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Waffle Iron Hash Browns

When I was home visiting my parents for the holidays, we were watching The Kitchen on Food Network and they made waffle iron hash browns. So since we had nothing else to do, we broke out the dusty waffle iron and gave it a go. I love the holidays.

Makes 4 hash brown waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes
  • ¼ cup melted buttery spread (I use Earth Balance)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (chives would work too)

Steps:

  1. Peel the potatoes, then shred them. I used a cheese grater, but a julienne peeler would probably also work.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, soak potatoes in water for 5 minutes to help remove the starch. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Mix potatoes with melted buttery spread, salt, garlic and herbs.
  4. Scoop ½ cup portions onto a fully-heated, greased waffle iron. Don’t spread them out, because if the layer is too thin they won’t cook on top.
  5. Cook 6-7 minutes, until crispy.

Note: Recipe also works with sweet potatoes!

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I love drawing and flowers and the spring :)

When I say balcony garden… it is not exactly a garden, or exactly a balcony. We live on the first floor of a tenement building, with shops below us. The shops come out about a metre ahead of our houses, so if you climb out one of our front windows there is a flat space on top of the shop roofs, covered in tar paper, that we can sit out on in the sunshine. So this year I put some of my herbs, a little Christmas tree I found and some summer bedding out there to make a little container garden to look at and sit in. It makes me so happy  and yesterday there was a bee there! So I think I must be doing some good too <3

Also, I was wrong about the strawberries, it was actually hawthorn flowers.

Vegan Rustic Chive and Chickpea Crackers

I am calling these crackers rustic because you shape them by hand.  No need to roll out the dough and stamp them into neat rounds or squares.  Just slap them together and, ta-da! Crackers!

These crackers are crunchy and are perfect for dipping into a hearty soup or spreading a spicey nut cheese on.

The reason why these crackers are crunchy is because I used dried chickpeas.  I processed them until most of the chickpeas become flour;  the secret is to leave small bits of chickpeas.

Ingredients:

2 cups organic dried chickpeas
4 T water
3 T organic chives, snipped into tiny pieces
2 T organic extra virgin olive oil
2 t organic garlic powder
1 t chive salt

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper; set-aside.

Place chickpeas into your food processor, blend until you get flour.  For a crunch flour, you’ll want to leave in very small pieces of chickpea.

Place the “crunchy flour” into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Stir until a dough forms.

Scoop up approximently 1 tablespoon of dough.  Roll into a ball and flatten between your hands and place on baking sheet.

Bake 15-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned.

Store in an air-tight container.

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Everyone’s been doing the Pokemon variation thing, so I decided to do one myself…. so here’s variations on my favorite Onion Fairy Pokemon, Celebi! Did you know garlic is related to onions??? ‘Cause I didn’t! Thanks to friendlytroll​ for coming up with Garlic Celebi!

I don’t have blurbs for all of the variants, but I do have a few -

  • Scallion Celebi are the smallest and one of the most delicate varieties! They are most often sighted in Kalos, along with Shallot, Cippolini, and Chives Celebi.
  • Cippolini Celebi are almost flightless, but are extremely graceful on their feet. They are sometimes also called Ballerina Celebi due to their common en pointe stance.
  • Leek Celebi are often found in areas where Farfetch’d sticks grow and act as guardians of those groves. They spend much of their time helping the Farfetch’d in the area train, and carry one of the special sprigs much like the Wild Duck Pokemon.
  • Garlic Celebi have only ever been sighted in places where Darkrai has also been sighted; they are more mischievous or even impish than the usual Celebi, and enjoy pranking researchers who come to study their groves. They are ultimately just as protective and nurturing as other Celebi, however - they’re just a bit rougher around the edges. And smellier.