Monatsarchiv: August 2012

Turkish & Vegan: Sebzeli Bulgur Pilavı

Another awesome international vegan cooking fest took place in my cute small kitchen. And I´m so sad that all the food is gone now. But the good thing is – I have the recipes! 🙂

This time a very nice man from turkey honored me with his presence and his fantastic cooking skills. Yucel is one of the very few vegans in Istanbul. So I´m very proud that he was able to visit and cook with me.

Yucel showed my friends and me how to make a huge amount of Sebzeli Mercimek Çorbası which we ate with another huge amount of Sebzeli Bulgur Pilavı. It was soooo delicious. My favorite is the last one so I´m going to tell you how to make it! 🙂

Sebzeli Bulgur Pilavı

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 table spoon tomato puree
  • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups bulgur
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Heat oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped onions and the tomato puree. Let fry for 2 minutes. Add the bell peppers and eggplant. Let fry for another 5 minutes.

Add the bulgur and the hot water. Cook until the water is gone. Then add the tomatoes and season with salt & pepper.

Add the parsley and the vegan butter.

The Sebzeli Bulgur Pilavı is ready to serve now (together with Sebzeli Mercimek Çorbası for example but it also is a delicious dish on its own 🙂 )!!

Afiyet olsun!

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Taiwanese & Vegan: 葱油饼 – Taiwanese Spring Onion Pancakes

When my Taiwanese guest Ya-Chen came into my flat for a few days it was like traveling to Asia. She cooked a lot with us, for us and I always enjoyed when she was sitting with us to tell funny and interesting stories about Taiwan and her childhood.

Oh and it really feels awesome to go to an asian shop with an expert next to you! That was great!

Ya-Chen showed me a lot of delicious food like liang mian for example – cold noodles you eat in summer time or the most original thing from Taiwan you can make –> Bubble Tea!

Even my cats where fascinated by her cooking skills! 😉

Today I´m going to tell you about my most favorite dish we made together – the Taiwanese Spring Onion Pancakes: 葱油饼! They are vegan on their own! Nothing to change here! Just great!

葱油饼 – Taiwanese Spring Onion Pancakes

  • 400 g flour (type 550)
  • 220 ml hot water
  • about 5 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 80 ml cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Carefully mix all the ingredients – except the spring onions – together. Knead until you have a nice dough. If too wet – take more flour. Too dry – add some water. Set aside for about 20 minutes.

After the 20 minutes – spread some vegetable oil on working surface and on hand. Take a small handfull of the dough and roll it out.

Sprinkle chopped spring onions over. Roll it up and then roll into a snail like you see in the picture. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for another 20 minutes. Continue with the rest of the dough.

Take one of the dough snails out, unwrap it and press down until you have a nice round, flat pancake.

Heat some oil in a pan and fry pancake while pressing it down in the hot oil continuously. It´s ready when it´s golden brown on both sides.

請享用。

Dutch & Vegan: Hutspot

My dear guest Zäzilie from the netherlands wrote me because she was traveling to Berlin and liked to meet up with another vegan. Actually that nice Dutch girl was raised as a vegetarian. She never had eaten meat in her life, which I found pretty impressive! What great parents Zäzilie must have.

The Dutch cuisine is influenced by the neighboring countries like France and Germany. But also indian and indonesian influences are noticeable. But there is one really traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon. It´s called Stamppot – mash pot. The vegetables used for Stamppot traditionally include sauerkraut, endivie, kale, spinach or turnip greens.

And there is one varitety of Stamppot made with carrots and onions called Hutspot. That´s the dish Zäzilie taught me! Actually it is quite simple! So there are no excuses for not trying to make Hutspot!

Hutspot

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • about 700 g carrots
  • about 500 g onions
  • pepper & salt
  • optional: vegetable stock
  • optional: vegan butter
  • optional: vegan milk like soy milk

Peel and slice the potatoes. Cut carrots and onions into small pieces. You can boil the vegetables either in vegetable stock or in water.

Boil potatoes and carrots for about 15 minutes. Add the onions and cook until potatoes are soft.

Drain vegetables. Add some soy milk and mash well.

Add salt and pepper to taste and vegan butter if you like.

Enjoy! eet smakelijk!