Posted by Vegan Be Happy on 26/02/2011
The other day, I had to celebrate some good news with people, I found some explanation for my work and as I was so excited that we went for dinner to De wankele tafel (in English: the wobbly table). This place is small, cozy and humidly warm. They have around eight tables, a counter and a small kitchen. In my view, the place is run by a Dutch couple, but I am not sure about this fact. He was cooking amazing dishes in the kitchen and she was serving them with sympathy and delicacy. The menu is simple but rich. I ordered the soup of the day which consisted of parsnip with a touch of mustard, great combination of flavours. As main dish I ordered the plate with sate temphe, curried lentils with rice and a baked banana. The portion is was big so if you are not so hungry, it can perfectly be shared by two. And later, I ordered a haverklap (the name is derived from the Dutch expression: om de haverklap) which is a slice of oat cake as dessert. Ouhh that was really good, it had a crunchy crust, nice applesauce taste and a big hint of cinnamon.
Posted by Vegan Be Happy on 08/12/2010
Orange & carrot soup:
- 400g carrots
- 1 onion
- juice from 1 orange
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Start by frying the onion in a low fire until it caramelizes. Add water to a boiling pan and add the carrot grated previously and the onion. Leave it boiling for 15min and then add the orange juice with the salt and nutmeg (as you like) and leave it boiling 5min more. Blend it until you get a nice cream/soup, if you like the pieces of carrot blend it less. Add a bit of vegan-cream and some coriander as the soup is presented in the above photo.
With the soup it is always yummy to eat a nice bread to dip into it. A good idea is to bake a nice carrot scones (salty) to end the day full of vitamin A.
- 1 cup of flour
- 3 grated carrots
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 3/4 cup of water
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl including the carrot and mix it well. Then add the water and until a nice dough comes out, perhaps you have to add more water. Then leave it for 30min in big piece. Later, mash the dough in a shit shape and with a glass make the little balls. Leave them rest for 25min. Then bake them for 20min at 180ºC.
Posted by Vegan Be Happy on 26/07/2010
Here goes Pia’s soup. It is one of the most common soups in P&P house and I tried several times in there. So always I have been curious to see whether I could do it as she does. I had the opinion of Matthijs and seeing that he got more soup several times, I believe that the soup was good.
(In the serving suggestion, there are crumb breads and some leaves of basil)
- 3 potatoes (not really big)
- 1 onion
- 2 courgettes
- 1 cucumber
- oil, salt, pepper, oregano and dill
This is an easy soup to make. Place water in a large boiling pan and cover it until boils. Later add all the vegetables cut in small pieces and cook them for 20-25 min or until the potatoes are done. Now, use a blender or a food mill (this is the traditional way and as P&P did most of the times) and mash all vegetables. Let it cook a bit more and add the oil, salt, pepper, oregano and dill to taste. (Adding dill is my own innovation since Matthijs even did not know about the spice).
I like the cucumber in the soup, it gives a fresh raw taste.
Posted by Vegan Be Happy on 17/07/2010
I will spend my summer in a lovely city: Lisbon. As most of you know already, Portugal is known as the soup country for their hundreds and hundreds of different soup recipes. Caldo verde is one of them and actually really simple and tasty. One of the key ingredients is collard, if it is hard to find in your grocery store I am sure that with kale (nl: boerenkool) it also tastes fine.
- 6 potatoes
- 3 onions
- 4 cloves of garlic
- collard leaves thinly chopped
- olive oil and salt to taste
First bring water to boil and add the onion and potatoes without any salt or oil (I read some recipes and that is how the grandma in Portugal does it). When that is done, sprinkle salt, oil and add the cloves of garlic and blend it until it is smooth. Later, add the collard and boil it with the mix for around 6-8 min. And your soup is ready to eat!
It is really simple soup but believe me, the raw garlic with the potatoes and the collard is an amazing combination.