Indian inspired feast

I am overwhelmed by all the positive comments I have received today. I never thought people would read my blog, let alone  nominated me for so many awards. I initially started this blog to help me change to a vegan lifestyle diet. So far I have been doing really well, which has a lot to do with the inspiration from other bloggers and their nice comments about my food. I am use to my friends and family thinking my dairy free food was strange enough, let alone removing the animal products entirely. But I think my cooking has improve a lot for both myself and others, who now think that this vegan food doesn’t look that bad. All I know is I feel great and eating a healthy diet is becoming more effortless.

I admit I do struggle with entirely eliminating fish, eggs and honey out of my diet. But these are not an every day thing or a complete substitute to meat. Its still a process for me and I have cut back a lot. I don’t really eat eggs anymore, since my chickens have been re-homed. Only the occasional crepe that Marco begs me to make. I was struggling with the decision to re-home them, but my mother was relentless about me getting rid of them. I only agreed to it when I found out Marco’s boss and his wife were paying extra council rates to keep their baby roosters, because their kids had grown too attached to them and wanted some lady hens to keep them company. Apparently they are really happy and now my dogs regained the grass in my yard, so they are happy too. I am especially happy now they they have stopped using my veggie patch as a toilet. Sushi is my biggest weakness still. Usually I can find vegan substitute, but sometimes they don’t have them or they just don’t look that good. I am only human, so I am not going to be too hard on myself. For the most part I want to avoid the bpa in canned fish and mercury in fresh seafood. So since I am not substituting it on a daily basis, for now its an occasional food.

Dark Sweet Eggplant, Spring Onion & Broccoli Noodle Stir-fry

Lunches and dinners are very easy now I have accepted that I don’t need some kind of major protein in every meal. Lots of vegetables have protein that I never realized. On the menu today was Dark Sweet Eggplant, Spring onion & Broccoli Noodle Stir-fry for lunch and for dinner was a Vegetable Korma Curry, Red Dhal curry, Rice and Coconut Poori. I also made a banana curry, but it wasn’t a success. I tried to make this recipe a few years back and miss read it, thinking I needed green bananas. They were so taut that I ended up trying to fry them to make them edible. I didn’t make the same mistake tonight, but I think I may have burnt the spices, plus the soy yoguart and lemon juice did not help the flavor. No one was a fan of this curry. So I think its time to give up on banana curry and leave it up to the experts.

The recipes of Red dhal dish and Coconut Poori are from from the book INDIAN FOOD – INTERNATIONAL SERIES. I have had this book for years. It has great recipes for Indian breads and spice pastes and snacks. The Red Dhal dish is an appetizers  but I think it can be enjoyed for a main meal. It is very easy to make and takes very little effort. The recipe doesn’t ask for salt, but for me I used plenty of it to bring out the taste of the dhal and I also used coconut oil instead of ghee. It is gluten free and is a very hearty dish. The Coconut Poori were really different, but really delicious. I made the first couple too big and flat, so they didn’t puff up. So for the rest I made them thicker and smaller and they came out perfect. They are really good with a curry or can be enjoyed after dinner with some chocolate spread. These are not gluten free, but the recipe calls for wholemeal flour or Indian atta flour. It also calls for plain flour, but I forgot about it and it was fine without it. The Vegetable Korma was just whatever vegetables I could find to add. I didn’t make the spice paste, since I had some left over in a jar. I was going to add soy yogurt, but decided to change it to coconut cream in the end, since it was tangy enough.

Red Dhal (gf, sf, nf)

Ingredients

200 g red dhal/lentils (washed)

4 cups water

1 tsp ground turmeric 

1 crushed garlic clove

30 g vegan butter/coconut oil

1 large onion (chopped)

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Take a medium size pot and add the lentils, water, turmeric and garlic. Bring to the boil then place on a simmer for 30 mins (or until dhal is soft)

2. Just before dhal is finished, take a pan and melt coconut oil. Then add onion and the remaining spices. Cook for 5 mins, or until onions are soft.

3. Add onions to dhal, stir through and serve.

*Serves 6

Vegetable Korma (gf)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

4 potatoes (chopped)

1 red capsicum (chopped)

1/2-1 eggplant (chopped)

2 tbsp korma spice paste (or more)

300 ml chicken stock

250 ml coconut cream (1 tetra pak)

Method:

1. Take a large pot and melt coconut oil. Then add onions, garlic and korma spice paste. Cook for 3 mins, add water if becomes dry.

2. Then add rest of the vegetables and coat in the spice paste.

3. Add chicken stock and cook for 30mins or until potato is soft.

4. Lastly before serving, add coconut cream and heat through, then serve.

*Serves 4

Coconut Poori (sf, nf)

Ingredients:

200 g wholemeal flour/Indian atta flour

100 g plain flour (optional)

1/2 tsp sea salt,

100 g desiccated coconut

1 tsp chili powder (I used cayenne pepper)

1/2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp ghee/coconut oil/vegan butter

150 ml water

oil for frying (sunflower oil)

Method:

1. Take a mixing bowl and combine wholemeal flour, salt, coconut, cayenne, and sugar. 

2. Then add melted coconut oil and stir so that it becomes like bread crumbs.

3. Then add water so it becomes like a dough and set aside for 10 mins.

4. Divide into 14 balls and flatten into a small disk shape.

5. Heat wok with oil then place the disks into the oil and hold under the oil. They are ready when they puff up and are golden brown.

*Serves 14

New Awards

Recently, I have been nominated by 6 more awards from Sugar and Spice BakingMiss MarzipanMade of Stars and The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic. I am so grateful to these three bloggers. They have all been big supporters of mine and I am big fans of theirs. Even though these aren’t vegan blogs they all inspire me to make healthy hearty foods and also tempt my sweet spot.

 blog has mouthwatering recipes and beautiful photos of his food. I became a instant follower  after seeing his blog. His recipes are healthy  with  influence European,  that can be appreciate by all.

Sugar and Spice Baking has lovely baking recipes for any sweet tooth. She makes a variety of traditional European sweets that use simple ingredients, but turn out looking really delicious.

Miss Marzipan blog has lots of great ideas for the kitchen and diy projects. I love her recipes, particularly her sweets, that’s not to say she doesn’t have some great savories recipes as well.

The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic blog has beautiful photos of Philippines, healthy traditional recipes and participates in creative writing and photo challenges.  It is all round inspirational and an interesting read.

REALITY Blog Award

Below are the rules for the REALITY blog award:

1. Answer the  5 questions

2. Nominate 8 other bloggers

Questions:

1. If you could change one thing, what would you change? Stop the dairy industry spreading lies about the cows milk being ‘healthy’, so that more people would understand its bad for their health, it is breast milk from a cow that is meant to nourishing a baby cow to grow, not to feed a humans; and that cows don’t need to be milked, they can only produce milk when they are pregnant.

2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be? 21 young enough to not be serious, but old enough that people take me seriously

3. What one thing really scares you? Heights, no matter how many times I try to over come this it doesn’t seem to go away.

4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it? I want to teach english overseas. I’m not sure how I can do this at this point in my life. Perhaps when I’m older and my future kids don’t need me so much.

5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

Nominations:

Lafemmeroar

Uberdish

The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic

Vina’s delicious recipes

Travel Culture Food

Cook to love

Modern girl nutrition

Veg Hot Pot

Beautiful Blogger Award

Here come the rules for this award:

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post

2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

3. Tell 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award and comment on their blogs to let them know

Nominees:

The bear and the blackberry

Miss Marzipan

Not all who wander are lost

Jennovafoodblog

Nourishing Chow

Eat breathe yogini

Playful and Hungry

Liebster Award

1. Add the award icon to your blog! 

2. Link to your nominator to say thank you

3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.

4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you (in this case I have 2 sets), and create 11 questions for your nominations to answer.

5. Choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog and tell them about the award.

11 Facts about myself:

1. I still live at home

2. My father owns a fresh gluten free pasta business

3. My mother, brother and father are all chefs

4. I am the kitchen nazi, I can’t stand a dirty kitchen

5. I love drawing and I good, but out of practice

6. I still can’t tell my left and right, lucky I have freckle on my left hand

7. I still don’t drive, but I will one day

8. I have one more semester at uni, which is scary to know the end is near

9. I am a bit freaked out about 21/12

10. I always thought I would move city or country, but now that doesn’t seem possible

11. I use to play wow 😮 I was one of the best healing priests on my server lol

Questions from Miss Marzipan:

  1. Colour or monochrome? colour
  2. Winter or summer? winter
  3. Ready-made or homemade? home-made
  4. Chocolate or vanilla? vanilla
  5. Glass half empty or half full? half-full
  6. Work or play? play
  7. Casual or formal? formal
  8. Ski lodge or tropical island? tropical island
  9. Breakfast or dinner? dinner
  10. TV or film? TV
  11. City or country? city

Questions to my nominees: 

  1. Cookies or Cake?
  2. Dogs or Cats
  3. Latte or Frappe?
  4. Beach holiday or Sight seeing holiday?
  5. Fiction or True story?
  6. Fantasy film or Action movie?
  7. Chicken, Fish or Tofu?
  8. Ipad or Laptop?
  9. Cooking or Cleaning?
  10. Playing sport or Watching sport?
  11. Roasted potato or Fries?

Nominees:

Keep Calm and Eat On

Arohanui

The Trim Body

Earthgiven Kitchen

Kicking Back the Pebbles

More then Greens

Made of Stars

The Healthy Epicurean

Rabbit Can Cook

gotaste

Avocado and Ales

What’s on my plate today

The Sunshine Award

If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you. You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!

3 fast facts about me:

1) I don’t move when I sleep, my chest barely moves.
2) I spent the first 20 years of my life hating cheese, milk, icing and cream. Then when I discovered them I had to give them up for health reasons.
3) I can’t watch tv without my computer or reading something else at the same time.

Nominees:

Art and Kitchen

Relaxing Cooking

Vini Cooks Veg

The Misfit Baker

Triathlon obsession

Sugar and spice baking

Blissful Britt

fingertips

Inspiring Blog Award

1. Display the award image on your blog (the one I have above)
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to their sites.
5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to the post.

7 Things about Me:

1. I am still scared of the dark.
2. I hate that every year people give me chocolates for christmas, even though they know I have a milk allergy.
3. I would never travel to the moon, I am too scared I wouldn’t come back.
4. I am a moody, sensitive cancerian.
5. I don’t understand why sports news exists, its not news!
6. I use to have an imaginary friend called Rebella… never knew why I called her that.
7. My voice is so high, that most people think I am a kid on the phone.

Nominees:

Manningtree Archives

The Veggie Nook

My little italian kitchen

love licks pensiveness

Small Potatoes

Turning Veganese

Cant stay out of the kitchen

From Motherhood to Enlightenment

Peri’s spice ladle

Emmy Cooks

Liv Lives Life

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Below are the rules for the Very Inspiring Blog Award so please follow carefully:

1.  Display the award logo on your blog.
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.  State 7 things about yourself.
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5.  Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.