"A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter"
Vegetarian Society

Thursday, 30 May 2013

7 Simple Salad Dressings

All from one of my favorite cook books 

Coconut Dressing

1 Tablespoon Oil
½ Teaspoon Curry Paste
½ Mug Coconut Cream
Juice of ½ lemon
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Water

Mix everything together, done!

Creamy Paprika Dressing

1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Teaspoons Paprika
4 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1 Egg
¾ Mug Olive Oil

Mix everything but the oil together using a blender, gradually add the oil whilst still whisking and the dressing should turn thick and creamy, season with salt and pepper.

French Dressing

1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Slives
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove, chopped (optional)
Salt and Pepper

Mix together and shake if possible!

Honey and Lemon

Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Tablespoons Honey
Salt and Pepper

Mix everything together, done!

Peanut Dressing

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1/3 Mug Coconut Milk
1 Teaspoon Tomato Puree

Mix everything together, done!

Piquant Dressing

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Chopped Chives
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Soya Sauce
¼ Teaspoon Wholegrain Mustard
3 Tablespoons Water
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper

Mix everything together, done!

Yogurt Dressing

4 Tablespoons Natural Yogurt
½ Teaspoon Honey
Grated Rind and Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Spring Onions, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper.

Mix everything together, done!


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

What is Cochineal?

Cochineal is made from the cochineal beetle. This are usually labelled as cochineal, carmine, or carminic acid.

The female cochineal insects are used to make the dye, as these contain the carminic acid which produces the red coloring. A large quantity of the insects are processed using high heat or steam in order to extract the dye.

Red pigment is taken from the crushed female cochineal insect. It takes a million corpses to make a kilogram of carminic acid, the more purified form of cochineal extract.

Billions of these insects are raised and destroyed each year for a red colouring that is used in any products that need red colouring such as desserts, clothing, sweets etc.