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Valentine’s Menu full of Love

On Valentine’s Day we love to shower our loved ones with presents, but we can also show our love by doing something fun together. And what’s more romantic than cooking and eating together?

A plant-based Valentine’s dinner can be extremely delicious. We made some nice, simple recipes to go on our Valentine’s menu – because you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen on this day of love!

We begin with a light starter, this wonderful Red Beet Soup, exactly what you need to warm up yourself and your partner.

The evening gets a little exotic with our Southern Quinoa Pilaf. An easy to prepare main course, with the perfect flavors to imagine yourself in a more southern atmosphere.

Of course we like to end with something pure and sweet. Chocolate raspberry cupcakes with chocolate strawberries… A great start of a lush and happy Valentine!

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes <3

Valentine’s Day is getting closer and we’d like to inspire you with some delicious recipes for this special day!
We have a lush romantic dessert for you! We made our chocolate raspberry cupcakes just a bit more special with… a strawberry dipped in chocolate.
These are quick and easy to make in advance. Melt some dark chocolate au bain-marie and dip every strawberry in it one by one.
Once these have cooled off, you can decorate your cupcakes with them.
Your loved one will be impressed, you’ll see!

Veganism 101: Seitan

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What is seitan?

Seitan is a much-used ingredient in the plant-based kitchen. They’ve been eating it for centuries in Japan, China and Russia. The name seitan comes from Japanese “sei” and “tan” which means “made of” and “proteins”. Seitan is made of wheat- or speltgluten. Gluten are proteins that are naturally present in different kinds of grains, like wheat and spelt. It’s the gluten that gives the grains a firm structure and which keeps bread firmly together for example. Since seitan is mainly made of gluten, it’s not suitable for people who are gluten intolerant. For others it’s a good source of protein since it’s made of 25% of protein.

How to make seitan

Seitan is basically made by dough made of wheat flour and water. By using cold water the bran and starch are being kneaded and washed out of the dough. This is a time-consuming process. If you’re making your own seitan, it might be easier to buy seitanfix or glutenflour. These are purely made of gluten and you only have to add some water /vegetable stock and spices to make seitan. When you have made your seitan dough, you have to cook or steam it, which is mostly done in vegetable stock with soy sauce. If the whole process is too time-consuming for you, different kinds of seitan are available in bio-shops, vegan shops and in some super markets.

When to use seitan

Thanks to the meat-texture of seitan, you can use it in different kinds of recipes as a meat-replacement. Think of stew, vol-au-vent, wok dishes, barbecue or simply seitan as it is baked, cooked or stewed. You name it!

Hail seitan!

Seitan recipes

Take a look at some of the seitan recipes we currently have available on our website.

Seitan Stew
Spaghetti Bolognese
Stuffed Chinese Cabbage

Vegan MoFo – Cowspiracy screening

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Today we didn’t have time to cook for Vegan MoFo unfortunately… BUT we were busy spreading the message… We held a screening of Cowspiracy with Bite Back. About 50 people were present!! Yay! After the movie they were able to nibble on some snacks and to ask questions or buy a book! It was definitely a success! The future is vegan!

Vegan MoFo – September Tagine

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Looking at the list of veggies of this season…
We saw it had the perfect veggies to make a moroccan tagine with couscous! We used zucchini, eggplant, carrots, paprika and tomatoes and spiced it with Ras El Hanout . Just perfect!
Some might not be a fan of raisins… But it adds the perfect sweet touch to the couscous and is a winning combination with the veggies that are quite spicy. We don’t have a recipe online yet, but will have to post it soon!!
When you don’t have a tagine, you can easily stew the vegetables in a regular casserole.

Vegan MoFo – Stranded on an island with…

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What three endless food supplies would we take if we were going to be stranded on an island?

First thing that pops to mind is Vego chocolate… This brand is the BEST vegan chocolate we have ever tasted! It’s bio, fairtade and gluten free !

And now… two more!
Well, then we guess we would like an endless supply of watermelon! We’d eat it every single day. So yes please, keep them coming!

And of course…. We almost forgot! AVOCADO! <3 Could not imagine a life without it!

Vegan MoFo – Grandma’s cake

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Pear cake has been a tradition in our family as long as I can remember…
Just thinking of it and I imagine the smell of fresh cake coming right out of the oven!
Mmmmm… Mouthwatering as I type!
Since the original recipe contained eggs and butter, this one needed a quick veganisation!

You’ll find the recipe here!

Vegan MoFo – Angel

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Angel is one of the animals Bite Back has adopted at the Farm Sanctuary Melief.
Bite Back doesn’t only want to reach out to the masses by doing vegan outreach, organising screenings of documentaries and lots of other activities. The organisation also wants to make a difference for individual animals.

Angel was adopted in 2010 after she fell off a truck who was heading to the slaughterhouse. She was only 4 months old at the time and fell off only a couple of hundred meters away of the farm sanctuary! She luckily survived her fall and is now still living a happy life!

Vegan MoFo – Waterzooi

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This one is so local, the dish doesn’t even have a translation.
Waterzooi is the typical local dish in the city of Ghent.
The city all vegans love for all the options it offers for eating out.
Besides the food offer, it’s a lovely, charming and authentic city.
The city I fell in love with <3

You could say Waterzooi is a kind of “chicken casserole”. Another typical meat-dish of course… But we veganized it!

Here you have the recipe of Dorine, who was so lovely to share it with me!

Ingredients 4p

  • 2 large onions
  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 celery
  • 3 leeks
  • 2 kg potatoes
  • 2 l vegetable stock
  • 2 containers of mock chicken (preferably of the brand “Vegetarische Slager”)
  • Handful of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 250ml of soy cream
  • 50gr plant based butter

Preparation

Peel the onion and chop it roughly.

Clean the celery, leeks and carrots and chop them roughly as well.
Peel the potatoes and cut into pieces.
Heat the plant based butter in a large casserole and cook the onion, carrots and celery for about 10 min.

Then you can add the potatoes, leeks and vegetable stock.
Season with thyme, bay, pepper and salt and let it simmer for 15 min on low heat.
Now you can add the mock chicken and leave it on low heat for another 5 min.

Now you can add the soy cream and parsley. Let it boil up for a couple of minutes. The “waterzooi” has the best taste when the dish had a couple of hours to infuse.