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whole moong dal with garden greens – two variations

18th March 2019

There are two different ways to prepare this dish. One is more of a soupy, liquid dish and the second is a dry palya of sorts; both use the same ingredients, whilst the main difference being the amount of water used.

Soupy Whole Moong Dal with Garden Greens

Serves 2 – 3

ingredients
½ cup/100g whole moong dal (mung beans)
4½ cups water/1.25 litres
2 cups/55g loosely packed kale/fenugreek/spinach,cabbage & coriander leaves
2 Tblsp dried shredded coconut
1 tsp fine rock salt
1 tsp jaggery/brown sugar
1 -2 tsp lemon juice
voggarane
1 -2 Tblsp ghee
½ tsp black mustard seeds
1  heaped Tblsp split channa dal
1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
1 chilli (broken into three pieces)
⅛ tsp asafoetida powder
⅛ tsp turmeric powder
12 curry leaves

to serve
Rice
Yoghurt with cucumber
Shaved Beetroot Salad/Beetroot Palya

preparation
Wash the moong dal thoroughly and place in a saucepan with the water.

Bring to a rapid simmer and leave, uncovered until they are tender – about 20-30 minutes. Just keep in mind you may need to add more water when cooking – depending on the quality of your dal. You really need to keep an eye on them and judge so that you are not left with mush. You want the moong beans firm, but cooked.

While waiting for the moong dal to soften, wash the greens and roughly chop.

Measure out the remaining ingredients. Set aside.

for the voggarane
In a small pan over a medium-high flame heat the ghee, once it’s hot; add the mustard seeds and channa dal, fry until the mustard seeds turn grey and the channa dal is golden.

Turn down the flame and add the chilli and asafoetida powder – continue to fry for 20 seconds. Lastly, add the curry leaves and turmeric powder and turn off the heat.

Add the voggarane to the dal.

Sprinkle in the dried coconut, salt, jaggery and fold in the green leaves – mix well, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the greens have wilted.

Taste adding more sweet or sour to your taste. Serve over rice, drizzle with ghee and sprinkle with a few rounds of freshly ground pepper.

suggestions
Soak the dal in the morning or evening for quick meal preparation.
To keep the green leaves vibrant, add only when ready to serve.

variations
Use split yellow moong dal instead of the whole moong dal.
Add in finely chopped carrot instead of the garden greens.

 

Dry moong dal with garden greens

 

Serves 3 – 4

ingredients
½ cup/100g whole moong dal (mung beans)
3 cups water/750 ml
2 cups/55g loosely packed kale/fenugreek/spinach/cabbage & coriander leaves
2 Tblsp dried shredded coconut
1 tsp fine rock salt
1 tsp jaggery/brown sugar
1 – 2 Tblsp lemon juice
voggarane
1 Tblsp ghee
½ tsp black mustard seeds
1 heaped Tblsp split channa dal
1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
1 chilli (broken into three pieces)
⅛ tsp asafoetida powder
⅛ tsp turmeric powder
12 curry leaves

to serve

tomato gojju

shaved carrot salad

guacamole

rice

preparation
Wash the moong dal thoroughly and place in a saucepan with the water.

Bring to a rapid simmer and leave, uncovered until they are tender – about 20 – 30 minutes. Just keep in mind you may have to add more water when cooking – depending on the quality of your dal. You really need to keep an eye on them and judge so that you are not left with mush. You want the mung beans firm, but cooked.

When ready, pour into a strainer to drain off any excess water – leave for a few minutes.

While waiting for the moong dal to soften, wash the greens and finely chop.

Measure out the remaining ingredients. Set aside.

for the voggarane
In a medium skillet over a medium-high flame, heat the ghee, once it’s hot, add the mustard seeds and channa dal; fry until the mustard seeds turn grey and start popping and the channa dal is golden.

Turn down the flame and add the chopped chilli and asafoetida powder – continue to fry for 20 seconds.

Add the curry leaves and turmeric powder. Turn off the heat and add in the garden greens, mix well (may need to add 2 tablespoons of water if it feels to dry).

Cover and allow the greens to wilt. Once wilted, stir in the drained moong dal.

Sprinkle in the dried coconut, salt, jaggery – mix well, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes for the flavours to come together. Taste adding more sweet or sour – I like to add extra lemon juice.

When serving, garnish with lemon zest and freshly grated coconut.

Because this is a dry dish it goes very well with tomato gojju.

no knead bread

17th February 2019

No knead bread gives a gorgeous, crusty loaf, with very little hands-on time. The use of a dutch oven (cast iron pot with lid) creates a moist environment for the bread as it bakes, I use an old Le Creuset pot for this, however, I have read that an enamel, Pyrex or ceramic pot works just as well. The wet dough and long fermentation are the keys to success. The rough seam, when placed in the hot pot, creates unexpected beautiful results, so there is no need to slash or score the bread.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt and yeast.

Pour in the water.

Then stir with a wet hand or a wooden spatula to form a sticky dough.

Cover the bowl with cling film or beeswax sheet and leave overnight or for at least 12-18 hours in a warm place.

With oiled hands, pull the sticky dough out onto a well-floured surface and fold it over a few times forming a ball.

Lightly dust a proofing basket or a medium bowl with flour and place the dough inside, seam side down and cover for another 2 hours.

About 45 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 260C/500F and place your dutch oven inside (with the lid on) to heat up.

After the second rise, take the preheated dutch oven out (taking care and wearing oven mitts) and lightly flour the bottom surface.

Invert the dough into the floured dutch oven. If the dough didn’t land evenly, give the pot a shake and it should right itself.

Cover the pot with the lid, and pop it back in the oven. Bake the bread for 30 minutes covered and then 10 – 15 minutes uncovered.

Tip the bread out of the pot and cool on a wired rack. Allow the bread to cool completely, to fully establish the crust and set the crumb.

no knead bread

ingredients

3 cups/390g unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp fine rock salt

½ tsp/2g dry yeast

1¼ cups warm water

preparation

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt and yeast.

Pour in the water, then stir with a wet hand or a wooden spatula to form a sticky dough.

Cover the bowl with cling film or beeswax sheet and leave overnight or for at least 12-18 hours in a warm place. The slow fermentation is the key to flavour.

for the second rise

With oiled hands or a bowl scraper, pull the sticky dough out onto a well-floured surface and fold it over a few times forming a ball. I like to gently lift up the dough as I fold it over so that the dough is being stretched.

Lightly dust a proofing basket or a medium bowl with flour and place the dough inside, seam side down and cover for another 2 hours.

About 45 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 260C/500F and place your dutch oven inside (with the lid on) to heat up. It may be cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic.

Once your dough has finished its second rise, take the dutch oven out (taking care and wearing oven mitts) and lightly flour the bottom surface.

Invert the dough into the floured dutch oven. If the dough didn’t land evenly, give the pot a shake and it should right itself.

Cover the pot with the lid, and pop it back in the oven. Bake the bread for 30 minutes covered and then 10 – 15 minutes uncovered.

Tip the bread out of the pot and cool on a wired rack. Allow the bread to cool completely, to fully establish the crust and set the crumb. It has a lovely crackling sound as it cools!

Enjoy!

suggestions

Cover the proofing basket in a heaped tablespoon of seeds (black and white sesame, flaxseeds & poppy seeds) before putting the bread inside.

If you think that your dough will be sitting out for a longer 24h period, then reduce the amount of yeast to ¼ teaspoon. 

variations

Replace 100g of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

Replace the wheat flour with Spelt flour. You may need to lessen the amount of water because wheat absorbs more moisture.

Mary’s lemon semolina cake

28th January 2019

This cake recipe was shared via Kristin, who had received it from our dearest friend Mary. Mary is at the heart of our community, guiding us on this yogic path and as things progress she continues to be a joy-filled light leading the way for us all. I had the privilege of baking this cake with Leela (Mary’s daughter) while visiting Mary and her family in Boulder.

Heartfelt gratitude to Kristin for sharing this recipe with us and thank-you Leela for such an experience of contentment and joy in playful baking together. Such grace!

This cake actually improves with time, this allows the flavours to come together. You can serve it with yoghurt as a simple dessert, or with a cup of kashaya at the end of the meal. It is moist yet light in texture and aromatic with lemon.

Mary’s lemon semolina cake

Serves 8 – 10

ingredients

½ cup/65g whole wheat flour or coconut flour

1½ tsp baking powder

1 cup/160g fine semolina

¼ + 2 Tblsp/75g raw sugar

½ cup/90g coconut oil

¾ cup/180g plain yoghurt

1 lemon, zest and juice

for the syrup

¼ cup/50g sugar

½ cup water

1 lemon, zest and juice

for garnishing

shredded coconut

icing powder

extra lemon zest

to prepare the cake

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan lightly with ghee or coconut oil. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, semolina and sugar – stir to combine.

In a small pan over low heat slowly melt the coconut oil, remove from heat and stir in the yoghurt, lemon juice and zest.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, mix together until well combined.

Using a spatula, scrape the batter into the greased cake pan and smooth or press down the top.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until lightly golden, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

prepare the syrup

Near the end of the baking time prepare the syrup.

Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and mix well with a wooden spoon.

Bring the syrup up to the boil, add the lemon juice and zest – simmer gently for 1 minute or until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the syrup from the heat, and set aside until the cake is ready.

to finish the cake

Once the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven, set aside to cool.

Use a small, sharp knife to cut the cake down the centre, then 2 parallel lines either side 3 – 4 cm apart, followed by another set of lines at a 45-degree angle, creating a diamond pattern. 

Drizzle the syrup evenly over the cake and sprinkle with shredded coconut and icing sugar.

Allow the cake to sit a few hours to allow the flavours to mingle.

Goodness shared by Stacey

Baked and assisted by Leela

Artwork by Kristin

easy one-pot kichadi

30th December 2018

This is a quick satisfying one-pot meal to prepare. It is easy to digest, nourishing, balancing and a complete protein in one bowl. When eaten together, rice and dal provide all the essential amino acids for a nutritionally sustainable meal. Perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to cook and need something fast but with enough nutrients to sustain you. It can be eaten in the morning or evening and takes only half an hour to prepare.

When preparing Kichadi, it is important to understand the different types of dal or legumes used in Ayurveda and their energetic qualities. There are two types of dal which are favourable and used most often – whole moong dal (mung beans/green gram) and split moong dal/green gram (yellow split lentils) which are whole mung beans skinned and split. These two are easy to digest, gentle on the system and cause minimum disturbances to all constitutions. All other dals or legumes are recommended to be used in moderation and small quantities.

When serving Kichadi drizzle with a spoon of ghee. GHEE is a magical golden substance that has many benefits for the human system including improved digestion as well as making everything taste better.

I recently spent a week with my daughter and helped her organise her first apartment in London. She needed a few quick no-fuss meals she could make while balancing studies and working – this was one of them.

Easy One-Pot Kichadi

Serves 2

ingredients
⅓ cup/60g split moong dal
⅓ cup/60g white basmati rice
3 cups/750ml water

1 Tblsp ghee
¼ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
½ small red chilli (optional)
6 curry leaves
⅛ tsp turmeric powder

½ cup/30g chopped cabbage
½ cup/70g finely chopped carrot

¾ tsp fine rock salt
½ tsp jaggery/brown sugar
1 Tblsp dried shredded coconut
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 – 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup fresh coriander
to serve
ghee
Indian Spicy Pickle

preparation
Place the dal and rice in a bowl, rinse with water until the water runs clear, drain and pour in 3 cups of water. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the ghee and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to pop, turn down the heat and add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and chilli – fry for a few seconds, swishing the pan around for the spices to fry evenly. Add in the turmeric powder.

Pour the dal, rice and water into the spice mixture, bring to boil over high heat, then lower to maintain a rapid simmer.

While waiting for the dal and rice to boil, finely chop the carrot and cabbage and add this to the simmering rice and dal.

After 20 minutes, turn the heat to low and cover.

When the dal and rice have softened – approximately 30 mins, add the salt, jaggery, ginger, dried coconut and stir in the lemon juice.

Finely chop the coriander and add this to the kichadi.

Turn off the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes for the flavours to meld together.

Taste adding more lemon or salt as needed. Serve drizzled with ghee.

suggestions
Soak the dal and rice in the morning for quick evening preparation.

variations
Replace the white basmati rice with quinoa. When using quinoa, lessen the dal to ¼ cup and increase the quinoa to ½ cup.
Change the vegetables to suit the seasons.

 

5 ingredient almond & tahini cookies (vegan)

17th October 2018

Deliciously moor-ish satisfying cookies that are chewy on the inside (due to the fluid stretchy nature of tahini) and crispy, crumbly on the outside (due to the almond meal).

~the relief and release of autumn

5 ingredient almond & tahini cookies

Makes 12 cookies

Recipe from Cook Republic.

I have written this recipe as is from the link above, as most people preferred them that way.  My son and I needed more sweet, so the second and third time I baked these –

  • I added 2 Tablespoons(35g) of light brown sugar and found them just right in balancing the bitterness of the tahini.

If wanting to use unrefined brown sugar instead of the maple syrup, dissolve ½ cup sugar in ½ cup hot water and proceed with the recipe or for less sweet, ¼ cup sugar – ¼ cup water.

Almond meal is finely ground almonds. I grind whole almonds in my food processor or vita-mix.

Use a traditional brand of Tahini which is runny and smooth.

ingredients

2 cups/225g almond meal

¾ cup/200g tahini paste

½ cup/130g maple syrup

½ tsp fine rock salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

chopped pistachio, almonds or sesame – to garnish

preparation

Preheat the oven to 170C/340F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place the tahini, maple syrup, salt and vanilla in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium heat. Heat for a few minutes, stirring constantly until smooth and blended. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 – 15 minutes.

Add the almond meal to the tahini mixture and mix until a rough dough forms. Allow it to sit for a few minutes for the dough to come together.

Roll 2 tablespoons of the dough in the palm of your hand into a ball. (My dough was quite oily due to the runny tahini I used).

Place on the prepared tray and garnish the cookies by gently pressing the nuts or seeds on top with your fingertips. 

Bake in the pre-heat oven for approximately 10 minutes.

Switch off the oven and let the cookies brown slightly in the hot oven for another 5 minutes before removing.

Cool on wire racks.

bisi-bele bāth – revisited

13th April 2018

I thought I would revisit some of my favourite recipes which I make weekly and update to our personal preferences. This is one dish I love to eat in the cooler months (which in Sintra is the most part of the year).

Once I start eating a warm bowl of Bisi-Bele Bāth a feeling of being present warms and soothes the system, satisfying all six tastes.

~ waiting for Spring

bisi-bele bāath

Preparation time – 1 hour

Serves 3 

This dish nourishes the body and suits all constitutions. It is recommended to consume in the colder months. During warmer months, it will be heavier for the body.

People with Vata disorder or digestion problems should not consume very often.

ingredients :

½ cup/100g toor dal

6 cups/1½ litres water

1 medium/80g carrot

1 medium/110g potato

1 cup/80g cabbage/green beans

½ cup/100g white basmati rice

10 curry leaves

sambar-coconut paste:

¼ cup/20g dried unsweetened coconut

1 heaped Tblsp/18g sambar powder (moderately spiced)

1½ cup/375ml water – divided

.

1 heaped Tblsp/15g jaggery/ brown sugar

1 heaped tsp fine rock salt

1 tsp tamarind paste

1 heaped tsp ghee

¼ cup/30g frozen green peas

¼ cup chopped fresh coriander

for the voggarane :

2 tsp ghee

¼ heaped tsp black mustard seeds

⅛ heaped tsp asafoetida powder

⅛ heaped tsp turmeric powder

preparation :

Wash the vegetables and peel the potato and carrot.

Top and tail the green beans then cut all vegetables into small uniformed pieces. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, wash the toor dal several times until water runs clear – then drain.

Pour 6 cups water into a saucepan and bring to boil over high heat, skim off any foam which accumulates on the top and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the chopped vegetables, reduce heat to maintain a rapid simmer. (Do not cover the pot, this allows certain impurities or energetic imbalances to be eliminated). Simmer rapidly until the dal is starting to soften – depending on the type of dal – approximately 15 minutes.

Rinse the rice in a few changes of water and add to the dal and vegetables along with the curry leaves, rapidly simmer for 20 minutes more or until the rice is sufficiently cooked. You may have to add more water.

prepare the sambar-coconut paste :

In an upright blender, place the dried coconut, sambar powder and pour in 1 cup of water.

Blend on high for one minute.

Pour into the dal and rice, adding ½ cup water to the blender to rinse out any left-overs.

Simmer for 5 minutes, adding more water if needed.

Turn off the heat and add the jaggery/sugar, tamarind, salt, a spoon of ghee, along with the green peas.

Stir, cover and allow to sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. It will thicken as it sits.

prepare the voggarane:

In a small pan/bandalei over medium heat, add the ghee, once hot add mustard seeds; as the seeds start to splutter and pop (make sure the mustard seeds have popped well), add the asafoetida and turmeric powder, swishing the pan around allowing spices to fry evenly.

Pour voggarane into dal, and stir in chopped coriander leaves.

Taste, adding more salt, sambar powder, sweetener or tamarind.

To serve, spoon into bowls with a scoop of yoghurt and a drizzling of melted ghee.

Goodness shared by Stacey

golden pistachio cardamom cookies (vegan)

15th March 2018

Because these cookies contain very little flour, they are a bit crumbly to mould.  I used a heaped round tablespoon measure of the cookie dough and flatten them out with damp fingers.  If you find the cookie dough sticking, dip the spoon in water and then use damp fingers to push the edges in if they are breaking away.  If you prefer a cookie crunchy on the outside and softer texture on the inside – scoop to keep the dome-shape and skip the flattening process.  You can easily replace the sultanas with gojji or cranberries berries.

 golden pistachio cardamom cookies

Makes approx 31 cookies – two trays.

Grind your own cardamom as the taste is so much more fragrant. An easy way to do this is to place 18 cardamom pods in a high-speed blender or coffee grinder, and roughly grind. Use a strainer to sift the ground pods, discard the shells and grind bigger chunks again to a finer powder.

Inspired by these cookies and this recipe.

ingredients:

⅓ cup/60g golden sultanas

½ cup/65g raw unsalted pistachio nuts

cup/120g whole-spelt flour

1 ½ cup/130g fine regular rolled oats

3 Tblsp/25g sesame seeds

¼ tsp fine rock salt

½ tsp aluminium-free baking powder

1 tsp cardamom powder

1 tsp ginger powder

cup + 1 Tblsp maple syrup

½ cup coconut oil/olive oil

zest of two oranges

preparation:

Preheat oven 180C/350F.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the sultanas in a bowl, add boiling water to cover and soak for 10 minutes. Pour through a strainer, and set aside to drain well. (The extra moisture will help prevent them from burning and drying out when baking.)

Place the pistachio nuts on a tray and toast for approximately 8 minutes.  Allow to cool, roughly chop and place in a medium bowl, along with the spelt flour, oats, sesame seeds, salt, baking powder, cardamom and ginger powder.  Mix to combine and set aside.

Melt the coconut oil over low heat until liquid, mix with the maple syrup; whisk until emulsified.

Pour into the dry ingredients and stir well, add the drained sultanas, orange zest and mix until well combined.

Use a slightly wet round tablespoon measurement to scoop the cookie dough pressing against the side of the bowl to compact and place onto the baking sheets, flatten with damp fingers. If the mixture starts to stick, dip the spoon between intervals into the water. It is helpful to have a bowl of water nearby.

Bake for 16 – 18 minutes, rotating the baking trays halfway through. The cookies are ready to come out when they are deeply golden.

Cool the cookies on a rack while you bake the rest of the dough. They will firm up when completely cool and are best eaten the day they are made.

Goodness shared by Stacey

anne´s magical sesame-tahini-ginger dressing

18th February 2018

Our Christmas and New Year were spent up in the beautiful, snowy mountains of Boulder visiting our oldest and dearest friends. As soon as we arrived, a daily ritual was naturally established, of cooking and sharing meals together, morning and evening communed around a big table and warm fire. On these nights Anne would arrive with a basket of organic salad greens which she would chop up and serve drizzled with this magical tahini dressing.

This dressing is special and adds a delicious splash of flavours to anything you put it on. Whenever I make it, it transports me back to those special evenings shared with like-minded friends.

 anne´s magical sesame- tahini- ginger dressing

Makes about 2 cups

I like to tear up some bitter tasting leaves from the garden, add a sliced pear and a handful of nuts and seeds and there’s a quick salad or steam some kale leaves, greens beans or broccoli. For a more substantial meal cook up a pot of brown rice, roast some seasonal vegetables and drizzle over this dressing. It is guaranteed to add a bit of magic to any dish.

ingredients:

3 Tblsp lightly toasted sesame seeds

¼ cup white miso

½ cup hulled tahini

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 Tblsp honey

½ a lemon zested

juice of ½ a lemon

1-inch grated ginger

2 Tblsp raw apple cider vinegar

½ tsp flaked dulse (optional)

¼ cup water

¼ – ½ cup olive oil

preparation:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, lightly toast the sesame seeds until they start popping, keep toasting for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside for the seeds to cool.

In a medium jar, place the miso and tahini, stir well until pasty and incorporated, stir in the sesame oil and honey.

Remove the zest from half a lemon and squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl, add the grated ginger, apple cider vinegar and if using, the dulse flakes. Stir well, adding the water until the dressing comes together. Add the cooled toasted sesame seeds.

Pour in the olive oil and whisk until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings until you have a pleasing balance of fat and acid. The ideal consistency is that of pouring cream; stir in some water, or little more oil, until it runs easily off a spoon.

tortellini with roasted pumpkin and sage butter

30th January 2018

Making tortellini does require a little patience and time, however, the final result is worth every fiddly moment and if you get everyone on board in the assembly line filling up the table, it speeds up the process and allows for a wonderfully intimate and fun afternoon together.

tortellini with roasted pumpkin and sage butter

4 servings

The fulsome sage butter is soft & simple allowing the pumpkin tortellini to shine through. The addition of the fried sage leaves adds a nice crunch which contrasts with the silkiness of the tortellini.

The inspiration for this post found here.

ingredients:

½ portion pasta dough

for the filling:

1 kg pumpkin

1 Tblsp melted ghee/butter

¼ tsp freshly shaved nutmeg

½ tsp fine rock salt

¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

for the sage butter and toasted leaves:

60g unsalted butter

40 sage leaves – divided

4 Tblsp peanut oil

for garnishing:

pine nut parmesan

few rounds of black pepper

a sprinkling of fine rock salt

preparation:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

To make the filling, slice the unpeeled pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, then slice each half into 5-6 wedges and place in a large bowl. Drizzle over the melted ghee or butter and toss with your hands until the wedges are sufficiently coated. Arrange on a lined baking tray and roast for 30 – 40 minutes until soft. Allow to cool and scoop the pulp away from its skin with a spoon.  Place in a medium bowl and with a hand blender, puree until smooth. Allow to drain through a cloth for an hour. Place the pumpkin back into the bowl and sprinkle over the nutmeg, salt and pepper, stir to combine.

roll out the pasta dough:

Divide the pasta dough into thirds. Work with one piece at a time and keep the other pieces covered. Follow the detailed instructions here. Roll your dough as thin as possible ( I rolled it to #6 on my pasta roller).

shaping the tortellini:

Cut the sheet of pasta into rounds using a 3-inches cutter or tin. Gather the scraps into a ball and put them with the remaining pieces of dough to roll later. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle of each round. (Don’t be tempted to overfill, otherwise, they will break and you will have a hard time sealing them.) Dip your finger in a bowl of water and run it along the edges of the circle. Fold the rounds into a crescent shape, pressing the top together carefully and pressing out any air trapped inside and then working your way along the sides. Bend the bottom two corners round to meet each other and press well to seal. Set aside, spacing them apart slightly, on well-floured board, covered. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough, re-rolling the scraps. (It is important to work on a well-floured surface, to avoid the tortellini sticking to it as you repeat with remaining pieces of dough.) Cover with a cloth, or if you are making them a few hours in advance lightly dusk them with semolina flour.

When ready to cook, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. While waiting for the water to boil, make the sage butter.

to make the sage butter:

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add 20 of the sage leaves and season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and set aside.

toast the sage leaves:

In a small skillet or pan, heat a 4 Tablespoons of peanut oil over medium-high heat. Fry 6–8 sage leaves at a time until crisp, 2–3 seconds. Transfer with a fork to paper towels.

cooking the tortellini & serving:

Once the water is boiling, gently drop the tortellini into the water and cook 3½ – 4 minutes – they will rise to the top. Gently lift out with a slotted spoon onto individual plates. Drizzle with the sage butter, sprinkle over a few spoons of pine nut parmesan, a few rounds of pepper and decorate with the crispy sage leaves. The tortellini goes well with a plate of sauteed kale or nettles.

pear & ginger cornmeal cake (vegan)

14th January 2018

Just a few months ago we moved all the Jivana Yoga classes from our living room in the main house to the new ‘Sadvidya Space’ located at the very back of the property.  It is a beautiful, wild, and natural space overlooking the fruit orchard and the vegetable garden. To get there it is quite a journey, entering through a unassuming green door, stepping into and away from the hustle and bustle of old Sintra; you then weave your way past the main house, following the signs that lead along a cobbled stoned path through a lush green forest full of moss, all the while listening to the soft and sweet melody of the birds above.

Already something of yourself has softened and a natural quietness begins to present itself from within. You continue to pass an old chapel canopied under richly, scented eucalyptus trees which loom above, and there you find yourself at a door of the ‘Sadvidya Space’ where one can enter into the warmth and escape the attraction of the external world to travel inwards for a few hours.

I like to think of this journey from the ‘Green Door’ to the ‘Space’ as preparation for our inward practice, helping us to begin to let go along the way.  This is also where I like to test my new recipes and serve them after class to our lovely group on Saturday mornings. This pear and ginger cornmeal cake disappeared very quickly.  

´The Sadvidya Space´

pear & ginger cornmeal cake

8  servings

The ginger and pear are perfect together and the ginger is subtle enough that it lingers. A very easy dessert for morning or to prepare for a large group.  I like to bake this in a wider baking tray (6.5-inch x 10.5-inch) almost like a slice if using a smaller tray or skillet the cake may need more cooking time.

pear topping :

4 small/370g small firm pears

2 Tblsp butter/ghee/coconut oil (I used butter)

2 Tblsp brown sugar

dry ingredients :

1 cup/135g cornmeal

½ cup/75g whole wheat flour

½ cup/75g unbleached white flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp fine rock salt

1 heaped tsp ginger powder

wet ingredients :

¼ cup soy milk/almond milk

¼ cup olive oil

¾ cup maple syrup (maple syrup can be replaced with ½ cup sugar, increase almond milk to ½ cup instead of ¼)

2 Tblsp finely chopped crystallized ginger (optional)

garnishing:

2 Tblsp brown sugar

½ cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts

preparation :

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.  Line a baking pan or round 8- to 9- inch cast iron skillet.

for the pear topping: Halve the pears, remove the seeds, and slice each half into fours about ¼-inch thick. Set aside.  In a large skillet add the butter/oil and sugar, place the skillet over a medium heat and melt the mixture, stirring to combine.  Cook until the mixture begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Add the pears, toss the pan to coat them with syrup, cover and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

for the cake: Whisk together the cornmeal, whole wheat flour, unbleached white flour, baking powder, salt and ginger powder in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the nut milk, olive oil, maple syrup, and if using the finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon; do not over mix. Pour into the baking dish or oiled skillet, you may need to spread the batter out with a spatula.

Toss the pears to coat them with the pan juices and individually lay the pear slices decoratively in even rows over the top of the batter, drizzle with the remaining pan juices. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and the roughly chopped macadamia nuts.

Bake until golden for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve with a dollop of cream or Greek yoghurt.

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