I came across this recipe called himmel und erde, which translates (from Germany) heaven and earth. The reason why this recipe is called such is because the potatoes look like clouds while the earth comes from the onions and, in the original recipe, blood sausage. Well I don’t eat meat, of course, and even if I did I’m not sure I would be too eat on eating blood…but! I came up with my own rendition of the translation “earth”. What’s not earthier than mushrooms and beans? Right? Right!
It’s a very simple and comforting supper that is light on the stomach because I halved the called for potatoes and substituted them with pureed cauliflower. It’s a way to have mashed potatoes but not go overboard and you hardly notice. I didn’t. The trick is to boil the cauliflower until it is very very soft. Then mash it or puree it along with your potatoes with some of the water (to not loose all that nutrients) and milk. It’s a great trick to use on kids to get in those vegetables (or a husband that isn’t keen on healthy foods. Hah we’ll just see about that one.) I also added asparagus for the aesthetic effect to break up all those bland colors. Plus, the asparagus look like trees so that can also be part of the earth category.
Himmel und Erde (Heaven and Earth) ½ cup cooked chickpeas 3-4 baby bella mushrooms, coarsely chopped ½ small onion, thinly sliced Dash smoked paprika Salt and pepper
1 ½ cup cauliflower 2 small russet potatoes, diced Nutmeg Salt and pepper ¼ cup coconut milk
A handful of asparagus Salt and pepper ½ lemon
Boil the potatoes and cauliflower until very tender. Proceed to mash them in a bowl, with the nutmeg, salt and pepper, and milk
For the onions, sauté them in a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray until caramelized, de-sticking with water on occasion. Add the mushrooms and sauté them until soft, also adding water to prevent sticking. Add smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
Cut off the rough ends of the asparagus, steam or sauté them with a little bit of water and nondairy margarine. Season with salt and pepper and once on the plate squirt fresh lemon juice.