Saturday, 2 November 2013

CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE / +VEGAN VERSION (NOVEMBER MENU)


WIKI NOTE: When the term "milkshake" was first used in print in 1885, milkshakes were an alcoholic whiskey drink that has been described as a "sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic as well as a treat". However, by 1900, the term referred to "wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups."

CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE 

YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
A cup of milk /*soy drink
A scoop of chocolate ice cream /*vegan chocolate ice cream
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder /* vegan-friendly cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of honey /*agave nectar, maple syrup or molasses (optional)
Whipped cream /*coconut whipped cream (optional)
NOTE: The recipe is for one glass. Double the amount if you want more than one glass.

LET´S COOK!
1. Put a scoop of chocolate ice cream, cocoa powder and milk into the measuring cup of the blender.
2. Mix everything well with the blender, until foaming. Sweeten by adding honey.
3. Serve it in a glass with a straw.

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PANCAKE CAKE: BANANA CHOCOLATE FILLING / +VEGAN VERSION (NOVEMBER MENU)


WIKI NOTE: The Ancient Greeks made pancakes called 蟿畏纬伪谓委蟿畏蟼 (t膿ganit膿s), deriving from 蟿维纬畏谓慰谓 (tag膿non), "frying pan". The earliest attested references to tagenias are in the works of the 5th-century BC poets Cratinus and Magnes. Tagenites were made with wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk, and were served for breakfast. The Middle English word pancake appears in English in the 15th century. 

PANCAKE CAKE

YOU WILL NEED:
  • PANCAKE *vegan recipe 
1/2 cup milk /*soy milk
1/2 cup wheat flour (plain or all-purpose) 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
1 whole egg /*2 tablespoons vetable oil
A pinch of salt
A pinch of ground cinnamon (optional) 
50g unsalted butter, cubed /*vegan butter
  • FILLING *vegan recipe
Chocolate spread /*vegan chocolate hazelnut spread
1 or 2 bananas
Whipped cream (optional) /*coconut whipped cream
NOTE: The recipe is for 4 units (small size pancake)

LET´S COOK!
1. Place the flour, milk, egg or vegetable oil, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Whisk to a smooth batter.
2. Add a small cube of butter to a small nonstick pan over a medium heat. Wipe it with kitchen paper.
3. Add a ladleful of batter, tilting the pan to spread when the pan is hot. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side, until lightly golden. Set aside.
4. Repeat until use all the batter (4 or 6 units). Stack the pancakes on a plate.
5. To build your cake, spread some chocolate spread over the pancake and evenly spread the slices of banana on the pancake surface. Top with another pancake. Keep doing this, until use all the pancakes.
6. Decorate the top of the pancakes cake with whipped cream. The smiling face is the best yummy, yummy decoration.

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    LENTIL BURGER / VEGAN (NOVEMBER MENU)


    WIKI NOTE: The lentil (Lens culinaris or Lens esculenta) is an edible legume. It is a bushy annual plant known for its lens-shaped seeds. It is about 40 cm (16 in) tall, and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each. Lentil colors range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black. Lentils also vary in size, and are sold in many forms, with or without the skins, whole or split.
    Lentils have been part of the human diet since aceramic (before pottery) Neolithic times, being one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East. Archeological evidence shows they were eaten 9,500 to 13,000 years ago.

    LENTIL BURGER 

    YOU WILL NEED:*vegan recipe
    150g cooked green lentils
    NOTE: A can of green lentils in water (265g drained weight) works well.
    2 whole eggs
    Half chopped aubergine
    Half chopped red onion
    1 grated carrot
    A couple of garlic cloves
    Extra virgin olive oil or olive oil, to taste
    Bread crumbs
    Wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
    Ground cumin, to taste
    Black pepper, to taste
    Salt, to taste
    Sesame seeds (optional)
    Cheese slices /*vegan cheese slices (optional)

    LET´S COOK!
    1. Put the dried lentils into a pot and add 3-4 cups of water. Boil it vigorously at high heat for 10 minutes, then turn down to minimum heat and boil it for another 20 minutes. Drain the lentils and let them cool.
    NOTE: You can soak the lentils soaked for about 12 hours in cold water. It will be faster to boil themlater.
    2. Once they are cooled, put them on the base of the blender, and add handful of bread crumbs.
    3. Mix everything with the blender, until obtain desired texture (creamy). Put the mix into a big bowl.
    4. Wash the vegetables well. Chop the red onion, aubergine and garlic.
    5. Put into a frying pan on a medium heat, add a little bit of olive oil. Saute the onion and garlic until transparent.
    6. Add the aubergine. Stir several minutes with the rest of the ingredients.
    7. Add the ingredients into the big bowl. Mix it with a wooden spoon.
    8. Grate the carrot. Beat an egg and add it into the bowl. Add salt / black pepper / ground cumin, to taste. Mix everything well. Add bread crumbs as necessary until the mix is not sticky.
    9. Divide the mix into small balls. Flatten each ball to get a burger shape.
    10. Beat an egg in a bowl. Put the flour in a plate. Put the breadcrumbs in a different plate. First, batter the burger into the flour. Second, dip it into the beaten egg. Third, batter it into the breadcrumbs with sesame seeds. It is a triple action.
    NOTE: If you make lots of burgers, you can freeze them. It is always a good moment for homemade lentil burgers.
    11. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan. Fry the burgers, one by one, until golden brown on each side. Remove them from pan and drain with kitchen towels.
    12. Serve the burgers on burger buns with lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, sliced cheese, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. The best way to eat a burger is with chips.
    NOTE: HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE / +VEGAN RECIPE: EGG-FREE MAYONNAISE



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        QUESADILLAS / +VEGAN VERSION (NOVEMBER MENU)


        WIKI NOTE: The origin of the quesadilla was colonial Mexico. The quesadilla as a food has changed and evolved over many years as people experimented with different variations of it. Sometimes, cheese and ham are sandwiched between two flour tortillas, then cut into wedges to serve what is commonly known as sincronizada (Spanish for "synchronized") in Mexico.

        QUESADILLAS 

        YOU WILL NEED:*vegan recipe
        Large flour tortillas
        Several generous handfuls of grated cheese (queso Oaxaca) /*vegan grated cheese
        NOTE: If you don´t find Mexican cheese, you can use any kind of grated cheese.
        Sliced ​​cooked ham /*handful of drained red beans
        Black olives, sliced (optional)
        Fresh tomatoes, diced (optional)
        Ground black pepper, to taste
        Salt, to taste

        LET´S COOK! 
        1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Place the tortilla on a tin foil sheet.
        2. Place it in the oven and cook for 7-10 minutes, until the tortilla begins to visibly brown.
        3. Remove from the oven, top with sliced ​​cooked ham and sprinkle cheese over the tortilla. Add salt and black pepper, to taste.
        4. Top with another tortilla. Return to oven for an additional 2 minutes.
        5. Cut the tortilla into triangle pieces. Serve immediately.

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