Diwali Decadence!

“This Diwali, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your troubles be as small as his mouse.” – Manish Gupta.

DIWALI DECADENCE

Diwali, aka the ‘festival of lights’, is the most glorious of autumnal festivals. According to Wikipedia (only the best sources for my readers, ya feel me?), the ancient Hindu festival “spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair”. You’d have to be a lil’ maddo to have qualms with that. In true GoodFoodMarsh fashion, this feast was born out a good ol’ rustle around my cupboards for something that could do such a sublime occasion justice. It’s a good thing I have industrial quantities of chickpeas and fabulous Irish spinach at my beckon call. OH, and oodles of kale. Never forget about the kale. And of course, an impromptu supper party wouldn’t be complete without some absolutely terrific company, so I was fortunate enough to be joined by the crème de la crème of Dublin society. In the interests of their privacy (too famous 4 u, Glen Coco), we’ll call them Salome Spice and Octavian.

Kale chips ya knoooooow!

Kale chips ya knoooooow!

For nibblez whilst we were gossipin’, I rustled up some kale chips. These cheatin’ chips are outrageous easy to make and obscenely cheap. My marinade was a simple combination of some indulgent soy sauce, rapeseed oil, and some crushed up sunflower seeds. I bake these fairly high (around 200 degrees-ish) for ten minutes or so, until they’re delightfully crispy. As for the main dishes, I made two separate creations. One chickpea, spinach and mushroom curry & a sassy butter bean and pepper masala. For these dishes you will need the aforementioned ingredients, some garlic, several lovely red (or pink!) onions, coconut milk (the creamier the better), and an array of your favourite spices. I love using cayenne pepper, turmeric, paprika and cumin. With my back turned for a just a second, Salome Spice (living up to her name in more ways than one) also  added some cinnamon and nutmeg and my GOODNE$$ it was great. Serve with brown rice or a grain of your choice, and enjoy with a cheeky bottle of something sassy, if you’re as decadent as us.

Feastin'!

Feastin’!

Post-Diwali food slump...

Post-Diwali food slump…

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Vegan Adventures: The Happy Pear!

Hello, you glorious bunch.

THE HAPPY PEAR

I had the absolute delight of escaping the hustle & bustle of Dublin city centre for the delightful idyll of Greystones, County Wicklow. For those of you planning a visit to the Emerald Isle in the near future, you simply cannot miss a trip to this wonderful coastal pocket. And, more importantly, y’all absolutely have to visit The (utterly glorious) Happy Pear. This charmingly named establishment features scrumptious market and entirely wholesome & outrageously delicious kitchen. Self described as a ‘natural food market with soul’, The Happy Pear is one of those gems that you comes across once in a blue moon* (*other clichés are available). Although I only intended to pause at The Happy Pear for a cheeky coffee, I ended up basking in the magnificent sunlight for several hours, with one too many trips to that illustrious kitchen of theirs. Foodies of the World, take this as your warning – it starts with an innocent almond-milk latte and then, before you know it, you’ve relocated to Greystones to feed your Happy Pear addiction.

A rather decadent almond milk latte ft. soup & a mountain of chickpeas!

A rather decadent almond milk latte ft. soup & a mountain of chickpeas!

First things first (I’m the realest), I must have looked like the Cheshire cat upon noticing that their café featured not one, but FOUR different types of non-dairy milk alternatives. How jammy is that? I was utterly thrilled at the thought of my morning coffee getting friendly with some sassy almond milk. I also enjoyed a raw walnut bar, but I’m afraid I’d wolfed it down before I could take a snap. You’ll just have to visit for yo’self to see, or rather sample, what I’m talkin’ bout. After catching a glimpse of their salad counter, I just had to indulge – and my plate was the small option! I think measly portions might just be blacklisted at The Happy Pear.

THE HAPPY PEAR

Salad HEAVEN pt. II

Salad HEAVEN

Since The Happy Pear is also a fabulous natural food market, I obviously had to have a little explore. Their fresh produce gleamed in the sun outside, whilst their market inside featured fresh juices, organic veggies, homemade vegan pesto, just about every seed you could ever need & much, much more. I came home with a selection of goodies,  the highlight of which were some fantastic Irish grapes, which had all but one (lucky me!) sold out!

Fanciest tomatoes in all of Wicklow!

Fanciest tomatoes in all of Wicklow!

SO many fresh goodies!

SO many fresh goodies!

Glorious grapes galore!

Glorious grapes galore!

My fabulous goodies

My fabulous goodies

And as if that wasn’t enough for y’all, The Happy Pear also features a rather sassy system of providing fantastic Wicklow mountain water for it’s customers. In addition to this, I was also warmed by their policy of ‘suspended coffees’ – of which there was a grand total of 39 on offer. Suspended coffees are an anonymous act of charity, stemming from an Italian tradition of buying a pending coffee for whomever may need one. All in all, The Happy Pear was an absolute delight to visit and without a doubt, I’ll be returning in the very near future. Enjoy!

GLORIOUS AD INFINTUM!

GLORIOUSNESS AD INFINTUM!

Glorious Greystones

Glorious Greystones

TREAT YO’ SELF.

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Butternut Squash Curry!

Hello darlings.

BUTTERNUT CURRY

Alright y’all, I know it’s been a while and for that I’m very sorry, but of course I needed to come back with a bang – and here it is. I proudly present my wonderfully sassy ‘butternut squash curry’. This recipe was born out of yet another good ol’ fridge clear-out & the fact that I now live minutes away from a very authentic Asian supermarket (be still, my beating heart). I never go by exact measurements, just by grabbing a handful of this & a sprinkle of that. For this dish I used a couple of gorgeous red onions, one clove of da freshest garlic, some wilting chestnut mushrooms (sorry, pals), a couple of glorious sweet red peppers, one lonely courgette, a handful of vine-ripened tomatoes, some coconut milk & the all important butternut squash. As for spices, I used a whole heap of cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, and my bae, PAPRIKA!

BUTTERNUT CURRY

Beautiful curry preparation!

I managed to pick up this beastly butternut squash for 59 cent and I’ve never been prouder to have bagged such a bargain. I halved this fantastic thing, drizzled it in oodles of rapeseed oil & sprinkled with pepper & some pink Himalayan rock salt. Whilst this autumnal beauty is roasting in the oven (about 30 minutes to get it cooked to perfection), you’ll want to simmer your onions & garlic before adding all your juicy veggies. Once everything is suitably sizzling away, whack in your squash & pour a good ol’ dose of coconut milk all over. As for spices, I absolutely adore cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika & turmeric. If you’re playing it safe, any standard ‘mixed curry powder’ will do, or for those feeling a little more adventurous, get freaky with some fresh chillies. I sprinkled a lil’ pink Himalayan salt over my brown rice & threw some pumpkin seeds on top to serve. Happy cooking!

BUTTERNUT CURRY

BUTTERNUT CURRY

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BUTTERNUT CURRY

BUTTERNUT CURRY

BUTTERNUT CURRY

DELISH!

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Feijoada Revisited! [Vegan MoFo #5]

Are ye alreet?

  FEIJOADA

If any of y’all saw my first attempt at Feijoada, you’ll know about my struggle in finding some juicy black beans for a dish named after the bloody thing itself (this is the problem with being a country mouse). So, after a little health store binge, I felt a little bit like Jack (of beanstalk fame) upon discovering some organic black turtle beans hidden on a shelf. I’ll admit, this dish takes quite a lot of time investment – but it’s always worth it in the end! You’ll need to soak your beans for at least 6 hours before cooking & then you’ll need to boil/simmer them for a following two hours! Whilst my beanz were softenin’ up nicely, I fried onion, garlic and some sweet red peppers – before throwing everything in together. I added salt, pepper, cayenne pepper & vegetable stock & tinned tomatoes, before throwing a rather cheeky chilli on top and cooking for a further hour. At the last minute, I added black olives and a few sassy sun-dried tomatoes! You can enjoy this dish solo, or as a filling with tortilla wraps. Lemme know if you give it a go!

FEIJOADA

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FEIJOADA

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