Monday, 27 March 2017

Banana and Coconut Bread (vegan)

I have so many bookmarked banana recipes, but when it comes to finding them - Can I find them, of course not, then I find myself making another Banana Bread.
This time with the addition of dessicated Coconut and Coconut Sugar and guess what it happens to be vegan too.  D thought the bread looked dry and suggested that he may want put some jam or sunflower spread on it,  but I had to disagree with him. I thought it was plenty moist and to prove my point even further, I took some into work for some colleagues to try and they sided with me, but he wasn't haven't any of it - we agreed to differ. 

I think the coconut sugar gave the banana bread a caramel colouring as it looks like it is made with wholemeal flour.  I assure you it is not, the coconut sugar also imparted a little caramel flavour, or maybe I was just imagining that. 
This Banana and Coconut Bread is adapted from a recipe by Jack Monroe's A Girl Called Jack.  You can find the original recipe here.   I made some little tweaks, but nothing that is going to  make me claim this recipe as mine as it is not, it has been adapted albeit a little.  I had two ripe bananas, I used coconut sugar and I stirred in some dessicated coconut, and omitted the cinnamon from the original recipe, that is it.
I am sharing a generous slice of this Banana and Coconut Bread with Healthy Vegan Fridays by Rock My Vegan Socks and V Nutrition.

Other Vegan Banana recipes you will find on my blog
Tiger (Marble) Cakes

Blueberry Banana Muffins
Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake
Darjeeling Tea Pecan Banana Loaf

Green Valley Elvis Smoothie
Raw Raspberry Ice-cream or Raspberry Mousse
The Best Elvis Presley Bagel

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges

Some of you may remember last month I made a Beetroot Rose Rice Pudding, my husband loudly asserted You can make that again!  Well I have been looking for a reason to make  a variation of it again and it came with the Food 'N' Flix  hosted by Wendy at A Day In The Life on a Farm. The movie chosen this month is The Martian. 
I had not watched it, so we picked it up when we were in Bath, Somerset for the day.  I watched it that evening.  The Martian is about an astronaut  Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) a Botanist who is accidentally presumed to be dead and is left by his crew on Mars.  When he wakes up, he realises he is all alone and has to survive.  He embarks on a journey, a journey of survival where he attempts to grow potato crops on a land where nothing grows, biding time for his colleagues to come and rescue him.   Here is a trailer to the movie if you have not watched it.  
The most obvious food reference was of course to potatoes and yes, I cook with potatoes a lot, sweet potatoes that is.  I took my inspiration from the myriad and bursting shades of orange, rust, bronze, marigold, clay, sandstone found  in the landscape of the planet, from the rockery to the grainy dry sand.  

decided to make a Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges.  I have to thank Coffee and Casseroles for spotting the oranges in the movie about 29 minutes into the movie, there is a bowl of oranges on the table behind two actors in an Earth scene, as I blinked and missed them, but I  felt I just had to incorporate them into my dish too, Thank you once again.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Smoky Black Kale, Chickpeas and Mushroom Stew

Its been a busy month for me with work mostly.  I have to admit I haven't had much energy or enthusiasm for cooking when I got home.  In fact, twice last  week we have had Chilli and Potato Pierogi, not homemade but from a  packet.  I have made pierogi in the past and would love to have a go at making them again.

Today though, I got home and had a little energy to cook.  I made a relatively quick Smoky Black Kale and Mushroom Stew.  Many of the ingredients in this were left over from the Black Kale and Chickpeas Pot Pie I made over the weekend. 
I think this Smoky Black Kale and Mushroom Stew is one of those dishes best enjoyed a day or two later, as it was just okay. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Black Kale and Chickpea Pot Pies

I do miss growing my own Black Kale.  It was only when I started growing my own that I learned Black Kale had so many interesting names.  Dinosaur Kale, Palm Tree Kale, Palm Tree Cabbage, Black Cabbage, Cavolo Nero, Tuscan Kale translated Toscana di Nero.

I was hoping to sow some more seeds this weekend, but the weather forecast halted our gardening plans once again. I have the sniffles and did not particularly want to be out in the garden being hit left right and centre by the gusty winds that was furiously rattling the greenhouse threatening to damage it further and the drip dripping of rain falling in every direction.
So instead, I stayed indoors and pottered about in the kitchen,something I have to admit I have not done much of this week.  

I made some Pot Pies with Black Kale that I picked up from the supermarket.  Its actually quite nice to find Black Kale in supermarkets now, a few years back, kale crisps and kale smoothies made it a food trend.  Its refreshing to now see the normalisation of Black Kale and Curly Kale in the vegetable section.
I adapted a recipe for Pot Pies I made a long while back, this time with a different filling: carrots, black kale, mushrooms and chickpeas
I am sharing these Black Kale and Chickpea Pot Pies with Eat Your Greens challenge that I co-host with The VegHog; This month it is my turn to host.  If you want to join in - please see this link, there is still plenty of time and participation is really easy.  I am also sharing this recipe with My Legume Love Affair hosted by Lisa's Kitchen; and with Healthy Vegan Fridays by Rock My Vegan Socks and V Nutrition.