All posts tagged: hemp cuisine

Medieval Hemp Soup Recipes

I don’t know if you aware of it but hemp seeds in food are a pretty modern thing. I know that doesn’t fit the title of this post. But, yes they are! Only recently machinery was developed – the first sometime in the ’90s in Europe – that allows the non-laborious dehulling of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds have a very tough hull – not nice to eat (for a very nice overview of hemp economics and biology look at this recent book). This may be one of the reasons – besides that hemp was primarily for producing cloth, i.e. was harvested when the seeds weren’t ripe yet – that hemp used to be food for the poor. Thus, all traditional hemp recipes out there are really down-to-earth recipes. Don’t get me wrong. They ARE amazing!!! Despite being Medieval, they are even for modern standards pretty healthy… very healthy… Now here is the thing, you hardly find Medieval hemp soup recipes – besides Siemieniotka – on the English web. Thanks God, I speak German as well …

Hemp crackers – there is a new brand in town!

I am addicted! There is a new cracker in town and it is based on hemp 🙂 I love hemp 🙂 Not the cannabis one – the nutrition one (yes, there is a difference). Of course, of course, there are tons of recipes on the web, how you can make them yourself (see for example here or here), but this one is so quickly bought and just so addictive! It only consists of healthy stuff (hemp, sesam, buckwheat, flaxseed) – some of them sprouting), still being yummy, and you can even buy it outside of Germany. It is a great example how vegan, eco-friendly producers are getting better and better in stealing traditional snack producers the show! So, this post is almost product placement so I stop now…

Hemp your Couscous!

Couscous is an all-arounder. It can be served both as a main and a side dish. Either you prepare it fresh or store it forever. It‘s a perfect social food but you can also eat it as a lonely singleton. A very healthy dish – it has one drawback: couscous is rather rich in carbohydrates (~70%) than it is in protein (~10%). My favourite strategy to increase it’s protein content is to just mix it with peeled hemp seeds. The reasons for this are obvious: hemp seeds are look-wise pretty similar to couscous and do not change the overall appearance of the couscous too much. Hemp seeds contain less carbohydrates (~36%) but more protein (~23%). And, last but not least, hemp seeds are very easy to prepare – just mix peeled seeds (buy peeled seeds in the shop, don’t peel them yourself!) into the cooled couscous. As hemp seeds are very rich in oil (containing omega-3 fatty acid) it’s advisable to add less olive oil (if at all) to your couscous. Last but not least, …

Continuing on stylish salads – yummy recipe needing only 5 minutes preparation

Well, I admit it is not exactly 5 minutes you need to prepare the salad. The actual preparation time for the salad needs only 5 minutes. But, the salad contains beetroot, which needs to be cooked prior to it. Good news – once the water cooks you can leave the beetroot in it to cook on small heat for a long while without supervision (ca. 1 hour). Also, the salad contains potatoes which need to be cooked in an equal manner (ca. 30 min). You can cook the two in the same pot. And this is how it goes: Pick potatoes with a purple skin (ca. 200g) and ca. 350g yellow beetroot or pink-white patterned beetroot (in the picture you can find the later). Both yellow and pink-white patterned beetroot are sweeter than standard red beetroot. Once cooked, peel the beetroot and potato. Cut them into disks and arange the disks on a flat plate for serving. Crack 10 walnuts and cut the nuts to small pieces (as small as you want). Add 2-3 spoons …

On the spotlight: “Manneken Pis” – the Dutch fast food chain that dares to be different

So, a big part of traditional Dutch “cuisine” is fast food. Dutch love their french fries greasy and salty. You can find little shops offering fried stuff everywhere in Dutch urban areas. The density of fast food vendors is unmatched by any other food type shops  (e.g. bakeries, fish shops, green groceries etc). Among the many vendors, one very special chain of french fries shops stands out: Manneken Pies. Despite offering very greasy and supposedly unhealthy stuff, they take pride in only using the best organic ingredients for their fast food (http://www.mannekenpis.nl/). In fact, they were awarded in 2013 as best french fries shops in the Netherlands. Very special is their large focus on sauces, e.g. their infamous (yet delicious) hemp mayonaise. Hemp is a very healthy food ingredients – thus, the mayonaise most likely adds value to the french fries. The idea to develop such a mayonaise came natural to the vendor owners. Their Amsterdam shop is very close to coffee shop, thus, they were smelling hemp all day long. Why not make a …