Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Simple Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Warm Tomato Sauce

Zucchini noodles or Zoodles are so much fun to make. I held off getting a vegetable spiraliser for so long and was just using my mandolin which did the job fine (you don't really need any fancy equipment) but I decided to try one out and was so happy when I did get my spiraliser! I now use it for all sorts of root vegetables like carrots, beetroot & zucchini. You can use the curly colourful veggie noodles in salads, soups, as a pasta substitute. The kids also really enjoy getting involved and making their own curly veggie noodles.

I have another zoodle and veggie noodle salad recipe here with different dressing options that you might like to try including a lemon tahini dressing and creamy pesto dressing. For this recipe I just made a warm basic tomato sauce, using simple flavours like garlic, basil and fresh ripe tomatoes, it is really refreshing and simple to make. I often have the sauce stored in the fridge and reheated when needed, the zoodles take next to no time to make.

Simple Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Tomato Sauce
Simple Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Tomato Sauce

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric are 3 pretty awesome herbs. They each have incredible healing and beneficial properties and are used together often in Asian recipes. We always had a few bushes of lemongrass and ginger growing at home (you can learn how to grow you own ginger here). Making a tea from any one of these herbs on it's own or together is easy - chop, add water, simmer and enjoy. This Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black pepper tea is something I have on the stove most days. It's a super drink with so many benefits.

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea
Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

I recently had a go at fermenting almost all the veggies I had left in my fridge before going away for a holiday. This was the first time I tried fermenting green beans and they turned out so well, I also fermented some carrot & celery which I always seem to have in the fridge, you can check out the recipe here

It is quite a simple process since you don't need to massage them to bring out any juices like you do with cabbage. All you need to do is create a brine and cover them completely in a jar. It's that simple!


Lacto-Fermented Green Beans
Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Lacto-Fermented Carrot and Celery

Does anyone else end up buying a whole bunch of celery (because it works out much cheaper than buying half), using a few stalks and have the rest wilting in the fridge? This happens to me a lot! I tend to forget the remainder in the bottom of the fridge until its clean out time. I now have the perfect thing to do with the remainder of my celery!

Fermenting the celery still maintains it's crunch, and the sourness just adds so much more flavour to it. My old high school friend Michelle mentioned to me how her mum used to make fermented (pickled) carrot and celery at home. I thought I would try it out since they are 2 vegetables I seem to always have on hand and I was going away last week so I had to clear out the fridge. I came back home to a yummy surprise!


Lacto-Fermented Carrot and Celery
Lacto-Fermented Carrot and Celery