Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Wild Food Cafe

A few months ago, I considered becoming a vegan. I then realised that I loved cheese and chocolate too much lol! 

Having said that, my aim is to try out more vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

I ended up going to a vegan/ vegetarian restaurant back in August after seeing a delightful review by my favourite food blogger, Ella (Deliciously Ella)

The name of the restaurant was the Wild Food Cafe, which is situated in the colourful and quirky side street called 'Neal's Yard' (near Covent garden station).  They specialise in raw cuisine.

I ended up trying the 'Wild Pizza Special' which contained dairy free coconut cheeze, wild sea purslane, basil pesto, tomato, goji berry marinara, olives and artichoke. The sides included avocados and spiralised courgettes (delicious!). I actually enjoyed this dish, although I still prefer normal pizza to raw pizza! This meal did fill me up for hours though - I was too full to eat dinner.

My brother ended up having the 'Wild Burger' (shiitake, raw olive and dulse burger) with salsa, onions and lettuce. Sweet potato fries were also given - these were to die for! I need to learn how to make these myself.

My brother and I also tried the 'Forgotten ecstasy smoothie' which contained raw cacao liquor, cacao nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, almonds, figs and date. This smoothie was slightly on the warm side which was off putting!  

Would I go here again?

Yes. I would love to try the sweet potato fries again and maybe try a dessert! The staff in the cafe were extremely passionate and helpful.

Have you been to any vegan or vegetarian restaurants?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Green monster - revisited again!

I love making smoothies and juices. They taste delicious, are quick to make and they are full of nutrients. 
One of my favourites is the green monster smoothie which I have blogged about twice (here and here). The green monster smoothie is very nourishing and filling.

 To make my favourite smoothie you will need:

1) Frozen bananas - these tastes so much better than normal bananas in a smoothie. It is also better to add frozen bananas as adding ice to the smoothie can make it watery. I like to prepare the smoothies by cutting three to four bananas and freezing them on a Sunday - that way I am good to go for the rest of the week

2) 1 cup of milk. I prefer using almond or coconut milk as I am lactose intolerant

3) I cup of kale or spinach.  I prefer kale because it lasts longer than spinach. Don't worry if you do not like the taste of kale or spinach as you will not be able to taste it.

4) You can add extras too. I love adding a quarter of a cup of oats, a tablespoon of almond butter and a teaspoon of honey (I replace normal honey with manuka honey if I am feeling unwell). Other extra that you could add: coconut oil, chia seeds, flax seeds and bee pollen. If you do not like the taste of bananas, you can add vanilla extract to mask the taste.

5) Blend all of the ingredients. I tend to blend it for about 40 seconds in the Vitamix : 

 6) And Voila, you should have enough to pour in two glasses.

What is your favourite smoothie?