All posts tagged: hemp

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 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…

My personal top 5 of current GMO foods

Sometimes we write about a little bit more sciency stuff…  It is part of food, too. In particular, my mind was captured again by the world of science recently, cause I stumbled over some lists of common GMO foods. Basically, with certain crops, you cannot avoid buying GMO nowhere in the Western world anymore. This may not be bad, of course, after all genetic modification has been acclaimed for saving the papaya in Hawai. Others, like the squash, may do the harm to the environment that GMO foods were always feared for. A 2013 list by the Huffingtion Post, sums up the 7 most common GMO food out there (by the way, did the Huff Post copy-pasted that list from here ??!!). Other lists bring together the bizarre and freaky of that field (see also here) – long live Frankenstein! (human milk-producing cows – yuk!) Also, I like this list as it compiles the most beneficial GMO crops out there – so serious Science in the field can actually contribute to the well-being of mankind …

Lifehacks: The 5 min lunch based on CousCous magic

Dave Hakkens is at the moment trying to revolutionize the world a bit by turning as many of us as possible into plastic recyclers (and yes, for some reason his pseudonym sounds like the Dutch version of the other life-hacks channel we inroduced earlier this year…). The man also knows how to eat well, as he demonstrates in the life-hack video below. Before I will cover more of his work (in fact, I am gonna write him an email because I want to learn what his idea is what one could do with all the supermarket plastic bags), I thought it is worth sharing just this little video, as it is easily overlooked on his youtube channel… It is very cute and makes me want some couscous for lunch as well 🙂 Of course, I think though that the one ingredient which is missing in his recipe is hemp 😉 But otherwise: marvellous idea!

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, …