Showing posts from February, 2014

Homemade Vegan and Gluten Free Sirracha Sauce

I've really been enjoying experimenting and making my own foods and condiments. Sometimes my experiments are a success and other times, they turn out to be drastic, horrible, awful fails. Either way, it is a learning experience for myself and only adds to my knowledge bank.

The other big positive, when I make my own food and condiments, I know EXACTLY what is in my food and how much of each ingredient was used.

Since I have been eating hot sauces like it's my job, I decided to look up a couple different recipes and see how I could make my own successful batch of Sirracha sauce. I didn't love many of the recipes I found. Either they had ingredients that I would rather not use or they seemed more complicated than I had time for. Either way, I decided I educated myself enough and I would just create my own recipe on a whim.

I started with some red jalapeno peppers, garlic, and apple cider vinegar.

I placed all the ingredients into a mason jar, gave it a nice shake, and let it s…

Experimenting with Kimchi

I'm addicted to this stuff, but I only purchase it as a "present" to myself because I eat an entire jar in one sitting - so the price adds up!

I was craving some spicy fermented cabbage and decided to just experiment with the ingredients that I already had at home.

I had the cabbage. I had some ginger. I had some spicy peppers. I had some red pepper powder. Garlic is always kept in bulk at my place. I had some leftover lemon grass and Kombu seaweed from last week's soup recipe.

Now, for a starter.... what did I already have on hand that I could quickly put together a kimchi?! Ah - I still had some brown miso!

Without any measurements I went for it. I put the cabbage and ginger through the food processor and then blended filtered water and a large overflowing tablespoon of the miso.

I mixed everything together - packed it tightly within the jar and let it set for 5 days.

I was holding myself back from opening it any too early - but I was anxious.

While I learned that I…

Kombu Soup - Gluten Free and Vegan

Within the last year, I have begun to explorer the many benefits to adding seaweed to my diet. I've learned a number of benefits to seaweed including:
1.  Seaweed is very high in iodine, which most of us lack in our typical diets. Iodine is crucial for maintaining a healthy thyroid.  2.  Seaweed is said to help prevent breast cancer 3.  Seaweed contains a number of antioxidants and some even consider it an anti-inflammatory.  4.  Seaweed is one of the richest plant sources calcium.  5.  Seaweed is high in protein. 
All these fabulous health benefits encouraged me to explorer beyond the dulse seaweed that I was crinkling up on my salads. I marched into Whole Foods and I found this, rather off-putting brownish cardboard-like slab, kombu seaweed. I had no idea what I was going to do with it...but I figured I would get creative. 
I did a little research and it looked like no matter what I wanted to make, it was imperative to soda the kombu beforehand. I decided to put a total of 6 cups of wa…