cooking vegan meals

cooking vegan ingredients

cooking vegan ingredients

Cooking vegan meals is not complicated, it’s super healthy and every vegan meal you eat makes a positive contribution to our environment. There are many food trends and diets that continue to pop-up and sometimes they can be confusing. But I see it as a great way to explore what fits best with your lifestyle. I am a HUGE fan of choices. Having the ability to chose between different diets and food styling trends allows for a solid creativity flow.

 

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curry spices

curry spices

curry spices

Curry spices are so much fun to experiment with and the colours are simply beautiful. During the autumn season curries are so comforting. Living in Vancouver curries are a must during the autumn and winter season. Now in Köln, I feel like I have been doing the same – perhaps the rain has something to do with it or perhaps I am the biggest curry fan!

In Indian cooking, these top spices are often key to curry making:

turmeric 
cumin
chilli peppers
cinnamon
paprika
cardamom seeds
fresh ginger

Experimenting with curries and making basmati rice I have learned a few key secrets!

 

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vegan gluten-free veggie fritters

These vegan and gluten-free veggie fritters are DELICIOUS and the side parsley mint sauce really takes it to the next level! This recipe always brings a smile to my face and it’s so easy to make and tastes amazing. You can make these any time of the year and they also make the best party snack or dinner. You also experiment by using whatever leftover veggies you happen to have in your fridge – the options are endless…

Part of recharging for me is cooking dishes I learned making when I was young with my grandmother in her kitchen. Cooking this recipes grounds me, comforts me and let’s me know that no matter what everything will be ok.

I had to slightly amend my grandma’s recipe to make is gluten free and vegan but it still tastes the same to me!

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sweet & sour vegan Korean beef

This sweet & sour vegan Korean beef dish is literary mouth watering.

sweet & sour vegan Korean beef

Sweet & sour vegan Korean beef is so easy to make, you literary need one pan !! This was inspired by Erin Ireland for recipe you can check out Lord Byron’s website for a full list of ingredients and cooking details.

 

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dehydrating veggies makes a fun vegan snack

Dehydrating veggies makes a fun vegan snack!! You can experiment with your favourite ones, such as tomato, zucchini, eggplant etc. I started doing this because I wanted a super intense tomatoey flavour for one of my courses. I also wanted a crunchy almost chip-like texture so I experimented until I came up with the perfect process! The process consists of three steps but they are important to achieving that perfect crunchy and yummy flavour:

 

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matcha !!!

My personal preference to coffee has changed significantly since I have met my matcha friend! I have stopped drinking coffee for over two months now and I am not going back.

I feel fantastic, alert and most importantly matcha is a super food powder. You can literally do anything with the tea powder: make tea (the traditional Japanese use), ice cream, cake, smoothies, lattes, cookies, or martinis (less healthy but hey, better than other syrupy options…) Continue reading

simple but delicious

Sometimes the simplest ideas are by far the best. I had some sweet potatoes left and a handful of different spices and herbs, so I decided to simply combine everything together. Magic happened – pure magic 🙂

Sweet potato magic
 Serves 4 people – as a side dish

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2 garlic cloves sliced
1 medium size hot pepper
a couple of sage leaves
dash of pepper
dash of turmeric
dash of salt
two table spoons of extra vergine olive oil
4 medium sized sweet potatoes     

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Simply cut the sweet potatoes in half and slice the top a bit as well so that the olive oil can seep inside. You cut a baking sheet to fit the potatoes and you let your imagination run wild in terms of how you decorate/spice up your sweet potato. In my example I added all the ingredients above and tied the baking sheet with cooking string. Please remember that while you are busy decorating your potatoes you can let the oven heat up at 300° so that when you are done you can simply put the potatoes in the oven and let them bake until they are soft (about 30 mins). You can also experiment with cinnamon and a balsamic glaze, or you can add cheese and rosemary …whatever you feel like – the sky is the limit.

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I hope you enjoy! Happy feasting~!