Thursday, 16 March 2017

REFINED SUGAR-FREE VEGAN CAKE
























In this recipe, I propose that you swap refined sugar for whole dates and organic maple syrup.
Using the technique in the instructions below, it still comes out as soft and spongy as any regular cake.

As I'm sure you know, there are several good reasons to cut back on refined sugar, from lowering your risk of diabetes, to achieving clearer skin, to lowering blood pressure and decreasing your risk of a heart attack. Pretty heavy stuff when you think about it. But rather than sinking into despair, I prefer the good ol' approach of making small changes here and there, swapping the bad for the good where possible, and getting clued up on how to make better choices.

Ingredients
- 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
- 2 heap tbsp solid coconut oil
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
 - 1 cup pitted dates (soaked and drained)
- 3/4 cup organic maple syrup
- 1/4 cup warm water

In a large bowl, mix the flours, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together. Add the solid coconut oil and rub into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Place the warm water, maple syrup and pre-soaked dates in a blender and whiz until you have the consistency of a frothy, thick syrup.

Add the syrupy mixture to the flour and combine until you have a smooth cake batter. Pour into a lightly greased cake tin and bake in a pre-heated oven, 180C, for about 25-30 minutes. To check if it is cooked all the way through, poke a skewer through the middle of the cake - if it comes out clean, then it's good to go. If not, give it a few extra minutes.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

VEGAN IN SINGAPORE | PLACES TO EAT [VIDEO]



Better late than never, I s'pose :)

This video is a compilation of all the foodie clips I was able to capture during my trip to Singapore back in December. The main objective of the trip was to attend two very special occasions, and when I wasn't caught up in the excitement of celebrating, connecting and reconnecting with friends old and new, I had a lot of fun exploring what the country had to offer in terms of vegan food options.

Planning a trip to Singapore? Got any specific questions about being a vegan traveller/tourist in Singapore? Comment below and I'll do my best to answer.

And now for a few food pics:

Thai Express - Mock chicken stir-fry
Thai Express - Bean curd,  greens, rice...


Thai Express - Veggie dumplings <3


VeganBurg - Veggie burger and seaweed fries

LingZhi - Brown fried rice

Nature Cafe - Beancurd...

Pita Pan - Falafel, hummus, salsa, veg...

Pita Pan

Chinatown Hawker Centre

Chinatown - Sugarcane juice

Chinatown - dragonfruit juice

Chinatown - popiah

Thursday, 23 February 2017

VEGAN SOURCES OF PROTEIN IN NIGERIA

Where do you get your protein from?

I don't hate that question as much as I used to. Now I just launch into a well-rehearsed list of protein-rich foods and call it a day. Only takes a second.

I got an email from a reader based in Nigeria recently. The main concern was - you guessed it - what to eat to get enough protein. It got me thinking that a post on the topic was about due and would probably come in handy for others with the same query.

In no particular order, here's a list of plant-based foods that are high in protein and can be found easily across Nigeria. I've also included a list of suggested recipes where possible, just in case you're interested in bringing these ingredients to life. This is by no means an exhaustive list and I imagine that I will have to keep revisiting this post and adding to the list as other foods come to mind. If you think I've missed any, feel free to leave a comment down below.

1. Beans - brown beans, black-eyed beans, soybeans...

Suggested recipes: adalu, beans and rice, moin moin, akara, ewa (bean porridge)



















2. Nuts - groundnut, cashew nut, peanut butter, nut milks...

Suggested recipes: boli and groundnut, truffles, chocolate/peanut muffins, soaked garri and groundnut



















3. Leafy greens - spinach (efo tete), bitter leaf (ewuro), water leaf (gbure), afang, ugu...

Suggested recipes: bitterleaf soup, efo riro and pounded yam, green smoothie

















4. Egusi (melon seeds)

Suggested recipes: egusi soup



















5. Wara (Tofu) 

Suggested recipes: sauced tofu and plantain, yam and scrambled tofu



6. Oatmeal

Suggested recipes: porridge, banana/oat pancakes, oaty breakfast bars



















7. Maize/Corn

8. Pigeon Pea

9. Guava

10. Millet

11. Green peas

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

AIRBNB RELISH VEGAN NIGERIAN CUISINE #1 [PICTURES]

A few snaps from my first Airbnb 'Relish Vegan Nigerian Cuisine' dinner experience on Saturday 19th February.

Read more about my work with Airbnb and how you can take part here! 










Sunday, 5 February 2017

SUGARCANE JUICE BY THE CANE PRESS [VIDEO]



Attendees at my 6th pop-up last October will no doubt remember Dawn and her delicious, freshly made sugarcane juice. Formerly called Guarapo, The Cane Press was founded by Dawn to bring this sweet + unique taste of the tropics to the UK.

Earlier this year, she secured a permanent spot in Peckham, and so I took a wander down on Saturday for a surprise visit and what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon of learning a bit more about sugarcane, sipping on some refreshing cane/lime/lemon/chia juice, and even getting a mini guided tour of the (pretty cool and funky) area.

Enjoy the little vid I put together, but more importantly, get yourself down to Peckham and support this lovely lady :)

Where to find The Cane Press: 125a Rye Lane, Peckham, London.




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