Sharing a meal with someone is a most intimate experience, is it not? The cadence of their order (perhaps a split second decision under pressure that they immediately regret, but too late), the pace of their consumption, the size of their mouthfuls, the separation of food types and sauces on a plate and a fork, their choice of accompanying beverage in a public place where optics are everything. Everything.
And then there’s the home-cooked food photo, bearing even more telltale personality indicators. About about my handmade ceramics hoarding problem; about my sneaking Chinese ingredients into everything; about my overhead camera angle; about the books I read while eating and the question of why I read while eating at all; about my vegetarianism-turned-veganism-cum-inadvertent-gluten-aversion and all its subsequent questions about gut health and iron and B12 deficiencies. The idea of people I’ve never met knowing how and what I ingested today leans more on the personal side of the public-private lines I strive to maintain in our borderless existence. That said, this very borderless existence has landed us in uncharted territory. There is no precedent for the slow motion train-crash that is 2020 thus far. I don’t suppose we can be in the business of sticking to what we know whilst we wash our hands singing happy birthday twice and touch no surfaces and touch no faces and wait it out at home. So here goes: a series of recipes from my confinement test kitchen; made with love to mask anxiety in strange times; triaging the contents of my fridge based on urgency of consumption and necessity to make every part of a piece of produce go as far as humanly possible; as demanded by you.
MZ’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe
1/2 cup psyllium husk
3 tbsp raw honey (can substitute with maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1 pinch of mineral salt
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (preferably one without gums/emulsifiers — I usually use almond, hemp or pea milk)
3 tbsp coconut oil (can also use applesauce, but this will increase loaf density)
1/2 cup warm water
Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
- In a mixing bowl combine your flour, flaxseed, psyllium husk, baking soda, spices and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine oil (make sure it’s in liquid form), apple cider vinegar, honey (melted a little), non-dairy milk and water.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry bowl, making sure to break up flour clumps with a fork
- Add the pumpkin puree and mix well.
- Pour batter into a loaf pan lined with baking parchment.
- Bake for 55 – 60 minutes (it’s done when you stick a chopstick in and it comes out clean).
- Remove from oven and let it cool slightly before eating. I recommend serving it with your favourite nut butter, coconut butter with blueberries or Manuka honey as sweet options, avocado or a pesto dusted with cayenne pepper as savoury options (as pictured).
- Let the loaf cool completely before storing, but honestly, it is best stored at room temperature in its parchment paper in a bread bag, or wrapped in a tea towel as long as you consume over a couple of days – preferably lightly toasted.