Monday, 23 February 2015

Double Bill! Cashew Creamed Kale Crisps & Falafel Spiced Parsnip Fries

...Now that you might say - is quite the mouthful, but I thought I would give you two recipes for vegan-type snack today!

Both are delicious in each their way - but both also have one thing in common; they are finger-lickin' good! I promise you! First of all.... we have the crisps...

When I came across this recipe for kale crisps with...nut butter I was confused and intrigued at the same time.

I decided that I had got to try these out - and it definitely will not be the last time, it's flippin' awesome!

Unfortunately, I only had one baking tray so mine got layered and thus not as crisp as it would had I used two or three trays, but you know what? It didn't matter, it just added textured to it, and the edges were beautifully crisp!

Kale Crisps with Cashew Cream & Onion
(Makes 1 bowl)

200g green kale or leafy greens, roughly shredded
4 tbsp cashew butter
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime or 1/3 lemon
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp onion powder
A good drizzle of salt

- First, pre-heat your oven to 175-180 °C.

- Then, rinse your greens, making sure they're nice and clean.

- Now, mix the remaining ingredients together in a little bowl, before massaging it into the kale for about a minute until it has wilted slightly and the "dressing" is incorporated evenly into the greens.

- Divide the greens between two or three baking trays and bake for about 10-15 minutes until crisp.

- Leave to cool slightly before attacking.

I have to confess minutes after these were out of the oven, half the bowl was gone. My flatmate Carmen helped me though! I needed a second opinion and she thought it was tasty. I wonder how long it will take me to make these again.... Probably before the end of the week, yum!

Do you like kale crisps? What is your favourite take on them?

And second up, are you ready?

Based on my previous recipe where I made plain (but delicious) parsnip fries. Being as addicted to falafel-anything as I am, I figured why not add the same spices to fries?

Falafel-Spiced Parsnip Fries
(Serves 1)

1 parsnip, about 200g, washed and cut into fries
2 tsp coconut (or olive) oil and 1-2 tbsp water
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/3 tsp turmeric
1 tsp onion powder

- Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC.

- In a small pot, melt the coconut oil along with the spices (or heat up the olive oil on medium heat), and add the water. Coat the parsnip fries in the mixture.

- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, place a lid over it and give it a good shake! Place the fries on a piece of baking parchment, and place it in the middle in the oven. Let them bake for about half an hour before turning them and roasting them for a further half hour, or more if you like them crispier. You can also turn the heat up to 180ºC for the last ten minutes, and leave them for a tiny bit longer, to get them extra crisp.

Serve along with sweet chilli sauce, ketchup, hummous, or just as they are!

Recipe by yours truly!

And the kale crisps I found the recipes for over at Ragnhild's blog:

I hope you have had a nice weekend and a good start to your week?

Lucky as I was, I got to visit Edinburgh once again yesterday, and I managed to track down Forest Cafê! It is this lovely little vegetarian cafê that serves up delicious food and a range of drinks. I had the wrap of the day, and it was served with a lovely slaw and spiced fried chickpeas - yum! There was also a folk band that had a debut gig there, they sounded fantastic, and I tried to look up what their band name was, but couldn't find it, sigh!

If you are travelling through Edinburgh, I would definitely recommend Forest Cafê though, as well as From 10 to 10 in Delhi!
Have you been to Edinburgh before? What is your favourite places there?
I cannot wait for it to get warmer outside so I can climb Arthur's Seat!

Enjoy your evening, hope to hear from you!

Hugs'n'luv Jules


  1. I have seen a ton of recipes for kale chips but this is the first one I ran across that has you massage the kale with nut butter - friggin genius!! I'm hooked on kale chips so I will definitely give these a try. Terrific find, Jules!!

    I have never been to Edinburgh and I SO had the chance while I was living in Ireland. I wish I would have gone but oh well... I know I will, someday. That cafe sounds like it would be one of my faves, for sure :)

    1. Hey you! :D Nice to hear from ya again! I hope life's treating you well :) You know what? These kale crisps were reeally good! Even if my batch didn't turn out all crunchy - I could not help myself, and the vinegar adds a little bit of acidity, which works so well! I hope you get to try them out :)

      If you were living in Ireland, then getting to Scotland is a bit of a trek, so I don't blame you there. Just be sure to visit the land of Scots in the future, you wont regret it :D X

  2. Nut butter on kale chips?? That sounds amazingly unique! I would love to try this!
    As for the parsnip fries? I think you are a freaking genius! When I was a vegetarian, I was ADDICTED to falafel! So this is right up my alley!

    1. Hah! Sounds like you've got a couple of little projects for the kitchen :D

      I am turning more and more vegetarian it seems, I am actually just home from this veggie teahouse and full of falafel :D If I wasn't though, I'd probably crave some of the stuff above.

      The crisps really surprised me, and with the fries I was just really relieved when the spice combination worked :)

      I hope you have a lovely evening missy! Hugs J

  3. Yey!! :D Så glad jeg er for at du likte grønnkålchipsene! Har faktisk en porsjon i dehydratoren selv nå, for jeg lager en ny oppskrift til boken. Lukter godt i hele huset ;)
    Og de friesene høres nyyydelige ut! Koriander + spiskummen <3
    God kveld til deg!

    1. Det er de beste grønnkålchipsene, og kanskje chips i det hele tatt egentlig som jeg har smakt :D Takk for oppskrift!
      Ahhhh enda en oppskrift med grønnkålchips til boken?! Gleder meg såååååånn til den er klar til trykk :D
      Håper du har en super fin dag :) x