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We love brunch! Pumpkin Spice hotcakes…our new favorite!

Shanti Kitchen is always experimenting with new ways to use whole foods! Although it is not the fall, nor is thanksgiving around the corner, we decided to try a hotcake recipe using pumpkin! The result was delicious and to our surprise adding some goat cheese turned this brunch item into a potential pumpkin cheesecake! That is how we like to start our day after some morning fitness and yoga!

 

Shanti Mid-Week Brunch

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Hotcakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1.5 cups organic spelt flour (or buckwheat for gluten-free)

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground all spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt

1.5 cups organic soy milk + 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or buttermilk)

1 cup pumpkin puree (or fresh!)

2 large organic free range eggs

2 tbsp coconut oil

Garnish:

Maple Syrup

goat cheese

shredded coconut

Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt into a large bowl. Mix well.

Whisk together the milk, pumpkin, eggs and oil in a medium bowl. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.

Use griddle or frying pan to cook hotcakes. Pour 1/4 cup portions of batter onto the griddle. Flip once you notice bubbles and the underside is brown. Flip and cook hotcake another 30 seconds. Serve with maple syrup, goat cheese and shredded coconut.

 


Date Added: July 31, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen



A Shanti “Field” Trip…our love for local, seasonal & tasty food

All of the members of our Shanti Retreat “family” love the idea of eating locally and seasonally. We are all aware of the many benefits for our health, our community and our beautiful, Divine Mother Earth.But…. do we love it enough to get our hands dirty and harvest it in this joyous “spring weather?” YOU BET!

Wednesday April 3 we enjoyed a true field to table experience after visiting Vicki’s Veggies in Picton, Prince Edward County.

You must be wondering “how is it possible to harvest veggies after this long, never ending winter and cool, crisp spring?” Vicki’s Veggies has the answer and they are truly so innovative when it comes to growing food. I could never explain the extent of their operations but what I do know is that I love the idea of the hoop house which allows them to successfully plant and grow their food much earlier (which allows us and Shanti Guests to also enjoy the bounty!)

          

I can’t sugar coat our experience at all; it was super windy and really cold on the hands, but… we loved every minute of it! We especially appreciated our work when we got home and enjoyed a gigantic, delicious spinach salad!

  Darin harvesting spinach at Vicki’s Veggies in Picton

 Lacey, Vicky & Wendy on a spinach mission…despite the strong winds

We also picked up some garlic, shallots and freshly harvested parsnip. Next, the Shanti Kitchen will make a rosemary -parsnip soup with a recipe recommended by Vicki which uses sap instead of stock (oh yes.. we are so lucky, Vicki tapped a tree for us and gave us a big bucket of sap and some dried rosemary for the soup…pictures to follow!)

Vicki’s Veggies is located 65 miles from Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island…and this we like! Vicki’s Veggies is not “Certified Organic” but they use organic potting soil, buy mostly organic seeds (never treated or genetically engineered) and they don’t use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides…and this we like! However, they are “Certified Local Sustainable” which means they are dedicated to providing nutritious food and sustaining a healthy environement…AND THIS WE ALSO LIKE!

Thank you Vicki’s Veggies for Shanti’s first (of many more to come) Field to Table experience of our 2013 season!  We are looking forward to serving the Spinach for our Saturday Morning Brunch – baked eggs with spinach, salsa and goat cheese!


Date Added: April 4, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Living Seasonally & Locally



Recipe of the Week: Spicy Sauteed Greens and Tofu

We all know that the more greens we eat the better.

We also know that organic non-GMO tofu is a great source of vegetable protein.

Now here is something you may not know (unless you were at Shanti Retreat last weekend for Marla Ericksen’s Spring Retreat)…: Combining greens, of all kinds – we used kale, swiss chard and collards – with tofu and a spicy marinade is the best side dish ever!

Be sure to try it out at home and let us know how it turns out!!!

Spicy Sauteed Greens and Tofu

Makes 4-6 servings

One 1-pound block extra-firm tofu

3 tablespoons Tamari

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon Sambal

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2 pounds bitter greens, such as collard, mustard, baby bok choy, or dandelion, washed, trimmed, and torn into pieces

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted

1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Prepare tofu (to absorb water). In a medium bowl, combine tamari; sesame oil; sambal; lime juice; ginger; and garlic. Set aside. Transfer tofu to medium bowl; toss with half the marinade; let sit for 30 minutes.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, arrange tofu in a single layer in pan. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to platter; repeat with remaining tofu. Gradually add greens to skillet with remaining marinade. Cook, tossing occasionally, until greens are wilted and most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to platter with tofu. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and red pepper; serve.

 


Date Added: March 19, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Shanti Kitchen



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