Chestnut, pointed and red cabbage & potatoes au gratin

Now, this is a real winter dish and cabbage is the seasonal eat you may want to opt for as it packs a nutritional punch. This recipe is normally neither vegeterian nor vegan, so I modified it to come up with a 100% plant-based option of this home-made hearty and panfresh dish! Hope you’ll like it!

Ingredients for 2


Cut cabbage and cubed potatoes
  1. Finely chop onion and garlic and set aside in a small dish.
  2. Cut the cabbages into about 1-2cm pieces or shred, as you prefer. Set aside.
  3. Cube the potatoes and set aside.
  4. Prepare the soy mince as per package instructions and fry with the oil in a pan, adding salt and Tabasco to taste. Fry for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add the minced onion and garlic and keep frying.
  6. Roughly chop the chestnuts, or add them whole and fry for 1-2 minutes before delgazing the pan with some white wine.
  7. Add the cut cabbage and the cubed potatoes and fry the mix for a couple of minutes before adding some more white wine and placing a lid onto the pan to allow the vegetable mix to simmer for about 20-30 minutes on a low heat.
  8. Cut or grate the smoked cashew cheese and place into the pan, turning off the heat. Place the lid back on for a couple of minutes allowing the cheese to melt.
  9. Enjoy 🙂 !!

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Smoked cashew cheese

vegan smoked cheese served with red grapes on a wooden board
Credit: LifeStroll

It’s an absolute must to include some homemade vegan cheese receipes this month, for Veganuary. Most people struggle to become fully plant-based becasue they cannot imagine ever giving up cheese. Fear not – there are fabulous homemade options, and more and more seem to populate the www every single day. Our appetite for cheese seems unsatiable, so your wish is our command.

Adapting the plant-based lifestyle is not, nor shall it be, about “missing out”, or “restrictions”. There are so many wonderful opportunities to explore the new rich variety of plant-based cheeses, and making your own cheese – c’mon – how awesome is that? No highly processed “plastic” cheese and you know exactly what goes into it. Win – win!


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 3 Tbsp tapioca
  • 2 Tbsp Kappa Carrageenan


  1. Soak cashew nuts over night.
  2. Combine the water, soaked cashews, nutritional yeast flakes, coconut oil, liquid smoke, salt, smoked paprika, and granulated onion in a blender and blend until super smooth; i.e., until there aren’t any bits of nuts left. Add the tapioca and Kappa Carrageenan, and blend for 5 to 10 seconds until smooth.
  3. Pour the cashew mixture into a large saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking continually. Continue cooking, stirring the mix continuously for about 7-9 minutes until it has thickened nicely and is very glossy.
  4. Pour the cheese into a smallish container that can contain a minimum of 2 cups volume like a small loaf pan or a glass bowl.
  5. If properly cooked, the cheese will start to set right away. Allow the cheese to set at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then cover and refrigerate the cheese to finish setting for 3 to 4 hours.
  6. If the cheese doesn’t set up properly that means you haven’t cooked it long enough, if this happens to you, throw it back into the saucepan and cook for a few minutes more! It’ll re-melt and then you can pour it back into the mold for it to solidify.
  7. Remove the cheese from the mold and serve.
Smoked vegan cashew cheese served on wooden platter with red grapes
Credit: 86 Eats

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So it’s been a long night to bid 2018 farewell? Maybe we had a glass of Champagne too much? Or an awesome party with friends and a variety of mixed drinks? Are we feeling a bit hungover today?

There is a nutritious and wholesome solution to get into shape – quickly! Rehydrating and soothing for an upset stomach!


Ginger Miso Broth

  • 2 tsp sesame or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely-minced
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp freshly minced ginger (or crushed ginger paste)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp miso paste
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

For the Ginger Miso Soba Soup

Soba noodles
  • 115gr soba (buckwheat) noodles
  • 1/2 cup fresh shitake mushrooms, roughly-chopped
  • 1 cup (packed) kale leaves, roughly-chopped
  • 200gr firm or extra-firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup spring onion, chopped
  • small handful of radish sprouts, pea shoots, bean sprouts, etc.
  • sesame seeds and/or chili flakes, for serving


Make the Broth:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the onion, garlic and ginger, and cook for a few minutes until softened.
  2. Add the soy sauce, and stir to combine. Cook for another minute then add the stock, cover and bring to a boil. Remove the lid, and let simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.
  3. Ladle a half cup or so of the broth into a small bowl. Stir in the miso paste and whisk until dissolved. Pour the miso broth into the pot and simmer for a minute or two to heat through (but don’t let come to a boil).

Prepare the Ginger Miso Soba Soup:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to package directions, about 3 minutes.
  2. Alternatively, cook the soba noodles in the simmering ginger broth, prior to adding the miso. Add the mushrooms and kale and cook for a minute or two to soften.

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It’s not only cutting your carbon footprint but minimising many other environmental malpractices, too. If you’re interested to learn more about the harmful impact on lifestock on the environment, we recommend you read this. Plant-power to you!

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