Morrocan style quinoa soup

imageSometimes inspiration comes from the least expected places. I have been travelling a lot for work in the last couple of weeks, and I ended up in the departure area of same Heathrow terminal two days in a row. Just like many of us I expect, I am not a fan of aeroport or plane food. But this time I was quite surprised with my findings at EAT. They have a lot of nice fillings soups to chose from, and quite tasty I have to say.

One of them was the inspiration for this Moroccan style soup, that is filling enough to be your lunch or dinner!

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Mushroom, courgette, spinach and tarragon vegan lasagna

vegan lasagna

We have now reached the end of our 1 month back-to-school vegan challenge and I have to say it was a great experience. First of all it was not nearly as difficult as I expected it to be. I actually really enjoyed the challenge of cooking vegan every day, and as long as you have the right things in your pantry, it’s all fine.

The one thing that I found a bit difficult was when eating out – and I live in London so it is pretty easy to find a vegan option in most restaurants. But I don;t want to force my friends to go to a vegan restaurant, and in the other ones there is only one vegan option. So you end up paying to eat what you can, rather than what you want. Not fun.

Another thing is that I ended up cooking a lot of stews of all sorts : curries, chilies, lentil soups etc.. It was all very nice, and absolutely not a bland and boring diet, but as we are usually eating mostly French and Italian inspired dishes, I was missing other “formats” of food. Until I tried putting together this super quick and simple vegan lasagna which can be easily adapted with all sorts of veggies. What I liked best about this one is how the nutritional yeast really makes a good job at replacing the cheese crust on the top. Yum!

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Blackbean pumpkin chilli (vegan, GF)

Vegan chili FINAL

We are well into October and autumn now, which means colder days and darker evenings. I don;t know about you but I always dread the arrival of Winter. I love the festive season of course, but I have a hard time keeping up my energy when I seem to never see the sun due to the shorter days. But my yoga teacher convinced me to embrace the colder season this time, with everything it has to offer, rather than go against the flow. Basically the meditation of the day was all about how we should follow the rhythm of seasons and slow down when autumn comes rather than trying to keep going doing as many things as in spring and summer. It will be all about cosying up from now on until April ! I am officially entering my hibernation period. Let’s start with this warming pumpkin and bean stew!

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Vegan GF oatmeal banana pancakes

Night out in Brixton and Clapham with the girls yesterday … Good times!! But of course the morning after always hurts, and – I was told – more and more so as you get to the dreaded 30’s! One more year to go for me so I better up my game for my last year of “light” hangovers.

Nothing better than a big stack of pancakes to recover though! And this version is vegan and GF too … though you would never guess!

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