All posts tagged: vegan

A Delicious Fava Bean Spread With Locally Grown Beans From Oma Maa

This spread is similar to hummus, but it does not have chickpeas. Instead, I used crushed dried fava beans locally grown by Oma Maa food co-op (the beans were a part of the food bag I got from them in December). I’ve been thinking of what to do with them, and finally, I found a delicious use. Being involved with the producer of the food product you use is a great thing. Why? You can, of course, just go to the supermarket and buy a package of crushed fava beans, there are many different brands. However, when you know the producer, you also get to learn how the beans are prepared. Let me tell you. After being harvested, the beans are taken to Oma Maa’s kitchen building, which is slightly farther away from the farm (Lassila Farm in Tuusula). The kitchen building has different rooms: a cold room to keep harvested produce where there is also a couple of freezers, a room full of machines where you can wash and peel fresh produce, crush or …

Vegan Monday: Oat Flatbread With Oat Yoghurt / Tahini Sauce – Cooking With Local Produce Of Oma Maa

Today’s blog post is full of recipes: a bread, a sauce and a topping idea for the bread with roasted veggies. Most of the key ingredients – except for tahini – came from Oma Maa food bag I received in December. I talked quite a bit about Oma Maa’s food bags in an earlier blog post where I used Oma Maa ingredients again, so I will not write much about it here. But I strongly urge you to go to that blog post and check how amazing the food bag was: https://mydearkitcheninhelsinki.com/2020/12/17/gluten-free-thursday-a-hearty-vegetable-soup-and-food-sovereignty/ Today I actually want to talk about yoghurt. I love yoghurt. I eat yoghurt every day. When I was a kid, I didn’t love it this much (but I never hated it either). As I grew older, yoghurt became an indispensable part of my life. Cheese and tomato are a close second. When I tried the vegan diet a few times before, I couldn’t commit to it because of the yoghurt (and cheese) issue. None of the dairy-free yoghurt options could replace the …

Gluten-Free Thursday: A Hearty Vegetable Soup And Food Sovereignty!

I’m writing this from my bed right now. It’s 22.33, and I am exhausted. Exhausted, but happy. I’ve worked for two days in a row in Oma Maa / Lassila Farm’s kitchen (check the previous post for Oma Maa) from the early hours of the day until evening. It was quite a lot of work, but it was so much fun, with a bunch of lovely folk from Oma Maa. And today’s recipe is mostly made by using their organic fresh produces from their weekly food bag that I got last week. Now, with this recipe post, I want to talk a bit about food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is a term and movement which advocates for people’s right to make their own food-related decisions and for people taking their food future in their own hands. There are many organisations, farmers, communities working on this topic, fighting hard to change food policies all around to respect this idea. In the local context of Finland, Oma Maa food cooperative is a significant example of a community of …

Green Hokkaido (Aka Kabocha) Squash Filled With Joy – And Aromatic Wheat Rice, Both Locally Produced By Oma Maa Food Co-op!

A few weeks ago, I published a podcast episode where my guest was Ruby Van Der Wekken from Oma Maa food co-op. About a week later, I visited Lassila farm in Tuusula where Oma Maa produces their products, for the first time. It was both beautiful and informative, and it was very important for me to see all that hard work happening daily in a farm. I will write more about that visit and about Oma Maa in another blog post, but for now, here is a recipe with a cute green hokkaido I got from them last Sunday! So yes, last Sunday I was with Oma Maa folks again, this time only in the big kitchen area where they make products such as different kinds of flours, grains like bulgur, falafel, pasta and so on. I went there to make a test using their beautiful carrots – a miniature amount of which I helped to harvest when I first visited the farm! And before we left, the ever-lovely Ruby told me to pick a …

Vegan Monday: Sweet Raw Carrot Balls – A Quick And Healthy Delight

I mean seriously, this is so quick and easy that you will want to do any time. All you need is a food processor and your hands! I made these cuties for the first time a couple of months ago. I normally like nuts so much more when they are toasted but I managed to keep myself from doing that and used everything raw. The result was not disappointing. These truffles are very healthy and they are sweet but not too sweet. They stay very well in the fridge, in an airtight container for almost up to a week. So you can make a batch, put them in the fridge and pop a couple into your mouth when you feel like it! I saw a similar recipe in Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink blog first, then decided to make my version with some twists. In one of the trials I replaced dried dates with dried figs and it actually worked out so much better for my taste. So I highly recommend that as well! Enjoy!— Ingredients: Difficulty: …

Gluten Free Thursday: Ssspicy Colourful Beans And Coconut Curry

A few weeks ago, I was trying to find something different to make with green beans. Everything was boring – meaning, I knew what the taste would be like. Finally, on BBC Good Food website, I saw a Sri Lankan bean curry recipe. The ingredients were all familiar but I was intrigued by the flavours. Inspired by that recipe, I decided to make my own version with my own twists.