‘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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Butternut Squash Masala & Kale Chips!

BUTTERNUT KALE

Why hello, you decadent creatures. I’m back with an absolute banger of a post with my utterly glorious butternut squash masala and sa$$y soy-infused kale chips. For this fabulous supper treat, I was fortunate enough to be blessed with some outrageously organic kale from an allotment in Cork & one very battered butternut squash from a market stall in Dublin. For this dish you will also need chickpeas, spinach, onions, garlic, chopped or tinned tomatoes, and aubergine (aka eggplant). For da kale marinade and masala sauce, y’all will need some cayenne pepper, paprika, soy sauce, rapeseed oil, Himalayan rock salt, mixed peppercorns & sunflower seeds.

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

For the Kale Chips:

Break off yo’ kale pieces from the stems and place on a baking tray. For the marinade, I prepared a soy-infused rapeseed oil mix, whilst going to town on some wonderful sunflower seeds in my decadent pestle & mortar. Lovingly spread your mixture over the kale and give it a good shuffle around, before adding a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for 10ish minutes at around 200 degrees until your chips are fantastically crispy.

For the Butternut Squash Masala:

Roast your glorious squash in the oven for about half an hour until it becomes unashamedly soft, and slice into pieces for l8r. Meanwhile, gently fry one red onion (other onionz are available, y’all) until soft, throw in some garlic & chickpeas, before covering in chopped tomatoes and adding some fresh baby spinach. Season to your taste – I love throwing in lots of cayenne pepper, paprika and the odd pinch of turmeric. Serve up your dish of sa$$ and enjoy!

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

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p.s. Special thanks to Penny for her glorious kale & marvellous outlook on all things raw. What a splendid treat.

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VEGAN BONANAZA! [Vegan MoFo #3]

Hello, you glorious things.

VEGAN BONANZA

For my third consecutive day blogging in this wonderful Month Of Vegan Food (do I get a Nobel prize yet?), I scoured my fridge for some lovely veggies that needed using up & trawled my cupboards for some complimentary bits and bobs. I was left with a wonderful mix of chestnut mushrooms, vibrant bell peppers, tomatoes, flat leaf parsley, onions, garlic, chickpeas, butter beans & risotto rice. I somehow managed to come up with a cheeky veggie feast of three separate dishes, which made for a rather decadent vegan bonanza (if I do say so myself, if I do say so myself).

1. Spicy roasted chickpeas with rosemary / 2. Butter bean bake / 3. Mushroom risotto

VEGAN BONANZA

For the spicy baked chickpeas, I used the AMAZING recipe from ‘aquietvegan’ which y’all can see here! It’s definitely worth investing in the slightly laborious process of removing their skins – to give them that crispy edge. I coated mine in a little oil, lots of turmeric, cayenne pepper, a sprinkle of rosemary & a little salt. I didn’t have any sumac, but I finely chopped some red jalapeño and thew it in. Spread yo’ chickpeas out on some baking parchment & bake for 40 mins. These would also make for a lovely snack!

VEGAN BONANZA

VEGAN BONANZA

As for the risotto, I cooked about 400g according to packet instructions & with a little help from this recipe from ‘foodaddicted1’ – her snaps are INSANE & her tip about gradually adding stock (I used veggie stock) bit by bit = a life saver. To season the rice, I fried onion, garlic & chestnut mushrooms & added lots of pepper to give those mushrooms a kick. At the last minute, I also decided to throw in some vegan green pesto which made for a delicious twist.

VEGAN BONANZA

Finally, I started work on a rather cheeky butter bean bake. For this, I fried onion, garlic & peppers,before covering in a tin of chopped tomatoes. I then added black olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes & topped with some glorious yellow cherry tomatoes & flat-leaf parsley. Bake in the oven for just under and hour and you’re done. For another gr8 butter bean recipe, see this one from ‘the intrepid chef’ Perfect.

VEGAN BONANZA

VEGAN BONANZA

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Leftovers Hullabaloo!

Hello mates.

If y’all were blessed enough to catch my Spicy Aubergine Fries post, then you’ll know that I was left with an absolute heap of leftover slices of aubergine (aka eggplant). As per usual, my fridge was stacked up to the brim with courgettes, tomatoes and whole host other other fresh veggies. And so, I proudly present my impromptu ‘leftover hullabaloo’.

LEFTOVERS

This dish is all about improvisation & having a good ol’ go at throwing in just about everything you can get your mitts on. I began by frying a large, finely chopped onion with a clove of garlic & adding my slices of eggplant + chunky slices of courgettes to the mix. I also gently fried some yellow pepper to give the dish some colour, before adding some absolute gorgeous fire roasted red peppers & a good handful of vine-ripened tomatoes. I coated my dish in lashings of cabernet sauvignon and seasoned with salt, mixed herbs & a sprinkling of cayenne pepper. This dish can be enjoyed solo, or complimented with a rather decadent crusty roll or simple portion of rice. And if that wasn’t good enough, this dish is 100% vegan and also wheat + gluten free. Perfect.

LEFTOVERS

If you like the look of my leftovers, then you’ll definitely want to check out my Moroccan Ratatouille + Tian Provençal!

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