Monday, 4 November 2013

Recycling Soup Pulp

Waste not want not.

Here a some helpful ideas on how to use your left over pulp from soups/veggie juices etc.

After Cook Club a few week ago, Cal and I had a large amount of pulp left from our Spring pea and mint soup. There was so much green-goodness in that pulp that we didn't want to just throw it away!

Freeze your pulp until you're ready to use it! Otherwise it will sit in your fridge and it WILL go off. Wait for that inspiration.

My first batch of pulp.

Spelt Flour Bread Rolls
400g spelt flour
100g strong wheat flour
1/2 tbs instant yeast
1/2 tbs salt
1tbs olive oil
150ml warm water (you may need more)
200g soup pulp (my pulp was quite moist. If you're using juice pulp, that's usually quite dry so  you might need to add morel liquid)
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds for the top

*makes about 15 muffin-sized rolls*

If you've got a mixer with a dough hook (i don't) then use it! Combine all ingredients and knead for 10-15 minutes. You may need to knead a little longer if you're doing it by hand.
You may need to add more liquid or more flour depending if your dough is too dry or too wet.
Place in a lightly oiled bowl and leave to double in size- about an hour.
Knock back the dough and roll in to small balls and into a greased muffin tin. If you don't have one you could make a loaf or just put the balls on a tray. They will keep their shape.
Paint the tops with a bit of milk and sprinkle some seeds.
Bake in 180 degree oven for 15-20mins.

Serve with good butter and ANOTHER soup!

 The second batch of pulp i used was for a simple recipe!

Stuffed Filo Parcels with Goats Cheese
Filo pastry
Good quality butter
Goats cheese
Soup pulp
Poppy seeds

Defrost your soup pulp and heat it through on the stove. If you want, you can add to your pulp.
Layer 4-5 sheets of filo pastry, painted with melted butter in between each sheet.
Cut the filo in to 4 pieces and drop a big spoonful of the pulp in to the centre of each square. Add a teaspoon or so of goats cheese. Pain two edges with butter and fold over the other corner in to a triangle to seal. Give the pastries a little brush with milk, sprinkle with poppy seeds and bake in the oven on 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Anything tastes good in pastry! Serve these with a simple salad and some steamed greens. Or whatever inspires you!

Besides from these recipes, you could make burger patties, mix the pulp in with a pie, make a quiche, fritatta, pasta sauce or another soup! Use your imagination and you won't waste a thing!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Sunday Buckwheat Pancakes

Good morning all!
This week i was in the Asian grocer and i stumbled upon 1kg of buckwheat for $3.90. Bargain! Pancakes with the parents on a Sunday morning. What a treat!

Deceivingly, buckwheat is not actually related to wheat. In fact, it's not even a grain at all. Buckwheat is actually a seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. There's a fun fact!


1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup almond milk (or whichever milk you choose)
1 tsp vanilla essence

 *Makes about 6 small pancakes*


Heat some coconut oil (or butter) in a  frying pan and drop in a small ladle of the pancake batter. Cook for a few minutes or until bubbles appear on the top of the pancake. Flip and cook the other side for a minute or so.

*These pancakes are a little dense, so if you'd like them a bit more moist, add a mashed banana to the pancake batter before cooking. *

Serve with fruit, yoghurt, maple syrup, nuts, or any sort of nut butter. 

Bon Appetit!

(I should polish my cutlery!)