I love a nice salad, so many possibilities and combinations, but one thing that is an absolute essential is a delicious dressing, which adds flavour, good fats, vitamins, minerals and polyphenols!
This also has the added benefit of probiotics and its absolutely delicious too!
If you brew your own kombucha then I'm sure you have let a batch ferment too long, resulting in rather sour and vinegary kombucha, which isn't very pleasant to drink!
Sour kombucha still contains probiotics and lends itself very well to salad dressings, in the same way that vinegar and lemon juice do!
So this amazingly fresh and vibrant dressing is packed full of polyphenols from the basil, vitamins from the lime, good fats from the oil and probiotics from the kombucha.
It works really well with any green salad so watercress, rocket, lettuce, cucumber, spinach, chard, sorrel, kale, endive, fresh herbs, or any other combination of greens is sublime with this vibrant punchy dressing. It just screams summer!!
Basil is one of my favourite summer herbs, and I also love lime so this is right up my street!!
So here is my recipe
In a blender, combine the kombucha, lime juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper and blitz until well blended.
With the machine still running, slowly add the oil through the hole in the lid and blend until emulsified.
Add the basil and blend for a few seconds, don't overblend or the basil will lose its vibrant green colour.
Taste and add more lime juice and/or salt if needed.
Will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in a covered jar.
Serve with any green salad.
So wild garlic season is here and I am having a great time preserving it in pestos, kimchi, oils, salts, vinegars and powders, as well as using it as I would use spinach, wilted into soups, sauces, stews and anything else I can think of!
Foraged greens are a great way of increasing diversity in our gut microbiome and are highly nutritious and of course free!
Wild garlic grows in wooded areas, just follow your nose, you can smell it!! The leaves, stems and flowers are edible, as are the bulbs but you want to gather it sustainably and not dig it up, just harvest the leaves and later on the wee white star shaped flowers which taste divine, sweet with a hint of garlic! They are fabulous to garnish soups and salads.
I use a block of Creamed Coconut for soups, its way cheaper than cans of coconut milk. A 200g pack costs around 80p and makes the equivalent of 2 cans of coconut milk. I buy KTC Brand from Asian supermarkets, Asda also sell it!
I made this delicious soup for lunch yesterday and it was so delicious I thought I would share it! It couldn't be simpler so here is my recipe!
If you don't have any wild garlic, then you can use spinach instead, although then it won't taste garlicky!
You could add a tsp of garlic powder or a couple of cloves of garlic instead.
A large bunch of wild garlic, leaves only, washed and chopped
1 medium potato, washed and diced
1 leek or onion, sliced finely
750g bag of frozen peas
100g coconut cream or 1 can coconut milk
1 litre vegetable stock
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1. Add the diced potato, leek/onion, coconut cream and stock to a medium sized pot.
2. Simmer for around 15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked.
3. Add frozen peas, bring back to the boil, then simmer for a few minutes.
4. Add the wild garlic or spinach leaves, stir in, then turn heat off and put the lid on the pot.
5.After 5 minutes, purree the soup using a hand blender
6. Add a tablespoon lemon or lime juice.
7. Serve and enjoy.
I adapted this recipe from Italian minestrone so it has the same base flavours of tomato, onion and garlic. I decided to replace the white pasta with much healthier brown rice which makes the soup gluten free and the addition of some beans adds fibre, protein and minerals and really makes this a complete meal in a bowl!
You can add whatever veggies you have to ring the changes but peppers, green beans, carrots, leeks, courgettes, frozen peas and finely shredded greens of some sort all work really well and add loads of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, strengthening literally every body system.
It's still wild garlic season so I am making the most of it by adding it to as many dishes as I can.
It's delicious, highly nutritious and it's free so get yourself out to your nearest woodland and let your nose guide you to swathes of gorgeous wild garlic!
Any beans work, flageolet, cannelini, haricot, butter beans are all great.
I am a big fan of nutritional yeast flakes so add a couple of tablespoons to your soup or sprinkle some on as a garnish. They add great flavour, loads of minerals and vitamins and make the soup lovely and creamy!
So without further ado, here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it....!
VEGAN RICE AND BEAN SOUP WITH WILD GARLIC
So its been a while since I posted anything on my blog! I've been very busy with Fermenting Workshops and just generally fermenting everything and having lots of fun experimenting and trying out new recipes and techniques.
I was sent a bag of organic tiger nuts recently from the awesome Tiger Nut Company so I've added that to the heady mix! I've made tiger nut milk, tiger nut kefir, spiced raisin tiger nut scones and wee Beetroot Bliss Bites using the dehydrated tiger nut pulp!
I have also acquired some water kefir grains so I now have the full gamut of ferments!
I can honestly say that ferments are taking over my life and my kitchen!
But of all the things to be addicted to, its a good one!! So many amazing health benefits and a whole new world of flavour!
I posted a photo of my rather delicious fermented dinner a few weeks ago on UK Fermenting Friends and 200 people liked it and I had lots of requests for recipes! These are all people who already know about fermented foods and drinks but I think the foodie side of me is taking simple ferments to new levels!!
I've certainly had a lot of interest in my workshops recently, mostly thanks to my wonderful friend Katrina of the awesome Body Toolkit Juicing Retreat, who shared my post with her juicing group with a glowing recommendation! My April workshop is fully booked and I only have one place left on 19th May, so I will add a few extra dates!
Contact me if you are interested in learning how to make all sorts of amazing fermented goodies and would like to add your name to my waiting list!
So off the topic of fermenting and back to this brilliant recipe!
I ran a series of healthy eating workshops this week at St Pauls Youth Forum Community Group in Provanmill, which was great fun, with lots of healthy food made and scoffed!
Our last session was Indian themed and I came across this great recipe for flatbreads on cafedelites cool website.
I normally make sourdough flatbreads, which are great but these ones are so soft and pliable and easy to roll, perfect for a fun workshop with kids and adults. Everyone loved them so I thought I'd share the recipe!
I'm off to Berlin next week and I'm most excited, its the best city for vegan food, and although I'm not exclusively vegan, its my favourite food and what I eat most of the time!
These flatbreads could easily be made vegan by substituting Soya yoghurt for the Greek yoghurt. Aldi sell delicious thick and creamy Greek Yogurt, which is what I used for these along with unsweetened soya milk.
So I hope this recipe becomes your favourite flatbread recipe, its definitely a keeper!
I made them last night and we had them for dinner with coconut spiced potatoes and mango chutney, simple and delicious!!
The addition of garlic powder gives these a lovely flavour. A teaspoon of cumin seeds would also work well!
The combination of greek yoghurt and olive oil make these flatbreads so soft and pliable and easy to roll out and also if you use a non stick pan, they hardly need any oil and its so easy to flip them over!
Please leave me a comment if you try these!!
So here is the recipe....
Easy Garlic Flatbreads
Ingredients makes 8 flatbreads
......your health in your hands........
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