Mini Chocolate Berry Quinoa Cakes

Hello there! It’s been a while.

This is a recipe I have been making for years. I came up with it in Ecuador after experimenting with gluten free baking. There weren’t really any gluten free flour options back then, so I started making my own mixes.

This one is really nice because it uses freshly cooked quinoa! So yummy and healthy!

Dry:

1/2C brown rice flour (brown rice blended into a flour 😉
1C cooked quinoa
1/4C cacao powder
2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
pinch of salt

Wet:

1C mashed banana
2 lineseed eggs (blend 2TBS lineseeds with 8TBS of water)
2TBS cacao butter melted
2TBS coconut suger (optional if you like it extra sweet)

Extra’s:

berries
chopped cacao paste

 

  • Blend all the wet ingredients into a smooth paste. Add a bit of water for the blending to start.
  • Mix wet & Dry
  • Add some berries to the dough mix
  • Chop cacao paste and add into the mix
  • Pour dough mix into a bread/cake/cupcake mould, and distribute berries on top.

 

Bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius.

I hope you love this and share it with your friends & family. Please tag me @clairemalandre if you are posting on IG.

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Moon day Porridge

This moon day was specifically rainy and cold in the morning here in the Netherlands. So I made this porridge which I have wanted to try out for a while. Quinoa porridge.

You might know already I absolutely love porridges, so I always look for new recipies and variations. Oatmeal porridge is where my heart really lies, but this one is delicious and a wonderful option if you are avoiding or doing a cleanse where grains are temporarily left out of the diet.

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Ingredients:

1C quinoa
1/2tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp cardamom
1/2tsp ginger
pinch of salt
2C water
1C preferred nutmylk
1apple – grated
handful of raisins
hemp seeds

How to:
Rince quinoa and cook with 2C of water. Add spices. When the water gets less start adding nutmylk a little bit at a time, and stir once in a while, untill the quinoa porridge gets a thick and creamy consistency.
When the porridge ready, turn off the stove, add apple and raisins and cover for a few minutes. The apple will not cook, but become just nice and soft to digest more easily.
Decorate with some hemp seeds y voilá!

You can sweeten the porridge with any preferred sweetener.

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Atjar Tjampoer : Sauerkraut Style

If you have ever had Indonesian food then you know that Atjar Tjampoer is one of the most important sides to complete the whole taste experience.
A while back, while I was still living in Ecuador, I had the chance to do a workshop with the king of fermentation Sandor Katz. It was so inspiring and fun! And it got me thinking….

Almost all traditional cultures have a fermented side dish to complete their meals. Japanese have miso, soya sauce, umeboshi etc. Germans have sauerkraut and. Indians have idlis, pickles and chutneys. Indonesians has Atjar Tjampoer!

They were smart, and unconscioulsy (or very consciously) knew that this not only completes the 6 tastes, but helps digestion and contains quite some vitamins & minerals.

Normal Atjar Tjampoer is really more like a pickle, veggies and spices marinated in vinegar. Not bad, but commercial jars are usually not filled with a high quality, full of friendly bacteria raw fermented vinegar….
So I figured I have two options…

Either pickle the veggies myself in a proper organic raw apple cider vinegar, or…

Make Atjar Tjampoer ferment!

This one obviously sounds more exciting. I have already done it many times, and if you like fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, you will go crazy with this one.


Ingredients:

500g of any organic veggies you have at home (carrots, cole, green beans, beetroot, fennel….) Here I used cole and beetroot.
2 teaspoons ginger powder
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon mustard powder/mustard
1 tablespoon jaggery/coconut nectar/coconut sugar…
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2cm of fresh ginger, grated
salt to taste

Process:

Grate or cut very fine all the veggies. I used a food processor with grate function.

In a clean, deep bowl, mix the veggies with all the spices.

Now massage you veggies! Yes, get your hands in there and squeeze and press the veggies untill the juice comes out. You want enough juice to actually cover your veggies.

Now you can transfer your mix to a clean & sterilized jar. Press everything down so that the juice covers the veggies. I always put a leaf of some vegetable on top to keep the mix from coming up. Cover with a cheese cloth and leave to ferment for approximately 3 days. Press the veggies down once or twice a day to keep the juice covering everything.

After 3 days you can start tasting your ferment. When you are satisfied with the taste, the jar can be kept in the fridge.

Now, invite some friends, make a huge Gado Gado, and share your tangy, spicy and delicious home made Atjar Tjampoer!

Tip: Make your own peanut sauce with coconutcream, peanutbutter, soyasauce, a bit of coconutsugar, fresh ginger and chilli. 🙂

A Solstice Celebration Recipe

I love it when unplanned, coincidentally and wonderfully the universe takes over your decision making and planning for the day.

So today, instead of my usual working day I unexpectedly had a wonderful Solstice celebration day.

Instead racing home after yoga practice, I stayed after Mysore class and hung out with my new practice buddies over a latte and good laughs.

I don’t want to bore you with my whole day, but it involved teaching two dutch classes, discovering a new warm-weather-swim-spot, talking to my best friend in Ecuador, and of course, cooking myself a Solstice celebration dinner… which is the reason for my post. So here we go!

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I did in in 3 parts.

  1. Atjar Tjampoer
  2. Peanut Sauce
  3.  Spring Rolls

ATJAR TJAMPOER

U can buy this in a jar, but why would you do that if you can make it yourself???

U can use any hard veggie for this. Carrots/cauliflower/cole/radish/green beans work well. I used cole and radish which was what I got in my organic basket last week.

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Chop everything and wash.

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Blend: fresh ginger, garlic, ginger powder, mustard seeds, turmeric, salt, apple cider vinegar and sesame oil.

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Massage: Add the dressing to the chopped veggies and massage. This softens the fibres and makes it more digestable, not to mention that it absorbs the flavour! Put a plate and something heavy on top, and leave the veggies ‘pressed’ for about an hour.

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PEANUT SAUCE

The Atjar Tjampoer already has quite some warming spices in it, so I wanted to make the sauce more cooling. That’s why I chose for coconut and lime.

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Blend: peanut butter, coconut cream, lemon juice, tamari sauce, coconut nectar with a small amount of water into a yummy, smooth, creamy, cooling sauce.

SPRING ROLLS

Cut any fresh veggies you love. I used a green leaf mix (cooling & green), cellery (crunchy), apple (sweet & cooling) and bell pepper (for colour and taste).

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Well, now it’s a matter of dipping the rice paper in hot water, and folding!

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Fold: first fold one side over the filling, then bring the sides in, and finish folding the other half over everything. (like a burrito 😉

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I’m not mentioning amounts in this recipe, because I have no idea what I used. So I recommend tapping into your intuition, trusting and experimenting with the flavours and ingredients.

Happy Solstice. Happy Summer.
OMOMOM

 

 

Stamppot Andijvie My Way

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Stamppot Andijvie is a typical Dutch meal. Its basically mashed potatoe mixed with chopped endives and bacon, topped with gravy and sausage…uhm…so of course I saw a potentially delicious dish in this!

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Here’s what you will need (per person):
2 potatoes
1 sweet potatoe
a few leaves of endive
1tsp ghee
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch of turmeric
1 orange
1/2 tsp dill
2 tbsp coldpressed oil
some salad leaves
apple cider vinegar
raisins
hemp seeds
chia seeds
salt & pepper to taste

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Now make it!

Steam the potatoes and sweet potatoe untill soft. Then mash.
Make a churna (put in a pan hot with ghee) of cumin, paprika & turmeric then add mash mix and chopped endives. Mix untill endives are soft.
Grate some orange rind and mix this with your preferred oil (I used lineseed). Add dill & mix.
Tear salad leaves into smaller pieces. Smother with vinegar & oil. Sprinkle with seeds and raisins.
Add salt & pepper to taste.
Serve the mash with orange dill dressing and the salad on the side.

Pachaamyanam Chatur Vidam
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Bon apetit!

 

Carrot & Apple Breakfast Porridge

The spring here in the Netherlands just does not want to show itsself yet….so on this cloudy cold ‘spring’ day, I felt like a warm, soothing but light breakfast.
Inspired by a recipe I learned from my Ayurveda teacher, I would like to share this one with you. Try it and let me know what you think.

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Ingredients (per person):
3 carrots, grated
1 apple, grated
1tsp turmeric
1tsp ghee
2 tbsp oats
5 dates
3 cardamom pods, peeled & grinded
handfull of raisins
some hemp & chia seeds for decoration.


Put the ghee and turmeric in a pot and after a few seconds add the carrot & apple.
In the mean time, blend the oats and dates in 2/3 cup of warm water. It should have a smoothie/milky consistancy.
Add this to the apple/carrots and add the cardamom and a pinch of salt.
You can throw in the raisins, or add them at the end as decoration on top. They will be more juicy if you add them in before.

Serve warm and decorate with some seeds.

Enjoy your soothing, light, nutritious meal made with love and good intentions (and organic ingredients 😉 

LOVE
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Porridge and Nostalgia

If you grew up the same way I did, you have a thing for porridges and cereals. When I was a child I could not be happier sitting at the breakfast table with my collection of cereal boxes to choose from.

It was always an extra special morning when my mum would make a warm porridge. The winner was mieliepap, with a bit of butter, milk and brown sugar. O my god! A warm oatmeal porridge took the silver medal and the easier and faster ProNutro was never denied either.

Later when we moved to the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised by the ProNutro look alike, Brinta.

Really, just give me a bowl to eat from, and a spoon to eat with and I’m happy.

Wel…kind of….Nowadays of course I am more consciouss of my food. I avoid processed and pre-packed foods as they tend to be full of (too much) sugars and preservatives and they cause Vata vitiation. Not to mention, many many packaged foods are just so unnecessary if you know how to make healthy (fast and easy) breakfasts yourself!

I still love a good bowl of mieliepap or oatmeal. They are the classics and they are very healthy! 

But today I will share an easy recipe that I made this week, and it reminded me of the ProNutro porridge I used to eat as a kid. Sweet, warm, smooth, nutritious and delicious.


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For this recipe you will need a blender/nutribullet or similar.

Throw into you blender/bullet jar:

  • 5 medjool dates
  • 4tbsp oats
  • 1tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2tbsp maca powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • pinch of cardamom
  • pinch of cinamon
  • pinch of kurkuma

Cover the ingredients with boiling water, stir and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add a little bit water and blend all the ingredients untill you get a ‘porridgy’ consistency.

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Transfer into your favourite bowl. Throw some banana and cashew nuts on top!

Enjoy!