First thing’s first: It’s tasty, and we’re not even vegan.
It just happens that nearly half the time when we make food, it turns out to be vegan. We aim for having fresh/healthy ingredients in our kitchen at all times. There are exceptions, of course.
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Maybe you can relate to this too (Friday evening after a looong week):
-“Honeeeyyyy, look at all the goodness I’ve bought! We’ve got some nice broccoli, cauliflower, salad, cherry tomatoes, ripe bananas, juicy mangos, fresh coconuts – I can’t even name half the stuff!”
-“Oooh, sounds delicious! We could make a nice big bowl of salad for dinner, what do you think?”
-“I’m pretty tired to cook anything though, and I could do with some comfort food. What about a pizza?”
-“Awwwhhh, pizza! It’s been ages since we had one. And a beer!?”
-“Yeah, a nice cold dark beer!!” (mutual agreement reached)
-“We’ve got quite a number of fresh groceries though, you think they’ll keep until tomorrow?”
-“I’m pretty sure they will”. (mutual agreement reaffirmed)
Two days of 7-11 sandwiches, three nights of eating-out and 2 new coffee-shop discoveries later you look at the salad wilted ONTO the side of the refrigerator… Fortunately this only happens occasionally.
Auste has been trying out some raw porridge recipes, and the first time I took a bite, I was less than amazed as it didn’t have a specific taste. It had a texture of what would could be a ground cashew nut porridge. However with every spoonful of this textury mix with raspberry-honey sauce, I wanted more. It still didn’t reveal any distinctive taste, but I just couldn’t stop. It had minor hints of vanilla, oats, and cinnamon – all in one. I only ate it cold, and didn’t even consider heating it up.
It is also suitable to take for lunch to a refrigerator-less office. Tested twice.
For the porridge (adapted from Oh She Glows):
3/4 cup buckwheat groats (they have to be raw, not roasted)
1 1/2 cup of water for soaking
400 ml milk (I used soy milk cause that’s what I had at hand, but I imagine almond milk would work even better with the flavours here)
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey (or Agave syrup for a raw version)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or you can use vanilla pods – even better)
1 tsp cinnamon
For the jam:
1 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1 tbsp honey
1. Soak the buckwheat groats overnight. They will be slimy and smell a bit strange in the morning, so you have to rinse them a couple of times and they’ll be ready to use.
2. Mix the buckwheat groats with the other ingredients and blend until smooth.
3. Taste it. If you can feel the buckwheat and you don’t like the texture – add more milk with chia seeds and more honey / vanilla / cinnamon to taste. Make it a little bit more liquid than you would like it to be and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour.
4. Make the raspberry jam. Simply crush the raspberries using a fork and mix them with honey. If you want the consistency to be a bit more jam-like add some chia seeds.
5. Take the porridge out of the fridge, pour the raspberry jam on top, add fresh berries, nuts or anything else you fancy and enjoy!