Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Raw Oats a la Mikha

Serves 2

This past January we ventured out to the East Coast for a run of shows! We are so blessed to have friends across the globe, but it is extra special when we can pass through areas where our families live!  After finishing a weekend in New Jersey, we were able to make our way through New York City to visit our cousin Mikha.

There is something in the spirits of our Indonesian family members that makes them amazing hosts! They prepare for days even weeks to welcome you and give you the best experience possible. Mikha is one of them.  While we were in New York she made us raw oatmeal, fresh juices, chia seed pudding, hot tea, and found all sorts of snacks and foods that made our tastebuds dance! We have a few recipes to share from our trip to NYC, and Raw Oats a la Mikha is our first stop on the train to your belly ;)

1 Cup - Steel Cut Oats
2/3 Cup - Cashew Cream
3 Tbsp - Coconut Cream
4 Tbsp - Coconut Water
4 Tbsp - Coconut Sugar
4Tbsp - Coconut Shreds
3 Tbsp - Vanilla
Sea Salt to taste

1. Soak your oats and cashews (separately) over night!
2. Make your cashew cream.
  • Rinse your cashews until the water becomes clear.
  • Put your cashews, coconut water, coconut cream, coconut sugar, coconut shreds, vanilla, and sea salt into a blender. We use a Vitamix and it works phenomenally! 
  • Blend until a smooth, adding water 1 tbsp at a time until you have reached your desired consistency.

3. Rinse your oats in a nut milk bag until the water is clear.
4. Add cashew cream to oats and mix. I started with 2/3 cup of cream and added a spoonful more at a time until I reached a consistency I liked.
5. Enjoy!

Bon appétit!

A Subway-Selfie with our hubbies and cousin Mikha!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bread of Stone Ramen Noodles

Serves 1

As many of you already know, Shan and I travel full time with our husbands doing a music ministry called, BREAD OF STONE (! Over the years on the road we have made many meals in our little bus kitchen (many recipes from the ones we have posted on Pure Anthem) but there is one recipe that is famous to anyone who has ever stepped on our bus...and that is our ramen noodle recipe (or sometimes refered to as mi goreng)!

We have many friends and past touring lads that search for our bus at festivals during the summer looking for our noodles! We even had a friend of ours, his daughter asked him this summer..."Daddy, I think I want to go hang out with the noodle people!"

We enjoy how the Lord uses meals and food to bring people together and we are excited to finally share this quick recipe with you! (I do not recommend a diet based on just organic ramen noodles by any means but for me it's an every once in while go to when I need a quick meal on the road)!

Most common packages of noodles are not the healthiest but I found these organic ramen noodles as a wonderful alternative! 

-1/2 TBS Garlic Powder
-1 TBS Onion Powder
-2 TBS Liquid Amino
-1/2 TBS Sweet Soy Sauce (optional)
-1 handful Spinach
-5-8 slices of Tomatoe
-a little bit Cabbage
-Salt, to taste
-1 package Ramen noodles

-Boil about 1-2 cups of water! (Depending how much broth you want)

-Add all the ingredients into a bowl. (Discard any packets of seasoning that may come in the package!)

-Once water is boiling, pour water into your bowl, stir and enjoy!!:)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Liebe Noodle Salad

Serves 5

There was a time when I thought the days of yummy noodle salads were long gone. I had come to terms with this but when we discovered vegenaise this past summer our menu grew a bit in taste and excitement!

Liebe means "Dear" in German! We like to call our Tante: (aunt), Liebe Tante: (dear aunt)! This is where it all began! Our Liebe Tante and Liebe Mutti (dear mom) would make this noodle salad (a little less vegan version) together when they lived in Germany. When we made it together Liebe Mutti told us, "This is just like Germany!"

Not only is this recipe VEGAN but also GLUTEN-FREE. The noodles are the best gluten-free noodles we have had! They are made from brown rice---and don't come out mushy (follow cooking directions carefully)!


-1 Bag of Tinkyada Pasta Joy Brown Rice Fusilli Noodles
-2 cups of Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise
-1/2 cup of water
-2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
-1/2 cup of carrot (finely chopped)
-1/2 cup of celery (finely chopped)
-1/2 cup of broccoli (finely chopped)
-1 medium cucumber (finely chopped)
-1 medium tomato (finely chopped)
-1/2 tsp of garlic powder
-1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt (add to taste)
-1/2 tsp of black pepper (add to taste)
-A pinch of cayenne powder (add to taste)


1. Mix your vegenaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a big mixing bowl.

2. Bring pot of water to a boil.

3. While waiting for the boil, begin chopping your veggies! Chop them all small and feel free to add extra! The more the better :)

3. Cook noodles in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Then turn the burner off, put the lid on the pot, and take it off the burner. Let it sit for 12 minutes.

4. Drain the noodles and rinse in warm water.

5. Add the noodles to the sauce mixture.

6. Add veggies to noodles and sauce.

7. Stir the mixture.  For a thinner sauce add 1/4-1/2 cup of water and stir.

8. We find it tastes best if you let it all marinate together for a few hours or even over night, that is if you can wait that long!

To make it "Just like Germany!" make toast from your favorite bread, and top it with the salad! Das ist gut! ;) We use Ezekiel Bread - The Cinnamon Raisin or the Low Sodium!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Oh My Brownies!

Serves 12

When we first tried black bean brownies in catering at a show this past June..Let me just tell you... I will never forget the look on Shannon's face when she busted through the doors of catering with leftover chocolate on her lips and she ran up to me saying...."TRY THIS"!

Our vegan dessert eating lives have not been the same since! 

All we can say is..."Oh my brownies"! Try for yourself and enjoy the bliss!:)

-1/2 Avocado
-1 can Black Beans, 15 oz - low sodium
-2 tablespoons Almond Milk, unsweetened
-1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
-1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
-1/2 cup Organic Palm Sugar
-1/4 cup Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
-3/4 cup Raw Organic Cacao Powder, unsweetened 
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Flax Seed

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Greese a 8 X 8 baking pan!

-Place flax seed and almond milk into food processor. Process for about 1 minute until it thickens up. Add in black beans, avocado, vanilla, and brown sugar. Process until smooth! Add in cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, and process until smooth again!

Add batter into prepared pan and spread the batter evenly!

On low heat on the stove, add the coconut oil until it's hot and then add 1/4 cup chocolate chips and stir until melted. Once melted pour over batter. Use a knife to swirl chocolate into the batter. Dash 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top and put it in the oven!

Bake for 22-30 minutes or until you poke it and it comes out relatively clean. We don't want these too dry or raw! The top batter should be set and no longer dance around!

Let them cool completely and enjoy these..."Oh my brownies"!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gas Station Hot Sauce

Serves 4

Gas Station Hot Sauce is a very special hot sauce. I was first introduced to the very unique blend when Iih (our aunt) took our family to this special gas station in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota that had a Chinese restaurant on the inside!

Like most of you probably would be, I was extremely aprehensive! Gas station + Chinese restaurant does not usually equal appetizing but oh we're we surprised!!

This place has THE BEST fried rice I have ever tasted! And I am a strict critic when it comes to fried rice because I like mine a certain crispness that not many people can get it too. Anyways this post is most certainly not about the rice because I have not figured out their secret for that rice yet. 

BUT along with the rice this Chinese place served a very special hot sauce on the side of the fried rice. The first time I tried it was one of the biggest parties in my mouth ever! The crunchiness from the fried rice was already exhilarating but then the hot sauce taste was spicy but also so sweet! I was hooked and fascinated!

I walked up to the kitchen right away with wide eyes and asked the sweet Chinese lady chef, "How did you make this?!"

She smiled sweetly and said, "It's a family recipe."

Then I asked again while I was about to burst, "Can you tell me?!"

She whispered..."ketchup."

-1/4 cup Sambal Olek
-1/4 cup Organic Ketchup

-Mix well and Enjoy!

P.S- This was the FIRST hot sauce Shannon EVER asked me to make for her. She usually doesn't care for spicy but said that she LOVES this recipe! It made me so happy!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vegan Spicy Mayo

Serves 6
Japanese American

Who doesn't love the creamy orange sauce that comes on top of about every piece of sushi made in America? We do!! I use to call the waitress over and ask, "can we have more of this sauce?":)

Well that was the past...when I came to the realization the creamy texture was from mayonaise I sadly bowed out and waved goodbye to those creamy sushi days. Normal mayo is made out of eggs for one and then has dozens of synthetic oils and preservatives. Not a beauty food, my friends! Stay away from it if possible!

Well, after years of not having the spicy mayo sauce at the Asian mom brought home this VEGAN mayo! I wasn't sure about it at first but then I read the ingredients and it was a breath of fresh air! 

So here you go for all my spicy mayo lovers, like myself and my family! This one is for you!

3 tablespoons Veganaise Mayo
3 tablespoons Siracha Hot Chili Sauce

-Stir and Enjoy!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pure Journeys | INDONESIA

Below are pictures and stories of our recent travels to Indonesia! Indonesia has been a place of growth for me in tremendous ways. Not only do I learn more about cooking by sneaking into all of the Indonesian kitchens, but also learning what it means to "cook with feeling". Cooking has a tremendous connection with the passion and desire that is placed in our hearts, and the food prepared reflects that.

Our family, along with Bread of Stone, has a ministry in Indonesia called THE LIGHT PROJECT. We have wrote many stories documenting our ministry adventures in Indonesia on (our ministry blog). 

Today, I am excited to share with you a taste of our food journey's while in Indonesia! My whole life I have enjoyed eating food! I have always gotten so excited about each meal and about snacks! Well, after marrying into this Indonesian family, my love for food and eating has excelled intensely! Indonesians ARE ALL ABOUT FOOD! Everywhere we go...we eat! 

Above, Shan and I along with our BIG family visited this place called, "THE FLOATING MARKET". Everyone making and selling food in this market are floating in a boat while they are cooking! How extravagant is that? We tried about every food available but the one we are holding is called, "MARTABAK MANIS". Which is loosely translated as a "Sweet Pancake"! Traditionally this is NOT a plant-based vegan dessert but we always like to try the original recipe before we start conjuring up ideas for a VEGAN version of the food!

Here, after snacking away at the THE FLOATING MARKET, we found a nice man selling fresh coconuts, and we GOT SOME! In Indonesia there are coconut trees EVERYWHERE which means coconuts are for sell EVERYWHERE and this makes me smile! As many of you know, coconut water and coconut meat have endless hydrating and digestive benefits! We enjoy them so much while in Indonesia!

Oh my goodness! What a special bakery this is! While in Indonesia we visited Salatiga, Indonesia where our husbands dad went to school. While he was showing us around the city, he took us by this bakery that his mom (OMA) loved to snack at while in Salatiga! Oma always ordered a specific kind of bread from this bakery and we were so excited to get to try it! Indonesia is famous for their bread! It's not known for being healthy but I think Shannon and I can come up with a healthy version of "Oma's Roti". =)

Here we are simply having a fun lunch while getting ready for a afternoon of visiting many churches in the mountain villages of Indonesia! This day we are having a plant-based, traditional Indonesian meal consisting of tempe, steamed veggies, peanut sauce, and red rice! And of course the star of the picture, Miss. Magda, she enjoyed keeping eating time super entertaining for us!

This is a pineapple growing wild outside of one of the churches we visited while up in the mountains! We just thought it was positively beautiful and exotic!

In this picture you can see a man sitting beside some type of contraption. Well this is actually the mechanism of how many Indonesian people sell their food. They carry it on a piece of wood. They distribute the weight on either side dividing up the cooker, skillet, veggies, utensils and balance it on the piece of wood! Our Aunt Elizabeth (who we stay with while in Indonesia) wanted us to try this guys "Mi Goreng" or "fried noodles". This is a staple and extravagantly traditional dish in Indonesia. He typically sets up on the main street of the town but this night he agreed to come park in our garage and feed the whole family supper! I enjoyed watching his techniques and was specifically impressed with his ability to chop veggies WITHOUT looking! HE EVEN AGREED TO MAKE US ALL VEGGIE NOODLES with NO MSG! He was so corporative and our tummies were sooooo thankful! 

Above, Shannon and I are drinking our most FAVORITE INDONESIAN beverage while enjoying the sunset from THE STONE CAFE (our families restaurant)!  It's called, "Jus Alpukat" (avocado and chocolate shake)! We already have a recipe in the making for this one and it will be posted...eventually! =)

Okay, so in all of our years of cooking, eating, and enjoying food; we never thought we would be modeling with food! Ever! Once we arrived in Indonesia, one of the first events we had on the calendar was a photo shoot for THE STONE CAFE's new menu! We were shocked and excited! The funny part is we were late for the photo shoot because we were out exploring and lost track of time! We had a total of 15 minutes to get ready, an audience of people watching, and almost drank and ate most of the food before the pictures were done...and we enjoyed every minute of it! | |