All posts tagged: vegetarian

The Salad of the Winter

One of the best things that have come to me recently must be the growing of sprouts for food. Sure, my flatmates have been sprouting alfalfa and I never really showed much interest, but they didn’t tell me there’s a whole world of sprouting, covering not only alfalfa but really all kinds of seeds, legumes and grains. So now I know I am all enthusiastic! I found that sprouts are easy to grow, nutricious and just really nice. The art of sprouting Well, I was Finland recently and there I found some friends doing some sprouting and I got to love it. One used a glass jar and the other had a special sprouting device. Apparently you don’t need the latter… So a glass jar it is! But how? I didn’t ask for proper instructions back then, but luckily some eightteen people were so kind to put them just up here on WikiHow. In short: You want to sprout organic seeds, legumes or grains, to make sure there’s no bad stuff on it. You soak …

The Christmas foods

The past few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time wading the internet trying to get to some perfect dishes to bring to the three different Christmas tables I was going to join. All three dinners were with my family, but in slightly different compositions. I am the first in my family to go vegan and even though they’re quite supportive, they do find veganism difficult and they are slightly skeptical about everything I cook. So I had to carefully find my way. Here’s a selection of the things I made. The criteria for putting them here were basically that I managed to take a picture in which it looks tasty, he-he. Enjoy! Maybe you find some inspiration for your New Year’s Dinner. Christmas Eve Roasted Chickpeas No, the dried cilantro didn’t get burnt – does it look burnt to you? It’s just the light and the contrast. I’m a perfect cook. It’s totally awesome how chickpeas get all crispy when you cover them in oil and leave them in the oven for some time. …

Veganuary – try vegan this January

From the category resolutions, do you have ‘try vegan for a month’? If not, you may consider getting it, for January is the perfect time to practice! People from all over the globe are signing up for the second edition of Veganuary and pledge to try veganism for the month of January. If you do so, aside from experiencing the benefits of veganism itself, you’ll get extra, special support via the Veganuary website, in the form of lots of information, directions, ideas, inspiration – Veganuary also comes with their own Facebook page to keep you happy and motivated. In case you’re asking: ‘why vegan?’ Veganuary sums up the reasons: animals, health, nutrition and environment. They know pretty well what they’re talking about! You still don’t? Check out their website and go to ‘WHY’. Still not convinced? Go check out their recipe section. That’s always a good idea. It contains recipes from all over the world, for example in the categories French Cuisine, Greek Cuisine, Turkish and Middle Eastern Cuisine, Caribbean Cuisine and as much as …

What’s on your Bread, Vegan?!

Long before I went vegan, I was already having troubles with having bread. I don’t even mean digestive problems, but just handling the ever returning question: what do you put on top?! There’s so many options. I mean, go to the grocery store: even if you have already proudly decided on something like chocolate sprinkles (what we Dutch folks call ‘hagelslag’ and put on our bread, indeed), you’ll find yourself having to choose between over ten different types. Just imagine the things that could possibly happen when you would end up making the wrong decision… This is a serious problem. However, that is not what most people worry about when it comes to vegan, preferably healthy bread toppings. This conversation has fastly become a classic in my repertoire: ‘So, if you eat vegan, what do you eat?’ ‘Yes, well, that’s everything except animal products. That’s a lot of food.’ ‘Okay… So, for example: what do you eat in the morning? On bread?’ My communication skills can be a bit lacking sometimes. Okay fine, oftentimes. So …