Ever think you'd see a VEGAN version of Southern Potato Salad? Well today is the day!Read More
This past January we ventured out to the East Coast for a run of shows! We are so blessed to have friends across the globe, but it is extra special when we can pass through areas where our families live! After finishing a weekend in New Jersey, we were able to make our way through New York City to visit our cousin Mikha.
There is something in the spirits of our Indonesian family members that makes them amazing hosts! They prepare for days even weeks to welcome you and give you the best experience possible. Mikha is one of them. While we were in New York she made us raw oatmeal, fresh juices, chia seed pudding, hot tea, and found all sorts of snacks and foods that made our tastebuds dance! We have a few recipes to share from our trip to NYC, and Raw Oats a la Mikha is our first stop on the train to your belly ;)
1 Cup - Steel Cut Oats
2/3 Cup - Cashew Cream
3 Tbsp - Coconut Cream
4 Tbsp - Coconut Water
4 Tbsp - Coconut Sugar
4Tbsp - Coconut Shreds
3 Tbsp - Vanilla
Sea Salt to taste
1. Soak your oats and cashews (separately) over night!
2. Make your cashew cream.
- Rinse your cashews until the water becomes clear.
- Put your cashews, coconut water, coconut cream, coconut sugar, coconut shreds, vanilla, and sea salt into a blender. We use a Vitamix and it works phenomenally!
- Blend until a smooth, adding water 1 tbsp at a time until you have reached your desired consistency.
3. Rinse your oats in a nut milk bag until the water is clear.
4. Add cashew cream to oats and mix. I started with 2/3 cup of cream and added a spoonful more at a time until I reached a consistency I liked.
I grew up eating spaghetti! It was like a weekly thing, and I loved it. However, my mom's amazing homemade sauce was flavored with meats galore. With meat in the past, spaghetti just wasn't the same. So for a while, I gave up on it. But last summer, Brittney and her sister Sarah created this recipe in our bus! Being seven months pregnant, this was like a dream come true ;) so I continued to make this recipe throughout the remainder of the summer and continue to make it for friends and family who unanimously agree that this sauce is delicious!
This passed time I made the spaghetti, I shared some with our Aunt Esther. She proclaimed that it was "Indonesian Spaghetti!" Because of the use of coconut milk which is a very common ingredient in Indonesian food. The use of coconut milk was inspired by a common recipe using both red sauce and white alfredo sauce. For us, the coconut milk adds an even better taste than the alfredo sauce! So, here it is, Indonesian Spaghetti Sauce!
32 oz of homemade tomato sauce (or 2 jars of store bought sauce if you're "In a Pinch!")
2 cans of coconut milk (full fat)
2 medium sized white onions
5 cloves of garlic
5 roma tomatoes
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1. Start by washing your tomatoes, chopping your onions and garlic, and mixing your cans of coconut milk (which tend to separate and harden.)
2. Heat your pan on medium-high and add your coconut oil.
3. Sautee your chopped garlic in the pan for a few minutes then add your onions.
4. Pour in your sauce and coconut milk and then simmer for 30 minutes.
5. While the sauce is simmering take the time to cook your favorite pasta (we love gluten free pasta and gluten-vegan free garlic bread!)
6. Top your pasta with desired amount of sauce and enjoy!
Below are pictures and stories of our recent travels to Indonesia! Indonesia has been a place of growth for me in tremendous ways. Not only do I learn more about cooking by sneaking into all of the Indonesian kitchens, but also learning what it means to "cook with feeling". Cooking has a tremendous connection with the passion and desire that is placed in our hearts, and the food prepared reflects that.
Our family, along with Bread of Stone, has a ministry in Indonesia called THE LIGHT PROJECT. We have wrote many stories documenting our ministry adventures in Indonesia on www.lightourworld.org (our ministry blog).
Today, I am excited to share with you a taste of our food journey's while in Indonesia! My whole life I have enjoyed eating food! I have always gotten so excited about each meal and about snacks! Well, after marrying into this Indonesian family, my love for food and eating has excelled intensely! Indonesians ARE ALL ABOUT FOOD! Everywhere we go...we eat!
Above, Shan and I along with our BIG family visited this place called, "THE FLOATING MARKET". Everyone making and selling food in this market are floating in a boat while they are cooking! How extravagant is that? We tried about every food available but the one we are holding is called, "MARTABAK MANIS". Which is loosely translated as a "Sweet Pancake"! Traditionally this is NOT a plant-based vegan dessert but we always like to try the original recipe before we start conjuring up ideas for a VEGAN version of the food!
Here, after snacking away at the THE FLOATING MARKET, we found a nice man selling fresh coconuts, and we GOT SOME! In Indonesia there are coconut trees EVERYWHERE which means coconuts are for sell EVERYWHERE and this makes me smile! As many of you know, coconut water and coconut meat have endless hydrating and digestive benefits! We enjoy them so much while in Indonesia!
Oh my goodness! What a special bakery this is! While in Indonesia we visited Salatiga, Indonesia where our husbands dad went to school. While he was showing us around the city, he took us by this bakery that his mom (OMA) loved to snack at while in Salatiga! Oma always ordered a specific kind of bread from this bakery and we were so excited to get to try it! Indonesia is famous for their bread! It's not known for being healthy but I think Shannon and I can come up with a healthy version of "Oma's Roti". =)
Here we are simply having a fun lunch while getting ready for a afternoon of visiting many churches in the mountain villages of Indonesia! This day we are having a plant-based, traditional Indonesian meal consisting of tempe, steamed veggies, peanut sauce, and red rice! And of course the star of the picture, Miss. Magda, she enjoyed keeping eating time super entertaining for us!
This is a pineapple growing wild outside of one of the churches we visited while up in the mountains! We just thought it was positively beautiful and exotic!
In this picture you can see a man sitting beside some type of contraption. Well this is actually the mechanism of how many Indonesian people sell their food. They carry it on a piece of wood. They distribute the weight on either side dividing up the cooker, skillet, veggies, utensils and balance it on the piece of wood! Our Aunt Elizabeth (who we stay with while in Indonesia) wanted us to try this guys "Mi Goreng" or "fried noodles". This is a staple and extravagantly traditional dish in Indonesia. He typically sets up on the main street of the town but this night he agreed to come park in our garage and feed the whole family supper! I enjoyed watching his techniques and was specifically impressed with his ability to chop veggies WITHOUT looking! HE EVEN AGREED TO MAKE US ALL VEGGIE NOODLES with NO MSG! He was so corporative and our tummies were sooooo thankful!
Above, Shannon and I are drinking our most FAVORITE INDONESIAN beverage while enjoying the sunset from THE STONE CAFE (our families restaurant)! It's called, "Jus Alpukat" (avocado and chocolate shake)! We already have a recipe in the making for this one and it will be posted...eventually! =)
Okay, so in all of our years of cooking, eating, and enjoying food; we never thought we would be modeling with food! Ever! Once we arrived in Indonesia, one of the first events we had on the calendar was a photo shoot for THE STONE CAFE's new menu! We were shocked and excited! The funny part is we were late for the photo shoot because we were out exploring and lost track of time! We had a total of 15 minutes to get ready, an audience of people watching, and almost drank and ate most of the food before the pictures were done...and we enjoyed every minute of it!
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Who doesn't love the creamy orange sauce that comes on top of about every piece of sushi made in America? We do!! I use to call the waitress over and ask, "can we have more of this sauce?":)
Well that was the past...when I came to the realization the creamy texture was from mayonaise I sadly bowed out and waved goodbye to those creamy sushi days. Normal mayo is made out of eggs for one and then has dozens of synthetic oils and preservatives. Not a beauty food, my friends! Stay away from it if possible!
Well, after years of not having the spicy mayo sauce at the Asian restaurants.....my mom brought home this VEGAN mayo! I wasn't sure about it at first but then I read the ingredients and it was a breath of fresh air!
So here you go for all my spicy mayo lovers, like myself and my family! This one is for you!
3 tablespoons Veganaise Mayo
3 tablespoons Siracha Hot Chili Sauce
-Stir and Enjoy!