Monthly Archives: January 2012

Iron Chef Challenge for January – Krentenbollen

Recently we found a sort of similar challenge to Vegan Mofo that took place some months ago. This time we are talking about Iron Chef Challenge for January and it consists of each month a different ingredient with which you have to cook a creative dish. This can also be fun and less stressful and intense than the Vegan Mofo.
The ingredient this month is:

SQUASH!

Living in The Netherlands, I always wanted to eat krentenbollen but the ones that you can find in stores are made with animal products. They are a tradition here, most of the times people buy them in bakeries or in a supermarket. Usually, Dutch people eat them as a snack at work, when you go for a hike and you want to have something full of energy to keep on walkin, on trips… I have seen them as well with a slice of cheese in the middle but some Dutch would find that weird since it is a sweet bread.

 

Ingredients:

- 150g squash puree

- 300g wholegrain flour

- 150g raisins

- 1/4 cup oil

- 1/4 cup plant-based milk

- 2 tsp cinnamon

- 5g salt

- 6g dried yeast

Procedure:

Mix all the ingredients together without the salt and raisins. Let it puff up for about an hour and later add the salt and raisins. If you are a patient person, let it sit for a while more. Otherwise you are ready to do the balls. It might be a bit sticky, what I did was to have my hands oily so the dough would not stick. Place them in a no-stick tray and bake for about 20-30min. The time depends on how big the balls are, the bigger the longer will take. As a final step, you mix some sugar with a bit of oil and water and with a brush or with your hands spread the liquid on top of the balls. This last step will give a great top coating.

Usually krentenbollen or raisin buns are known as white on the inside. Since we used wholegrain flour our balls are on the darker side, but still delicious and full of goodness from the whole grain.

Have a nice start of the week to all of you. We will start our Monday with great Krentenbollen and pumpkin jam (leftovers from the squash puree with some sugar and ginger).

 

 

:: Happy new year ::

Happy new year to all of you… and all our best wishes for the coming year. This year for us is going to be full of changes and hopefully good ones.

A resolution for the year: we hope that our lovely new-arrived cat LUA (Moon in Portuguese language) will feel completely integrated and be happy with us. It is improving little by little, recently she started to say meow… lovely! However we can still feel that the shelter period.

 

A resolution for this blog: we expect to post more and more about delicious food and this time around the world, well part of it. In a near future, we are travelling to the US, Scotland, Germany, Italy, … and hopefully more and more, so keep tuned and you will hear of lovely stories about eating vegan in our trips. A heads-up: most probably we will be able to attend the “NYC Vegetarian Food Festival”, did anyone of you go the last year? and if you are planing to go, … what I should not miss?

 

 

Something that we never mentioned here and simply appeared in our blog is a blog roll named “Viet Nam Trip“. This is a small collection of photos related to food that we collected in our month trip to Viet Nam. It was a great trip and not that difficult to be vegan. There is a large Buddhist influence and that was something to thank for. Every full and new moon, many Buddhist Vietnamese would eat vegan food. On those days, Quán Chay (vegetarian/vegan) restaurants were completely packed making it harder for us to find a place to eat. Actually, the restaurants themselves were much easier to find, due to the congregation of motorbikes parked outside! The whole family was there, from grand mum or dad until a baby, all of them eating Quán Chay.

Below you can see a sketch of our trip and a small selection of the food we ate.

To sum up: An amazing trip full of colors, adventures and nice people.