I just finished reading ‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver, which I LOVED, and the protagonist mentions making something like this. I couldn’t find any recipes online but had to have a go.
With the limited mobility of my foot & a 9 month pregnant woman, we had to make do with the ingredients to hand, so fresh pineapple would obviously be better, as would handmade pastry. This was still delicious though, so whatevs.
KIND OF A PINEAPPLE TURNOVER
Cook down in a small pan until gooey, reduced and delicious. Remove pods and stars.
Put a dollop onto each pastry square, fold into a triangle, and bake at 200c for about ten mins.
Serve with vegan ice-cream, and dream of the revolution.
Burrito & the Best Beans
I didn’t realise how good the beans were going to be so I didn’t pay attention to what I was doing. It goes something like this:
Soak & rinse the beans. Sauté chopped onion until starting to go soft, the add beans & water. Bring to the boil, skimming foamy stuff from the top.
Cover and simmer for ages until beans starting to soften.
Add all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until beans are soft, creamy & delicious. Add more liquid if needed.
Check seasoning, squeeze on lime juice. Would be extra tasty with fresh coriander too.
We had them in a burrito with rice, salsa, shredded lettuce, cucumber, spring onions, jalapeños, hot sauce & cashew queso.
Best burrito I’ve ever had! (I’ve never been to Mexico or US, so we pretty much only have Barburrito, which is ok but expensive & more geared towards the meat.) Also I am never happier than when we have a tub of leftover queso in the fridge for toasties!
Brunch at Organic House
1 redwoods sausage
1 redwoods bacon rasher
1 tomato (vegetarian option is an egg instead)
Seeded wholemeal toast
1 cup of coffee or a pot of tea
Granovita brown sauce or meridian ketchup.
Nice strong coffee, rare to find vegan bacon in a breakfast, really good mushrooms (Els said the best she’s ever had in a bought breakfast), beans in a little pot (for some reason I like beans to be separate!), good to see some variation on the standard Linda McCartney sausage, lovely atmosphere, nice staff, clearly labelled veg options.
What could be better:
Potatoes were quite hard, would have loved another rasher, maybe a coffee refill?
It’s not the biggest portion, but pretty tasty & really nice as a treat.
Organic House also do a vegan BLT, a DELICIOUS vanilla hot choc, & a very impressive range of juices.
They have highchairs & books available for kids too.
Check them out!
KOMBUCHA & OATCAKES BY THE RIVER
image from Bonzai Aphrodite.
My fractured foot & Elsie’s pregnancy isn’t leaving much time for fermenting freakiness, so I sampled some locally brewed Kombucha instead.
I was initially concerned at the high sugar content, but apparently most of it is digested by the kombucha culture during fermentation.
I’ve seen the Equinox van around town & was keen to give it a try.
From their website:
Equinox Kombucha is a family business based in the valleys of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. We are absolutely passionate about the little wonder that is Kombucha, and truly believe in its infinite potential to improve people’s well-being. To give people one more possibility to maintain their health, we are bringing Kombucha Tea into mainstream awareness. Cafes and restaurants, health food shops, skate parks, gyms and pubs: all are a perfect place to enjoy a bottle of The Living Tea.
Because we care about our planet and its people, we always choose ethically sourced ingredients, Fair Trade wherever possible, and always certified Organic. We brew our Kombucha Tea with the finest Organic Fairtrade Chun Me green tea, a Chinese leaf very popular in its country of origin for its strong and tangy taste. Along with Organic raw cane sugar (also Rainforest Alliance certified and EcoSocial certified) and a selection of good quality Organic herbal teas as well as Organic pure pressed Ginger juice.
A percentage of the profits of Equinox Kombucha will go into the development of humanitarian projects. We hope to do this in the form of the Equinox Foundation for humanitarian and wild life projects and the conservation of rainforests.
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I tried the Raspberry & Elderflower variety, and can report that it’s DELICIOUS.
I can’t wait to try their other flavours!
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