All posts tagged: vegan

Canola Corn Bread

This fluffy yellow ‘canola corn bread’ may as well be called a cake, but then there would have been too many Cs. To make it, I used a corn bread recipe from one of the many cookbooks named ‘cooking vegan’ (Veganistisch koken by Parragon Books LTD). The main ingredient is corn flour, the others are white wheat flour, canola oil, lots of soy milk, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, baking powder and some salt. The recipe is pretty similar to this one of The Post Punk Kitchen. The canola oil contributes its distinct taste and I’m still undecided to whether I like it. (I don’t know whether corn bread always has canola oil, but in The Netherlands the oil isn’t commonly used.) So it tasted a bit sweet-ish from the corn and maple syrup and canola-ish from the canola. The structure was really soft and fluffy! Maybe I put too much baking powder, but I felt like finishing the package… So it was a perfect cake, except it wasn’t so sweet like most cakes. It …

Mung Bean Soup with Roasted Kale

I was inspired to make a mung bean soup by this recipe for Healing Mung Bean Soup of Plants and Balance. How could I not? The recipe title really makes you feel as if you’re doing something right. The mung beans had been present for some time; earlier I had only used part of the pack for sprouting. But now I learnt you can soup them too! So I didn’t follow Trish’ recipe out of fear of not meeting my housemates’ strict vegetable intake preferences. I’m partly joking, but I’m mostly serious here. However, in the end the mung beans grew so much that the balance might have been a bit off after all! Difficult things. Dried mung beans don’t need to be soaked before usage. I used the onion, garlic, courgette as suggested and added carrot as well as an awesome topping of kale crisps! Have you tried roasting kale? Kale gets such a funny crispy structure, you have to try! The procedure is to dry the kale if you find a way to …

Happy Cinnamon Roll!

So I will not wish you a happy Easter, but a happy cinnamon roll! For today, with the Easter brunch tradition in mind, I made these smiley bunch. I didn’t even do it on purpose, they just really wanted to smile. Maybe because I was struggling so hard with the time-management thing again. You need to let them sit for two times an hour, and then you also need to do other things… – You can see the happy faces, right? 🙂 If for the Easter occasion you prefer baking something egg-ish but not really, you can go for these no-egg cakes! They’re pretty cool too. I used the cinnamon roll recipe from Vegan Challenge, in Dutch.

More than basic Vegan Quiche

Last Christmas I made my very first vegan quiche! Well, if you define quiche as a baked tart with savoury filling and ‘something’ to bind it all together. That special ‘something’ is often a mixture of eggs and cream, but in this case, it is everyone’s favourite: tofu! My sister found a recipe of such a quiche here on the Dutch blog IKBENIRISNIET. So we tried and it turned out pretty nicely! I made it again at home to impress my housemates and you. That looks nice, right?! Especially the cute smaller one in the top picture. The larger one looks a bit weird. I forgot to buy pastry and ended up mosaicking with the three different types I found in the freezer. The toothpicks indicate where the spelt and the veganism begin/start. So, how to use the tofu in a quiche? Puree the tofu, before or after adding things like nice herbs and spices, and perhaps vinegar or some other liquid. Mix with nice vegetables etc. and put into an oven dish with a …

The Animals

This was supposed to be one of my first posts because of its utter importance; the draft has been in existence for over a year. And now it’s here! This is the story of the animals and the people who made me go vegan. In autumn 2014 I travelled for two months through Finland. I had made quite an unusual choice there, governed by the fact that I had to decide quickly where to go and that I happened to have two friends there, which made it the easy option. My stay has had a huge impact on how I am as a person. I learned that as a person you do have an impact. I met a lot of people doing amazing things, trying to improve the world in their own way. Among others, I met people building communities, people focussing on working on themselves, I met vegans and animal rights activists. The Animal Sanctuary I came in contact with the animal sanctuary Tuulispää, which is a retirement home and rescue shelter for farm …

Having a Break in Belgium

Hello! Right before and on Christmas my boyfriend and me made a little trip to the lovely Belgian cities of Bruges and Ghent. The cities were decorated very romantically with Christmas lights and there was a Christmas fair in both places. You can imagine. If you cannot: here is a glimpse of Bruges in the evening: Before we took off, we browsed through Happy Cow to see which restaurants would serve vegan dishes. Unfortunately, because of the Christmas holidays, many restaurants were closed. However, we didn’t have to be hungry! In Bruges we went to Passion For Food. The owner and cook was super friendly. We took a soup as a starter. If I remember correctly, it was a carrot soup, spiced up really nicely. We had the vegetable tajine, which was the only or one of the few vegan main dishes: We were surprised to see how many different vegetables he had put in! Again, if I remember correctly: aubergine, potato, parsnip, stewed pear, potato, carrots, tomato, with wheat and lentils on the bottom. …

Birthday Blueberries and Spiraling Veggies

Hooray! This year I celebrated my birthday with a Maple-Kissed Blueberry Pie from a recipe in the lovely Vegan Pie In The Sky cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Yes, the same authors who created Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar – the first is happily sitting on my shelve and the latter is highly prioritized on my wish lists. Oh, priorities! Let’s review this pie: it was f***ing glorious. The filling was SO good, with blueberries and maple syrup and all. The crust was a BIT less good, which wasn’t the crust’s fault: it was more due to the combination of our new electric oven and my housemates and me. Apparently, as was found around 20:30 in the evening after having been baking and cooking all night and day, the thing has a very special roast option, which was on. So then all my bakings and cookings were good on the top and a lot more raw on the bottom. Too bad. Nevertheless, the …

Coco Cacoa Cubes

These are the best chocolates I have ever made. Now that doesn’t have to mean much, but there’s more: I brought them to a pot-luck dinner and about everybody asked for the recipe. Ha! Even the other vegan present was amazed. However, he’s a special case: he hardly eats any processed foods (go him!) and he didn’t realize such a thing as vegan chocolate existed. I find it hard to believe the last part is true, but yes I remember him saying that! At least now you know, my friend. I hope it makes you happier. So what are these delicious Coco Cacoa Cubes?! I hope you like the name I came up with; it’s as simple as the recipe. Here follows their book. Materials 500 g dark chocolate 75 g coconut oil 400 g condensed coconut milk 1/2 tsp vanilla extract/aroma shredded coconut Method Prepare a baking tin by oiling up the sides (of 20 by 20 cm). Put the chocolate in pieces in a pan together with the coconut oil and condensed milk. …

The Greens of Budapest + Veganniversary

Baah. There are lots of things worth sharing and I am surely sharing them to some extent, just not via writing this blog. I haven’t been writing much, not even my diary! However, I have been writing reports on urban green spaces in Budapest, does that count? Everything is a trade-off. There’s limitations, like brain capacity, available energy, the amount of stimuli one can handle (is that equal to brain capacity?), time and stuff. My intention was not to write a shitty post, but I’d like to say hi to you and to keep in touch a bit, even though I don’t have a specific nice and polished message. I have not forgotten about this place here. Today is my 1 year vegan anniversary or veganniversary! You would think that a happy vegan would totally celebrate, but my cookies burnt so there’s no celebration today. I was planning to start planning a celebration with a nice dinner party and such, but then I figured I have been stressing my brain with too many stimuli and …