All posts tagged: pulses

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 …

Red lentils pasta with a classical chillie-tomato sauce

First the obligatory spaghetti monster pic: Two years ago I wrote about a pasta brand that produces spirelli made of 100% lentils. Guess what – they come in different colours! Depending if they are made from green, yellow, red, brown, or black lentils, the pasta is accordingly green, yellow, red, brown, or black 🙂 Two years ago, I tried the green variety – made from green lentils. Now it was time for the red variety. To make it short – it’s a lot better than the green variety!! The green variety was very difficult to integrate into a dish – not so exciting. In contrast, the red variety is delicious! It tastes a bit different from normal pasta which is a plus; this means for example that you can use a sauce with minimum herbs with it and it still tastes very characterfull. So, let’s start you need: 250g of  red lentils pasta (this is one package from the brand HOLO – see here) 3 mid-sized onions 1 red bell pepper 2 tea spoons hot …

Three pulses pancake

Sweet lupin beans and their usage as food have troubled me for some time now. In particular, I found (now almost 1.5 years ago) a recipe by “Krümeltiger” for lupin pancakes that kinda gave me an inspiration how to use sweet luipin flour in daily cuisine. Here, you can find my interpretation of the recipe. As I kept on experimenting with this unusual ingredient, I developed a mint-red bell pepper pancake recipe myself which till today remains my favourite recipe for this bean (even when compared to commercial ready-made products – I am proud to announce, it excels). Why all the hazzle? Well, lupines are nutrition-wise very valuable; they are rich in all essential amino acids and tons of other good things. Moreover, they are an agriculturally important alternative to soy beans: they can be cultivated in areas soy beans do not grow; so far, their agricultural production reains more environmentally favourable than soy beans. Wild lupin beans are toxic to humans. In traditional cuisines, they ae prepared in a laborious way to get rid of the toxins, and …

Mangold quick mixed spring pan – (welcome late spring and be in trend with FAO’s international year of pulses)

I am a lazy cook but I love mangold. Thanks God, I have a wok, so that is no dilemma for me. Given the current temperature change towards full blown spring, I so needed something really green, fresh and light. You know – a full blown veggie and beans mix Italian style. There is not much you can do wrong with such recipes; just get everything you have and put it together in one pot, i.e. wok. Moreover, with such a recipe you are currently absolutely en vogue and up to date. As you may know FAO announced the international year of pulses this year – so anything containing beans is in trend. They even gave out an official recipe list (it can be found here) – however, I think this recipe list absolutely offers room for improvement. For example, the recipe I am presenting here is not on the list… Here is what I used: 3 magolds (see picture) 1 larger (but not too large) white onion. 1 garlic clove 4 tomatos 220 to …

On the spotlight: vegan salchichas by “el chino latino cocina”

To get this right: we are not seeing here “just” another vegan sausage recipe. If his recipe only would present another variation on this topic, E.C.L.C. would have already made a pretty good job cause his vegan “sausages” are pretty tasty. But, no,no this genuine recipe goes further, it tries to recall the taste of Spanish salchichas from a vegan point of view. Great work! And, it is a pretty “clear” recipe from the types of ingredients mixed. Keep on experimenting! So, finally I would like to ask you lovely readers: any thoughts and recipes on vegan salchichas so far?

Delicious mediterranean-style salty pancakes – a recipe containing sweet lupin

An easy way to prepare legumes is to make salty pancakes out of them. Instead of tediously cooking legumes for hours, they are backed or fried. A famous example is “farinata”, also known as “la socca” – a delicious pancake made from chickpea flour. The recipe is easy: mix chickpea flour with water, salt, and olive oil. Let it rest for 2h and bake it! Recently, I stumbled over a legume pancake recipe on the web containing sweet lupines and red lentiles. The recipe is by a very experimentative author (nicknamed “Krümeltiger”) who unfortunately only writes in German. Given that only recently I learned about sweet lupines and discovered all the lupine products already in the supermarket shelves, I was really curious to use them for cooking. In general, I like the combination of lupines and legumes. It is not the only way to use lupines when cooking (check out the rest of the recipe section for further inspiration, e.g.: a gnocchi recipe, a ravioli recipe or another pancake recipe). But, it’s an easy start. …