Friday, 18 July 2014

How to 23: Make Cauliflower "Rice"

Or: how to turn this...

...into this!
It's quicker than cooking up a pot of rice, can be eaten raw or heated and is extremely easy. Need any more reasons to try it?- Well, it's a lower- calorie, lower- carb alternative to rice and it makes an interesting accompaniment to a raw meal. If you eat it raw it does taste like raw cauliflower, but then I rather like that taste, don't you?

1: Wash your cauliflower and break into florets.

2: You can grate it by hand although the result will not be so even.

3: For best results, use a food processor to break down the florets into small, rice-like pieces...

4: ...and there you have it! Gently steam or serve raw. Great with a sauce or sprinkled wth soy sauce. I tried it with a raw curry sauce on top, accompanied by vegetable sticks.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Gluten Free, Soya Free, Dairy Free mac 'n' Cheese; cooked and raw versions


...or raw

This is a really simple, basic recipe to have in your repertoire of things to go with pasta. Served raw or cooked, the whole mac 'n' cheese concept has a feelgood factor that's hard to beat. Unless, of course, there is chocolate involved...

Makes enough for 4 servings:
300g (dry weight) gluten free pasta/ 2 courgettes (aka zucchini) made into ribbons with a Y-shaped peeler
ground cashews- oops, forgot to write down the amount, so grind about 200g and add last, stopping when you get that thick "cheese sauce" consistency. I'll add the amount next time I make this.
1 1/4 tabs salt
250ml water
  • Cook the pasta/ make the ribbons.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking the ingredients together and mixing with the cooked pasta.
  • You can also sprinkle yeast flakes on top for extra cheesiness.