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How to not-fry mushrooms

If you are one of those people who enjoys raw mushrooms- I salute you! Personally I find it akin to eating some rubbery dirty thing off a forest floor- oh wait- that’s what it is! I have always loved them cooked. But now- I love them raw too. Here is a trick I learned from Karen Knowler, which renders raw mushrooms far more palatable.

It is the same principle used for wilting kale down for wilted kale salads (here are some examples of wilted kale salads) and softening up raw broccoli (as described here) You simply chop your mushrooms finely and leave them in a marinade with some quality oil, such as extra virgin, something salty- salt, soy sauce, garlic salt,, and a little bit of acidity such as lemon juice or white vinegar (optional)

My portabello mushrooms were marinated in salt and a bit of tamari, garlic granules, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and lemon juice.

After an hour or two, drain off any liquid, and sprinkle over your salad, wholegrain couscous, or whatever you wish. If you have a dehydrator, you can even dry them out a touch- all it does is slightly intensify the flavours, and leaves them warm with a slight “crust”- like they have been fried- but not!










I’ve just eaten all the pies

Oh.My.Pies! I had an inkling that Alfredo would need an amazing sweet treat free from sugar, and OH was I right, and Oh, these pies are just so…..RIGHT.

I was unsure whether to post this, as I like to post things which people can try if they so wish, and these are done in a dehydrator (You will see why) and I know most people don’t have such an appliance. But post I must, if only to showcase how you can create different things free from white flour, sugar and butter that still taste A-MAZING. I generally never liked pies that much, like I said, it was mainly for my husband, but it turns out that I ate quite a few aswell……. I even had one for breakfast this morning with impunity.

For the precise recipe I will refer you to Russell James website, because it is his recipe, so, out of courtesy. And I will say, that at Westfalia website you can buy dehydrators for about £30 which are useful for many things (kale chips,  drying out your glut of garden produce for future use, drying out foraged edible mushrooms for future use and intensifying flavour, making your own dried mango/pineapple/any fruit, free from sulphates, beetroot chips (YUM!), fruit leathers for kids or hiking,  and so on and so on.)

The crust is made from a mixture of ground oats and ground cashew nuts, a little water, lemon juice, and a little honey or maple syrup. If you are wondering why it has cashew nuts in, it provides sweetness and the fat, without using butter. You simply blitz the “flours” with the liquid, and press the gooey mixture into seperate silicone cases using a floured finger to make a little case. Dehydrate, first in the silicone case, and once quite dry, flip them out upside down to dry the bottom for a short while longer.

The filling is made by blitzing dates and orange juice, with allspice, finely diced apple and raisins. Oh my word, it tasted so good, especially with freshly squeezed orange juice. Aaaaah the cloves, the cinnamon, and nutmeg!

It is topped with a cashew cream icing, made with unroasted cashews, lemon juice, liquid sweetener (honey or maple) a pinch of salt etc Below you will find Russell James photo (with permission) but actually, mine looked just as amazing. Seriously, they did. And oh my word! This was the best mince pie I have ever eaten, in my humble opinion.

Let there be pies

Whoever said eating plants is all about salads? Deck the halls with boughs of holly, quite frankly.
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