‘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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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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Sassy Pepper and Lentil Soup! [Vegan MoFo #2]

Oh, BOY! Have I got something special for y’all today.

PEPPER SOUP

Kicking off Vegan MoFo day two in true style is this rather sassy red pepper & lentil soup.

As I’m still on liquids (gnarly teeth, don’t ask) I fancied rustling something up that was both absolutely scrumptious & suitable for my delicate requirements (#petal). And thus, this glorious soup was born. I had about 82 gorgeous red peppers in my fridge, so the main competent of the dish was decided & I was away. I didn’t go by any recipe, except for following the way my tastebuds guided me. I love a good ol’ bit of guessing and improvisation. For this dish, I used 3 red peppers, roughly 100 grams(ish) of red lentils, half a red onion, 1 large clove of garlic, vegetable stock & some rather sassy seasoning (I’ll explain later).

PEPPER SOUP

PEPPER SOUP

Whilst your lentils are simmering away (according to packet instructions), you’ll want to gently fry your onion (I recommend red – whack in as much as you like!), garlic & yo’ peppers until soft. I also threw in some spring onion at the last minute just because I felt like it. Once everything is nicely sizzling away, cover with some scrumptious vegetable stock. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to make the stock from scratch – and my packet version worked just fine! Finally, blend and season before serving up this wonderful dish! For seasoning, I used a generous helping of cayenne pepper, a dash of tabasco & a good splash of soy sauce for a salty kick! Throw on a wee bit of coriander and you’re done. Enjoy!

PEPPER SOUP

PEPPER SOUP

PEPPER SOUP

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