Even though this is mainly a bookblog, I do like to share with you other things I enjoy… such as food. For the last two years or so I have been semi vegan. I say semi because technically I am vegetarian, but I try to eat vegan as much as possible. However, I’m not too difficult about it at work, when eating out or with friends/family. I have discussed this in previous What I Ate posts, so I won’t go in further detail here.
What I mainly wanted to share with you today is what I ate over the festive period. And no, this won’t be anything too fancy… because I worked. The zoo hosted an event called China Light, which meant we were open from 10 till 21.30 (including Christmas). This meant we got to have dinner at work, and technically they provided something. Their veggi options weren’t that great though (speaking from last year’s experience), and I didn’t feel like eating just fries (or any other preparation of potatoes) every single day. So I decided to bring my own food. Which I prepped…
So, my presentation skills aren’t the best but deal with it. This is what I ate:
- Ratatouille Risotto
I’m sure this is a recipe from Bosh but I cannot find it anywhere anymore. Basically, you ovenroast a courgette, aubergine and tomatoes with some garlic. Meanwhile you make the risotto, starting with red onion and sundried tomatoes, the rice, tomato puree, red wine, and veggi stock. Mix it all together, add pine nuts and basil. It’s Amazing, probably my favourite dish ever.
- Pasta with mushroom/spinach cream sauce and bacon
It is what it is. I used soy cream and obviously fake bacon. I also added some courgette I had left over.
- Sushi Bowl
Deconstructed sushi… cooked the rice and mixed it with vinegar. Added cucumber, avocado, pickled ginger, edamame beans and seaweed salad to the bowl, as well as soy sauce-mayo. I was also gonna add some torn up nori sheets, but completely forgot.
- Noodle salad
All of these are really simple, but very delicious. Again, inspired on a Bosh recipe. I use soba noodles, and added edamame beans, pepper, carrot, bak choy, and fried up portobello mushrooms. The dressings is peanut butter based, with ginger, chili, maple syrup, soy sauce, lime juice and water.
- Couscous, with roasted parsnip and fish sticks
I used pearl couscous, which I mixed with tapenade. The parsnip was ovenroasted, and I also added some left-over courgette. And the fish sticks are obviously fake. Our supermarket does make very nice veggie ones.
Even though The Husband and I did work on Christmas, we did also have some festive nights in… such as Halloween, New Year’s Eve and Cosy Reading Night. On these kind of nights we enjoy just putting the table full of snacky bits.
Such as… homemade samosas (based on a recipe from Fresh India), veggi sausages/meatballs, different kinds of dips (hummus, vegan cheese spread, carnaval sauce), Tuc, pomme duchesse, olives, veggi stickes, bread… And on new years: Oliebollen. They are deepfried dough balls, usually with raisins. And you eat them with icing sugar. And yes, we drank beer on New Year’s because I’m not a fan of champagne.
Although the vegan selection for eating out isn’t the best around here, we did happen to eat some good stuff in the last few months (mainly in Amsterdam…)
But most nights I cook something random for us. The last few weeks it has been a lot of soup (which is very difficult to make look pretty…), but I also made a carrot cake. So here is a selection of the kind of things The Husband and I usually eat.
Wraps (Bosh), vegan Baileys, Hummus curry (Bosh), Chicken Noodle Soup, Burger, Chicken Biryani (Bosh) Green Shakshuka (Bosh), Pancakes, Carrot Cake, Mexican Salad, Bulgur-Falafel Bowl, Greek (leftovers) Salad, Mushroom Soup with Bacon, Hot Dog, Dutch Pea Soup with Smoked Sausage, Winter Vegetable Lasagna, Parsnip Puree with Mushrooms and Bacon, Bobotie.
So those are some things I ate as a vegan. I hope this was somewhat inspiring to you, and shows that eating vegan doesn’t have to be boring at all (if you don’t mind cooking).
Hoping you are having a lovely day,