Monday, 15 December 2014

PUFFED RICE CHOCOLATE TURRÓN + VEGAN VERSION / XMAS SWEET

WIKI NOTE: Turrón (Spanish), or torrone (Italian]), is a southern European nougat confection and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake. It is frequently consumed as a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain and Italy as well as Latin America. Turrón itself can take on a variety of consistencies and appearances, however they traditionally consisted of the same ingredients; the final product may be either hard and crunchy, or soft and chewy. Thirty years ago almost all turrón recipes followed the same specifications, but since the diversification of products there are currently dozens of varieties: chocolate with puffed rice or whole almonds; all kinds of chocolate pralines, with or without liquor, candied fruits or whole nuts; fruit pralines; and even sugarless variations (sweetened with fructose or artificial sweeteners).

PUFFED RICE CHOCOLATE TURRÓN

YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
250 g of dark chocolate chunks /*vegan chocolate
50 g of lard / *vegan margarine
50g of crispy puffed rice (Rice Krispies by Kellogg's)
25g of flaked almonds or chopped hazelnuts (optional)
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1 aluminum container,  small-size rectangular 
Cling film

LET´S COOK!
1.Put the chocolate chunks in a saucepan. Warm gently, stirring until it's all melted. Add lard and stir for a while.
2. Pour the content into the bowl and mix rice krispies it all together.
3. Cover the aluminum container with cling film.
4. Pour the mixture into the aluminum container. Cover it with cling film, press and put weight on the top (a package of caster sugar or a pocket dictionary or wathever works well). Leave it like that until is hard (approx. 4 hours).
5. Keep it into the fridge. Cut it in thick pieces to serve.


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    Friday, 5 December 2014

    SWEET WINE DOUGHNUTS / VEGAN XMAS SWEET


    WIKI NOTE: Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago. Sesame has many species, most being wild and native to sub-Saharan Africa. Sesame indicum, the cultivated type, originated in India. Sesame is highly tolerant to drought-like conditions and grows where other crops may fail.

    SWEET WINE DOUGHNUTS "ROSCOS DE VINO DULCE"


    YOU WILL NEED:
    500 g wheat flour (plain or all-purpose) 
    125 g caster sugar /*panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
    20 g toasted sesame seeds
    200 ml  olive oil or vegetable oil, to taste
    125 ml  sweet dessert wine (Malaga sweet wine)
    15 ml herb brandy
    1/2 lemon grated
    Icing sugar

    LET´S COOK!
    1. Preheat the oven to 200 º C around 15 minutes. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
    2. Put the plain flour to a big saucepan over a medium heat. Mix it slowly with a wooden spoon, until brown. Set aside.
    3. Put the caster sugar, toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, sweet dessert wine, herb brandy and lemon grated in a big bowl. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
    4. Pour the flour into the big bowl. Mix everything well until the mixture comes together as a dough.
    5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1 cm.
    6. Using doughnuts cutters or biscuit cutters - circle shape, cut roscos out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
    7. Bake the roscos until pale golden-brown (for 20 or 30 minutes - oven to 150ºC). Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then warm on a wire rack.
    8. Sprinkle over icing sugar. Place it on Xmas plate.

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      Saturday, 15 November 2014

      APPLE VEGAN CAKE

      WIKI NOTE: Apple Cake VS Apple Pie - The apple cake differs from the apple pie in that it is a sponge cake baked with fresh apple pieces in it. An apple pie is a fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apple. The pastry is generally used top-and-bottom, making it a double-crust pie, the upper crust of which may be a circular shaped crust or a pastry lattice woven of strips.



      VEGAN APPLE CAKE

      YOU WILL NEED:
      DRY INGREDIENTS:
      1 and 1/4 cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
      2 tsp baking powder
      1 tsp baking soda
      A pich of salt
      2 tsp ground cinnamon
      ¼ tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
      1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
      1 cup roughly chopped apple and 1 lemon, juiced
      1 cup walnuts, chopped or 1/2 cup ground almond (optional)
      WET INGREDIENTS:
      1/4 cup cinnamon applesauce or apple jam
      1/3 cup sunflower oil (or veggie oil, any neutral flavored)
      1/4 cup soy milk
      1/2 cup raisins (optional)
      NOTE: Put raisins in a glass with a dash of water for a kids cake or alcohol (to taste, I like with Cachaça) for an adults cake and the rainsins plump up.
      TOPPING
      A drizzle of maple syrup
      Thin apple slices, to decorate
      Cinnamon, to taste

      NOTE: Homemade measurement units



      LET´S COOK!
      1. Preheat the oven to 180 º C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or sunflower oil.
      NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
      2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, chopped walnuts and salt until well mixed. 
      NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
      3. Place the roughly chopped apple into a bowl. Pour water over the roughly chopped apple to cover. Add lemon juice.
      4. Drain the apples and add them to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
      5. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: applesauce, vegan margarine, veggie oil, raisins and soy milk until well mixed.
      6. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
      7. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top. Arrange the thin apple slices around the cake decoratively. Drizzle over some maple syrup if using. Sprinkle a little bit of ground cinnamon.
      8. Bake for it around 40 minutes, until browned.
      NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
      9.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool. Serve as is or with vegan custard.

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          Wednesday, 1 October 2014

          PUBLICATION: WHM / HALLOWEEN FOR LITTLE FOODIES: SPOOKY TREATS!!!

          • Article published on What´s Happening Magazine / Issue 86.
          Kids can be very picky when it comes to food, specially when its something that is good for them. However we have found a solution in blog form. Cosericantar blog makes it a piece of cake when getting your little ones involved in cooking. The blog is based in two main ideas: cooking and playing. A full menu of creative and healthy recipes has been prepared for each month of the year. Elena from Cosericantar blog has created some spooky treats especially WHM for you to try at home. 
          Recipes and photography by Elena JR from Cosericantar blog
          ***What´s Happening Magazine: Brighton based Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine.


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              Saturday, 27 September 2014

              SPOOKY DRINKS + 2 RECIPES / VEGAN FRIENDLY (HALLOWEEN MENU)

                MONSTER - SPINACH SMOOTHIE 
              YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
              A handful of spinach
              1 or 2 bananas
              1 natural yogurt or soy yogurt (125g - small size)
              A scoop of vanilla flavour ice cream /*vegan ice cream
              2 tablespoons of honey  /*agave nectar, to taste
              NOTE: The recipe is for one glass. If you want more than one glass, multiply the ingredients accordingly.

              LET´S COOK!
              1. Wash the spinach and chop the bananas and add to the blender.
              2. Add the ice cream, honey and yogurt. Mix everything with the blender until foaming. Taste the smoothie and add more honey to sweeten if you wish.
              3. Serve in a glass with straw. Put some white chocolate (for eyes) on the top of the glass.
              NOTE: Put the glasses in the freezer for a while, the monster smoothie should be cold.

              • VAMPIRE - BEETROOT SMOOTHIE 
              YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
              A handful of mixed berries (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry)
              A small cooked beetroot
              1 forest berry yogurt  /*forest berry soy yogurt (125g - small size)
              A scoop of vanilla flavour ice cream /*vegan ice cream
              2 tablespoons of honey  /*agave nectar, to taste
              NOTE: The recipe is for one glass. If you want more than one glass, multiply the ingredients accordingly

              LET´S COOK!
              1. Wash the berries, cut the beetroot and add to the blender.
              2. Add the ice cream, honey and yogurt. Mix everything with the blender until foaming. Taste the smoothie and add more honey to sweeten if you wish.
              3. Serve in a glass with straw. Put some white chocolate (for eyes) on the top of the glass.
              NOTE: Put the glasses in the freezer for a while, the vampire smoothie should be cold.

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                  TRICK OR FRUIT + 2 RECIPES / VEGAN (HALLOWEEN MENU)




                  • BANANA GHOSTS 
                  YOU WILL NEED:
                  Bananas
                  Raisins

                  LET´S COOK!

                  1. Peel the bananas and cut in half.
                  2. Make the ghost face with the raisins.
                  3. Place the banana ghosts in a plate. Such a scary gang of ghost! Boo!!!

                  • PUMPKIN MANDARINS 
                  YOU WILL NEED:
                  Mandarins
                  Kiwis

                  LET´S COOK!
                  1. Peel the mandarins and the kiwis.
                  2. Cut the kiwis into small triangular pieces.
                  3. Put one kiwi piece in the center of each mandarin. It looks like pumpkin stalks.
                  4. Place the pumpkins in a plate. It is so easy to plant a terrifying field of pumpkins.

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                      SCARY TAPAS + 4 RECIPES / VEGAN FRIENDLY ( HALLOWEEN MENU)

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                      1. PUMPKIN VOMIT / VEGAN



                      YOU WILL NEED:
                      1 little pumpkin
                      For the guacamole:
                      1 large ripe tomato
                      3 very ripe avocados
                      Juice of 1 large lime
                      handful of coriander, leaves and stalks chopped
                      1 small red onion, finely chopped
                      1 chilli, red or green, deseeded and finely chopped
                      Tortilla chips, to serve

                      LET´S COOK!
                      Guacamole:
                      1.Remove the skin from the tomato and chop. Halve and stone the avocados and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into a bowl with the tomato.
                      2.Tip all the other ingredients into the bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to combine all of the ingredients.
                      3.Scatter with coriander. Cover with cling film and chill until needed.
                      Pumpkin face: 
                      1. Make a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Cut a six-sided lid, rather than a circle.
                      2. Use a wooden spoon, clean out the seeds and stringy bits.
                      3. Draw the face on the pumpkin. Following the line, cut the shapes out with a serrated knife. Use a gentle sawing action to avoid breaking bits off the pumpkin.

                      LET'S MAKE THE PUMPKIN VOMIT!
                      1. Put the pumpkin on a plate. 
                      2.Spread the guacamole from the mouth of the pumpkin around the plate. 
                      3. Serve with a big bowl with tortilla chips to dip into the guacamole.

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                      2. SPIDER EGGS + VEGAN VERSION

                      YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
                      3 or 4 eggs /*silken tofu (yolks sustitute) mini bread chips snacks (white)
                      A tin of pitted black olives
                      2 tablespoons of chopped spring onions
                      4 tablespoons of mayonnaise/*vegan mayonnaise
                      NOTE: homemade mayonnaise + vegan mayonnaise recipe
                      1 small can of tuna chunks /*soya chunks (optional)
                      2 tablespoons of sweet corn (optional)
                      Sprig of parsley (optional)
                      Salt, to taste
                      Black pepper, to taste

                      LET´S COOK!
                      1. Put the eggs into a small pot. Cover with water and cook for approx. 4-5 minutes. Peel the eggs. Chop in a half and remove the yolks.
                      2. Put the chopped spring onions, chopped yolks, tuna chunks and sweet corn in a big bowl. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon.
                      3. Add several tablespoons of mayonnaise, until you achieve a creamy texture. Mix everything with a wooden spoon. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

                      LET'S MAKE THE SPIDER EGGS!
                      1. Fill the holes left by the yolk with the mixture. Chop some black olives in half (to make the spider body) and others into thin slices (to make the legs).
                      2. Decorate the top of the mix with half a black olive in the centre and put 4 legs on each side. It looks like a scary spider!!!

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                      3. SAUSAGE MUMMIES + VEGAN VERSION


                      YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
                      One package hotdog sausages /*vegan sausages
                      1 sheet of shortcrust pastry /*shortcrust vegan pastry
                      NOTE: The shortcrust pastry can be either store bought or homemade: Shortcrust pastry recipe

                      LET´S COOK!
                      1. Preheat the oven to 180 º C. Cover the baking tray with baking parchment.
                      2. Cut the sheet of pastry lengthwise into thin pieces. Roll the strips of pastry around the sausage. Leave an area without pastry (for the face). Add some pastry on the top of the mummy´s head.
                      3. Put the mummies on the baking tray. Bake them for around 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
                      4. Remove the baking tray. Serve with a small bowl with tomato sauce, ketchup, or barbecue sauce (or whatever you prefer).
                      5. Place the mummies around the bowl. Make eyes with mayonnaise or mustard.

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                      4. CHEESEY WITCHES' BROOMS + VEGAN VERSION
                           

                      YOU WILL NEED: *vegan recipe
                      Box of Italian breadsticks
                      Cheese slices /*vegan cheese slices
                      Chives
                      Strawberry jam (or whatever flavour you prefer)

                      LET´S COOK!

                      1. Roll a cheese slice on the end of a breadstick. Tie it with a chive. Cut the cheese into ribbons with scissors. Repeat the same method with each breadstick.
                      2. Place the witches´ brooms around the plate. Serve with a little bowl with jam to dip.

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