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!
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!