Today I am celebrating the first anniversary of Everyday Plantpower! I cannot believe that a year has past since I all of sudden came up with the idea to start writing about my daily food. An idea born out of frustration really, after having had to answer the same questions all the time about what I did eat and whether that was healthy enough and whether I did not lack the required proteins etc. Questions that (as I found out later) many people with a vegan lifestyle have to answer.
As it turns out, that frustration brought me something good, it not only brought me Everyday Plantpower and all that comes with it, it also made me investigate and explore the plant based possibilities. It taught me not to be scared to try out my own recipes ánd write about it. I discovered new ingredients, new spices, ancient grains, “forgotten” vegetables. In short it made my life “richer”. That certainly does not mean that it made me rich (so far😉), but that was not the thing I set out to do. My goal was, and still is, to let everybody in on the secret of the joys of plantbased food. And a secret it still seems to be to the majority of people. So, there is more work to be done and I will certainly pick up that glove….
But first a party is in order. And what better way to celebrate than with this plant based merengue. Made out of the moist of a can of chickpeas, powder sugar and a for this special occasion a few drops of rosewater. It is a simple recipe really, you whip the moist of the chickpeas for 10 minutes until it becomes thick like whipped cream, than add 100 grams of powder sugar (or to taste) and in this case I added some rosewater. You could also add orange blossom, vanilla essence, whatever you like. Then whip some more (another 10 minutes or so) until it becomes so thick that you can turn the bowl upside down and the “cream” will not run out. I used a muffin baking dish and filled that with a dot of cream in each muffin hole. Placed it in the oven at 100℃ for 1,5 hours. Do not open the oven door!! When done let cool of in the oven for two hours at least, still do not open the oven door!!
Although not all of them will rise as they should (some just collapse and after trying this everal times I still do not know why that happens) but those who do rise look great and taste like a real merengue!
I invite you to celebrate with me and at the same time would like to thank everybody for their support and attention this past year. It is with great anticipation and excitement that I look forward to the second year of Everyday Plantpower!