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Friday, 24 April 2015

Vegetable Fried Rice | Low-fat + Vegan

vegetable fried rice, egg-free, low-fat

When I was in my early twenties, and had not yet met Kevin (aka Boyfriendlovlie), I made a wish. But before I come to that wish, today is a little bit of a special post as Kevin is sharing his temptingly tasty recipe for a low-fat vegetable fried rice.

You've already seen his comfort cuisine with this 30-minute butter bean curry and his mouthwatering stir fried spaghetti. Some of you have even tried his recipes with success.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Vegetable Pancakes with Carrot, Spinach and Sweet Potato | Vegan + Gluten-free

Vegetable Pancakes with Carrots, Spinach and Sweet Potato, Vegan, Glutenfree

Half confounded, half amused, for a moment I just stood staring at the three bags of sweet potatoes that had just been delivered to my door. I often order my grocery online when the weather gets a little hostile over here and especially the bulky items like potatoes and non-dairy milk cartons. Otherwise, we do all our groceries on foot. Although, a 20-minute walk (each way) in freezing sub-zero temperatures or even just above zero with wind chill is not always a pleasant trip.

A few weeks ago, I thought I was ordering three sweet potatoes (amongst other grocery items) but I was quite bemused when I got three bags instead. Very strange, as I had put the same order before and received just three sweet potatoes. The store must have had a glitch on their system or the staff misunderstood, which really happens every now and then with online grocery shopping.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Plantain and Whole Yellow Peas Curry

Plantain, Green Bean and Yellow Peas Curry, Mauritian Curry Recipe

Growing up, one of my favourite dishes was the green banana curry — very often served at cultural gatherings or Indian weddings in Mauritius. Every now and then, we would enjoy this delicacy at home too.

Today is a little special; I am thrilled and honoured to be sharing one of my favourite curry dishes over at Rika's blog — Vegan Miam. This dish brings back so many cherished childhood memories.

I discovered the inspiring Vegan Miam blog not too long ago. Rika + Doni have really got the flair to make you want to just hop on a plane and travel around the globe as they bring you snapshots of all their travel experiences, among which the gorgeous drool-worthy food of course.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Soy Sauce Substitute | Recipe for a Soy-free & Gluten-free Alternative to Soy Sauce

cheap soy-free gluten-free substitute for soy sauce

Every now and then I have an intermittent sensitivity to soy. I have been gradually reducing my soy intake after the first few years of going vegan when I started consuming it more than before. But striping soy out of a vegan diet, I must say does make things a little more laborious. For one thing, I miss out on a lot of the processed foods out there, which isn't a bad thing after all when I come to think of it. However, there are certain foods like soy sauce that I do use in a whole lot of recipes. Coconut aminos could do the job as a soy-free alternative but a small 200ml bottle of this salty/sweet liquid comes at quite a hefty price tag - the lowest I've seen is around $7.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Watercress & Blood Orange Salad with Citrus Miso Dressing | Oilfree + Vegan + Soyfree Option

Watercress and Blood Orange Salad with Citrus Miso Dressing | Oilfree + Vegan + Soyfree Option

In Canada, winter really feels like a long hibernation where I find myself stepping out of the house only when I really need to. I have even been ordering my groceries in, including the produce, for the past few months. Though the snow has not fully melted yet with a few light flakes falling every now and then, the days are getting warmer, longer. The stores have already started to stock the spring produce and some early flowers.

The beginning of spring announced itself for me with the urge for a cleanse as I slowly stretch out of my coziness of winter comfort food. And what else than a marvelous green salad to enliven the taste buds with a burst of freshness.

Watercress is one of those greens that I used to enjoy during my childhood in whatever way it was prepared. I loved it in soups, salad or even lightly sauted. But I especially remember it as a natural remedy my mum used to make for my sister and I when we were feeling poorly. She would grind the greens and extract the juice, warm it, mix it with honey (I wasn't vegan back then) and we would drink it. It was soothing and did help with coughs and colds.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Paddy's Day Treat: Irish Tea Loaf (Barmbrack) | Oilfree + Vegan

Irish tea loaf, Barmbrack

Mesmerized by the heart wrenching melodies enlivened with interludes of exuberant toe-tapping music, I was eager to climb on the highest spot I could find to have a better view of the carnival as characters, all mostly clad in green, marched down the streets of Dublin city. It was the first St. Patrick's Day celebration I had ever witnessed in 2009 when I was in Ireland and I remember everything as clear as if it was yesterday. The infectious energy, warmth and humour of the carnival mixed with the joyous crowd was quite an enthralling experience.

Friday, 13 March 2015

La Panthère Verte | Vegan Eats in Montréal

La Panthere Verte, The Green Panther, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

For our first Summer in Montreal last year, the two hungry vegans that we are, Kevin and I, strolled around the streets of Montreal to check out some nice vegan eat outs. We were pleased by our previous visits to Chuchai and Aux Vivres. Although, it is always with slight trepidation that we enter an eatery where we have never been before. Both Kevin and I look for bold or intricate flavours in our food without necessarily being spicy or hot although, the pungent factor is most welcomed!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Sweet Potato Flatbread (Roti) | No Added Oil + Vegan

Sweet Potato Flatbread, Vegan + No Added Oil

In one of my What I Ate Wednesday videos, I presented these sweet potato flatbreads with mashed avocados as what I ate for breakfast on that day. I have had quite a few requests for the recipe since then. So, I thought I'd share the recipe; it is such an easy one with just two ingredients. Who doesn't like a two-ingredient recipe?! One important procedure in this recipe is to use the sweet potato while it is hot. The heat makes a much softer roti.

Monday, 23 February 2015

My Version of Kimchi | Vegan

Vegan/Vegetarian Kimchi recipe, no onion and no garlic

A bite into a seemingly spicy piece of pickled napa cabbage opened up a whole new world for me when I discovered kimchi for the first time at this Korean restaurant called The Hop House in Dublin, Ireland. Crunchy, juicy, tangy and hot was really quite a mouthful of surprise from what looked like some humble morsels of cabbage neatly stacked in a small dish. I had never tasted kimchi before, nor did I know what it was. The menu labelled it as 'V' for vegetarian and it definitely caught my attention. Being the adventurous type when it comes to food, after confirming with the waitress whether it was also vegan, I had to order kimchi for the first time and was so glad I did. I even ordered more to take out at the end of my meal.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Roasted Pepper & Lentil Crackers | Vegan + Gluten-free

Roasted Red Pepper & Lentil Crackers

I remember my first experience as a new vegan when I was searching for a recipe to make my very first vegan cake — one ingredient freaked me out, totally. Vinegar! Vinegar? In cake? No! Can I omit it? Won't the cake taste/smell like vinegar? Thinking back on this only makes me smile.

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