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Super easy vegan pesto rosso

25 Aug

This pesto is incredible and takes 5 minutes to prepare. It’s lower in oil and a bit firmer than regular pesto, which makes it great on pizza, pasta (you might went to thin it out a bit), bread or even as a dip. Recipe courtesy of the BF.

1 C ground hazelnuts
3 t  dried basil
1 to 2 t chopped garlic or garlic powder
1 pinch of salt

¼ C sunflower oil
⅓ C tomato paste
2 t olive oil
1 t balsamico vinegar

Mix up dry ingredients then add oil (sunflower + olive), tomato paste and balsamico. That’s it, five minutes. Play around with the ingredients and add more garlic or basil to suit your tastebuds.


Vegan Cinnamon Oatmeal Banana Muffins

16 Aug

I know, that’s a hell of a long title, so let’s call them COB Muffins. COB Muffins are the perfect breakfast treat, when all you truely need is a bit of sweetness to drag you out of bed. They’re fluffy, golden brown, not too sweet, moist and kinda healthy. I really love muesli but it’s not the easiest thing to carry around, so now I can just walk down the streets of Berlin with a mug of chai latte in one hand and a muffin in the other one.
They can obviously be made ahead of time and frozen. The recipe is basically Susan’s fat free banana bread but with oatmeal and baked in cupcake tins.
Yield : 6 huge muffins
3 bananas
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/3 C applesauce
1/2 C agave nectar – if you don’t have agave, 1/3 C sugar and two tablespoons of water will work out just fine
1 C whole wheat flour + a pinch of salt
1 C oats
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon cinnamon, depending how cinnamon-y you want them
Mash the bananas with applesauce, agave and orange juice. In another bowl, mix together flour, oats, baking powder and cinnamon. Pour the banana mixture in, stir in. At this point, you could add chocolate chips, walnuts, almonds… Pour into cupcake tins or liners and bake for about 30-35 minutes, until tops are golden brown

Easiest Tarte aux pommes ever (vegan French style apple pie)

9 Aug

From age 1 to 3, I spent most of my time at my grandma’s. She was (and still is) a great cook and what I remember the most when thinking about her are her pies. Not the fancy kind where you use the dough leftover to make some nice pattern atop of the pie : I’m thinking true pies, with a buttery crust, perfectly ripe fruits and sugar. Of course my grandma’s pies were far from being vegan but I found out that most of the ingredients could be very easily replaced.

Pâte brisée dough :
1 cup flour (you can use all-purpose or go for whole wheat)
a pinch of sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons water

Mix together flour and sugar, then add the butter. You want to get something crumbly and sandy, you could use a food processor but we hardcore kids do it with our bare hands. Carefully add water and form the dough into a ball, let chill for at least 30 minutes and then roll out and poke tiny holes with a fork.

Filling :
3 to 4 big (I mean really big) apples
1 cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
optional but yummy : a handful of speculoos (aka speculatius)

Peel and slice the apples. Place them on the dough : there’s no pattern to follow but it’s best if they can slightly overlap. In a bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and milk. Make sure nothing remains at the bottom of the bowl, then pour the mixture on the apples, trying to coat them evenly. As a bonus, you can add crumbled speculoos on top of the pie and between the layers. Bake for about 30 minutes and let cool before slicing.

Vegan brunch @ Cakes’n’Treats, Dortmund (Germany)

2 Aug

Last Sunday, my BF and I hopped on a train to Dortmund to have brunch at Cakes’n’Treats. We basically went on a 2-hour train ride to gorge on fantastic vegan food. I think most vegans in Germany know about this café because it is owned by Kim, who also owns Vegan Wonderland, an amazing all vegan online store that also offers homemade products (our favourite being the Red & Spicy roll, but  more on VW in another post!).

All-you-can-eat brunch costs 13,90€ and includes a cup of tea, coffee or a bottle of soda. They start teasing you the day before and early in the morning by posting pictures on their Facebook page, which we obviously checked while we were on the train. Here’s what was waiting for us.

(credits for the picture: Cakes’n’Treats)

Lots of fresh warm bread, curry, mock meat, scrumbled tofu, pasta salad, Kartoffelsalat, pizza rolls, Flammkuchen, WAFFLES, fruits, spreads…

I got a bit of everything and was so full after the first plate that I couldn’t even go for seconds. Although I’ve never had an authentic Kartoffelsalat, my BF confirmed that it was incredibly good. The dolmades (rice stuffed wine leaves) and the spicy pizza rolls were definately my favourite part of the meal.

No, wait. Dessert was my favourite part of the meal. Flaky “croissant” with chocolate spread, yeasted waffles, baked peaches and almond biscuit anyone? I loved every single thing on this plate and went for seconds.

Long story short: a must go if you are in the area, e.g. if you are staying in Köln or Düsseldorf (it might not be worth the trip if you are staying in Berlin though since it takes about 5 hours by car to reach Dortmund).

Vegan food in Hamburg (Germany)

29 Jul

The BF and I wanted to do something special for my birthday and since I have no days off, we were not really spoiled for choice. We decided to meet up in Hamburg because 1. we went there last year and loved the city 2. we knew the city is pretty vegan-friendly.

We did not take pictures of everything we ate but we also got food from Jim Burrito’s (nothing to write about but the Tofu Burrito was good) and Falafelstern (best falafel and hummus I’ve had so far!).
We headed to Bio Konditorei Eichel, an organic vegan-friendly bakery, to get a slice (or three) of cake. The choice was impressive (strawberry pie, abricot biscuits, cherry chocolate cake…) but we decided on the cherry chocolate layered cake (Schoko-Kirsch-Dinkel-Torte).

bio konditorei eichel

It tasted absolutely amazing. Moist, chocolatey and not too sweet, this one was a hit and we bought another slice to take away.

I really wanted to try the Loving Hut and since they’re only open on Saturday evening, we went there for dinner. I had read mixed reviews about Loving Hut (mostly about the TV show in the background) but I was really excited to try it out. We usually don’t order appetizers but I was the birthday girl – and I wanted to try the appetizers! We went for the baked prawns with a sweet and sour sauce and the summer rolls with a spicy peanut sauce. Both were really good and the prawns totally reminded me of their fishy counterpart.

loving hut

As main dish, I chose the pho and the BF went for a vegetable curry. Both were amazing and I will definately try to recreate the pho for one of those cold summer evenings.

We also went to Café Miller for breakfast and got the Grosses veganes Frühstück to share (check out to see what it looks like) which comes with sliced tofu and fake meat, veggies and bread. I totally agree with the review: it was good but nothing special and I’m glad the waitress suggested we only got one plate for two (considering a plate costs 9,20€, it would have made a really pricy breakfast if we had ordered two).

We’re really bummed we didn’t get to try the Eisbande because it was right next to our hotel but the weather was way too cold to enjoy ice cream. Oh well, at least that’s another reason for us to go back to Hamburg!