Monatsarchiv: Januar 2012

Belgian & Vegan – chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

If you think of Belgium and food – you don´t need long to think about waffels. But there is another delicious dessert Belgium is famous for – chocolate! And that´s the reason why three girls in my kitchen shouted out: „Let´s make something with chocolate for dessert!“

My belgian guest Nathalie knew the right recipe for our „dessert-dream“ – Cholocolate Mousse:

  • 3 bars of dark vegan chocolate (or 1 to 2 panel(s))
  • 800g silken tofu
  • some soy milk
  • some agave nectar (or maple syrup, of course you can use sugar as well)

Melt the chocolate with some soy milk in a pot. Set aside. Stir in the silken tofu.

Add some agave nectar to taste. (You could also add some vanilla.) Use a hand blender to make it smooth and creamy. Put in the fridge for about half an hour.

Enjoy with vegan whipped cream! We used Vantastic Foods SUNNY.

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Belgian & Vegan – my second cooking date

Yes, I already had my second cooking date. Last saturday a very lovely lady from Belgium honored my kitchen with a great vegan Belgian beef stew and an awesome  but very easy vegan Belgian chocolate mousse.

The name of that Belgian lady is Natalie and she´s in Berlin for a week to visit a friend. We met at couchsurfing.org as well and as life plays sometimes she´s a friend of my first cooking guest Justin from Canada too.

Early at sunday morning Natalie arrived in Berlin and I picked her up to meet with my friend Nina, who accompanied my cooking date another time. But this time – to the safety of Nina´s pots – we made the meal in my kitchen. 😉

At first we went on a little shopping tour together to get all the ingredients as there are for the vegan Belgian Beef Stew:

  • a bowl dry soy cubes
  • two onions
  • two cloves garlic
  • a small bowl brown mushrooms
  • two big carrots
  • oil
  • gravy  (we used marigold organic gravy)
  • vegetable stock – 250 ml
  • parsley
  • salt & pepper
with mashed Potatoes
  • potatoes
  • soy cream
  • parsley
  • salt

Heat some oil in a big pot. Add the chopped onions and garlic cloves. After 2 minutes add the carrots (cut into slices). After another 2 minutes add the mushrooms (also cut into thick slices). After another 4 minutes add the prepared vegetable stock and bring to a boil.

Peel and cut the potatoes and put them into a saucepan. Add salt. Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until done – a fork can easily be poked through them.

In the meantime prepare the soy cubes with boiled water – you can also use vegetable stock. Let them sit in the water for about 10 minutes. Pour the water through a sieve and add the soy cubes to the vegetables. Add about 700 ml water. Stir in the gravy. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat about 15 minutes.

Drain water from potatoes. Put hot potatoes into a bowl. Add soy cream.  Use potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed. Use a strong spoon to beat further. Add salt to taste and the chopped parsil.

Enjoy! 🙂

You´ll find the recipe for the dessert in my next blog! 🙂

If you´d like to help me with my project, if you´re coming to Berlin and want to cook with me, or even if you´re not coming to Berlin but still would like to cook a vegan or veganised speciality of your country with me – just let me know! I´m planning to travel a bit for my vegan international project in a few month.

Namaste!

Canadian & Vegan – the dessert

Shame on me! I promised you the recipe of our delicious canadian dessert much earlier I know. But I have kind of a dramatic cat situation here, including terrible diseases. But we´re working on it so let´s switch back to our fire fighting canadian evening.

I think I should summarize the evening for those who didn´t read part one (or you could just read it right now 😉 or I have a even better idea – my canadian guest Justin can summarize the things that happened this evening much better than I can.

Let´s listen to him:

Before that hot situation we prepared our delicious s´mores cake:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup dairy free margarine (Alsan-S)
  • ½ cup dairy free (real dark) chocolate
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 2 cups vegan marshmallows (we used dandies)
  • 2 cubs crumbled  graham cracker or digestives (we used Glutano Landtaler)

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees °C.

Combine the 1/3 cup flour and non-dairy milk in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and gummy. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium saucepan in a double boiler, melt the dairy free margarine and chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.

Grease a pan with non dairy margarine and dust lightly with flour. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Add the sugars and vanilla to the chocolate mixture. Stir in the cooked flour mixture. Mix thoroughly.

Fold in the dry ingredients. Spread into prepared pan.

Place in oven. Bake about 8 minutes. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the cake and place back into the oven.

Bake another 8 minutes. Spread the crumbled cracker over and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Place back in oven for another 8 minutes.

Enjoy! We sure did!!

Canadian & Vegan – a very explosive mixture

It´s done – the first vegan cultural experience is over and it will be pretty hard to  put into words as it was different from what I expected – part of it at least.

But first let me introduce my vegan guests. I met them on couchsurfing.org. This website is quite new for me but my two canadian cooking guests Justin and Taylor travel all the time which is pretty inspiring for me. I´m lucky if I´ve seen half as many countries sometime. They are best friends for a long time but just met these days face to face for the first time – in Berlin. For me the most amazing thing they told me is – that Justin kind of inspired Taylor to become vegan. I can not imagine a more appropriate choice than those two canadian friends to be my first cooking guests within this challenge.

Okay now comes the cooking part. When I met Justin on couchsurfing he told me, that Canada does not really have any specialties but after he thought about it a while he found some pretty delicious dishes which were quite easy to veganize. So we started to make vegan poutine and s’more cake for dessert.

Vegan Poutine – Ingredients

  • some large (baking) potatoes
  • any kind of vegan cheese (we used Wilmersburger Pizzaschmelz Mozarella and Justin likes Mozarella Teese)
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter (we used Alsan-S)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups vegan beef flavored or mushroom stock or gravy  (we used marigold organic gravy)
  • salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying (that was the funny part)

Taylor and I started to cut the potatoes into fries. After that we put them in a bowl with water.

Justin and my vegan friend Nina prepared the gravy. First they did vegan butter in a pot and melted it, they added the flour and cooked the whole thing until it was very brown, stirring – that was Justins part, he loved it. 😉 Then he stirred in the prepared stock/gravy and seasoned with salt and pepper. They turned the heat up so that the gravy would thicken. We set it aside and turned to the frying part.

We drained the potatoes and put some… ok very much oil in Ninas favorite pot – that is pretty important for the things which happened next. I suggest you just take a good look at the next picture:

YES! Everything was fine and we were very happy together, delicious smell in the kitchen aso. but suddenly our frying pot started to burn!!!

And you know what the funny thing is as we cooked in Nina´s kitchen? Her flatmate, who was in another city on this day, is a firefighter and even more funny – Justin is one too! 😉

But as noone really knew what to do I called the fire departement to ask how we could put out the fire (and rescue Nina´s favorite pot). But they only asked where Nina lives and after a few minutes we couldn´t believe what we heared. „Nee-naw nee-naw“ or like we say in Germany „tatütata“ and – I think Justin counted at least nine – firefighters came out of the fire engine to rescue us and the pot.

They carefully carried the hot pot out to the street and after a long discussion what to do next they decided to put out the flames. The police also came to see our burning pot. It was quite exciting.

After a while we got our pot back, not burning anymore but destroyed anyway. I´m still very sorry for your „loss“ Nina! We decided to make our french fries in the oven instead!!!

And we ate the dessert – the s’more cake – first! 😉

It was really, really yummy and I´ll introduce you to the recipe tomorrow as it is half past 2 am  over here already. So be excited for part two of our hot evening which wasn´t half as hot as part one but very nice, inspiring and delicious!

The challenge begins…

(English below)

Okay ihr lieben Leute – es ist soweit! Gerade in diesen Minuten habe ich meinen Blog online gestellt! Denn – das Jahr 2012 hat begonnen! Und damit auch meine persönliche Challenge für dieses neue Jahr.

Veganer dieser Welt – wo seid ihr? Jetzt ist der Zeitpunkt gekommen aus euren Schlupflöchern zu kriechen und mir´ne Nachricht zukommen zu lassen! Auf das wir eine inspirierende leckere Zeit zusammen verbringen können!

Happy new year!!!

Okay everyone! My Blog is online now because the new year just started. And so did my challenge for the year 2012.

Vegans all over the world – where are you? Now the time has come to get out of your hiding places and to write me a message! Let´s have a inspiring delicious time together!

Happy new year!!!