Extra sweet potato curry

Extra sweet potato curry

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When you have to cook for children AND adults it is often hard to find something everybody likes so we often have to prepare different meal for our beloved family members.

Today I thought that something sweet might be suitable as it has been really cold the whole week and the children are having a short end of term break here in Germany.

Most children like potatoes if yours do not then you can take pasta, I guess. I cooked the potato curry in one pan and prepared some extra (hot & spicy) veggies for the grown ups in another pan.

This is my recipe for the extra sweet POTATO CURRY

1 kg potatoes peeled and diced

1 l water

1/2 cube vegetable stock

50 gr red lentils

1 small onion

1 small clove of garlic

400 gr pineapples diced

1/2 bell pepper

1/2 can coconut milk

2 tb sp maple syrup

1 tb sp curcuma

a pinch of salt

Please feel free to replace any vegetables your child doesn´ t like with some they do like e.g. carrots, fennel, etc

First cook the potatoes with the stock, lentils, onion, bell pepper, and garlic for 20 min.

Then add the other ingredients and let it simmer for another 15 min.

Enjoy your healthy meal!

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If your child still doesn’t´t want try it, put it all in a blender and serve as potato mash.

For the hot and spicy veg take a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and cook them with stock, onions, garlic, salt, and add chilli sauce to your gusto.

Bon appetit!

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Vegan in Oldenburg

Vegan in Oldenburg

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Now I have been a vegan for 5 years, time really flies .. I vividly remember writing

Now I have been a vegan for 4 years, yay!

Well, what has happened since then? What has changed within the last 5 years?

For one thing it is more common now to eat vegan food. Lots of restaurants here in the beautiful city of Oldenburg offer vegan options now while 5 years ago they would just look at you and ask: But you eat fish, right?

And friends don´t panic when you are coming to dinner – by now they know that you can eat “only” vegetables.

So where do I go when I would like to eat out?

Well, I really like Peter Pane – formerly known as “Hans im Glück. They offer 4 kinds of vegan burgers even one without bread which is great at night when you don´t want to many carbs.

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Then we have got the Veggiemaid Snackbar which offers a great brunch at the weekends.

When I am on a shopping tour in the city I like to stop at Woyton for a matcha soy latte and / or a vegan bagel.

Of course, there are lots of other great locations in the city but in Summer it is nicer to take a short drive to  the lovely Beachclub Nether where you can sit and watch the wakeboarders do their tricks until sunset while enjoying a Beck´s blue and a blindside burger.

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A little bit further North on the North Sea coast you can find Sonnendeck Dangast but I have told you about it before. 🙂

Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

Shopping food gets easier, too. Not only Denn´s Biomarkt but also Edeka, Rewe, Netto, Aldi, even Real offer a wide choice of vegan / organic options.

Although I still like to order some things (like heavy 10 kilo bags of dogfood) at Alles vegetarisch a great online store with an enormous range of articles.

Yes, you heard right, the dog has become a vegan, too. Good old Romeo has been living vegan for three years now and is feeling great like me!

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For me becoming vegan was the best decision of my life and I hope that I will live to see it becoming “normal”. So if you haven´t tried it #govegan  – at least give it a try for a month and you see how good it makes you feel!

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I hope some of these links are useful to you, in case you have other great suggestions about restaurants which offer tasty vegan food, feel free to leave a comment!

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Find some of my illustrations here

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It´s May – time for entertainment and events

It´s May – time for entertainment and events

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For the last six months I have been busy setting up my creative business. I took lots of classes, spent millions of hours in front of the computer in order to learn Adobe Illustrator, created dozens of designs, and now it is time to put it all out into the universe (meaning to you, my customers).

The first event coming up is the “Koffermarkt” (suitcase market) in Oldenburg which will take place next Saturday (7 May 2016). In the lovely scenery of the local theatre Susi´s Cauldron (that´s me) will sell greeting cards, mugs, throw pillows, pouches, mousepads, fabrics, bags, etc. directly out of an old vintage suitcase.

One week later there will be a revival of the little Vegan Café in our garden. My daughter Debbie and me are going to treat you with lots of delicious cakes, muffins, brownies, sandwiches, etc. Let´s hope the weather will be nice for that occasion.

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On 15 May I will be at another garden event (Tag des offenen Gartens), this time at the wonderful garden of Dörte Wemken and her family in Bad Zwischenahn. I can truly recommend you to come there as you will be delighted to see her beautiful plants and animals. Susi´s Cauldron will be there among other artists to promote their products and artworks. Some of the photographs I took there last year were turned into greeting cards or other items.

This is where the garden event will take place!

On 22 May I am going to teach a Chakra Meditation workshop at the Home of Yoga in Rastede, there are still some spaces left.

In case you like food illustrations please have a look at my Instagram page as I am taking part in the #100dayproject for which I chose to draw what I eat everyday. You can find my illustrations  using the hashtag #susisveganfoodillustrations

Please have a look here 🙂

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Whatever you do – have a great May and try to get a lot of sunshine!

 

 

Cottage pie – a British classic #veganstyle

Cottage pie – a British classic #veganstyle

If you are a fan of British cuisine, you will know that Cottage pie is a classic!

Here you find our veganized recipe:

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Ingredients:

potatoes (500 gramm per guest)

an onion

a glove of garlic

red lentils

bell pepper

vegan minced meat / soy bits

vegan cheese

margarine

soy milk

optional: mushrooms and zucchini

herbs and spices of your choice

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First peel the potatoes and boil them for about 20 minutes.

Then add some margarine and soy milk to the potatoes and mash them.IMG_2355

While the potatoes cook you can prepare the sauce. Dice the onion, the garlic, and the bell pepper (optional the mushrooms and courgette). Put some olive oil in a sauce pan and roast the veggies gently , then add the vegan minced meat. After a minute you can add some water and the red lentils as well as the spices and herbs of your choice. Now let the lentil simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Now you can put the mashed potatoes in a casserole, then the sauce on top …IMG_2356

and finally the cheese!

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I used ‘Cheesly’ Hard Italian Style and ‘Willemsburger’ grated cheese. The secret very healthy and delicious ingredient today is:

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Safran. Just sprinkle a little bit on top of the cheese.

Then put the casserole in the oven at 180 ° C and after 20 minutes you can indulge!

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

Please join our event: Green Thursday

Please join our event: Green Thursday

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Hi, my dear friends! Today I would like to ask you to take part in my Facebook challenge Green Thursday. As you might know I run a design business called Susi´s Cauldron and a smaller one on the side called Susi´s Vegan Cauldron which aims to show people that it is easy to become vegan and that you don´t have to fear to go hungry when you are a vegan.

The Thursday before Easter is traditionally called Green Thursday because around the Easter time you can find the first herbs in nature growing again and so our ancestors were able to cook a lovely soup from these herbs and break their fasting. Among the herbs you will find: dandelion, ground ivy, stinging nettle, daisies, goutweed, and common chickweed. The traditional soup contained 9 different herbs.

Now you might be thinking I don´t want to eat chickweed so our challenge for you is:

On Green Thursday, 24 March 2016 we will eat only green foods and drink green beverages. Go vegan for one day and try out for yourself what it feels like to eat fresh and healthy.

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Join us for #greenveganthursday! This Thursday we dare you to go vegan for one day and eat and drink green food only. There are so many vegetables and fruit to choose from: broccoli, lettuce, spinach, avocado, apples, cucumbers, etc. We will post our meals and you are very welcome to post your creations. Come on, it is just for one day, it will do you good and it is still lent after all. We are looking forward to seeing you taking part! #govegan
Macht mit beim veganen Gründonnerstag! Wir fordern euch heraus, an diesem Gründonnerstag für einen Tag vegan zu speisen und nur grüne Nahrungsmittel zu euch zu nehmen. Es gibt so viel Gemüse und Obstsorten, die in Frage kommen: Brokkoli, Spinat, Avocado, Gurke, Äpfel usw. Wir werden unsere Mahlzeiten hier posten, und ihr seid eingeladen eure Kreationen auch zu posten. Macht mit, es ist nur ein Tag, es wird euch gut tun und schließlich ist immer noch Fastenzeit. Wir freuen uns auf eure Teilnahme!

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Preparation is everything so stock up now on all your favourite green things. Or you can be spontaneous and make a traditional green Thursday herb soup from scratch. 🙂

 

I will keep you posted about this event! Please feel free to share! Thank you!

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A pattern of green veggies I designed yesterday.

You can find the design on top of the page on my redbubble page as throw pillow, tote bag, drawstring bag, etc.

Susi´s Cauldron on redbubble.com

 

Today we are cooking vegan dog food

Today we are cooking vegan dog food

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This is my dog Romeo, he is a 10 year old Golden Retriever and I love him very much. So when I became vegan I started thinking about dog food, too. I think we all agree that cheap factory-produced dog food in cans cannot be healthy for anybody. So what are the alternatives? One possibility is buying organic dog food but that might be too expensive for you. I always have a big sack of dry vegan organic food for Romeo at home (I choose Yarrah) but I guess dogs like a bit of diversion, too. IMG_1885

So every two or three days I prepare a cooked meal for my Romeo. It consists of the following ingredients:

  • millet
  • rice
  • red lentils
  • carrots

but you can also add corn, oats, buckwheat, or spelt.

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Fill a plate with about the same amounts of the ingredients, then pour the dry ingredients into a pot and add the double amount of water to it. Cut the vegetables in pieces and put them into the pot as well. Bring the mixture to the boil and then let it simmer for about 10 minutes. After 10 min. turn off the heat and put the lid onto the pot or casserole you are using.IMG_1893

Let it cool down completely as the dog´s tongue is very delicate and should´t be burned.

(In case this should ever happen, give the dog some Arnica globuli for instant help)

I often prepare the food for Romeo the evening before he gets it to avoid the danger of giving it to him too hot

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Now you can fill the food into the dog bowl and I guess your dog will be sitting next to you by now, watching and snuffling the delicious smell. Top it with some olive oil which is very good for every dog as it makes its fur shine and protects its heart.

Time to tug in! Bon appetit!

Here is a choice of not so expensive (German) organic brands I use. You can get a lot of vegan organic choices now at your local discounter.IMG_1880

A vegan diet lets  a dog lose weight easily so if your dog is overweight it is a good choice for you. In case you have a very skinny dog proceed with care, maybe just give one vegan meal per week.

Romeo has been living mostly vegan for about three years now and he is very fit and healthy.

Do you want a date?

Do you want a date?

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Sometimes I buy some seasoned dried tomatoes from a little turkish shop in town which never fail to be delicious. Last week I bought some from a different shop and I was very disappointed with the consistency of the tomatoes – they were very hard and extremely dry so nobody wanted to eat them. As I try to avoid throwing away food I thought there must be another way to use them.

I put the tomatoes in my kitchen aid blender and added about the same amount of cashews (always nice in a bread spread), a small glass of tomato juice (just enough to cover the ingredients), some black cumin seeds, and the special oriental-style ingredient .. a handful of dried dates. You could also add some lemon juice, onions, garlic, chia seeds, apricots, etc.

I blended it until it had the consistency I enjoy in a bread spread, not completely smooth but rather so that you can still guess most of its components.

The spread can be filled into glasses and kept in the fridge for about three to four days. But I bet mine won´t last that long as it is utterly delicious! Especially on a warm rye bread after a long walk through the cold.

Bon appetit!

 

Super fast, super healthy dessert

Super fast, super healthy dessert

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Valentine´s day is approaching and expectations are running high for a special dinner date with your loved one. But who wants to spend all Sunday standing in the kitchen preparing food? So here is my super fast, super vegan, and super healthy dessert recipe.

First ingredient: a vegan müsli of your choice – I chose crunchy spelt müsli. IMG_1638

Next step: add some vanilla soy yoghurt – I chose the one by Alpro. IMG_1639

Then add some diced fruit to your liking or even better: the favourite fruit of your sweetheart. I chose my favourite which is pineapple.IMG_1640

Now sprinkle some super healthy chia seeds on top.IMG_1643

Enjoy!

I am sure your vegan lover will be delighted! You could also add some vegan heart-shaped biscuits (e.g. Keksfreunde)!

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Happy V-Day! 🙂

 

Loaded Veggies

Loaded Veggies

Yesterday I bought some lovely big brown mushroom, some big chunks of celery, and some very long red peppers, all organic of course. In the evening I prepared a delicious celery soup containing potatoes, carrots, onions, red lentils, garlic, and some Indian spices. Surprisingly even the kids liked the soup! I added some croutons as decoration and all was perfect!

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Today I prepared the mushrooms and the peppers. First I washed them, then they were cut open, the stems of the mushrooms were put aside.

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I filled a pot with water and some salt, and cooked a mixture of millet and spelt in it as part of the filling.

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The stems of the mushrooms were fried in a pan with onions, garlic, fennel, and yellow pepper. I added some salsa sauce.

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I put on the oven and started filling the vegetables.

Finally I sprinkled a lot of vegan cheese on top of them.

After that they spent about 20 minutes in the hot oven at 180 ° and then it was time to tug in! mmmmh yummy!IMG_1627.jpg

Bon appetit! 🙂

If you like your vegan döner …

If you like your vegan döner …

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… you will love my organic krautsalat.

And here is how to make it..

You´ll need:

– a white cabbage

– oil

– cider vinegar

– salt

– pepper

– brown sugar

– black cumin

– you can also add sliced onions or garlic if you like

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– Cut the cabbage into slices (that is the most difficult part), put the slices into a bowl

– Prepare a mixture of oil, cider vinegar, salt and pepper in another small bowl and then you have to heat it up (in a pot with hot water or in the microwave)

– Add the brown sugar to the hot mixture and stir till the sugar is dissolved

– Pour the mixture over the cabbage and you ´re done!

– Put the bowl in the fridge for at least half an hour, then you can start on your vegan tzaziki!

Bon appetit!

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