Macaroni Cheese Lover (cheekily vegan!)

Super easy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients- Serves 1

100g Macaroni (or other similar sized pasta)

1 large fresh broccoli or cauliflower sliced

1 whole tinned butter beans with water, puréed

Hard vegan cheese, grated

Mixed dried oregano and thyme, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  • Cook pasta in salted boiling water (see pasta package for approx. cooking time)

Whilst pasta is cooking

  • Sauté garlic until fragrant and brown tinged
  • Add puréed butter beans
  • Add herbs
  • Add grated cheese, vegan or dairy
  • Add salt/pepper to taste
  • Mix until heated through
  • Drain pasta when it is to your preference of cooked, add the sauce
  • Put in a bowl and add fresh sliced broccoli and extra grated cheese
  • Grill, or eat as is

I add chilli powder or flakes for an extra kick

Of Rotis and Doves

I want to share my Roti recipe, with a nutritional twist.  I used Doves Farm organic wholemeal Buckwheat flour and Psyllium husks.

The humble Roti, a nutritious flat bread, eaten in many countries, known by different names.  A basic filling food that is cheap on ingredients and deeply satisfying to make.  I enjoy the ritual of squidging the dough, rolling it out and cooking it on a hot plate.  The rolling out in a circle and ‘air bubbles’ when cooking, a challenge for me as a child,   I still don’t roll them out in a proper circle but hey! I think I have mastered the ‘air bubbles’:)

We traditionally made them with ‘atta’ (fine wholewheat) flour.  I have been experimenting with the wonderful range from Doves Farm.

I met Clare Marriage 10 years ago, when I ran my food business in Wiltshire.  We were both members of Slow Food Berkshire.

I love that the business is family run and very socially conscious.  I have had much pleasure helping them at their “Free From’ exhibition stalls in London Olympia, Liverpool, Glasgow and their ‘Children in need’ charity tent at Car Fest, Hampshire.

I used their organic flour at my organic cafe in Kuala Lumpur,  their gluten free range of flours, pasta, bars and biscuit unbeatable on flavour and quality.  It’s lovely to have access to their full range here in the UK.


Giselda’s Fibre rich Roti

Ingredients

500g Doves Farm organic wholemeal Buckwheat flour
1tbsp Psyllium husks
3tbsp Olive oil
2 large pinches of salt to taste
3 cups boiling water

Method

Mix flour and Psyllium husks in a large (roomy) bowl.  Add olive oil and salt.  Add boiling hot water and mix with spatula in a slicing motion.

Once the dough is cooled to touch, gather dough and form into a ball.  Take ball out of bowl and work on a floured surface.  Dough should be soft and elastic.

Roll into ping pong ball sized pieces and press down flat using palm of your hand.  Then roll out thinly.

I generally roll out a piece while the other is cooking.  This is a great opportunity to get your child (partner, friend, neighbour) to help.  I often chat with my girls about their day while we bond making Roti.

Cook on a hot flat pan.  Keep warm on a plate under a tea towel.

We eat them with curry.

They were also popular at our organic cafe filled with cheese, mashed avocado, tuna, etc and toast on a hot flat frying pan, recipe to follow.