All posts tagged: vegetarian

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. …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Vegan pizzas and pies from Germany

Dear you, I am happy to inform you that I have safely returned from my travels and that I am pretty happy. This summer has been really good to me and I am grateful for that. I hope you’ve been having a good time as well! So, since this blog is meant to be some sort of food blog, let’s confess: I have been away and eating for the whole summer and the yield of food pictures counts four. In my defence: I accidentally only packed half of my camera charger, so it’s not only the food pictures that are non-existent. I have been telling myself that it was actually nice to not really be able to make pictures, for then you can better enjoy things as they are instead of focussing on the photography. That worked quite well. Now I will just proceed posting the pictures with some additional chattering. Vegan currywurst in mango garlic sauce It’s vegan currywurst in mango garlic sauce! I forgot the name of the store, but it seemed to …

Cauliflower craze

[summary] Today I’m sharing two amazing foods starring cauliflower, namely: cauliflower wings and cauliflower pizza crust. Cauliflower wings are cauliflower heads covered in a mixture of chickpea flower, water/plant milk and additions like herbs, nutritional yeast, dipped in breadcrumbs and left in the oven for 20 minutes. Optionally, they can be dipped in hot sauce and put back into the oven again, but they taste great either way. The pizza crust is made out of grated cauliflower, soaked flax seeds and flour – and additions like herbs and nutritional yeast. Mine turned out moist a couple of times and not so crispy as you would expect from a pizza, but it tastes great! If you find how to get to the optimal cauliflower pizza, let me know! If not, I’ll just try again next time.

Food Diary ~ number three

Hi there! Here’s some food pictures again, in which you can see how nicely the sun is shining. 🙂 I had a slice of housemate-made bread with avocado, as you can see. It was the first time I was able to slice an avocado like this, hehe. I love this picture for its colours, the weather!, and of course the bunny and the cat. The cat’s name is Minoes. If you’re not convinced of Minoes’ cuteness, here’s a close-up. And then I made soup from the garden: nettle soup! My very first attempt. I also just used an altered version of the very first recipe I found here (in Dutch). It’s basically onion, nettles, broth and roasted oats. I liked it! Especially as a midnight snack after a full day of festivals and parties on Ascension. Followed by a coconut cupcake after a recipe out of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from Terry Hope Romero & Isa Moskowitz. It was a lovely day. On the festival I volunteered for Greenpeace, walking around in a tree costume, …

March’s food diary

Respect for everyone who manages to write regularly – or do anything regularly, for that matter. My head tends to be pretty chaotic, so I don’t manage. Moreover, I do have more important things to share than ‘this is what I ate!’, but these’re also harder to put into words, etcetera. So here is some more food! I will try again to remember to make more (exciting) pictures. Here goes. What an awesome find! Vegan8 is a food website on which Brandi posts recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and made out of 8 ingredients or less. It’s all perfectly possible! You get to eat dishes like this: cacao black bean chili. I won’t say no to that! I have been looking forward to making and having chili so it was great to have this one popping up. This recipe is so cool, for it is really simple and healthy and the secret ingredient cacao really deepens the taste. I was also really happy when the day after I could eat the leftovers with my …

Winter Veggies in colourful Thai Curry

Last time I already wrote about my love for Brussels sprouts and told you to combine them with ginger, unlike how they’re usually eaten in the Netherlands. The Dutch just boil their veggies for an hour and then mash them with potatoes. I’m not even joking. Luckily we’re able to peek into the kitchens of our neighbours from all over the world. Well, the following recipe is said to be Thai. I’ve been eager to try it, for it’s a curry starring Brussels sprouts! And much more, like ginger (you see?), a lot of tubers and coconut milk. I found the recipe ‘Thaise curry met geroosterde knolgroenten’ here on the Vegan Challenge website. Vegan Challenge is similar to Veganuary: you are challenged to eat vegan for a month, while being supported by them providing recipes and tips and tricks. Veganuary is being held in January, where the Vegan Challenge runs in April and I believe also in the fall. Vegan Challenge is Dutch and so is their information, therefore I will translate this curry recipe …

How to love your Avocados

Have you fallen in love with the avocado yet? Well, the rest of the world has! As for me: I didn’t fall hard at once. At first, I didn’t like him that much. He was a bit of a weirdo and even though I tend to like weirdos, I just didn’t know how to approach him! But with a little effort and help of my friends I got to know him better and now I absolutely adore him. He is such a sweetie! (Though, not so sweet.) Well, this is me being your friend, pointing out the avocado’s best qualities so you can start loving him as well. Isn’t that great? The more love, the merrier! Avocados are so immensely popular mainly because of their taste, creamy texture and nutritional values. They contain lots of healthy fats (unsaturated ones, and some Omega-3 as well as Omega-6), fibers and all kinds of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. Nutrition Data gives you the complete facts here. Most people like their avocados raw. …