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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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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Diwali Decadence!

“This Diwali, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your troubles be as small as his mouse.” – Manish Gupta.

DIWALI DECADENCE

Diwali, aka the ‘festival of lights’, is the most glorious of autumnal festivals. According to Wikipedia (only the best sources for my readers, ya feel me?), the ancient Hindu festival “spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair”. You’d have to be a lil’ maddo to have qualms with that. In true GoodFoodMarsh fashion, this feast was born out a good ol’ rustle around my cupboards for something that could do such a sublime occasion justice. It’s a good thing I have industrial quantities of chickpeas and fabulous Irish spinach at my beckon call. OH, and oodles of kale. Never forget about the kale. And of course, an impromptu supper party wouldn’t be complete without some absolutely terrific company, so I was fortunate enough to be joined by the crème de la crème of Dublin society. In the interests of their privacy (too famous 4 u, Glen Coco), we’ll call them Salome Spice and Octavian.

Kale chips ya knoooooow!
Kale chips ya knoooooow!

For nibblez whilst we were gossipin’, I rustled up some kale chips. These cheatin’ chips are outrageous easy to make and obscenely cheap. My marinade was a simple combination of some indulgent soy sauce, rapeseed oil, and some crushed up sunflower seeds. I bake these fairly high (around 200 degrees-ish) for ten minutes or so, until they’re delightfully crispy. As for the main dishes, I made two separate creations. One chickpea, spinach and mushroom curry & a sassy butter bean and pepper masala. For these dishes you will need the aforementioned ingredients, some garlic, several lovely red (or pink!) onions, coconut milk (the creamier the better), and an array of your favourite spices. I love using cayenne pepper, turmeric, paprika and cumin. With my back turned for a just a second, Salome Spice (living up to her name in more ways than one) also  added some cinnamon and nutmeg and my GOODNE$$ it was great. Serve with brown rice or a grain of your choice, and enjoy with a cheeky bottle of something sassy, if you’re as decadent as us.

Feastin'!
Feastin’!
Post-Diwali food slump...
Post-Diwali food slump…

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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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