homebrew

just made my first very own cup of turkish coffee. i’m over the moon with the result, really chuffed. now for those of you that can’t exactly understand why someone would be “over the moon” just over a cup of coffee, well it’s because making turkish coffee is considered an “art”. honestly my coffee wasn’t as delicious as the coffee’s i had in turkey, but for a first time attempt, i’ll take it.

using the tips i picked up in turkey and following the advice from “The Complete Book Of Turkish Cooking” by Ghillie Basan i’d say i’m about 70% of the way there. once i fully master the “art” of turkish coffee i will then learn how to read peoples fortunes….ok, maybe that’s a bit too ambitious.

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lunchtime delight

ever tried a soy burger?

i’ve always been a burger lover, i mean i even used to work in a burger restaurant so when i gave up meat i knew not having my burger intake  was going to be one of my biggest challenges yet. however i now no longer need to stress because i found a perfect substitue…let me introduce you to the soy burgers from earth products – simply delishes and so easy to prepare.

ingredients

1 x soy burger pattie from earth products (www.earthproducts.co.za)
rye bread
lettuce
tomatoes
red onion
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things are heating up

recently purchased possibly the best cooking book i have ever had the joy of “reading” . almost every dish gets my taste buds tingling. not only does the book cater for my new found eating habit of being vegan – substituting all recipes that call for milk with soy milk or rice milk but its also so easy to follow and each recipe i’ve tried has turned out fabulously. great success. i can say is thank you mellissa bushby you have certainly inspired me to get cooking in the kitchen.

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dear dairy…

if someone had told me 3 years ago that i would work on a dairy farm milking cows in israel for 6 months i would of laughed literally in their faces, but it happened. working on a kibbutz in israel was a really great and interesting experience. i met amazing people and saw amazing things the only downside to this venture is it turned me totally off dairy. now for someone like me who LOVES food, i’ll basically eat anything thats put in front of me. being turned off dairy has thrown a massive spanner in the works – what do i eat now? all the good dishes have dairy in them, i.e. mac and cheese, most cakes, toasted cheese sandwiches, smoothies, cereal, the list goes on.

if im going to label myself, i’m basically vegan who still enjoys fish, so 90% vegan. never in my wildest dreams did i think i would be able to never eat dairy and meat again, i loved cheese too much but the desire for meat, cheese basically anything good has simple disappeared. (it’s a sad story)

what i am enjoying about this whole new vegan venture is the fact that i get to try and experiement different types of weird and wonderful cooking styles. i feel like i’m constantly experimenting and it certainly has made cooking more interesting because i actually have to think about what to cook, or bake…yes, you can actually bake without eggs & dairy and surprisingly i’ve been quite impressed with the treats i conjured up onto a plate.

side note; watch this space for some delicious (non expertise) recipes and tips on vegan cooking and baking.