Recipe » This summer’s best cocktail!

Last weekend we went to Valencia for the weekend. We were there for a few days only, but it felt like a full summer holiday! Every city inspires us in a different way and Valencia inspired us to a a-ma-zing summer cocktail.

The combination between sun, beach, delicious pinchos, local prosecco (seriously cheap and good) and architecture, is what made us so intense happy in Valencia. Everything what we needed after spending some cold days back in the Netherlands.

Valencia treated us well, when we arrived it was 27° and the rest of the days it was around 24°. On the second day we went to the beach. After a long warm beach day we ordered a cold fresh drink: Aqua di Valencia at the bar of La Mas Bonita. If you are looking for a nice alcoholic refreshment then this is the summer cocktail for you! (and so easy to prepare!)

Ingredients:
» 1/4 liter Prosecco
» 3/4 liter Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
» 100 ml Vodka
» 100 ml Gin
» 50 g Brown Sugar
»  4 Strawberries

How to make it:
Put a good amount of ice into a large glass. Add the brown sugar. Cut the strawberries into small pieces. Add the strawberries, gin, vodka, prosecco and fresh orange juice Cava.
Done!

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From now on this is our favorite summer cocktail for this summer!

Enjoy!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Recipe » Japanese Tofu Salad

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a recipe but when we do post it, it’s gonna be good!
One of the new foodtrends of 2016 is to eat less meat or explore vegetarian and vegan recipes.
At Wander-Lust we always post recipes inspired by travels or countries.
This time we go Japanese! This vegan Japanese Tofu Salad recipe is so easy, you can be done within 15 minutes!
The ideal lunch for when you’re rushing but feeling like something healthy.

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Colorful ingredients from Albert Heijn

Ingredients for 2 persons:
» 1 firm tofu block chopped in small squares
» 2 carrots (grated)
» 1 zucchini (grated)
» 1 avocado » sesame seeds
» 2 tbs of sesame oil
» 1 tbs of rice wine vinegar (you can also use red wine vinegar)
» 1 tbs of ginger (finely chopped)
» 2 tbs of miso paste (available at most toko’s)
» 2 tbs of clear honey

flaxseed oil for the japanse tofu salad
Flaxseed oil is very good for you because of it’s Omega-3

Optional extra’s :
» 1 small can of Sweetcorn
» 1 tsp of Java sambal (hot!)
» 1 tbs of soy sauce

How to prepare:
Wash the zucchini and carrots and use a grater to create thin and long strings.
Cut the tofu in half and take some kitchen paper and press this onto the tofu to soak up the the water. If you don’t do this, your salad will be too moist!
Add the carrots, courgette and tofu in a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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“This Japanese Tofu Salad is ready within 15 minutes!”

The dressing:
To create the dressing you firstly take 2 spoons of miso paste, 1 table spoon of sesame oil (I love this oil so I use a little more), the flaxseed oil and the chopped ginger. If you want you can use a garlic press for this! Add the honey for extra thickness and sweet flavors.
Mix everything until you have your finished dressing. You can add some Japanese soy sauce for a bit of salt but that’s up to you.
I love a bit of spice so I always add a spoon (or 2) of “Javaanse sambal“.
Finally, pour the dressing over your vegetables and steer. Easy peasy!

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Et voila, your healthy vegan Japanese Tofu salad!

Tip » Leave the salad in the fridge for a couple of hours so all the flavors can soak into the tofu.
You can keep the salad for 2 days if refrigerated.

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More meat free inspiration? Check my post about Vegans are Hot!

Love,

Elke

Recipe Healthy New Years Eve Cupcakes

New Years Eve is just around the corner! The perfect opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your close friends with good food and special drinks. But oh those calories. We’ve baked something healthy and delicious for you this holiday season.


For once, I decided to make something healthy. After Christmas, I need to get back on the healthy track, so I figured I might as well start off with a good recipe! Healthy eating doesn’t mean you can’t have any sweets. So let’s ring in the New Year with these healthy buckwheat blueberry cupcakes! #NoSugar

 
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Be creative and make your own healthy cupcakes

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Ingredients cupcakes:

» 400 g of buckwheat flower
» 4 dates
» 10 blueberries
» 4 tsp speculaas spices
» 4 tsp of cinnamon spices
» 150 ml almond milk
» 60 g of palm sugar
» 2 tsp jam
» 1 tsp of honey

Toppings:

» 1/5 banana
» 10 frozen blueberries
» 70 g coconut oil
» 300 g cashew butter
» 2 dates» 2 tsp of jam

Kitchen Equipment:

» blender
» oven 
» piping bag
» cupcakes cases

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This is how you make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Place all the cupcake ingredients in the blender
3. Grease the cupcakes cases with coconut oil
4. Put the mixture into the cupcakes cases – use 2 spoons
5. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
6. Put all the topping ingredients together in the blender
7. Put the mixture in a basket and put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes
8. After 10 minutes you can use a rubber Spatula to scoop up the mixture and plop it into the piping
9. Take the cupcakes out of the oven and add after a few minutes the topping
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They may not look the prettiest, but they taste damn good!

Enjoy cooking! (and eating)
We wish all our followers a happy new year!

Lots of  love,
Sarah

Recipe + Interview » Being Vegan is Hot!

This week our World leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel and David Cameron are coming together to talk about climate change.
The summit, also referred to as the COP21 (Conference of Parties), are finally making promising progress after seeing the first press conference on TV.
The 6th summit started yesterday and will run until December 11th and it will be held in Paris.
If you care about the earth’s future as much as we do, this is a day we should take a second and think about how we can help by becoming “Greener”.

One of the main reasons for our greenhouse gas emissions are due to Animal Agriculture. I have addressed this issue before in my blog post about the documentary Cowspiracy. (Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio)
After watching this film, I decided to try and become a vegan. I have been doing this for about 2,5 months now and although I am still struggling with some foods like prawns, oysters and other shellfish, I have eliminated other fish, eggs, milk (from animals) and cheese. The change wasn’t too drastic for me because I have already been a vegetarian (that ate fish) for over 27 years.
I must say, I feel a lot better! Not only mentally but also physically. But the word VEGAN still has a certain reputation.

“Vegan is not sexy? Think again!”

I spoke to one of Amsterdam hottest ladies Isabella Machinè about her recent diet change and her look on sustainability. Lucky for us, she also kindly shared  a delicious vegan recipe just for Wander-Lust!

When and why did you decide to become vegan?
I’ve been a vegetarian for six years and vegan for about 6 months now. Why did I became a vegan? Well: to save animals, decrease climate change, decrease the chance of getting a heart disease, decrease the chance of getting cancer, decrease deforestation, decrease water pollution, live longer, lose weight, have better sex and again: save animals :-).

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When did I decide to switch from veggie to vegan?
I became aware of how being a vegetarian still doesn’t really have that much of a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare. Dairy cows are some of the worst treated in the industry. And why(!?) should we drink milk that is supposed to be for baby cows?! You won’t drink your mothers milk after the age of 1 right? I simply don’t want to be part of any animal cruelty, pollution of mother earth and I certainly don’t want to eat death. If you have Netflix and you want to get to know a little something of what is going on in the world I would highly recommend ‘Cowspiracy’. This documentary is hands down the most shocking and game changing film I’ve seen. The documentary ‘Earthlings’ is what originally turned me vegan. I practically turned vegan over night and never went back. But I know this won’t work for everyone. If you care about climate change, deforestation, species extinction, ocean dead zones and world hunger then I strongly suggest you watch this! Also read the book “Skinny Bitch”. Seriously, read it.

Has it been difficult?
No it hasn’t been difficult at all. Ironically, the hard part is the constant explanation I have to do. People often ask me why I turned vegan, and if it isn’t hard to be one etc. etc. Being a vegan is not hard at all! It’s a discipline you’ll have to get used to. One does this by simply thinking well about what sort of food he or she consumes. Instead of looking at recipes with meat or dairy products, look at those that do not have these ingredients. You can find everything about food on the internet, just type ‘vegan recipes’ in our beloved Google and you’ll have recipes for days, years even! And when you have found yourself buying the healthy stuff, make this a normalcy. It’s all about priorities! 

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Isabella feels better than ever after choosing the vegan lifestyle

You are an interior designer/stylist, how important is sustainability in your work?
Very important, and so it should be for everybody in every profession and sector. It’s no coincidence that the leaders of 180 countries come together to discuss how we all should conquer the 2 degrees celcius increase that we are heading towards. Now is the time to drastically change how we deal with our climate. As for me in my work I always look to find solutions to not have to consume more energy than that is needed for a certain project. When hunting for unique pieces I am carefull about the heritage of the products. Sometimes I can work with a budget that will allow me to work with craftsmen which is a great way of being sustainable and this is also a guarantee for quality. And of course second hand products!

What’s your biggest tip when it comes to going-green?
Let’s say I’m a missionary for veganism. I would advice everybody to seriously start looking on how to stop their consumption of animal products. I could name countless ways of how one can reduce their use of energy and how one can contribute to reduction of Co2 emissions but the answer lies within turning vegan. That should be the thirst thing on everybody’s agenda.

Isabella’s Smoothie bowl
For this smoothie bowl you need:

• 1 banana • 2 fresh figs • 1 kiwi • a handful of kale • 1 scoop of vegan protein (I use @gardenofliferaw_nl ) • Almondmilk •
Throw everything in a blender until you get a creamy texture, top it off with fresh figs and seeds! Et Voila!

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Isabella’s delicious breakfast recipe

One of my favorite recipe’s online at the moment is this crispy tofu & rainbow veg sushi by Renee Press.

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Who said that vegan food was boring?

Other hot vegans are:

» Liam Hensworth (Is it hot in here?)
» Natalie Portman
» Famke Jansen
(Our Dutch pride and Joy)

» Andre 3000 (I bet you didn’t know this right?)
» Olivia Wild
» Jared Leto 

» The VeganBro’s (2 Aussies that completely transformed after becoming vegan. Oh yeah, ther’re funny as hell)

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2 hot vegans: Liam Hemsowrth and Olivia Wilde

Are you ready for a 30 day vegan challenge? Try it here! (Dutch) or here (English).

Love,

Elke

Recipe » Classic French Onion Soup

I’m not sure what the weather is like in the rest of the world, but here in the Netherlands it feels like winter is comingTime for a recipe that warms you up! This time we focus on a classic French recipe with a strong flavor: French Onion SoupThe beauty of this recipe is, that you only need a few ingredients to make it taste incredible.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • large onions (about 5 lb.), thinly sliced
  • large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1,5 garlic cloves, finely chopped (we looove garlic!)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper and some sugar
  • ½ cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Feel free to add 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, 2 sprigs thyme and 1 bay leaf
  • cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • slices ¼”-thick slices country-style bread, toasted
  • ounces of sliced old cheese or or vegans you can check this article.

Now let’s cook!

Peel and slice the onions in half size moons. Melt the butter in a big enough pan en add the onions, shallots, garlic and simmer on low heat for 15 min. Remove the lid. The onions should have wilted down somewhat. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt, a generous quantity of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar (this helps the onions caramelize). To get the best taste, you continue to heat the onions with a covered lid, for about 45 minutes until brown. Cook water and add the cubes of vegetable stock. (You can also make your own broth, but this will take a lot more work.) If you don’t like the supermarket stock, try some from the nature shops where they don’t add conservatives. Add the broth and bring to boil. Also add the wine, vinegar and other spices. Cook gently for about 50 minutes. (yes, it takes time to create this classic soup!) Roast the bread and grate . Divide the soup into bowls and add the toasted bread on top. Grate your cheese of choice over the toast and put it in a preheated oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.

Now…sit on the couch, put your warm socks on and enjoy this classic French onion soup. 

Bon à petit!

Elke

Recipe » the perfect healthy treat, banana bread

In almost all the coffee bars in the cities I’ve been lately – Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Antwerp – they serve banana bread.
I really love it, I never feel I can have enough of it!
The texture is soft, the taste is sweet with a incredible distinct banana flavor.

There are so many recipes to make banana bread, but most of the banana bread I got are with cream, butter and sugar.
Inspired by all the banana bread I tasted I’ve made one without sugar and the taste is amazing!

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Recipe » Fresh healthy Vietnamese Spring rolls

A few years ago I traveled on my own for a few months through Asia. One of the countries where I stayed for a few weeks was Vietnam. In my opinion Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia. This country offers spectacular beaches, stunning ocean, beautiful landscapes, impressive desert and a lot more.

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Recipe » Raw Cacao date almond bonbons

My first introduction with Tunisian dates was when a friend was cooking a traditional Tunisian couscous dish where she mixed spicy herbs and dates. As dessert she served cake with dates and nuts. I really enjoyed the sweetness and I learned from her that in Tunisia, dates are very famous. They add dates in several dishes what really makes the difference!
Also very important to tell is that dates have no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are rich in fiber and potassium.

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