Recipe: Cake Salé

This is a great breakfast recipe or even a lazy hot summer afternoon. It’s basically a savory cake (as the name implies) that you can customize any way you want. I put cheese and vegetables in mine but you could easily add any type of meat or nuts or anything else your imagination wants as long as it is chopped thinly and not watery. It rises but not much so if you want bread-like slices you’ll need a narrow pan not a loaf pan. This is good plain or with a bit of butter or cream cheese and would be really nice at a tea party too.

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Recipe: Chicken Tinga

This is a fairly simple recipe which is basically just spicy chicken in a tomato and onion and chili sauce and there isn’t anything wrong with that. This can be made in a slow cooker really easily also and gets most of its spices and flavors from the can of chilies in adobo. This is great on rice or in a burrito and can be topped with fresh vegetable or served with a salad to round out the meal.

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Recipe: Spicy Tomato Dal

This is one of those absolutely great recipes for when you have a bit of time but no time energy. You probably have everything you need on hand to make a tasty, healthy, filling, cheap, vegan, and exceptionally low effort food. The only thing you have to do is chop an onion and then sometimes check on the pot and stir it a little. This can be eaten on its own or with naan or pretty much any other bread product or even over rice. You can add in whatever you like to finish the dish: cream, nuts, cilantro, even fried onions. Also I like my dal thick but feel free to make it any consistency you like.

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Recipe: Country Loaf

This is my go-to bread recipe. It’s not exactly no knead (I cannot understand the Internet’s obsession with no knead bread though) but it’s a very low effort bread. The original is made of a combination of bread flour and wheat flour but I actually ended up (after 10 different loaves) using white flour and rye instead because I like the denser, chewier texture you get. You can adjust the percentages to your liking this is just my personal taste. This is really good toasted with some butter or jam and makes a very hearty sandwich bread.

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Recipe: Kartoffelknödel

I’m a fan of potato recipes and I find these Kartoffelknödel (literally “potato balls”) to be both really fun to eat and extremely easy to make. They’re kind of bland on their own but they go exceptionally well with any type of cream sauce (in the picture it is a mushroom cream sauce) or alongside a very gravy-laden meat meal and they might even be fun to put in a thick cheese soup for some texture and chew.

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Recipe: Lasagna Soup

I love lasagna as much as the next person but it is a production. Sometimes you just don’t want to put in the effort but you still want something that is vaguely lasagna-like and this fits the bill really well. You don’t have to use ground meat (I used ground chicken) but if you skip it I’d definitely add some lentils just to round out the soup. Also the original recipe had a genuinely distressing amount of cheese and I’ve cut that down to about 1/3 in this version and I couldn’t imagine adding more but you do you.

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Recipe: Tuscan Soup

Originally I was supposed to use white beans in this soup but I only had chickpeas on hand and those worked just fine. When I made this a second time I did use the white beans which were just as good but I also chopped the chard much finer which is my best suggestion otherwise this absolutely delicious soup is not to be missed. I wouldn’t skimp on the heavy cream it is what takes the soup over the top. I found this soup to be too filling for extras but no one would complain if you made a nice bread with it I’m sure.

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Recipe: Spicy Cheesy Rolls

The recipe so nice I made it two weeks in a row. This is a really super simple tear and share style bread which is basically savory cinnamon rolls. If you weren’t in the mood to make your own roll dough you could probably substitute ready made pizza dough as well. The original recipe called for a spicy masala paste but all I had on hand was harissa, I imagine any fairly dry sauce or paste like pesto would do but even a savory jam would probably be nice.

Spicy Cheese Rolls

Recipe: Bean “Meat”balls

I was looking for a beanball (or a “meatless meatball” if you prefer) and found this recipe could be baked and that’s just about my favorite way to make things because you don’t have to fuss too much. What I will say is that you should be careful about how much bread/flour/filler you add because these can get a little heavy if you add too much binder but otherwise they’re really pleasant especially when served on top of pasta with some tasty red sauce.

Bean "Meat"balls

Recipe: Plum Crumble

I guess this is a recipe but it’s more of a vague idea I had when I accidentally ordered too many plums. I originally stored the plums in the fridge and when they got a little less enticing to eat I decided they could become a baked good instead. This is very much a throw together recipe, you can adjust it to make as much or little as you like. You can make the streusel style topping I used or make an oatmeal topping if you prefer and it’ll pretty much turn out nice either way. I would recommend it for a rainy day with too much fruit.

Plum Crumble