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Out and About Eastnor Castle Chilli Festival

Our Lizzy May Day Bank Holiday Tradition!

The Chilli Festival at Eastnor Castle is a well established event featuring both local and national producers of all things spice! I love sharing recipes in the cookery theatre and enjoy stocking up on favourite products beforehand. This year I stocked up on locally made vegan sausages from Chill your Beans, chilli sauce from Fat Man Chilli, smoked chilli from Chilli Zoo. I also got some Isle of Wight smoked garlic and some local cider.

In my cookery demonstration I made sticky Smoky Sausages and a Spicy Tempeh dish using locally made tempeh from Beet the System.

Sticky Smoky Sausages

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 pack chill your beans sausages
  • 1 tsp smoked chipotle chilli
  • 75ml apple juice or cider
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar/agave nectar
  • extra virgin rapeseed oil

Heat some oil in a heavy pan, when the oil is hot add the onions and peppers. Cook for about three minutes then add the sausages. Add the smoked chilli, cook briefly then add the Sweet Freedom syrup and the apple juice.  Continue cooking until the mixture is browned and sticky.

 

 

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Healthy Vegan Lunches

We had a great time on the recent Packed Lunches cookery course. The day involved a lot more than sandwiches! When making workday lunches, time is often of the essence. It’s good to be able to prepare a few things quickly, and also to plan ahead, so there are things in the fridge or freezer which can be pulled out to use.

In the morning we prepared quinoa, farro and wholegrain pasta salads. We then prepared a range of soups which we enjoyed with homemade bread.

 

Great fun was had making up the noodle jars, healthy pot noodle! There are some fabulous noodles available which don’t involve precooking and so are perfect for the jars. We added cooked shredded tofu.

We then made a selection of bean pates and dips which we used to make up some rather posh vegan sandwiches!

 

Chill your Beans Sausage Casserole

2019 has started really well for vegans! More and more people are signing up to try Veganuary. There has been great discussion about Gregg’s vegan sausage roll and new ranges of ready meals are appearing in supermarkets. I have mixed feelings about this as I’m passionate about teaching people to cook healthy meals for themselves.

One new product that has got me excited is a new locally made vegan and gluten free sausage. They really good quality and packed with flavour and texture. Chill your Beans https://chill-yourbeans.co.uk/ my customers are going to love them

If you are based in Worcestershire go and buy a pack and have a go at this recipe!

Sausage and Chestnut Casserole

Serves 3 or 4

Ready in 20 minutes

  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 6 ‘Chill your Beans’ sausages
  • a handful of chopped cooked chestnuts
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tin chopped tomatoes/passata
  • 1 to 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

Add oil to a pan, sauté the onion and pepper until caramelised.

Add the sliced sausages cook until golden. Add smoked paprika and stir briefly.

Add the tomatoes/passata. Cook for 10 minutes until the liquid is reduced.

Add fresh herbs to serve.

Try adding a handful of borlotti beans instead of the chestnuts! Or add a splash of vegan red wine.

Vegan Bailey’s Cheesecake

It’s always good to sample new products and the vegan Baileys has been out for a while but I’ve only recently sampled it! It’s great served chilled or added to a coffee.

I thought it would make a great partner with cheesecake so I had a little play and here it is!

Vegan Bailey’s Cheesecake

 

300g of hob nobs and Bourbon biscuits mixed

50g almonds

75g Pure sunflower margarine

2 tubs Tofutti vegan cream cheese at room temperature

75ml Alpro soya cream approx

75ml Bailey’s Almande approx

Place the biscuits, nuts and margarine in a food processor and mix until combined. Spoon the mixture into a flan tin and press down firmly. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Place the soft the soft cheese in a bowl, mix with a spoon until soft then add the Bailey’s Almande and soya cream. Mix until smooth and spread on top of the biscuit base.

Smooth the top using a palette knife and place in the fridge to set.

Fun with Street Food

Street Food has continued to be popular with courses and at festivals. We use Jackfruit, seitan, tofu and tempeh to create some tasty dishes.

We have fun using vital wheat gluten to make our own seitan. It is the main protein found in wheat. It is traditionally made by washing wheat flour until all the starch has been removed, leaving a gluten dough.  It was eaten cenuries ago by Buddhist monks in China in the from of mock duck. It is now much easier to make seitan, with the availability of vital wheat gluten flour.  It is very much like meat in texture, and has a very high protein content.

 

 

Malvern in May

Spring was a long time coming this year. The month of May has been really uplifting. The month of May is always special in Malvern and it’s been a pleasure to share the beauty of it with lovely B and B guests.

The apple and cherry blossom was stunning. My cherry tree was laden with flowers so hopefully lots of delicious fruit to come. The bluebells and the wild garlic flowers looking amazing as ever. I’m enjoying using the wild garlic leaves in the cookery school.

The wells were decorated for May Bank holiday weekend. The theme this year was celebrating the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

The Weavers Well was my personal favourite: it reminded me of Our Lizzy HQ!

Vegan Street Food

Vegan Street Food Our Lizzy style was launched this month! Fast food favourites with a healthy twist.

My cookery course had a lot of influence from South East Asia but with British and American classics mixed in.We used vital wheat gluten flour to make homemade seitan.

Seitan is made from gluten, the main protein found in wheat. It is traditionally made by washing wheat flour until all the starch has been removed, leaving a gluten dough. It was eaten centuries ago by Buddhist monks in China in the from of mock duck.

On the course we make seitan steaks, sizzling strips, and used the ground form to make burgers.

 

I enjoy using jackfruit and was keen to share ideas for using it. We cooked one batch with local cider, made a lime and chilli version and Sloppy Joes.

We also used tofu and tempeh with a range of homemade sauces and dips.

 

 

 

A Snowy White Christmas!

The Christmas course here on Sunday was rather special as we had snow in Malvern. I was absolutely delighted to meet Faye who made it through the snow to attend. Already a keen cook she has recently won the Rotary Young Chef of the Year Award.

 

After a hot drink, mince pies and shortbread we prepared desserts then set to work on pastry dishes. We made a Roasted Red Pepper and Chestnut Strudel  and a Sweet Potato and Veggie Sausage Pithivier. Lots of careful pastry rolling and filling took place.

 

We used filo pastry to creative some little baskets for starters and money bags filled with Mushrooms and Almonds. With the help of Faye’s parents we prepped and cooked crispy roast potatoes, root veg with cranberries and cider, red wine gravy and a batch of Brussels sprouts cooked with sesame seeds and soy sauce.

 

We then sat down to enjoy our snowy festive feast!

Homemade Gluten free Vegan Pizza!

Here at Our Lizzy it’s a pleasure to help people with food allergies and intolererances.

At a recent gluten free cookery course I was asked to make gluten free pizza bases. I’ve used Hodmedod’s pea flours in baking and pancakes and wondered if they would work for a pizza base. I wasn’t keen to add xanthan gum and other binders. Some supermarkets sell gluten free pizza bases but the list of ingredients and taste can be very off-putting.

I was really pleased to find the fava bean flour worked so well. The dough came together well, it didn’t rise as much as strong wheat flour but was still light and airy. I used a little polenta to roll it out. I topped mine with a little homemade tomato sauce and sliced vegetables. I sometimes make my own vegan mozzarella, but this time I used MozzaRisella which is a popular rice based pizza cheese.

    Our Lizzy pizza made with fava bean flour

Pizza dough

300g fava bean flour

1 ½ tsp fast acting dried yeast

1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp salt

170ml water

extra flour or polenta for rolling

 

Place the flour in a large bowl, add the yeast. Add the salt to the other side of the bowl.

Slowly pour in the water and olive oil then mix well.

When the mixture forms a dough, take it out of the bowl. Sprinkle a very small amount of flour on the work surface and gently knead the dough for 3 -5 minutes.

Sprinkle some flour or polenta onto a work surface. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin or with the heel of your hand.

Place on baking sheet cover with a plastic bag or cling film and leave for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark6/200°C

Top the dough with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.

Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

 

Hodmedod’s bean flours are milled in Essex from British-grown beans, peas and quinoa.

https://hodmedods.co.uk/collections/flours

Spicy Beans

I love sharing recipes at festivals, this week I was at a local Chilli Festival at Eastnor Castle. Naturally I took some beans and enjoyed cooking them with a chilli or two!

 

I also made a herby Quinoa salad with wild garlic and some smoky sizzling fajitas. These were served in a fava bean flatbread.

To make the flatbread it’s a similar method to making a dosa. Mix 120g fava bean flour with 300ml of water, allow to stand for 30minutes. Heat a flat griddle pan and brush lightly with oil, Pour a ladleful of the mixture onto the hot pan and cook on one side then flip over and cook the other. This mixture makes five flatbreads.

Here is the recipe for the chilli

British Bean Chilli

1 chopped onion

1 clove of garlic crushed

1 fresh chilli chopped

200g cooked beans, whole fava, red haricot, black badgers,

1 tsp chipotle chilli paste

1 tin of chopped tomatoes/4 fresh tomatoes

½ tsp smoked dried chillies, optional

Heat oil in a pan, sauté the onion add the fresh chilli and garlic. Add the chipotle paste.

Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, and stir well.

Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Add water as required. If you are brave add a little more dried chilli!