Chile, a kitchen and a summer lunch

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Lunch

-Little summer salad (pealed tomato, cucumber and lemon)
-Melon (half)
Tomato, courgette, olive and tofu pie.

Chile, end of the stay, a little flat shared with a friend. An oven, some great flour (I’d love to bring back tones of this flour). An evening baking where we ended as wet phantoms as one started to throw a pinch of flour to the other, then the other grabbed the near by glass half full of water…a great baking night.
The pie leftovers were completed for lunch with a little cucumber tomato salad and a melon. What more can you ask for?
Maybe that Bear could share these moments with me…

Vegan bento: veggies with ginger and sesame sauce

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Bento
-Boiled carrot, parsnip, rutabaga (yellow turnip) with sesame ginger miso paste
-Brussels sprouts
Vegan sausage rolls
-Semolina topped with parsley

We decided that it was time to get back to proper bentos, not just quick sandwiches tossed in a paper bag with maybe a fruit. I did this bento in the morning with the sausage rolls leftovers from the evening. In 20 minutes, the bento was packed and I was ready to go. I started boiling the Brussels sprouts with soja sauce, peeled and sliced some carrots, parsnip, rutabaga which went boiling in another pan. In the meantime, I had breakfast, got washed and prepared, came back to boil some water for the semolina, and tucked everything in the bento.
Bear shared his with Stevens, who both found it neatly presented and tasty. That’s the best compliment ever!

Spicy red beans pasties

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Dinner
Spicy puffs
-Carrots
-Red cabbage boiled

This dinner is mum certified. That means, mum tasted it, liked it, and asked for the recipe (meaning dad liked it too!)! Who would think of a better reward? I made 20 of them and stored them in the freezer for later use. I serve two of them as a side dish as they are quite spicy.

Swiss chard and nut tart, and salted turnip

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Dinner
Salted turnip (Alsatian recipe)
Swiss chard and nut pie
-Steamed potato with a nut of margarine to melt

I wanted to find back old flavours : salted turnip. No way to find some here. So the solution was to prepare some my ownself. It doesn’t ask a lot of time neither a lot of skills and the result is really good. I added a slice of beet and nut pie. First time, I ever tasted any Swiss chard was in Nice as a pie and it was yuk…sprinkled with icing sugar! Past, this first bad experience I was brave enough to try to eat some beet again by copying my spinach pie! And it is tasty enough to have been added to my handy everyday express meals list.

A French translation is available here

Fried parsnip

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Dinner
Puffed sauerkraut
Fried parsnip
-Boiled carrots from mum’s garden
-Ogorki

I’m trying to catch up a little. So this post isn’t about our favourite puffed sauerkraut, but just to point out a discovery of ours. Bear is really reticent to eat up his parsnip usually. But this changed when he came up with the idea to prepare them as chips! Sometimes, he really comes up with nice ideas!

A French version is available here.

Red beans and olive pie, tomato and pea pie

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Dinner
Tomato and pea pie
Red beans and olive pie
-Lettuce
Ginger beer

Maybe you don’t know how I usually do, I try a new idea, I take a photo and note down the recipe. If I like it, I’ll try it two more times before publishing. If not, either I’ll dump the idea, either I’ll note the modifications I’d need to do and then give it another shot. When satisfying I’ll try it twice more to confirm the recipe. And I’ll try to choose the prettiest photo.
This explains why you only have now this incredible red bean pie which is featured with our everyday summer tomato and pea pie.
Bear is totally fond of this pie. And with a little glass of homemade ginger beer we managed to do of this evening a little feast.

A French version is available here.

Terrific vegan pie

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Dinner
Potato, red beans and carrot pie
-Mint flavoured tea

I don’t know how many times I’ve checked, but it seems I’ve never featured this vegan pie. It’s the perfect meal we enjoy on wintry evenings. It heats up the place while baking and warms our little greedy stomachs. It’s a sort of minced pie with gravy. The main ingredients are potato, carrot, red beans but you could go for some other vegetables (just beware that they won’t be too watery).

A French version is available here.