Fermented Buckwheat & Cashew Porridge

Fermented Buckwheat Porridge

My Fermented Buckwheat & Cashew Porridge is ideal if you wanna just change things up every now and again. As you prepare it the night before (or even 2-3 nights), it’s also great for those very early mornings and you just can’t be bothered with doing anything at all. 

You can also vary it and adjust it to your personal likings quite easily. You can use any nuts (without skin) that you want and you can substitute the nut butter, yoghurt & fruits for your personal favourites. This way you can make this dish 100% yours. And don’t forget, that you can use any toppings you like. Simply bear in mind, that berries are full of fibre & polyphenols and are therefore perfect if you want to keep your breakfast healthy, as well as delicious.

Why ferment something?

Now, maybe you’re wondering: “Why would you ferment your breakfast?”

Well, that’s actually quite and easy answer. Once you ferment the buckwheat, all the positive nutrients multiply and the buckwheat becomes some sort of super grain. I mean, why wouldn’t you want something delicious you’re eating to be super healthy as well, right? You can make this with sprouted buckwheat, too. Simply wash & drain your buckwheat groats every 8 hours, after soaking them overnight. They should be ready after 2 days. Once fully sprouted, the amount of nutrients is even higher. Also, make sure not to use water with chloride in it as it’s stopping your body from absorbing the beneficial nutrients.

I will publish an entire blog entry in relation to this topic soon. Stay tuned!! 🙂

Fermented Buckwheat & Cashew Porridge

Fermented Buckwheat Cashew Porridge

10-Minute Raw Fermented Buckwheat Porridge
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: glutenfree, lactose-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 cup cashews (or anyother nuts without skin)
  • 0.5 l almond milk (or any other nut milk)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 dates
  • berries as topping
  • mango as topping
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions

  • Firstly, we start with soaking the buckwheat groats. The night before you want to eat it, wash the buckwheat until the water runs clear. Then, place it into a bowl with water. The water should be 1 cm above the groats as they will expand overnight. Place a kitchen towel or plate over the bowl and leave to soak overnight. Place the cahsews in a different bowl, covered with water, and also soak overnight.
  • Before preparing the porridge, place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak for about 5 minutes.
  • While the dates are soaking, drain the buckwheat groats and cashews and place them into a food processor or mixer, together with the banana, dates, almond butter and almond milk. Mix until smooth & creamy.
  • Serve in a bowl, topped with different berries, some mango and different seeds.
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I hope you enjoy my fermented Buckwheat & Cashew Porridge & I’d love to see your versions of it.

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Love Carolin 💕 

Blueberry & Almond Overnight Oats

Blueberry & Almond Overnight Oats

 

My Blueberry & Almond Overnight Oats are a real lifesaver – they’re high in fibres, antioxidants & energy, but also they literally don’t take ANY time in the morning (’cause you prepare them the night / a couple of nights before).

Just remember the last time you woke up, it’s 08:45 am and you realised you overslept. So you rushed out of bed, threw some clothes on & rushed out of your house – without breakfast. Who doesn’t know this moment?! Well, with overnight-oats, at least now you’re able to have some some breakfast without leaving first, or maybe on the way to work or even at your desk – BUT you won’t miss out on breakfast or compromise for something unhealthy from the shop down the street. 

Also, as my blueberry & almond overnight oats come in a jar, you can take them anywhere you like and eat them whenever you feel like. Therefore, I tend to eat them as a snack as well. Simply divide in half and you have your perfect afternoon snack. Additionally, I have a small portion of it before I go to the gym in the mornings. That way, I avoid working out on an empty stomach. 😊

Blueberry & Almond Overnight Oats

Prep Time5 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: breakfast, gluten-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Carolin Vater

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oats certified gluten-free, if applicable
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped almonds
  • a handful blueberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Almond joghurt
  • vegan milk (ideally almond milk)

optional

  • 1 tbsp almond butter only add, when everything already mixed

Instructions

  • Firstly take a 200ml marmelade glass and add the oats. It's very important to start with the oats. Should you start with the chia seeds, they will stick to the bottom of the glass and don't really mix well.
  • Next, add everything else apart from the blueberries (and almond butter if you use it). Put the lid on & shake well.
  • Add the blueberries (& almond butter, if you're using it). Shake well again.
  • Place in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight.
  • Enjoy straight from the fridge or take out a little before. Top up with some more blueberries or granola and enjoy as a wholesome breakfast, snack or dessert.
Blueberry & Almond Overnight Oats

As you already know, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, which is why I am posting so many breakfast recipes here. My Blueberry & Almond Overnight Oats are no exception and, when working, I tend to have them 2-3 times a week. I even prepare them ahead of time for my entire family if we have a lot of busy mornings scheduled.

 

 

As always, I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Go ahead, try it & let me know if you like it.

If you’re looking for more breakfast recipes, try my Granola or Porridge recipes. You can find all my other recipes here.

I am also happy for any suggestions, should you be missing any breakfast essentials you wanna eat the CarrotsKitchen Way.

Until next week & happy cooking!

Love, Carolin 💕

Blueberry & Almond

Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils & Rice

Roasted Cauliflower

Want to win over your meat-eating friends to the side of vegetarians? Then, you should try my Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils & Rice. It’s a hearty, delicious & 100% filling dish. No one will feel like they need something else afterwards. I call it the perfect “vegetarian starter dish”, because no one ever really misses meat, when eating it. So it’s perfect for everyone who wants to switch to a more plant-based diet. 

Further, it’s great, if you want to cook something out of the ordinary, e.g. for a special occasion like a dinner party, birthday, etc (or even Christmas). You might say it’s a dish to blow minds, really. Also, it is easy to prepare & naturally gluten-free, but a real joyride for your tastebuds. Full of fibres, proteins & polyphenols. 

The last time, I made this dish, I made it for some friends and they were so impressed by it, that I decided it had to go up on my blog. Now, as it takes quite a while to cook, particularly the cauliflower, I don’t cook it too often. It does perfectly replace a Sunday roast, though. 

As I mentioned, you can even make a Christmas-dish out of it. Simply vary the herbs & spices. You might want to add cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and/or star anise to the dish, in order to make it more suitable for Christmas. For the lentils, you can add a whole cinnamon stick to it, while cooking. Replace the paprika with Brussel sprouts (or other winter vegetable). Et voila, your perfect Christmas Roast. 🙂

Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils & Rice

a whole roasted cauliflower with rice, lentils & a juicy tomato sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: gluten-free, oriental, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: gluten-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil extra virgine
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup water
  • 0.75 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 handful coriander
  • 1 handful parsley

Veggie & Lentil Rice

  • 1 cup rice any will do
  • 1 cup lentils brown or green are best
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 onion
  • 0.25 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp veggie stock powder
  • salt & pepper to season

Side

  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to season

Instructions

Roasted Cauliflower

  • As the cauliflower will need the longest time to be fully cooked, we need to start with preparing it first. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • Next, in a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, finely chopped garlic, salt, pepper, cumin & paprika. Cut the cauliflower stalk, if necessary & place the cauliflower with the stalk down into a baking dish.
  • Take the marinade and rub the cauliflower with it. You'll get the best taste, if you really message it in properly. Place the cauliflower into the middle of the baking dish and cover the entire dish with aluminum foil (or a waste-free alternative). You might also use a casserole dish with a lid. Bake for about 40 minutes with the lid. (If the cauliflower is especially large, you may need to adjust the baking time a little.) Bake another 20 without lid / alumium foil, so the cauliflower can brown properly.
  • Last, but not least. Add chopped tomatoes, water, chopped coriander & parsley and some salt & pepper directly to the baking dish / casserole. Bake for another 10 minutes, so the sauce can soak up all the spices.

Paprika & Lentil Rice

  • First, chop the onion, garlic & paprika. It can be as small or big as you like. I tend to chop the paprika into bigger chunks as I like them to stay a little bit crunchy. Wash the lentils in a colander. (Otherwise the lentils might get a little too starchy.)
  • Next, place 1-2 tbsp olive oil into a pot, add the onion, garlic & paprika and roast for about 2-3 minutes. Add the tomatoe puree, salt & pepper. Once fully incorporated add the water.
  • When the water starts to boil, add the vegetable stock, rice & lentils. Turn the cooker down to low heat & cook the rice & lentil mix with the lid on, until most of the water has been soaked up. Take the lid off and add the chopped tomatoes. Leave simmering, on very low heat, until the cauliflower is done.

Spinach side

  • Heat a big pan. Crush the garlic clove with a big knive and add to the pan, together with the spinach. Put a lid on an leave until spinach starts shrinking. The spinach should be done within 2 minutes.

How to serve the dish

  • Place a big spoonful of the rice-lentil mix on a plate, place some spinach on top. Add the cauliflower on top of it & finish off with some of the tomato sauce from the cauliflower dish.
Roasted Cauliflower

This Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils & Rice is one of my absolute favourites to impress people. If you wanna impress someone even more, try making my plum crumble or my Chocolate-Courgette Cake as a dessert. I’m sure your dinner guests will be in heaven. 🙂

As always, I’m happy to see your version of this dish and I’m happy for any suggestions you might have. I can only say, that my roasted cauliflower with lentils & rice is one of my absolute favourites. 

I’m also happy to know, what kind of recipes you want to see on my blog going forward. Simply comment below or send me an email here

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Happy Cooking & until next week.

Love, Carolin 💕

Oat & Buckwheat Plum Crumble

Why Gluten-free Crumble?

Using oats & buckwheat flour for my gluten-free crumble was an easy choice – first, oats are often used in “normal” crumble & second, buckwheat has a lovely nutty flavour. Long story short, my Oat & Buckwheat Plum Crumble was born. But why Crumble? Well, aside from having lived in the UK, where I ate it many many times, it’s easy to prepare ahead of time, it’s delicious even cold (great as a quick breakfast the next morning) & it’s simply delicious. There aren’t many things I enjoy as much as a good crumble. The soft, gooey & warm filling with the crunchy, yet buttery topping… it’s simply amazing. 

Plum Crumble

I, personally, am a big fan of plums, but you could use any combination of fruit really… A classic is apple crumble. Just make sure to either sauté the apple pieces in a saucepan before or cut them small enough to fully bake in the oven. You can mix apple & pear, apple & blueberries, make a berry crumble with loads of different berries – really, use your favourites. 

Oat & Buckwheat Plum Crumble

easy, gluten-free & vegan crumble - the perfect dessert for any kind of dinner
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins

Ingredients

Crumble Filling

  • 1 kg plums
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar / coconut sugar or whatever sweetener you like

Crumble Topping

  • 100 g butter / organic vegan margarine
  • 200 g gluten-free oats quick or instant oats (they should be small)*
  • 100 g buckwheat flour or any other gf flour**
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp almond slices

Instructions

  • First, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Next, cut the plums into small pieces. Add them to a bowl, together with the cinnamon & sugar. Mix & fill into a casserole dish & set aside.
  • Finally, place the butter (it shouldn't come straight from the fridge, yet not too warm either), oats, buckwheat flower, spieces & sugar in the bowl & mix well until it starts to crumble. I find, it works best, simply using my hands. If you think it's still to wet, simly add a little more buckwheat flour or some more oats. If it's too dry, add a tablespoon of butter.
  • Add the crumble to the casserole, top with some fine almond slices & place it in the middle part of your oven. Cook roughly 20-30 minutes, until the crumble becomes a little brown.
  • Once finished baking, top with some puffed quinoa or millet if you like. Serve with vegan whipped cream (such as coconut cream) or some custard. I can also recomment vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

Notes

* I like using half millet flakes & half oats. Gives them a lovely taste & millet flakes tend to be smaller, which makes a finer crumble. 
** You can use almost any gluten-free flour. Only corn flour & coconut flour will be difficult, as they need way more moisture than other flours, so you would need to adjust the butter amount accordingly. 
Plum Crumble

I do hope you’ll love this recipe as much as I do. If you do try my gluten-free oat & buckwheat plum crumble, let me know in the comments below or send me an email here. For more recipes click here. 

Happy Baking & Cooking. Until next week.

Love, 

Carolin 💕

Quinoa Buckwheat Granola (gluten-free)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Naturally, it should be celebrated and consumed with a lot of time and without any stress at all. Don’t you think it is important to start relaxed into the day? Won’t the rest of the day be better as well? As work and everything else is already stressful enough, let’s create 15 minutes of peace to enjoy my Quinoa Buckwheat Granola and start into the day – the right way. 

My Quinoa Buckwheat Granola is one of my everyday breakfasts as it’s east to prepare, very satisfying & nutritious. Therefore, it’s suitable for those days, when you don’t have the time to make scrambled eggs, porridge or pancakes, but you still want something great for breakfast. Something, that’ll leave you satisfied, happy & motivates you for the entire day.

Quinoa Buckwheat Granola

The preparation of my Quinoa Buckwheat Granola itself is also easy & can fit everyones needs. Furthermore, it is very easy to adapt to the ingredients you’ve already got at home. In conclusion, there’s no need to go shopping only to make Granola.

Quinoa Buckwheat Granola

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: breakfast, gluten-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian, wholefood
Servings: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 100 g buckwheat groats
  • 150 g quinoa (raw)
  • 150 g rolled oats or other flakes, such as millet flakes
  • 100 g pumpkin seeds
  • 75 g sunflower seeds
  • 50 g chia seeds
  • 100 g mixed nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 75 g coconut chips
  • 100 ml maple syrup or date / agave syrup
  • 75 ml coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 100 g raisins or mix cranberries & raisins
  • 50 g dried apricots (finely chopped)

Instructions

  • First, rinse the quinoa well until the water runs clear. Next, place the quinoa and 300 ml water into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring the heat down and let it simmer for around 12 minutes with the lid on. If there's still a lot of water left after 12 minutes, take the lid off and leave on heat until no water is remaining. We want a well-cooked, but fluffy quinoa. Therefore, please refrain from stirring the quinoa too much while cooking. Once done, transfer it to a mixing bowl and let it cool.
  • Next, set a pot with the oil, syrup & cinnaom on low heat. While this slowly heats up, you can add your buckwheat groats, oats, seeds, nuts & coconut chips to the quinoa. Pour in the oil & sirup mixture, combine well and let it soak for about 10 minutes. 
  • Finally, add the mixture to a baking sheet, laid out with parchment paper. I usually spread it around 1 cm thick, but it depends on the size of your baking tray. (If you have enough Granola for more than 1 tray, but not enough for 2, I'd add it all together.)
  • Bake the granola at 160 degrees for 20 minutes. Sir it and bake for another 20 minutes. If it's getting too dark, simply turn down the heat to 140 degrees. (Remember to increase your baking time, if you have more granola on 1 baking tray. You can probably add another 10-15 minutes, giving it another stir after the second 20 minutes.) 
  • Take it out, add the dried fruits and leave it to cool completely. Store it in an airtight container for 4 to 6 weeks. 
    Enjoy with loads of fresh berries & nut milk or some yoghurt. 

A little ingredient recommendation

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If you have any other favourites, let me know in the comments below! 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly hungry now!

As always, if you try out my recipe, I’d love to see your version of it!!

 

Happy Cooking,

Carolin 💕

 

P.S.

For more breakfast recipes check out my glutenfree porridge.

 

Looking for Guest Posters & Collaborators

I'm looking for guest posters & collaborators for my blog!

Today, I’m calling on all gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian foodies & food photographers because I’m looking for guest posters & collaborators. In addition, I’m interested in wellness & health bloggers, lifestyle & zero-waste enthusiasts. Further, if you’re writing about anything else and feel you have something to contribute to my blog, please feel free to contact me.

I firmly believe, that helping each other is a key component in todays social media community. For me, an exchange of information is a big part of it – inspiring each other & being inspired by others. I mean, where’s the harm in promoting other bloggers & brands you believe in!? So, let’s help each other & let’s get the most out of social media. Certainly, there’s enough “space” for all of us & a stable community is a big part of a stable & happy life.

Therefore, I’m searching YOU! If you think it’s a fit for you and you’re interested:

  • fill out the form below
  • send me an email here; or
  • leave a comment, after this post!

You don’t speak English? No problem! I speak different languages. Next to German, I speak English, Spanish & some French. Therefore, feel free to contact me anyways & we’ll work something out together!

In conclusion, I’m looking for:

  • food bloggers (vegan, vegetarian, glutenfree)
  • travelling foodies
  • food photographers
  • wellness & health bloggers
  • lifestyle bloggers
  • zero-waste bloggers

I’m looking for guest posters & collaborators. You want to collaborate? Simply fill out the form below! 🙂

    I'm also looking for guest posting opportunities!

    Now that you know, what I believe in, I would also be honoured to become a part of YOUR community and write something for your blog. It might be a recipe, a post about my issues with gluten-intolerance, my experience as a third-culture kid or something travel related.

    Not sure if I’m a good fit for your blog? Find out more about me and my story here or simply comment below or send me an email. Additionally, you can find me on instagram facebook.

    Furthermore, as mentioned above, I can write in English, Spanish & German!

    Looking for guest posters & collaborators.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you & collaborating with you!!

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    Mediterranean Pasta & Rocket Salad (gluten-free)

    Another summer day, another salad – My Mediterranean Pasta & Rocket Salad.

    Trust me, once you ate it, you won’t be able to survive the summer without it. It’s perfect as a side dish for a barbecue with friends & family or as a main dish on it’s own. Delicious warm as well as right from the fridge, should you wanna make it ahead of time.

    Dried tomato, olives & rocket make the perfect combination for a mediterranean flavour. Raw courgette, one of my favourite salad ingredients, also finds a place in this salad and delivers important nutrients. 

    Delicious Pasta & Rocket Salad

    Which pasta do I use? And why? Well, I usually use Farfalle or Fusilli for pasta salad. Their unique shape makes it easier for the oil, spices & flavours to stick to every single piece, so the overall taste is usually way better balanced.

    I can especially recommend the pasta from Schaer and Barilla is also a great choice. You can order them here & save some money.

    Schär Pasta Fusilli

    Barilla Fusilli gluten free

    If you want a healthier option, try red lentil (or other vegetable) pasta. Just make sure to undercook them slightly, as they will become a little bit softer after being cooked.

    Red Lentil Pasta Barilla

    Mediterranean Pasta & Rocket Salad

    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time10 mins
    Total Time30 mins
    Course: Main Course, Salad
    Cuisine: glutenfree
    Keyword: glutenfree, vegan, vegetarian, wholefood
    Servings: 2 servings

    Ingredients

    • 250 g short glutenfree pasta (e.g. Penne)
    • 1 small courgette
    • 1/2 packet rocket salad
    • 2 spring onions alternatively 1 shallot
    • 1/2 glass sundried tomatoes in olive oil
    • 1/2 can olives without stones (green or black)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil + some of the oil from the dried tomatoes
    • salt & pepper
    • 3 tbsp pine nuts
    • 1/2 Feta Cheese (if not vegan)

    Instructions

    • Start with cooking the pasta. Use 1 litre of water & 1 heaped teaspoon of salt per 100g of pasta. Add the pasta once the water is boiling and cook the pasta without the lid. It should take roughly 8 minutes, but check on the package. Don't overcook the pasta, they should be perfectly al dente for the salad. Once fully cooked, pour into a colander, add to a salad bowl and mix with the of olive oil.
    • While the pasta is cooling down, cut the courgette into small pieces and add to the bowl. Make sure to take out the watery bit in the middle of the courgette, otherwise the salad will later become watery. Cut the spring onions and olives into rings and the tomatoes into small pieces.
    • Add everything to the bowl, season with salt, pepper & a little of the tomatoe oil. Lastly, add the rocket (wash if not washed) & pine nuts, mix everything & enjoy.
    • For non-vegans, you might add some feta-cheese or goats-cheese. Foe vegans, some vegan feta could be a great addition. You can also roast the pine nuts, for some extra flavour.

    I don’t know about you, but only writing this and adding all these pictures, I got really hungry. So I’m gonna eat a bowl of this delicious salad now. I hope you like the recipe as much as I do. If you do & if you make it, I’d love to hear about it and see a picture. Should you have any questions, just add a comment below! 🙂

    Happy cooking,

    Carolin

    P.s. If you want any more salad recipes check out the below:

    Quinoa Salad 

    Endive Salad

    Quick & Easy Endive Salad (gluten-free)

    Yayyyyy, it’s summer, so naturally there’s another salad for my collection – one of my favourites: my quick & easy Endive Salad (gluten-free) with radish & avo. Also, salads are usually gluten-free, I mean unless you add croutons or similar. So it really is a no-brainer, to eat salad when you’re living gluten-free.

    During summer, I eat salad almost every day – it’s light & fresh, fighting the summer heat. There’s one little downside to eating that much salad though – I have to invent new salads allllll the time, as I get bored of salad way to easy.

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    Gluten-free Endive Salad with Radish & Avocado

    Quick & Easy Endive Salad (gluten-free)

    Prep Time15 mins
    Total Time15 mins
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: glutenfree
    Keyword: glutenfree, vegan, vegetarian
    Servings: 4 servings

    Ingredients

    Salad

    • 4 endive salads
    • 10 radishes
    • 1 avocado
    • 1/2 feta cheese
    • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds

    Salad Dressing

    • 1 tsp mustard
    • 6 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 lemon (juice)
    • 1 tbsp balsamico vinagre
    • salt & pepper

    Instructions

    • Take the endives and cut small rings (about 1 cm), starting at the top of the salad. Once you reach the bottom, make sure to take out the stalk, as it's quite bitter & hard. Wash the salad & place into a salad bowl.
    • Next, slice the radish rather thin and also add to the salad bowl. Cut the avocado into little squares (roughly 1cmx1cm) and add to the bowl as well.
    • Last, but not least, cut the feta cheese into squares as well and place them into the salad bowl. If you're vegan, simply leave the feta cheese or use any "fresh-tasting" vegan cheese you can find instead. Add the sunflower seeds on top of everything.
    • For the dressing, take a small jar and add mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon & balsamico vinagre. Close the jar & shake. Once you're happy with the consistency & taste simply pour over the salad. Mix well, serve & enjoy.
    Gluten-free Endive Salad with Radish & Avocado

    The dressing I use is my standard dressing, so you’ll find it in most of my recipes. If you eat a lot of salad during the week, you can make a bigger portion and store it in the jar in your fridge for a week or so.

    Let me know, if you like my quick & easy endive salad (gluten-free) with radish & avo. As always, I’m happy to see your versions of my recipe.

     

    Gluten-free Endive Salad with Radish & Avocado

    P.S. Looking for more salad recipes?

    Try my Quinoa Salad 

    Happy cooking & until next week, Carolin. 🙂

    The Best Glutenfree Instant Porridge

    Breakfast, for me, is the most important meal of the day & with the best glutenfree instant porridge, I look forward to getting up, every morning!

    After eating plain porridge for a good few years, I had to come up with something a little bit more satisfying. This recipe is inspired by Jamie Olivers’ Granola Dust, because it turns boring porridge oats into a perfect breakfast bowl.

    Topped with your favourite fruits, some seeds & a little maple syrup it’s the base for the perfect start to a fantastic day.

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    The best glutenfree instant porridge

    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Resting Time15 mins
    Total Time45 mins
    Course: Breakfast
    Keyword: breakfast, glutenfree, vegan, vegetarian
    Servings: 35 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 kg oats
    • 250 g nuts
    • 125 g seeds
    • 250 g dried fruits
    • 2 tbsp cinnamon
    • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp espresso omit or exchange for caffeine free if children will eat the porridge.
    • 2 tbsp psyllium husk

    Instructions

    • Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
    • Next, place the oats / flakes, nuts & seeds in a large baking tray. Mix & bake for 15 minutes, stirring half-way through.
    • Last, but not least, take out the baking tray, add the dried fruits, cocoa powder, espresso & psyllium husk, mix well & let it cool for around 15 minutes.
    • Add the mixture to your food processor and blend it until you reach the desired consistency - I like it finely ground, as it cooks faster in the morning. You might want to blend it in smaller portions, depending on the size of your blender. I usually divide it into 3-4 portions.
    • Finally, for breakfast, place 50g of instant porridge (roughly 2 big serving spoons) and 250 ml of milk (I prefer oat or almond milk) into a small pot and heat on medium heat. Once simmering, turn down to low heat until it reaches the desired consistency. If you like it thicker, just use less milk and if you like it thinner, simply add a little more milk. Serve with your favourite toppings, such as fresh berries, hemp seeds, maple syrup.
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    At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, which kind of oats, nuts, seeds & fruits you should use… 

    I usually use, whatever I have left at home. I’ve used combinations with cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts and many more. For seeds, I’ve used chia, sesame, hemp, sunflower & pumpkin seeds and I also used many dried fruits ranging from apricots to raisins.

    Further, I ,usually, use a variety of oats. Around 250 g each of millet flakes and classic oats. The rest is a mix of buckwheat, rice & quinoa flakes. I like to mix it up, as the other flakes are higher in protein and other nutrients.

    As you can see, there’s no right or wrong, just let your creativity flow and choose your favourites!! I’m sure you’ll love the best glutenfree instant porridge recipe – no matter which ingredients you use! 

    As always, I hope you have fun trying my recipe.

    Show me your results by using #carrotskitchen or simply comment below. 🙂

    Happy cooking,

    Carolin

    Glutenfree Guide London by CarrotsKitchen

    Well, don’t we all know the pain, searching for a restaurant, coffeeshop, … that meets our dietary restrictions & allergies? The answer: The Glutenfree Guide London by CarrotsKitchen.

    Basically, I’ve started making my own list of glutenfree and quality approved eateries. Where else would I start, if not in the city, that stole my heart so many years ago? That’s right: the one & only – London City! So, below I’ve listed the first few places. As I’ll be back and forth (probably my entire life), I’ll go along and add more and more places to this list!

    Restaurants / Coffee Shops

    Leggero Soho

    Leggero is a fully glutenfree Italian restaurant – a very good one at that! They make their own pasta, delicious bread and many other things! Definitely worth a visit next time you’re over in London. They’re also at Mercato Metropolitano in Borough.

    Kalifornia Kitchen

    California Kitchen is not a glutenfree restaurant, but they have so many glutenfree options, it might as well be one. It’s a fully vegan restaurant and they have the most delicious bowls, amazing breakfast and very delicious coffee, with any kind of vegan milk you can imagine. Just off Tottenham Court Road station, it’s the perfect stop from a busy day shopping along Oxford Street.

    Pret-a-Manger

    While Pret-a-Manger is not at all a glutenfree eatery, they have implemented quite a few delicious glutenfree alternatives, from sandwiches to muesli bars, you can find almost everything important. Another bonus: Pret-a-Manger is really easy to find, everywhere across the city. Therefore, it’s perfect, for those, who just want to grab something on the go, no matter where they are.

    Senzala – creperie, bar & cafe – Brixton

    It’s been years since I first tried a Galette at Senzala. They’re simply delicious. They offer a wide range from classic from ham, egg & cheese to specials, such as the Senzala (I can recommend this one). Everything I tried there over the years was outstanding. And as they follow the original recipe and use buckwheat flour only, their Galettes are naturally glutenfree.

    Bakeries

    Vida Bakery Bricklane

    The Vida Bakery can be easily overlooked in the busy Bricklane. Especially on Sundays, when the Bricklane Market attracts oh so many tourists. Nevertheless, watch out for it, go inside and take a short break from the market madness; enjoy a coffee and some lovely glutenfree snacks. Everything homemade and a lovely service as well. 

    BeyondBread

    BeyondBread is a glutenfree bakery / coffee shop. Their profits range from many different breads, which are all delicious to the most amazing pastries. Do I have to say another word? No, not really… Tasty glutenfree pastry is a real rarity – so go off for a lovely weekend brunch and eat some pastry at BeyondBread!

     

    On my next visit, I am going to Niche Glutenfree Restaurant and Romeos’ Bakery, so they will be my next addition.

    If there are any other places I forgot or you want to see on the Glutenfree Guide London by CarrotsKitchen, just comment below or send me an email here.

    I’d be happy to hear if you try any of the above on your next visit. If you do, let me know what you think!

    Until then, happy eating,

    Carolin

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