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Meatless Monday #4 Potato and Leek Soup and Spain’s Semana Santa

Potato and Leek Soup

There are some sights that are so unexpected that it stays with you for life. Last year, I was in the midst of Seville’s Semana Santa and saw hundreds of years of traditions re-enacted in the 21st century.

Santa Semana

Semana Santa or Holy Week is a week long celebration leading to lent. This year Semana Santa starts from 19th March to 6th of April. Although Semana Santa occurs all over Spain, Seville’s Semana Santa is arguably the most famous. There are over 55 brotherhood all over the cities with fraternities dating back to the 13th century. Throughout the week multiple processions takes place starting from various churches all around the cities carrying pasos a float depicting a scene from the Passion of Christ. Read More…

Meatless Monday #3 – Lentil burger and happy Australia Day

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Happy Austraya Day! Depending on where you live in this continent, you are either basking in the sun or hiding indoor enjoying the cool sojourn from the relentless heat this week. Today also marks the end of the annual Sydney Festival. Sadly I didn’t venture to eat Gelato Messina’s mind bending creations, but I did manage to see Zhang Huan’s Sydney Buddha during a quiet rainy Sunday. Read More…

Meatless Monday – #2 Coconut Quinoa Bowl

Coconut Quinoa Bowl

There is that awkward time in January once the dates acquire double digit that it’s no longer New Year. Double digit January dates are the well meaning toddlers bumping into corners and crying loudly whenever they bump into a New Year resolution and accidentally breaks it or sat. In the normal course of a year these awkward, but promising toddlers will turn into the tired, annoyed and overweight adult wondering where the year had gone. Read More…

Meatless Monday – 2015 #1 Indian Ratatouille

New Year 2015, Palm Cove, Cairns

Happy New Year! I watched the last day of the year go by in Cairns, and really enjoyed the chilled atmosphere and surprisingly lack of smart phones being pulled out as people watch the firework over the jetty. Makes a nice change and hopefully is a good omen for the year and the remaining 360 days left, but who’s counting?

With that let’s kick off this year’s first Meatless Monday. Thanks to my mother I received Ottolenghi’s Plenty More and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes from the book. One that caught my eyes was this Indian Ratatouille recipe, for those who followes Ottolenghi he published a very similar recipe in the Guardian a couple of years ago. If you would like to have a look at that version instead click here.

Meatless Monday - Indian Ratatouille

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Meatless Monday – Spinach and corn soup with a dollop of nostalgia

#meatlessmonday #meatfreemonday Javanese spinach and corn soup

Some days you wake up in the morning with the taste of a meal in your dreams and wonder whatever happened to that dish or that meal. For me, it was the sweetness of the corn and the satisfying spinach crunch that I remembered in this very simple soup. Unlike other Indonesian dishes, it’s unlikely you find this listed in a restaurant menu next to satay or Gado Gaddo. This is the type of dish that people cook as their weekday staple over rice with a side dish of tempe and house made sambal. Call it the dish that you have to grow up with and know about.  Read More…

Meatless Monday – Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup

Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup

There are some dishes that brings you back to a time and place instantly. For me this recipe always brings me back to memories of my first apartment and fending for myself for the first time. Living on a budget, I was after a recipe that can use any cheap ingredients I can get my hands on without being too challenging. Luckily this recipe has two key cheap ingredients: the first being a bag of ripe tomatoes going cheap at the local grocer and the second a stale loaf of bread.  Read More…

Meatless Monday – Vegan Mapo Tofu

Vegan Mapo Tofu

There are a few things that’s hold sacred by the Sydney siders. One of them is the belief that rain is a a passing fad and one that will disappear sooner than later. When this is proven to be untrue and we experience three days of rain or more, we sulk and turn into temporary hermits to spite the world into submission.

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Vegetarian travel – Berlin Part 1 – flat white, beer and hot dog

The old and the retro new in Berlin It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a city with an active Four Square community will likely be be an absolute godsend for spotting vegetarian restaurants. This is in fact true for Berlin, city of bratwurst, hipsters and surprisingly plentiful vegetarian options. Read More…

Meatless Monday – Bircher Muesli

#365days #365dayproject #meatlessmonday starting the day with #biercher muesli keeping Monday blues away

 

I’ve been a bit sick in the last couple of weeks, so cooking and blogging a Meatless Monday recipe that doesn’t look like soupy sludge was a bit of a challenge. With a couple of friends coming for brunch I hunt around for breakfast dishes and came across Taste’s Bircher Muesli recipe. Considering the number of time I used to buy this for breakfast, I’m actually really surprised at at how easy it is to make.

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Meatless Monday – Mushroom and spinach risotto

#meatlessmonday mushroom and spinach #risotto #italian

If you’re like one of the billion of people who stayed up late or wake up extra early for the World Cup final, you’re probably feeling just as wrecked as I am at the moment. After a series of incredibly long, drawn out matches in the last couple of rounds, nothing made me happier than seeing a ball actually hitting the back of the net, and quite satisfyingly so. I just noticed I’ve been posting Italian dishes every Monday. Quite simply it’s because they’re fairly easy to make and with very little hassle. I like my victories delivered on a plate! Read More…

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