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. 🙂

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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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Illustrating recipes

Illustrating recipes

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As you might know by now I love food. I love cooking, baking, eating, and drawing food. When I entered the #100dayproject challenge this year I didn´t have to think very long about what I want to do as a project – of course I wanted to draw food! Now I am almost done with my 100 sketches and I must say I feel that I have improved my skills. So if you want to become better or an expert in a certain field, practice it for 100 days and you will feel an impact.

You can find my food sketches on Instagram searching for #susisveganfoodillustrations

Now that I have sketched so many foods, the next obvious step for me is to illustrate recipes. So I was very happy when the very talented Ohn Mar Win introduced her skillshare course: Food Illustration-

Design your favourite fruity recipe

Once you know how to do the recipe cards there is no stopping. I have already created a handful of them and even submitted some to the inspiring

They draw and cook Website

 

If you like drawing food or illustrating recipes why not start a project today.

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Happy creating! Remember: Everything starts with a simple sketch. And with PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE you will get better!

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Update: Now you can find my recipes on the They draw and cook website, too! Yay!

Green Smoothie by Susi Sanlier

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Bon Appetit!

Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

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HAMBURG

Hamburg is always worth a day trip especially in summer when there is a feeling of easiness in the otherwise so busy Hanseatic city. As we used to live in Hamburg for seven years we always try to come back here during the summer holidays. Last Tuesday we took the train in order to go on our annual shopping spree which is mostly connected with a visit to the Musicals. This time we went to see the show “Best of 2016” presented by the graduates of the Stage School of Hamburg in their brand new theatre called First Stage.

But let´s start with the best part of travelling .. the food!

When we arrived at the station in Hamburg we came across the CityDöner shop which is very popular. I asked for anything vegan and expected to see some eye-rolling or ignorance about the difference between vegan and vegetarian. But I was positively surprised when the shop assistant told me he could offer me two kinds of Börek – one filled with spinach and one with potato. I chose the spinach bored and was even more surprised when I had to pay only 1,10 Euro for it. It was huge, and utterly delicious! So this is truly an insiders´ tip. Unfortunately I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo.

We had a great day, it was sunny, we had soy latte at Starbucks, the show was fantastic, the only negative thing was that our favourite restaurant “Waku Waku” had been closed. At the Waku Waku you could get delicious freshly prepared organic vegan wok dishes so let´s hope they will reopen their restaurant soon at another venue.

There are of course lots of restaurants which offer vegan food in Hamburg and another top notch place is the  Syrian restaurant Saliba in the beautiful  Alsterarkaden.

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DANGAST

Dangast is a small village on the North Sea coast. It is not far from our hometown Oldenburg so when the weather is fine what could be nicer than to cruise to Dangast and enjoy a day at the seaside.

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If you want to eat something vegan in Dangast you can either go to the old Kurhaus where they offer vegan cakes on Sundays or you can visit the Sonnendeck Dangast which has become a very popular place over the past few years.

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The Sonnendeck offers for example  cocktails, organic lemonade, sweet potato fries, and a very tasty and very filling vegan burger. There are often concerts in the evening or you can rent the whole facility for your party. Last year I even held a yoga class there. 🙂

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This was indeed a very special Sunday treat and we enjoyed our day at the sea a lot.

 

Now the summer holidays are over and it is back to school and work. If you are interested in my work please have a look onto my website

Sun Salutations – English for everyone & Yoga

Maybe there is a course for you, too. 🙂 See you soon!

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Next time: another  vegan recipe!

 

 

Vegan Travelling: Norderney

Vegan Travelling: Norderney

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Last weekend I went to the island of Norderney in the North of Germany. I hadn´t been there for decades I guess. I was very lucky despite the weather forecast and the sun was out all the time!

On Friday I took the train to Norddeich Mole and then the ferry to Norderney, the island was crowded as there was a bank holiday weekend in some parts of Germany.

I stayed at the guest house “Inselquartiere Detmold” which was very nice and affordable. I had booked a room for 2 nights with breakfast but as I knew they didn´t serve vegan breakfast I brought my favourite paprika chilli spread which I could store in a fridge there. My room was very nice and I could sleep very well as it was pleasantly calm in that area of Norderney. IMG_2705IMG_2700.jpg

The guest house is situated just a few metres from the beach which was very convenient. In the evening you could just sit there and watch the sunset.IMG_2756IMG_2751.jpg

On Friday evening I went to the city and had a look around. I chose to eat some Thai noodles which were freshly prepared for me, yum!

There are not too many places where you can get vegan food, if you ask for vegan options or soy milk for the coffee the locals may get angry but there are the usual drugstores (Rossmann, Müller) and supermarkets (Edeka) where you can get a lot of vegan products like burgers, spreads, soy or oat or almond milk, vegan chocolate, etc. But you have to hurry, shops close at 6 pm sharp.

Then it was Cocktail time. I especially enjoyed the Rock café with loud hard rock music from the 90s.

On Saturday the Holi Festival was held at the beach. It was nice to have to look and take a couple of photos of the colourful event.

 

On Sunday I wanted to go to the restaurant “Laib und Seele” where I had seen a sign offering vegan meals the day before. But the offer was only valid in the evening – no vegan meals for lunch.

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Instead I went to the bakery “Strandbäcker” – there you can get vegan soups. I had a curry-lentil soup which was delicious but pricey at Euro 5,90. I also ordered a hummus bread roll to take away and could´t believe it cost Euro 4,25!

Conclusion: So if you want to go to Norderney as a vegan be prepared to be not the most welcome guest on the island but there are a couple of survival options and you don´t have to go hungry!

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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.

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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

For those who like it hot add some Turkish Ayvar or Sambal Oelek.IMG_1928

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! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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! 🙂