All posts tagged: vegetarian

Phyllo Pastry Rolls With Cheesy Filling

I absolutely love working with phyllo – and eating pastries made with phyllo – and this easy peasy recipe turned out to be another fantastic pastry feast. First of all, I made these using regular cheese, but you can replace that with dairy-free grated cheese. The butter I used was vegan anyway, and you can use that too. Phyllo sheets are vegan themselves, so in the end, you can easily make a vegan version of these pastries. The only thing you might struggle with is the pesto; however, there are many recipes online if you want to make vegan pesto. Unfortunately, I have never seen a gluten-free phyllo pastry, and I’m too lazy to try to do it by myself, so I can’t give you any clues on making this pastry gluten-free. I used phyllo sheets that I bought from the Turkish market here in Helsinki, in Itäkeskus. These sheets are not frozen, but they must be kept in the fridge. Before using them, you must leave them at room temperature for a while to …

Black Bean Balls And Coconut Milk Rice – A Delicious Lunch

Here is an excellent lunch menu recipe for you. You can add a light salad to this if you like, and you will be ready to go! I love making bean or vegetable balls. They are some of the best lunch or dinner dishes for a vegetarian. They are filling enough themselves, but in this menu recipe, I also wanted to add one of my favourite rice pilaf dishes, the one with coconut milk. I got the inspiration from two different recipes to make these balls and rice pilaf, but I put my own twists. I used couscous with black beans because I like the texture of couscous in this kind of balls. The gluten-free alternative for couscous can be quinoa or a mixture of almond flour and breadcrumbs. Of course, all these substitutions will result in different textures and tastes themselves. I used parmesan in the black bean balls, but if you want to make it vegan, you can substitute parmesan with grated vegan cheese. I made them once this way, and they were …

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 …

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.