Fruit and Nut Grawnola for SALE!

Hi All,

I’m really excited to be writing this post! Last month I sold a small batch of my raw grawnola on Instagram and the response was pretty good (thank you all of you who bought!).

Was really motivated by the feedback so I’m thinking of selling this once- twice a month. This month I made a bigger batch and will be selling around 20 packets on a first come first served basis..not a crazy amount but that’s the max my dehydrator can make. Check out the details below@grawnola

Fruit and Nut Grawnola
Made with yummy fruits, activated nuts and seeds…and of course, lots of homemade love! 100% Raw and Vegan of course=)
My favourite way to have it is with non-dairy milk or yogurt and topped with fruits! Or even as an afternoon snack=)
Price : $11.80/pk for 200g

Place an Order!
If you’re keen to buy a pack or two, drop me an email at eatgreencake.sg@gmail.com with the following details:
Name:
Contact Number:
Number of packet(s):
Collection Date: 24/25/26 June (Wed to Fri) evenings @ 730pm City Hall MRT
Or if you’re around HarbourFront during those 3 days, then anytime during 12-2pm is fine too!

Love,
Sheryl

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2 Hummus Recipes – Roasted Red Pepper and Beetroot

Hi everyone,

As many of you may know, I consider hummus one of the greatest dishes on this earth.  A few weeks ago I visited this Mediterranean place at Haji Lane and was served some really bland tasting hummus =( Needless to say, I left feeling VERY disappointed and had a big gaping unsatisfied craving!

So Me+Unsatisfied cravings do not go well together. I made up for the craving by making home made hummus for 3 weeks straight! Haha i think I can safely say that my cravings are officially SATISFIED.

Anyway, I love making different variations of Hummus. These 2 weeks, my fav variations were the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Roasted Beetroot Hummus. SO YUM!! I’ve been basically pairing them with all my dishes – as a dip, a spread and a dressing for my salads!

You can check out my recipes for the Classic Hummus, Raw Vegan Hummus and Sweet Potato Hummus as well.

ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS
red pepper hummus

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 large Red Bell Pepper
1 Can Chickpeas (try to buy those that are soaked in water)
2 TBS Tahini
2 cloves Garlic
2 TBS Lemon Juice
2 TBS Water
1/4 TSP Salt
Olive Oil

HERE’S HOWred pepper hummus
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Remove the stalk and seeds and slice the Red pepper in to stripes. Drizzle generously with olive oil and place in the oven for at least 40 – 50 min. Only remove it once the edges are starting to brown or blacken.

2) In a food processor, add all ingredients and process away.
> I don’t add much salt but taste as you process your hummus and add more till you find the taste that suits you best.
> I also like my hummus really thick. If you want a smoother consistency, add bit more lemon juice or liquid.

ROASTED BEET ROOT HUMMUS

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 medium Beetroot (mine was slightly more than 300g)
1 Can Chickpeas (try to buy those that are soaked in water)
3 TBS Tahini
1 large clove Garlic
3 TBS Lemon Juice
1 TBS Water
1/4 TSP Salt
1/2 TSP Cumin seeds
Olive Oil

HERE’S HOW

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1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Remove the skin and slice the beetroom into even pieces (not too thin or they may become chips!). Drizzle generously with olive oil and place in the oven for at least 35-45 min. Only remove it the pieces start to soften and caramelize.

2) In a food processor, add all ingredients and process away.
> I don’t add much salt but taste as you process your hummus and add more till you find the taste that suits you best. I acutally added abit more cumin afterwards because i simply love the taste. Feel free to add more if you wish.
> This hummus is thicker than the roasted Red Pepper one. Similarly, add more lemon juice or water if you don’t want it so thick.

Enjoy!!

SUFOOD Singapore

Hi All!

Sorry for the hiatus, I’ve not been doing a very good job juggling work, social and blogging 😦 But am really grateful for those of you who have still been dropping me comments and mails…thank you thank you!!

Today I want to talk about my recent visit to SUFOOD, the newest vegetarian restaurant to hit our sunny shores. The kind folks at SUFOOD invited me down for a media tasting and I couldn’t be more excited after reading the press release. SUFOOD is a joint venture between Singapore’s PUTIEN and Taiwan’s largest restaurant operator WOWPRIME. I asked my Taiwanese friend about SUFOOD and though he is not a vegetarian, he knows of this chain. Always a good sign rite? 😀

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Location
SUFOOD is located at Raffles City Shopping Center….FINALLY another vegetarian option in town! So stoked about the location because most good veg food are not located near any central MRT stations and this makes meat-free options so much more accessible to the masses (and for me hohoho!).

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The FOOD
SUFOOD’s vegetarian menu is Italian-inspired with a playful cross-fusion approach to culinary creations. Ingredients for their menu are sourced regionally and all food is prepared with no artificial flavorings or MSG, yay!

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Love the colourful and vegan-friendly menu – all dishes have cute little icons beside indicating if it contains diary products , onions or garlic.

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There’s a wide range of options in the menu – from appetizers to soups, and mains to desserts. BUTBUTBUT why would you go a la carte when you can go for their ULTRA value for money 8-course set meal at $25++?? When i first saw the price, i honestly thought I saw it wrongly, or that the portions were going to be bite sized. But boy was I wrong.

See their menu SUFOOD Menu

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Started off the course with their SUFOOD appetizer – a delicate trio of poached Japanese Yuca root drizzled with a blueberry coulis, a stack of oriental white water snowflake greens and a savoury cherry tomato jelly. Each appetizer was unique – and because there was one each of something sweet, savoury and sour, it really tantalized my tastebuds and got me looking forward to the next course.

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Next we had the Rosemary Bread sticks followed by a shot of Vinegar 
The shot of vinegar is made from fermented mulberry roots and is supposedly very healthy. The strong sour tastes takes some people a while to get used to, but its OK for me since I’m used to taking Apple Cider Vinegar.

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The Salad options were very simple – i had the Mushroom Salad. It was lightly seasoned and probably the most flavourful among the rest of the salads which were mostly raw. Probably not the place you come to if you want to dig into a hearty salad dish.

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The Soup Course was one of my faves. I went more Asian and chose the Cabbage and Sweet Potato Stew…and wow this was really good! The broth was so flavorful it reminded me of my grandma’s cooking. Everyone thought it was the best soup on the table too! Tried a few spoonfuls of other soups- my next fav was the Mushroom & Pea Pottage Soup – It wasn’t overly thick and surprising savory!

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By the time we reached our Main Course, I was quite full! Ordered the Wild Mushroom Charcoal Tagliatelle and served a delightful looking dish. This was my dish of the day – the dish had alot of asian flavours but it was really unique in a good way. The charcoal pasta was really well made, chewy and best part, it doesn’t stain your teeth! The mushrooms were fresh (looks like squid right?) and complemented the pasta excellently.

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I must say that SUFOOD is quite generous with their portions. Even though this was an 8 course meal, the soup and main were of normal portion size and not downsized. Here are some pictures of other main course dishes ( some of which are not vegan)

For dishes that require diners to use their hands to pick up the food, SUFOOD provides gloves to ease the dining experience. So considerate right?

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Only some mains are vegan but i think that the vegan options looked even better than the veg ones! A dish I spyed someone at the next table having was the Mediterranean Vegetable Skewers and it looked so delicious! So gonna try that the next time I’m there.

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Dessert time! The dessert portions are quite small but to me, it was the perfect portion-size after you’ve just had 6 courses. The only vegan option was the Osmanthus Flower Jelly. Another fav of mine! The texture of the jelly was perfect – The Taiwanese really know their jelly man – and you could taste and see the infused Osmanthus flowers with each bite. The dessert comes with a drink – and you get to choose between hot tea and fruit juices. I had “The Very Berry” drink, a little too sweet/sour for me …should have gone for the hot tea instead. Other desserts in the menu include cheesecake and panna cotta.

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SUFOOD is definitely a place I’ll visit again because it serves good quality food at really affordable prices! Seriously, what more can a Singaporean ask for?! So, make a trip down to check it out…and loosen your waist band!

SUFOOD
#02-19 Raffles City Shopping Center (next to Espirit)
Opening Hours : 11.30am – 3.30pm / 5.30pm – 10.00pm

https://www.facebook.com/sufood.singapore

Down to Earth Ubud and & Earth Cafe Bali

I finally made a trip to Bali last month and ticked an item of my bucket list! Bali is such an amazing place so full of charm and character. And it attracts all sorts of people. Some know Bali as a place with picturesque fields, revered temples and where they can find spirituality and calmness. Others flock there for the boisterous nightlife and never ending beaches. Me? I’ve come to know as a raw and vegan food paradise!

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Since I was only spending 3 days there, I wanted to make sure I went to the best vegan places around. After doing some research on the internet and gathering travel tips from fellow vegan friends, I knew that one of the cafes I had to check out was Down to Earth Bali because it was much raved about. And boy was I glad I did!

DOWN TO EARTH CAFE

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I visited Down to Earth’s Ubud branch and was greeted with a cheerful looking 2 storey building that houses a health food shop on the first floor and a restaurant on the second floor. Down to Earth believes in serving organic, unprocessed and ethical vegetarian gourmet food that is healthy yet delicious at the same time. Something I highly identify with as well.

I’ll start with …the Restaurant! The restaurant is spacious, airy and bright rays spill in from the balcony. It has a extremely cosy feel – woody furniture and bright, plush cushions. I like!

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The menu at Down to Earth Bali is so extensive! All dishes are vegetarian and most of it are vegan and raw! They have smoothies, tonics, appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, platters, stews , desserts etc. I wanted to order everything! Here’s what i eventually settled on :

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Dragon bowl salad – which contains organic vegetables, tempeh, avocado, pomelo and alfafa over a bed of buckwheat noodles and toasted sesame dressing. This was so delicioussssssss, an explosion of flavour and freshness in your mouth. Highly recommeded!!

DSCN8928 DSCN8933 Another favourite I had was the Mediterranean platter – every component on this dish was fantastic and so fresh. Especially the falafels – crispy on the outside but not dry on the inside. Highly recommended! My friend (who is non-vege) was crazy over this platter and we were so inspired by this dish we are going to recreate the whole thing next week!

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We also had marinated steamed  trio of mushrooms – which is a simple dish but kept the sweetness and flavour of the mushrooms. yum!

We were so full but I insisted on having at least ONE dessert. So we tried the raw rolade. It was very coconut-y ,..abit too much so for my liking but still a pretty decent raw dessert.

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Us looking super happy and satisfied! My friend who is non-vege LOVED the food and i couldn’t be happier.

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The health food shop on the first floor provides fresh organic produce, natural house hold products, chemical free cosmetics and health foods and treats.

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DSCN8944 DSCN8939   Needless to say….  I went abit mad! I lugged home SO MANY PRODUCTS!! Cacao butter, cacao powder, dehydrated snacks, coconut powder etc…and the prices are WAY cheaper than in Singapore! So if you have the chance to head to Bali, my advice is…stock up!DSCN8938DSCN8937DSCN8884

I highly recommend making a trip to Down to Earth Ubud when you visit Bali.

I was also very fortunate to be staying right across the road from Down to Earth’s Seminyak Branch, called Earth Cafe. And I happily ditched hotel breakfast for breakfast at Earth Cafe every morning!

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Both Earth Cafe and Down to Earth have the same menu but i managed to try most of the breakkie items!

Tofu omlette with sourdough bread

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IMG_20140222_075306  Raw breakfast mix with coconut water and spices- I LOVED this. I bought home a few packs and have been making them for breakfast since. Super easy to DIY too.

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The delicious falafels again!! with hummus

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Tried an item from their raw food menu — raw nasi goreng! (or raw fried rice!) Its mainly sprouted grains with lots of chopped vegetables. Don’t be deceived by this bowl of chopped stuff- its extremely filling.

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Tried their battered fried mushrooms – probably the only dish i didn’t like. too much flour too little mushrooms. 😦

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I was in Vegan and raw dessert heaven!!! WEEE after standing and choosing for like…forever… i finally decided on a tofu cheesecake which DID NOT DISAPPOINT.!!!

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Shall blog about a few more vegan places I visited in Bali in the next post. Can’t wait to visit Bali again….Till then!!

Down to Earth Ubud
Jl Guatama Selatan

Earth Cafe
Jalan Lasmana No.99
Oberoi, Seminyak – Bali

http://www.downtoearthbali.com

Green Smoothies 101

I ❤ Green Smoothies and today’s post is dedicated to this favourite drink of mine!  A green smoothie is basically a smoothie blend of both fruits and green vegetables. It’s healthy, delicious and makes a great meal substitute! Just like how there are caffeine addicts out there, I’ve coined myself a Green smoothie addict because if I don’t have my fix for 2 straight days.. I feel really weird!

I’ve been bring my green smoothies to work daily and my new colleagues have been fascinated with the large green jar on my table. Just the other day, I was having a discussion with an interested co-worker about green smoothies and thought it would be a great idea to share what I know here too.

So before I start converting you, let’s start with the most basic question:

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Why do I love Green Smoothies so much?
It tastes GREAT!!
It’s high in nutrition value, has loads vitamins and full of live enzymes
It gives me a burst of energy to kick start my day.
It gives me my daily required intake of fruits and veggies EASILY
Aids digestion
Gives me clearer skin
Its fuss free
And probably the most palatable way to consume large amounts of vegetables.

If you’re sold, lets start!

I’ve racked my brains to remember all the questions I’ve ever got asked about Green Smoothies and I hope this FAQ I’ve come up with is comprehensive enough. If not, feel free to leave a question in the comments section and I’ll try my best to answer you!

1)Is Juicing the same as Blending?
Nope, they are different.

Juicing involved extracting the juice and water of the fruit/vegetable while discarding the fibrous pulp. Juices are easily digestible since your body doesn’t need to work process the fibre and are extremely high in nutrients. Try to opt for green juices or juices that mix fruits and vegetables because fruit juices are quite high in sugar and can spike your blood sugar level.
Unlike juicing, blending contains the whole fruit and vegetable including the fibre. The blending process breaks down the fibre making the drink more digestible and gives an even release of nutrients into the blood stream. Because of the fibre, blended drinks tend to make you full longer. They are also much faster to make!

2)What type of fruits can I use for blending?
You can use almost all types of fruits for blending! When necessary, remove the skin, seeds and core of fruits before blending them.

3)What type of liquid can I use for my smoothies?
You can use water, non-dairy milk (like almond, cashew, soy, hemp milk), coconut water and fresh fruit juice.

4)What type of vegetables can I use to blend?
I recommend using leafy vegetables that have very neutral tastes such as baby spinach, romaine and kale. Vegetables that have very strong flavours such as arugula and cabbage

5)What equipment do I need?
You’ll need a blender, a juicer (not necessary but a plus if you have), a chopping board and a sharp knife.

6)What type of blender do you use?
I use a Vitamix and I highly recommend it! Or you can use any high-powered blender as it can break down the fruits and fibre easily.

7)How much smoothie do you drink in a day?
I drink one large green smoothie in the morning …from 1L – 1.5L (or 50oz).

8)How are you able to drink so much liquid?!
Initially I couldn’t drink so much at one go and it took a bit of time to get used to drinking so such a large amount. Start with one large cup and increase and decrease the amount you drink each day as your body gets used to it.

9)Is having a green smoothie as a meal filling?
It totally is! A typical smoothie keeps me full for around 3hours. Even longer when I use heavier ingredients like bananas and dates. Plus it gives me a huge boost of energy to kick off the day.

10)Can you taste the vegetables?
Probably the most common question I get asked all the time. And no, I hardly taste the vegetables because the sweetness and flavours of the other ingredients balance it out! It is honestly the most palatable way to consume your vegetables! But do take note that the type of vegetables you use will affect how your smoothie tastes (see Q4 above).

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11) How much fruits and veggies do you buy a week and is it costly?
Here’s what goes into a week’s worth of green smoothies:

–       2 boxes of organic baby spinach,
–       1.5 pineapples
–       2 bunches of bananas
–       1 box strawberries
–       1 box of 4 kiwis
–       2 peaches
–       8 oranges
–       2 avocadoes

Total cost: $35.10 or around $5 per day for a 1.5 large green smoothie. That’s really affordable  as compared to the 400ml-500ml smoothies you buy in town that costs around $6.80. Plus I’m pretty sure those don’t contain as many fresh ingredients. So as much as possible, blend at home if you can. It’s easy and helps you save money!

12) How do I start building a smoothie
I always start off with a base and then add complimentary fruits and vegetables. Use fruits that give volume and are sweet- like banana and manago. Add 2 – 3 fruits that go well with your base fruit and end off with some vegetables.

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13) How do you find time to blend your smoothies in the morning?
Another question I get asked all the time! People assume I’m really hardworking and get up really early to prepare my smoothie, but the truth is, it only takes me 10 min or less to prepare my smoothies every morning! The trick is to plan plan and plan.

I like to buy a whole ton of different fruits (not vegetables) and pre-pack them in advance. I portion them into servings for each day and pack them in zip lock bags. I then store them in the freezer. So each morning, I simply take out one packet of pre-pack smoothie and pop it in the blender together with my desired amount of vegetables and water and let the magic begin.
*if you’re not using a high-speed blender, it may be hard to blend frozen fruit. So I would suggest setting it out to thaw before you blend it.

14) What do you store your green smoothies in?
I try to drink my smoothies immediately after I blend (that’s the best!). But when I bring them to work or have them on the go, I store them in mason jars. For where to find Mason jars in Singapore, click here.

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15) Why aren’t my green smoothies green?
Surprise surprise, most green smoothies are, (ironically), not green! It all depends on the combination of fruits and vegetables you use in your smoothies. For eg, if you use blueberries in your smoothies, depending on the amount, it could turn the smoothie a beautiful rich purple or a very murky brown.
However don’t worry about the colour, non-green looking smoothies taste just as good! One trick to guarantee that your smoothies turn out green is to combine white to yellow tone fruits with the vegetables (eg, pineapples, mangoes, peaches etc).

16) What else can I add in my smoothies to increase the nutritional content?
Besides fruits and vegetables, you can increase the nutritional content of your smoothie by adding ingredients such as

  • Super food powders (eg, spirulina powder, maca powder)
  • Vegan protein powders
  • Cacao powder
  • Oils (eg, coconut oil)
  • Seeds (eg, hemp seeds, flax seeds )
  • Spices (eg, cinnamon powder)
  • Liquid sweeteners (eg, agave nectar)
  • Others like goji berries, nut butters, dates etc

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Recipes please?
Based on the fruits and vegetables I’ve listed in Q11, here are a basic recipes you can try:
The following recipes make 1 – 1.5 L of green smoothies, reduce the amount of fruit and water if you don’t want such a large amount.
Add 1 – 2 cups of spinach and 1- 2 cups of water depending on your desired consistency.

a)       2 wedges x Pineapple, 1  x ripe Kiwi, 5 – 6 Strawberries , 1 x ripe Banana
b)       1 wedge x Pineapple, 1 x ripe Kiwi, 1 x Orange, 1 x ripe Banana
c)       1 wedge x Pineapple, 2 x ripe Kiw, 1.5 x ripe Banana
d)       2  wedges  x Pineapple, 2 x ripe Peach, 1 cup orange juice
e)       2 wedges x Pineapple, 2 x Orange, 1 x ripe Banana
f)        2 x ripe Banana, 10 Strawberries, 1 cup Orange juice ,
g)      2 x ripe Banana, 6 – 8  Strawberries , 1 x Orange, 1 x ripe Peach
h)      2 x ripe Banana,  1 x ripe avocado ,  1 cup orange juice  (with some orange rind)

Tip –
* Always make sure your fruits are cold/frozen. Warm smoothies are really gross
* Add ice cubes to get the beautiful frosty texture
* Start with a small amount of liquid and add more till you find the consistency you desire.
* Similarly, if you’re ensure of the taste, start off with 1 cup of vegetables first, and add more if you find it palatable enough.

Once you’ve mastered the basic smoothie, get creative and use different types of liquid, fruits and vegetables! My last piece of advice to you would be to HAVE FUN and don’t be afraid to try!

Loving Hut @ Joo Chiat

HI All,

Haven’t had much time to cook new stuff this month, hence the lack of recipe posts.  Have been having more or less the same type breakfast/lunch/dinner on weekdays and then eating out on weekends.  Hoping to start making new stuff soon.

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Meanwhile, I’m really excited to share about  the new Loving Hut @ Joo Chiat that opened recently. (YESSS finally something in the EAST! Sorry westsiders, but you have Star Vista !) I’ve always felt that Singapore lacked vegan cafes…most of the vegan/vegetarian places here are either restaurants or hawker stalls. But I’m so glad that this trend is taking on  – first with the Living Cafe, Real Foods..and now Loving Hut! Definitely something to appeal to younger generation.

Interior – Loving the ambience so it deserves a whole paragraph on its own! The interior is bright, modern and I think Singaporeans who are into the “cafe-hype” craze will love it. Plus, its located in the very indie Joo Chiat! Colourful paintings relating to veganism are hung/placed around the cafe, sprinking colour and youthful vibes everywhere.

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Cute slogans like “Make Peace, Go Vegan” can be found on coasters, postcards, cloth bags, walls and even on thier furniture!  There’s even a panel against the wall that sells vegan snacks and environmentally friendly kitchen accessories.

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I visited Loving Hut with a bunch of vegan friends and managed to try abit of everything. The menu is pretty extensive! There are salads, starters, burgers, mains, asian dishes, fushion dishes, rice sets, desserts etc. Needless to say, none of us could make up our minds about what to eat. But that was a good problem 😉 check out the menu on thier facebook page

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Lets start with the drinks. Hands down, my favourite was the Morning Glory drink which I ordered – made using vegan yogurt! It tasted a bit like yakult with a slight zest and minty flavour. Thumbs up!

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Here are a few more drinks:

Hazelnut Coffee Latte – made using organic soy milk

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Hazelnut Cocoa

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Green Tea Latte

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Most of us ordered the western dishes, so there were lots of burgers and fries on the table.  The price for a main is around $13 – $17, similar to what you pay at normal cafes. Portions were a little small, I think a few of the guys mentioned they could eat another burger. I also understand that normally they also have sweet potato fries but sadly, it wasn’t available that day.

Tandoori Flame Burger – with fries and a side salad

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Beanie Quinoa BBQ Burger

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My dish of the Papa’s Porobello Burger – with a huge portobello inside! Quite tasty and i’m so glad it wasn’t a minced patty.

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Some ordered the asian-style dishes like dumpling soup and brown rice sets

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Almond Crumb Fillet – this was good too!

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Pan Gilled Vegan Scallops  – looks so real eh! They are actually mushrooms

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Sadly all the desserts were sold out too…my heart actually sank a little as I watched the last plate of Bread and Butter Pudding being served to the next table because it looked freaking good! Well, more reasons to go back next time.

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I think that Loving Hut’s new branch has set a new standard for vegan eateries in Singapore. Its modern cafe-styled concept and western menu will definitely appeal to both vegans and non vegans. It is redefining the perception of veganism and vegetarian food in Singapore and introducing veganism in a more fun, casual and relatable approach to the masses. Do check it out and show them some support!

Loving Hut Joo Chiat
229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01
Open daily : 11am – 2.30pm / 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Tel: 6348 6318
www.lovinghut.com.sg

Vegan Bean & Sweet Potato Chilli and Sweet Potato Hummus

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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Whether you’re taking this time to feast, party, spend time with loved ones or simply to rest…I hope you’re enjoying yourselves this holiday season!  =)vegan potluck

Wanted to share a little about the recent Xmas Vegan Potluck we had (see previous post). Was great catching up with old friends and meeting new friends…also got to meet 2 readers (waves to Gigi and Angela!). Didn’t manage to take much pictures because it was SO HOT, but we had quite the spread!

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I contributed 2 dishes – Vegan Bean & Sweet Potato Chilli and Sweet Potato Hummus. I love making my own food, but I admit it does get a little bit intimidating cooking for a large group of people because you don’t know if it caters to their taste. But luckily, both dishes were very well received and I had a few people asking me to post the recipe…so (whew!) and I’m more than happy to share!

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VEGAN BEAN & SWEET POTATO CHILLI

I can’t claim to have written this recipe. Got it off this link but changed a few measurements along the way. Also made it less spicy!

What you’ll need

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp chili powder (please add more if you want it spicer)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (please add more if you want it spicer)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 pcs bay leaves

Here’s how

  • Chop and cube sweet potatoes, carrots and bell pepper.
  • Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil for a minute or two, then add sweet potatoes, carrots and bell pepper until onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes.
  • In a separate pot, add remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil. Add the sautéed vegetables and bring to heat to medium low.
  • Simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes, until flavors have mingled and vegetables are cooked. Taste and add more spices if you want more heat.

SWEET POTATO HUMMUS

This hummus is quite thick and can be a little dry. But its very close to the texture of traditional hummus. If its too thick for you, feel free to add more olive oil or save a little of the chickpea liquid to add in.

What you’ll need

    • 2 sweet potatoes
    • 5 – 6 tbs olive oil
    • 1 can unsalted chickpeas
    • 3 tbs tahini
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • Juice of 1 ½ lemons
    • 1 tsp paparika
    • ½ tsp cumin
    • ½ – 1 tsp salt

Here’s How

    • Preheat oven to 180 degreees. Using a fork, poke some “holes” in the sweet potatoes so that they bake faster. Leave them in the oven for an hour till
    • Process all ingredients!
    • Add more olive oil and paparika when you serve…enjoy!

Pita Pan

Hi All,

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I’m so excited to share about my recent dining experience at the casual vegetarian restaurant Pita Pan. Pita Pan (how cute is the name?!) has been around for a while but only recently opened a new outlet at the very convenient Marina Square.  After reading so many raving reviews about Pita Pan from fellow bloggers and instagrammers, I finally made some time to pay it a visit. And boy am I glad I did! I really love Mediterranean food and Pita Pan didn’t disappoint!

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Just a little intro about Pita Pan which I lifted off their website:

“Pita Pan is a casual vegetarian dining experience, not fast food. Our Mediterranean inspired, vegetarian dishes are made to order, using the freshest ingredients, right in front of your eyes! We serve the most delicious homemade Pita Breads, Falafels, Middle Eastern Salads and many other unique Mediterranean dishes. The food is 100% vegetarian and most of the menu items are dairy-free.

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I decided to go for the pocket sandwiches made using their homemade Pita bread since it was the recommended item on the menu.  You start off by choosing your main ingredient –  either crispy Chickpea n or Veggie Shawarma (soy based mock meat)- followed by adding different toppings and sauces as much as your pocket can hold!20131130_191223

Naturally, I chose the Chickpea Falafels! Here’s my yummeh pocket pita – filled with Garlic Tahini, Hummus, corn, salsa, red cabbage, eggplant, onions, and carrots. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! The Falafels were tasty and crispy while the toppings and sauces complimented it so well. Right now I’m actually feeling hungry as I’m typing this post =XIMG_20131130_191558IMG_20131130_192040

My Bf had the Veggie Shawarma – which he preferred probably because it tasted like meat. I’m not a huge fan of mock meat but I guess the shawarma is a good option for hardcore carnivores. You can also choose to make your pita pocket a meal – comes with fries and a drink. If i had one criticism it would be – don’t order the Ice tea. It was pure syrup and very little water.IMG_20131130_192311

Being a typical kaypo Singaporean, I also scanned the restaurant to check out what everyone else was having and ended up ordering a Shakshuka to share. A Shakshuka is basically a dish of eggs poached in sauces and vegetables and served in a sizzling hot pan. We ordered the Green Shashuka which had baby spinach, basil, spring onions and paparika…but we omitted the eggs and Halloumi. Bf thought it was OKAY and felt it could be more flavourful …and I guess that’s why the original dish had cheese and eggs to balance out the flavours. I on the other hand quite liked it!  Sorry I couldn’t snap a picture of this because eating the pocket sandwich got really messy and I didn’t want to dirty my camera haha. You can check out how it looks from thier website here

After I posted a picture of my pita pocket on Instagram, a friend commented that the food at Pita Pan was quite expensive. While there are cheaper vegan options around, I personally find that the price point is decent for the quality of food you get. And it’s very filling too since you’re loading up on carbs and protein!

I have many fav vegan places to eat at but I always end up at the same one or two places like Real Foods because it’s convenient and centrally located….but now, I have a new option and you’re gonna see me there often. Very often!

So head down to Pita Pan if you haven’t already done so and show them some love ❤

PITA PAN
Marina Square Shopping Mall #02-183A
Operating Hours Sun – Thu 11am to 11pm Fri and Sat 11am to 12midnight
Website: http://pitapan.com.sg/
Phone: +65 6337 2587

Sunny Choice Organic Cafe

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend, I made a trip down Sunny Choice Organic Cafe. Sunny Choice has been on my “Must Check Out” list for quite some time now but I’ve always been putting it off because it’s so far from where I stay. But boy am I glad I finally made the trip down.

Sunny Choice is located at The Rail Mail, along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Don’t be fooled by the name because unlike the typical high rise malls you see all over Singapore, The Rail Mall is actually a long row of 1 storey high shops and eateries. The mall is located next to the old Malayan rail way track and is surrounded by an abundance of lush greenery. I simply love this area and am so glad I to have found such a quaint, secluded spot in our bustling city.

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Before I get on to the food, I have something really happy to share! My carnivorous bf has finally agreed to go vegetarian one day per week…weee! For someone who doesn’t eat much veggies, that’s a pretty good start=) So we’ve christianed the day as Super Veggie Saturdays and Sunny Choice was where we kicked off his first full vegetarian day.

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You place your order through this tablet attached to your table. Thought this was pretty high tech for a small cafe! And smart too !

mini-20131027_132624 Ok, finally for the food! We ordered 2 sides, 2 mains, 2 drinks …and
the portions were pretty huge! The family beside us even commented ‘wow can the
both of you finish all that?’ We answered with a resounding YES! I’ve read a
few reviews saying that the dishes are bland. I can understand why because the
dishes here aren’t the typical vegetarian dishes – they are healthier, use less
seasoning and oil, and don’t serve alot of fried stuff….but that’s not to say
it isn’t tasty.

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Tau Hu Goreng

This dish is a much healthier version of the typical deep fried and oily Tau Hu Goreng (Fried Tofu). Combined with shredded carrots, sprouts, cucumber, radishes and a generous topping of peanuts and pumpkin puree, the tofu is lightly fried to perfection and has almost no oil. In fact, I’m not sure what the method of cooking was. I like that it is lightly seasoned yet flavourful. My bf attacked this dish with so much gusto and kept saying in-between mouthfuls how he would come back for this.

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Veggie Sushi

My favourite! This simple veggie sushi roll is filled with carrots, radishes, beetroot, alfafa sprouts and lettuce , served with a side dressing of wasabi soy sauce. It is SO DARN FRESH and the sauce is delicious. I think I could eat 2 – 3 plates of this anytime.

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Vegetarian Curry Set Meal

This set comes with brown rice, a bowl of veggie curry, pumpkin chips and some side vegetables. Hearty and satisfying whilst not overly seasoned…but its right up my alley. LOVING the chips and was so tempted to grab an entire pack from the store =X

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Salad Noodle

This dish was a little weird for me but still tasty nevertherless. Though I’m not a big fan of heavily seasoned salads, I quite liked the vinegar noodles because it balanced out the taste of the fresh veggies quite well. Its a little too heavy to be called a “salad”….more like a noodle dish.

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There are many other popular items like the Thunder Tea Rice, Abacus set and Spagetti… so I guess I will have to make a trip back real soon!

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Sunny Choice is also an organic store. The store sells a good range of products like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts/grains/dried food, baby products, health supplements, oils/seasonings/condiments and even skin/body/hair products. Basically all your basic necessities for leading an organic and vegetarian lifestyle. What I also noticed and loved about the store is that there is a good variety of both western and asian products! mini-20131027_141916 mini-20131027_133944 mini-20131027_133904 mini-20131027_132950

Here are some other products I spotted in the store:

Oligo  – diabetic friendly sugar. like Xylitol

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\Purple Sweet Potato and Pumpkin chips –  This came together with the curry veggie set and was SO yummy!! Its the Asian kinda chips which i LOVELOVELOVE.

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The very first smoothie i ordered on my recent trip to London was a pretty pink smoothie that was decorated with dried roses …and  I swore to recreate that drink at home! Tadah I finally found the dried roses!

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Kelp buds, great for soups=)

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Don’t like the taste of chia seeds on  its own? Have Chia Crisps!

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Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Sunny Choice very much – Healthy, delicious food at a very reasonable price, what else can you ask for? Will be back to try out the rest of the menu soon. Real soon.

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Sunny Choice Organic Cafe

434 Upper Bukit Timah Road
The Rail Mall
Tel: 6892 2383
Open Daily from 10am – 9pm.

Watermelon Strawberry & Mint Smoothie

Morning all!

I made the mistake of watching a horror show before going to bed last night and spent the whole night tossing and turning half awake. Boo hoo Lesson learnt! Anyway, was super tired in the morning and decided to make myself a refreshing smoothie. Mum was also having a bad night and this smoothie (more like a juice than smoothie)  really perked the both of us up! Its extremely simple and the title for this post pretty much sums up all the ingredients you need =) The portions I used below really balance the flavour so you can taste abit of all three ingredients, and not one overpowering item.strawberry watermelon mint smoothie

WATERMELON STRAWBERRY & MINT SMOOTHIE

3 cups chilled watermelon (cubed)
1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)
8 – 10 mint leaves (or more)
2 TBS water
*optional  ( you might wanna squeeze in some lime juice too!)

HERE’S HOW:

Blend on high! That’s all! One refreshing smoothie…CHECKED =)