Lots to tell you today about how this recipe ended up on the blog but if you just want my recipe for delicious vegan buckwheat porridge with spiced plums and nothing else, you can find it towards the end of this blog post.
These last few weeks, well months really, have been a whirlwind of craziness and this blog post right here is yet another example of the unexpected twists and turns I never imagined possible. See there are a few blogs out there that I am TOTALLY obsessed with. Like, big crush obsessed; like I follow them like a crazy stalker obsessed, like I loose my breath every single time they post something on instagram obsessed. That's because these bloggers produce images and recipes that just move me in ways I can't even put into words. And sadly my blog doesn't have emojis cuz they might do a better job at expressing my feelings than a collection of random sentences ever could.
Berlin based Susann and Yannic who you might know as KRAUTKOPF are two bloggers who firmly fall into this 'I'm obsessed with their blog' category. And if you have a quick glimpse at their instagram page you will totally understand what I'm on about. Hence when they contacted me to try out their vegetarian cooking app because they were interested in my feedback, I practically choked on my avo toast. Surely, this couldn't be? I didn't even know they had clocked that I was stalking them, thought I'd covered my tracks real good, but somehow they did know I existed and moreover they wanted my input. So after double checking that they'd not made a mistake and contacted the wrong blogger (I mean, these things happen, right?) and drinking some water to shift that piece of bread out of my throat, I said HELL YEAH!
Despite knowing their work so well, I still wasn't prepared for how thoughtfully put together their app is. It consists of 80 (!) seasonal, vegetarian recipes (many of them vegan and gluten-free) full of flair and creativity. Each recipe is executed and presented in the most perfect way imagineable. In fact, I had to stop myself from shedding a little tear as I scrolled though all their images because, man, their photos are just so, SO beautiful. What's more, the app is mega practical to use. For example, it allows you to put ingredients of the recipe you wish to recreate on a virtual shopping list, to see items displayed in metric, imperial and US units and to make a favourite list of recipes you like the best. There are a few more fun features, but you'll need to get the app yourself to find out what they are ;).
THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! As luck would have it, YOU can win KRAUTKOPF's insanely pretty vegetarian iphone/ipad cooking app and enjoy their brilliantly creative recipes this week yourself. I know, awesome, right? All you need to do for a chance to win is comment below, telling me what you love the most about autumn. But be quick with your answers, entry to this give-away closes at midnight (Greenwich Time) on Monday, September 19th, 2016. The winner will be picked and notified within a week of the closing date. THE WINNER IS INSTADAI! CONGRATULATIONS.
Please also note this is a WORLDWIDE COMPETITION, so whatcha waiting for? Enter, like, NOW! ;) I so look forward to reading all your comments and find out how you celebrate this gorgeous season :). Good luck everyone!
P.S. Want to find out more about KRAUTKOPF or buy their cookbook? Then head over to their blog or follow their journey on instagram.
P.P.S. Also, if you really like autumn as much as I suspect you do, then head over to my new autumn inspired pinterest board ;).
Thanks for reading everyone. See you soon :).
VEGAN BUCKWHEAT PORRIDGE WITH SPICED PLUMS (V+, ChF, GF, NF)
Today's recipe is adapted from 2 separate recipes on the KRAUTKOPF app. Firstly, the duo share a scrumptious glutenfree millet porridge with rhubarb and secondly a lush semolina pudding with plums. So I just took the best of both, juggled the recipes around and TADA today's finger licking creation was born. I hope you like it :).
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients for the spiced plums:
5 plums (pitted and halved)
200ml/0.8cup plum or pomegranate juice
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
1/4tsp ground cinnamon
1 star anise
2 green cardamom pods
maple syrup (optional)
Ingredients for the porridge:
350ml/11.8 fl oz almond milk or vegan milk of your choice, nut free option like this one possible too
150ml/5.1fl oz water
100g/3.5 oz buckwheat/millet
1/4tsp fine sea salt
pecan nuts or sesame seeds
In a saucepan, bring the plum/pomegranate juice to a boil. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and a pinch of salt. Boil down for 5 - 10 minutes.
Briefly heat the plums in the juice, remove from the heat and set aside. Depending on the acidity of the plums, sweeten with some maple syrup.
As the plum juice is cooking in a separate pot bring the milk and water to a boil, stir in the buckwheat or millet and salt and allow to simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Add more milk if need be.
Once the porridge is ready, top with the plums, any other seasonal fruit and crunchy extras like grapes, pomegranates, coconut and nuts and enjoy!
Looking for more breakfast ideas? Then just click here or check out my breakfast pinboard on pinterest ;).