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Re-post : Cream of Sweet Potato soup

Posted in Food (vegan), Soups with tags , , , , , on 29,September,2013 by Mia

 

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Hmmmm

Weather cooling down.. it`s even raining here today…calling for some cozy time snuggled up in the warm and having some comfort food…

Re-posting this so simple and healthy yet comforting Creamy soup..ENjoy! 🙂

 

For recipe:

https://kahliyalogue.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/cream-of-sweet-potato/

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Guiseppe`s Tomatoes

Posted in Food (vegan), Nature on 12,August,2013 by Mia

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A new Batch of Guiseppe`s Organic Tomatoes straight from his Garden ! More about my neighbor Guiseppe sooon ! 🙂

Peachy Mint ?

Posted in Herbs & Spices, Nature with tags , , , on 3,July,2013 by Mia

Im very excited.. I`ve been taking walks and appreciating the lovely nature around the village..so much to discover, and I am slowly realizing how I am blessed ! Farmers with small lands growing and selling their fresh produce.. a stream of beautiful fresh water coming down from the mountains all along the village towards what should be an amazing Fresh water river and water fall where I hear people bathe! I cant wait to go see it!
In the meantime I picked up a wild herb which seems like a special kind of mint..I was wondering if anyone knows what it is?
Its small leaves resemble the shape of the Oregano,but the fragrance is minty with a ‘Peachy’ Aroma!
Im intrigued..!
I promise photos of all this to follow! 🙂

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Homemade Pickles

Posted in Food (vegan), Herbs & Spices, Uncategorized with tags , , on 22,August,2012 by Mia

I am a huge fan of Pickles..dont ask me why..I just am..not one for spicy stuff but Pickles I adore,though only the ones made in Salt..and here in Cyprus I have searched everywhere and have only found Pickles in Vinegar and sugar..which is a whole different ballgame..
SO..I just remembered that I used to make them myself..and actually..they come out even more awesome!I found a used large jar,got myself some Cucumbers and some Salt ..and as easy as one two three…….weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee have great Pickles!

Before I explain the very short and simple procedure,allow me to remind you that Pickles are actually a very important part of our health regime,aiding in digestion enormously,regulating intestinal flora and more..check out this site to learn more : http://www.mitoku.com/products/pickles/healthbenefits.html

Ok..so now here`s how to do it..

1 Jar sterilised in Boiling water,
Depending on the size jar you find :

Cucumbers to fill the jar.
They should be small and firm.

Sea salt

Garlic cloves

Pepper Corns

Herbs Optional (I like to use the classic for this which is Dill),Bay Leaf

Piment spice Optional

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Rinse the cucumbers

Fill your jar

Peel a few Garlic cloves and place scattered in jar

Spread some Pepper corns into the jar

Add herbs and chilli peppers(or any other) if you like.

Prepare a sollution of 1 spoon Salt to a cup of Boiling water

and pour into jar filling it to the top.

Pour a thick layer of Olive oil to cover the top

Close your jar hermetically

Place in the terrace/sun on a piece of old newspaper as during the process it may spill.

Leave in the sun for about 2-3 days.Mainly depends on the heat and conditions.

Check that the fermentation has begun but not overdone.

The cucumbers begin to change color.

Place and keep in Fridge.

Enjoy! ~

Vegan Mince Pizza

Posted in Food (vegan), Uncategorized with tags , , on 29,July,2012 by Mia


Hey everyone!

Its been about a month since moving to Larnaca, Cyprus!
Theres so much to share .. and yet time moves along as we try to adjust to our new life in this lovely Island.
Its very hot here..and I thought I knew what hot weather is..lol..but we are graced with the sweetest apt near a mountain in a village called Oroklini and have lots of calm and even some breeze..
Learning to use the new ingredients at hand for me here..even though it is the Mediteranean,there are still slight differences..
in Spices and Veggies..checking out where to find the best offered to us and that suits my Vegan dishes..

Its taking time to integrate all but I finally feel Im slowly getting there..
The other day I felt like trying to do a Pizza with Minced dried Soja (Tvp) instead of minced meat ofcourse..and guess what..it came out lovely!
It was quite spontaneous hence I dont recall the exact amounts at this time ,but its really very simple,quite quick and deliciously fun!

Ingredients for 2 medium pizzas:

Dough:
Whole wheat flour (2 cups approx)
Olive Oil ( 2 Tbs approx )
Tepid water
pinch of salt,Pepper to be added to the dry flour.

Mince filling:
Mince soja/Tvp (1 cup approx)
1/2 Red Pepper finely chopped
1 largeTomato peeled and finely chopped (could probably use a bit more Tomato)
1 large onion finely chopped
1 Leek diced

2 Spring Onions finely diced

3 small Garlic cloves finely chopped.

Olive Oil

Salt, Pepper
Dried Sage
Oregano/Thyme

Marjoram

Baharat or similar Blend

Preparation:

Wisk the oil into the flour in a bowl.
Gently add the water,whilst mixing continuously,slowly creating a homogeneous dough.
Careful not to add too much water,when in doubt..less is better..you can always add more if needed..
Mix together and knead dough with your hands,taking it out on the counter is easier.Knead the dough till you feel it is a nice,smooth, flexible yet firm dough,and refrigerate a bit.
Meantime in a frying pan,slightly oiled with Olive oil,Saute all Onions and Garlic,and as they golden
,Add the Mince that has been well drained and allow to evenly braise.
Add Red Pepper until softens slightly and add Tomato.
Add Spices and simmer till all blends together nicely,and close the heat.

Preheat Oven or even a toaster oven to about 200- 220 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge,knead a little on the counter,cut in 2 and create a ball as round as possible,then flatten dough rolling it with a rolling pin or a bottle as I used 🙂 (Not yet fully equipped)..
Roll out , not too thin and not too thick ,fill the wide center with filling and leave edges to fold into a crust.
Place on a baking sheet and put in heated oven for about 15-20 min depending on the strength of your oven.
Be attentive and see all sides are evenly baked.

Enjoy! 🙂

Bisara

Posted in Food (vegan) with tags , , , on 6,April,2010 by Mia

Whilst still in Egypt shalll we stop and taste something exquisite asides from enjoying the view..?

Ive written already about one of the most famous staple foods of Egypt,Foul Medammes.Well,this is it`s cousin..The base is the same Broad(Fava) “Foul” bean,but sold split and peeled. As such,its preparation takes much less time ,but still contains its high energy potent.

It resembles the Houmous a bit as it is blended into a similar spread,but the flavour is richer,and consistency is heavier.I personally find it wins over it`s brother the houmous by far,but dont tell any houmous lover,my life may be in danger.. 🙂

Ingredients:

250 gr.Split fava beans-soaked the night before

2+ 2 Onions

1 clove Garlic

2 tbs approx.Olive oil

salt/pepper

Dried Naana(Mint)leaves

*Dried Molokhiya (optional)- A special herb which deserves a post in itself and I promise to do so! 🙂

Paprika

Cumin

Fresh Parsely leaves/Coriander

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Rinse the soaked beans and place in a pot with plenty of fresh water

Place into the pot with the beans 2 onions cut into quarters

1 large Garlic clove coarsely chopped,a bunch of Parsley leaves/and or Coriander leaves.

Bring to a boil and cook on low heat for about 1.5-2 hrs until soft.

Strain for water as much as possible,blend and return to heat for 5 minutes to remove excess water.

Add salt,pepper,other spices+olive oil to smoothen paste

Saute thin slices  of 1-2 onions

Garnish the spread with these onion slices ,chopped Parsley/coriander

 Sprinkle some Paprika for a final touch

Enjoy!

World peace Diet

Posted in Books, Food (vegan), humanitarian, Spirituality with tags , , on 15,September,2009 by Mia

 

 Unfortunately I have not heard about Dr will Tuttle  till recently,but I am so glad I finally did!

I find his work very inspiring,and his ideas ,at the very least ,worth a moment of thought or two..

To me personally His words carry a lot of logic,and  I am always happy to encounter people who dedicate their lives to try and make this world a better place for EVERYONE!

For those interested in the book or details and activities of the organisation :http://worldpeacediet.org/