Tuesday, 9 July 2013

7 Days Vegan Challenge: Day 2

   Another very warm today this morning. Actually I slept all night with the window open, something not very common here even in summer. Forecast for today: Hottest day of the year. This is probably helping the challenge, as salads and fruits are easy meals to prepare.

   So usual cereals in the morning with soy milk, chia and flaxseed seeds (its not lack of imagination or laziness but what I like more for breakfast) and out of the house, this time went to Ben of Howth (long walk over there with amazing views of Howth, Dublin, Malahide, etc) and North Bull Island (another walk this time in Dollymount Beach). Both walks awaked hunger on me and I realised how important are snack between meals so next time I wont leave the house without them.

The Ben of Howth

   Back to the house, Maria had prepared a Gazpacho, the spanish cold tomato based soup (although the dish is not cooked and all the ingredients are raw), a very refreshing summer meal extremely popular in Spain. There are many different variations of Gazpacho in Spain (Portugal and some other countries have similar dishes) but the mail ingredients are tomatoes, olive oil, salt and cucumber. Then, green peppers, onion, garlic, vinegar and bread can be in the recipe.


   Together with gazpacho, I have a salad (with alfalfa sprout that I was growing for the last two days) and falafel (dip in the vegan mayonnaise I made yesterday.

   Great time for dinner: another summer favourite is homemade lebanese hummus. Last night I put in water some chickpeas and today, after cooking them for almost 2 hours, made this great, simple a versatile dish.

lebanese hummus

  For main dish, quinoa spaghetti with sausages, cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. Great surprise with the vegan parmesan-style cheese, wonderful flavour.

quinoa spaghetti with sausages and sun dried tomato pesto

   And the big surprise of the night was the Hugo's Vegan Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble...here is where we didnt miss at all any non vegan options: simply delicious!

Hugo's Vegan Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

   This second day of the challenge was a day to discover some great vegan substitutes and deserts. Not missing any meet and diary so far!

Thanks for reading!

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