeas and transfer to a pot, add the bicarb and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer, letting it bubble away for 20-25 minutes. Yes, the chickpeas will become incredibly mushy, but this will also cook out the bitter-ness, so it's important to let them keep bubbling away. Scrape off and discard any foam that forms on the top during the cooking process.
  3. Meanwhile add the tahini to a bowl, along with the 1/4 cup of cold water. Whisk to emulsify the tahini and thicken into a creamy paste.
  4. Add the tahini paste into a food processor/blender, along with the lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper. Once the chickpeas are cooked, drain and leave to dry off for about 5 minutes. Then add the chickpeas to the food processor/blender and blend until incredibly smooth. Add the 1 tbsp of cold water, if not more (as it will thicken up when chilled) and continue blending into a delicious creamy dip. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Transfer to a container and pop in the fridge to chill.
  5. Make your Spiced Dried Lamb by heating the olive oil (yes, it's a lot, but it's worth it here) in a fry pan and adding the onion and garlic, sautéing until softened. Add the spices, chilli and salt and stir for a minute or two. Once fragrant add the "mince", stirring to coat and cook the mixture for about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Once crisping up and smelling sensational, add the maple syrup - stirring to coat, then adding the vinegar to deglaze the pan. Cook for a minute more. Take off the heat and serve over the chilled hummus, sprinkled generously with pomegranate arils and chopped mint. Scoop up with some lovely pitta for one speedy trip to foodie heaven.

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05 / 12 / 2019

Running with the lentil meatball train I seem to be on (with these Swedish Lentil Meatballs and the Italian Lentil Meatballs in my new cookbook) - I bring you some glorious spinach herby balls coated in a fabulous creamy pesto sauce. It's always nice to consume ya' greens in comfort-food kind of form, and these sure do taste heavenly. They're also sturdy, not too moist, nor too dry, easy to cook and you can keep them in the fridge or freezer for a decent amount of time. Win!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Spinach Balls

Method

  1. Get your Spinach Balls going by cooking your green lentils in a large pot of boiling water (with the vegetable stock cube plopped in) until tender. Drain & set aside to cool and dry off.
  2. Defrost/wilt your spinach by placing in a heat-proof bowl and pouring boiling water over the cubes. Once defrosted/wilted, drain through a fine sieve, and press out as much excess moisture as you can.
  3. In a small fry-pan add a drizzle of olive oil, followed by the chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until soft. Blitz bread into breadcrumbs if you were planning on doing this.
  4. In a food process, add the breadcrumbs, drained & dry lentils, the spinach, onion mixture along with all the other remaining spinach ball ingredients. Blitz to form a slightly chunky mixture. Roll into balls, by compacting and then rolling 1-2 tbsp of the mixture together in your hands. Repeat with all the mixture and then transfer the balls to the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make your Pesto Sauce by blending all of the sauce ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Add a splash of water to thin it out if needed.
  6. When ready to serve, cook your balls in a fry-pan with a drizzle of olive oil, turning regularly to brown up their "sides". Cook your pasta according to packet instructions. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve with the balls on top!


05 / 12 / 2019

If you haven't tried Polenta Chips, then get ya' booty into gear because they are absolute heaven! I think polenta is definitely one of the most underrated foods on the planet, and when you add some cheesiness and extra seasoning, fashion them into a chip, then dip them in a little aioli or mayo - then oh my looordee(!!) they're good! Let's just say a salivation sensation will grip ya’ taste-buds nation, and you might be making a second batch minutes after you've finished the first. Delicious!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Method

  1. Add your stock and plant milk to a large pot and place on the stove over high heat. Just before boiling (when the first few tiny bubbles appear) reduce to medium heat and while whisking constantly, gradually sprinkle in the polenta. This method will avoid any polenta lumps from forming. Once all the polenta has been added, keep whisking for 2-5 minutes or until the mixture thickens in a thick porridge-like consistency. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Grate your vegan cheese and grab all the other ingredients (sans olive oil). Add the vegan cheese and all other remaining ingredients (sans the olive oil) to the polenta and whisk to melt the butter and form a smooth mixture.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a grease-proof paper lined tray with sides approx. 18x27cm/7x10inches. Wet a spatula to smooth over the surface. Transfer your polenta to the fridge to set & chill for 2-3 hours.
  4. When the polenta has set & chilled, pre-heat your oven to 200C. Remove your polenta from the fridge and slice into chips. Arrange on a baking tray so that there is space between each chip. Brush with a little olive oil and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Flip each chip, brush with a little more olive oil before baking for another 15 minutes or until golden and slightly crunchy looking. Serve warm with some garlic aioli.


11 / 08 / 2019

Your taste buds will not be able to comprehend that this is vegan - as the beefy pasta layers coupled with an INSANELY good béchamel is delicious enough to blow their tiny white socks off. While I'm in no way knocking my favourite vegetable lasagna, I recognize that those with hard to please family members and friends - may not find it the slam-dunk of a recipe they need to convince such company that leaving the furry friends be is totally do-able. Filling in the blanks (left by meat and dairy) with veg doesn't do it for everyone, I get it. So here's my answer to that, and it's flippin' fantastic!

P.S Don't be put off by the long ingredients list. The bulk of it you probably will already have in your pantry.

Serves 6-10

Ingredients

"Meat" Sauce

Method

  1. Start by making your "meat" sauce, by heating a glug of olive oil in a large pot and adding the onion, celery and garlic. Sauté until starting to soften. Add in the mushrooms and sauté until they are softened. Add the vegan mince, breaking it up with a spoon and browning it off/defrosting it (if cooking from frozen).
  2. Once tender, add the passata. Fill up the bottle halfway with water and add this to the pan as well, along with the remainder of the "meat" sauce ingredients. Stir to combine, put the lid on and let simmer away for 30 minutes.
  3. Pop your oven on to 200C.
  4. Now make your béchamel. Grab a small/medium non stick saucepan/pan and add a drizzle of oil along with the onion and garlic. Sauté until soft and starting to go golden. Add in the butter and let melt completely. When bubbling, add in the flour and stir immediately for a couple of minutes to cook the flour slightly.
  5. Add in the soy milk in splashes at first, then small and bigger glugs, stirring or whisking thoroughly to combine after each addition. Once all the soy milk has been added, stir with a wooden spoon until thickened or until the first bubbles appear.
  6. Take off the heat and add in the remaining béchamel ingredients. Whisking once more to combine.
  7. Once the "meat" sauce is finished simmering, take off the heat and get out a large/deep baking dish ready to assemble your lasagna.
  8. Add a little olive oil and then a little sauce, alternating between sauce and lasagna sheets. When you think you're at the halfway point, add a little (like 10%) of the béchamel along with the spinach to a layer. Once all the "meat" sauce is used up, top with another layer of lasagna sheets and finish with the béchamel, smoothing it out to all the edges. Finish by sprinkling over the vegan parmesan (if using).
  9. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes until golden, bubbling and the pasta sheets are tender. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

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