Fruitarian Faves! [Vegan MoFo #4]

Hello, my little chickpeas!

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About 5 years ago, I remember hearing about the raw food movement via vague whispers about Jason Mraz’s diet (remember that absolutely banger, ‘I’m Yours’?!). Since then, I’ve discovered the absolute wonders of raw vegan pair of Freelee and Duriarider on YouTube – watching their videos with a mixture of awe and bemusement. I couldn’t believe the amount of fruit that they used to ‘smash in’, as they so perfectly put it. There’s absolutely no way I saw myself partaking in any of their glorious madness. Besides, I was suitably nestled underneath my blanket of haloumi & hiding behind the gauze of comfortable vegetarianism. Since then, I believe I’ve become a little more enlightened (if I do say so myself..) after reading ‘The China Study’, generally educating myself & meeting a fabulous real life raw vegan (check out her blog – it’s delish!).With all these influences, I was gradually steered towards a more plant-based orientated diet myself . Now, before y’all put me on some kind of pedestal (I joke!), let me get one thing straight – I’m by no means fully raw. However, since going vegan 3 months ago, I’ve been trying to eat as much raw fruit as possible & I’ve been absolutely loving it. After all, isn’t trying something yourself the best way of casting judgement over it? These are just some of my fruity faves!

Homemade watermelon juice (ft. recycling!) / ‘Gateorade’ date & banana smoothie / Mango & OJ / Superfood snacks / Innocent goodness ❤

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RAW!

RAW!

RAW!

RAW!

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Spicy Aubergine Fries!

Hello you delightful things.

AUBERGIENE

After enticing y’all with my Tian Provençal last week, I’m back again with another glorious Rachel Khoo recipe, from her book, ‘My Little French Kitchen’. For this charming dish, you will need some gorgeous aubergines (obvo), garlic, tomato paste/purée, oodles of olive oil, pepper & salt. I also prepared a complimentary cous-cous dish, but that’s so easy peasy that you’ll only need some a spritz of lemon & oil – when you’re done doing your thang.

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Take your juicy eggplants and slice into 2cm slices (see below). Rachel Khoo recommends using 2 aubergines for this dish, but that’s absolutely nuttin (I’m convinced that her dinner guests are mice). I used 3 but could have quite easily used 4 or 5. You’ll want to leave most of the spongey core, but fear not, I’ve saved dem bits for yet another round of ratatouille from my kitchen. (YES, I do like a good ratatouille).

AUBERGIENE

After this, you’ll want to prepare your marinade. This is the part where the y’all get an excuse to dig out your pestle & mortar. Pound two cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt into a paste, and then add 2 tbsps of tomato purée with a lil’ pepper and 2 tbsps of oil. I also added a dash of tabasco sauce to my marinade for that extra kick. You’ll want to layer a couple of baking trays with baking parchment or greaseproof paper & lightly brush your eggplant fries with the freshly made marinade. It’s as easy as that!

AUBERGIENE

Bake in the oven @ 180 degrees for 30 minutes and you’re done. In the penultimate 5 minutes of baking, I also made a very sneaky cous-cous dish. Simply pour your cous-cous into a bowl with boiling water, leave for 5 minutes & lightly fluff with a fork and a little oil once all the water has absorbed. I also added some gorgeous sweet peppers to my mix. Et voilà!

AUBERGIENE

AUBERGIENE

How do you like them aubergines?!

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TIAN PROVENÇAL

Salut! I made a tian!

TIAN

After making my Moroccan Ratatouille (funnily, exactly one month ago today), I was desperate to give the ‘traditional ratatouille’ dish another go. This time, I fancied attempting a glorious tian, which is essentially the same as ratatouille (courgettes, aubergine, tomato), except far more sassy in appearance &  baked like a gratin. For this dish you will need: tomatoes, courgette (zucchini), aubergine (eggplant), onions (preferably red), garlic, thyme, olive oil, a working oven (of your choice) & a little bit of patience. Scroll down for the exact recipe!

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Begin by frying your finely chopped onions & crushed garlic in a little oil. Sprinkle with thyme and simmer for about 10 minutes until the onions begin to soften. These will form the base for your dish (as y’all can see). Whilst those are simmering away, begin the gargantuan (it’s not that bad) task of chopping your beautiful veggies. You’ll want to finely slice the courgettes and aubergines to about 2mm thick, and the tomatoes a little thicker to about 3mm. Once these are all prepped and ready to go, use a handful of the courgettes to create a thin layer over your onions. Now you’re ready to begin the arranging!

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I’ll admit, the artistic layering of veggies did take quite a while, but just LOOK at the finished article. It’s definitely worth persevering. I also made some absolutely divine sweet potato fries, although this would also go perfectly with a good old fashioned baked potato. This dish took 40 mins in the oven & don’t forget to drizzle in a little oil before cooking.

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I got the recipe from Rachel Khoo’s ‘My Little French Kitchen’. Have any of yous got this? It’s a glorious read, with quite a few vegetarian and vegan recipe options. Lemme know if you approve!

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Recipe:

(serves 4-6 apparently, but I found this was more realistic between 3 or 4 people. Unless your dinner guests are mice, in which case it might just stretch to 6 portions)

4 red onions [I used 3 onions & only one of them was red #rebel] / 4 cloves of garlic / thyme / 1 aubergine (I used 1.5) / 1 courgette (I used 2) / 5/6 firm plum tomatoes (the firmer the better, especially for fiddly slices!) / a pinch of salt & a good drizzle of oil

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(40) days of summer

Goodness gracious me.

FLOWERS

It’s been exactly two weeks since I last blogged, which is very, very rude of me. Please accept my sincerest apologies. You have my full permission to sit me firmly on the naughty step & send me to bed without supper. Well, maybe a little something, like falafel or vegan sushi or jelly tots…

I promise there’s a viable excuse to this practical abandonment. I’ve been whizzing all over England; eating yasai katsu curries in one city, before jetting off to the next to eat the most scrumptious vegan delights in Hyde Park (blog post to follow soon mateys). It’s all been rather glorious and lovely and unashamedly decadent.

But all that excitement and joy got me thinking about what I’ve already blissfully experienced, and more importantly, what I want to have achieved, claimed and fought for, as this summer comes to a close. Thus [I feel like a demigod when I use thus, so plz excuse it for now], I’ve set myself the deadline of the autumnal equinox (September 23rd 2014) to scrape together the last remnants of my motivation and ambition. The autumnal equinox is oh so conveniently a mere 40 days away – a number of ubiquitous biblical proportions.

~ Summer goals ~

RUNNING :- I’d love to emerge 20km (aka a half marathon) better off at the end of this summer. Not only achieving a summer goal, but also completing a gargantuan New Year’s Resolution.

READING :- The Dubliners by James Joyce (I live in Dublin, so it’d be rude not to) // The Diary of Anne Frank // How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran // 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang.

ROAMING :- LONDON <3. London used to be a regular jaunt for me, but since moving to Ireland, trips to that utterly wonderful city have become an opulent treat. I need at least one more day there this summer. I’m thinking Portobello market, vegan delights in Notting Hill, and basking in Russell Square gardens before a trip to the British Museum. Who’s with me?

THEATRE :- The National Theatre are putting on Euripides’ Medea and I WILL SEE IT, I WILL, I MUST.

FOODIE BITS N BOBS :- I want to blog here at least twice a week, with posts including… making my own bread! // making my own ketchup+jam // another attempt at Ratatouille // a ‘RawTil4’ weekend // a pretty photo haul from my summer adventures for y’all to look at.

MISCELLANEOUS CLICHÉD NONSENSE :- Last but not least, I want to see the sun rise at some point this summer. Whether that be with a corona in hand at the end of a night, or on an excruciatingly early morning jog. IMMA DO IT. Oh. And I’d like to be able to play Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ on piano. Who knows, if I get there, maybe I’ll upload a lil clip of me playin’ it on my instagram.

SYLVIA

If Moses can wander for 40 days in the desert, I’m sure I can manage a wee 40 days from the comfort of my nest. Who’s in the mood for joining me?

As Sylvia Plath said, “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”

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