All posts tagged: hemp recipes

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 …

Summer kraut nut avocado salad

It‘s time to mix and match and celebrate plenty. For a laid back Sunday, I decided to prepare this meal-filling salad that basically contains EVERYTHING you need meanwhile having character! What, I mean you will see – just take a look on the ingredient list. Or take a look of the picture I took of the ingredients: For 3 people you need: 1 rather small (but not too small – see pic) pointed cabbage 3 longitudonal flesh tomatos (if questions just take a look at the pic) 200g fresh peas (peel them yourself – see pic) 6 red spring onions 1 avocado 200g walnuts 100g hemp seeds 1 and ½ lemons Hemp oil Olive oil Caraway powder Salt & black pepper Optional: 1 red carrot So, cruel things first: I wanted to use the red carrot as a topping (to add last to the salad). But, I could not since a squirrel ate it. The essence of the story: don‘t store red carrots on your balcony or terrace. First the squirrel marked it with its …

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 …