Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Runner Bean Risotto with Balsamic Beetroot Drizzle

I have and always try to make whatever vegetable I use play a starring role in the dish, not just a bit side part.   However, saying that I do struggle finding interesting and inspiring recipes for runner (flat) beans and find myself often just blanching them, then dousing in a little extra virgin olive oil and seasoning and serving them simply on the side.  Not this time, as the runner beans play a central role in this risotto dish accompanied by an optional cheat balsamic beetroot drizzle. 
It was lovely.  I enjoyed every mouthful.  The risotto was naturally creamy, no addition of cream or vegan alternative.  The runner beans still had bite and the beetroot gave it that extra boost, both in favour and visually. 
I know some people cannot eat risotto without a grating of cheese on top, or even vegan cheeze - a dairy free alternative, but I have pretty much always enjoyed my home-made risotto dishes without this additional richness, but feel free to cater to your own tastes.  

Monday, 15 September 2014

Vegan Cinnamon Plum Cake

I mentioned in previous blog post that I make a vegetarian version of this Cinnamon Plum Cake.  I make it almost every year, but this year I decided to do a vegan version, especially for Vegan MoFo 2014 and it was yummy.
I don't quite know how, but there was a slight pink hue when I sliced the cake.  So somehow the natural plum juice colour infused the sponge batter, which was a nice surprising effect, along with the brown specks from the cinnamon.  D will eat vegan cake, but is not that crazy about them, but thought this one was particularly good .
Enjoy with a cuppa or vegan cream!  As this vegan Cinnamon Plum Cake is made with home-grown plums and very much in season, I am sharing this recipe with  with Anneli over at Delicieux and Lou over at Eat Your Veg for Four Seasons Food.  The theme this month is Get Fruity.   

Plum, Plum

Unlike supermarket perfectly plum shaped, ripened and blemish free plums, my plum are blotchy, irregular in shape and varying in shades of ripeness.  I am actually quite surprised that I even got a harvest, as both my apple and pear trees have produced zilch.  When I looked at the plums a few weeks back, I thought they were for the bin (not even the compost bin) as they were not looking good at all, some had gone mouldy, some rot and some had some kind of resin stuck to it. But some fought off the whatever was attacking them and ended up in my kitchen. 
I have made a number of recipes with some of them.  As well as old favourites like the Ginger Plum Crumble, but also some new recipes that I will share later on my blog such as Star Anise Sorbet, Spicy Plum Chutney,
a vegan Plum Cake based on this this Cinnamon Plum Cake, 
but right now, I am sharing these fresh plums with Daphne Dandelions for Harvest Monday.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Tamale for family and friends

This vegan Mexican Tamale dish is one that I make almost every month, sometimes twice.  Its a firm favourite with my husband and younger family members likes nephews and nieces.  Regular readers will have seen Tamale appear on my blog in different guises, as a pie see here and or served in individual dishes see here, often served with a lovely green salad. 

There will be days when we will have it for Saturday or Sunday brunch instead of a veggie fry up, but not this time.  I decided on making a much larger version that could be brought to the table. 
My brother is by no means a vegetarian, or vegan for that and would never dream of becoming either, I served him Tamale when he came over for a short visit that ended up being a couple of hours and he totally loved it.  He said he really did not note much difference between the soya mince or the real minced stuff.  I really do think this is one dish that meat-eaters would be more then happy to try, especially if they like a little spice too. 
For the recipe follow this link.  
The only thing to note is that this Tamale was made in a large casserole dish, the polenta flowers are optional.