Since I moved back to Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪 from the autonomous basque region (🏴 no emoji/unicode flag, damnit!) in northern Spain 🇪🇸 I feel like my chances of finding new vegan options for cooking have increased 10-fold, if not more! 😍 The Basque and Spanish cuisine has a very healthy base, but the development from rural to industrial society took place much later there, and perhaps because of this, the percentage of vegetarians/vegans is lower. There are so many new vegan shops and restaurants in Sweden since I left, over three years ago!
I am finding them with the HappyCow app 🐮, and flagging the best as ‘want to go’ in Google Maps! I hope to tick them off very slowly.. I don’t want to stop cooking myself!
I mostly look for new exciting ingredients to incorporate in my cooking and diet (preferably organically grown as nearby as possible, and well adapted to the local climate)
Today, however, I used mostly imported goods. After biking over 50 km, I needed a large plate!
Let’s get on with the food!!!
First I added salad and veggies, made by my mother 🙏🙆🙌
- rucola, avocado and tomatoes (if I remember right)
- carrots and mushrooms (champignons) cooked in coconut cream.
I wanted more proteins after the long bike ride and opened a carton box of precooked beans. I expanded the salad with them along with walnuts and cashew nuts
Then I fried sliced natural tofu in coconut oil, adding a bit of liquid from the box of beans
There was a lot of sauce left in the pan, I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I sliced soft bread to suck it up with. On the bread put sliced cucumber.
I love making plates with starter, main course and dessert all in one. Grapes sliced in half as a circumference. Then, a sliced pear filled in the two places where the plate was still visible.
Mighty hungry, I still wanted to add more! I sliced half a banana 🍌 but didn’t know where to put it! 🙄 Now, since I had to stop and think for a bit. 🤔 What started as a ‘just throw that food on and let me gorge on it!’ changed direction towards culinary art work. Or face food. I don’t know, face it!
The banana became a mouth.. The mouth needed teeth, then nose, moustache, eyes, hair and freckles followed. Or.. I craved chocolate, crackers, kiwi 👹, and my mother suggested chia seeds for omega acids and I thought flaxseeds shouldn’t harm me either (100g has 18g proteins, 25% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B-6 and calcium. Plus, 98%! for magnesium and 31% for iron).
Here is the result
I know its far from a masterpiece, but the drink has a meditative air or flair.
Oh. The drink. I mixed almond milk and blueberry juice in a high glass!
The next post will be about sustainable transport and shopping for the future, thinking long-term, I will show you the outcome of my first long bike ride in years! Until then, feel free to comment and share this post with your friends! 🤗