‘Tis the season to be squashy!

Okay, dad jokes aside, I’ve got a serious thang for butternut squash at the moment. And my addiction is here to stay.

SQUASH SEASON!

‘Twas the Monday before Christmas, and GoodFoodMarsh was searching her cupboards high and low for something appropriately decadent (you know how it is) & entirely glorious to whip up in two shakes of a lamb’s tale. Or..er, two shakes of a quinoa’s tutu? Well, y’all know what I mean. I managed to find one utterly sublime butternut squash (literally the size of a bottle of prosecco, can I get an AMEN?!), some green beans just about in date (livin’ life pon de edge), a handful of glorious plum tomatoes that were getting very lonely at the back of my fridge, and a life-saving sack of sweet, sweet potatoes. #myfavouritefallvegetable

And thus, a feast was born. Before I knew it, the butternut squash was roasting away (before it met its fate in the soup), as were the sweet potato wedges, and the beans were steamin’ up on point. Everything was just about coming together. It was like that scene in Disney’s Snow White where she’s making da pie, and all the woodland creatures are helping her execute the most exquisite feast. Just like dat, but with less institutionalised racism and a slightly more accessible standards of beauty. I mean for starters, my waist isn’t the size of a chickpea, sorry not sorry. The rumours are true, I’m just another vegan killjoy here to ruin your day – and your childhood. But alas, with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, a dash of soy sauce, and a liberal dusting of my favourite kosher salt, the supper was complete. A Christmas hotchpotch of sorts, but a banquet nonetheless. [Recipe below].

SQUASH SEASON!

SQUASH SEASON!

Butternut Squash soup recipe [serves 5]:

– 2/3 butternut squash (mine was giant as y’all can see, but you will need more if they’re babie$)

– cayenne pepper/soy sauce (gr8 addition)/kosher salt for seasoning

– 1/2 tin of coconut milk

– 1 vegetable stock cube with about 300ml of water to thin the soup

– roughly 300ml of unsweetened almond milk (depending on how you like the consistency of the soup)

– handful of shallots or onions of your choice

– one clove of garlic

Directions:

– Drizzle your sliced squash in oil on a baking tray + add a lil’ salt an pepper before putting in the oven for about 40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius

– Meanwhile, fry some shallots or onions in a pan until they begin to sweat & continue frying on a low heat until soft. Crush one clove of garlic and add to the mix.

– Once your squash is lovely and soft, scoop out the insides and mash into a pulp with the onions and begin to add coconut milk. Add almond milk + vegetable sock until mixture forms into a soup-like consistency. I also blend mine with one of those fantastic whizzing contraptions.

– Season to your taste. I’m notorious for adding cayenne pepper, though little by little! And lots of soy sauce to balance out the sweetness of the squash! And a sprinkling of kosher salt & black peppercorns at the end.

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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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how to fall in love with carbs again

hello world. want to know how to make a tasty pasta dish? ALRIGHT THEN.

Step 1 ~ get your portion size right.

I learnt this little method from a true Italian. Unless you’re running a marathon this portion is enough to fill anyone right up. take a cup or mug and fill with pasta of your choice. I adore fusili, so here’s my mug crammed full of the stuff. You know the drill, fill a pan with boiling water and add the pasta, let it simmer away until soft.

Step 2 ~ select your ingredients

Plenty of colourful fresh veg chaps. I love mushrooms, I’ve finely chopped mine so that they blend in well with my green beens, crunchy red pepper, and some wonderfully yellow baby corn. It’s all about experimenting with flavour + texture, so go with what you love – but don’t be afraid to try something new! Add these vegetables to a pan with a little olive oil – be careful not to drown them in oil, you don’t need to deep-fat fry them. I also added some veggie sausages to the mix.

Step 3 ~ drain, mix + serve

Drain your pasta and add the rest of your ingredients. Your dish is now complete!

You’ve now got a fabulous pasta dish. Healthy, tasty and certainly more substantial than a salad. Being healthy isn’t as hard as you thought!

enjoy!

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