Month: March 2017

A vegan travel post coming at you with a twist today – I’m not the one travelling! My mum and Kim have been in Tallinn, Estonia for the past few days and they have given me some insight into some vegan food they ate in the city. They were lucky enough to meet someone at the airport who told them about V Vegan! They also saw vegan options in the windows of cafes and in supermarkets as well as whole foods shops. Myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see lots of listings for Tallinn on HappyCow – I feel that you could eat really well there as a vegan!



Vegan V Restoran
Rataskaevu 12, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia

They had dinner at V Vegan which is a small rusticly decorated vegan restaurant with a cosy and warm vibe. The restaurant is situated on a cobbled street in Tallinn’s medieval old town. They both remarked on how attentive and polite the service was.

The menu at Vegan V.
(Many options are also gluten or wheat free)

If I had been there I totally would have picked the Beetroot Seitan with potato mash and wild mushroom sauce – how rich and decadent does that sound!

The Beetroot ravioli with cashew cheese and a pesto sauce and garnish of crunchy nuts.

For mains they had Spicy Tofu on quinoa and sweet potato pile with tomato and coconut sauce.

Unfortunately they were so hungry they ate it before they could take photos – but I’ll let that speak for the deliciousness! They said it was a perfect combination of textures and flavours – especially the sauces.



Baked Apple with Carrot and Ginger Ice cream

Chocolate cake with berries

How good does that cake look! My mum said it was a very chocolatey cake which was not too sweet with berries in the filling. Yum!

They have a good selection of vegan cakes – something that always gets my vote!

They both agreed that the food was delicious and they had a great dining experience at Vegan V.

You can find Vegan V online on their website here and on Facebook here



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I’m starting a new series of posts here on the blog to share some things I’ve been enjoying recently. I’m hoping to do these once a month. Some of it will be food related but I’m hoping to share something other things I enjoy like music, articles etc. I hope you’ll enjoy!

Products

Sabatino Tartufi Truffle & Salt
We ordered this truffle salt off Amazon recently and whooo, this stuff is GOOD. You only need the tiniest pinch on top of your food to get the full truffle flavour. We keep it double bagged in the freezer – which helps it keep fresher longer and stops everything else in the house smelling like truffles.
Through our research on truffle related products we found out truffle oil isn’t always what it says it is – a lot of the time they add an “aroma” to oil rather than actual truffle. What a con!



Dried Black Trumpets Mushroom
We got these black trumpet mushrooms at the same time as the truffle salt – it was a seriously gourmet shopping cart. As mushroom fans we’re always looking to try new ones. Brian had previously ordered from this company (my candy caps!) and the quality was amazing so we decided to try some of their others. Black trumpets have an almost floral aroma and they taste incredible – we have been eating ours with asparagus and pasta a lot. We also use the flavourful broth from soaking them to make sauces, ramen and stews.

Artisana Organics sent me over some of their nut butters for winning a mini competition they had over on their Instagram last week. The Artisana Organic Raw Cashew Butter and the Artisana Organic Raw Cacao Blisswhich is raw cacao and cacao nibs blended with coconut butter for a sort of high vibe and good for you nutella. I’m enjoying both of these smeared on toast in the morning as well as dipping fuji apple slices in the cashew. I like that they’re just made of nuts without any sugar or weird nastiness thrown in.

Nongshim Soon Noodle Soup! I picked up a pack of these vegan friendly instant noodles from our local H-Mart supermarket (which is totally amazing). It’s a very flavourful soup with no MSG and it’s easily turned into a full meal by adding in a few extras. I like adding frozen edamame, tofu and extra greens. I feel like this would make a great meal for camping.

This past weekend was Expo West! I’ve always looked forward to this expo as it’s usually the time that a lot of vegan or vegan friendly companies will debut new products. It’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to be waving my phone in front of my husband’s face saying “OMG LOOK”. New vegan products are as exciting to me now as a nearly 5 year vegan as they were when I was a baby vegan! You can see some of the new products posted on Twitter here, here and here. My excitement for the Field Roast Mac’N’Chao knows no bounds!



Blog Posts & Recipes

This blog post by Hannah of All Good, All Vegan where she talks about that age old question that vegans get asked all the time (besides the whole stupid desert island situation) – “oh you’re vegan? what do you miss?”

This Raw Adaptogen Fudge with Ashwagandha from Wholeheartedeats caught my eye this week. It sounds like a totally decadent treat with the added bonus of the stress relieving power of ashwagandha!

It’s totally not soup weather here in Los Angeles at the moment but I did have serious heart eyes for this lentil and greens soup by The First Mess.

This amazing looking Mushroom Broth from Cook Republic.

Videos, Music, Books & TV Shows

This Youtube video by Peaceful Cuisine where he makes amazing vegan basil walnut ravioli in the calmest and most ascestically pleasing way possible. Just look at his channel, it’s totally relaxing.

Fleet Foxes are BACK! One of my favourite bands ever and they are finally releasing a new album this year.

This Youtube Channel – Jas. Townsend & Son, Inc. where they cook a variety of recipes from the 18th century. Whilst most of them are not even remotely vegan – there seems to be an awful lot of suet involved – the host is very enthusiastic and engaging. We’ve been enjoying watching the videos on an almost daily basis and learning lots about how people used to preserve food, bake bread and make alcohol.



The Expanse. This is one of our favourite tv shows at the moment and season 2 is under way over on the SyFy channel. We call Thursday “good TV day” because we know we can watch the new episode. The series is based on a series of novels by James S.A Corey. I’m not going to say anything else about the series because I don’t want to spoil anything!

I’ve been reading Michael Greger MD (of the site Nutritionfacts.org) book – How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease recently. It’s all about the plants and foods that are proven to help prevent and even reverse disease. As a vegan I’m already on board with a lot of what Greger is saying but I am finding that I should be adding even more fruits and vegetables to my diet – and that turmeric is a bit of a wonder spice!

Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Academy and their Facebook group – Four Sigmatic ‘Shroom Club. The mushroom academy is a video based online learning course where you can learn for FREE all about mushrooms and their medicinal properties. As someone who is starting to see the real benefits of adaptogens and mushrooms as medicine this course has been so great. The videos aren’t too long and everything is explained in a way that is very friendly to beginners. They also have a Facebook group where you can talk to other mushroom ethusiasts about medicinal mushrooms, foraging and other mushroom related things!

That’s all for this month, I hope you enjoyed!



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A year ago my go-to drink of a morning was a soya flat white from Eat that I would grab on the way into work. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to me, consuming soya milk on a near daily basis was giving me the skin of my sixteen year old self again (we’re talking serious pizza face.) So I ended up jacking it all in.

I wanted to make a little post about what I love to drink now – there’s no caffeine involved unless you want there to be. The base is simple and can be adapted to your own preferences.

If you’ve read any of my posts rambling on about mushrooms before you’ll know that I am a huge fan of them in a culinary sense. It’s only recently that I have become interested in mushrooms for their medicinal purposes. If you’ve read anything on the internet lately about stress or health you’ve probably heard of “adaptogens” – in herbal medicine this applies to a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress and normalise body functions (hence the “adaptogen” term.) There are many different adaptogens but the most well known is probably ginseng.



Medicinal mushrooms are considered to be adaptogens and each mushroom has a different function within the body. Brian and I both take a powdered fruiting body (made from the mushroom itself) mixture called Sacred 7 Organic Mushroom Extract Powder.
UPDATE: We now take a different powdered mushroom extract from Four Sigmatic:

This powder contains 10 medicinal mushrooms. This powder is dual extracted and more potent.

  • REISHI – Boosts the immune system
  • TURKEY TAIL – Boosts the immune system – thought to help combat cancers.
  • CORDYCEPS – Boosts the immune system. Increases energy.
  • CHAGA – known as the “king” of medicinal mushrooms. Helps to stimulate and regulate the immune system. Reduces inflammation.
  • LION’S MANE – Boosts memory and brain function. Supports the nervous system.
  • MAITAKE – Boosts immune system. Helps to manage chlosterol and blood sugar.
  • SHIITAKE – B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.

We also add Raw Organic Cacao Powder which has a very high level of antioxidants as well as being a good source of magnesium and iron. Cacao also contains a compound called phenylethylamine which is thought to boost mood and support energy – which is why eating chocolate can make you feel happy!

If you want to learn more about mushrooms in general I recommend checking out Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Academy which is a free video based course on all things mushroom!

(For the base liquid of this drink I use hot filtered water but have also used black tea and cold brew coffee. If you want a creamier version, replace the hot water with your favourite hot non-dairy beverage.)

INGREDIENTS

  1. Either add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth OR add to a mug and then froth together using a mini whisk like the aerolatte.



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