Vegan Mayhem in Mexico City [Day #1]

“Yes, I like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain,

I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne”

MEXICO DAY ONE

Alright, alright, you caught me out. I am very much into health food and I bloody hate getting caught in the rain. Lemme just say that if my barnet gets even a little damp, y’all are going to need an industrial quantity of frizzease to tame it back to some picture of normality. ¿So, what the cussing ‘ell am I doing quoting Jimmy Buffett on New Years Eve? Well, amigo$, I’m only in bleedin’ Mexico. I’ll be staying in the utterly glorious Coyoacan for the next 11 days, and I thought y’all might want to come along with me. Das right, I’m here to guide you through the festive sounds, decadent sights, opulent feasts, and the uncompromising energy of a city I’ve already fallen a little bit in love with.

Día uno was definitely one to set a precedent for the rest of dis fabulous vacation. After a 4am wake up call, I was treated to 10 hours on a flight with next to nothing that was vegan, which is so not fetch. And before y’all get on my case, I’m British, so I can sure as hell make that happen. Aside from the lack of airborne carbs, the flight was pretty good, except for the bit where I started to watch ‘The Fault in our Stars’ and had to turn it off before the gally next to me asked to change seats, due to the sobbing mess that I turned into. There may have been a few tears, but as the prophet Tracy Breaker famously said, it was more likely to be hay fever. JUST SAYIN’. Fortunately, after surviving on crisps and an obscene amount of black coffee, Atlanta airport was absolute delight in terms of their eateries. I grabbed a glorious vegetarian wrap which was chock full of fresh leaves, and a three bean salad which just about revived me. After ogling at all the vegetarian food, I made it to my gate with 3 minutes to spare and boarded my flight to Mexico City! This one is an even funnier story. They didn’t even have a vegetarian option, though a concerned air hostess pitifully handed me industrial quantities of pretzels and black coffee. Thank you, air hostess, for my inventive supper.

Coyoacan is an absolute dream. It is the most beautiful place. During my first few minutes in the town, I wandered into a fabulous canteen (which had been there since the 1930s!) full of food stalls and bustling punters, all eager for something suitably scrumptious. Now first things first, y’all should know that before I arrived I knew two phrases in Spanish; ‘my name is…’ and ‘where are the toilets’, so hopefully that should give you some context to my adventures. I wandered over to a stall teaming with fresh fruit, said ‘melon’ in some half-arsed Spanish accent and hoped for the best. Goodness GRACIOUS it was divine. This was my elixir of life as I wandered the wonderful streets of the borough, marvelling at the street food & basking in the sunlight. Since then, I’ve tried tamale (bae), raw chocolate water at an artisan coffee house, Mexican sushi, and vegan molletes. My hotel even got soya milk in especially, these Mexicans are just the bae-est of the baes. I can’t wait to see in the New Year in such a glorious place. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

MEXICO DAY ONE

MEXICO DAY ONE

MEXICO DAY ONEMEXICO DAY ONE

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‘Tis the season to be squashy!

Okay, dad jokes aside, I’ve got a serious thang for butternut squash at the moment. And my addiction is here to stay.

SQUASH SEASON!

‘Twas the Monday before Christmas, and GoodFoodMarsh was searching her cupboards high and low for something appropriately decadent (you know how it is) & entirely glorious to whip up in two shakes of a lamb’s tale. Or..er, two shakes of a quinoa’s tutu? Well, y’all know what I mean. I managed to find one utterly sublime butternut squash (literally the size of a bottle of prosecco, can I get an AMEN?!), some green beans just about in date (livin’ life pon de edge), a handful of glorious plum tomatoes that were getting very lonely at the back of my fridge, and a life-saving sack of sweet, sweet potatoes. #myfavouritefallvegetable

And thus, a feast was born. Before I knew it, the butternut squash was roasting away (before it met its fate in the soup), as were the sweet potato wedges, and the beans were steamin’ up on point. Everything was just about coming together. It was like that scene in Disney’s Snow White where she’s making da pie, and all the woodland creatures are helping her execute the most exquisite feast. Just like dat, but with less institutionalised racism and a slightly more accessible standards of beauty. I mean for starters, my waist isn’t the size of a chickpea, sorry not sorry. The rumours are true, I’m just another vegan killjoy here to ruin your day – and your childhood. But alas, with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, a dash of soy sauce, and a liberal dusting of my favourite kosher salt, the supper was complete. A Christmas hotchpotch of sorts, but a banquet nonetheless. [Recipe below].

SQUASH SEASON!

SQUASH SEASON!

Butternut Squash soup recipe [serves 5]:

– 2/3 butternut squash (mine was giant as y’all can see, but you will need more if they’re babie$)

– cayenne pepper/soy sauce (gr8 addition)/kosher salt for seasoning

– 1/2 tin of coconut milk

– 1 vegetable stock cube with about 300ml of water to thin the soup

– roughly 300ml of unsweetened almond milk (depending on how you like the consistency of the soup)

– handful of shallots or onions of your choice

– one clove of garlic

Directions:

– Drizzle your sliced squash in oil on a baking tray + add a lil’ salt an pepper before putting in the oven for about 40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius

– Meanwhile, fry some shallots or onions in a pan until they begin to sweat & continue frying on a low heat until soft. Crush one clove of garlic and add to the mix.

– Once your squash is lovely and soft, scoop out the insides and mash into a pulp with the onions and begin to add coconut milk. Add almond milk + vegetable sock until mixture forms into a soup-like consistency. I also blend mine with one of those fantastic whizzing contraptions.

– Season to your taste. I’m notorious for adding cayenne pepper, though little by little! And lots of soy sauce to balance out the sweetness of the squash! And a sprinkling of kosher salt & black peppercorns at the end.

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Butternut Squash Masala & Kale Chips!

BUTTERNUT KALE

Why hello, you decadent creatures. I’m back with an absolute banger of a post with my utterly glorious butternut squash masala and sa$$y soy-infused kale chips. For this fabulous supper treat, I was fortunate enough to be blessed with some outrageously organic kale from an allotment in Cork & one very battered butternut squash from a market stall in Dublin. For this dish you will also need chickpeas, spinach, onions, garlic, chopped or tinned tomatoes, and aubergine (aka eggplant). For da kale marinade and masala sauce, y’all will need some cayenne pepper, paprika, soy sauce, rapeseed oil, Himalayan rock salt, mixed peppercorns & sunflower seeds.

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

For the Kale Chips:

Break off yo’ kale pieces from the stems and place on a baking tray. For the marinade, I prepared a soy-infused rapeseed oil mix, whilst going to town on some wonderful sunflower seeds in my decadent pestle & mortar. Lovingly spread your mixture over the kale and give it a good shuffle around, before adding a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for 10ish minutes at around 200 degrees until your chips are fantastically crispy.

For the Butternut Squash Masala:

Roast your glorious squash in the oven for about half an hour until it becomes unashamedly soft, and slice into pieces for l8r. Meanwhile, gently fry one red onion (other onionz are available, y’all) until soft, throw in some garlic & chickpeas, before covering in chopped tomatoes and adding some fresh baby spinach. Season to your taste – I love throwing in lots of cayenne pepper, paprika and the odd pinch of turmeric. Serve up your dish of sa$$ and enjoy!

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

BUTTERNUT KALE

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p.s. Special thanks to Penny for her glorious kale & marvellous outlook on all things raw. What a splendid treat.

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Vegan Adventures: The Happy Pear!

Hello, you glorious bunch.

THE HAPPY PEAR

I had the absolute delight of escaping the hustle & bustle of Dublin city centre for the delightful idyll of Greystones, County Wicklow. For those of you planning a visit to the Emerald Isle in the near future, you simply cannot miss a trip to this wonderful coastal pocket. And, more importantly, y’all absolutely have to visit The (utterly glorious) Happy Pear. This charmingly named establishment features scrumptious market and entirely wholesome & outrageously delicious kitchen. Self described as a ‘natural food market with soul’, The Happy Pear is one of those gems that you comes across once in a blue moon* (*other clichés are available). Although I only intended to pause at The Happy Pear for a cheeky coffee, I ended up basking in the magnificent sunlight for several hours, with one too many trips to that illustrious kitchen of theirs. Foodies of the World, take this as your warning – it starts with an innocent almond-milk latte and then, before you know it, you’ve relocated to Greystones to feed your Happy Pear addiction.

A rather decadent almond milk latte ft. soup & a mountain of chickpeas!
A rather decadent almond milk latte ft. soup & a mountain of chickpeas!

First things first (I’m the realest), I must have looked like the Cheshire cat upon noticing that their café featured not one, but FOUR different types of non-dairy milk alternatives. How jammy is that? I was utterly thrilled at the thought of my morning coffee getting friendly with some sassy almond milk. I also enjoyed a raw walnut bar, but I’m afraid I’d wolfed it down before I could take a snap. You’ll just have to visit for yo’self to see, or rather sample, what I’m talkin’ bout. After catching a glimpse of their salad counter, I just had to indulge – and my plate was the small option! I think measly portions might just be blacklisted at The Happy Pear.

THE HAPPY PEAR

Salad HEAVEN pt. II
Salad HEAVEN

Since The Happy Pear is also a fabulous natural food market, I obviously had to have a little explore. Their fresh produce gleamed in the sun outside, whilst their market inside featured fresh juices, organic veggies, homemade vegan pesto, just about every seed you could ever need & much, much more. I came home with a selection of goodies,  the highlight of which were some fantastic Irish grapes, which had all but one (lucky me!) sold out!

Fanciest tomatoes in all of Wicklow!
Fanciest tomatoes in all of Wicklow!
SO many fresh goodies!
SO many fresh goodies!
Glorious grapes galore!
Glorious grapes galore!
My fabulous goodies
My fabulous goodies

And as if that wasn’t enough for y’all, The Happy Pear also features a rather sassy system of providing fantastic Wicklow mountain water for it’s customers. In addition to this, I was also warmed by their policy of ‘suspended coffees’ – of which there was a grand total of 39 on offer. Suspended coffees are an anonymous act of charity, stemming from an Italian tradition of buying a pending coffee for whomever may need one. All in all, The Happy Pear was an absolute delight to visit and without a doubt, I’ll be returning in the very near future. Enjoy!

GLORIOUS AD INFINTUM!
GLORIOUSNESS AD INFINTUM!
Glorious Greystones
Glorious Greystones

TREAT YO’ SELF.

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