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I am not a great fan of Jamie Oliver, but the man is making millions by education people about food and how to eat. So he must be doing something right I thought.

I do know, that Jamie Oliver is not a vegan. In my mind that is even more of a reason to use his recipe. It is a great invitation to more people to try and include more vegan meals and possibly go all the way vegan when they are ready.

There is also a collection of 86 vegan recipes on his website, which seem very easy and tasty. I will be looking back into them for sure.

This evening i was in a chocolate mood. I have been looking how we will be celebrating Easter this year as it will also be my eldest son birthday. He loves chocolate, so I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s chocolate brownie recipe. Mine is a bit different, but based on the same principles.

Here is my recipe here. I love this cake.

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cake 

Prep time 20 minutes

Cook time 25-30 minutes

Here is what you need.

180 gr white plain flour
8gr baking soda

2 spoon full of ground flax seeds

pinch of salt

squeeze of lemon juice (about 10 ml)

200 gr drinking chocolate (I used Green and Blacks’organic)

200 ml almond milk

100 gr. raw unrefined sugar

15 gr vanilla essence

50 gr. coconut butter

50 gr. cocoa butter

For the glaze

100 gr drinking chocolate
30 gr cacao butter
15-20 ml almond milk
dash of whiskey (optional)

100 gr. hazelnuts( you can use any other nuts or anything else that you like)

Method 

First preheat the oven to 180*C degrees.

In a large bowl sieve the flour and add to it the salt and the baking soda. Mix together.
In a small pan put the coconut oil, the cacao butter with the sugar and the drinking chocolate. Melt and mix well. Then add to it the milk with the sugar and the lemon juice and the vanilla essence.

Next add everything together in the big bowl and gently mix and fold together. You will get a very thick and gooey mixture.

Pour into your baking tray and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

While the cake is in the oven melt your cacao butter with the drinking chocolate. If you are using unsweetened cacao powder you need to add some sugar to the mix as well.

Once your cake is ready gently cover with the chocolate glaze and decorate with your roasted hazelnuts.

 

This vegan chocolate brownie cake is simply divine, nutty and rich. Highly recommend you to try it if you love chocolate.

For a wonderful selection of some of the best cooking equipment visit Village Bakery.

 

I am a hummus expert. Since going vegan in May 2012 I have eaten aprox 250 kg of hummus, which is just under a kilogram a week. Following this philosophy I am an expert in many other foods, but hummus is one of my favourite.

The best hummus recipe is the one that you love the most. I will share with you mine.

This magical combination of chickpeas, tahini and olive oil is what hold a lot of my vegan creations together.Sometimes not having a dollop of hummus can make or break a nice meal.

My youngest son eats hummus the same way other people eat ice cream. And it’s wonderful to watch him.

According to impossible to confirm historical leftovers hummus first originated in ancient Egypt. We will never know if this was true, as according to some other immposible to confirm historians the origin of hummus are Greek. Either way it’s more that obvious that people have been eating hummus for centuries.

Now a days hummus is made all over the world and the variations are countless.The base is always the same a magical combination of chickpeas,tahini, lemon juice and garlic.

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All set to make some hummus

Here is what you need to make the hummus

cooked chickpeas 250 g
baking soda  1 tsp
tahini paste 170 g
juice from 1 lemon
olive oil 50 ml
4 cloves of garlic crushed
ice cold water 100 ml (
salt to taste

To make it simply start by putting everything into the food procesor starting with the chickpeas and gradually add the tahini, lemon juice , garlic, water in such order that you add the olive oil last. Once you have the creamy smooth texture place in a bowl and let it rest for 30 minute in the fridge.

Toasted pita bread, fried vegetables and fresh salad can make a wondeerful lunch and anytime dish.

My almost go to meal at any time of the day regardless of what time it is hummus , humongous bowl of salad and some kind of bread/pita bread/sourdough or rice. I do enjoy hummus and pasta but only on a side of the dish. My pasta sauces are very rich and loaded with vegetables so the hummus brings a perfect balance.

In my opinion hummus is not that nice with chips/french fries as it tends to be too dry in a sense of texture. In general hummus and potatoes can work but for that you need a nice saucy sauce to go with it.

Overall I can’t imagine life without eating hummus. It has made my vegan life incredibly easy and tasty.

I will finish this post with one of my favourite hummus memes.

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Spinach is one of the most nutrient  foods on the planet. Spinach its on the top of the list of many super foods list. It is also in season now so its at its best. The time when I really experienced the power of this amazing leafy vegetable was whenever I was expecting my second child. I was told, that the iron levels in my blood are very low, so I would need to take some iron. So by instinct at the time I knew that spinach contains lots of iron and I started to take spinach 2-3 times a week.By the time it was time to check my blood again I have increased the iron levels in my blood by 5 times.

I have always loved spinach- growing up in Bulgaria, where during this time of the year there was an abundance of it in my granny’s garden. Now transferring to a vegan lifestyle I love it even more-raw, lightly cooked or juiced. I love it all.health benefits of spinach

Today I made one of my favourite treats-spinach with rice with olive oil and lemon juice. I will give you the recipe but first I would like to share with you some of the health benefits of spinach and why it is a good idea to add more of it in your diet.

1. One cup of spinach contains  vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement.

2.It is a  very good  source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein.

3.The vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure

4.Spinach contains its own type of plant based steroids called phytoecdysteroids. Phytoecdysteroids are similar to insect molting hormones and have been shown to dramatically increase glucose metabolism. This keeps blood sugar levels stable and minimizes the need for the critical fat-storage hormone insulin.

5.Spinach also contains kaempferol, a strong antioxidant that prevents the formation of cancerous cells. Women who have a high intake of this show a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, likely because of kaempferol’s ability to reduce cancer cells proliferation.

6.Spinach is a source of glycoclycerolipids that protect the digestive tract from inflammatory damage. These glycoclycerolipids are the main fatty acids that makeup the cell membranes of light-sensitive organs in chlorophyll containing plants.

7.Spinach is an important source of copper, zinc, and selenium which boost immunity.

I am sure you do not any more convincing how vital is to consume spinach. Here is a simple and tasty recipe.

You need

1 cup of washed rice

2 cups of organic spinach

2 onions

3 cups of water

salt, pepper

oregano

olive oil

lemon juice health benefits of spinach

Cook the chopped onion in olive oil, salt , black pepper and oregano till the onion turns golden. Then add the rice and mix well. Add the spinach and mix. Then add the 3 cups of water and let is simmer for 10 -12 minutes till all the water is absorbed by the rice. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy hot or cold.

Sending blessings and love

 

 
P.S This is day 41 of  Word press Challenge to make a post every day. There are 198 days left of 2012.