Vegetarian B and B

A Taste of Spring

I’m loving the longer days, it gives a chance to get out in the hills more. The wild garlic is back and ready for picking. If picking in the wild it’s best to take just a couple of leaves from each plant. Although the flower heads are edible I like to leave these on the plant. I’ve been making my favourite pesto again.

Wild Garlic and Walnut Pesto

  • 100g wild garlic chopped
  • 75g walnuts
  • 150 – 200ml extra virgin rapessed oil
  • salt and pepper

Place in processor with the nuts and blend together. Add the oil and blend again.

Season with salt and pepper.

Wild garlic also makes a lovely addition to a salad and I add leaves to my tofu flan. I plan to use some in my soda bread  see last blog post for the recipe. This will naturally be served with wild garlic soup.

Wild Garlic and Potato Soup                                                    

  • 1 onion chopped
  • garlic clove crushed
  • handful of wild garlic, chopped (approx 25g)
  • 100g potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg freshly ground
  • ½ litre water (approx)

Sauté the onion and garlic in a saucepan until soft.  Add the potatoes and bouillon powder, cover with water and bring to the boil.

Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. Add more liquid if needed. Add the chopped wild garlic and ground nutmeg and cook for two minutes.

Cool slightly, and blend soup using a blender. Reheat to serve. Add a swirl of soya cream to each dish.

 

wild garlic in the garden

 

 

New Year new recipe!

As we settle into 2016 resolutions can seem hard to keep. I like to keep it simple and just make small changes. I am making the effort to go up into the hills more often – the views are amazing and it’s great to get a blast of fresh air.

 

It’s good to try something different with food by using store cupboard ingredients. Chick Peas are a great favourite of mine.

 

They have a great nutty flavour. They are a good source of protein. I love using them. Chick peas are used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine where they are used to make hummus and falafel. They are used in Indian Cookery where they are ground to make gram flour which is used to make bhajis and pakora.

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Chick Pea and Spinach Curry

A quick healthy supper for a cold evening

Serves 4

Ready in 20 minutes

2 large onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 red chilli crushed

½ tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp garam masala

large pinch of salt

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin chick peas

large handful of fresh or frozen spinach

extra virgin rapeseed oil

 

Heat oil in a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in oil, add the chilli and spices and salt and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the cooked chick peas, tomatoes, spinach and a little water if needed.

Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes.

 

Serve with rice or chapatti bread.

 

Cooking Tip

 

When cooking dried chick peas it’s worth cooking a large amount. Soak in a large saucepan full overnight and cook for two hours. When cool place in freezer bags or tubs and store in the freezer until needed.

If using tinned chick peas remember to rinse then in plenty of fresh water before using.

A Taste of Summer

The wild strawberries are amazing in my garden this year. It’s lovely popping in the mornings to pick them fresh for breakfast. Even better to serve some as part of a vegan cream tea!

Home made scones delicious topped with fresh juicy strawberries.

Makes 12  scones

Ready in 35 minutes

  • 340g/12oz self raising flour
  • 85g/3oz margarine
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar
  • 125ml/¼ soya pint milk
  • 4 tbsp plain soya yoghurt
  • pinch of salt

Pre heat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C.  Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Rub in the margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Mix the milk and yoghurt together, and stir it into the mixture. Mix it together, until a soft dough is formed.

Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly. Roll out to an even thickness of about 2cm (¾ inch).

Using a 5cm (2 inch cutter) cut out scones and place on a floured baking tray. Keep rolling and cutting until the dough is used up.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Fill with jam and cream and top with a strawberry. Enjoy!

 

Our Lizzy's Vegan Cream Tea

Our Lizzy’s Vegan Cream Tea

 

Spring Greens!

I love Spring – so many shades of green! The morning light has been amazing, highlighting the many shades of green as the blossom fades!  It’s been good getting out for walks. I always enjoy collecting wild garlic and it’s been good sharing it at cookery demonstrations this Spring.

wild garlic

It works well blended with white beans to make a delicious pate.

Wild Garlic Pate                                                                                

  • 1 tin white beans e.g. butter, cannelini
  • handful of wild garlic (approx25g)
  • 1 tbsp olive/rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend.

Season, more lemon juice could be added to taste. A small amount of water may be added to achieve a dip-like consistency.

I’m also enjoying asparagus season, it’s lovely to make use of this local ingredient while it’s here. Here’s a recipe which has gone down well at local food festivals.

Our Lizzy beans

Fried Butterbeans with asparagus

 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tin butter beans

zest of 1 lemon

1 red chilli finely chopped

handful of sliced asparagus

salt and pepper

handful chopped parsley

2 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil

Put pan on the heat, add the asparagus with a small amount of water.

When the water has absorbed add some oil. Add the butter beans and fry for a few moments.

Add the garlic, chilli and lemon zest and cook for two minutes more.

Remove from heat, season to taste and sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve.

 Serve with flatbread or cous cous. Broccoli spears work well when asparagus goes out of season.

It’s been great being part of Asparafest in Evesham this year, celebrating asparagus and all things green!

Gus 2

 

Learning to make sourdough bread

I love eating sourdough bread but making it had always been a mystery! I recently teamed up with Janice Bell of Bread at Home to learn how to make the perfect loaf.

Our Soups and Sourdough day was great fun with Janice teaching the bread and myself teaching a variety of homemade soups to compliment the bread.

Janice Bell of Bread at Home

Janice Bell of Bread at Home

Sourdough is the older traditional way of making bread and was widely used before yeast was manufactured. It is actually a lot easier as there is less kneading involved – it’s just a question of working out what time you would like your bread cooked and working backwards in stages.

Sourdough starter is mixed with water and flour to make a sponge this is left over night and mixed with water, flour and some salt to create a very soft dough. Working the gluten involves giving the dough a really good stretch!
stretch the dough

After lots of time for resting prepare proving baskets with a dusting of rice flour. Then shape the loaves, place in the baskets and leave to rest.
prepare proving baskets

When the dough is fully proved turn onto a tray, slash and bake in a hot oven.

A finished loaf!

A finished loaf!

I’m looking forward to baking sourdough on a regular basis for B and B guests. If you are interested in learning how to make sourdough or other sorts of bread please get in touch with myself or Janice for course details. http://www.ourlizzy.com http://breadmakingworkshops.co.uk/

Start the year and the day with a good breakfast!

Happy New Year!
Breakfast is always a good way to start the day so I thought I’d share this quick and easy recipe with you. It’s a popular choice with my B and B guests. Tofu is high in protein and this scramble is cooked without fat. Up to you how much sunflower margarine you then spread on the toasted bread!
scrambled tofu
Breakfast Scramble

1 pack long life silken tofu
½ small onion finely chopped
pinch of turmeric
pinch of Marigold bouillon powder
salt and pepper to taste
fresh herbs to taste

Add the tofu to a pan, mash with a fork. Add the onion along with a pinch of turmeric and a pinch of bouillon powder.

Place on heat and cook for about three minutes.

Season with salt black pepper and fresh herbs as required.

Serve on a bagel or fresh toast.

A perfect start to the first Meat Free Monday of 2015. I’ll look forward to serving this in Farmhouse Breakfast Week later this month!