A fearless healthy vegan diet

Nutrition, diet, science based, fearmongeringI frequently see clients and people on the internet who are afraid to eat ‘unhealthy’ foods such as preservatives, soy, gluten, oil, artificial sweeteners or sugar. It makes me very sad. Of course good to eat healthy, but these people have become much too fearful. Many of these foods are not unhealthy at all if […]

Vegan orange cake, super light and moist

Vegan orange cake light and fluffyThis is one of the lightest and airiest vegan cakes I’ve ever tasted! The recipe is surprisingly easy, making it suitable for both inexperienced and seasoned bakers. Even your omni mother in law can make it with stuff from her cupboard, since no ‘special’ vegan ingredients are required. The batter is made with orange juice […]

Easy pizza toast

Vegan pizza toastWhen my husband was a kid, his family liked to eat this pizza with bread slices for the crust. It’s super easy to make and very budget friendly! We made this childhood classic again recently and we liked it so much that I’ll add it to the regular rotation. It’s super quick and easy to […]

Dutch almond letter (banketstaaf)

Vegan Dutch almond letter banketletterThis ‘banketstaaf’ or almond letter is one of my favorite Dutch holiday treats. It’s a crispy puff pastry roll stuffed with almond paste. Delicious! There’s also a version of this where the almond paste is encased in speculaas dough (similar to gingerbread and biscoff).Almond letters are traditionally eaten during the winter holiday season, especially for […]

Juicy seitan seaweed sausages

Seitan seaweed sausages veganIn Holland, we have a famous vegan company called ‘the Dutch Weedburger’. The ‘weed’ in their burgers is seaweed and it’s totally delicious. Recently they also started making seitan sausages with seaweed in them. It sounds weird, but the seaweed adds a delicious savory note, without making the sausages overly fishy. I liked it so […]

Umami hummus

Umami hummus veganPreviously I wrote about umami, the fifth basic flavor that humans can taste in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter. In this post I will share a second recipe packed with umami, namely umami hummus! The flavor of this spread is vaguely reminiscent of aged cheese. The paprika provides a subtle smoky flavor. It […]

Vegan umami sources

vegan umami ingredientsAt the Dutch VeggieWorld fair I gave a workshop about ‘umami’. Everyone knows the basic tastes sweet, sour, salty and bitter, but have you ever heard of umami? Umami is Japanese for ‘savory’ or ‘delicious’ and it is the fifth flavor that people can taste. Japanese cuisine traditionally uses many ingredients that are rich in […]

Easy vegan stir fry

Basic vegan stir fry with tofuI almost never use recipes for my stir fries anymore. So thought I’d share my super simple general method, that you can make endless variations on. For example, replace the tofu with vegan chicken pieces or chickpeas, choose other vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, leeks, carrots etc.) and change up the sauces. Your stir fry can be […]

Vegan steamed rice cheese

Vegan steamed rice cheeseFor a long time I’ve wanted to make a vegan cheese that was similar in texture to Violife (Europe) or Chao (US). I’ve tried many times with different ingredients and methods and this steamed rice flour based cheese is the closest I’ve come. It has a lovely firm texture that allows it to be grated […]

Homemade vegan mayo

Homemade vegan mayonnaiseDepending on where you live, vegan mayonnaise is getting easier to find in stores, but if you ever run out it’s also super easy to make your own from soy milk and oil with a few flavorings! It’s the perfect base for salad dressings, to spread on sandwiched stuff and for my European friend – […]