Facebook Logo Twitter Logo Pinterest Logo Nut Gourmet Blog Logo
only search Vegetarians in Paradise
VIP Bird
VIP Banner
Fill out your e-mail address to receive our newsletter!
*E-mail address:
*First Name:
Last Name:
Please let us know your location for special events:
USA:
Los Angeles:
International
(Outside USA):
Subscribe Unsubscribe
 



***************************************

Vegan for the Holidays


Click Here for Special Purchase Price


Contents
.

Translate This Page

sphere Homepage

sphere News from the Nest

sphere Zel Allen's NutGourmet Blog

About Us

Cookbooks

Food History/Nutrition/Recipes

sphere On the Highest Perch

Awards

Nutrition Information

Los Angeles Resources

Cooking Tips/Recipes

Guest Contributors

Books/Media Reviews

Directories

sphere Archive Index

sphere Contact Us

*Privacy Policy: When you subscribe to Vegetarians in Paradise (vegetarian e-zine) your email address will not be sold or rented, and will only be used to let you know in an email what's new in our monthy web magazine.

All the world is nuts about

    What's in The Nut Gourmet

The Nutty Gourmet

Vegetarians in Paradise

<

On the Highest Perch



BOASTING ABOUT BUCKWHEAT



Includes Recipe Below

Unfortunately buckwheat, also known as kasha and groats, has been shelved in obscure places at the grocery store, if available at all. Healthy, delicious, and easy to cook, buckwheat ought to be a frequent flyer out of everyone's pantry and onto the table. Instead, it is often used as animal feed or tilled into the soil as "green manure." You'll certainly find it in health food markets as well as international groceries.

Originally cultivated in the cooler countries of Central Asia, buckwheat traveled to Europe and was incorporated into the cuisines of Finland, Austria, northern Italy, France, Russia, and eastern Europe. Buckwheat arrived in the U.S. with Dutch immigrants as early as the 1620s and with the Germans in the late 1600s and early 1700s. These immigrants cultivated many more fields of this grain in New Amsterdam and surrounding regions than we do today.

Buckwheat Nutritionally, buckwheat is close to wheat in its components, though it is not a wheat at all. Rather it is a cereal grain and contains no gluten. For people who struggle with wheat allergies and gluten intolerance, buckwheat is ideal. This grain has plenty of protein and B vitamins and is rich in phosphorus, potassium, iron, and calcium.

Buckwheat is as versatile as rice. Measure it just as you would rice, with 1 cup dry groats to 2 cups water. A soft, quick cooking grain with a pleasing, earthy flavor, buckwheat is available in many forms:

Raw groats - light tan in color with very mild flavor
Toasted groats - rich dark brown color with nutty flavor and aroma
Toasted grits - harder to find, used as cereals
Flour - used for pancakes and added to breads and muffins

STEAMING: First measure, then rinse buckwheat in a fine mesh strainer, but rinse only briefly. Buckwheat tends to absorb water easily because it's so porous. Bring 2 C. water and 1 t. salt to a boil. Add 1 C. rinsed buckwheat. Turn heat down to low, and cook 12 15 minutes. Check the buckwheat halfway through. These grains absorb water so quickly, you want to make sure there is enough liquid to avoid burning the bottom of the pan.

Many recipes call for toasting the groats in a dry skillet with a beaten egg. This dries and separates the grains. I eliminate this step, finding it unnecessary.



KASHA AND VARNISHKES A LA BEVERLY HILLS

This dish involves four separate, but easy, components, and you'll have all four burners going at once. When put together the kasha is so eye appealing, flavorful, and aromatic you'll want to make it often. It's a wonderful centerpiece around which to build a meal and is certain to become a requested favorite.


4 quarts (3.8 liters) water
2 t. salt
1/4 lb. (340 gr) Westbrae corn twists pasta or Ancient Harvest quinoa pasta*
1 medium onion, chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely shredded
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 T. water
1 C. (237 ml) raw, untoasted buckwheat groats
1 t. salt
2 C. (480 ml) water
3 T. raw pumpkin seeds 4 T. raw walnut pieces

  1. Start water heating in a large stock pot while preparing other ingredients.
  2. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  3. Combine onion, carrots, garlic, olive oil, and water in a large skillet or wok, and cook over high heat until soft and almost browned, about 10 to 12 minutes, adding more water as needed. Set aside.
  4. Combine buckwheat groats, salt and water in a 2-quart (2 liter) saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat down to low and steam for 15 to 20 minutes, checking halfway through to make sure there is sufficient liquid. Set aside.
  5. Combine pumpkin seeds and walnuts in a dry non-stick skillet and toast over high heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Immediately remove to a bowl or dish to prevent burning.
  6. When all the components are cooked, combine them in the large skillet with the carrots and onions. Toss well and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Serves 6.

    * I prefer these brands of pasta because they cook up tender and moist, whereas many whole-grain pastas tend to have a drier, grainier texture.



Click here for past On the Highest Perch Features



Vegetarians in Paradise

Homepage sphere Los Angeles Events Calendar sphere Our Mission sphere The Nut Gourmet sphere Vegan for the Holidays sphere Vegetarian Survival Kit sphere News from the Nest sphere Recipe Index sphere Los Angeles Vegetarian Restaurants sphere Vegetarian Basics 101 sphere Protein Basics sphere Calcium Basics sphere Ask Aunt Nettie sphere VeggieTaster Report sphere Vegetarian Reading sphere VegParadise Bookshelf sphereHeirloom Gardening sphere Cooking with Zel sphere Dining in Paradise sphere Cooking Beans & Grains sphere On the Highest Perch sphere Road to Vegetaria sphere Words from Other Birds sphere Using Your Bean sphere Ask the Vegan Athlete sphere Vegetarian Holiday Meals sphere Great Produce Hunt sphere Farmers' Markets sphere Natural Food Markets sphere Vegetarian Associations Directory sphere Links We Love sphere VegParadise Yellow Pages sphere Media Reviews sphere 24 Carrot Award sphere Vegetarian Food Companies sphere Archive Index sphere Contact Us

© 1999-2013 vegparadise.com