10 „Scary” recipes I managed to do

We all have our limits in the kitchen and we try every day to go beyond them. My first recipes, really scary recipes, are now done and the list is new.  Maybe for some of you were easy, but for me, were a fight which I manage to win after a test or two.

  1. Meringue / Pavlova

After reading about it on the internet, I got so scared that I postponed for a few months making this recipe, even I was dying to eat some meringues. The first time I did, I manage to make them perfect. Even with my old rusty oven, I found that if you leave the oven door cracked for the entire time, you will get your job done.

Meringues meringues

Next step was to make Pavlova. The first one I wanted without sugar or just a tablespoon of sugar and it was a big mistake. Great taste, but no shape. Lesson learned: meringue/ Pavlova need sugar to have the beautiful crust.

Chocolate Pavlova chocolate pavlova

  1.  Crème Brule

Keep in mind that I started cooking, really cooking, just a few years ago, and I was so scared to try complicated recipes. So crème Brule, a French dessert, which I managed to do it after one try.

Crème Brule with raspberries  GAB_0494_res

  1. Bread

Making homemade bread is an art. My mom used to make it without the bread machine. I am a modern cook and a scared one so I bought a bread machine. It helps me a lot, but the bread my mom used to make tasted so good.

Bread with chia and flax seeds   GAB21_m_res

  1. Plum crumble

The first time I did a crumple I wanted to have the texture I really like in a crumble, the combination between the soft plums and the crispy crumble.

Plum crumble  plum crumble

  1. Cooking pumpkin

When I decided to bake a pumpkin, I choose a recipe which felt so good just looking at the photos. I remember reading the ingredients and seeing in my mind the pumpkin in my oven.

This recipe is one of my best recipes and the one that I make when I want to eat pumpkin.

Baked pumpkin with porcini mushrooms and bacon  pumpkin

  1. Goulash

When you love goulash and you don’t have a place to eat a great goulash next to your home, you have only one option: make it yourself. Yummy!

Goulash  goulash

  1. Lobster

That was a great recipe. I poured my soul in that recipe and it went great. The second time, changed the recipe, and it got the same taste but a little to liquid. Lesson learned: If a recipe is great don’t change anything.

Lobster bisque  lobster soup

  1. Sweet cream soups

I discovered that I don’t like sweet meals. I love desserts, but not sweet soups or stews. So I add ginger or garlic or chili.

Sweet hot and spicy soup  soup

  1. Vegetarian chili

After you have a real traditional chili con carne is difficult to find a recipe for a vegetarian chili which will taste as great as the one with meat.

Vegetarian chili  vegetarian chili

  1. Cake with whole pears and whole pears in pastry

After I saw this recipe, I couldn’t stop thinking how beautiful it looked and how much I wanted to take photos of this cake. The only fear was that the pear will not be whole after baking.

Cake with pears and Pears baked in pastry  cake with pears

pear baked in pastry

I already made my next “scary” list:

  1. Macaroons
  2. Beef bourguignon
  3. Lamb
  4. Coq au vin (Chicken in wine sauce )
  5. Sushi
  6. Croquembouche (Caramel-glazed cream puffs)
  7. Tacos
  8. Enchiladas
  9. Escargots a la Bourguignonne (Snails in garlic-herb butter)
  10. Ratatouille

Any advice? I need a lot of courage to start any of them. I don’t feel that I am ready, yet.

Raw chocolate truflles

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Raw chocolate truffles

Valentine’s Day is coming soon. So, I made this to surprise my husband. Easy and healthy, made with different nuts and seeds, would go great as a homemade present for a loved one. Even the boys can do it.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts left in water overnight (keep the water)
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts left in the water overnight
  • 8 dates
  • 3-4 tablespoons almond milk or water from the walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds left in water overnight
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flakesGAB_5843_res_mix

Raw chocolate truffles

Directions:

Put everything in the blender except the coconut flakes. Mix it well.

Start making small balls using an ice cream scoop. Roll each candy into coconut flake. Keep it in the fridge all the time.  Enjoy!

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Raw chocolate truffles

Sweet potato soup with ginger

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sweet potato soup

After January with raw recipes I will start this month with something light and so good for a February afternoon. A cream soup for all the vegans, vegetarians or the meat lovers. I grew up with bors/ciorba which are traditional sour soups.

Borș is a liquid ingredient used in my country (Romania) to make traditional sour soup called also borș or ciorba.

This ingredient consists of wheat or barley bran, sometimes sugar beet, fermented in water – a slightly yellowish, sour liquid, which can also be drunk as such. The word has thus two different, if related meanings.

Romanian “borș” soup recipes can include various kinds of vegetables and any kind of meat, including fish.  One ingredient required in all recipes by Romanian tradition is lovage leaves, which has a characteristic flavor and improves significantly the soup’s aroma.

So starting from a bors recipe, I made a cream soup and used ginger to improve the aroma.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato chopped
  • 3 stems celery chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 leek chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups vegetables stock
  • 3 garlic gloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

Sauté the onions with the cooking fat in a large sauce pan over a medium heat for few minutes. Stir frequently to prevent the onions from burning. Add the garlic, celery, carrot and leek to the pan and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes to allow everything to soften.

Add the stock, the nutmeg,ginger and the sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and than allow to simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.

Remove the soup from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Puree the soup in a blender. Serve it with cheese or bread. Enjoy!

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Sweet potato soup

Raw vegan Snickers cake

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Raw vegan Snickers cake

I will end this raw vegan month with my favorite recipe. I love Snickers bars, but going without sugar means no more bars, so, I needed to find a healthy recipe. So here it is: very healthy, very easy to do and full with energy. My son said to me the other day, after eating this cake: Mom, make this cake again, it is so good.

Ingredients:

For the peanuts layer:

  • 1/2 cup oat flakes
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup almonds (left in water overnight)

For the caramel layer:

  • 1 cup dates (left in water overnight)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil

For the chocolate layer

  • 1/2 cup dates (left in water overnight)
  • 3/4 cup carob powder
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

Directions:

Peanuts layer: Put everything in a blender and mix it. Prepare a cake form with parchment paper and put the mix.

Caramel layer: Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix it. You need to get a mix a little bit hard. Use water if needed. Add the mix on top the peanuts layer and put it in the fridge or freezer.

Chocolate layer: Mix all the ingredients together. Put it on the other layers and put it again in the fridge or freezer.

You can decorate with fresh or frozen fruits. I decorated with wild strawberries and for this photography I used two small cakes on top of each other. Enjoy!

 

Green vegan juice

green vegetable juice

I can’t have a raw vegan month without a vegetable juice. I have one every morning and it gives me energy for the day. Easy, simple and healthy. I give it to my little boy in his raw vegan chocolate mousse.

Ingredients:

  • 1 hand of spinach
  • 3 red radishes
  • 1 white radish
  • 1 hand parsley
  • 1 lemon without peel
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

Directions:

Put everything in the blender. Mix it well and drink it during the day. Full of vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

Green vegetable juice

 

Dessert raw vegan

dessert raw vegan

I love the different types of raw desserts. You have everyday a different dessert and a really healthy one.

Ingredients:

  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 cup cashew nuts left in the water overnight
  • 4 dates
  • 2-3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 mandarin

Directions:

Put everything in the blender except the mandarin. Prepare champagne glasses or any other glasses you like. Add 3 spoons of the mix, 2 slices of mandarin, 3 spoons of the mix and 2 slices of mandarin. Decorate with raw chocolate and mandarin. Put in the fridge for 3 hours. Enjoy!

If you think you have to much lemon juice you can add just half of the juice.

 

Avocado dip with hemp seeds

avocado dip with hemp seeds

I am adding avocado to my everyday meals. Avocado is high in healthy fat and is very nutritious. Also, contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Put the avocado and the hemp seeds in a blender. Mix together with lemon juice and add salt and pepper. You can eat it with red peppers, radishes, and celery. Enjoy!

avocado dip with hemp seeds