"Sit. Feast on your life."- Derek Walcott
When homemade goes fancy: Jasmine-style Gazpacho with Red Quinoa Salsa
So this was the second course I served following the Causa and Tomato Chalaquita for my mother - another easy dish that can be done in a dash but can also be made the night before to be chilled in the fridge, ready for a party (or just a late-night easy dinner!). I adapted this dish to include secret ingredients which add a fiery dash to a cool, refreshing thick soup, and served with the crunchy and equally flavourful quinoa salad, it is absolutely perfect.For the recipe, click the Read More.
For the Jasmine-style Tomato Gazpacho: 1 Ripe Tomato/1 Red Pepper/ 1/2 Onion/ 2 small peeled Cucumbers/ 1 Jalapeño (or 1/2, if you can’t take spicy food)/ 1 Clove of Garlic/ 1 tsp Olive Oil/ 1 tsp Orange Juice/ 4 tsp Water/ salt to taste
For the Red Quinoa Salsa: 30g red quinoa/ 30g finely diced shallot/45g finely diced cherry tomato/ 30g finely diced cucumber/ soy sauce/ salt/ pepper/ 2 tsp lemon juice/ 2 tsp olive oil
For the Gazpacho:
- Peel the tomato and red pepper, by searing the tomato over a flame and plunging it in cold water and peeling, and grilling the red pepper and then soaking it in cold water and peeling.
- Roughly chop the tomato, red pepper, onion, cucumber and garlic, and place the vegetables into the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients but the water, and add the water 1 teespoon at a time until pureed. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
For the Red Quinoa Salsa:
- Cook the quinoa, and combine all the ingredients and mix the olive oil in last.
Raw Berry Cream Brownies
1/2t Vanilla extract
1/4C Maple syrup OR Agave nectar (I used 2T of each)
1/3C Unsweetened apple purée
1/3C Raw cacao powder
1/3C Coconut flour
1/3C Almond flour/blanched ground almonds
Pinch of salt
1/2C Mixed frozen berries, defrosted (You can use fresh if in season)
1/4C Cashews, soaked, rinsed and drained
1T Maple syrup
1t Lemon juice
Pinch of salt
2T Coconut oil, melted
1) Line a small baking tin or container with parchment paper to help you remove the brownies later on (I used a 5 1/2” by 3” container)
2) In a food processor combine water through to apple purée.
3) In a separate bowl stir together the dry ingredients.
4) Add the dry ingredients to the food processor and process again until fully incorporated. You will have a very thick mixture.
5) Spread the mixture into the prepared container and smooth out the top. Refrigerate.
6) For the berry cream, blend the first five ingredients.
7) When smooth add the melted coconut oil and blend again.
8) Pour the berry cream on top of the brownie and refrigerate or freeze for a few hours. Use the parchment paper to remove from the container and cut into pieces.
Store in the fridge or freezer as the topping will melt if left at room temperature.
The only dessert recipe you’d ever need: Sugarless, Vegan Healthy Black Sesame Ice Cream with Dried Pineapple ‘Flowers’
In a word: amazing. I use this word a lot, which I shouldn’t, because everything else I’ve called amazing pales in comparison to this ice cream, especially when it’s combined with the deliciously natural pineapple flowers (the recipe is linked here). It’s a no-frills recipe which doesn’t involve adding any ingredients you’re not familiar with in the kitchen, yet when you eat it it feels like a guilty pleasure because it’s just so good.
Ingredients: 625 ml of unsweetened soymilk// 100g of black sesame paste// 50g of black sesame// 2 tablespoons of stevia (you can change this depending on what you like - as it is with all the ingredients!)
- Heat the soymilk and add the black sesame paste, and begin stirring until the paste dissolves. Whilst you’re doing this, toast the black sesame seeds on a pan on low heat for 3-4 minutes (they are very small so watch them carefully so they don’t burn!) and then grind up the black sesame seeds into a more powdery form. Then, mix that in with the soymilk. At this point, taste the black sesame soymilk to see if there’s enough black sesame (if there isn’t add more, if there’s too much add more soymilk) and then add the sweetener, whether it’s stevia or honey. Then, taste again to see if you’d like it to be more/less sweet (I always opt for less sweet, so chances are you’ll have to be going for more) because this will be what your final ice cream tastes like. If it tastes “hmm” just add more black sesame paste/ground black sesame until you can actually come to a conclusion about whether or not it needs more sugar!
- Then, refridgerate this in the fridge (not freezer) overnight so that the liquid cools completely, before putting it in a churner (for half an hour) or mixing it on high speed for around 10 minutes. Then, when it thickens a little, this time refridgerate it in the freezer for 1-2 hours or overnight. That’s it - scoop it out and enjoy as a snack, or even as a dessert-for-breakfast!
- Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.
- Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.
- Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.
- Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.
- Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.
- Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.
- Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.
- Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.
- Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.
- Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.
- Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.
- Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.
- Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.
- Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.
- Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.
- Cold Sore – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.
- Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals.
- Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.
- Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.
- Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.
- Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.
- Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.
- Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.
- Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.
- Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.
- Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.
- After Shave – Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.
- Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.
- Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.
- Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.
- Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.
- Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.
- Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.
- Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.
- Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.
- Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.
- Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
- Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.
- Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.
- Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.
- Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.
- Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.
- Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.
- Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.
- Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.
- Alzheimer’s – Some research points to coconut oil as a way to slow the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.
- Epilepsy – Coconut oil may reduce the incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
- Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen.
- Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.