Winter is coming... at least, here in the northern hemisphere. That means it's pretty much soup season 🙌 (although in this part of Florida, winter lasts roughly 2 weeks at most) so I decided to get a head start with some minestrone soup. I love this because you can throw in damn near anything that pleases you.
We all know someone who should eat more vegetables 😉 and this soup is the best way to trick them into it. I did the usual onions, celery, and carrots. Then we have tomatoes, zucchini, corn, potatoes, spinach, green beans, great northern beans, and peas. You can totally use canned or frozen ingredients for this recipe, too! The secret here is to properly cook each vegetable for the right time, and also a few chunks of parmesan cheese rind thrown in 🧀. A few splashes of Vietnamese fish sauce (completely inauthentic) might have shown up early on 😏 and I made sure to cook the mirepoix almost to burning. I added some Hungarian paprika before the stock ever went in, as well. Cooking good paprika in hot oil isn't really an Italian technique 😂 but it creates wonders.
Suffice to say that I took steps to make sure that each ingredient could shine through with its own flavor. All of this makes for a deep and intense flavor far beyond the level of canned soup. The meat and cheese are honestly quite optional in this recipe if you treat the vegetables properly 🤗
Is it an authentic minestrone? Not at all, but at the same time, it absolutely is. It's soup worth far more than the sum of it's parts, letting the ingredients do the talking.
Sometimes you see new places open and you wonder if they’re all pink banquette over substance, like the cafe in town selling seaweed lattes and Costco traybakes for a weeks wages, but I’m here to tell you that while @eatgenesis is ticking every instagram friendly box, they ain’t serving up anything short of some of the best vegan food in London.
The deep fried avocado taco was my main reason for visiting and I wasn’t disappointed. SO good. As was my banh mi hot dog. So many good flavours. Manny has a chorizo taco and shawarma ...I tried both and they were delicious.
After we’d eaten we spent ages looking at the menu deciding what to eat next time, while finishing our @lobroslivingdrinks kombucha. Vegan cliches 😆😆
There are recipes we make once or twice, and the recipes which we make again and again. Not counting baking and desserts, this is without a doubt the recipe I've made and eaten the most in my life: Jerk Chicken! Most of the ingredients are standard at this point, but I tweak it just a little every time to see what I can improve.
My essential components of jerk are: slow smoky cooking, scotch bonnet peppers (I like to use Trinidad Moruga Scorpions at times though), and allspice. Also, fresh thyme and scallions are essential for my preferred taste. An overnight marinade is so important, as well.
I have a lot of love for jerk, if you haven't guessed. 😂 I woke up hours early so that I could cook off these wings before work, and if you know me, then you know that nothing will make me wake up early... Other than these wonderful pieces of Caribbean sunshine.
Do you guys have a recipe or dish that keeps you up thinking about it time after time? Or maybe one that you miss and oughta cook again soon? .
It's our last morning in Paris! The Marché Bastille is just a few blocks from our apartment and open Thursdays and Sundays. I got Kouign Amann for breakfast and Dan chose raspberries. (We also got the saucisson de canard Dan has been asking for since we started planning this trip, bright breakfast radishes and tomatoes to take with us to our next stop - Champagne!) #whatbakerseat#pastrylife#kouignamann#parisjetaime#eeeeeats#foodintheair
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Pre veganism my favourite brownie to bake (and eat) used @paul_a_young recipe. I also rarely passed his store without buying one, or two, which perhaps explains why I was 8 stone heavier a year ago 😆
Obviously now I cannot have his original brownies BUT on Monday Paul launches his vegan brownie to the world and good god doesn’t it look AMAZING. Thank goodness my trousers have some stretch in them.
Not gonna lie I popped into the Islington store today just incase they had them early 😆
This right here is a dreadful pic of something truly amazing that I ate on Sunday.
This is a carrot lox bagel. Yep...CARROTS taking the place of smoked salmon. I hear y’all saying ‘carrots’ and thinking I’ve lost my mind being excited by them but this was some kinda wizardry as they tasted like salmon but weren’t 🤷🏼♀️
If you wanna try and make them at home you can pop into the @leles_london website where they tell you how to, but why bother when you can visit their gorgeous cafe and eat it and the best vegan bakewell in town?
After experiencing my worst vegan meal to date in a pizza place in London I finally got round to making my own .... and it was delicious .
Ok I didn’t make the base...they’re by @crostamollica ... and they’re really good. And who has time to make pizza based? 🤷🏼♀️
My toppings were mushrooms, chargrilled peppers, tomatoes, chilli, onion, home grown basil and PINEAPPLE cuz what’s a pizza without pineapple. Oh and @tescofood vegan mozerella which melted well but didn’t colour. It did taste great tho so YAY 🙌🏻
Perfect. Didn’t cost £40 or require special flour. #nopestillnotoverit#crostamollica#veganpizza#whatveganseat#whatbakerseat#pineapplepizza
Last weekend we finally made it to @zionlymanna in Peckham. It’s just down the road from us and I’m kicking myself we’ve not been sooner.
The food is all vegan and it is what I would call proper home style cooking. Lots of flavour, lots of veg and lots of love.
This is the full works box, where you get a bit of everything plus dumplings for £10. Absolute bargain. We had dahl, spicy stew, quinoa salad, slaw, stir fry pasta, spinach and squash and spicy rice. An amazing meal.
They’re also opening a vegan ice cream place next door.
This kinda place is what Peckham is about. Long may it remain. Too much of it is getting gentrified now.
If Manny has his way we’ll be here most weekends after his boxing class.
This hazelnut ‘milk’ from @innocent is my new absolute favourite. I use it daily in my porridge and it tastes amazing as a drink too. It’s kind of like drinking liquid Nutella. I bought loads of it via @ocadouk last week as it was on offer as it is a little expensive (£1.99 for 750ml) but the ingredient list makes me happy (swipe ➡️ to see). I’ve not tried it in hot drinks (I’m still team @oatly for my tea) but I reckon this would taste fab in coffee. Also gonna try it in an iced latte.
Anyone else tried it?
Today my feed was full of joy that @wagamama_uk was introducing its vegan Seitan Katsu into all stores this week so of course I had to go to #noodlelab and have it for dinner as I love it and I’m easily suggestible.
We also had my favourite aubergine and mushroom buns. And peanut chocolate tart with coconut ice cream. This was a bit rich for me but Manny ate half of mine too. He didn’t even wait for me to take pics before tucking in 😆
If you’ve not been to Wagamamas Noodle Lab I highly recommend it. It’s where they test new dishes and you give feedback. It’s a great way to try new things, although this time they’d very little vegan choice on the testing menu. I’m really hoping they veganise their banana katsu desert as I want it.
The best thing about being unemployed is that I’m able to have days out with my husband and go to places that have been on our list for ages.
On Friday we lunched @blackcathackney before heading to Walthamstow Wetlands.
Black Cat is fully vegan and is the kind of place I love. Proper ‘home cooked’ style food. Not fancy or fussy, just tasty and value for money. My chickpea and spinach curry with onion Bhaji was pure comfort food. Manny’s burger was delicious. its actually the kind of vegan burger I prefer. Not pretending to be meat.
I can’t wait to go back and eat everything else on their menu. Definitely in my top 5 vegan places in London. You can see why it’s a favourite vegan choice
Today I finally made it to @fieldsbeneath for lunch and was lucky as I got the second last sweet potato burger 🙌🏻
Everything there is vegan and it’s refreshing not to have to double check everything ...twice recently I’ve been given milk instead of oat but thankfully I ALWAYS ask.
I love this kinda vegan burger...it doesn’t try to mimic meat ...it’s vegetables and proud. It was super tasty too.
It’s a tiny cafe so I imagine it gets very busy on weekends as its very near Camden, but I’ll definitely be back.
Great coffee too 🤘🏻