Sep 13, 2016

Product review: Veggie-Shop24 vegan products

I know, this photo may seem creepy for some of you, but I promise I haven't gone into the dark side. This bacon is 100% vegan. I do product reviews very rarely, but when Veggie-Shop24 offered me to try a wide variety of their products, I couldn't say no. 

They are an European online shop offering only vegan products and shipping all over Europe. In addition to food, they also have vegan cosmetics, pet food and household items. It was so much fun to pick out my products and experiment with them. The results are here.

Sep 7, 2016

Breaded and marinated seitan (an old-school party dish)

Lately I've been creating Mediterranean inspired dishes like this homemade pasta and "Four seasons" pizza. But somehow I started craving old retro classics. Maybe our family favorite potato salad started this? In Estonia, breaded and marinated fish and meat are old and loved classics at the parties. When I was a meat eater, I never really liked these dishes. They were OK, but for me, they seemed like this food that only grown-ups can appreciate. I was more interested in boiled potatoes and gravy. I really don't know when the idea struck me to veganize this recipe. Maybe when I received a new batch of gluten flour? Or am I really grown up? Please, no! I hope I can blame my weird cravings on the colder weather instead.

Sep 3, 2016

Our family favorite potato salad (vegan)

Since I live in Estonia, I've eaten so many different potato salads in my life. The good ones, the bad ones and the interesting ones. With mayo or without (German-style). Over the years, I've discovered that I still like our family's version the best. Maybe it's because I've grew up with it. It's pretty usual that in Estonia, the salad contains sausage. But even when I was a meat eater, I don't remember our version having sausage in it. Thanks to our potato salad standard, I'm pretty finicky about other versions.

Aug 23, 2016

Rustic homemade fresh vegan pasta (without the pasta machine)

We are huge pasta fans and I've been using this recipe for many years now. It all happened one day when my boyfriend proposed to make our very own pasta from scratch. I loved the idea and we gave it a try. It turned out amazing! We didn't have a pasta machine, so a good old rolling pin had to do. You just have to roll it good, so the dough will be thin like a thicker paper. But if you have a pasta machine at home, then why not to put it into a good use.

Aug 20, 2016

Vegan four seasons pizza a.k.a Quattro stagioni (yeast free)

When I was a little kid, my family used to buy this pizza from time to time. It was frozen and it had a fancy name - "Four seasons". The pizza had four sections and each section had its own topping. They all represented different seasons. I remember that our pizza had mushrooms, ham and broccoli. I can't remember the last section. Maybe it was tuna? But even then, I was a huge fan of broccoli. It was my most favorite part of the thing. All the pizzas usually had ham, sausage or minced meat on them, so I just loved the idea that a pizza can be topped with juicy green broccoli.

For some reason, this pizza came to my mind again. And I am thankful for that! The memory inspired me so much, that I created my very own version of this old favorite. The outcome was really special and unbelievably tasty. And you wouldn't believe how FUN it was to decorate it and bake it. And even more fun to pick my favorite slices and eat them. So if you want to uplift your mood and get your belly full and happy in the process, this is the recipe for you.

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