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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.

Vegan MoFo – Late Summer Food

This scrambled tofu is one of my favourites! Good as brunch, lunch or even light dinner.
And so easy to make! You fry some onion, add some mushrooms, tomato and spinach…
Then you crumble over some tofu and season with turmeric for the nice yellow colour and full taste.
Just before serving I like to add some kala namak. Kala nama-what did you say!?
It’s also called balck salt and because of the sulphur it smells and tastes a bit like eggs.
You probably won’t find it in the regular supermarket, but it’s really worth a try!

Vegan MoFo – Benefit Bake Sale

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So, on day 14 we have to share something vegan (and delicious of course) with a non-vegan.
We’re not actually going to share something with a non-vegan today…
BUT! With Compassionate Cooking we do this quite often when we’re at a Bite Back info stall somewhere. We then sell some delicious vegan food to show people how good it can be!
It helps us financially (especially since some Flemish pig farmers decided to sue Bite Back for an undercover investigation the organisation did in 2013) and it helps us to share our recipes and information with the people on the streets. A win-win situation!

Vegan MoFo 2015 – IARC ‘s Kitchen

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It’s kitchen tour time!!! Compassionate Cooking was on the road with Bite Back and was at the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxemburg. The organisation made the best food! A big thank you to all the volunteers for feeding us with such delicious food!

 

 

Vegan MoFo 2015 – The Kind Diet

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My very first vegan cookbook was “The Kind Diet” of Alicia Silverstone.
I always liked her as an actress, especially in Clueless. So when I got curious about veganism and after seeing a YouTube video where she talks about going vegan, her book immediately attracted me!

It’s written in 2 parts. The first half of the book is filled with information on why and how to go vegan and the second half is full of delicious recipes.
So as a newbie you can get started right away with this one!
And a note on the side; the book is printed on 100% recycled paper! Yay!

Vegan MoFo 2015 – Proteins

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The nutrient every vegan gets asked about and 99% of the people are suddenly so worried about when they hear you’re eating plantbased…. Proteins!

For the chefs who like veganising meat-dishes, seitan is the perfect source for protein. It has just the right texture for most traditional recipes!

For those who didn’t know it already, “sei tan” is Japanese for “made of protein”. As simple as that!

Our favorite recipe is the one for seitan maison stew. It’s based on our typical Belgian brown stew, which we call “stoverij”. It’s a dish you’ll find on a restaurant menu but also at a “frituur”. A place where everything is fried and where Belgians like to get their potato fries. The most popular sauce that goes with the fries is definitely “stoverij”!

Vegan MoFo 2015 – Rockabilly Milkshake

I don’t know why, but I immediately thought of an American diner and milkshake in the 50’s.

That’s why I asked Laurence, who I know as a rockabilly chick, if she wanted to share her favourite milkshake recipe with us. And she did!

For one milkshake:

250ml soy milk
180 gr strawberries
1/2 banana
1 scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream
2 tsp of sugar or 3 tsp of agave syrup
Couple of drops of vanilla essence

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It has been tried and approved ! Yum!

Vegan MoFo 2015 – Inspired by Friends

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For the Friends fans out there…. And I know you are numerous!
What do you think of when I say cheesecake!?

Yes, Rachel and Chandler loving it that much that they are willing to eat it off the floor.
Just admit it, you’d do the exact same thing if your favorite dessert had an unfortunate encounter with the floor.

So on day 7 of Vegan MoFo I’m combining my love for Friends and vegan cheesecake with a recipe of Marieke!

Vegan MoFo 2015 – Restaurant dish

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There aren’t that many vegan restaurants in Belgium. But luckily we do have Ghent, our vegan capital, and recently Leuven started booming with vegan businesses. In Ghent we love to eat at Komkommertijd, it’s a vegan buffet with lots of options. There are about 6 hot dishes you can choose from (often there are fried spring rolls and they taste amazing!), there’s a huge saladbar and there’s always a nice dessert. Another restaurant in Ghent is Avalon, it’s one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in Belgium. They always have a daily menu and they carry some specialties like lasagna and fries with seitan stew. For vegan fast food you have to visit the Frietketel, it’s a regular ‘frituur’ (a snackbar) with lots of vegan options, they have many kinds of vegan sauces, bitterballen (it’s round, fried, has a crispy breaded outside and gooey inside), lots of vegan burgers, other snacks, and of course fries!

But like we said, Leuven is booming. There already was a Loving Hut, where you can eat great food for not too much money. They have some daily or weekly specials, but also some dishes that are keepers, like the Loving Hut burger. Since a year or so there’s a new business where you can buy and eat lots of vegan sandwiches, drink the best drinks and enjoy the best pies. We’re talking about VegaVerso. There are also weekly specials, like a hot soup in winter, a wonderful salad in summer, but also chili’s, grilled sandwiches, tapas, … Once a month they also organize a brunch and we’re known to roll out of the door with filled bellies. Since a few months there’s another Loving Hut in town! It’s called The Veganerie and it’s a really nice-looking place. They serve mostly vegan fast food, but of course very delicious. You have vegan seafood snacks (vegan calamares people!), lots of vegan burgers with potato wedges, but also some healthier dishes like zucchini noodles.

But, I guess you’re all waiting for a recipe right? Well, one of our bloggers, Dorine, made a deliciously fancy figs carpaccio. It’s so much better than a carpaccio in a restaurant, but it equates the elegance of a restaurant dish. Be sure to try it and amaze your guests!