11 November 2017

Tomato cheatballs


Finally it's the weekend! I hope you have some good plans for it. The sun is shining here, and we are going to take the waterbus to a close by shopping centre, and on the way back, we'll probably fly by the street food market. I hope that I can take some nice autumn shots on my camera while we are out, and maybe even some good food photos. The waterbus is a brilliant means of public transport. It's exciting to take the water route in town and get some fresh air on the deck at the same time. It makes a normal shopping trip feel like holiday. I think that there is a bit of an autumn breeze in the air today, so better wear enough clothing.

Last weekend I made these tomato cheatballs with pasta and tomato sauce. They are called cheatballs of course, because there is no meat in them. It was a very nice dish and a good combination. I used the Finnish protein product “Pulled Oats” in this recipe, but you could substitute it with for example seitan or some soya protein. Whatever you can get hold of. My pulled oats were the ones spiced with tomato, and I made the balls a little bit spicy with chilli.


Ingredients

Cheatballs

This recipe makes about 16 small cheatballs

240 g Pulled Oats Tomato
1 onion
1 clove black garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow carrot grated
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp vegetable stock powder
2 tbsp tomato purée
2 tbsp breadcrumbs

Tomato sauce

1 tin of tomatoes
1 onion
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
Handful of fresh basil

Pasta

250g tagliolini, or any other pasta of your choice

Toppings

Grated cheese
Fresh basil leaves

Method

Start simmering the sauce first and then you can prepare the cheatballs in the meanwhile. Chop the onion and garlic finely for the sauce, cook them in olive oil until soft. Then add the tomatoes and seasoning and let reduce.

Chop the onion and garlic also finely for the cheatballs and cook them in olive oil until soft. Grate the carrot and mix all ingredients with the protein.

Shape small balls from the dough and bake them at 200 C for about 20 minutes.

Cook the pasta, and serve it with the cheatballs and tomato sauce. Add some grated cheese and fresh basil on the top.

Enjoy!



Your VegHog

9 November 2017

Cheese and onion pie


We've had a couple of chilly days here in Copenhagen this week. It hasn't been raining, so I'm quite happy with the dry yet chilly weather. The ground was frosty one morning, and that gave me a nice boost while walking to the train station at 7 am. I have about 15 minutes' walk to my train station with a lovely lake scenery and loads of sea birds, and that walk always wakes me up. Then a 30 minute train ride to work follows, which I spend by reading the news online and doing some Danish language exercises with an app. This all of course has nothing to do with the dish that I was going to share with you today, but sometimes it's nice to give little peeks to my everyday life.

Now to the warming dish. What would this season be without a hearty cheese and onion pie? Nothing, I tell you! I have made this classic again, and it's basically the same one as in this post, but of course it always varies a bit. This time I covered the pie with a crispy griddle of pastry, and it was very nice. I saw the pie recipe once in Simon Hopkinson's cooking programme on the BBC and have been making it ever since in a slight variation. You can find his recipe here.

I'm so glad that it's Friday tomorrow, as this week has been so busy. I have no plans either, so it will be nice just to relax. What are your weekend plans?


Your VegHog

5 November 2017

Chilli and nachos


And so the comfort food theme continues... The weather is getting colder over here and the nights are dark, so naturally I crave for warming food. A good old bean and sweetcorn chilli is always nice in these occassions. I served it with cheesy tortilla chips for ultimate comfort on a cosy film night at home.

I hope you've all had a really nice weekend. It was rainy here today, so I just went to town briefly and already bought some Christmas wrapping papers and small bits and bobs. Oh yes, I am ready for the season! I would like to put my Christmas lights up very soon, but maybe I'll wait just a bit more. At least I can already light plenty of candles in the evenings.



Have a good week!

Your VegHog

4 November 2017

In My Kitchen in November


It has been quite orange and yellow in my kitchen lately. I've had pretty seasonal plant decorations at home and also seen many nice ones in the markets. This seasonal wreath was just too cute not to get. I have a bouquet of yellow-orange ilyx, aka a sort of holly, and I absolutely love it. I also have a sortiment of squashes on the dining table. They aren't just purely decoration, as I also keep cooking them. I'm also very fond of these cabbage plants in flower pots, and had to get one of them for my kitchen's window sill.






Also these pumpkin and squash displays have been absolutely lovely in my local vegetable market. I will miss them when they're gone. Soon they will be replaced by some Christmas stuff, no doubt.
 



I couldn't resist having these apple tarts from a local bakery, and seasonal apples have been quite a lot in my kitchen anyway, also in the shape of cider. I've been drinking more beer than cider here in Denmark, but couldn't resist getting this seasonal and artisanal November cider. It was so nicely dry and appley. I think I'll have to get another bottle while November still lasts.



I bought this chilli bouquet on the vegetable market, as it looked so cute. I haven't cooked with the chillies yet, but somehow they seem hot. I'm drying them at the moment, but some of them will probably go into my next spicy dish.


I've had a few pomelos recently, and am looking for cooking tips. Does anyone have good citrus maximus recipes? Have you tried it with a Thai curry? I've only eaten it as a side as a fruit, but any other tips for use would be appreciated.



I haven't tried black garlic before, but now I am quite a fan of it. It's savoury, perfect for seasonal autumn dishes, like chillies. Regretfully I didn't manage to make any spooky halloween cooking. Then I'm sure this would've been very handy. Maybe next year.



Same goes for the green pesto cheese. That would've made some wonderful Frankensteins etc. I also had red chilli cheese from the same range, and both were very nice. I will soon utilise them more in cooking rather than just in sandwiches. But I like the strange look of especially the green cheese.



I think I already mentioned this tomatillo salsa and chipotle salsa on the blog before, but I don't think that I added them to an In my Kitchen post yet. Anyway I've still been enjoying these salsas with Mexican veggie food, one of my absolute favourite cuisines. And these salsas are really good, as I've been too lazy to make my own lately.



Here are some of my recent dishes that I've cooked, but that haven't made it to the blog.


Gnocchi with crispy brown sage butter and cheese


Vegetarian steak by Hälsans Kök made with soya and wheat proteins, served with creamy mushroom sauce and roast potatoes


Carrot pasta with heirloom tomatoes, cheese and onion with garlic sprouts and a homemade garlic knot on the side



Vegetarian grilled pieces with kale, tomatoes, beetroot and cabbage in a stir fry


Homemade spelt crust pizza with green olives and pineapple


Homemade garlic roti bread with spaghetti squash jalfrezi

I have been admiring the autumn colours outside so much. It just looks so wonderful everywhere, and it doesn't even matter, if it's a cloudy weather.


I am sharing this post with Sherry from Sherry's Pickings for the November edition of In My Kitchen.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Your VegHog

2 November 2017

Mushroom and squash spelt risotto


I served this earthy mushroom and squash spelt risotto to our guests, after they arrived after a long train journey last weekend. I think it was quite well received, and hit the spot just fine. The beauty of these kinds of risottos is that they almost get better when reheated, so you can prepare them in advance only to be reheated quickly. This is also a very handy dish to make for several people as a one-pot. It can always be extended with bread and salad on the side.

I'm not going to publish this particular recipe here, as I've made similar dishes so many times before, and the pattern is pretty much the same. I used onion squash and brown closed cup mushrooms in this one, and roasted the squash. You can use pumpkin or other squashes in this recipe, different mushrooms, replace the mushrooms etc. It's all good. The main thing is that it's warming and comforting and uses seasonal produce. Add some cheese, if you like, or make a vegan version. You can also use pearled barley, even though I normally prefer spelt. Traditional arborio rice is also very nice in such autumnal risottos.

I just can't get enough of these autumn flavours, and have a few squashes lined up for further recipes. So I'm sorry, if you're not fond of squash, there will still be a lot of it on this blog.

Here are some of my similar previous recipes:







Yes, I rest my case. I seem to have made a similar dish once or twice before. Do you like autumnal risottos and what are your favourite ingredients for them?




Your VegHog

1 November 2017

Eat Your Greens welcoming November recipes


We are now welcoming recipes for the last round of Eat Your Greens in 2017! It's unbelievable, but true. We will have a Christmas break in December, so it would be nice, if as many of you as possible would take part this month. You can already make Christmas themed green food, if you feel like it, or just a regular vegetarian or vegan recipe with greens. I would quite like to see autumnal comfort food with seasonal vegetables, but the choice is yours what the dish will be like.

For inspiration, have a look at the October entries in Shaheen's round up. Here you can read more details about how to take part, but basically just post a vegan or vegetarian dish on your blog that contains green vegetables, and share the link in the comment box below. Then your post will be featured in the round up at the end of the month.

I very much look forward to receiving many nice recipes. Let's get cooking!

Your VegHog

31 October 2017

Halloween in Tivoli Gardens


Tivoli is a world renowned amusement park right at the centre of Copenhagen. We went to the gardens this weekend when my brother was visiting us with his family. I hadn't been there before, but now it was nice to go, when there was actually a child with us. I took some non-scary rides with my nephew and we had great fun.

The whole Tivoli area has now been decorated in such a wonderful way for the Halloween season. There are pumpkins and spooky characters everywhere. The day was bitterly cold and windy when we were there, but seeing the lights and nice decorations warmed my heart at least a little bit.

There was also a largest pumpkin competition, which was won by this very proud 485,4 kg pumpkin, amazing! I don't know how they transported these vegetables there!

Here are some photos I took that day, I hope you enjoy. And happy Halloween everyone!