Tag Archives: Vegan

The Veils of Babel

Flowing shards of fake silk damask trapping insulating, alternating layers of ignorance and fear, enveloping the human world almost entirely. The Veils of Babel, as told of in The Book of Sand, a fluid, shape shifting book without end. A façade of prosperity and righteousness that can be lifted with only the most dedicated effort at intense thought and paradigm shifting (temporary, ever temporary) conclusions. Lush Cosmetics, the company I work for, has an admirable practice of financially supporting community groups and of sending us employees off on paid days…

Fried Zucchini Balls

The Athens Marathon is one of my favourite races ever and it’s coming up soon, early in November. I can’t get to it this year but in honour of it taking place I made these Kolokithokeftedes, or fried zucchini balls. Every time I would go into an Athenian taverna I would order these, and loved them. They weren’t vegan – they had eggs and cheese in them – and I was just starting out on my vegan journey at the time so should have passed them over really yet still…

Coconut Roti and Mango Salsa

The Sri Lankan Marathon is coming up next weekend and since it’s a race I’ve taken part in several times and have fond memories of I took to the kitchen to make a Sri Lankan style dish. I was actually asked to take part in this years’ race but the invitation email came through on the very morning I flew to Toronto so I had to turn it down; shame that as Sri Lanka really is a very special place but there’ll be other chances to return to that beautiful…

Fuul, and the Egyptian 100km

There’s a lot of fantastic races going on nowadays. Some of them are in places I know well and have fond memories of. So when I hear about these races I often get nostalgic, which leads me to think about food (because I love to eat, and thought’s of a country often conjours up remembered tastes and smells, and visa versa), and so I thought I’d celebrate whatever race that catches my eye by cooking a national dish from the country that the race is going on in. Two days…

Vegan Raw Chocolates

I made these vegan chocolates today, they’re lovely! A little soft, a little crunchy and very rich! INGREDIENTS 1 cup cacao butter (leave it in the sun to melt, or use an organic nut butter instead, which is already loose enough) Quarter cup coconut oil (once again, leave it in the sun to melt) Three quarter cup cacao powder Half cup maple syrup Dash of salt 2 tsp vanilla extract Quarter cup raisins or cranberries Quarter cup goji berry Quarter cup almonds, broken up Quarter cup cacao nibs Quarter cup…

A Day of Smoothies and a Tricky New Recipe

I got a basket-load of very cheap food at the supermarket a few days ago that was almost past it’s sell-by date and ever since I’ve been trying to create new recipes from it. I saw it as something of a challenge, as an opportunity to increase my cooking skills, and so far it’s worked out well. Today’s dinner was always going to be a challenge though due to it’s subtle-ness, and so it turned out to be. During the day I made a couple of smoothies. Before I went…

Athletes Pudding

I am so often an exceptionally lazy writer. I tell you, if you could see inside my head you’d find a million great things waiting to come out (ok, perhaps not a million, maybe 10, or 5, ish) but all too often I’m so busy actually doing stuff that there’s little time for writing. Isn’t that the case for so many of us though. But if there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get me tapping away on the keyboard it’s a bad article about travel, hiking, nutrition, food or sports, which…

Frary’s Restaurant and a Day Trip to Venice

Frary’s Restaurant was the highlight of our trip to Venice. That might seem a strange statement to make as this is Venice we’re talking about after all, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, but bear with me, I’ll explain. On the day of our visit, Venice hadn’t lived up to the hype. We’d had only 16 hours to spare in the city so we’d arranged to go out on a boat trip, recommended on Trip Advisor (Il Bragozzo Local Boats Tours) and built our day around the…

Urban Herbivore Restaurant (College Street Location) Toronto

Urban Herbivore have three Vegan food outlets in downtown Toronto. We’d been interested in paying them a visit for a while as we were really impressed by their straight talking website (“We do not use food factories or commercial bakeries to prepare our food. We honour a whole-food philosophy so that you receive a quality product without any preservatives, additives, or ingredients you can’t pronounce…”) and by their menu, so last week we paid a visit to the branch at 967 College Street. It’s a large place but you have to…

Dancing Shiva Superfoods Restaurant, Vienna

Dancing Shiva Superfoods was less than two minutes walk from our hotel, the Kugel, so when we heard it was supposed to be the best vegan restaurant in Vienna we thought we had to pay it a visit. We were so glad we did; it’s probably the best restaurant we visited in our entire nine month trip through Europe, North Africa and Asia. The main door was backed with heavy velvet drapes that kept the warmth and cosy atmosphere in. We were welcomed in by the scent of aromatic Indian spices, herbal incense and…