11 August 2018

Best Ever Hummus


Having been vegan for 4 years now and veggie for 8 before that, I'm no stranger to hummus, I've eaten a lot of hummus over the years and that's why I don't use the term best ever hummus lightly. This hummus is smooth as can be, flavourful, topped with smoky paprika and pine nuts and the perfect medium for whatever you want to serve it up with...pita bread, pita chips, falafel, olives, grilled veg or even some veggie sticks. You only need a handful of ingredients for this recipe and the end result is incredible!


There are a few store-bought premium brands of hummus that I love, but they also come with a premium price, this recipe is so much cheaper, even more delicious and produces 4-5x as much hummus. It's great for a party or BBQ, I made some recently and it got eaten up so quickly, by vegans and non-vegans alike, with so many comments about how delicious and smooth it was, so grab that blender or food processor and get going - every vegan needs a staple hummus recipe! 

22 July 2018

Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, Peperoncino e Noci


Spaghetti Aglio, Olio, Peperoncino e Noci - Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, chili and walnuts. This was my favourite meal in Italy, eaten on the island of Capri on my birthday a few weeks back. It's almost like garlic bread in pasta form, with mild hits of chili flakes and black pepper, perfectly al dente spaghetti and added texture from the walnut nibs. 


Before I visited Italy this time around I thought I didn't like spaghetti...I love pappardelle, linguini, fusilli and just about every other pasta, yet I never enjoyed spaghetti quite as much. Every pasta shape suits a different sauce perfectly and it turns out that spaghetti is the perfect vehicle for this glorious garlic and olive oil based sauce...the mellow, almost buttery garlic flavours coating each strand evenly, so each bite is just as garlicky and delicious as the last.

8 July 2018

Vegan in Amalfi, Pompeii and Naples


Being vegan in Amalfi, Pompeii and Naples, is very similar to Sorrento and Capri - covered in my last post, the options are pretty similar and the food is delicious. Have a read of what we did, what we ate and my top tips for picking the best restaurants whilst travelling.

Amalfi

You can get to Amalfi from Sorrento via ferry or via coach, the ferry is quicker and probably the most pleasant way to get there, but the last one back is around 4/5pm, so isn't ideal if you'd like to spend a bit more time exploring Amalfi. The ferry also stops at Positano on the way and runs twice a day from Sorrento, we also saw some other boats, which give you two hours in Positano before taking you to Amalfi. The town is just a few minutes from the port and beyond this is thousands of lemon trees, then 3KM uphill from the town is a lovely walk through the woods, via some ruins to a waterfall, with many little waterfalls along the way.


Head straight up through the main square and up the streets and follow the steps up to Valle delle Ferriere, at the top there's a little organic cafe/farm shop with lemonade slush (made with their own lemons), fresh fruit and veg and only biodegradable cups. Another 45 minutes or so uphill from here you'll reach the top of the waterfall - or as far as you can go; you'll see a gated off area with some steps across the waterfall and further up, but as this is part of the national park, it's closed for nature preservation. Our favourite site was about 20 minutes from the top, there was a little building in ruins, which we went into and under a little archway to reveal a stunning waterfall from a little viewpoint. 



30 June 2018

Vegan in Sorrento & Capri


Since I first visited over 10 years ago, I've always loved Italy, the scenery, the culture, the food and something I most recently learned to appreciate...the red wine (and limoncello!). There's just something about Italy and that's why I wanted to see more of it, having previously visited the main cities and lakes, mostly in the north.


This time around we visited Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, with a brief half-day stop in Naples before our flight and it was the best birthday present I could ask for, so thank you to my parents who I had the best week away with! This being my first trip to Italy since going vegan, I'd almost anticipated to eat a marinara pizza for every meal, which, when you're going to the place that pizza was invented and the specialty is a cheese-less one, you can't really complain, but I was pleasantly surprised with the accidentally vegan choices there were! Keep reading for a list of accidentally vegan menu options in Sorrento! 

Sorrento

We had 5 full days in Italy, we were based in Sorrento and took trips to Capri, Amalfi, Pompeii and finished our holiday in Naples. The whole week was filled with plenty of walking, some incredible food, sunshine and a healthy amount of red wine and limoncello, all in the presence of great company. Cheers to that!


10 June 2018

Harissa Mushroom Bowl & Turmeric Aioli


I've been checking out a lot of the vegan food scene in London since I moved here just over 4 months ago and I'm sure I'm not even 2% of the way through trying all the incredible vegan options London has to offer. One place I've eaten at a couple of times is Ethos, a pay-by-weight veggie buffet with tons of vegan options from salads & curries to BBQ seitan ribs and the most delicious garlic and lemon turmeric aioli.


Feeling inspired by the spread at Ethos, I made these harissa mushroom veggie bowls, with a herby quinoa base, topped with my version of the garlic turmeric aioli. These bowls serve 4 as a main meal, but are also perfect as a side for a BBQ, the vibrant veggies - with a bit of a spicy kick, rich glazed mushrooms and vibrant, sunny aioli just scream summer.