Having a plant based start to the day can require a bit more thought when you are new to the way of cooking and eating. When we decided to have a more plant based diet for ourselves and our guests in Austria and Croatia, we found breakfast to be a bit more challenging than we anticipated. We try to have seasonality within what we eat and what we cook for our guests. Crushed avocado on toast is not really a sustainable option in the Austrian winter and the tomatoes are so good in Croatia during the summer that we sometimes struggle to want put anything else on our fresh bread. We wanted to come up with three different spreads that compliment our glut of Vis Island summer tomatoes and our love of toast. Equally we wanted a tasty and nutritious start our adventurous Austrian mountain activities and something that brings Croatia and Austria together. These three spreads however should definitely not just be just restricted to the morning time. Our walnut and Miso spread is a fantastic alternative pesto for wholegrain spaghetti, the Almond cheese is perfect on a beetroot carpaccio and the white bean with rosemary can be smeared on absolutely anything!
2 tablespoons of miso paste
1 garlic clove
4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
Whiz it all in a blender until it resembles a crumb.
We love it on toast with tomatoes, almost has a ‘marmite’ taste about it. Also works well as a topping on roasted vegetables. Can be stored for up to a week in the fridge.
1 large garlic clove
50ml Extra virgin olive oil
80ml Lemon juice
1 teaspoon of salt
Whiz all the ingredients together at high speed and blend until smooth. Can be used straight away, but better if allowed to firm in the fridge for a few hours.
A handful of fresh rosemary
Splash of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Tin of white beans
dash of red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Using a pestle and mortar and bash some rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add half of the rosemary and garlic mixture. After a minute add the drained tin of beans. Using a potato masher, mash the beans to infuse with the oil. Take of the heat after a few minutes, add the red wine vinegar and then the rest of the rosemary oil.
Let us know if you enjoyed these spreads as much as we do. Also for a sweeter start to your breakfast, then check out our recipe for Crunchy Buckwheat Granola