Thursday, 29 October 2015

Creamy Spinach Cob Loaf

A few months ago, my beautiful and creative daughter spent some time in the kitchen creating a most delicious cob loaf totally devoid of dairy products!

Yes, you read that correctly!

I know, when the words cob loaf are uttered, a dip dripping in a variety of cheeses comes to mind but this particular creation had no dairy in it whatsoever, was sensationally creamy and flavoursome and had us scooping and dipping until only the shell of the loaf of bread remained.

I shared a pic of the aforementioned cob loaf on my fb page at the time with the promise of sharing the recipe at a later date, which has stretched out to be a few months for which I apologise.

I will be spending a lot more time here on my blog page sharing recipes as well as tips and helpful suggestions on living and cooking vegan, something I know many of you will be interested in.

With the weekend in sight, I hope you find some time to create this delicious cob loaf and sit back and indulge in its exquisite 'creaminess.'

I look forward to hearing how you go!



Creamy Spinach Cob Loaf


Ingredients

1 cob loaf
1 teaspoon of olive oil
4 spring onions, chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed (or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic)
250g frozen spinach, thawed
30g packet of spring vegetable soup mix
225g tub of Tofutti Sour Supreme (dairy free sour cream which I found @ Coles)
1 cup of Praise Light Mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C

Cut a large hole in the top of the cob loaf and remove the inside. You want to make sure there is a large well to fill with deliciousness whilst maintaining the structural integrity of the loaf. Cut the bread you have just removed into bite-sized pieces and place on a baking tray with the loaf.

Heat the oil in a frypan, add the spring onion, red onion and garlic and stir until the onion starts to brown.

Add spinach, soup mix, Sour Supreme, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for a few more minutes.

Fill the cob loaf with the dip and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the bread is golden.

Serve hot and enjoy.

*recipe credit goes to likeavegan.com.au

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

"Brekky in a Jar"

If you are anything like me, mornings are a whirlwind of taking care of the 'to do list' before rushing out the door to the calling of the world, something I am mindfully working on changing for myself.

In answering the 'call,' it's often the things that matter the most that are left undone, such as nourishing our bodies well.

I thought I would share a very quick and easy breakfast that requires very little preparation, most of which is done the night before, leaving your morning free for the aforementioned callings.

I use a mason jar for this recipe but any medium sized jar is fine, or even a largish glass for that matter.

Quantities are very flexible and can be adjusted to suit your requirements and taste.

Frank's Brekky In A Jar


Add the following ingredients to the jar in the order listed to obtain the best consistency.

1/2 cup of granola or muesli (or plain rolled oats) of your choice (of course I used the 'just frank' Date and Almond variety! :))
1 banana sliced
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of organic Almond milk or other plant based milk


Place lid on the jar and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, remove the lid, add extra milk if needed and enjoy your blend straight from the jar!
It's that easy!
Of course, you can add whatever fruits, nuts and seeds that take your fancy, but make sure the oats and harder ingredients are on the bottom of the jar for the best results.

Enjoy and have a great day!!



Monday, 26 October 2015

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 30/10/15

Welcome Back To My Kitchen


I hope you've all had an awesome weekend....I know I have!

The majority of my weekend was spent working side by side with my partner doubling the size of my veggie patch to make way for a host of new crops.

With the popularity of 'frank's' Serene Cuisine growing every week, I am keen to have even more organically grown produce on hand to plan recipes around, to ensure the optimum number of nutrients are making their way out to you.

I am also looking forward to sharing my self-sufficiency journey with you as this unfolds in the coming months, of which my veggie gardens are an integral part.

On The Menu


This week, I have created a new Chickpea and Kale burger patty which I will be introducing to you in the form of the 'just frank' version of a salad roll with the twist coming in the form of an abundance of fresh and nutrient dense salad ingredients rather than the standard lettuce and tomato, along with a deliciously creamy Tahini and Avocado dressing. Yummo!



For those of you preferring a hot dish, or if you are looking for something gluten free, I am also offering Red Lentil Dahl, a creamy Indian dish created with red lentils and a variety of spices (mild) served over a bed of brown rice. 

 This protein rich dish is perfect enjoyed with a piece of Wholemeal Flatbread used as a dipper which is also on the menu.

A 'frank' Favourite


Apple Cake is back this week and I can hear the cheers from here, with this being the most requested dessert that has ever featured on the Serene Cuisine Menu.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, this deliciously moist Apple Cake is topped with a cinnamon frosting and a sprinkling of oven roasted walnuts.

Frank's Everyday Menu


Bliss Balls and Energy Bites are still on the everyday menu as are Tofu Steaks, Date and Almond Granola and this week, 'frank's' Spinach and Roasted Cashew Hommus.
 









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I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.


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Well, that's all from me for now.
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.

Love and light,

Leah <3

Monday, 19 October 2015

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 23/10/15

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Hello Monday!


Hello 'franksters' and welcome back to the kitchen where all manner of mayhem has been taking place with the testing of a few new recipes that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks, both here and at the next Mount Gambier Library Market on Sunday November the 8th.

'Frank' Heads Over The Border


It appears the word is spreading.....I was recently contacted by Nikki from 'Bed and Broccoli,' Australia's first all Vegan B and B currently situated near Shepparton Victoria to ask if I would like to feature in this month's newsletter which goes out to a host of their followers all over Australia. Of course, I said yes although trying to limit my bio to 100 words posed a challenge. Nikki was kind and allowed me to write as I speak, leaving my lengthy submission unedited. Thanks Nikki. :)

Nikki and her husband Scott along with their incredible non-human family are about to embark on a move of epic proportions, as they move their B and B to their newly acquired property in Elphinstone, near Castlemaine in Victoria.

Check out their facebook page @ www.facebook.com/bedandbroccoli and subscribe to their newsletter to see what these incredible folks do in the name of love and compassion. 

On The Menu This Week


For this of you who were on last week's delivery list, I don't need to 'sell' the benefits of including my own home grown veggies in 'frank's' delicious offerings each week, and with an abundance of some bright and colourful goodies ready for harvest from 'the patch' this week, I have created a super bright, Rainbow Chow Mein for you.

With Broccoli still yielding well this late in the season, a (dairy free) Creamy Broccoli Soup will also feature on the menu as well as my popular Tomato and Rosemary Scones.



Just One Word......Chocolate


For something just a little bit different this week, I have some delicious Chunky Choc Chip cookies for you to enjoy with a cuppa. 
These come in a pack of 3 for those of you who may like to share.....or not! 






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Please contact me if you have any special requests re: items that perhaps aren't currently on the menu or menu items in larger quantities.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.


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Well, that's all from me for now.
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.

Love and light,

Leah <3

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Welcome To The 'just frank' Family.....

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Introducing Me.....


Hi, my name is Leah. Welcome to my page and thank you for stopping by.

Since attending the Mount Gambier Library Market recently with my Serene Cuisine goodies in tow, I have had a flood of new visitors and subscribers to the page so I thought it timely that I re-introduce myself.

I am a 50 year old mother of 3 beautiful girls and reside in Mt Gambier, South Australia.
I am an ethical vegan, ("A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. 
In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.") and my initial reasons for embarking on this plant-based diet journey 20 years ago were more health related as I sought a new way of living to escape feeling tired and run down day in, day out. Read more about this by clicking here.


The Evolution of 'just frank' and Serene Cuisine.


Here at 'just frank,' the emphasis is on whole-food, plant-based living and the many benefits that are derived from making this a lifestyle choice.

This lifestyle has changed so many aspects of my life, not only my health and wellness, but it has also changed me as a person as I very consciously make the necessary choices to live cruelty-free on as many levels as possible.

A fair portion of my time over the last 6 years has been spent as a freelance gardener helping the elderly folk of our community tend their gardens and assisting them with many outdoor gardening activities that they are no longer physically able to perform.
In between times, I began to share my recipes and health tips here on the 'just frank' blog. As my love of both vegan cooking and writing grew, so too did the interest from the community and it seemed like a natural progression to combine these things and voila,  just frank 'Serene Cuisine' was born.


How Can I Help You?


I am now supplying whole food plant-based meals to the general public and cater for the special dietary needs of a large number of people including vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose intolerant folks etc.
Each Monday, a new menu appears on the blog page, from which you can order, choosing to pay either via direct deposit or upon delivery. Meals will be delivered or can be collected on the following Friday.

Meals can also be made to order and I also supply larger quantities of soups, stews and baked goods by request.

I am currently working on sharing a more comprehensive list of products that I provide so stay tuned for this.

Any goodies from my kitchen are meat, egg and dairy-free and contain as many locally and organically grown ingredients as I can source.

I am always open to questions from vegan-curious folks on how to embark on a vegan journey and can offer support and ongoing encouragement to pre-vegans if you feel this may be something you would welcome. 

I don't profess to have all the answers, but hopefully my 20 plus years of experience can offer up some little gems of wisdom to short cut the process for you.


Keep Up To Date With What's Happening. 


Please contact me to discuss your needs.

Feel free to comment on any of the posts or share any that you feel the desire to on your chosen social media platform by clicking the relative icon below the post.

You may also subscribe to my blog by leaving your email address in the 'Follow by Email' box on the right-hand side of the homepage and once you have confirmed your subscription,  you will be notified via email every time I've submitted a new post.

I look forward to your feedback and I hope you enjoy your time here.
Thanks again for stopping by.....

Love and light,
Leah


Contact Me


email me @ serenityleah13@gmail.com
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Monday, 12 October 2015

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 16/10/15

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Is It Really Monday Again?


Hello there my friends and welcome to another exciting week in the 'just frank' kitchen.

Yesterday saw the beginning of the Mount Gambier Library Market season so I made a selection of my 'Serene Cuisine' fare and set up camp there for the day in an effort to reach even more beautiful folks with my whole food plant-based lifestyle message.

The support was incredible and it was lovely to meet so many of my loyal 'just frank' followers along with a host of new people who have now joined our ever growing community.
Yesterday's interest confirms for me yet again that there's a hunger (no pun intended) for a better, more sustainable way of nourishing our bodies that isn't a fad diet or a passing phase. 

I hope your time here in our little community provides you with that option along with any support you may need.

A Buddha Bowl.....What's A Buddha Bowl?


This week on the Friday Menu, I will be introducing a delicious concept that I recently discovered on a trip to 'the big smoke.'
The Buddha Bowl, a bowl of delicious cooked and raw veggies, grains and seeds that is so round that it resembles a Buddha's belly.
A funny description I know, but it's the best I could come up with! :)

The first of these Buddha Bowls will contain a selection of steamed and roasted veggies including sweet potato, broccoli, kale and spinach served with brown rice, sprinkled with home sprouted mung beans and with a delicious tahini dressing served on the side. 

I am super excited to offer this new creation to you this week and I look forward to it being a regular menu option in the future as I create new combinations of perfectly melding flavours.

And To Top It All Off


For those of you looking for a sweet option, but not too sweet, I will be serving up a mini stack of my delicious Banana Pancakes this week on the dessert menu.

Served with a side of maple syrup, these are the perfect way to top off your Friday meal.




To order your Friday Meal, please fill in the order form on the right-hand side of this blog page, selecting whatever takes your fancy, as well as delivery and payment preferences and any special instructions, and then click submit.


Please contact me if you have any special requests re: items that perhaps aren't currently on the menu or menu items in larger quantities.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.


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Well, that's all from me for now.
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.

Love and light,

Leah <3


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Hellooooo Thursday!

Good morning 'franksters,' and welcome to Thursday!

This morning I begin a huge day in the kitchen with 3 simmering saucepans containing varying components of dishes that I am creating, and an oven full of Chocolate Brownies whose 'chocolatey' aroma permeates the whole house and has me salivating.

This week also marks the opening of 'market season' at the Mount Gambier Public Library, with the first one commencing at 10 am this Sunday the 11th of October. Upon checking the weather forecast, it appears we are going to be blessed with perfect market weather.

I will be there with a host of delicious goodies both sweet and savoury so pop on down and say hi!

I am very excited to finally be able to meet so many of my readers face to face and to be able to answer any questions you may have regarding a vegan lifestyle, a whole food plant based diet or to find out more about 'just frank.'

Well, I best get back to the kitchen and to the business of cooking, but before I go, I will leave you with a super easy and nutritious breakfast smoothie recipe to kick start your day.

I hope you enjoy it!

Super Easy Banana Smoothie


Ingredients

2 cups of plant-based milk (soy, almond, oat, rice)
1 medium banana
¼ avocado
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp LSA Mix or Flax meal

Throw everything in your rocket/bullet blender and blend like crazy until smooth and creamy!
If you don't have a rocket blender, 
adding the ingredients to a tall jug and blending with a stick blender will do the job just as well.

Have a great Thursday folks.....
Leah.

Monday, 5 October 2015

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 9/10/15

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Welcome Back To My Kitchen


Well, that's another long weekend done and dusted and it's back into the kitchen for me as I prepare not only for this week's meals, but to plan for my stall at the Library Market this coming Sunday 11/10/15.

This week's Friday menu is slightly condensed in an effort to leave some time for Sunday's planning with packaging, promotional material and recipes to finalise before Saturday's big cook up!

I hope you will all come down and say hi on Sunday in the library grounds and visit the many stall holders that will be showing their wares on the day.

Protein Rich Superfoods


This week I will be preparing a new burger to include in a veggie hot pack which includes Quinoa and Chickpeas as it's key ingredients. 
Along with a host of grated veggies and brown rice, these burgers are packed full of nutrients and flavour.
These will be served with a sweet potato mash and an array of steamed veggies topped with a herb gravy.



More Chocolate


Everyone loves chocolate and this week's Chocolate Brownie will be a winner with its very 'chocolatey' flavour served topped with a rich chocolate sauce. 
There's no such thing as too much chocolate, is there?

 


How To Order


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I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.


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Well, that's all from me for now.
I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.

Love and light,

Leah <3