Think Pink

Have a look to my new article for ECO123 – print spring 2017 edition: 
THINK PINK ! Começar a Primavera com pratos saudáveis e vegan. 
Head for a healthy, vegan, culinary spring with lots of colour. 
Farbenfroh in den gesunden, kulinarischen und veganen Frühling. 

My basic idea when developing this mediterranean-inspired, three-course, spring menu to be colorful and to use exclusively plant-based ingredients organically grown in Portugal. The ingredients currently offered to us by the season and the local market underlie my menu planning. With a relatively small ecological footprint, I conjure up three creative, tasty dishes that anyone can cook at home. 

When planning my menu, I ensured that all my ingredients were of vegetable origin, produced locally and organically, and hence cruelty-free.

You can find all recipes in the Eco123 spring 2017 edition.

Beetroot and ginger cream soup 
[Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, suitable for vegans]

Main Course:
Sweet potato gnocchi with raw spinach pesto and vegan parmesan 
[Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, suitable for vegans]

Sweet potato gnocchi with raw spinach pesto and vegan parmesan
  1. 600 g sweet potato
  2. 200 g potato
  3. 130 g fine maize meal (or wheat meal)
  4. 40 g potato starch
  1. 250 g portuguese spinach,coarsely chopped
  2. 250 ml cold-pressed olive oil
  3. 1 finely chopped clove of garlic
  4. 50 g toasted almond flakes
  5. 1 organic lemon
  6. 1 tbsp. organic miso
  1. 200 g cashew nuts
  2. 50 g yeast flakes (nutritional yeast)
  1. Fine salt, turmeric, ground caraway, ½ freshly grated nutmeg, smoked paprika, pink peppercorns,
  2. chili powder, garlic powder, kala namak.
Raw spinach pesto
  1. Purée 200 g spinach, olive oil, almond flakes, garlic, miso, squeeze of lemon juice, ½ tsp. salt,1
  2. large pinch smoked paprika, 1 pinch chili powder, 1 pinch kala namak, 20 g yeast flakes with a
  3. hand blender to make a medium-fine sauce.
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes and potatoes in their skins for about 25 mins with salt, until cooked.
  2. Peel while hot, and press through a potato ricer. Bring some salted water to the boil in a large pan.
  3. Combine the mashed sweet potato with the meal, potato starch, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. turmeric, ¼ tsp.
  4. caraway, nutmeg, and mix well.
  5. Put plenty of flour on the worktop and your hands, divide the mixture into three parts and carefully shape each one into a roll (approx. 2 cm in diameter, 45 cm long).
  6. Cut the rolls into slices 1.5 cm thick with a sharp kitchen knife.
  7. Gradually place the gnocchi in the gently simmering water using a slotted spoon.
  8. After about 2 min., the gnocchi will float to the surface of the water and must be removed straight
  9. away.
Vegan parmesan
  1. Grind the cashew nuts with 30 g yeast flakes, 1tsp. salt, ½ tsp. garlic powder, 1 pinch kala namak
  2. into a medium-fine powder in a blender.
  1. Spinach pesto, raw spinach cut into thin strips, pink peppercorns, almond flakes and parmesan.
Delicious & Mindful Food
Orange caramel cream
[Gluten free, dairy free, suitable for vegans] 

Orange Caramel Cream
  1. 200 ml organic soya milk
  2. 300 ml organic coconut milk
  3. 150 g organic silken tofu
  4. 1/2 tsp finely grated peel of an organic orange
  5. 1 small Ceylon cinnamon stick
  6. 1 tsp agar-agar (2 g)
  7. 3 tbsp raw cane sugar
  8. 1 large pinch ground organic vanilla
  9. Fine salt, turmeric, kala namak.
  1. 100 g raw cane sugar
  2. 50 ml hot water
  3. 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  4. Fine salt
  1. Mix 50 ml hot water with the orange juice.
  2. In a small pan, caramelise 100 g sugar and 1 large pinch salt until dark brown, while stirring
  3. constantly.
  4. Now add the liquid gradually and dissolve everything well until you have a thick syrup.
  5. Pour the caramel into each of 6 pudding moulds and swirl it around.
  1. Put the plant-based milk with the cinnamon stick and orange peel in a small pan, cover, and
  2. allow the mixture to simmer gently over a low heat for 10 min.
  3. Pour the liquid through a sieve and leave to cool to room temperature.
  4. Mix with the agar-agar and leave it all to swell for 10 min.
  5. Add vanilla, ½ tsp. turmeric and 1 large pinchof kala namak.
  6. Bring everything to the boil while stirring with a whisk and stir over a low heat for a further
  7. 5 minutes.
  8. Put the milk in a blender with the silken tofu and mix everything until you have a fine cream.
  9. Pour into the pudding moulds and leave them to stand in a refrigerator for at least two hours.
  10. To turn out the cream, first dip the base of the moulds in very hot water for 15 seconds.
  1. Grated orange peel.
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