Sonntag, 18. Oktober 2009

Birthday Party Food

My Husband was celebrating his birthday yesterday and I offered him to make some food for his guests, vegan of course. :-)
So I made puss-pastry with spinach and tomatoes, mediteranean noodle-salad and muffins. It was yummie and I think no one even noticed that it was vegan. I aked my husband, and he also told no one. So we decidet to suprise them when someone says something about veganism in the future. :-)

Mein Mann hat gestern seinen Geburtstag gefeiert und ich habe ihm angeboten ein bisschen Essen für seine Gäste zu machen, natürlich vegan. :-)
Ich habe Blätterteigtaschen gefüllt mit Spinat und eingelegten Tomaten gemacht, mediteranen Nudelsalat und Muffins. Es war wirklich lecker und es hat tatsächlich niemand bemerkt, dass alles vegan ist. Und wir haben es auch niemandem gesagt. Wir haben dann beschlossen sie zu überraschen wenn das nächste mal jemand was über Veganismus sagt. :-)


Ingredients:
- 600 g Mehl
- Schokoladenraspel nach Geschmack (Zartbitter)
- 200 g Zucker
- 160 g Magarine
- 240 ml Sojamilch
- 6 TL Ei-Ersatz
- 2 Pk Vanillezucker
- 1 Pk Backpulver

ergibt ein ganzes Blech voll Muffins. Sehr lecker, ich habe ziemlich viel Schokoraspel genommen. :-) Der Teig ist ziemlich fest und muss gut in die Förmchen reingedrückt werden, er geht dann noch etwas auf.



Hier habe ich improvisiert. Ich hatte keine Zeit zum Bioladen zu fahren und vegane Mayo zu kaufen und habe daher eine art mediteranen Nudelsalat gemacht. Dafür habe ich Nudeln gekocht und in eine Schüssel gegeben. Dann habe ich rote Zweiebeln und Zucchini angebraten und alle mögliche Antipasti hinzugegeben (eingelegte Tomaten, eingelegte milde Peperoni, schwarze Oliven, eingelegte Paprika, eingelegten Knoblauch) und immer schön mit viel Öl. Das Öl, welches ja bei eingelegten Sachen oft sehr lecker mit Kräutern gewürzt ist, bildet dann auch direkt das Dressing. Sobald der Salat kalt ist kommt dann noch ein guter Schuss Balsamico dazu und das wars.


Die hatte ich neulich schon mal gemacht. Ich habe Dinkel-Blätterteig gekauft (ist tatsächlich vegan, mir glaubt ja immer keiner das da keine Butter und kein Ei drin ist, ne tatsächlich, nur Magarine, Mehl etc.!) und als Füllung habe ich Spinat mit eingelegten Tomaten genommen. Eigentlich wollte ich noch angebratene Zweiebeln dazu tun, hatte ich dann aber vergessen. :-)

Mittwoch, 14. Oktober 2009

Prejudices

Vielen Dank für Eure Kommentare! Ich habe mich entschlossen es jetzt mal Zweisprachig zu versuchen, allerdings bleibe ich heute mal ganz beim Deutschen, da es ein etwas längerer Text wird.


Heute möchte ich mal etwas erzählen. Ich hatte ja im letzten Post schon ein Vorurteil angesprochen: "veganes Essen ist lecker, aber irgendwas fehlt..". Gestern fühlte ich mich daran erinnert, dass viele Omnis meinen, wir Veganer müssten immer und überall über unser Vegansein reden und missionieren.
Ich war nämlich mit ein paar Kollegen auf einer Werksbesichtigung mit anschließendem kurzen Imbiss. Dieser Imbiss bestand aus einem Teller pro Person, befüllt mit einem Brötchen, einer Scheibe Gurke, einer Ecke Tomate und einem kleinen Kleckt Kartoffelsalat aus der Tonne und (sage und schreibe) 12 Scheiben (verschiedene) Wurst! Das wars, nichtmal Käse (auch wenn mir das jetzt nichts genützt hätte). Ist jetzt ja nicht so schlimm, ich hatte nicht mit einem Essen gerechnet und irgendwie ist mir schon klar, dass die ganzen Leute die da in dem Werk arbeiten sicherlich alle gerne diese Wurstplatte essen.
Und obwohl ich nicht mal die Einzige war die nichts gegessen hat (es gibt auch Omnis die keine Wurst und Dosensalat mögen) ging es gleich los mit "Haha B kann ja jetzt gar nichts essen", "Willst Du mein Stück Tomate haben?", "Kannst Du denn das Brötchen essen? Da ist doch auch Ei drin.", "Wie Du isst auch kein Ei? Da kannst Du ja gar nichts mehr essen?" etc.
Tja, also ich hatte mit dem Thema nicht angefangen. Die Gruppe am Nebentisch fing sich über mich lustig zu machen und ich hab bloß gesagt "Hey, lasst mich doch so leben wie ich will, ich quatsche Euch ja auch nicht rein", weil ich einfach keine Lust hatte mich schon wieder zu erklären (und das Leuten denen ich das ja schon erklärt habe).
Als Antwort kam dann "Ne, ist ja okay, ich bewundere ja auch irgendwie Deine Konsequenz". Wenigstens etwas. Genervt hat es mich aber schon ein bisschen. War zwar alles eher im lustigen Plauderton, aber ich frag mich wirklich wieso man immer was dazu sagen muss. Wenn jemand irgendwas wegen einer Allergie oder ähnlichem nicht isst fangen die Leute doch auch nicht an darüber zu reden. Und dann heißt es wir Veganer würden missionieren.

Ich würde mich über Kommentare freuen! :-)

Sonntag, 11. Oktober 2009

still busy

well, I am still quite busy so that I don't have time for food thats worth a picture.. too bad, especially for me!

Only last weekend my friend J and her husband came over for dinner. She told me that since she knows that I am a vegan, every time when she cooks she wonders if I could eat it, and so she wonders what I would eat all the time. Well, the best idea was to invite them over and let them taste some, right? So I did. :-)
I made the leek-quishe again and some raspberry-cream-desserts. The dessert is also from the Attila Hildmann Cookbok I.


Raspberry-Cream
Ingredients:
- sojatoo (soy-cream that could be whisked stiff)
- frozen raspberrys
- some sweetener (sugar or agave nectar etc.)
- vegan chocolate sprinkles

Just made different layers one only made of sweetned soy-cream and the other made of soy-cream and a little defrostet raspberrys. I put some chocolate sprinkles in between some layers and before I served the dessert I put some more cream on top and chocolate sprinkles o it also. We just took the photo before our guests arrived, so it wasn't quite ready yet.
(This time my husband took the photo as I was still busy in the kittchen).

And they loved it, there wasn't the usual "oh, its nice but something is missing..., something like meat.."-comment you get so often when omnivores try vegan food. No, J and her husband actually really liked it and didn't miss a thing!! :-)


And there is another thing I was wondering: Is there actually someone who needs me to write in english? Or are my readers all german anyway? I thought about swiching to german and just translate the importand facts from every post in english. What do you think?
Comments needet!! :-)

Dienstag, 22. September 2009

Not much

Hey there, I am so sorry that I haven't postet that much in the last days. I have soo much to do at work that I just don't have the time so make nice food-photos. And most of the time my food wasn't even that special.
For example, I took one picture of my usual fruit-salad for dinner:

Fruit-Salad with vanilla-Soyyoghurt

Sonntag, 13. September 2009

Pumpkin-bread

I told you that I bought Pumpkins in the last post. To be more explizit: I bought two. One I used for the soup, and the other one to make my sooo loved Pumpkin-bread.
This is a recepie my mother-in-law told me.

Pumpkin-Bread
Ingredients:
- one pumpkin
- pumpkin-seeds
- spelt flour (wholemeal)
- salt
- sugar
- (coconut) oil
- water
- yeast

Heat the Oil in a pot, put the pumpkin (peeled and sliced)and some sugar if you like in it and some water. Cook it till smooth and then blend it up.
It actually tastes so good, that I almost forgot to take a picture, the one you see is of the very last slice! :-)
Now you can just take every bread-recipe or even a bread-mix and put the pumpkin-mouse in it instead of the water. I just used my usual bread-recipe.
From the pumpkin the bread gets a nice sweet taste, I thing it is almost like Cake and I love to eat it just with margarine

Mittwoch, 9. September 2009

Pumpkin-Soup

Today I had some Pumpkin-Soup for Lunch. I saw some nice Pumpkins when I went to the supermarket and just had to buy them.
The pumpkins I bought are middle sized I think, they are not theís really small ones (for decoration) and not the bis ones you use for Halloween.
I took a picture of the pumpkin with a pencil beside it, so you can guess the size.

Pumpkin-Soup



Ingredients:
- one middle sized Pumpkin
- 2 Potatoes
- 1/2 L vegetable Stock
- 4 Tablespoons Pumpkin-Seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut-Oil
- Pepper, Paprika

First peel and chop up pumpkin and potatoes. Put the coconut Oil (of coure you could use any other oil, butthis one gives a very light coconut flavor to it- delicious!) in a pot and heat it up. Then sear the potatoes and pumpkin peaces in it for some minutes. Fill everything up with about 1/2 L of vegetable Stock (maybee a bit less). Now let it simmer for a while. When everything is cooked put it in a Blender, or use a stik-blender, blend until smooth. Fill in a soup-bowl and decorate with some Pumpkin-seeds (or soy-cream if you like).
This amount is for two servings as a main dish or four as a starter.

Maybee you are on a weight watchers diet (like I am right now), then you might be interested in the fact that the whole soup has only 5 Points without the Pumpkin-Seeds!

Sonntag, 6. September 2009

Long time no see

My husband and I had a really nice weekend at his parents house. I want to show you some pictures I took of the family dogs. The first two I call "thinking dogs" ;-)




Aren't they photogenic?
And here are some photos of my food which I took during last week, I didn't had the time to upload them until now.

Spinach
Ingredients:
- spinach
- tomatoes
- leek
- smoked tofu
- sunflower seeds


Salad
Ingredients:
- mixed lettuce
- tomatoes
- smoked tofu
- chickpeas

Hot Sandwich
Ingredients:
- white baguette
- mixed lettuce
- tomatoes
- cucumber
- smoked tofu slices
- ketchup and mustard

Vanilla Soy-Yoghurt with apple-banana-puree

Dienstag, 1. September 2009

puff pastry

Yesterday I had some fruits for second breakfast (no I'm not a Hobbit). So easy can veganism be!


And later I made spinach-puff pastry from the Attila Hildmann cookbook. I just pimped the recipe with some dried tomatoes

Ingredients:
- puff pastry (I choose spelt)
- Spinach
- cashew-nuts
- sundried tomatoes
- salt, pepper, nutmeg

Sonntag, 30. August 2009

Cookbook-review: Attila Hildmann "Vegan Kochbuch Vol. 1"

As you might have recognized I mostly cook without any recipes. I just look in my fridge or I cook recipes out of my memory and/or change them.
But from time to time I like to look at a good cookbook to get inspired and learn something new.

I bought the new cookbook from Attila Hildman (you might now him from his youtube channel AttilaHildmannTV) yesterday and I can say I really like it! The best is: every recipe has a picture! I love that!! I love to look through cookbooks and just look at the pictures to decide what I want to try. And then there is another really great plus factor: I had most of the ingredients already in my kitchen! For every recipe I would just have to buy 2-4 special ingredients.

Yesterday I tried two recipes out of Attila Hildmanns cookbook:
The leekquiche and the Chocolate Cupkaes.

Both were soo good!!!

I don't know if I am allowed to post the recipes here, I guess not as the cookbook is so new, so just look at my pictures:

Leekquishe:


"Chocolate"-Cupcakes with peanutbutter Topping:



There was only one problem with the cupcakes: I was wondering why there were called "Chocolate"-Cupcakes as there wasn't any chocolate in the recipe. And in fast my cupcakes doesn't look as dark at they do in the picture of the cookbook. I guess he just forgott one ingredient (the chocolate). But it doesn't really matter as the cupcakes taste soo good this way too! :-)

addition from the 31.09.09: I wrote an email to Attila Hildman and got a fast and nice reply. They actually only forgot that tere belong 30 g cacao into the muffins (and they already notice that mistake by themselves). That is easy! So if you already have the cookbook you might keep that in mind, and if you're planing to buy it, maybe you'll get the 2nd charge anyway where the problem is of course already solved.

Freitag, 28. August 2009

Blackberrypancakes

Today I had delicious Blackberrypancakes for Dinner. Jummie!

Blackberrypancakes:

Indegrients:
- wholemeal flour
- sugar
- vanille soymilk
- blackberrys

For normal vegan pancakes you put some flour, sugar and soymilk into a bowl and stil well until smooth. As we ad some blackberrys in their own juice here, you need to use less soymilk.
I Heatet the blackberrys with some sugar in a pot, so they get soft and loose some liquid. Then you fill the blackberry-sugar mix into the flour-soymilk and stir well. Now bake it and thats it!
(Uhm, my recepie-english is quite bad, I am sorry for that!)

Donnerstag, 27. August 2009

New Dressing, lactose-free-milk comment

Yesterday I experimented with a new salad-dressing. I had some berries left, so I put a hand full of each raspberries and blackberries in a blender and also a tablespoon of apple-vinegar and a tablespoon of lemon-juice.



I put it on my salad, used some sunflower-seeds for topping and then I had my Salad, some soy-"Chicken-Nuggets" and some Hummus. It was delicious!

And right now I have some big coffee with vanille-soy-milk so I am motivated to do some work.


Thank you for your comment Hase!! You are so right! And it doesn't even make sense, that I am so affraid of affront someone with my vegan-lifestyle, because until now, everybody I told was very nice and interested and started to ask me a lot of questions. Most of the people I told couldn't imagine to be a vegan themselfes, but they all said, that they have great respect for it.


Oh, and another statement: I really hate that they invented this lactose-free milk. Because there are several coffee shops where you can choose between normal milk, fat-reduced milk and lactose-free milk, but they don't have soy-milk anymore!! Before there was lactose-free milk, the request for soy-products was just higher because of all the lactose-intolerant people. And now they have lactose-free milk and stop buying soy-milk. I think you can sense that also in the supermarkets. They used to have more soy-yoghurts and different kinds of soy milk. It happens a lot that our nearest supermarket hase no soy-yoghurt left at all!
I really hate that! And I don't even understand why, some lactose-intolerant people I know told me that this milk taste very bad!!

Mittwoch, 26. August 2009

Simple food

This is what I had for Lunch and Dinner yesterday:

Salad with Tofu-Sausage and a Smoothie:

Fruit Salad with Soy-yoghurt-cinnamon-Dressing:


It was really hard to stay vegan in scotland all the time and I hav to admit that I failed sometimes (please don't hate me now, I already feel really bad about it), especially when some nice Bed&Breakfast Ladies serve proudly their breakfast... but I of course I stayed vegetarian all the time and I managed to avoid eggs also.
I don't know why I am so very confident with the vegetarian thing but not with being a vegan. I never have a problem to say that I don't eat this or that because there is meat/fish etc. inside. But I always think I affront people when I say that I don't eat dairy either. Hopefully I just have to get used to be a vegan as I am a vegetarian for so many years now.
It's easier to say I don't eat eggs, because I am already disgusted when I think about putting that into my mouth. Probably it takes some time until I am disgusted by dairy-products too.

But now I am at home again, being the one responsible for the food. So it will be no problem to stick to my vegan-diet without exceptions.
I try to lose some weight though. So I also try not to eat to much vegan-sweets but just very healthy fruit and vegetable based food.

Walking in Scotland

We are back from our Walking-Trip through beautiful Scotland.
Here are some impressions. Click on the pictures to enlarge.













Freitag, 31. Juli 2009

Bye bye

My husband and I are heading off for a 3 week backpacker trip through Scotland.

I hope you all will have a nice summer!!

I`ll be back with photos in late August. :-)

Montag, 27. Juli 2009

What do you need when you spend some time at your desk? I need some fruits (its a smoothie this time), a coffee with vanille soy milk and water.

"Brotzeit"

Once or twice the week I am baking our own bread. Since I am doing that, I wonder why most breads, and even bread mixes, have so much ingredients! That cannot be healthy! As my husband and I both eat bread every day for breakfast, I think its better to bake it myself, its not that much work!

The bread dough:
Ingredients:
- 500 g whole wheat flour
- 1 pckg yeast
- salt
- 400 ml warm water
- sunflower seeds and/or pumkin seeds
- 2 ts vinigar

All mixed together and put in the cold (!!) oven, turn it on to 200°C, bake fpr 55 minutes.

The bread in the oven:

Finished!

Sonntag, 26. Juli 2009

traveling to Trier

This weekend we went to my sister-in-law and her husband to celebrate their sons baptism. My husband was the godfather.

Some Trier impressions:

A fountain in the park:

In the park:

The entrance of the Konstantin-Basilika (where the baptism was):

The "Kaiser-Thermen":


After the baptism my sister-in-law and her husband invited everybody to their home for lunch. And they made a vegan carrot-ginger-soup. It was delicious!!! And later, they had vegan sallow thorn muffins! We had to travel back earlier because we have to work tomorrow, but I took some muffins with me and they were delicious too!
As I was the only vegan there, it is especially kind of my sister-in-law to search for vegan recepies and realize them so perfectly! I am really pleased!!
Of coure, I asked for the recepies so I could cook them again some time. :-)

And look at the food:

The carrot-ginger-soup:
Indegrients:
- 1400 g carrots
- 4 onions
- 4 ts olive-oil
- 1.5 l water
- 0.5 l orangejuice
- 2 peaces of ginger
- 4 ts vegetable stock
- parsley
- chilli
- curry
- salt, pepper



The sallow thorn muffins:

Indegrients:
- 200 g flour
- 100 g sugar
- 80 g coconut "raspeln"
- 150 g soy-cream
- 80 ml oil
- 80 g apple puree
- 1 orange
- 0.5 ts baking soda
- 2.5 ts baking powder
- 0.5 ts sallow thorn jam
- 1 pckg "orangenback"
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