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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Homemade Burger Buns with Turmeric and Coconut | Vegan/Vegetarian Recipe

Turmeric and Coconut Burger Buns, Vegan Bread Buns

Turmeric always reminds me of a funny situation that happened to one of my friends when we were still colleagues a few years ago. From time to time, we would go out to lunch with a few colleagues to one of the nearby restaurants around the office. At that time I was living in Ireland. So, on one occasion we decided to go for the Indie Spice restaurant. But my colleague was rather hesitant to go to the Indian restaurant on that day as she had quite recently put some braces on her teeth and was worried that the curry sauces would stain the elastic. Even though some people go for coloured rubber bands, she preferred hers to be as invisible as possible. So, I advised her to go for the tomato-based curries that contain less turmeric. But despite this, her elastic band did turn yellow giving her a golden smile! Our Chinese colleague teased her telling her that in China, yellow teeth are regarded as a symbol of prestige. Anyway, she went back to her dentist to get the elastic changed. So, for the whole year after this incident, we did not go to have lunch at the Indian restaurant.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

My Best Veggie Burger (does not fall apart) with Brown Chickpeas & Eggplant | Nut-free + Soy-free + Gluten-free

Veggie Burger with Brown Chickpea / Kala Chana and Eggplant / Aubergine

Through all the trials and tribulations of attempting to come up with the best veggie burger recipe possible, or better still — the perfect one, that will leave even an omnivore coming back for more, I finally devised something that is now going to be my go-to recipe. It is probably less of a challenge to add taste to a vegan burger if one is going to include some nuts, almonds or seeds. But in my case, being allergic to most of them (including flax seeds), I had to think of another way to get a burger that will have maximum taste, great texture and hold together well, i.e not crumbly or falling apart.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

How to Open a Mature Hard Shell Coconut and Remove the Flesh (with Video)

how to open a mature hard shell coconut

Fresh coconut meat brings so much appeal and a lot more fragrance and texture to many recipes. Although, it can be daunting enough a task to open a mature hard shell coconut to get the flesh out.

During my last few years of staying at my parents house in Mauritius, I had the chance to enjoy fresh coconuts from the four trees growing in the garden. My dad used to pick them when they were still young, and if you've ever drank the water from a real coconut, you'd probably agree with me that there is nothing, nothing like fresh coconut water. The bottled or carton coconut water that I can find here taste nothing like real coconut water. While young coconuts maybe be a little easier to open, the mature ones with the hard shell can be a bit of a challenge.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Peeling and Carving a Pineapple the Mauritian Way (with Video)

how to peel and carve a pineapple, Mauritian style

Have I ever mentioned that pineapple is my favourite fruit? I think there is nothing quite like this fruit. Well, every fruit is unique in that regard. However, pineapple is one fruit that I really enjoy eating in so many different ways — just plain raw being how I like it best. In Mauritius, they are often sold already peeled and carved with the eyes removed. My dad, who own a fruit stall at the market, would always bring a couple of pineapples home every Sunday. It was almost a tradition and for that reason probably Sundays were my most cherished day of the week as a child. We would sometimes make a quick fruit pickle with pineapple, mango and cucumber spiced up with some green chillies. But most of the time I liked my pineapple just plain, cut along the length with the leaves trimmed but still attached to make a small handle to grab on to. The pineapples that we used to get were smaller and hence the stalk could hold the fruit.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Freedom in a Cup of Turmeric Ginger Lemon Tea - Cleansing Recipe, Musings & Inspiration

Tea Musings: Turmeric Ginger Lemon Tea Recipe + Inspiration/Quotes/Reflection on Freedom

It was one of those days where I woke up feeling bleh, but sometimes it feels okay to feel that way. A feeling was there, my body was a little tired, but as I did not attach any interpretation to these subtleties, I had no fight with them. Kevin and I have our morning ritual, where we enjoy a cup of tea together and muse about anything before we get on with our other daily activities. That morning, I brewed us some lemon tea with turmeric and ginger — an infusion that we enjoy year round for its cleansing, detoxifying properties and exceptional health benefits.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Day in Montréal + Visit to Café Chat l'Heureux — Happy Cat Café

Café Chat l'Heureux — Happy Cat Café Montréal

The cat-loving person that I am couldn't miss the chance to pay a little visit to Café Chat l'Heureux which is a new cat café that recently opened in Montréal. If you're not familiar with what a cat café is, it’s basically a regular coffee shop with cats roaming and lazying about across the room. Infact, cat cafes are really popular in Japan. There are already a couple more of them in Montréal. But Kevin and I had not been to any of them yet.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Spiced Boiled Brown Chickpea Snack | Gram Bouilli - A Mauritian Snack

spiced brown chickpea snack, recette gram bouilli, Mauritian recipe

Previously featured here, the spiced boiled brown chickpea snack is simply irresistible for a year round anytime nibble. Locally we call this snack "gram bouilli", gram for the brown chickpeas and bouilli (pronounced bwee) literally means boiled. The chickpeas are boiled then sauteed and spiced. I remember the days when I used to buy this snack after school. Very often, the sellers would come onto the bus with their basket full of these chickpea snacks, nuts and other nibbles; I would always grab a couple bags of the boiled chickpea ones and munch on the way. They somehow made the bus journeys more pleasant.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Mauritian Dal (Yellow Split Pea Soup) with Eggplant | Dholl et Bringelle | Vegan + Vegetarian Recipe

Dal, yellow split pea soup with Chinese eggplant or aubergine

To this day and even prior to my vegan days, my favourite soup has always been dal or yellow split pea soup. I often say that I could live on rice and dal alone if I had to. Strangely enough, I wonder why I've never until now featured a recipe for dal on this blog. Dal can be made plain or brightened up with some added vegetables and other mixed grains. It can be as thick as you like and eaten as a curry or thin and light to be enjoyed on its own or over rice. Dal is really something that was cooked regularly at home when I was a child; I remember my dad would always request a "wet" condiment as part of the meal as he never liked his rice dry. This soup is still very much a staple at the Lovlie Cocoon.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Lippy Girl Vegan Makeup Review

Lippy Girl Makeup Review

Imagine my thrill when I learnt that I had won a giveway for a Lippy Girl Vegocentric Organic Vegan Lipstick along with a tube of the Extra Virgin Lip Gloss! This giveaway was held on Hannah's blog where Melisser posed as the model. Stunning if you ask me! Charmed both by Hannah's photography and Melisser's impressive posing and outfit matched with the Son of a Brick shade that she was wearing, I had to check out the Lippy Girl website. I was pleased to find that they are actually a Canadian company that does vegan and cruelty-free makeup.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Braised Tofu and Vegetable Curry | Vegan/Vegetarian + Gluten-free

Braised Tofu and Vegetable Curry, vegan/vegetarian curry

Are you a tofu hater? At the Lovlie Cocoon we are tofu lovers even though we limit our consumption because we have an occasional intolerance to it. But I have been eating tofu well before my vegan days and have always loved it. Tofu is not regarded as a meat replacement in Mauritius and is in fact enjoyed by a lot of omnivores too.

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