I'm a holistic nutritionist student with a twist for the healthy cuisine. And I like to keep things fresh, simple and delicious‚ Always organic and easy to make. After all, who has the time to spend hours in the kitchen?
This is not one of my typical nice and easy recipes, but it’s so delicious that I couldn’t help myself and spend half of my day in the kitchen trying to recreate something I ate a couple of days ago. To be more precise, these should be the infamous mini bites with cashew, vegetables and portobello mushrooms as stated on the menu of the Food Forum list. They were part of our free lunch menu, created by the Chefs of Menu magazine and tasted so good that I ignored my natural sense of shame, got back to the table and asked for one more :)
The main problem with preparing the bites at home was that I had absolutely no idea what’s in them except for the obvious part – vegetables and mushrooms. So I decided to trust my palate and cooked them combining most of my favorite vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, aubergines, carrots, garlic, red peppers and baby spinach. A feast for all the senses with the added portobello mushrooms, cashews, ginger and powdered indian pecans.
Except for the divine food the Forum was also rich in interesting lectors and visitors, a bunch of raw chefs, vegans, Ayurveda specialists, nutritionists, all kinds of healthy foodists and some misguided adventurers like my paraglider instructor. The best place to meet “one of your kind” and share ideas. Like the girl who offered to sell me earrings made of small jars filled with flaxseeds… really cute. Or a vegan canadian woman working for the bulgarian Cru restaurant. People like “uncle Mitko” who decided to start a biodynamic agriculture farm at the age of 55 and working in it for 15 years now! That man looked better at 70 then most 50 years old you can meet on the street. A marvelous event, which I wish will happen more often from now on, because the 400 seats theater was sold out well in advance and lots of people couldn’t attend. Great job, Gorichka, for the Food forum!
“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die” – a graffiti quote seen in Belgrade from one of the Food Forum lectors, Yana Petkova.
Some of you may already know that I have a brand new dehydrator at home, which is also the reason for the lack of posts lately. I’m diving into the raw cuisine with the open eyes of a new born baby. Raw crackers, raw desserts, “baked” nuts… I want to try it all and my dehydrator is working 24-7!
There are so many recipes I want to taste that the first moment the Excalibur arrived I got totally lost. I had absolutely no idea what to start with, where to begin and how to do it, although I spent the last 2 weeks preparing myself and reading all there is to read about using the thing. I also had a list with favorite recipes sticked to my desktop… Well, I had a list with recipes and no ingredients at all. Yeah, I know, the joke is on me. Instead of reading all days long I could’ve bought the necessary products, sprouted different things and prepare better.
Anyway, I managed to pull a couple of cracker variations (will share my most favorite one soon) and some desserts. I’m a true believer that you eat with your eyes wide open, so when I see something beautiful I got inspired. This time my inspiration were these cute little raw fruit paper like crepes appetizer from rawmazing.com, I just wanted mine sweet. The best option I could think of for making them sweet was fruit crepes for the bags and raw brownies for the filling. Easy, delicious and so beautiful! Especially if you make different variations, in my case – orange, apples & kiwi ones. Yum!
May be now is the time to make a confession - I hate cooking the same old stuff over and over again. And mainly because of that I spend years of rebelling against myself and convincing everybody around me that I hate cooking. My husband was the only one who didn’t give up on me. He kept on saying everything I made was delicious and I kept on disagreeing.
Only when I started paying attention to what’s healthy, my view changed. I figured out that it’s a whole new world out there with tons of interesting and amazing recipes. With numerous challenges on using the right kinds of ingredients to create a healthy recipe. My kitchen became the most adorable spot in the house and I became addicted to preparing new meals every day. The possibilities turned out to be endless – raw desserts, vegan treats, healthy dishes… All new, all challenging… my boredom with food was finally over.
The idea behind the colorful trio puree came to me while I was thinking of potato puree. How could I come up with a version of the potato puree, say using broccoli, cauliflower or even carrots without over complicating the ingredients. I ended up with three purees made with the simplest ingredients, just the vegetable, coconut oil, lime and salt. The challenge this time will be on you – to make your own twists by adding different herbs, spices, cheeses or whatever :) Or leave them as they are, the choice is yours. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The last couple of days were absolutely amazing. I spent the holidays with friends up in the mountain and the weather was perfect – snowy & sunny. White, wood and green were merely the only colors to be seen and my main inspiration for the white asparagus dish I prepared today.
The vacation was also filled with first moments for Deni, a son of friends of ours. His first ski lessons with a professional instructor…
The only problem with the trip was actually the food. It was a disaster. There was nothing delicious at all, not to mention vegan or vegetarian. The New Year’s eve menu was so poor, that the only thing I could eat were baked potatoes and a salad, and even they tasted awful. Thanks for the good friends, the wine and the cheerful mood which compensated it all.
So, coming home and cooking something delicious turned out to be a main priority for the last couple of days and I tried to do my best satisfying the palate. The white asparagus roasted with cashew cheese and served with lemons and garlic is super tasty and easy to prepare. A personal recommendation for a dinner party, where you are supposed to waw your guests with a vegan dish. It’s my third time making this cashew cheese and I have to admit it’s delicious even on it’s own, but combined with asparagus, white or green, it’s a total blast. My husband prefers the green one, but the white looks better, right? :)
I am not a raw foodist, vegan or any one thing, but I have to say, preparing raw recipes is definitely one of my most favorite things to do in my kitchen! For me, raw recipes seem to be especially easy to make and nearly impossible to ruin. Well, not fatally at least. For example this Raw Jerusalem Artichoke Pasta was planned a little bit differently than you see it here in this post. My original idea was to make a raw version of a traditional pasta with a basic italian tomato red sauce. Which should have been easy, right? But unfortunately, when I finished making the sauce, and tasted it, I was a bit shocked. Something important was definitely missing, the flavor! Yeah, not good. I think the problem started with the tomatoes I used. I live here in Bulgaria and the super markets are completely out of stock of local in season tomatoes and the only veggies on the shelves seem come from far far away. Maybe picked before they had a chance to ripen. Whatever happen to them, the result wasn’t a good one. They are completely dull and for the most part, tasteless. They reminded me a little of wet paper. Not very exciting.
They are completely dull and for the most part, tasteless.
This means I had to improvise and come up with a new sauce on the spot. I had already prepared my Jerusalem Artichoke pasta, and now I just need to sauce it. I know what your thinking, I should do a Pesto. So was I, but for some reason that too sounded a bit boring to me. Thats when I decided to wing it and came up with my own creation. We will call this new sauce, Nadia’s Mixed Winter Green Sauce. The recipe is below. I used a little chicory, radicchio, spinach, arugula and little olive oil with salt. Mmmmmm
This is my first holiday season as a vegan healthy eater and I have to admit that my family is in shock. Especially my mom. She’s been calling almost every day to ask what to prepare for the family dinner and when I say just veggies and fruits she seems ready to cry…
Don’t get me wrong, my mom is the master chef of the family, her meals are always so stunning that my brother spent a couple of years convincing her to open an restaurant. But they are not healthy at all and absolutely no vegan like. The negotiations continued a whole week and although I can think up of a lot of her specialty meals made the vegan way with a little adaptation, the idea of changing her dishes is not something she is very fond of. I believe no one will be.
In the end we made an agreement – I will spend Christmas day with her and prepare the meals we all will eat. The salad I chose to make is a mix of an appetizer and a salad, which goes great with a glass of red wine. Really does tastes amazing. Especially the base, a must have for your holiday dinner parties. You can actually use the base and cover it with any salad you want, in my case a green one with some added Christmas spirit by the red grapefruit. Enjoy!
This is my first holiday eating “G” and I was wondering, how do you handle your relatives and family dinners. Do you make your own foods or do eat whatever the rest of the family is having? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos