Wednesday, March 20, 2024

easy chili


I served this with grated soy cheese, tortilla chips, and salad. (Would be great with cornbread too!) Normally I do a chili with kabocha squash, cinnamon, and cocoa powder, but it was nice to have a more traditional one for a change.

You'll need:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 piman (small Japanese green peppers, chopped (or 1 chopped regular green pepper)
  • 6-7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 kg ground beef
  • 2 450ml cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 450ml cans chopped tomatoes (add water to the empty cans to swish out the tomato remains into the chili pot, for a total of about 1 can of water)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Do this: 

Saute the onions, green pepper, and garlic in oil in a soup pot, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir till the ground beef is in small pieces. Simmer about 20 minutes or more if you have time.


Substitute half the ground beef with cooked lentils.

Add a teaspoon of cumin if you like it. 

Sunday, March 17, 2024

dairy-free turmeric latte + dairy-free gluten-free turmeric latte pancakes

I've been making turmeric lattes (or golden milk) for a long time, but then completely forgot about them until my friend reminded me again the other day. Now I'm making these delicious healthy drinks about every other day! I originally got the recipe from BBC Good Food

Well then I brainstormed and thought why not make some turmeric latte pancakes! They were easy and spicy and delicious, and I topped them with soy cream that I whipped with a little vanilla and powdered sugar, then a drizzle of honey. 

First, the latte.

You'll need (for two lattes):
  • 350 ml or so of dairy-free milk (I use soy)
  • 1/4 t. ginger powder
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. turmeric
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1 t. honey
  • black pepper to taste
Do this:

Throw it all in a pot on the stove on medium flame/heat and whisk till hot and frothy.

Now for the pancakes! 

You'll need:
  • 150 g gluten-free and dairy-free pancake or baking mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1/2 t. turmeric
  • 1/8 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ginger powder
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
(For the whipped cream I whipped 200 ml soy cream with 1/4 t. vanilla and 1 t. powdered sugar.)

Do this: 

Whisk the pancake ingredients together and cook on a griddle or frying pan in a little oil on both sides. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of honey.

This made about 12 small pancakes. 

Joy joy enjoy! 

sweet and spicy nuts


A lovely friend shared some of these sweet and spicy nuts with us on her boat on the Thames last summer, and when I asked for the recipe, she wrote it up in her beautiful handwriting and mailed it to me. It came originally from Gordon Ramsay.

You'll need:

  • 300 g mixed nuts (whole, blanched, unsalted)
  • 2.5 tablespoons icing/powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • black pepper
Do this:

Mix nuts, powdered sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a big bowl, then grind over some black pepper. Tip the nuts into a hot wok/frying pan, then sprinkle over about 1 tablespoon of water to help it all caramelize. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring or shaking constantly till browned. Dump it all onto a baking tray lined with baking paper in a single layer. Put in 140 C oven for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally. 

Serve with love in a glass jar on a boat on the Thames or in a bowl in your living room in Japan. Give as gifts in jars for birthdays or just as a love-note of crunchy joy.