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Vegan chocolate peanut butter babka( ish)

Last week I made a  no-knead loaf and thought, why not separate out a bit of the batter and see if I could create some sort of sour dough starter. It had added yeast and was quite feisty, so I let it sit out on the counter and it grew quickly. I read that I could store it in the fridge, so I moved it in there and today gave it a feed.

This loaf is made by letting the dough sit for 12-24 hours of proofing, and baking in a preheated casserole.

When I fed the jar, I had scooped out some of the batter and spent some time thinking about what I wanted to create.

I decided to make a fake vegan chocolate babka.
Fake because I chose to just wing it. Vegan just because…

The dough:

  • ⅓ cup sour dough starter ( flour, water, yeast from the no knead dough recipe)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Enough water to make a nice bread dough- ¾ to 1 cup ish

Mix it, knead it( yes, this one I chose to knead), let it sit covered for 2 hours, because that’s how much time I had.

Preheat the oven to 375F

Roll out into a square or rectangle about 1 cm thick on a lightly floured surface.

The filling

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips – melt in microwave 30 second bursts
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter – stir into the melted chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon- sprinkled on the filling

Pour the filling onto the dough and roll it up into a log.

Cut through the centre of the log lengthwise, leaving 2 cm dough still attached at one end.

Braid the two pieces carefully, and gently place into a lined loaf pan or greased pan.

*probably could let this proof more now, I chose not to .*

Bake for 35 minutes or until an inserted tester comes out clean. Technically a babka would have a glaze, I’m going to skip that step and just try it as is for this time around…or maybe make a simple vanilla icing sugar glaze… but for now:


Sweet potato cheesecakelets- egg free and vegan option


Sweet potato eggless cheesecakes
For the homemade cookie crust:
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
3/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter/ margarine, room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the filling:
2- 250 gram packages cream cheese, room temperature or 1 blocks medium firm 454 grams- drained and pressed lightly
2⁄3 cup mashed sweet potato
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or combination cinnamon, cloves, ginger/allspice
1 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
 6 tablespoons milk (dairy or non dairy)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Directions :
For the homemade crust:
1. Grease a 9″ springform pan on the bottom and up the sides. Or fill 24 muffin cups with paper
2. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (176 °C).
3. Place the crust ingredients in a food processor. Process for about 30 seconds or until when pinched together, it easily holds together.
4. Pat over the bottom and up the sides of the prepared springform pan. It won’t make it all the way to the top. Or divide evenly amongst the 24 cups and tamp down with the bottom of a glass.
5. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until lightly brown (prepare the filling while the crust bakes).
6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before pouring in the cheesecake filling.

To bake the cheesecake:
1. Poke and microwave your sweet potato for 3-4 minutes on high until baked through. Allow to cool slightly, then peel and mash/ puree.
2. Turn the oven down to 325°F(163°C).
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese < or drained soft tofu> and sugar using an electric hand mixer at medium speed. Beat just until well combined and creamy.
4. Mix together the milk and cornstarch until no lumps remain. Add this, the mashed sweet potato and the remaining ingredients to the cream cheese mixture. Beat on low until well incorporated. Over beating will make cracks so don’t over mix.
5. Pour over the crust/ divide evenly amongst the muffin cups.
6. Bake for 45 minutes for the full cake, 15-20 minutes for the muffin cups. The middle will still be a little jiggly.
7. Remove to a rack to cool for 2 1/2 hours.
8. Use a knife to run around the inside of the pan to loosen the crust from the pan.
9. Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting.
10. If the homemade oat crust is very firm and too difficult to cut straight from the fridge, let the cheesecake sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
11. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen whole or in pieces and thawed overnight in the fridge.

Original recipe this is based on:

Chick pea chocolate chip cookies

It has been a while!  But tonight I had some chickpeas that I puréed and decided to go sweet… so I searched through my recipes and found one that I modified to create these fibre filled beauties!

Tavalonia’s Chickpea chocolate chip cookies:

preheat the  oven to 350

1 can of chickpeas (14?ounce), drained ( save your aqua faba!)

purée them up well!


⅓ cup chunky peanut butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp each baking powder and soda

Mix well and add:

1 tsp vanilla extract

⅓ cup unsweetened coconut

⅓ cup rolled oats

Mix well and scoop out 12-14 cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Add chocolate chips to the top of each cookie( this makes the clean up easier as the melted chocolate stays on the cookies) . I usually add 3-4 per cookie.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Enjoy! And share with your gluten free, vegan friends!

Cthulhu Cake – the prototype version….

AS this is year 2 in diminished socializing < Covid Pandemic still doing its thing>,  we did not have a big birthday party, but my MUSE always inspires me to create something fun for him.

This year, Gregorian calendar 2021, I decided to use the opportunity to make a small version of a Cthulhu cake…  so I could decide if next year I will attempt a larger one for guests if we are able to enjoy the company of others then.



FYI – the Mountain will be shared later today with nearby neighbours so we don’t eat it all!

I apologize for the “jump to recipe” folk – you’ll have to scroll!

I’ll divide it into the 3 main segments and tackle each on it’s own, so you can tell by photos where I’m at in the journey!

  1. WINGS
  2. Cthulhu
  3. Black Forest Mountain Cake



  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • food colouring

Put the sugar, water and cream of tartar  into a pot and heat on medium heat, stirring only until the sugar dissolves.  Bring to a boil and insert a candy thermometer.

No stirring now – let it reach 300 degrees or hard candy stage.

Remove from heat and quickly stir in food colouring. Pour into greased mold and let harden for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from mold while still a bit warm in order to shape the wings a bit – stick it into a cup or something to keep it upright and place in the fridge to finish setting.

Lessons learned:  

  • I thought if I made this with brown sugar it would be cool and have a different flavour – I think I over cooked it . I used parchment paper with a pattern under it to try to create the wing shape and it was rough and too large – then they cracked and I turned it into a creepy bat…
  • at the last minute I rushed to create the wings that I did use for the cake
    • positives: the stick helped, the foil mold was a better size, and they looked very cool with the texture created by the foil.
    • negatives: I did not think to pre-grease the foil – that would have saved me 30 minutes of scraping foil off the back – but chemistry: sugar melts with water, so I alternatively scraped and ran water over the wings until I got all of the foil off.  Also, I added the food colouring at the beginning and then had to clean up the bits of green sugar mix that bubbled up and out of the pot onto the stove …though it was easy to see…

Cthulhu Figure:


  • Rice Krispie treats

  • Cake pop filling for head <optional>

  • Modeling chocolate

  • Faux Mirror Glaze

  • decorator’s icing , cinnamon hearts for red eyes and nails


Rice Krispie treats – follow the directions on the cereal box – you’ll need marshmallows, butter/margarine, vanilla flavouring .  I only needed a half recipe for this project.  You can also use premise treats, but I find I have more control creating my shapes while it is still warm.

Helpful hint: Oil your hands with a neutral oil < veg oil> or your butter/ margarine to do the sculpting. also oil the surface you will put it on or use parchment or wax paper – it makes life easier.

Cake pop filling head < you can just use more Rice Krispie treats to make the head> – I had leftover chocolate cake and butter cream icing from our anniversary, so thinking ahead, I had mixed the crumbled cake and frosting together, squished it into a ball, wrapped it in plastic and stuck it in the freezer.

I shaped roughly into the head and it stuck onto the body quite nicely with no toothpick/ stick needed.

NOTE: I also made a Rice Krispie treat small circular platform you’ll see in later pics, that I then cut in half and stacked,  upon which the little guy would sit when assembly time came.



  • 250 grams or 1 package chocolate chips < I used 50% cocoa/ dark chips>
  • ¼ cup honey at room temperature

Melt the chips on the stove or microwave – careful not to over melt them. Remove from heat when they are almost all melted and stir until it is all melted.

Add the honey and stir until it reaches the texture of soft ice cream and is mostly dull. There may be some shiny streaks, and you don’t want to over mix.

Wrap it in plastic or parchment paper and set aside to cool to room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

When ready to start using it, knead it a bit to make sure all is nice and smooth then treat it like play dough or clay.

Here are some of the stages of creating Cthulhu that worked for me. I placed him on a small tin that would provide a good base for the mirror glaze pour, then into the freezer with him for at least 2 hours …


Faux Mirror Glaze by TAV

I looked online to find any mirror glaze recipes that did not require corn syrup or gelatine as I had neither. The vegan recipe I found did call for corn syrup and agar agar – which I also did not have.

What I did have was more marshmallows – guess what’s in marshmallows – gelatine and a lot of sugar!  Also most called for sweetened condensed milk – but I had a can of evaporated milk open in the fridge so…

Many recipes also called for white chocolate to give a more opaque base that would show the colours more, and while I only had 50 grams left from a previous baking adventure,  I figured sure… I experimented…


  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk 
  • 8 large marshmallows 
  • 50 grams white chocolate chips
  • Food colouring as desired

Heat milk and marshmallows over low heat to melt. Remove from heat and add in chocolate, and food colouring.  Stir until all is melted.

Pour the glaze through a mesh sieve into a pouring container – I have a glass measuring cup that worked. This helps reduce the bubbles.

I took Cthulhu out of the freezer and placed him in a larger foil tray to catch the drips. I placed tiny foil pieces on the eyes to minimize the need to clear that out later -> it worked.

Because my glaze was fairly runny, it was very forgiving.  I was able to keep scooping up the glaze from the tray and pour it back over the top of him, barely wasting any – which is a bonus!  I used silicone pastry brush to get it into the crevices.

NOTE: the colour did change after 12 hours to a darker green – but that’s ok..


Decorator’s Icing:

I actually had some already from an XMAS cookie decorating kit that I had – so I will let you decide if you want to just make a simple icing sugar, butter/margarine/coconut oil mix and add food colouring, or do as you will for decorating – some folk have used sliced nuts for creating claws on food art…


Black Forest Mountain Cake


  • cake mix  – yes – I use boxed mixes..
  • whipping cream < 35% fat> – I do whip it up myself!
  • Canned cherry pie filling – yes.
  • buttercream icing – I made a half recipe of my Aqua Faba Swiss Buttercream and added ¼ cup cocoa to it.
  • chocolate shavings from a dark chocolate bar

This year I wanted to try making a vertical roulade/ rolled cake to create the mountain – had to adapt at every stage as there were a few firsts for this…

Mix the cake according to directions and line a sheet pan < I had two smaller ones, so I used those> with parchment paper.  Bake until done – it took about 15-18 minutes < but I make have over baked a bit>.

Immediately roll into logs using the parchment paper and a tea towel.  Let cool completely in this shape.


Whip about 300 ml whipping cream to stiff ish peaks – I did not add any sugar as the rest of the cake has enough.

Unroll the cakes and kk- oh- they cracked something fierce.

Oh well – I knew I wanted to have peaks on my mountain so I cut the cakes diagonally, with the intention of rolling them from the high side to create a lowering around the mountain as it formed.

NOTE: Build the mountain on your serving tray. Make sure there is room in your fridge for the tray…

I spread some cherries and whipping cream on the larger of the two sheet cakes and started rolling them up. Since it had cracked, it ended up working better to build it by applying one segment at a time, and choosing the pieces based on what I liked the look of…putting cherries* and whipping cream on each piece to as I stuck it to the side of the growing mountain.  I added a bit more whipping cream like snow along the tops of the pieces and in between as needed.

*save some cherries and most of the pie filling liquid for finishing the cake later…

Once I had all the pieces on the cake, I stuck it into the fridge to help it set, while I made the buttercream.

Aqua Faba chocolate Swiss Buttercream < ½ recipe>

  • ¾ cup Aqua faba < strained juice from a can of or your own baked chick peas or mixed beans >
  • ½  cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼  cup softened butter or shortening
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Mix aqua faba and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl, letting it cool completely.

Whip it to stiff peaks, and add in the cream of tartar.  This can take 15 minutes – bear with it!

Mix the cocoa powder with the ciocng sugar and add that to the meringue.  Continue whipping and gradually add the softened butter or shortening, adding the vanilla last.

Bring the cake out and frost the outer edges or wherever you feel like to give it a nice coat/ look you want.

NOTE: I found that using a metal knife dipped in water helped it go on smoothly.

Use some  frosting to cover the seat/platform later or if there was any faux glaze left, mix it and the frosting together for a lovely goo to cover the seat.  Place it where it will allow room for the figure to sit safely beside the mountain.

The cake being erratic in construction needed some support, so I tied sheets of parchment around the outer edges and put it back in the fridge for overnight.


Ok – Cake comes out – gently peel back the parchment support and start adding the rest of the cherry pie filling as lava over the surface of the Mountain.  Use the chocolate shavings to finish off the look of ash on the mountain.

Check placement of platform/seat and stick wings into cake approximately where it will line up with the Cthulhu figure’s back.

Gently lift him and place onto the seat, and adjust the wings to rest against his back – I was not able to get this to quite work the way I wanted – but lessons learned for future adventures!

This worked on his own before he sat by the Black Forest Mountain…

Place candles as you like and light em up!

And enjoy!!!


Chocolate Dulce De Leche Bars

Having started the baking session with scones today, I was still in a bit of a biscuit mood when I started this recipe- a hybrid of a shortbread and scone concept with some cocoa thrown in. I wanted a way to use up the half jar of dulce de leche I still had after making the Squirrel Cake…..

So without further ado…

Could have let it chill a bit more, but it cut pretty well….

Chocolate Dulce De Leche Bars

Mix in a large bowl:

    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • ½ cup rolled oats
    • ⅔ cup sugar
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder


Cut in with a pastry blender or two knives:

  • ⅔ cup softened butter or vegan replacement

Mix well in another bowl:

  • ½ cup Balkan style yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour into a greased pan, lined with parchment paper.  Either: a 9×13 pan  or two 8 inch square or round- or whatever you have and spread it evenly.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F and for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and spread the ½ jar of dulce de leche ( 225-250 grams)on it- glob it on and wait a minute for it to melt, then spread.


Sprinkle an even layer of chocolate chips on top and return to the oven for about 2 minutes.  Remove and spread the melted chocolate chips , blending with the caramel is ok.

Chill in fridge or freezer until ready to serve . Enjoy!

Two chocolate biscuit bases baking…
225-250 grams of dulce de leche – I had half of this jar remaining and used it all…
Dulce de leche spreads nicely when warmed…
Sprinkling an even layer of chocolate chips and then popping it back in the oven to let them melt- easy icing method especially over the caramel…

Chilled and ready for cutting

Red Lentil and Sweet potato soup

Super easy!

FULL CREDIT: I was inspired by the recipe I saw on minimalist baker  .

I opted to simplify some things – but feel free to pop over and follow the recipe there

My version

  • ½ white onion chopped
  • 1 celery stalk with leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Saute onion and celery in the oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat.  Once the onions are transparent, add your spices to let them warm up a bit – you can do your own thing for spices – these are what I have handy…

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

then add

  • 2 sweet potatoes < medium size> – oven roasted , peeled and chopped. note:I had already done that – and I would likely micro wave them to bake them quickly if they were not already baked..
  • 60 grams dry weight red split lentils < I used my kitchen scale, not sure how much this is in cups>

and enough water to cover – I did not measure, but it was probably 3-4 cups – enough to make large bowls of soup for two.

Bring it up to a boil, then turn the heat to medium low, let simmer until the lentils are soft – maybe 15-20 minutes. Once they are soft, puree the soup with an immersion blender – or however you puree soup!

I served with Whole wheat coconut scones, based on this recipe

I just used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup all purpose flour and replaced the whipping cream with coconut milk.

I had meant to go completely vegan – but I did in fact, use an egg  – but you should be able to sub whatever egg substitute you like….



Steamed Custard Buns…

For this recipe, I followed the one shared by Woks Of Life Here:

Cantonese Steamed Custard Buns (Nai Wong Bao)

And it was super easy and successful! In spite of the small size of steamers I had available to use….

4 sort of fit in the small steamer I have…
this single guy had more space int he larger set up in my larger pot… and the parchment is perfect for them to slide right off!
Steaming away – and so easy!

Holiday Baking adventures part 2 – the experiment!

I did some other regular/ repeat baking this past weekend during a virtual gathering with friends – and it was the BEST WAY to deal with an online gathering – I was. busy, I was doing stuff! Listening to our friends, some of whom we have not seen for months, and contributing in my own special snarky way as appropriate…

I made a small batch of each :

Chocolate cake cookie sandwiches< a variation made by using cake mix and reducing the water and filling them with more of my vegan Swiss buttercream as it is lasting quite nicely!>; Gingerbread cookies; standard chocolate chip cookies < be inspired – I added fireball whiskey to them>

And then, I returned to look at what I had intended to be a truffle mix, but it was too soft.  I had mixed cream cheese, icing sugar and added lemon juice and a tiny bit of vanilla, hoping  the icing sugar would be enough to have it set up and become a rollable ball – nope….I stuck it in the freezer until I have time to contemplate …

So this morning – Happy YULE – I decide a no bake cheese cake direction was a good way to go…

Lemon Truffle Cheesecakelets

Filling – can be used as a straight mousse if you prefer no crust 

  • 2  250g blocks of regular cream cheese – room temp
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream/whipping cream – cold

Cream the cheese, and add the icing sugar, mixing well. Add the lemon juice and vanilla and set aside.

In a separate bowl, whip the cream until stiff. Fold the lemon cheese mixture into the whipped cream gently, until it’s just mixed.

Set aside.

Crust: < I think you can use this in a springform pan as well, I just wanted to make minis so I could give them away easily..>

  •  1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips or Merkel’s pieces
  • 1½  cups unsweetened flaked coconut

Heat the cream in the microwave for 45 seconds or warm it on the stove.  Add the chocolate pieces and stir until melted. Add the coconut and stir well. Divide into 12 muffin cups – about 1 tablespoon each.

Using a flat bottomed glass that fits well, push down the coconut mix into the bottom of the cups with a gentle twisting motion – flattens it nicely and the twists away without the glass getting full of goo.

Fill each cup with the lemon cheesecake mixture and chill in the fridge for 6-12 hours.

YOU WILL HAVE LEFTOVER MOUSSE – pour it into some martini glasses, and stick a graham cracker in each  or make a smaller cheesecake in a separate pan using graham crackers on the bottom…your choice!


Holiday Baking adventures!

So many cookies! I was on a roll…
Some of these cookies are long time favourite recipes , some are experiments…

Some are vegan, some are not – but you can modify them yourself I’m sure to explore whatever dietary choices you prefer to make.

Some are gluten free, dairy free, and some are all the bad- er I mean good stuff…#nojudgement

Click through on the recipe links where I found my inspiration and support those bakers too!

Ginger bread Dinosaurs/ or are they cats… or both…

Ginger bread recipe is from the Betty Crocker Cookbook
The cutter I picked up at Ma Cuisine on Dalhousie street here in Ottawa.
And I used the spicy icing left over from my Wolfenoot cookie baking…

Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

This gluten free cookie recipe was a variation on the recipe I found here. The change I made was to use half chick pea flour and half oat flour< I make my own by grinding oats in a coffee grinder>.
I would also recommend chilling the dough before baking- I did not, and the cookies spread out a lot!

Cherry shortbread

Based on the recipe I found here  – and these shortbread cookies melt in your mouth… I used vegan butter replacement, and otherwise followed it.
The dough is super soft when mixed, so chill it for at least 30 minutes before creating these melt in your mouth cookies! And be sure to drain the cherries, if you buy them in syrup.

Oatmeal Coconut choc chip cookie

Here’s the recipe – I choose to add coconut “and” chocolate chips – or sometimes all three!

Oat cookies from no name oatmeal bag

and these chocolate cookies are a family tradition 🎉….but I’m changing things up a bit…

Vegan Chocolate cookie sandwiches

Vegan chocolate cookies and Vegan Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting…

So this is a variation on one of my families traditions….these are amazing frozen when in their sandwich form ( stolen from the giant Tupperware container in the chest freezer…)

  • ½ cup vegan butter substitute
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg replacement*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup cocoa
  •  ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oat milk

*egg replacement options :  1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 1 tablespoon hot water or 1 tablespoon aqua faba < strained liquid from canned chick peas> or your own choice!

Cream the first 2 ingredients then add the next 2.

Mix the dry ingredients together and add, alternating with the oat milk, until you get your batter.

Drop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet, flattening with wet fingers/ bottom of a glass, and bake for 7 minutes at 400Degrees F.
Cool completely and enjoy as is or fill with frosting to make sandwiches….

Vegan Swiss Buttercream frosting…

So I hybridized the original family recipe, which uses Marshmallow creme < I wasn’t going out to buy this>,  and this Aqaufaba Swiss Buttercream I found online which called for WAY TOO MUCH FAT – as in I had used all my vegan butter by this point in the day

  • 1 ¾ cup aquafaba ( strain the liquid from 1 or 2 cans of chick peas- measure it )
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening ( I used Crisco) softened/at room temperature.
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla

Mix aquafaba and sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil for 5 minutes…stirring occasionally.
Take off heat, pour into mixing bowl and cool completely ( I put the bowl into the fridge for about 20 minutes.)
Once cool, start whipping the mixture at high speed. You can use a whisk attachment, I suggest not trying to do this by hand unless you have strong arms. It can take up to 15-20 minutes to get it to firm peaks with the machine doing the hard work…
Once you reach that stage, mix  together the cream of tartar and icing sugar, and gradually add that in, whipping it- whip it good…
Add the softened vegetable shortening ( I used Crisco) that is at room temperature, keep whipping to incorporate it fully and finally, add  the vanilla.

You will have leftover frosting- so feel free to halve the recipe…and it will store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in a. tightly sealed container…

Homemade Steamed Buns…

So, I stumbled across this original recipe in social media – so check it first:


If you are Vegan – just follow the above amazing recipe and stop reading now.

For omnivores, you can safely continue:

Tofu is not going to happen for the hubby, and I had some minced turkey to use, so my version of these pan fried buns:

Dough – make the same as shown above:

  • – 300 g [~2 1/2 cups] all-purpose (plain) flour
  • – 175 ml [3/4 cup] hot water ⁣
  • – a pinch of salt⁣

Mix all the ingredients together, knead into a dough, let it rest for 30 minutes.

In a skillet, sauté in some oil – I have olive oil, that’s what I use:

  • 1 medium onion chopped finely
  • 1 stalk of celery chopped finely
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • ½ cup grated cabbage
  • 200 g minced turkey < or your protein of choice>

Cook it all together until the meat is cooked – this just felt safest as I was not sure how well it might cook from raw in the steamed bun…

Let it cool, and add 1 tablespoon or so each:

  • soya sauce < or your choice of salty>
  • mirin < or your choice of sweet>
  • balsamic vinegar < or your choice of vinegar>
  • sesame oil < or your choice of flavoured oil like garlic oil etc.>

Stir it up and add salt and pepper to taste.

Divide dough into 10 portions, roll each one into 4″-5″ circular disk⁣ to fill.

Spoon in the filling, pinch the buns closed, dip them into the sesame seeds and pan fry as directed, adding the water to finish with steaming as indicated!

Pinched side down, frying in a tiny bit of oil and black sesame seeds.
Flipped and continuing to pan fry.
Added the water and let them steam away!
Added the water and let them steam away!

I served ours with steamed broccoli and green beans < in homage to the original recipe>

served with steamed broccoli and green beans. light and flavourful!