Café Blossom, New York

One of the reasons why we love New York so much is it’s full of places where you can get really interesting vegan food. On one of our trips to New York we spotted Café Blossom. We were in the right area at the right time. That was in 2010 but Café Blossom is still going strong.

At the time I didn’t have my blog so I don’t have photos but I scanned in their menu and tracked down the exact food we had –I still have my notes you see.

Café Blossom’s food is vegan and organic. Basically their ingredients are harvested from local farms. We both had Southern Seitan Sandwich which is spiced seitan, caramelized onions, avocado and it comes with chipotle aioli (photo below).

Southern Seitan Sandwich

And to drink:
Pink Lady (beet, pineapple, ginger, pear)
Forest (apple, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger)

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Zucchini Stew with Green Lentils

Zucchini Stew with Green Lentils is one healthy stew which ticks all the boxes. The good ones of course. It’s full of protein and nutritious without being heavy.

Where I come from, it is a common practice to use legumes and grains in vegetable dishes. This way, you immediately upgrade your vegetables dishes –usually from a side dish or a starter level to a main – and add good quality protein to your dishes. Besides, you could actually feed a lot of people all in one go and if by any chance you end up with leftovers, these dishes heat well the next day.Zucchini Stew Green Lentils

Serve Zucchini Stew with Green Lentils with either rice or bulghar pilaf and don’t forget to mop it up with lots of Turkish bread. Afiyet Olsun Peoples!

Zucchini Stew with Green Lentils

Ingredients:
6 small size zucchini, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 cup cooked green lentils (or brown lentils)
1 medium brown onion, diced
2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Boiled water
1 tablespoon dried mint (I like mine with lots of mint)
Maldon salt

Method:
• In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, chopped garlic, olive oil and salt and set aside.
• Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onions. Sauté the onions until they are thoroughly cooked.
• Add the tomatoes and lemon juice, oil, garlic and salt mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then add the zucchini slices. Stir once and cook for 3-4 minutes before adding the lentils.
• Add some boiled water up to a level slightly above the whole mix.
• Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the zucchini slices are just tender.
• Remove from the heat and serve with dried mint sprinkled on top.