Throughout the years tofu went from one of my least favourite foods to one of my favourites! Growing up my father did his best to raise us on a macrobiotic diet, but I wasn’t feeling it, nope this boy didn’t want boring tofu. This I hear often as my lifestyle took a drastic turn and now I’m sure my body is about 30% tofu. Just kidding folks, I eat a wide variety of foods!
Look the soy debate is an ongoing one, but I personally…
Tofu has become one of my favorite sources of protein, I’m talking about organic and good quality tofu. The best quality I find is at the asian grocery stores, but make sure to check if these are free from GMO’s, which is a topic I’ll discuss in a future post.
I know that many people aren’t a huge fan of tofu, mainly because many don’t really know what to do with it or how to properly prepare it. Now if you’re looking for a recipe to turn this awesome ingredient into a win don’t look any further, cause I’ve got your backs!…
Every once in a while I like to explore my honor my Chinese roots by exploring the Chinese cuisine and veganising my favorite dishes! Today we’ll be making steamed buns also called Baozi or Bao. Since the only thing not vegan about these steamed breads are often the filling it’s not that difficult to veganize, no today we’ll be spookifying (I know it’s not a word, bear with me) these buns.
It all starts by making the buns from scratch and adding in a bit of black tahini, yup you can expect a lot of dishes using black tahini this month. You could also use charcoal but I find black tahini to be more cost effective when it comes to natural food colouring (if you make it from scratch of course) find the recipe for the black tahini here. These buns are soft and light, like little clouds, but at the same time dark and spooky.
As for filling It’s all up to you, I used a marinaded tofu which I pan fried a bit with some fresh veggies; beets, cucumber, carrot, tomato, brocolli cress, bean sprouts, tomato and avocado, and as for sauce I used a home made kimchi hummus, which you’ll find a recipe for later this week.
You can honestly fill these buns with whatever you want, you can use a black hummus to make it even more creepy or fill it with a mini burger patty to make these the perfect party sliders, scratch that, no matter what you stuff them with these buns make a perfect addition to your (halloween) party menu!
Now lets start cooking! And as usual feel free to leave a comment below or to tag me into your recreations on Instagram, I’d love to see you’re spooky creations. Bon Appetite!
Every once in a while me and some of my vegan friends come together for dinner, we all bring a dish and have an awesome evening filled with food babies, laughter and the occasional spontaneous yoga moves. This time I decided to make some dumplings, because everybody loves dumplings, right?!
Dumplings are …
Some times you just need to indulge and this is the dish to do just that! We all need a loaded nacho plate every now and then, right? This is the perfect snack/dish for a lazy Sunday afternoon when all you want to do is watch Netflix and chill! Its basically just a plate of nacho chips topped delicious toppings. The only thing that might be considered a cheat food in the recipes must be the tortilla’s, so lets call it a meal shall we.
This dish is perfect to share with friend or devour by yourself, which is what I did. No regrets, ok maybe a little, but who cares right, we all need to life a little!
The main stars on this filled plate must be the avocado mash and spicy refried beans are like peanut butter and jelly! The freshness of the avocado and richness of the refried beans are not to be underestimated. And lets not forget about the tofu, honestly who needs ground beef when you can cook up some deliciously spiced cruelty free tofu.
Of course these are awesome but we need toppings to call these loaded nachos, so I went with very thinly sliced purple cabbage, cilantro (duh), corn, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, orange bell pepper and last but not least some pieces of tempeh bacon.
The tempeh bacon recipe can be found here. Its a recipe by Jenny Mustard’s boyfriend David. I promise you its absolutely delicious and be sure to check her out she has an awesome blog and Youtube channel where she shares awesome vegan recipes and lifestyle tips. They have an awesome minimalistic style, which is very soothing to the eye. Whenever I watch her videos I suddenly feel this sudden sense of calm, I highly recommend them!
Again as most recipes this is completely customisable to your own taste. You can choose to use a vegan nacho sauce, same vegan ground meat, jalapeños, nutritional yeast, or whatever else your heart desires. Besides all this you can also choose to warm your nachos in the oven or have them cold, its all up to you!
Now its time to indulge, shall we. Let’s dig in!
My birthday is coming up soon and since a surinamese birthday just isn’t complete without a delicious pom i decided to veganise one of my favorite dishes ever. Pom is a traditional surinamese dish that is a staple on most surinamese birthdays. Traditionally pom isn’t vegan because they put chicken in the dish and use the sauce to top the pom. I tried to make it using tofu and was scared i’d ruin the dish, but it turned out amazing! So if you’re looking for a new exotic dish to try don’t look any further, i’ve got you covered.
The main ingredient in pom is pomtayer also known as yautia or malanga, which is a tuber found in south america. Pictured above is the pomtayer i used for this recipe, which you can find in most freezer sections at a surinamese toko or asian grocery store when you’re in the Netherlands and Suriname. Outside of the Netherlands and Suriname it might be challenging to find this frozen grated pomtayer or pomtayer in general, don’t worry as you could use grated taro as a substitute.
When this dish was first introduced by the Portuguese/Jewish plantation owners it was made with potato, but potato wasn’t commonly available in Suriname so they started making it using pomtayer instead.
Pom is great served with rice and vegetables or you can make a “broodje pom” by putting the pom on a bread roll with some sambal and pickled cucumber. I simply love this dish and ate a lot while testing the recipe (win) even my nephew couldn’t resist! This dish is definitely birthday approved.
If you’re gonna make this dish or ever ate it before i’d love to know how you liked it. I’m working on more surinamese dishes which i’ll be sharing in the near future, so stay tuned cause more tropical dishes are coming your way!
Soup, one of the many perks of the colder months! Of course i miss the sun, and tears roll down my cheeks when i think about all those delicious fruits i have to miss for over half a year, but it is all good because there is soup. Nothing beats eating a warm, comforting and flavourful bowl of soup, on those cold autumn and winter days.
To be honest i’ve never been a real sushi lover before i turned vegan, the thought of eating raw fish just never appealed to me. That was until about 6 months ago when i decided to give sushi another try (this time completely plant base of course) and i’ve been hooked ever since! The thing i love about sushi is how fun it is to make and eat, plus its simply delicious.
This week i want to share my recipe for delicious rainbow maki, cause we all want to taste the rainbow. Sushi is another one of those dishes that allows you to let your creativity flow and use your imagination. I mean you can basically fill it with whatever your heart desires.
Before i made my first attempt at sushi i felt very intimidated, i was under the impression that it would take a long and difficult process to make. This doesn’t mean its super easy cause sushi making is an art of its own, and although i’m an amateur i can still make a tasty sushi, and so can you!
Like usual this recipe is open to interpretations, so feel free to mix and match with the ingredients. If you don’t like bell pepper just leave it out, or are you feeling bold? why not add some pickles? you can really add whatever ingredient you love. I used different coloured vegetables because i’m a unicorn and wanted to create a “rainbow” sushi.
I also decide to add some deliciously marinaded tofu. I made my marinade from scratch, but feel free to use your favourite store bought marinade. When you are using my marinade you can also tweak the recipe according your own taste. If you don’t like the heat just leave out the sriracha, or maybe you just don’t have black salt, don’t worry, just skip it.
I hope you all will enjoy this recipe as much as i did, now invite some friends and make some sushi.