My MM: Ania’s Meatless Monday (OK, It Was Sunday) Menu
Happy Monday! We have a meatless menu from Ania, a Polish gal living and loving in Germany. Loving that her boyfriend shares in the cooking, and also loving her new vegan life. Enjoy! We included her email below ’cause it made us smile. :)
[Dear Both, you asked and here it comes, that's actually a Sunday menu but I really can't remember what I ate last Monday, hope you don't mind streching it a bit. Let's say it's a Monday menu for those who can go for a walk in the forest instead of running a marathon down some office corridors... And it's also a pretty lazy menu as you will see since most of the stuff I ate was actually cooked by someone else but hey, why not? And I still love cooking, maybe even more so since I don't need to do it everyday.]
Home: Freiburg, Germany
Dietary leanings: freshly vegan (after being vegetarian all my life, I made a switch in May and… never looked back
My favourite vegetable: this season definitely belongs to brussels sprouts, I love them roasted with a little bit of olive oil
In the morning…
Almond milk latte brought to bed (the only way to wake me up…) and then a long, lazy breakfast. The day before I bought some amazing whole grain walnut bread and ate almost half of it with different vegan spreads, mostly based on sunflower seeds (hello Zwergenwiese!) but also some pesto-type things, vegan schmalz and sirop de Liege (concentrated fruit juices cooked to make a paste), nothing says weekend better than a full breakfast table!
After breakfast we went for a walk to the forest, it looks so beautiful now, with heaps of snow and blue skies. We stopped at a nice chalet up in the mountains that offers breakfast buffet and lunches. They didn’t have anything vegan on the menu but I asked for gnocchi with vegetables without gorgonzola sauce and was pleasantly surprised when a full plate of gnocchi appeared in front of me, with lots of fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted pine nuts. I find it sometimes difficult in restaurants where only vegan option on the menu is some boring salad or pasta with tomato sauce and then everyone keeps asking me if I’m fine or looking sadly at my plate, especially on business trips. It always makes me want to tell them that the stuff I normally eat is actually pretty amazing and there’s really no reason to feel sorry for me, and that you can be vegan and still love food! Well, one consequence of this is that at least a third of my work emails now end with some vegan recipe links..
I felt really hungry after all the walking so had some more of the walnut bread, this time with peanut butter.
My boyfriend made some roasted potatoes with kale, leek and onions, using veggies from our CSA, simple and delicious.
And I spent the rest of the evening reading various recipes published as part of Fabulous Fermentation Week, started by My New Roots & Earthsprout. Being Polish I love fermented foods but it was really great to see this whole fermented feast that the girls have inspired, with totally new tastes and combinations. Plans for next weekend: homemade kimchi!
Happy fermenting, Ania! Let us know how that goes.