Fermented Miso Eggplant

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Ingredients

 3 tablespoons unpasteurized organic rice or barley miso

2-3 tablespoons organic coconut sugar or rice honey

½-3/4 cup stock or water

2 teaspoons grated ginger root

2 clove pressed garlic

3 tablespoons mirin rice wine

1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar

the grated rind of organic orange or lemon rind

1 slice of a large eggplant

oil for deep frying

seasonal lettuce and sesame seeds for garnish

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper.
2. Make miso sauce. marinade (see below).
3. Slice the eggplant in half, lengthways, then score the flesh in a diagonal pattern, taking
care not to slice through the skin.
4. Brush all over with sesame oil and cook, skin-side down, in a frying pan for 2-3
minutes until the bottoms flatten and the incisions begin to open. Turn over and cook
cut-side down for around 2 minutes until lightly browned. Transfer to prepared tray.
5. Spoon miso sauce over the cut sides of the eggplant until it runs into the incisions.
Left over marinade can be refrigerated.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until tender and shiny.
Scatter with toasted sesame seeds and lettuce if desired.
Sauce

In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients except the vinegar, eggplant, oil, and lettuce.   Cook over low heat, stirring frequently. Stir in the grated rind.

  1. Taste and adjust. Set aside.

Miso sauce can be kept refrigerated up to 30 days in a glass container.

 

 

 

Vegan Apple Pizza

 

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 Ingredients

1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup warm filtered water
1 Tablespoon sauerkraut, pickle brine or sourdough starter, miso (optional)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp. dried cinnamon, coriander or cardamom
¼ tsp. salt or 1 teaspoon miso

Topping:

1-2 whole apples sliced into thin pieces

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon or other sweet spice

Maple syrup or rice syrup to taste

Pinch of sea salt

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 Method

  1. Combine the chickpea flour with warm water in a medium bowl or mason jar, and mix well. Add in tablespoon sauerkraut, brine, sourdough starter or miso if using.
    Cover and allow to sit overnight or for at least 8-24 hours.  Stir if leaving for longer than 8 hours. When a few bubbles are visible it is ready to use.
  2. Cut the apples and toss with the cinnamon. Set aside.

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3. Stir in the olive oil, spices and starter (if using).  The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream. Heat the oven to 450F/220 C. Put a cast-iron skillet (Solid Teknics* is best) or pizza pan in the oven to warm or on a cooktop.

4. Remove the pan, pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into it and swirl. Immediately pour the batter into the pan.

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5. Bake for 8-10  minutes, or until the base is almost firm and the edges almost set.

6. Toss the apple slices with the spices, place on the top of the pizza base, brush with maple or rice syrup and bake 10 minutes. Serve with coconut yoghurt.

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Fermented Plant-based Kimchi

 

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Ingredients

    •  1 large Napa (Chinese) cabbage ( 1 kg. )
    • 2% sea or Himalayan salt
    • Spring or filtered water
    • 4 finely minced garlic cloves
    • 1 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup radishes
    • 2 grated apples
    • 1-2 tablespoons grated ginger
    • 1-2 teaspoons (or more – depending on your taste and tolerance) chilli (you can also use a small fresh red chilli, removing some of the seeds) (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon Shiro or another kind of unpasteurized miso
    • 2 cups finely chopped spring onions
    • 1 cup grated carrot
    • ½ cup thinly sliced daikon or red radish
    • 2 tablespoons wakame or dulse sea vegetable (useful if you should avoid cabbage)

 

 

Method

  • 1. Cut the cabbage lengthways and then into quarters. Remove the inner core. Cut each quarter into thin slices. Weigh the cabbage. Grate the carrots and weigh them. Then calculate the amount of salt according to the weight of the vegetables.
  • 2. Combine the garlic, onion, apple, grated ginger, spring onions, miso and wakame and mix or blend well to make a paste. Add water if necessary. Set aside.
  • 3. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and massage the sea salt in, it should start to soften and feel a little rubbery. Cover with boiled or filtered water, let soak for a few hours.

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  • 4. Drain and rinse lightly.
  • 5. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage with the other vegetables then add the paste and massage in to coat everything.kim kneading 1
  • 6.  Pack the mixture into a sterilised glass jar or crock leaving one inch of space at the top (it may expand as it ferments). Make sure you pack it down tight so that the salty brine oozes over the top of the vegetables.
  • 7.  Take a large cabbage leaf and cover the Kim-chi so no vegetables are exposed to the air. Then put a heavy  weight on top, cover and set aside for a week in a cold dark place.kim ingredients 1
  •  8. If it is warm, it will ferment faster. You can open up for a taste and smell test as the days or weeks go by till you are happy with the flavour.
  • ( If there is any mould on the top when you open it up, just scrape it off and discard it unless it is green. Then toss it away and start all over again.)
  • Store in the fridge when you think it is ready and the fermentation will slow down.  Will keep for up to 6- 12 months

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Fermented Sourdough Sweet or Savoury Crepes

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Shelley and I shared these crepes first having some savour with beans and vegetables and then onto the yummy sweet ones with berries, mandarins and coconut yoghurt.   The uncooked batter can be stored in the fridge for 5 days if it lasts that long before using it up.  Just stir every few days to keep it fresh. It keeps fermenting just like a sourdough starter so if you don’t use it for 7 days remove it from the fridge, add some flour, water, stir and return it to the fridge where it should last another few days.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 2 cups sorghum or besan (chickpea) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if using Miso)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  •  2 tablespoons flax egg*
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 Tbsp sauerkraut juice or 1 Tbsp miso (this will help the batter ferment faster) optional

Method

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add the water and juice or miso and flax egg* stirring to make a batter.
  3. Cover tightly. If you fail to wrap it tightly it will partially dry and will not work as well.
  4. Set aside in a warm place.  Stir daily until bubbles appear. Usually ready after sitting aside overnight unless it very cold outside, then plan for another day.
  5. Place a small frying pan or skillet (for which you have a lid) on medium-high heat until it is warm. Oil pan.
  6. Using a measuring cup, pour ½ – ⅔ cup of batter into the centre of the pan. Quickly pick the pan up and move it to distribute the batter. Cover with lid and cook until bubbles appear then turn over and cook a few minutes longer. Repeat.
  7. Fill with your favourite filling-  fruit,  mandarins, apples, pears, dried fruit, coconut yoghurt, or leftover veg, tofu, beans, potatoes, hummus, and of course some ferments.

Flax Egg*

2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed) and 3-4  Tbsp. water

Add flaxseed meal and water to a dish and stir. Let rest for 5 minutes to thicken. Add to recipes in place of 1-2 eggs

It’s not an exact 1:1 substitution in every recipe because it doesn’t bind and stiffen during baking quite like an egg does

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Fermented Lemon Glazed Tempeh

Melbourne has the best selection of local fermented foods ever. Tempeh which I love to cook, has an enormous variety and one that I played around with while visiting a few months ago.  It is a wonderful food for vegans, vegetarians alike and anyone who would like to try a different kind of protein that is fermented and can increase your friendly microbes to boost your immune system and general wellbeing.

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Ingredients

½ cup fresh lemon juice

The rind of ½ lemon finely grated

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon tamari or Shiro miso

1 1/2 tablespoons mirin

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

150 gm. tempeh

2 – 3 tablespoons sesame or coconut oil

½ cup finely chopped spring onions

a handful of coriander leaves

½ cup pomegranate seeds

Method

1. Combine the juice, rind, ginger tamari, mirin, maple syrup, turmeric and ground pepper in a small bowl or jar. Mix together, taste and adjust if necessary. Set aside.

2. Cut the tempeh in half diagonally, then cut each half again. Pat dry with a paper towel. If very thick, cut in half horizontally as well, but you may need to increase the amount of other ingredients.

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3. Place the coconut oil (more if you have cut thick tempeh in half), so the base of the pan is well covered, over a medium high heat. When the oil is hot add the tempeh and fry until golden. Turn the heat down and cook until golden on the other side.

4. Pour the juice mixture into the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced down to a thick glaze.

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Turn the tempeh over once or twice during this time and spoon the sauce over the tempeh from time to time.

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5. Sprinkle with spring onions, fresh coriander and pomegranate seeds just before serving or cook along in the sauce.

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Zucchini Cashew Cream Rolls

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 Ingredients

1 cup unsalted cashews soaked for 30 minutes in warm water

½ cup almond milk

¼ cup basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

2 teaspoons Shiro Miso

1 large egg or Flaxseed egg *

a little leftover cooked veg.(optional)

1-2 cups pasta sauce

1-2 large zucchini or a few slices of Chinese cabbage

Method

  1. Soak cashews in warm water and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 C. Oil a sheet of natural baking paper with oil and set aside.
  3. Slice the zucchini into 3 mm thin slices. Lay zucchini onto an oiled sheet and roast in the oven 10 minutes. Remove and set aside for 5 minutes before moving.
  4. If using cabbage, drop into boiling water for 1 minute and drain and cool.
  5. Meanwhile, drain cashews, and put in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients Blend till lightly cracked.
  6. Spread some of the pasta sauce into an oiled casserole dish.
  7. Lay a strip of zucchini or cabbage and spread about 1-2 tablespoons of the cashew mixture over each individual strip.
  8. Roll up and top with a teaspoon of the pasta sauce.
  9. Bake uncovered 15-20 minutes or until set. Serve topped with any ferment of your choice.
  • To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Mix together, and set aside for 15 minutes to set up and thicken.

 

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Cabbage Rice Rolls

Use Organic Ingredients when available

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1 small cabbage

1 litre water

1 teaspoon sea or Himalayan salt

Filling

2 cups cooked brown basmati rice or quinoa

2 cups finely chopped onions

4 tomatoes diced

½ cup grated carrot

1/2 cup sultanas or Goji berries (optional)

2 chopped shallots

4 cloves finely chopped garlic

½ cup finely chopped parsley

3-4 tablespoons pasta sauce

1 teaspoon dried mint or 1 tablespoon fresh

1 teaspoon salt or 1 tablespoon Shiro (white) miso to taste

1 teaspoon thyme or oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh

½ cup olive oil

coconut yoghurt and pasta sauce to serve (optional)

sauerkraut or another wild ferment to serve

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  1. Wash the cabbage, remove the outer leaves and separate the rest.
  2. Put about 1 litre of water into a large pot, add salt and bring to the boil.
  3. Put the cabbage leaves into the boiling water and boil them until they are softer (about 3-4 minutes) then remove them from the water and drain.
  4. Cut them in regular shapes and remove the thicker parts. You can use these thick pieces in a vegetable stew the following day.
  5. For the filling, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. Taste and adjust if necessary.
  6. Take one piece of the cabbage and lay it on a flat towel or sushi mat. Put some filling mixture on it and roll it up.
  7. The shape is not so important here, just try to roll it well and do not put a lot of filling in it, otherwise, you’ll lose some of them.
  8. Place these cabbage rolls seam side down in a large saucepan or deep skillet, leaving the centre empty. With the leftover mixture, pour the watery part of the mixture on the rolls.
  9. Put the rest of the leftover mixture if you have any in a glass bowl and place it in the space in the middle of the rolls. if you like you can chop the thick pieces of leftover cabbage into it.
  10. Put the saucepan on the lowest heat and cook it for half an hour covered.
  11. You can serve it warm or cold with some fresh coriander and ferments. (fermented seasonal fruit goes well or sauerkraut) . Serve with extra pasta sauce and or coconut yoghurt.

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