Are you licking your purple fingers from picking ripe berries or delighting in winters' preserved treasures?

Whether you're in the heat of the European summer or in the middle of winter in Australia, may I share with you my new video recipe which should satisfy and serve all, no matter what season: Brown Rice Salad ala Trevor Brown! Mr. Brown is a talented multi-instrumentalist, but I bet you didn't know that he not only succeeds in making satisfying interesting creations on stage, but in the kitchen too. Many moons ago, along with Edwina Blush, he introduced me to finger licking brown rice salads that are totally worth getting your shopping bags out for and heading to collect some simple but savvy ingredients to make this nutritious and hip swinging delicious salad.

Trevor Brown is touring in Europe this summer check out his website trevorbrownmusic.com to find out where and what.

On 15 September I'll be hosting a cooking show & talk on vegan and gluten-free plant-based goodness to support cancer patients at the Radiation Therapy Clinic in Freiburg, Germany. Contact me to find out more.

On Sunday 22nd of October I am excited to announce a vegan & gluten-free cooking class with the delectable Solveig Hansen in Freiburg, Germany, in her restaurant The Kantine, to find out more email me and check out the flyer here.

I'll be in the US and Canada in November/ December, Colorado, Michigan and Quebec to be precise, so if you want to organise a class with me over there let me know ASAP!

Here is the tasty video and the recipe for you!

Enjoy cooking for yourself,

Maria-Carin

 

Brown Rice Salad ala Trevor Brown

with Kale Beetroot Avocado and Sesame

Trevor Brown is a freelance composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, director, producer, sound designer, occasional academic and radio presenter and generally an interesting person that you just have to love. He also makes the best brown rice salads and he has allowed me to share this recipe with you. When you hear his music you will surely be able to imagine that his food creations taste really very unique and intrinsic nevertheless in their simplicity. www.trevorbrownmusic.com. This macrobiotic dish was one of my first few encounters with incredibly healthy and sexy delicious food, many many moons ago, that I will never forget. 

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 cups brown rice

4 cups water

Pinch salt

6 x 6 cm piece kombu seaweed

8 leaves kale

1 bunch spring onions

2 garlic cloves

1 medium beetroot

1 ripe avocado

Olive oil

2 tbsp tamari

1/2 red capsicum, chopped finely

2 tbsp sultanas

Dressing

2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 tbsp umeboshi vinegar

1 tbsp tamari and salt, to taste

1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped very finely

2-4 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

To garnish

Fresh coriander

Few more roasted sesame seeds

ACTION!

Soak the rice in water overnight and strain it in the morning. Add fresh water so that there is a thumb tips amount of water covering the rice and bring it to a boil with a pinch of salt and kombu, if you found the latter in the shops if not leave it out, no worries. Cook with the lid on until perfectly ready.

Slice the kale and spring onion and fry both with olive oil. Then add garlic and tamari and fry everything until nice and golden brown. However, be gentle on the heat as not to burn the garlic otherwise it looses its flavour.

Grate the beetroot. Cut the avocado.

In a big beautiful salad bowl throw everything together, the avocado last otherwise it will turn to mush. Add the dressing ingredients and mix well. Now it’s time for the avocado.

Garnish with the sesame seeds, freshly chopped coriander and devour!

Gala's recipes to test for you.

Hi wholefoods lover,

You've probably heard that I am writing a vegan, gluten-free cookbook, right? Thing is I have never done anything like it so my tactics, systems and executions are a bit unique and well sometimes not as efficient, so it's taking me years to compile, but compile I did. There are only so many recipes that I can test myself and so I am asking for your help. I have attached 10 recipes that need testing in this blog post and I would love your feedback on them! You could try them all, or just one. Every little bit of external advice is helpful.

As my parents are Slovakian and I grew up in an international boarding school in England and lived in Australia for 14 years, with the last nearly 2 years living in Germany, my English is also a tad unique and I appreciate your opinion on my writing, the explanation of the method, the general lay out and order. If you are really keen and want to help with choosing photos for the recipes then you can email me and I would be so grateful for your help: galasorganickitchen@gmail.com. 

My friend Darn Small took lots of delicious photos of my food over the years and as he shoots liberally I have so many pics to choose from and a cookbook usually benefits from only 1 pic per recipe. Do you want to help get these vegan recipes out in the world and love yourself up while you do so? I hope so. Cooking for oneself is a wonderful meditation, physical and emotional therapy, specially with animal friendly recipes that are healthy and delicious. 

So, let's do it!