Spicy corn and black soup (vegan)

After a long day of working in the office and then at home, so that the bathroom ceiling could be replastered, we were ready for margaritas. I’d planned to make a sambar, but decided that something southwestern would be more appropriate. Bobby Flay has a recipe for Spicy Corn Soup that was sort of an inspiration. I’m sure ours is much better and it’s vegan! Alas, I wish we had fresh corn as I’m sure this would have been even more insanely delicious. Le sigh.

1 package frozen organic corn or 4 cups fresh

12 oz. light coconut milk

1 onion, diced

1 TBL garlic, minced

2 serrano peppers, diced

1 TBL cayenne

4 cups faux chicken bouillon

1 can black beans drained

1 tsp olive oil

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a dutch oven. Add onions and cook 4-5 minutes until very soft. Add serrano peppers, garlic, and cayenne and cook 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add corn and bouillion. Bring to a boil and cook 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Remove about 2/3 of the kernals and blend with the coconut milk until smooth. Return mixture to the dutch oven and stir. Add in drained black beans. Turn up the heat to a low boil, then cover and cook on medium low 20 minutes.

Serve with a perfect salad.

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Green curry with sprouted bean rice

For the rice: cook 1 cup rice with 1/2 cup fresh sprouted peas and lentils. We buy a mixture at the grocery store and usually eat them on salads, but it turns out they are great cooked, too.

For the curry: Toast in a dry pan 1 tsp cumin seeds and 3 TBL unsweetened coconut. Add the spices to a blender, and combine with 1 onion, 4 garlics, 1/2 cup cilantro, 2 TBL galangal (we bought this in a jar), 1 tsp 5-spice powder, 1 tsp cayenne, 2 TBL lemon juice, 1/4 cup vinegar, 12 Thai chilies, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp, and 1 tsp ketchup.  Set aside. Fry tofu with a little oil until browned. Add approximately 2/3 bag of frozen broccoli, 1/2 bag frozen peas, 3 chopped carrots, and 2 chopped celery stalks to to the tofu. Add the curry mixture and stir well. Add 1 can light coconut milk and cook on medium-low, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Do not boil, or over cook the sauce.

Serve with rice and steamed chard!

Vegan lentil and tofu curry

This dish is loosely inspired by rendang, but never having eaten rendang, nor having all the ingredients, I can’t say it is authentic. If you like a sour and spicy dish though, this is for you.

1 onion, chopped

6 Thai chilis

4 garlic cloves

2-3 TBL fresh ginger, chopped

2 TBL lemon juice

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup water

1 tsp tamarind paste

1 tsp 5-spice powder

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp parsley (We didn’t have any cilantro)

3 TBL unsweetened dried coconut

1 can light coconut milk

1/2 block tofu, cubed, seasoned with salt, pepper, and cayenne

1 cup red lentils

Extra water as needed

Blend until smooth  spices, lemon juice, tamarind, onion, garlic, chilis, sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Set aside. In a dutch oven, heat 1 tsp olive oil and fry tofu until browned and firm. Reduce heat and add dried coconut and cook until lightly toasted. Carefully pour in the blended spices and stir with the tofu. Add lentils and coconut milk. Add additional water to cover. Cook covered on medium heat for 1 hour. Stir often to prevent the lentils from sticking. Continue to add additional water if needed.

Serve over rice with garlic steamed spinach.

Coconut milk, bean and vegetable stew

This week, we’re blogging out of order. I’ve been craving our local Ethiopian restaurant all week, so had been on the look out for interesting recipes from all parts of Africa. When I saw this recipe for Maharagwe, a Kenyan style stew with coconut milk and turmeric,  I had to try it immediately.

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can white beans, rinsed and drained

2 medium white or yellow onions, chopped

2 cups kale, chopped

1 TBL olive oil

1 green pepper, chopped

5 habanero peppers, minced

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 can of light coconut milk

2 tsp turmeric

3-4 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

4 cloves of garlic, minced

salt and black pepper, to taste

In a pot, fry the onions in olive oil until lightly browned. Add garlic, green pepper, and habanero pepper, fry for another few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients (EXCEPT KALE), to the pot and simmer until everything is tender and the flavors have come together. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt accordingly. Stir in kale and cook about 2-3 minutes, until kale is slightly wilted. Serve with rice.

Coconut Custard Brownies

Heavily borrowed from Tofu for Two‘s Vanilla Custard Brownies. However, we were not paying attention to the conversions very carefully, so the texture is probably a bit different.
We made these yesterday for Jennifer’s birthday and they turned so rich, fudgey and delicious!

Preheat oven to 350 and butter an 8 x 8 x 5 cooking dish.

The Custard Topping:

  • 2-2.5 oz firm tofu (we just used what was left in the fridge)
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons Karo syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup light shredded coconut

Mix ingredients well with a hand-mixer, then stir in coconut. Set aside.

The Brownie Batter:

  • 4-5 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 oz vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 plain, plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Melt chocolate and butter on the stove, with a little water. Set aside to cool. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Then stir in the yogurt and coconut milk. Stir well then add in the chocolate and butter.

Pour into the greased baking dish. Pour the coconut and tofu mixture on top of the brownie batter. Take a knife and swirl the coconut mixture around for the marbled design.

Bake for 35-45 minutes. The original recipe said to bake for 35 minutes, but ours was not yet cooked in the middle so we left it in for an additional 8-10 minutes.

Coconut Pecan Crusted Brownies

Adapted from Epicurious.

For topping
3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For brownie layer
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate melted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Make topping:

In a 1 1/2-quart bowl stir together topping ingredients until combined well.

Make brownie layer:
In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan melt butter over moderately low heat. Melt in semi-sweet chocolate and stir frequently. Remove pan from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition. Into a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and stir into butter mixture until just combined well.

Spread batter evenly in pan and sprinkle with topping. Bake brownies in middle of oven 30 to 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with crumbs adhering to it. Cool brownies for 20 minutes or so before eating.

Split Pea Surprise

1 cup green split peas
1 cup frozen spinach
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 bouillon cube
1-2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1/2-3/4 cup dried coconut
1-2 tablespoons red thai curry
1-2 tablespoons ginger (grated or the paste in the jar)
dash of cumin and turmeric
water
toast mustard seeds in olive oil, add onion and saute with a little salt and pepper, add in bouillon cube, curry, ginger and other spices adding the garlic last, add in coconut, then spinach. add split beans and mix well. add water to cover, bring to a boil and stir. then simmer with the pot top partly open for 30 minutes or until peas are soft. stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. if the water is boiling off too quickly, put the top completely on.

I think this would be good with other vegetables and I also though that instead of coconut, you could use coconut milk!