All posts tagged: vegan

Belated but beloved foods (and harvest!)

It’s amazing how sometimes I draft a blog post and then completely forget about it! Later I find it and get surprised by how nice it is. This juicy food-picture line-up here even dates back to last February! It includes dishes that were consumed with Christmas ’17, can you believe it?! Crazy stuff. This is now even my first food-related post of the year. Except for veggies growing on plants and freshly harvested, which I treat as nature-related posts. 🙂 Things are changing! (Have I completed my mission of spreading vegan food inspiration? Is that it?) As I’ve witnessed in my garden, this year’s delivery of pumpkins and bell peppers is coming in so I can happily post this now and tell myself I am a conscious blogger. Speaking of my garden: I’ll add a picture of our latest harvest! And as you can see from that one, my priorities also slightly shifted away from taking good-quality pictures with my actual camera. Also, my Photohop moved to a farm. So pictures can be blurry and …

Vegetarian satchel bag review

Today I’ll write something rather silly: a review of the faux-leather satchel bag of the vegan brand Vegetarian Shoes. Serious background: ☘ Supporting fair brands with a vision = supporting said vision and helping said brands to have a positive impact. ☘ The brand Vegetarian Shoes develops durable/high-quality fake leather materials. ☘ Shopping at Vegetarian Shoes will stimulate further developments. The experiential part: I got the satchel bag in red. I remember falling for a similar red bag about 10 years ago. That bag was made of leather and too expensive for me then. This time I had been waiting for a new bag to come along, because my go-to bag is through. So I took a train to the shop Vega-Life in Amsterdam and got it! I like writing about the bag, because my experiences are a little funny. On the one side the bag is really pretty and a little funky because of the colour, at least I think so. I love the Vegetarian Shoes-label, which has a great function of proving the material is fake …

Simply kohlrabi winter side

  This is an awesome winter salad of kohlrabi (koolrabi) and winter purslane (winterpostelein), topped with mustard vinaigrette and sunflower seeds. The distinct tastes of kohlrabi and mustard go very well together, and it’s even better with some fresh leaves in the mix. The seeds add some more variation in texture. I love how the salad looks so peaceful. And kohlrabi is such a cool veggie: it looks like it could be from out of space. Peace out. Image: Pixabay, face added

Beetroot ‘n bean salad

I thought to make burgers, but then I realised that at the moment I totally lack a blender or so to mix it all together. I’d use a grater for the beetroot, but lupine beans are tough! So I decided on the simpler version of a burger: a salad! As you can see, there’s (boiled) beetroot, lupine beans and kale in the mix. The kale is massaged with a dressing of tahini and lime (classic combo!), and pepper, salt and oil (everything to taste, and to texture). I like the combination of the ‘earthy’ and more ‘fresh’ hints of flavours. The different textures go really well together as well! Beetroot, lupine and kale are all very different. The tahini/lime dressing also makes a great addition, as it makes the mix more interesting and varied, as well as more fresh-ish due to the lime. How do you eat your beetroot? I’d love to learn more great combos!

Purple kale, smoky tempeh and shoyu tofu

Today I have some pictures of and notes on kale, tempeh and tofu for you. I already knew I love kale, but then I found purple coloured kale! I roasted it, just like I described here. Actually, I misunderstood the oven and had to complement with using a frying pan, but then I got purple kale crisps! I’m not sure whether it tasted any different from usual green kale, but the colour made me a little happier anyway. I brought the kale crisps to a put luck dinner and everyone liked it. Win! To the same (Christmas) pot luck I brought tempeh, which I had marinated with sunflower oil, liquid hickory smoke, rosemary, garlic and salt. All this gave it a pretty intense flavour! Liquid hickory smoke (of Mex-Al) is a very interesting substance which can make all your food taste smoked! Its ingredients are water, vinegar, smoke flavouring liquid hickory smoke, colour caramel E150d, emulsifier E433. I haven’t found many applications yet, but it’s surely nice to experiment with. See the a picture of …

The key lime pie to all your parties

My birthday is usually the only constant yearly pie-baking occasion (or pi factor). Other, more rare occasions are Christmas, New Year and Pi Day if I remember in time. I do like pies and baking, but it doesn’t really have priority over other things. Also, when I start searching for a recipe, I find myself easily discouraged by the need for unordinary or seemingly expensive ingredients and nuts (which I cannot eat). So I sob and hide. But as with most things: you just have to do it! Or if that seems too hard: start doing it, with the first step! So take an easy recipe and get those ingredients. After the hard step of finding and buying you can use them forever, or as long as they last. But getting them next time will be easier, ’cause you’ll know and appreciate them. And then just follow the steps of the recipe! Did you need encouragement for pie-baking? I could use it. My main motivation is impressing non-vegans and showing how easy it is to …

Veggies from the oven, you just gotta loveʉ۪em

Through this post I want to express my love for fall/winter veggies from the oven. Preparing veggies in the oven is such a nice way to cook: it is super easy to do and the food gets really really tasty. I find it fun, comforting and satisfying. You just cut veggies of your choosing, cover them in oil with herbs and spices, put in a warm oven, wait about half an hour, then take it from the oven, and tadaaa: you have a delicious meal! Plus, it is super easy to make in large quantities (in so far the size of your oven permits). And it’s FUN! You can mix and match about anything you want; it’s amazing. It’s perfect in the fall and winter days in which they’re so many root vegetables around, and in which we can get about desperate to absorb more heat. (Though, maybe put no leafy vegetables in there, they will shrink… Except for not-too-leafy kale which you have to put there once every kale season.) And I don’t know …

Wood-fired Vegan Pizza Party

Two weeks ago was the Re-Greening Weekend, co-organised by me, in which we showed  green-minded students a great deal of the sustainable initiatives and organisations located in Wageningen, to stimulate discussions and other activity and to help interested people to connect and become part of the green movement. The program was pretty awesome, the people were nice and interested and over all we think it was a great success! The Creative Community Garden was so kind to host our group for a pizza lunch! The Creative Garden is more or less what you would expect from the name: a place to experiment with gardening: ‘(…) we’re busy making a shared experimental garden to explore different practical ideas, grow stuff and learn from each other.’ You can find more info is on the website. The place is beautiful and the people are really nice as well, so definitely be sure to check it out if you live here. Onto the pizzas! We brought many different toppings so there was enough to choose from. The dough was …

Heaps of Hummus

Spread the hummus! Many of my friends and me use it a lot. We bring it to pot luck meals and picknicks; use it as toppings or dips for about anything and as ingredient for warm meals like quiches and wraps. Chickpeas, the main ingredient of hummus, are such good peas. The next best ingredient of hummus is tahin or sesame paste, which is in itself pretty awesome as well. And then there’s garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, olive oil and possibly more… If you particularly care about proteins: they’re in there as well, loads of them. These pictures show how hummus is supposed to look. You see the drips of olive oil near the edge of the spread out hummus, the bulbs of tahin closer to the centre, topped with what’s probably paprika powder and some parsley flakes or so. My boyfriend and me had lunch at De Hummus House in Amsterdam, where it has two locations. This one is at Korte Leidsedwaarsstraat 62 close to Museumplein (museum square). They serve hummus plates like this …

Happy happy Thai food

In the Forest Monastery in the North of Thailand the abbot or chief monk would motivate the people by giving pre-meal speeches packed with the phrases ‘happy happy Thai food’ and ‘big party’. He did seem to be an exceptionally happy guy, so something must be good there. Is it Thai Buddhism or the Thai food? Thai food is great. I’m not a fan of the animals and the increasing dairy use, but leave that out and you got yourself some great variety of rice in all forms, soy in all forms, many vegetables and mushrooms, tropical fruits, peanuts, chilli and other spices, lots of coconut milk and desserts made out of beans. They also like all forms of frying, and sugar. Food can be bought on the streets everywhere – in Bangkok there’s even a market on a railway. And food comes in many layers of plastic, which is a bit sad. And they have ice coffee, but often with cows milk in it, even though many Asian bellies cannot handle it so well. …