Fried Seitan Schnitzel (vegan) / Seitan pohanci (veganski)

This recipe is still a bit of a work in progress, but I’m so excited that I’m just going to share it right away and maybe do an update as I tweak it around more. Honestly, the meaty flavor and texture are so on point here that I am thoroughly convinced that the majority (if not all) store-bought meat products out there have various percentages of seitan sneaked into them as well.

But anyhow, without further ado here’s an awesome vegan schnitzel recipe for you all to try out. Also, please note that these are super filling and try as you may, a small amount of gluten flour yields huge amounts of seitan. Which means that is also a really great budget-friendly option.

I decided to fry the schnitzels in the oven to reduce oil and make them a bit healthier. Feel free to deep-fry them, or use an air fryer, though.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.27 EUR per serving / 1.08 EUR for all)

For seitan:

2 tbsp chickpea flour (0.13 EUR)

6 tbsp gluten flour (0.40 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

½ cup water (–)

For frying:

1 cup all-purpose flour (0.07 EUR)

½ cup water (–)

1 cup breadcrumbs (0.20 EUR)

4 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.05 EUR)

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METHOD:

In a bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, gluten flour, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Add in the oil, soy sauce and water. Stir for a few seconds until a shabby dough forms, then knead it lightly for a minute. Divide the dough into half and flatten it as much as you can. Wrap loosely in aluminum foil, then steam for about 40 minutes.

Once seitan is done steaming, carefully unwrap it and allow it to cool a bit. Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, if you’re frying seitan schnitzels in the oven. Cut each piece of seitan into quarters. In a bowl, whisk together flour and water. Dunk seitan chunks into flour and water mix, shake off excess batter and coat the pieces with breadcrumbs. Repeat until all seitan chunks are coated. Brush each piece of seitan with oil on both sides and spread them out on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until crispy and golden brown to your liking.

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Ovaj recept je još uvijek djelomično u razvoju, ali sam i sad već jako uzbuđena sa rezultatom, pa sam ga odlučila objaviti i eventualno kasnije nešto prepraviti kako budem modificirala stvari. Iskreno, po meni su i tekstura i okus mesa odlično nabodeni, tako da sam sve više uvjerena da većina dućanskih mesnih proizvoda (ako ne i svi), imaju u sebi neki postotak podmetnutog seitana.

No, bez daljnjeg otezanja, evo vam odličan recept za veganske pohane šnicle da ga isprobate. Također, uzmite u ubzir da su ovi pohanci jako zasitni, a od samo male količine glutenskog brašna dobiti ćete ogromnu količinu seitana. Stoga je ovo jelo ujedno i super opcija za male budžete.

Ja sam odlučila pohance peći u pečnici da smanjim količinu ulja i da budu malo zdraviji. Vi ih slobodno ispohajte na tavi ili u air fryeru, ako ga imate.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 2,28 kn po porciji / 9,11 kn za sve)

Za seitan:

2 žlice slanutkovog brašna (1,00 kn)

6 žlica glutenskog brašna (3,00 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

½ šalice vode (–)

Za pohanje:

1 šalica glatkog brašna (0,50 kn)

½ šalice vode (–)

1 šalica krušnih mrvica (1,50 kn)

4 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,40 kn)

PRIPREMA:

U zdjelici pomiješajte slanutkovo brašno, glutensko brašno, sol, češnjak i papar. Dodajte ulje, soja sos i vodu, pa kratko promiješajte da se formira labavo tijesto. Rukom promijesite samo minutu, pa podijelite tijesto na dva dijela. Spljoštite svaki dio najbolje što možete, pa ih labavo zamotajte u aluminijsku foliju. Kuhajte na pari 40 minuta.

Kada je seitan gotov, pažljivo ga odmotajte i pustite da se kratko ohladi. Ako ćete pohati u pećnici, zagrijte ju na 200°C i obložite protvan obložite papirom za pečenje. Svaki komad seitana razrežite na četiri dijela. U zdjelici pomiješajte brašno i vodu, pa komade seitana umačite u tu smjesu i onda obložite krušnim mrvicama. Ponavljajte postupak dok ne ispanirate sve komade. Svaki komad premažite uljem sa obje strane, pa ih raširite po pripremljenom protvanu. Pecite oko 20 minuta, dok pohanci ne budu hrskavi i zlatno smeđi prema vašem ukusu.

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Fried Seitan Schnitzel (vegan) / Seitan pohanci (veganski)

Homemade Spicy Seitan Sausages (vegan) / Domaće pikantne seitan kobasičice (veganske)

Some time ago I discovered an awesome health food store which carries a whole bunch of interesting things marked with quite reasonable prices. They also had gluten flour, so I jumped at the opportunity of playing around with this new ingredient. First thing I wanted to try out was making my own seitan and I’m actually thrilled with the result. These little sausages are flavorful and have a spot on meaty, chewy texture. The whole process was also very quick and easy, so I’ll definitely throw homemade seitan into my regular food rotation.

The only downside is that this food looks like poo, so don’t go serving it to people on a first date. But other than being obviously visually unappealing, this is the real deal.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 10 sausages / 0.19 EUR per sausage / 1.91 EUR for all)

1 vegetable bouillon cube (0.20 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

2 tsp smoked paprika (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp mustard (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp ketchup (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 cup water (–)

1 cup gluten flour (0.80 EUR)

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METHOD:

In a bowl, whisk together bouillon cube, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, Gochujang, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, oil and water. Stir together until bouillon cube dissolves completely and no lumps remain. Add in gluten flour and give a good stir. Once the dough forms, knead it lightly, only for a minute or so. If the dough is too sticky, add in a bit more gluten flour. Most seitan recipes call for kneading the dough for ten minutes, but I think this would only make the final product tough as a shoe sole and too chewy.

Tear small pieces of dough off and loosely wrap them up in individual chunks of aluminum foil. Steam for 45 minutes, then carefully unwrap. You can now eat the seitan sausages as they are, or use them in other cooking recipes instead of meat. These also freeze well.

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Pred nešto vremena otkrila sam odličan dućan zdrave hrane koji ne samo da ima puno zanimljivih sastojaka, već i veoma razumne cijene. Također sam kod njih pronašla i glutensko brašno, pa je to bila izvrsna prilika da se poigram tim novim sastojkom. Prva stvar koju sam željela isprobati je napraviti domaći seitan, a rezultat me oduševio. Ove male kobasičice su aromatične i pikantne, a mesna tekstura je baš pravo pogođena. Također, cijeli je postupak bio jako jednostavan i brz, pa mislim da ću domaći seitan sigurno ubaciti u redovan meni.

Jedina nezgodna strana cijele priče je da konačni proizvod jako podsjeća na drekece. Radi toga ovo možda i nije idealna hrana za prvi spoj. Ali ako izuzmemo očitu vizualnu neprivlačnost, ovo je jelo super.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 10 kobasičica / 1,52 kn po kobasičici / 15,21 kn za sve)

1 kocka povrtnog temeljca (1,50 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

2 žličice dimljene paprike (1,00 kn)

1 žličica Gochujanga – korejske čili paste (0,50 kn)

2 žlice senfa (1,00 kn)

2 žlice kečapa (1,00 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (2,00 kn)

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 šalica vode (–)

1 šalica glutenskog brašna (6,00 kn)

PIPREMA:

U zdjelici skupa pomiješajte povrtnu kocku, sol, papar, češnjak, papriku, Gochujang, senf, kečap, ulje i vodu. Miješajte dok se povrtna kocka skroz ne rastopi i smjesa bude bez grudica. Dodajte unutra glutensko brašno i dobro promiješajte. Kada se tijesto formira, kratko ga promijesite, samo na minutu. Ako vam je tijesto jako ljepljivo, dodajte još mrvicu glutenskog brašna. Većina recepata za seitan kaže da se tijesto treba mijesiti deset minuta, ali meni se čini da bi konačni proizvod onda bio žilav kao cipela.

Otkidajte male komadiće tijesta, te ih lagano umatajte svakog posebno u aluminijsku foliju. Kuhajte na pari 45 minuta, pa nakon toga pažljivo sve razmotajte. Kobasičice sada možete odmah jesti ili ih pak upotrijebiti u drugim receptima umjesto mesa. Također ih takve kuhane možete i zamrznuti za kasnije.

Homemade Spicy Seitan Sausages (vegan) / Domaće pikantne seitan kobasičice (veganske)

Healthier Pumpkin Bread / Zdraviji kruh od bundeve

I’ve never made pumpkin bread before, but decided to give it a go as I had a bit of pumpkin puree left over from a previous recipe. I diligently went to do my research and ended up honestly appalled by obscene amounts of sugar most pumpkin bread recipes call for. Two and a half cups of sugar per a loaf of bread? Seriously?!

I decided then and there that people don’t know what they are talking about and that their pumpkin bread recipes are pure nonsense. So as a result, here I am to proudly present you with a healthier version of a pumpkin bread recipe. Which is, of course, still delicious.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 loaf / 2.72 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

1 cup pumpkin puree (0.53 EUR)

¾ cup milk (0.20 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

½ cup sugar (0.07 EUR)

2 cups whole wheat flour (0.20 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seeds (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp ground flax seeds (0.03 EUR)

1 and ½ tsp baking powder (0.02 EUR)

1 tsp ground cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp ground nutmeg (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp ground cloves (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp ground ginger (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

½ cup chopped prunes (0.40 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a loaf pan with butter and line it with parchment paper. Set aside. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, pumpkin puree and milk. Stir in melted butter. Add sugar, flour, sunflower and flax seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and salt to the mix, then stir until everything is well incorporated. Fold in chopped prunes and transfer the batter to a prepared pan. Use a spatula to even everything out.

Bake the bread for 30-40 minutes, until crispy on top and a toothpick tester comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in its pan for about 15 minutes before taking it out and placing on a rack to cool completely before slicing. Serve with your favorite mug of tea or coffee.

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Nikad prije nisam pokušavala napraviti kruh od bundeve, no pošto sam imala doma nešto pirea od buternut tikve koji mi je ostao od drugog recepta, odlučila sam prionuti na posao. Prije svega sam se bacila na istraživanje, ali iskreno, opscena količina šećera koja je u drugim receptima za kruh od bundeve me je blago rečeno zgrozila. Dvije i pol šalice šećera po štruci kruha? Stvarno?!

U tom sam trenutku zaključila da drugi ljudi jednostavno nemaju pojma o čemu pričaju i da im recepti za kruh od bundeve jednostavno nemaju veze s mozgom. Kao nusprodukt, evo vam zdravija verzija recepta za kruh od bundeve. Koji je, još onako usputno, stvarno jako ukusan.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 štrucu / 20,31 kn)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

1 šalica pirea od bundeve (4,00 kn)

¾ šalice mlijeka (1,50 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

½ šalice šećera (0,50 kn)

2 šalice integralnog pšeničnog brašna (1,50 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovih sjemenki (0,50 kn)

2 žlice mljevenih sjemenki lana (0,20 kn)

1 i ½ žličica praška za pecivo (0,15 kn)

1 žličica mljevenog cimeta (0,50 kn)

½ žličice mljevenog muškatnog oraščića (0,25 kn)

½ žličice mljevenih klinčića (0,25 kn)

½ žličice mljevenog đumbira (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

½ šalice nasjeckanih suhih šljiva (3,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti protvan (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Namastite kalup za kruh i obložite ga papirom za pečenje. Stavite na stranu. U zdjeli razmutite jaja sa vanilijom, pireom od bundeve i mlijekom. Umiješajte u to rastopljeni maslac. Dodajte u smjesu šećer, brašno, suncokretove sjemenke, lan, prašak za pecivo, cimet, muškatni oraščić, klinčiće, đumbir i sol. Miješajte dok ne dobijete jednoličnu smjesu, pa nježno u to umiješajte šljive. Tijesto prebacite u pripremljeni kalup i poravnajte špatulom.

Pecite kruh 30-40 minuta, dok ne bude hrskav, a testni štapić koji upiknete ne izađe čist. Pustite da se kruh hladi oko 15 minuta u kalupu, a onda ga preselite na žičanu rešetku. Ostavite da se skroz ohladi prije rezanja. Poslužite sa vama najdražom šalicom čaja ili kave.

Healthier Pumpkin Bread / Zdraviji kruh od bundeve

Festive Coconut Bliss Balls (raw, paleo) / Energetske kuglice sa kokosom u blagdanskim aromama (sirove, paleo)

With Christmas time and holidays slowly approaching, I’ve been thinking about festive seasonal recipes so I get my things organized and ready ahead of time. This desert / healthy snack is super easy and quick to make, but the combination of cloves and cinnamon gives the Christmas-y vibe, so I’m definitely keeping this in my arsenal.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 12-15 bliss balls / 1.10 EUR)

1 cup pitted dates (0.67 EUR)

1 cup desiccated coconut (0.33 EUR)

½ cup water (–)

1 tsp ground cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp ground cloves (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a crumbly dough forms. If the dough feels too wet and too sticky, add a bit more coconut. Using your hands shape the dough into balls. Store the bliss balls in your fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Hide from all family members who lack self-control, as these are super tasty and addictive.

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Pošto se božićno i blagdansko vrijeme polako približavaju, razmišljam o prigodnim receptima kako bih unaprijed imala sve pripremljeno i posloženo. Ovaj desert / zdravi snack je jako jednostavan i brz, ali kombinacija cimeta i klinčića baš daje onu pravu božićnu vibru. Stoga ovo definitivno ostaje u mojem arsenalu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 12-15 kuglica / 8,25 kn)

1 šalica odkoštenih datulja (5,00 kn)

1 šalica kokosovog brašna (2,50 kn)

½ šalice vode (–)

1 žličica cimeta u prahu (0,50 kn)

½ žličice klinčića u prahu (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ubacite sve sastojke u multipraktik i pulsirajte dok ne dobijete grudičasto tijesto. Ako vam se čini da je tijesto previše mokro i ljepljivo, ubacite još malo kokosa. Rukama tijesto formirajte u kuglice. Kuglice čuvajte u hladnjaku u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi, gdje će držati do tjedan dana. Obavezno sakrijte od svih članova domaćinstva kojima fali samokontrole, pošto ove kuglice izazivaju ovisnost.

Festive Coconut Bliss Balls (raw, paleo) / Energetske kuglice sa kokosom u blagdanskim aromama (sirove, paleo)

Fancy Brie and Beef Open-Faced Sandwiches / Fensi sendviči sa Brie sirom i junetinom

If you’re in a mood for a fancy sandwich, this is a great idea how you can treat yourself. You can even be super nice and treat your friends and your family too. These sandwiches are the bomb and everyone should make them. I mean, if they are into meat and dairy, that is.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 1.85 EUR per serving / 3.69 EUR for all)

For the beef:

150 grams of beef rump (1.20 EUR)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

For the caramelized onions:

2 onions (0.20 EUR)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of brown sugar (0.01 EUR)

For the spinach:

Large handful of baby spinach (0.67 EUR)

3 garlic cloves, minced (0.10 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

For sandwich assembly:

2 large, thick slices of toasted bread (0.27 EUR)

2 tsp mustard (0.08 EUR)

100 grams of Brie cheese (1.00 EUR)

Drizzle of Sriracha sauce (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

First prepare and season the meat, so it has a bit of a time to sit while you assemble the rest. Thinly slice the beef rump, making sure you are cutting against the grain. Toss the meat strips with oil, salt and pepper and set aside to rest while you make everything else.

Thinly slice the onions and add them to a non-stick skillet with a tablespoon of oil on a medium heat. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, then cook for about ten minutes, until the onions are softened and caramelized. When the onions are already soft and nicely browned, sprinkle them with a bit of brown sugar and cook for another minute or two for that extra punch. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

Add the spinach and minced garlic to the same skillet and season with salt and pepper. Give a good stir and cook for a minute or two, just until the spinach wilts down. Remove from the skillet and also keep warm.

If needed, wipe the skillet down with a paper towel before adding in sliced beef rump.Cook for 3-4 minutes, until thoroughly cooked on all sides.

Once you have everything prepared, assemble your sandwiches. Thinly spread some mustard on toasted bread, then top with Brie, spinach, beef and onions. Finally, drizzle a bit of Sriracha (or any other hot sauce of your choosing) over everything and dig in. To completely round the meal, serve the sandwiches with a big leafy salad.

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Ako ste raspoloženi za fensi sendviče, ovo je baš prava poslastica s kojom se možete počastiti. A možete počastiti i prijatelje i obitelj. Ovi sendviči su totalna bomba i mislim da ih apsolutno svi trebaju isprobati. Naravno, ako jedu meso i mliječne proizvode.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 13,72 kn po porciji / 27,43 kn za sve)

Za meso:

150 g junećeg buta (9,00 kn)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

Za karamelizirani luk:

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat smeđeg šećera (0,05 kn)

Za špinat:

Veliki pregršt baby špinata (5,00 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka, sitno nasjeckana (0,75 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

Za sendviče:

2 velike, debele šnite tostiranog kruha (2,00 kn)

2 žličice senfa (0,60 kn)

100 g Brie sira (7,50 kn)

Malo Sriracha umaka (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo pripremite i začinite meso, tako da ima vremena odmoriti dok spremate sve ostalo. Tanko narežite but na trakice, pazeći da režete poprečno od vlakana. Pomiješajte meso sa uljem, solju i paprom i stavite na stranu.

Tanko narežite luk i sa žlicom ulja bacite na neprijanjajuću tavu na umjerenoj vatri. Začinite luk sa solju te kuhajte desetak minuta, dok ne omekša i ne karamelizira se. Kada luk već dobije smećkastu boju, posipajte sa malo smeđeg šećera i kuhajte još koju minutu-dvije, za završni štih. Maknite iz tave i držite na toplom.

U istu tavu ubacite špinat sa češnjakom, solju i paprom. Dobro promiješajte i kuhajte samo minutu-dvije, koliko je potrebno da špinat povene. Maknite iz tave i također držite na toplom.

Po potrebi, tavu prebrišite kuhinjskim ručnikom prije nego u nju stavite meso. Kuhajte 3-4 minute, dok ne bude gotovo sa svih strana.

Kada su vam svi sastojci spremni, složite sendviče. Tostirani kruh tanko premažite senfom. Stavite brie, špinat, junetinu i luk. Za kraj sve pokapajte Srirachom ili kojim drugim ljutim umakom po vašem izboru i navalite. Da zaokružite obrok, sendviče poslužite sa velikom zelenom salatom.

Fancy Brie and Beef Open-Faced Sandwiches / Fensi sendviči sa Brie sirom i junetinom

Quince and Apple Jam (vegan) / Pekmez od dunje i jabuke (veganski)

Since it is the apple (and all its related fruits) season, we are inventing ways to use up all of the produce in interesting ways. My parents gave me a few quinces, so I decided to make a small batch of jam. This jam is very tasty and creamy and didn’t require too much effort at all. I’m very much looking forward to smudging it on my toast, yum.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 5 jars / 0.44 EUR per jar / 2.20 EUR for all)

6 quinces (1.33 EUR)

3 apples (0.40 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.27 EUR)

1 and ½ cups sugar, divided (0.20 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the jars and lids by washing them in hot soapy water. Wash, core and finely dice the quinces and apples, making sure to discard any suspicious looking bits, but leave the skins on everything intact. Add the diced fruit to a pot together with water, lemon juice and a cup of sugar and place on a medium-high heat. Set your oven to preheat to 170°C (we’re getting to this part later on).

Once the fruit mix reaches a boil, stir occasionally and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the fruit softens and starts breaking apart. Remove from heat and pulse with an immersion blender into a fine mash. Stir in the remaining sugar and taste the jam to see if it needs more sugar. Return to a medium-low heat and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, while stirring constantly. Be really careful, as it’s gonna bubble up a lot at this point. The pectin in quinces and apples is going to make this jam quite thick, so you might need to add a splash more of water to dilute it a bit.

Distribute the jam between prepared jars and wipe the rims clean. Put the unopened jars in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, so a protective crust can form on the jam. Remove the jars from the oven, carefully seal and allow them to cool completely at room temperature before storing in a dark cool place.

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Pošto je sezona jabuka (i svog srodnog voća), smišljamo razne zanimljive načine kako da sve te plodove iskoristimo. Moji roditelji su mi poklonili nekoliko dunja, pa sam odlučila napraviti malu turu pekmeza. Konačni proizvod je jako ukusan i kremast te je bio gotov prilično brzo. Ne moram vam ni objašnjavati koliko se veselim tome da ovaj pekmez razmažem po vrućem komadu tosta, mljac.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 5 teglica / 3,30 kn po teglici / 16,50 kn za sve)

6 dunja (10,00 kn)

3 jabuke (3,00 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

2 žlice limunovog soka (2,00 kn)

1 i ½ šalica šećera, podijeljena (1,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo si pripremite teglice i poklopce tako da ih dobro operete u toploj vodi sa deterdžentom. Operite, očistite i na kockice narežite dunje i jabuke, s time da na svemu ostavite koru. Samo pazite da dobro očistite i bacite sve sumnjive dijelove. Narezano voće ubacite u lonac skupa sa vodom, limunovim sokom i šalicom šećera, pa sve stavite kuhati na srednje-jaku vatru. Stavite pećnicu da se grije na 170°C (do tog dijela dolazimo kasnije).

Nakon što sve zakipi kuhajte još 20-30 minuta uz povremeno miješanje, sve dok voće ne omekša i ne počne se raspadati. Maknite lonac s vatre i štapnim mikserom propulsirajte u glatku kašu. Umiješajte preostali šećer i probajte pekmez da vidite ako mu treba još šećera. Vratite na srednje-nisku vatru i kuhajte još 3-4 minute uz stalno miješanje. Budite jako pažljivi, jer će sada pekmez jako bublati. Obzirom kako su dunje i jabuke pune pektina, pekmez će biti jako gust pa ćete možda morati dodati još malo vode da ga mrvicu razrijedite.

Raspodijelite pekmez po pripremljenim teglicama i dobro obrišite rubove tegli. Stavite otvorene tegle u zagrijanu pećnicu na 10-15 minuta, kako bi se na pekmezu napravila zaštitna korica. Izvadite tegle iz pećnice, zatvorite i ostavite da se skroz ohlade na sobnoj temperaturi prije nego ih spremite na tamno i hladno mjesto.

Quince and Apple Jam (vegan) / Pekmez od dunje i jabuke (veganski)

Homemade Bath Bombs (vegan) / Bombe za kupanje iz kućne radinosti (veganske)

I’m all for homemade cosmetics and these bath bombs are super fun and easy to make. They are also a cute homemade gift, so it’s gonna be great to have them in your arsenal when Christmas season kicks in (trust me, that’s going to happen sooner, rather than later).

If you are a fan of natural cosmetic products, this is going to save you some serious cash (I’m looking at you, Lush!) because the ingredients listed below cost next to nothing.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 bath bombs / 0.34 EUR per bath bomb / 1.34 EUR for all)

1 cup citric acid (0.40 EUR)

1 and ½ cup sodium bicarbonate (0.20 EUR)

1 and ½ cup coarse sea salt (0.20 EUR)

A few drops of essential oil of your choice (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp liquid food coloring (0.27 EUR)

2 tsp water (–)

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METHOD:

In a bowl, whisk together citric acid, sodium bicarbonate and sea salt. In a separate bowl mix together essential oil, food coloring and water, then pour over dry ingredients and give a good stir. Don’t overdo it with water, as the mixture will start to fizz a lot when citric acid and sodium bicarbonate react together. Press the mixture into the bath bomb or food molds and leave to rest for an hour to firm up. Carefully remove from the molds and store in a dry place.

These bath bombs are going to be a bit more fragile than store-bought ones, so handle them gently. My favorite essential oils are lemongrass, lavender and tea tree, but use whichever you prefer. Also, you can go wild with food coloring and create lovely and unique designs. The world is your oyster.

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Kozmetika iz kućne radinosti mi je jako zanimljiva, a ove su bombe za kupanje skroz zabavan i jednostavan projekt. Također su super i kao poklon, pa ih nije loše imati u arsenalu kada nam se približi vrijeme Božića (vjerujte mi, to će se desiti jako brzo).

Ako ste fan prirodnih kozmetičkih proizvoda, ovo će vam uštedjeti hrpu novaca (khm, Lush!) jer svi niže napisani sastojci koštaju skoro pa ništa.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 bombe za kupanje / 2,50 kn po bombi / 10,00 kn)

1 šalica limunske kiselina (3,00 kn)

1 i ½ šalica sode bikarbone (1,50 kn)

1 i ½ šalica krupne morske soli (1,50 kn)

Par kapi eteričnog ulja po izboru (2,00 kn)

1 žličica tekuće prehrambene boje (2,00 kn)

2 žličice vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

U zdjeli pomiješajte limunsku kiselinu, sodu bikarbonu i morsku sol. U maloj zdjelici skupa razmutite eterično ulje, boju i vodu, pa to prelijte preko suhih sastojaka. Nikako nemojte pretjerivati sa vodom jer će se smjesa jako zapjeniti kada limunska kiselina i soda bikarbona počnu skupa reagirati. Smjesu utisnite u specijalne kalupe za bombe za kupanje ili pak u obične kalupe za kolače ili mafine, pa ostavite jedno sat vremena da se stisne. Pažljivo izvadite iz kalupa i čuvajte na suhom mjestu.

Ove bombe za kupanje će biti nešto krhkije od onih kupovnih, pa rukujte njima nježno. Meni su najdraža eterična ulja limunska trava, lavanda i čajevac, ali vi slobodno upotrijebite mirise koji se vama sviđaju. Također, sa bojama možete postići prekrasne efekte i dizajn, pa se samo razmašite.

Homemade Bath Bombs (vegan) / Bombe za kupanje iz kućne radinosti (veganske)