Flavourful Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone in the vegan/ allergy world has heard about the miracle that is aquafaba! If you haven’t its okay, my dear little rock dwelling friend, now you know about the miracle that is basically bean juice…..Yes, bean juice, or the brine left behind in a can of chickpeas for the less dramatic.  This miracle brine has been a lifesaver for egg-free cooking, being able to be whipped up to make light and fluffy meringue, macaroons, replacing eggs in cakes and baked goods and making the most amazing thick egg free mayonnaise.

This flavourful mayonnaise is something you definitely need to try.  Garlicky with  the perfect amount of tang, this is a recipe to keep bookmarked and keep making over and over. Its also really versatile, play around with it until you have something that makes your taste-buds sing, if you like more garlic.  Add it! This is a perfectly flavoured recipe for me, but we all like things differently.  Add some herbs for a fancier mayonnaise or an added taste kick.  Just be prepared to feel like a cooking genius, this recipe is that easy to whip up, but will impress all your friends and family.

FLAVOURFUL AQUAFABA MAYONNAISEserves 16 

Aquafaba  Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp aquafaba, the leftover brine from a can of chickpeas, or freshly cooked beans.
  • 1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 – 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp liquid sweetener
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 – 1 cup oil ( I used olive oil, but sunflower or canola would work)

Directions

Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a blender or food processor.

While blending on low-medium, start adding the oil slowly.  About a tablespoon at a time, until you’ve used up all the oil.   The mixture will thicken up fast.

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Taste and adjust seasoning.

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Transfer to a bowl or glass jar.  Store in fridge for 2 weeks.  Use on everything!

Silvermine Nature Reserve

On Saturday we headed to Silvermine Nature Reserve, after our initial plans didn’t work out according to plan.  Cape town has been giving me a completely Mordor feeling, like I’m Frodo and I finally made it to mount doom.  The fog horn that seems to be always going when I’m trying to sleep, the intense kelp smell and all the burn from the fires kind of give it that vibe.  Its still pretty and I am a big fan of Tolkien, so it will do for now.

Walking around the reservoir is really lively with everyone gathering around to have a weekend BBQ.  We decided to walk the other route which was just as easy, its a perfect hike for walking dogs and little kiddies.  The little flowers all over is a joy to see.  We ended the hike off with some crackers and chat.  Like all hikes should end.

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^^Little fluffies.

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^^ Pretty little bridge .

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^^ Beautiful water in the mountains.

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^^ Collapsed tree.

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^^ Cute little flowers.

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^^ I love me some yellow.

Bo-Kaap, colorful houses and a lot of people

Bo-kaap is one of the top things to do in Cape town when you google things to do around here, its even on a list of reasons to stay in Cape town, but to be honest they also think a reason to stay is the English bull terrier club.  Why would I want to stay because of a dog club?

Bo-kaap is filled with history, colorful houses and so many people.  I personally didn’t like it much, just because of tour bus upon tour bus of people all trying to walk around these narrow streets, taking photos of the houses.  So many people doing handstands trying to take just the perfect photo and the poor owners just standing on their porch looking really confused.  These cobblestone streets are interesting to walk around, but to be honest, I’ve seen better cobblestones and a quick walk around was enough to satisfy my curiosity.

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^^ really bright houses.

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^^ foot pop

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^^ That guy was just trying to get the most beautiful photo of himself ever.  We had to wait forever to pass them.

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^^ Pretty flowers and a nice way of getting privacy.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Excited thumbs up-ing in a small town.

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^^ I found my new best friend, this little guy loved me, before Carl came along and upset him.

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^^ Driving along Muizenberg on a surprisingly cold day.

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^^ Worst quality photo ever! Thanks front camera, you had one job! On top of signal hill, looking down on Cape town.

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^^ Cape town sure knows how to make one beautiful Sunset.

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^^ Carl being handsome.

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^^ Anchor posing.

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^^ Found these pretty little flowers on a walk.

Life around here is starting to pick up, things are cooling down and falling into place.  We drove around false bay, found a horrible medieval festival that was just embarrassing, walked around muizenberg, fish hoek, simon’ town and even went to the top of signal hill.  We tried to pack as much in as possible in over the weekend, seeing as Carl is working on international labor day! Our apartment is starting to look a lot like home, stacked full of our books and wall art.  Home is where ever you hang your wedding photo!