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Orecchiette cime di rapa

This is my version of pasta with Cime di Rapa. Cime di Rapa is an exquisite vegetable with a strong and slightly bitter taste. It's popular mostly in southern Europe and nearly unknown north of the alps. In Zurich you can find it throughout the winter season in smaller shops or on the market, very rarely in supermarkets.

This is a cheap and simple vegan/vegetarian pasta dish that's quickly prepared and tastes great.

You need:

Wash the Cime and chop it. We use the whole plant. Chop the parsley, garlic and onions. Setup the water for the pasta.

In a large pan, heat some olive oil and fry parsley, garlic and onions. I use enough oil so that they are actually fried and not roasted. So the onions do not get brown.

Add the chopped Cime di Rapa and after a minute add some water and/or red wine. Cover with a lid. The Cime should now cook in steam, it should not be roasted.

When the Cime gets soft, add the tomatos, purée and a tea spoon of sambal. Add a bit of water when the sauce gets too thick. Salt to taste. By this time the water should be boiling and you can put in the pasta and salt. When the pasta is ready, so is the sauce. Serve hot.

posted on 2012-02-18 20:08 CET in Food | 0 comments | permalink

Kaki jam

Winter is closing in. That's the time when the kaki ripen. So today I made delicious jam from kaki and apple.

I used This will give about 3 kg of jam. So make sure to have enough jars ready. Soak them in hot water and sterilize them with some cheap alcohol.

Carefully peel the kaki. They have a very thin but hard peel. This is going to be messy as the fruit easily turn into sludge while being peeled. You'll like it, trust me :-) Collect the peeled fruit in a large pot.

Peel also the apple and cube it. Pre-cook the apple in a sip of water in a small pot until soft.

In the large pot, mash the kaki. Then add the cooked apples. Add a small piece of real vanilla to taste. Cook a the mixture for 10 minutes while stirring constantly.

Blend the mixture into a smooth mash.

Now add the sugar and gellant. Stir gently and cook for another 5 minutes. Then fill into the prepared jars. After closing the lids turn the jars over and let them cool off.

Time to enjoy the remaining hot jam in the pot with your fingers!

posted on 2011-10-30 17:48 CET in Food | 0 comments | permalink

Stuffed pepperoni with quinoa

It's as simple as it sounds, delicious and vegan. If you don't know quinoa, it's cooked like rice. Unlike rice however it's complete in amino acids.

Use your favourite vegetable for the filling. We used zucchini and soy cream. The red sauce is basically just passata with salt.

posted on 2010-06-14 21:38 CEST in Food | 0 comments | permalink

The protein myth

Meat is high quality protein1. Meat gives you all the protein your body needs.

1see bottom for definition

These are the words you have most likely heard. And they are true. They are one of the top facts used by the meat industry to trick you into believing that you need to eat meat. And that is not true. You don't need meat - at all. You can even get rid of all animal products in your diet. With no adverse effects - rather the opposite.

What few people realize:

It's near to impossible to suffer from a lack of protein
Unless you live in a region where famine is a common problem. It's extremely hard to create a diet with enough calories that would lead to protein deficiency.

Also a vegan diet delivers all essential amino acids.
Because vegans don't eat only a single vegetable. The 8 essential amino acids are abundant in the following plants: And we haven't even listed soy products here. Soy contains all essential amino acids anyway. All this means that it's important for vegeterians and vegan to have a wide diet. A "junk food veg" is very likely to develop deficiency symptoms. A combination of seeds, nuts and cereals is a good source for your protein. And of course eat lots of vegetable every day anyway.

What is "high quality" protein?
The building blocks of all proteins are amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids. All but eight of them can be made by your body by chemical reactions. The other eight you have to eat and ingest. They can not be made by your body. They are thus called "essential amino acids", because it is essential to eat them.

Protein (or a combination of proteins) that contains all the essential amino acids (and any number of nonessential ones) is called "high quality". Animals and the human body store essential compounds in generous quantities in order to compensate any temporary shortage. Thus meat contains a lot of high quality protein.

posted on 2010-05-10 21:20 CEST in Food | 0 comments | permalink

Going veg

I have gone vegetarian since the beginning of the year. I have stopped drinking milk. Although I am not avoiding milk altogether: I still consume milk as an ingredient (like butter in cookies), eat yogurt and cheese. I have stopped eating egs. Although I am not avoiding eggs strictly: I still eat cake, pasta that contains eggs, but not an omelett.

Why? Several reasons: Since I have moved in together with Annika (who is a vegan vegetarian), my cooking has become almost completely vegan these days. Mostly out of practical reasons and respect. But it's also a very interesting experience. And I haven't missed a thing, I must say. Our meals have always been delicious.

So what do I actually eat? This is what this new catgory in this blog is going to be about. Random facts surrounding a vegetarian/vegan diet. Random recipies or notes of what I eat. Random experiences I make while becoming a vegetarian.

posted on 2010-05-10 20:45 CEST in Food | 1 comments | permalink
FWIW, I gave up meat in 1993/4, and actually grew rapidly quite a lot fatter.

I don't expect you need me to tell you this, but try to avoid the grim and tasteless dishes which are just veggie versions of meat dishes. Meat-eaters sometimes lack the imagination (or confidence) to offer anything else, and may need educating. I deal with that by example: my friends, including meat-eaters, know me as a good cook, and take pleasure in proud and honest veggie food.

- niq


Amazing what you can do with flour and water when you're bored on a Sunday night.

posted on 2008-09-21 22:25 CEST in Food | 4 comments | permalink
Hihi wo hast Du den das gelernt?
GuK ma
Sowas bring ich mir selbst bei :-)
Bravo! Bravo! :-)
I came here just to read more about stacks and java's thread and I got more reasons to be a vegan! Thanks. I will try my best. Greetings from Brazil.
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