I like the beet family. They are tasty and nutritious. But the biggest reason why I love them, and I use them in recipes, is the wide variety of colours they bring! Just like this colourful salad!
The first time I heard about this dish was a few years ago when I did the graphic design of a cookbook for an amateur chef in Turkey. I loved it a lot back then, but I don’t cook it often.
These broccoli balls are delicious!!! And that’s all you need to know before making them!
Wow, how truly creative I am… Put almost all the ingredients in the title. Splendid writing, Asli!
The scorching weather that I wrote about in my previous blog post continues, and I’m working on my computer now, with my electric fan fixed towards my face. I don’t want to eat anything heavy on these sweltering days, but I still need filling and nutritious food. These balls are an example of such food.
I’m currently melting into my bed while writing this blog post. Even though the window is open and my tiny electric fan is blowing right towards me at full speed, I’m still melting. Yes, the summer is in Helsinki! And if you’re going to eat a pie right now, it should be crispy and delicious, not heavy.
I’ve been a vegetarian officially for more than two years. But even before making it “official”, I wasn’t eating meat so much. Instead, I liked and ate vegetarian “meatballs”. The recipe here is of one such kind of balls, and it’s one of my favourites.
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 …
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 …
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 …