TURMERIC DAHL + CAULIFLOWER BOWL

Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

Turmeric continues to have its grand love affair in the food world. I've been very enthusiastic about it; the vibrant colour, health benefits and taste– warming and slightly pungent but in an unassuming way. Turmeric is like some of my favourite kinds of people– modest but vivacious all at once.            My favourite ways to enjoy turmeric include, but are not limited to:  

  •  In coconut or olive oil while frying eggs (turns them a pretty yellow colour)
  • On top of popcorn with coconut oil, sea salt + nutritional yeast                     
  • In smoothies, juices, kombucha                                                                                                            
  • In legume or grain-based bowls like rice, quinoa or lentils                                                        
  • Golden milk (the best winter pre-sleep drink)                                                                                                                            

It was a rainy day with howling winds while I cooked this dish and took photos. I had on the new Childish Gambino album (Awaken, My Love), a funky and soulfully introspective record. This dreamy yet contemplative setting gave way to a wandering mind and the food began taking on human characteristics through my camera lens. Behind her leafy appendage, the cauliflower appeared to shield her face and shy away from the camera. Hypnotized by her gentle cruciferous soul, I could feel all the conflicting thoughts of her beauty and roughness, her appropriateness or lack there of, her implied place in the world vs where she feels drawn to, her fixed reality vs lofty dreams, her innocence vs sexuality, her deepest fears and desires– that at some point have been mine and every other woman's. Then I was like, Whoa. This is just a cauliflower. Chill." Either way, I took care to remove her leaves with tenderness, aware I might be leaving her vulnerable and exposed. Just in case. 

It's a strange time right now in the world but I think it's bringing like-minded people and women closer together. Women have been distanced for far too long– pitted against each other, programmed to mutually judge and compare ourselves to one another.

Enough of that trash.

It feels terrible and makes us weaker individually and as a whole. It tells others and men that it's what what we expect and that we are okay with it. Let's all support and be there for one another in this weird and contrasting life, okay? It's grounding and unifying to know others are there for you. I used to have this irrational fear that would give me severe anxiety attacks while alone and out in public. My fear was that something would happen to me unexpectedly like a seizure or heart attack and no one would help me. I imagined they would all just stand watching me die and do nothing. I don't know where it came from but I had no faith in humans as a whole and wouldn't happen when I was in the company of people who were undoubtedly there for me. I don't have this this fear anymore, in fact I mostly feel the opposite. Mostly. Recently I have confusing and conflicting thoughts with everything happening in America, but then I shut that shit down because it makes me feel weak and powerless. And we cannot evolve or move forward if we all start feeling weak and powerless. We need to strive for more connectedness than ever right now.  Practicing gratitude and appreciating others has probably been the biggest factor in making my life a better and more joyful place. Why stop now that there are things happening I don't agree with? There have always and will always be things happening I don't agree with. I don't know what to do with the shit storm of information that is America right now, but I do know that can't let it suck me into a downward spiral of hate and disappointment about the world. I am trying to find a place of just being while I figure out.

Right now we need some comfort. We need some nourishment. We need to feel like everything is going to be okay. I find that simple comforts are the easiest things for me to be grateful for– my warm bed, loving friends and family, a bowl of pasta or cup of tea. This meal is just that. It's comfort, it's about feeling gratitude for everyday things. A bowl of hug if you will. 

Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

I've made this dish at least once a week for the last month. It's so tasty, very quick to make and really versatile. You can use whatever vegetable(s) you have in your fridge and each time I top it with something slightly different– almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, a fried egg, soft boiled egg, whatever herbs I have, dulse flakes, or hot sauces of all kinds. Enjoy with some lemon-mint water or switchel for an extra detox feel. 

Enjoy! xx

Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Dried Red Lentils || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Lemon-Mint Water || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

TUMERIC DAHL + CAULIFLOWER BOWL

the magic 

inspiration:                   cozy winter evenings

the feels:                       warm + hearty

eat with:                        flatbread, naan,lemon + mint water, ginger                                        hibiscus switchel, golden milk,                                                          poached/boiled/fried egg, green tea                                                  w/honey.

might like if you're into:        yoga, kitchari, congee, hand made                                                    quilts, eucalyptus steam rooms, detox                                                water. 

 

the science

makes 4 servings || time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 

  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk + extra for drizzling on top
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 lemon or lime, cut into quarters
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro + 1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
  • optional: chili flakes, a fried/poached/boiled egg

method: 

  1. Rinse lentils in cold water and strain. In medium pot heat the coconut oil, add onion, ginger, garlic and turmeric. Stir frequently and sauté for a couple minutes. Add hot water, salt and lentils to pot and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer stirring every few minutes until lentils appear thicker with no extra liquid (around 7-8 minutes), add coconut milk and garam masala. Cook for another 7-10 minutes or until the lentils look porridge-like or cooked to your preference. 
  2. While cooking the lentils, in a small pot add water and lightly salt. Bring to boil. Add cauliflower and boil for about 5 minutes (or until just cooked). Drain. 
  3. Spoon dahl into bowls, add cauliflower, a squeeze of lemon/lime and pour extra coconut milk over top. Sprinkle on chopped herbs,  sunflower + sesame seeds, black pepper, chili flakes + egg if desired. 

Dahl recipe adapted from Hello Glow.

QUICK + EASY PICKLED ONIONS

Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

I'm obsessed with these pickled onions. I feel like going back in time and slapping my pre-pickled onion-making self in the face and shouting, WAKE UP WOMAN! Get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich with pickled onions! And they better be organic locally sourced non-GMO artisan pickled onions." I overheard someone use all those natural blah blah blah food words at a market describing a product they were selling. It made me cringe deeply while thinking enough is enough people!!! We need to chill with all that lingo and pretension!" but then it was immediately followed by the thought, ...but maybe I should buy those three barley crackers for $21... they sound really pioneer times. And with all those descriptive words, at $7 a cracker they're pretty much giving them away." Also, I was kidding about that woman comment of course. I am a woman. I would only ever ask myself to make a sandwich nicely. It would be more like,

Megan, you radiant unicorn!"                                                                                                                                    Yes Megan?"                                                                                                                                                                    Are we feeling a sandwich?"                                                                                                                                  Wow, Megan, you read my mind."                                                                                                                       Shall we?"                                                                                                                                                                         We shall!" and then we (I), would laugh elegantly like a rich duchess from Downton Abbey.          “Haw-haw-haw-haw-haw-haw"

Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

But just look at these onions! They're like precious jewels behind a glass casing but yet, they are just onions. I used to hate onions as a kid and if a raw one sneakily slipped into my mouth, I would cough loudly as if they were “too hot" or something? I don't know, I was weird. Pickled onions are underrated though. They are a perfect condiment or addition bringing a little sweet and a little acid. This one is very quick to make but sometimes I do an even faster pickle of onions if you need them in a pinch which I'll share quickly with you now.

Quickest Pickled Onion: (these take only 2 minutes instead of 5) Start these before the rest of your meal so they're ready when you're finished. Slice some red onion very very thinly, almost shaved. Put into a bowl, add a pinch of salt, cover in vinegar of your choice (red wine, white wine, rice wine, balsamic, apple cider) for 10 minutes or more. While they are pickling", make the rest of your meal. And voila! Pickled onions for all!

But the onions in this post have more depth and it gives you a whole jar.                                     And bonus! When all the onions are gone, use the infused vinegar with olive oil for salad dressing. 

Things To Put Pickled Onions On:

  • Tacos! Just pile them on and everything will be muy bien. You can also add pickled jalapenos + the lesser credited pickled radishes if you like. 
  • Cheese +/or charcuterie boards! A nice crunchy mustard and pickled onions are essentials.
  • Salads.  Greek, garden, ceasar–I don't care what salad it is. You should just do it. 
  • Sandwiches. Grilled cheese, burgers, anything with meat (chicken, bacon, pulled pork, roast beef, brisket, etc) because they cut the rich fattiness of all these with their acidity.
  • Fancy hotdogs, here we come. 
  • Pizza
  • Eggs– add into scrambled or throw some on top of any style.
  • Bagels with lox + cream cheese. Add some cucumber, dill + capers and we've got a serious bagel party.
  • Avocado toast. Just dump everything and anything on avocado toast. 
  • Mashed potatoes + gravy
  • Rice + beans
Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Quick + Easy Pickled Onions || Only a few ingredients and ready to eat in 20 minutes! Perfect for salads, tacos, cheese/meat boards, sandwiches + pizza! Plant based, dairy free, gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

QUICK + EASY PICKLED ONIONS

 

t h e   m a g i c 

i n s p i r a t  i o n :                 We must preserve, Winter is coming!!!

t h e   f e e l s :                          acidic, sweet, crunchy, zingy (it's a word, I checked.)

e a t   w i t h :                            I was overly excited and listed them above. Also, wine. Because always                                                              wine. 

m i g h t    l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :               canning, sweet corn relish, fermenting, gift baskets,                                                                                                   homemade Christmas presents, ploughman's lunch,                                                                                                   feeling fancy

t h e   s c i e n c e 

makes one 250 ml jar || prep time: 5 minutes || wait time: 15 minutes minimum

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 1 small - medium red onion
  • 3/4 cup white wine or rice wine vinegar (I used white wine this time)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar, honey, agave, coconut sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half (optional)
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme (optional)
  • 10 peppercorns (optional)

other additions you can try: chili pepper, bay leaf, mustard seed, coriander seed, allspice berries, whole cloves, whatever you want really.

m e t h o d :

  1. Put a kettle of water on the stovetop to boil. Slice onion into 1/4 inch rings. Put onion into strainer and pour boiling water over top. Let drain. 
  2. In a glass jar–add vinegar, salt, sugar (or other sweetener), and other additions + spices. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. 
  3. Add rings of onion. Will be ready to eat in about 15-30 minutes.

* Will last for about 2 weeks in the fridge.

* Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.