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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Utterly delicious Pumpkin soup

Utterly delicious Pumpkin soup

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So it is finally Autumn – my favourite season! Not only because I am born in October but also because I love foggy cold morning walks, warm sunny afternoons, and cosy evenings by candlelight.

I also love pumpkins, so today I want to share with you my very easy pumpkin soup recipe.

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Today I used a little organic Hokkaido. You just have to chop it into little dices about 3 cm wide. Put them on a baking tray and season them generously with your favourite spices. I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika, and some chilli powder. Now sprinkle the dices with olive oil. Roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 ° C.

Bring 2 l of water to the boil, add one or two vegetable stock cubes. Stir well until they are fully dissolved. Add the roasted pumpkin and blend in the pot. Alternatively you can blend the pumpkin first and add to the soup. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat. Now add the coconut milk or alpro soya cuisine or any other cream alternative of your choice. Stir well and enjoy!  img_3966

That was quick! Roasting the pumpkin in the oven until it is tender makes all the difference! Bon appetit!

By the way Turmeric is truly a superfood and you should use it more often. It decreases your risk for cancer, is anti-inflammatory, supports detoxification, balances your blood sugar, and even helps improving your cognitive functions

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The changing colours in nature are always a huge inspiration for my patterns and illustrations. You can find my new patterns in my shops

Spoon flower fabrics & Redbubble

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H A V E  A  L O V E L Y  A U T U M N  W E E K E N D !

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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Vegan Travelling: Brighton

Vegan Travelling: Brighton

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Last week I went on holiday to my favourite country England with my eldest daughter Debbie.

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We took the ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich which was really convenient. The restaurant on the ferry  offered vegan smoothies, pasta, and alpro desserts so we did not have to go hungry on board. We spent the eight hours watching tv, napping, or reading – a nice way to start the holidays. From Harwich we drove to Bolney where we stayed at the beautiful Hickstead Hotel for the night.

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A very lovely hotel in the countryside which offers vegan options for breakfast.

On the second day it was off to Brighton. We were very lucky because my designer friend Raynor offered to park our car at her place and went with us to Brighton where she showed us all the main attractions!

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There were lots of cafés and restaurants which offer vegan food. We had coffee at the Loving Hut

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and lunch at a Mexican place called Wahaca

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I had the supercharged salad which was very nice indeed and very filling too, containing lots of seeds. The nicest part was that I had ordered a Virgin Mary drink with my salad and although the place was packed at a Sunday the waitress came back and said that the Virgin Mary would contain fish sauce and if I would like to choose something else instead- which I did – and I hadn´t even specifically explained that I am a vegan! What a great service! 🙂

While we were walking towards the Mexican restaurant we heard somebody singing and it sounded like the well-known singer Passenger – when we got closer we realised it was actually him giving a street concert! How amazing!IMG_3053

So I can strongly recommend visiting Brighton, lots of nice people, shops, restaurants, art, and – of course, seagulls!

Inspired by all the lovely things I have seen in beautiful Brighton I came up with this new design now available on redbubble as a throw pillow, drawstring bag, tote bag, t-shirt, etc

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Here you get to my shop

Next time I am going to tell you about the rest of our journey which led us to Basingstoke and Salisbury!

See you soon!

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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!

 

 

 

Vegan Travelling – Burghotel Dinklage/Germany

Vegan Travelling – Burghotel Dinklage/Germany

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Last week I did a little Wellness trip to Dinklage/ Northern Germany. It is not far away from where I live, and I was lucky as my lovely daughter took me there on her back home.

The hotel is a 5 star facility and well-known in the area. It was very quiet with lovely surroundings, delicious vegan meals, and an exquisite wellness area.

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I enjoyed the adjacent wild park where animals could roam around freely.

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Vegan breakfast looked like this

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.. and that was for me alone!

In the evening I got a 3 course dinner which consisted of soup, main course, and dessert.

Here you will find some impressions (and patterns) of the wellness area.

 

It was very relaxing to stay there for two night and I can recommend it very much. The only critique I have is the typical German behaviour of the cook on the first evening.

I was having my main course a paprika filled with couscous and around the vegetable there was rice with a hot chilli sauce. Suddenly I came across a very hot bit of sauce which for me was only red thai curry paste, it just wasn´t mixed thoroughly. I told the waitress about it, because for one I was about to get a heart attack from the heat it gave me – and I thought it would be nice for the other guests if the cook could just give it another stir. But the cook wasn´t amused. At first he kindly sent out some lychees for me to absorb the heat which worked well. But then he came out and said that I would have been wrong (hello, I am the guest)  and that vegans normally wouldn´t be such softies. Why couldn´t he just say: I am sorry, even if he thought he didn´t do anything wrong, I mean the customer is king, isn´t he/she?

Otherwise all was fine and I can imagine holding some yoga workshops at the hotel as it is so peaceful and quiet around there.

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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.

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Mexican Food

Mexican Food

After this very nice and relaxing weekend and a long morning walk with my dog Romeo I felt hungry for some Mexican food – again!

I found some tortilla wraps in the cupboard and thought that would be something even the kids will like when they come back from school.

The first ingredient for a satisfying burrito has to be rice.IMG_1921

I used organic jasmine rice. Pour some rice in a sifter and give it a good rinse, pour it into a pot, and fill with the double amount of water. Add a sprinkle of salt or half a vegetable stock dice Bring it to the boil and then let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cut and dice an onion, a bell pepper, and a piece of smoked tofu.

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Yes, I got myself a new chopping board with a sweet rose pattern. I hope you like it!

Pour some olive oil into a pan and fry all the diced ingredients for two or three minutes then add some kidney or black beans, and stir it all well. Add salt, pepper, garlic, etc. to your gusto. IMG_1926

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Put the lid on the pan to keep the mixture warm.

Now prepare the cheese sauce. I used a powdered sauce by Vantastic foods which I had to add to warm water and then heat it up for a couple of minutes but you could also melt some vegan cheese in a little casserole.IMG_1929

Now all there was to do was to warm up the wraps in the oven or microwave, and fill them with our rice, vegetable mixture, and the cheese sauce.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

My weekend in Duisburg

My weekend in Duisburg

Last weekend I travelled to Duisburg in order to visit my lovely daughter. For Christmas she gave me tickets to a concert of vegan artist Ellie Goulding and on Friday we went to Oberhausen where the concert took place. Apparently Ellie wasn ´t too well, she hardly ever smiled and ran out very quickly in the end, so the concert wasn ´t completely enjoyable. The nicest song was an acoustic version of “Lights”. Here you can watch her last song of the evening:

On Saturday we went into the city of Duisburg where we had a look at my favourite bookstore, especially the department with all the foodie books is amazing!

Tired of looking through all the interesting titles we went to Starbucks for a Soy Latte and were pleasantly surprised that they even offered a “Vegan flatbread” which contained falafel and a delicious mint sauce.IMG_1364 (1)

But that was only a little snack and after some more window shopping we went to a local vegan restaurant called “The Mexican Hat” in the evening. They use mostly regional and organic ingredients and offer a variety of Mexican dishes like burritos, enchiladas, as well as fantastic homemade cakes and muffins.

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On Sunday morning we went to Superfly – a trampoline park – to get a nice workout for the whole body.

For lunch my daughter made a very delicious dish so I was prepared for my train journey back to Oldenburg.

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Hope you had a great weekend, too!