Thursday, 6 July 2017

RECIPES FOR A SUCCESSFUL VEGAN BBQ

It's summer. You're vegan. You want in on the BBQ action. Because veganism isn't about deprivation. And it's certainly not joyless. I agree.

I attended my first all-vegan barbecue last weekend, hosted by Paul of DunguBook (check him out on YouTube - he's the go-to for vegan bodybuilding), and I wasn't disappointed. The theme of the BBQ was 'Health is Wealth', and it certainly lived up to that in terms of the food on offer. Forget frozen veggie sausages and soy burgers, everything was made fresh and packed with flavour. We had marinated pulled jackfruit burgers, vegetable skewers, mac 'n' "cheese", banana cake, fruit juices. That, along with great vibes and feel-good music made for an all-round successful barbecue. The sort you'd be proud to take your omni family and friends to.

Once you're done watching this little video I put together from Paul's BBQ, be sure to check out the recipe suggestions below to inspire your next barbecue. Click the links for the full recipes.



Burgers


1) Akara Burgers - the akara itself takes some work to make but the results are worth it.


































2) Brown Bean Burgers - throwback to my first ever recipe post. Still as goo four years on ;)

3) Yam Burgers - something for the more adventurous types.

Sides


1) Suya-spiced vegetable kebabs - throw these on the grill instead of the oven. Easy but so darn good!



























3) Coconut and turmeric roast potatoes - parboil, season, wrap in foil and toss on the barbecue.

4) Okra and sweet potato salad - delicious twist on the regular potato salad.

4) Roasted carrot, fennel and mint salad - grill the carrots and fennel instead of oven-roasting.

5) Boli (grilled plantains) - what's a gathering without plantain?

Drinks


1) Lime and orange - cool, zesty, summer in a glass.


































2) Ginger ale - impress with this homemade concoction.

3) Iced mint tea - it doesn't get more refreshing than this.

4) Watermelon and grapefruit infused water - the colours alone will brighten up the day.

Desserts


1) Chocolate and peanut muffins - win your crowd over with these delectable muffins. Leave the peanuts out if you're faced with nut allergies.


























2) Maltina ice-cream - on a hot summer's day, this is gold.

3) Banana, raisin, almond and chocolate slices - a tasty tray-bake to please the masses.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

VEGAN IN COPENHAGEN [VIDEO]

I spent a few days in Copenhagen and had an incredible time, packing in a ton of fun, exploration, food, and even education (attended a start-up event at the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship). I got to hang out and discuss grand ideas with friend and fellow creator, Sofia of Vegan Watching and GUTXY. I left feeling inspired, recharged and ready to take on life. More so than usual, anyway :)

The video below captures a handful of moments from my trip, but more importantly provides some insight into some of the vegan options available around the city. I hope it whets your appetite, ignites your wanderlust, and encourages you to book the next flight out to Copenhagen. Happy watching!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

GROUNDNUT (PEANUT) STEW | Healthy & Oil-Free



A quick search online will reveal that there are multiple interpretations of this African dish. From Nigeria to Mali to Ghana to Cameroon, everyone's got a version. This one's mine - a pretty stripped down, healthy but utterly delicious take on it. Touch of sweetness from the groundnut, heat from the scotch bonnet, all round creaminess of the stew...I could go on.

Why oil-free, you may ask? Because groundnut (aka peanuts) are already high in fat and contain their own natural oils. Adding oil seemed gratuitous to me (although the flavour of palm oil in this would probably be bomb, but still...hmm).

Couple of quick notes with this recipe: I haven't specified the type of mushrooms to use, but the meatier the better really. I happened to have some shiitake mushrooms at home and it worked great. Use whatever you can find. Also, the nuts are lightly roasted with some chilli, but feel free to use plain/lightly salted. Just make sure the flavours are balanced by tasting as you go along.

That's about it. Simple, quick, healthy and tasty - everything a meal should be. Eat it with fufu, rice, pounded yam, bread, or any other starchy food that exists in the world.

Ingredients
serves 4
- 1 cup lightly toasted groundnut (peanuts)
- 6 fresh tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 small red onion
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper
- water
- mushrooms
- 1 bunch fresh basil (roughly chopped)
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns

Method

1. Blend the peanuts until you have a crumbly paste (sorta similar to crunchy peanut butter)

2. Blend the peppers, onion and tomatoes with a cup of water until smooth

3. Pour the pepper blend into a pot/saucepan and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, medium-high heat

4. Stir in the groundnut paste. At this point, it will thicken rapidly. Add some water to loosen the stew and turn the heat down (medium-low)

5. Add the mushrooms

6. Season with salt and black peppercorns

7. Add the roughly chopped basil and simmer for another 2 minutes

Done!