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Rhubarb, Ginger & Strawberry Soup

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My grandma had rhubarbs growing in her garden and would cook them into a sweet, tangy and unfortunately quite stringy soup with lots of little bits in it. I never liked that soup. I was only 11 when she passed away so I don’t remember a lot about her. But I do still remember that soup. How annoying is that!? One of the few memories you have of a person is something they cooked for you that you didn’t like. Eight year old David preferred supermarket box carton soups and powder soups that you just added water to. That ungrateful little schmuck.

Since then, I have of course come to my senses and learned to appreciate any food that someone cooks for me. Even tangy and stringy rhubarb soup. But since I don’t want to risk being remembered for a stringy soup, we give you a smooth one instead. It’s approved by eight year old David. And his children.

We made this video for our youtube channel to show how easy it is.

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We like this soup because it’s so simple and fresh and comes together in just over 10 minutes. Just a handful ingredients that you simmer, blend, (chill, if you like) and eat. It has a fruity and tangy flavour and a nice fresh punch from fresh ginger. It’s ideal as a weekday dessert, weekend breakfast or on a brunch table.

The soup begs to be topped with something creamy. We used greek yogurt, but mascarpone, whipped cream, ice cream or any dairy free option would also work. All to your preference.

I’m a licorice fan and was surprised by how well it matched the flavors when sprinkled on top of this soup. However if you don’t like licorice, cardamom or vanilla would also be great flavor additions. We also sprinkled some edible flower petals on top because it looked pretty but chopped pistachios will probably taste better and add some crunch 😉

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Rhubarb, Ginger & Strawberry Soup
Serves 8

Don’t focus too much on the exact amounts. You can use more or less rhubarb, strawberries, dates, water etc. It all depends on how sweet or tart the different fruit is, how large the dates are and how sweet flavor you want.
We usually add vanilla powder to this but it’s so expensive at the moment so we left it out. If you have some at home, add it together with the rhubarb in the sauce pan.

5 stalks rhubarb (1/2 kg / 1 lb / 2 cups chopped)
350 – 500 ml / 1 1/2-2 cups cold filtered water
1 big chunk fresh ginger

1 lime, zest
250 g / 1/2 lb strawberries
8-12 soft dates

To serve
Yogurt (or mascarpone, whipped cream or ice cream)

Licorice powder 
Edible flowers (or replaced with chopped nuts or seeds)

Trim the rhubarb and chop into 1 inch bits. Add to a wide sauce pan along with 1 cup filtered water and freshly grated ginger and lime zest. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer until the rhubarb is starting to dissolve, around 5-8 minutes.

Pour over into a blender. Add strawberries, dates and a little more water. Mix until smooth. Taste and add more dates, strawberries, lime juice or ginger, if needed. And more water if you like it thinner. Place in the fridge too cool or serve it warm. Top with a dollop yogurt and sprinkle with licorice powder and some dried edible flower petals.

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

Remember the turmeric-soaked turmeric noodles I used recently in this pad thai recipe? Well, these turmeric-soaked chickpeas build on that idea. I wanted to figure out a way to work turmeric into the chickpeas, and it was actually pretty straight-forward, thankfully. You can make them on the stovetop. You can make them in an Instant Pot – I tested both approaches. Pick whichever method you prefer!

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

I’ve been using these chickpeas in all sorts of preparations, and I thought I needed to isolate the recipe on its own, so I can point to the technique when I post a recipe that uses them. You can use them in a lot of recipes that call for chickpeas.

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

I’ve used these in hummus, in my favorite chana masala, and in meals like the one you see below. I’ll post that recipe next! Working on it now. All in all these chickpeas are a great way to easily integrate a bit more turmeric into your everyday eats.

Turmeric Soaked Chickpeas

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Vegan White Hot Chocolate

Vegan White Hot Chocolate

This is the recipe you want in your back pocket for chilly, gloomy days or when you’re craving a healthier, comforting pick-me-up. It’s made with 8 simple (wholesome) ingredients in just 10 minutes. Let’s do this!

The base starts with creamy coconut milk, either DIY or light store-bought. If you’re not into coconut, you could also sub just about any other dairy-free milk, like rice or almond!

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13 Vegetarian Beet Recipes


13 Vegetarian Beet Recipes

Whenever I hear people talk about spring produce, it’s usually centered around two items: asparagus and strawberries. I’m not saying that’s bad, it’s just there are so many other wonderful spring/early summer items that deserve a share of the spotlight. One of my favorites: beets.

They are irresistible at the farmers’ market. The different varieties with their beautiful greens! It’s easily three different meals in one bunch (thanks to the edible greens). Below are 13 of my favorite vegetarian beet recipes. There’s something for everyone. Unless you think beets taste like dirt. There’s probably nothing for you. (I’m looking at you, mom!)

 

Mains

Cracked Spelt Risotto with Roasted Beets | Vegetarian Beet Recipes

Beets tend to be tossed into salads (as evidence by the next section) but they shouldn’t be ruled out for the star of dinner. Beets make for beautiful pasta, either as a sauce or added to the dough. They also are perfect for adding to risottos and even stuffed in sandwiches. I love the color of the red beets but often pick up chioggia beets because they tend to stain less.

 

Salads

Roasted Beet Salad with Herbs and Greens | Vegetarian Beet Recipes

As mentioned above, the more obvious use for beets is in salads. Grill them or roasted them; either way they are great with greens. If you’re looking to roast beets, try roasting whole with the skin on. Let cool, peel, then dice for the salad. If the skin isn’t too thick, I’ll leave it on (it’s a personal preference!)

 

Snacks/Dessert

Pecan Roasted Beet Dip with Sage | Naturally Ella | Vegetarian Beet Recipes

This category has two of my favorite recipes: the beet dip and the beet cupcakes. Both are great conversation starters and both are delicious. I find the recipes in this category can sometimes turn even the most picky eater into a beet lover.

 

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Food, Flowers, and Photography – Traveling Around India

This is just a quick post to highlight some of the videos and photos I posted related to my recent India trip. Its for anyone who missed them as I was traveling, or anyone wanting to catch some glimpses of what traveling around India might be like! I posted a bunch to my Instagram account, and set up and India collection of video clips (which you can see on your phone) as well. This was the second time I’ve been to Delhi (and then Rajasthan), and it was as inspiring as the first. It was rickshaws and thali plates and rich, thick garlands of roses and marigolds. It was long dusty walks, faded floral fabrics, and market baskets filled with ladyfingers and bright green desert berries. The palaces! The forts! The traffic! It was deafening horns, and morning chanting, and gin and tonics, and getting sick, and then getting better. It was old trains, and desert blooms that blind you (literally), and kids in lots of denim with huge smiles, phones in hand for selfies.

To see the videos – if you’re looking at my Instagram profile on your phone, you should see the INDIA collection. Beyond that, you can click on the location tags and hashtags to see where I am, or get more info. It looks like this:

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I also posted a good number of photos, but they’ll get pushed down my feed over time. In the short term, look for them here:

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

Food, Flowers, and Photography - Traveling Around India

If you’re curious about how I ended up in Rajasthan for the second time in five years, here’s the story. Those of you who have been longtime readers know I like to take a class or workshop every year or so – whatever inspires me, or whatever I want to dive a little deeper into. Over the years I’ve done color photo printing classes, letterpress intensives, most of the G.I.A. labs – it all somehow weaves itself into my work at one point or another. I’d been looking for a serendipitous sign to pull me back to Rajasthan, and when I got an email from these two legends / superstars / favorite people, saying they were teaching a workshop in there. Exactly! I was in. This lady ended up being my roommate (leap of faith!), we had a blast, and are already scheming the next adventure. Maybe to the South next time?

I hope you enjoy the photos, there are so many more I haven’t had a change to process yet. I shot a lot of portraits on this trip, and might wrangle them into a collection of some sort. Long way of saying, more to come.

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Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies

Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies

A brownie and a cookie IN ONE. Yes, it’s possible! Dreams do come true. Let’s bake, friends!

These quick-and-easy 10-ingredient cookies are adapted from our Best Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

For dry ingredients, we went with cocoa powder, almond flour, coconut sugar, and sea salt. Walnuts and dark chocolate chips add the ultimate brownie factor, while chopped-up dates add more natural sweetness and a sticky, caramel-like surprise to bite into.

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Avocado Chickpea Salad

Avocado Chickpea Salad | Naturally Ella

Post sponsored by California Avocados. See below for more details.

The second the temperature gets above 60˚F, it’s hard to pull me back inside. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m sitting on my patio, soaking up a bit of afternoon sun. So it should come as no surprise that I start to also focus on recipes that go well in a picnic setting.

This avocado chickpea salad is a bit of an amalgamation between this egg salad recipe and this chickpea deli salad from Sprouted Kitchen. It’s meant to scooped up with a solid cracker or served on a perfect slice of bread.

Best of all, it uses mostly pantry ingredients (like my favorite chickpea) but is still fresh tasting with help from the herbs and the California Avocados. Also, I made a batch of these crackers (with sesame oil) which helped me use up a few seeds I’ve had stashed in the freezer!

Read more and see the recipe.

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Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus (with Variations)

I’ve been having quite a lot of fun playing around with different Instant Pot recipes over the past few months, but one recipe has emerged as a breakout. It’s the one that keeps my Instant Pot on my counter instead of under it. You ready? It’s the hummus from Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant. I find myself making it once or twice a week (no joke!). Because, who doesn’t need nearly effortless containers of hummus in their refrigerator all week?

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

The recipe yields a silky, smooth hummus, and once you nail the method, the variations you can do are endless. I love to take it in different directions, and the version you see photographed here is fortified with a couple generous handfuls of spinach. I’ll also including notes related to a few other favorite variations down below as well. Because, as much as I love classic, straight-forward hummus, I also like to make an herb version, a spinach hummus, there’s a beet version, and (pictured here) berbere spiced hummus – maybe my favorite version yet?!. It goes on and on.

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Melissa uses some interesting techniques here, and it results in a beautifully smooth, billowy hummus – without having to peel each individual chickpea! I think the biggest positive impact on the texture comes from making an ice watery paste with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, and then working in the chickpeas from there.

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Hummus Recipe

Hummus Variations:

Berbere Hummus (pictured above): The version pictured here is flared out with berbere, a spice blend typical to Ethiopia and Eritrea. I like the berbere recipe in Josef Centeno’s Baco cookbook. But if you don’t have it, google around for another version online. To make the berbere-accented hummus, add 1 tablespoon (or more to taste!) of berbere spice to the blender with the other ingredients. Also, sprinkle on top of the hummus, after drizzling with olive oil.

Beet Hummus: throw a small, peeled (yellow, orange, or red) beet or two into the pot long with the chickpeas, and proceed with recipe. Alternately, you can add the beet raw to the blender.

Herby Miso Hummus: Add a dollop of this wintery miso paste to the blender,

Turmeric-soaked Chickpeas with Yuzu and Black Pepper Hummus: I’ll post my technique for these chickpeas soon (working on it!), I season that hummus with a generous splash of yuzu juice, you can find alongside Japanese ingredients on occasion in well-stocked grocery stores. Also, lots of freshly ground black pepper.

If you don’t have an instant pot, you can still use these ideas, just start with cooked (canned will work) chickpeas. Also, for reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

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Spring Picnic Bread

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As picnic season finally is upon us, we are kicking it off with two new favorite things. One is a bike and the other is a bread. We have been dreaming of a Danish cargo bike for years and years, and last month we finally splurged on this one. It’s the perfect vehicle for us because we can fit all three kids in it, with seatbelts and all. It’s ideal to bring home heavy grocery bags with. And it’s environmentally friendly. All practicalities aside, it is also lots of fun to ride around with and we are roaming from playground to picnic spots without a hitch. We just pack a few blankets, a big smoothie, a rhubarb compote and this beauty of a bread.

We created this recipe for these kind of picnic situations. We wanted something spring-y and savory that would be more moist than a bread and not too heavy or complicated. It’s basically like a savory muffin that we bake in a sheet pan. It serves many, is easy to make, super moist and flavorful and you can make lots of variations on it.

Needless to say, this is also ideal for a brunch or or other weekend gatherings.

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Just like a foccacia, the bread is just a base and you can play with all the toppings. Here are a few suggestions:
• Swap some of the potatoes with grated carrots, parsnip or swede.
• A teaspoon of mustard in the batter would add some complexity to the flavor.
• Add lots of different fresh herbs to the batter.
• Olives or capers could be good on top. Spinach could also be used instead of asparagus.
• You can use a dairy free yogurt instead of buttermilk and leave out the feta cheese if you prefer it dairy free.
• We haven’t tried a vegan version but replacing the eggs with chia eggs (1 egg = 1 tablespoons chia seed + 3 tablespoons water) has worked for us on similar recipes.

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Asparagus & Potato Picnic Bread
Serves 12

Dry Ingredients
100 g / 1 cup oat flour (or the same amount rolled oats, blitzed into flour in a food processor)
100 g / 3/4 cup rice flour (or buckwheat flour or spelt flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt flakes

Wet Ingredients
3 free-range eggs
125 ml / 1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil, at room temperature

125 ml / 1/2 cup cultured buttermilk (or yogurt or plant-based yogurt)
1-2 spring onions
3-4 potatoes (2 cups / 250 g)
100 g feta cheese

Topping
3 raw asparagus

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp quality olive oil
2 tsp honey

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F bake mode, grease a 30 x 22 cm / 12 x 9 inch tray or line it with parchment paper.

Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until combined. Make a well in the centre and set aside while preparing the wet ingredients.

Whisk eggs in a separate bowl, then add buttermilk. Finely chop the onion. Peel the potatoes, grate them coarsely and add them to the wet mixture along with the onion. Crumble in half of the feta cheese. Give it a good stir and then pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the flours. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to combine the batter and then pour it onto the tray.

Use a peeler to shave the asparagus into thin ribbons and spread them out over the batter. Crumble the remaining feta cheese on top. Combine pumpkin seeds, oil and honey and sprinkle them on top as well.

Brush the asparagus with any remaining oil from the seeds. Bake for approx. 35-45 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly in the tin before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely. Store the cake at room temperature in an airtight container and it will keep for a few days.

Great to bring on a picnic and serve with a tangy rhubarb compote or chutney.

Enjoy!

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5-Minute Raw Banana Splits

5-Minute Raw Banana Splits

This recipe is inspired by a snack we recently shared on Instagram that you were apparently very into. And because we’ve had it many times since, we figured it was due time to share the details.

Let’s make (healthier) banana splits!

This 7-ingredient, 5-minute recipe is raw (when you use raw nut butter), insanely versatile, and super delicious.

It all starts with ripe bananas scored down the middle to prepare for all the delicious toppings.

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