Condiment

Cashew Cream Sauce (Oil Free)

Next month we fly to India for a few months of travel, a yoga teacher training course & trekking in Nepal. We’re beyond excited to return to this wild and wonderful part of the world, and intend to share our journey on the blog with you! For now, we’re savouring all of the delicious foods we’ll miss during our time away. Don’t get me wrong, we’re so excited for all the incredible Indian food we’ll enjoy, but we’re making the most of fresh, vibrant food and having access to local organic produce.

This delicious cashew cream has been our go-to sauce the past few months. Soaked cashews become so rich and creamy when blended. We’ve combined them with a few other ingredients to make a really tasty sauce. Apple cider vinegar is a must have product in our kitchen - it has so many great uses! Make sure to get a raw vinegar that still has ‘the mother’ (aka live bacteria) in it. This means that it hasn’t been pasteurised and is therefore great for gut health. The vinegar gives the sauce a subtle tanginess that pairs so well with the nutritional yeast and hints of garlic/mustard powder.

cashew cream dressing
Cashew Cream Dressing

A couple of things I love about this sauce, besides the taste, are how easy it is to prepare and how versatile it is too. We’ve been enjoying it as a side to so many meals, here are some suggestions of recipes it pairs really well with:

Smokey Refried Black Beans
Chickpea Frittata with Sage & Rosemary
Sprouted Chickpea Falafel Burgers

Ingredients
1 cup of cashews, soaked for 2+ hours
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of mustard powder
3/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of white miso (optional but highly recommended)

Method
1. Soak cashews in water for at least 2 hours.
2. Drain and rinse the cashews and combine together in a blender with all of the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and add more water if you want a thinner consistency.
3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, it should last at least 5 days.

cashew cream dressing

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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Having a good selection of sauces and dressings is essential in our kitchen. Especially for those busier times in life, when having tasty sauces on hand helps make the simplest of meals taste great. This roasted red pepper sauce is our current favourite - it's fresh, deliciously tangy and adds a perfect amount of spice to food. We've been loving it on salads, potatoes (as a healthier version of patatas bravas), with veggie burgers and roasted portobello mushrooms. We hope you you enjoy it as much as we do! 

Spicy Red Pepper Sauce
Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

Ingredients (makes a medium jar)
1 cup of roasted red peppers (either from a jar or roast your own)
1/2  cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Fresh black pepper to taste
dried red chilli to taste (optional, if you like it spicy! We use 4-5 de-seeded Kashmiri chillies) 

Method
1. If roasting your own peppers, you'll need to roast them until blackened. Allow to cool and then remove the skin and seeds. 
2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. The sauce will keep in the fridge for at least five days. 
 

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Vegan Turmeric Butter

This turmeric butter is like sunshine goodness in a jar. We've both noticed that eating more plant based fats gives us a lot much more energy throughout the day. This butter is really satisfying and full of healthy fats from good quality, organic oils. It's delicious spread on sourdough toast and crackers or added to a risotto.  It only takes a few minutes to make so it's easy to whip up a jar for the week!

Turmeric is one of our favourite spices and had to be included to give the butter such a vibrant yellow colour. It's also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, due to the curcumin that it contains. Combining turmeric with black pepper helps our bodies absorb the curcumin, so make sure to be generous with the black pepper! 

turmeric butter
vegan turmeric butter
turmeric butter
turmeric vegan butter

Ingredients (makes 1 medium jar)
1 cup of coconut oil (we use an unscented version for this recipe, but you could use a normal one)
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper


Method
1. Firstly, make sure your coconut oil is solid (see photo above). The recipe won't work as well if your coconut oil is in liquid form. If you live somewhere hot, put the oil in the fridge before making the recipe and then store the finished butter in the fridge after.
2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mash together with a fork. (You could use a food processor if you're short for time). Mix until smooth and there's no lumps. 
3. Transfer into a jar and enjoy! 

turmeric vegan butter

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Fermented Broccoli

We're all about making healthy foods accessible to everyone. Having little tricks & condiments on hand when life gets busy and time is scarce. It's no secret that we love adding fermented foods and pickles into meals ... it's one of the best ways to aid digestion & boost healthy bacteria in the body. We've already shared a few fermented recipes on the blog, but this one is definitely our best yet. The broccoli has an amazing, crunchy texture after a week of fermentation, as well as tasting so good!

Fermented Broccoli Pickle

Unlike some ferments, this is pretty simple and quick to prepare. We recommend using good quality salt (either himalayan or sea salt) & buying organic broccoli if it's available to you. Heads up, Aldi now sell organic broccoli for 80p, so it's really affordable to make! 

Vegetable to salt ratio - the magic formula for ferments
After a lot of experimenting, we've reached a good understanding of the salt/vegetable ratio for pickles and ferments. As a general rule of thumb, we always weigh our vegetables, then add 1.75% of this weight in salt. For example, 1kg of broccoli will need roughly 17.5g of salt. 500g of broccoli will need roughly 8.75g of salt. This formula can be applied to other ferments and pickles, such as sauerkraut & kimchi. So far, it hasn't failed us! 

To make 1 large jar you'll need:
1 large jar, sterilised with boiling water
500g Organic Broccoli, chopped into strips (including the stalk!)
8.75g good quality salt (1 & 3/4 teaspoons)
5 whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves
Optional flavourings: 1 whole garlic clove, 1 sprig of rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds

Method
1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients so that the salt is thoroughly mixed with the broccoli. If you have time, leave it for 15 minutes - this will help draw the moisture out of the broccoli. 
2.Add all the ingredients to your sterilised jar, pushing down as you go so that no air is trapped in the bottom of the jar. Keep pushing down as you add more broccoli (the back of a wooden spoon is helpful for this). The idea is to pack everything really tightly into the jar. 
3. Once you've added all the broccoli to the jar, top up with clean water. Cover the jar with a piece of cloth, or loosely place the lid on top. 
4.Now it's time to let the broccoli ferment! Around 7-10 days is the perfect amount of time. Everyday, check on your jar and firmly push down the broccoli with the back of a wooden spoon. You should see air bubbles rise from the bottom of the jar. The pieces of broccoli need to remain submerged in liquid, so if you find it gets too dry, add a little extra water.
5. After around 5-7 days, taste the broccoli to see if it suits your taste buds. If your ferment tastes really salty, leave it for a few extra days to let the flavours mellow. 
6.Once your satisfied with your flavour, secure the jar with a tight lid and store in the fridge. It's now ready to be eaten and shared and should last for months if sealed well.

Fermented Broccoli Pickle

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