When I was in South Korea last year, I literally had bibimbap every single day. It may sound boring, as bibimbap means mixed rice. The good news is that you can mix in every ingredient you fancy. So, despite the fact I had mixed rice for over a week, I had differend rice mixes every day. Oh, I want to mention here as well that bibimbap always comes in a ‘decent’ portion size. Plenty and tasty! Food how I like it 🙂

Traditionally it’s cooked in a stone pot, the dolsot, which gets and keeps the bibimbap really really hot for a long time. I don’t own one (yet), so opted for the simplified version, using kitchen equipment we all own. 
I highly recommend you’ll try the dolsot bibimbap though, maybe next time you visit a Korean restaurant. 

Ingredients for 2

Mixed mushrooms
  • 200 g firm organic tofu, pressed
  • 4 tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp Gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • 2-4 tsp oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 100gr mushrooms (Shiitake or mixed mushrooms if you can get them), roughly chopped into bitesize pieces 
  • 100gr spinach
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 50gr edamame beans
  • 50gr bean sprouts
  • ½ cup brown rice, cooked
  • ½ long cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced
  • Some sesame oil and soy or tamari sauce to serve

This dish needs a bit of pre-planning, so different to my other recipes, which are quickly to assemble, this may need some preparation a day ahead. 


  1. Press the tofu block.
  2. Cube the tofu into bitesize pieces, not too large, not too small.
  3. Slide the onion and set aside.
  4. Place the tofu in a shallow bowl and pour soy sauce, mixed in with 1 tsp of Gochujang, over it. Set the tofu aside for at least 30 minutes to allow the tofu to absorb the marinade, making sure you turn the pieces to the other side at least once, halfway through. The longer you marinate the tofu, the more intense the flavour. I prefer to leave it marinating over night, but it’s up to you 🙂 Take the tofu out of the marinate and let the marinate drip off slightly.
  5. Heat 2 tsp of oil on a non-stick pan, and place the marinated tofu cubes into the hot oil. Fry the tofu until golden brown on all sides. Be careful as the tofu is likely to splatter. Keep a splatter screen close by.  If you don’t have a non-stick pan or want to reduce the amount of oil you consume, you can also bake the tofu. Set the oven to 180° C and place the marinated cubes of tofu on a reusable cooking liner. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, turning once, halfway through.
  6. Cook the rice whilst the tofu is frying or baking in the oven.
  7. In a separate pan, heat up 2 tsp of oil and throw in the sliced onion and roughly diced mushrooms. Fry them gently until they are nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper once fried to avoid the mushrooms releasing too much water during frying.
  8. Remove the onions and mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
  9. Throw in the spinach and a splash of water. Cook on a low heat, stirring from time to time, until the spinach wilts and most of the excess water cooks out. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve the rice in two bowls and divide all the veggies and cooked tofu between two bowls. Sprinkle some sesame oil and sesame seeds over, and  top with thinned down Gochujang sauce.  Add some soy or tamari sauce if you like. 
  11. Mix well! It’s mixed rice after all, isn’t it? 

Tip to “eat bibimbap correctly” before you dig in

In Korea the chopsticks are made from stainless steel. Not the bamboo or wooden material we normally are presented with when enjoying the Asian cuisine. 

The spoon carries some importance if it comes to the bibimbap. It’s not actually eaten with the chopsticks. The chopsticks are used to stir the bibimbap, and the spoon is used to eat. After the mixing, the chopsticks merely fulfin the function of pushing the rice veggie mix onto your spoon, or  placing the specific veggie or tofu pieces onto your spoon. 

That’s it. My little Korean ‘Knigge’ for you 🙂
Now – dig in and enjoy!!

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Gochujang sauce

Gochujang sauce


  • 3 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 3-5 Tbsp korean chili flakes or chili powder (if you don’t want to buy extra Korean chili flakes or chili powder, use the one you already have)
  • 2 tsp sweet organic miso paste (white)
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp rice flour
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or nutribullet. Start with 3 Tbsp chili flakes / powder. 
  2. Don’t forget to taste it, and adjust according to your prefererences. If you want more of a kick, increase the quantity of chili flakes / powder 😉 
  3. Whizz up until you get a smooth chili paste.

To change the consistency of your chili paste:
Want it “thinner”? You can add more water or some rice whine vinegar.
Want it “thicker”? Add a little more rice flour.

Gochujang is normally not used straight up but is used as a base to marinate, or to spice up stews and soups. It’s usually thinned with rice wine vinegar. You may want to try some in a vinaigrette?

I used it for my delicious Bibimbap.

Or how about a Gochujang Bloody Mary, anybody?

Gochujang Bloody Mary

It’s the spices of life that makes every day exciting!

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Chickpea Moussaka

Credit: Rebel Recipes

I like this Moussaka, which probably differs from the classical Greek version we’re more familiar with. This is a moussaka stew, resembling the Lebanese Maghmour. It’s delicious as a side, even cold. 


It’s perfectly accompanied by some Tabouleh, Hummus, and Simit! I always favoured the Middle Eastern cuisine because of it’s variety. Not to say that other cuisines are not rich in variety!


All of the above named delicacies are currently on my dinner table, and that inspired my midnight post. As I love sharing meals, I invite you to enjoy this easy dish with me. Here it comes 🙂


  • 2 aubergines/eggplants, diced
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • 4 clove garlic, sliced or chopped finely
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 5 large tomatoes, skinned and deseeded
  • 2 Tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped including stems
  • 1 can cooked chickpeas, drained


  1. Place the aubergine/eggplant cubes onto a large baking tray and drizzle Tbsp of olive oil over them, mix or toss slightly until all cubes are slightly covered. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes until browned.
  2. Add the remaining oil to a large pan and add in the chopped onion. Fry on a low to medium heat until soft and slightly browning. Add in the garlic and cook for a further few minutes.
  3. Next add the tomatoes, tomtato purée, paprika, roasted aubergine/eggplant, and chickpeas. Cook to approximately 20 minutes. Add water if needed. Finally season with salt and the fresh mint.
  4. Enjoy with the recommended Hummus, Tabouleh, and Simmit – or other any variation of side dishes you like. Rice, couscous, lentils…the choice is yours!

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* Christmas cookies *

Christmas baking season has officially started! According to my family back home in Germany, that is.
Let’s ignore the fact that supermarkets offered us their take on Christmas confection and baked goods shortly after summer! At least, that’s how I perceived it. If anybody was able to avoid the somewhat premature Christmas commercials and sweet offers until now – well done! Please teach me how to 😉 

According to the last pictures that my mum sent, our family home was, as of last weekend, converted into a fully functional Christmas cookie factory with over 10 different varieties already baked, tinned, and available for consumption. Now is the time I wish I lived closer to my family 🙂 

That doesn’t mean that cookie manufacturing is completed yet. Unless my mum has “manufacured” at least 15 different varieties and more than 5kg, she’s not done. I assume, from previous experience, that it’ll take another 2 weeks before the Christmas cookie ‘production’ ceases, and all cookies will be neatly stacked in colourful cookie tins in our cellar. It always astounds me how long it takes to produce them, and how quickly my family and friends invited for “pre-Christmas coffees” eradicate the stock! 
When it’s time for me to fly home for Christmas, I get to look at some remaining crumbles at the bottom of the tins, at best. Just enough to stick my nose in, smell the delicious aroma, and dream of the day that they’ll keep some for me. Maybe. Next year…

So – what is the lesson here for me? 

If I want to enjoy some sweet Christmas treats, I’d be better making my own! 

1 ‘No-bake’ Christmas Rum balls 

Credit: Mrs Flury


for chocolate coating
  • 100gr dark chocolate (>70%)
  • 50gr vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 300gr dried out cake / stale cake left-overs 
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp gingerbread spice (I made the mix myself, find the recipe here)
  • 3 Tbsp rum (if you won’t want to use alcohol, you can use rum aroma/flavouring, else, orange juice)
  • 80gr of white vegan chocolate for the chocolate coating, and some dried cranberries, or any other dried fruit you’d like to use to decorate


  1. Chop the dark chocolate into small pieces and heat together with the vegan butter (or coconut oil) in a bowl hanging over a pot of hot water. 
  2. Set aside to allow cooling down a bit.
  3. Use your hands to crumble the stale cake left-overs into a separate bowl. Break down the crumbs as finely as you’d like to have them in the rum balls later. 
  4. Add the cocoa powder and gingerbread spice, and mix well.
  5. Now, add the melted chocolate into the cake crumb mix, and combine the two until you get a consistent mass. You can use a handheld mixer, if you prefer.
  6. Slowly add the rum, rum aroma/flavouring, or orage juice. 1 Tbsp at a. time.
  7. Form appr. 35 walnut sized balls from the mass and set them aside in a cool place (fridge) for about 30 minutes.
  1. For the chocolate coating: chop the white chocolate into small pieces and heat in a bowl hanging over a pot of hot water. Set aside to allow cooling down a bit to avoid burning yourself in the next step!
  2. Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag.  Or use af reezer bag, and cut off a tiny bit of one corner. Now you can decorate the rum balls and place the drid fruit on top of the chocolate coating. Your finished rum balls will look similar to the ones in the picture below!
  3. Place into fridge for at least 1hr until the chocolate sets. 
  4. Keep them in a cool place and allow them to come up to room temprerature 30 minutes before serving.

2 Cinnamon stars

That is without a doubt the most classical baked Christmas good you can imagine. Right up there with gingerbread and spiced biscuits ‘Spekulatius’. And who doesn’t like to star gaze around Christmas time? I’ll be focussing on Cinnamon stars for my personal stargazing event(s), considering that the UK cloud cover around this time of year doesn’t allow for anything else. 

So, get your star shaped cookie cutter ready!


For the star dough:

  • 200gr icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 150gr ground almonds
  • 200gr ground hazelnuts
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated orange peel

For the star glazing 😉

Some icing sugar, ground cinammon, and water to get the right consistency to your liking.


  1. Mix all star dough ingredients in a bowl antil well combined. You should obtain a relatively firm dough ball.  
  2. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness on a non-stick, cut-resistant liner. *Please see my note below!
  3. Cut out as many stars with your cookie cutter as your star dough allows you to. 
  4. Carefully transfer all stars onto a reusable cooking liner, or a greaseproof baking paper on a baking tray. Now, take the remaining dough, form a ball with it again, roll out, and repeat the process until you have used up all dough. Eat the rest – that is always an option 😉
  5. Set the baking tray with all stars aside de for 4hrs to dry out slightly at room temperature. 
  6. Shortly before the 4hrs are up, preheat the oven to 250°C.
  7. Place the baking tray and your beautiful stars into the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes only. You don’t want them to become too dry and brittle.
  8. Remove the stars from the oven once done, and allow them to cool down before putting on the icing.
  9. Mix the icing sugar with some cinnamon and a few drops of water at a time until you reach your preferred icing consitency.
  10. Transfer the icing onto your newly born stars with a pastry brush. Just Glaze away!  
  11. Once the icing has set, you can either place them into a cookie tin for later consumption, or you can invite all your friends to your cosmic event. Cinnamon stargazing from the comfort of your living room! You will note, as quickly as the stars come out, as quickly they are gone!

*Note: I recommend not rolling the dough out too thin, as you’ll find it difficult to pick up the cut out stars when transferring them onto the reusable cooking liner, or greaseproof baking paper. Unlike the real stars, which cannot break, these cinnamon ones can.  

Want more? OK, s’more it is!

3 UK S’mores cookies 

I discovered this United States & Canada traditional nighttime campfire treat just recently. Two month ago, in hot and sunny Miami to be precise. Not the surroundings you’d necessarily connect campfires with. Since it was 35°C outside, and we had lunch in an air-conditioned hotel room, no campfire was included. It was immediately clear that we’re having a keeper here. I thought, if they can serve it in a tropical climate, I could easily steel the recipe and import it to the UK. I loved s’mores!

In order to keep S’mores vegan but modulate the wide array of S’more recipes available, I decided to give them a UK Christmas twist. So UK S’more cookies it is!



  1. Mix the chia seeds with water and set aside for at least 15 minutes. The mix will form a jelly-like consistency.
  2. Preheat oven to 175°C. Line large baking tray with a reusable cooking liner, or with greaseproof baking paper.
  3. Dry ingredients: Combine the flour, cornflour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Then set aside.
  4. Wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix the butter or coconut oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well combined. Add the ‘chia-jelly’, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  5. Combine the dry and the wet ingredients in the larger bowl, and mix until you get a smooth dough. Stir in the chocolate chips, the mini marshmallows, and the crushed digestives.
  6. Form small walnut sized balls from the dough, and place them on the liner or baking paper. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Once ready, remove tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool down a bit. They’re delightful enjoyed warm though!
Credit: Sweet Paul

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Gingerbread spice

It’s the time of the year where making fresh gingerbread spice comes in very handy, as I’ll use it in many of my winter cakes and cookies. 

Let’s not waste our precious time and get to it!


  • A  35gr ground cinnamon 
  • B 2gr ground star aniseed (optional)
  • C 2gr ginger powder
  • D 1gr ground mace
  • E 1gr ground fennel seeds (optional)
  • F 2gr ground green cardamom
  • G 2gr ground coriander
  • H 1gr ground aniseed (optional)
  • K  9gr ground cloves
  • L  2gr ground allspice
  • M 1gr gound nutmeg

Preparation – it doesn’t get easier than that!

  1. Place all ingredients in a small glass jar. Screw on the lid and shake and mix well.
  2. DONE!

Cavolo Nero, Butterbean & Orange Soup with Almonds

Credit: Abel & Cole

I previously spoke about the amazing health benefits of beans in my feijoada recipe; feel free to check it out! The health benefits, the recipe, or both 🙂
Since then I’ve incorporated black beans and kidney beans in my recipes. I think it’s time for butter beans. I’m aware though that people have mixed feelings about butter beans. Feel free to adapt to your liking with any other type of bean. Nutritional powerhouse beans – tick. Let us look at the next key ingredient: Kale!

Kale is amongst the most nutrient-dense foods per calorie on the planet! Hence, I always keep some type of kale in my fridge. It is loaded with Vitamin K, A and C, bursting with antioxidants, and a great source of sulforaphane.
I decided to give the original recipe a little twist, and prepare the soup with ‘Cavolo Nero’, black cabbage.

Finding a recipe that contains both beans and kale, seem like a winner! My soup is simmering on the stove, spreading a wonderful aroma. I don’t want to keep you from experiencing the same joy!


  • A few splashes of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, finely diced (peel if you want, else, scrub it well)
  • 1 carrot, finely diced (peel if you want, else, scrub it well)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • The juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 2 x 400g tins of butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 large handfuls of cavolo nero, finely chopped (I prefer to to chop it with the stem, but you can remove it if you like)
  • A large handful of almonds, chopped
  • A pinch of chilli powder
  • A drizzle of agave nectar


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Once hot, add the diced onion, potato and carrot. Cook over a low heat until the onions are glossy and tender.
  3. Stir in the garlic, chilli, rosemary, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Cook until the orange juice reduces to a sticky glaze.
  4. Add half the stock and the beans. Let it gently bubble until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
  5. Add the Cavolo Nero and mix. Cook for a moment, until it is a lush bright green.
  6. Whizz the soup with a blender or in a food processor until smooth, or serve chunky, adding stock as needed to reach the desired consistency.
  7. Season to taste. Add more orange or chilli if needed.
  8. Fry the chopped nuts in a little olive oil over a medium heat until just golden. Add a pinch of salt, a hint of chilli powder and a trickle of agave nectar, just enough to coat.
  9. Once the agave nectar has formed a sticky glaze, remove from the pan. Scatter nuts over each bowl of soup.

Enjoy this wintery soup and get warm and cosy!

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Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot Hummus

Functional foods

I think it is safe to say that we all agree that diet high in fruit and vegetables has well-documented health benefits. “Eat more processed food and animal products” said not doctor ever. 
But have you heard of ‘functional foods’? I, until recently, hadn’t. Functional foods potentially have positive effects on health, which go beyond basic nutrition. They actually promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease. That doesn’t mean though you should replace your healthy balanced diet with functional foods exclusively, but including them regularly in your diet is probably a good idea.

The red beetroot, or “Beta vulgaris rubra” is such a functional food. Quite some studies have been conducted in the past decades to find out more about its application in health and disease. Beetroot is rich in bioactive compounds. As such, it is particulaly effective in targeting chronic inflammation. 

I talked about chronic inflammation as a precursor for obesity in my recent article about air pollution. I now wonder if people living in cities with high air pollution levels may want to include more beetroot and anti-inflammatory foods to balance the effects. 

Let us start with an all beloved dip: hummus. Or for reasons above, beetroot hummus.


  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup sliced beets (fresh or from a tin, as you prefer)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • optional: 2 Tbsp of catpured liquid from chickpeas (first add 1 Tbsp, if you prefer thinner consistency, add more)


  1. Pour the liquid off, capturing half of it in a small bowl. Rinse the chickpeas shortly with water.
  2. Place all chickpeas in a food processor, adding the salt, cumin, garlic, and beets. Turn the processor on to break up the mixture.
  3. With the food processor running, pour in the lemon juice and olive oil, and let the processor run until the mixture is smooth. Optional: add some of the liquid from the chickpeas for a thinner consistency. 
  4. Serve with veggies of your choice. I love carrot sticks and celery sticks with it! It’s great in tortilla wraps, on sandwiches and crisp bread too.

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Overnight Chia-Oat pudding

Chia pudding topped with berries, overnight chia oat pudding

The early bird catches the worm – and the late one the Chia pud!

I am not a morning person, no matter how often I try to trick my mind into it. My body just doesn’t follow. Maybe it’s time to embrace the ‘late night me’, shedding my sense of guilt once and for all. Science long suggests that night owl tendencies are hard-wired into our genes. Apparently it is the gene CRY1 that is to blame for my circadian clock running behind. That means I wake up later than normal, and go to bed later than normal. 
From the quantity of overnight oats recipes spreading in the internet, I can only assume that I am not the only one with CRY1. 

I am not a morning person, no matter how often I try to trick my mind into it. My body just doesn’t follow. Maybe it’s time to embrace the ‘late night me’, shedding my sense of guilt once and for all. Science long suggests that night owl tendencies are hard-wired into our genes. Apparently it is the gene CRY1 that is to blame for my circadian clock running behind. That means I wake up later than normal, and go to bed later than normal. 
From the quantity of overnight oats recipes spreading in the internet, I can only assume that I am not the only one with CRY1. 

It was for all of us that overnight oats were invented. I assume that, at least. 
I’ll share my favourite recipe with you here. I make it almost every other night, pop it into my fridge – et voilà  – breakfast is sorted in 5 minutes.

All you need is

  • A medium size mason jar with a lid
  • 150gr dairy-free joghurt
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp oats
  • 3 Tbsp dairy-free milk
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 4 Tbsp frozen berries
  • 1 nectarine, sliced


There are two different ways to prepare this delicious protein rich breakfast that’ll leave your satisfied until lunch time.

  1. Mix the yoghurt, agave nectar, chia seeds, and oats, nut butter, and milk in the mason jar. Top off with frozen berries, put on the lid, and place in the fridge over night. Add nectarine slices the next morning.
  2. Mix the yoghurt, agave nectar, chia seeds, and oats, milk, and 2 Tbsp of frozen berries in the mason jar. Top off with nut butter and 2 Tbsp frozen berries, and place in the fridge over night. Add nectarine slices the next morning.

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Mandarin Chia Muffins

Mandarine Chia Muffins
Mandarine Chia Muffins

Winter temptation…

Every now and then I feel like I need a sweet afternoon treat. Funny though, I only feel that way in winter as it is getting colder. I am perfectly fine to go all summer without “sinning”, but as soon as temperatures drop I cannot help but wanting to enduldge in some sweet baked goods.Pastries are pretty much off the menu since becoming plant-based, at least when I’m ‘out and about’. They’re mostly sugar-laden anyway so I prefer to come up with something more wholesome. 

Seasonal & Healthy 

I sometimes wonder if I am a control freak because it gives me an immense sense of satisfaction to prepare my food from scratch back home. I have full control over what goes in and what stays out. 

This muffin recipe intrigued my directly: mandarines and chia seeds! Mandarines are seasonal, now that the temperature drops and we’re heading towards the festive season. I catch myself so many times these days closing my eyes and allow my olfactory sense to take in the sweet yet tangy aroma when somebody next to me on the tube or bus peels a mandarine.

Well, and chia seeds? They are my every day glorious omega-3 fatty acids essential, and whenever I see a recipe with them, they attract my immediate attention. Especially, but not only, in winter. Why? Do these symptoms sound familiar to you as the colder weather and shorter days set in? Fatigue, dry skin, mood swings, depression and poor circulation? These symptoms generally worsen during the long cold winter months but can as well be caused by deficiencies in these essential fatty acids. So I’d rather eat some muffins to prevent that 😉

Enough said, let’s get started: ready, steady, mix and bake!


  • 50gr flour (Type 1050)
  • 75gr flour (Type 550)
  • 25gr spelt flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 5gr chia seeds
  • 75gr cane sugar
  • 125gr dairy-free yoghurt
  • 30ml dairy-free milk
  • 25gr agave nectar
  • 30ml oil
  • 1/2 ml mandarin oil / orange oil 
  • some grated peel and juice from 2 mandarines


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C.
  2. Grease a muffin form or place paper muffin moulds into the muffin form for 6 muffins.
  3. Dry ingredients: Mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder, chia seeds and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  4. Wet ingredients: In a seperate mixing bowl, mix the yoghurt, milk, agave nectar, mandarin oil, and oil. Then slowly add the mandarin juice and the peel.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold them in with a spoon, and mix until you get a smooth dough.
  6. Add the dough to the muffin moulds, filling them only to 3/4.
  7. Place the muffin form into the oven for appr. 25 minutes, and check with a wooden stick if ready. The muffins are ready if the wooden stick comes out dry (there’s no wet dough sticking to it). 
  8. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool down before serving

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Broccoli creme soup

I love soups as it gets colder outside! This one is an all-time fave of mine, and it seems great for the next chilly days that are forecasted. Not only will it warm you from the inside out, but it’s super healthy too.

Broccoli is another healthy member of the cruciferous vegetable family, like cabbage, kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choi and many more. If you’ve seen my past recipes you may have noticed that I cook with these veggies on a very regular basis. Why? All cruciferous veggies have a wonderful component, which makes them so incredibly beneficial for our health. I have shared some of these benefits in my stir-fry ginger cabbage recipe.

Now, did you know that you can make broccoli even healthier by chopping it into small pieces before cooking it? Apparently the finer you chop it, the better! Chopping the broccoli activates the enzyme myrosinase, which in turn causes sulforaphane to become available for absorption. To allow the sulfurophane to ‘develop’ it’s important to let is ‘rest’ for at least to 30 minutes before cooking it. ‘Resting’ times between 30 – 90 minutes are most beneficial to maximise sulforaphane absorption according to some research.
It was last year that I came across this interesting fact and now it became second nature for me when preparing any dish with broccoli:

  1. chop finely
  2. wait for at least 30 minutes 

With this information ‘out of the way’ let’s get to our creamy soup!


  • 500gr broccoli
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp vegan butter/margarine
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 100ml vegan cream (soya/oat)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp almond flakes or chopped almonds
  • some pepper and nutmeg to taste


  1. Wash broccoli and chop finely
  2. Set aside for at least 30 mins
  3. Go and enjoy something else in the meantime like reading, chatting to a friend, or taking a power nap 😉
  4. Come back and chop the onion finely. Heat some oil in a deep pan and add the chopped onion, and glaze at medium heat for 1-3 minutes. 
  5. Then add the vegan butter/margarine and the finely chopped broccoli and dust the flour over the mix. Gently stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the white wine, the vegetable stock, and the cream and cook everything for 5-10 minutes, until the broccoli is cooked.
  7. Once cooked, turn off the heat and carefully blend all ingredients with a hand blender. Then season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  8. Serve in bowl sprinkling the almond flakes / chopped almonds over the soup.

Enjoy and stay warm!