Lentil Salad, Deli Style

Super easy, super delicious. That’s all I have to say about that. Forest Gump 🙂

Lentil Salad, Deli Style

Lentil Salad, Deli Style
1 tin lentils, drained and rinsed and drained again
4 artichoke hearts in brine, halved
4 chargrilled red peppers, sliced thinly
A handful flat-leaf parsley (also known as Italian or continental parsley)
A few twigs fresh lemon thyme, leaves separated
A big glug extra virgin olive oil
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper

• Combine the lentils, artichoke hearts, red pepper strips, parsley and lemon thyme in a salad bowl.
• Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
• Add salt and pepper. Gently mix well and serve!

Turkish Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Another comfort dish from VegFusion. This is one of those dishes we did at The Family Tree Restaurant for vegans and vegetarians. I vamped it up a bit here for you but basics are basics guys. Although it is a very traditional Turkish dish, you could see it as a weird sister to French Ratatouille cooked in a clay pot.

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Turkish Mixed Vegetable Casserole
1 eggplant, cubed
2 zucchini, cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 banana chilli, deseeded and chopped
1 medium sized potato, peeled and chopped
2 large tomato, peeled and chopped (make sure that tomatoes are juicy)
2 tsp dried oregano
Flat leaf parsley
Salt and pepper

• Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
• Mix all the vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, onion, banana chilli, potato, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano and parsley) together in a large mixing bowl. Transfer them into your clay pot.
• Bake at 180 degrees for about an hour and serve warm with chopped parsley on top.

Note: It is best served warm with bread and pilaf.

Brown Lentil and Vegetable Stew

Whenever my husband is away, I cook all sorts of dishes he wouldn’t normally eat, like beans and lentils. And I cook mostly stews or casseroles. These dishes are not only quite filing and healthy but also heat well the next day so I you could still have food for your lunch.

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Anyway, here’s the recipe for Brown Lentil and Vegetable Stew

1 x tin brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 small potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 heaped tsp vegan stock powder (beef style)
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp vegetable oil
A handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and black pepper

• Heat the oil in a pot and add the vegetables. Fry them briefly then add just enough water to cover the vegetables. Stir in vegan stock powder, onion powder, garlic powder, ground cumin and turmeric. Cook until the vegetables are slightly firm.
• Add the brown lentil and more water. Salt to taste and stir well.
• When it starts boiling, put the lid on and reduce the heat. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
• Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
• Serve warm with bread or pilaf or both.

Kafe, Ubud – Bali

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Kafe is located on Hanoman Street and is a very popular meeting point for visitors as well as expats. Also, sister café of The Garden Kafe of The Yoga Barn. Every day from 8 till 11 they serve healthy food with vegan and vegetarian options.

They are big on environment: they encourage people to use less plastic bags and sell items made out of recycled material at their very own shop called Kafe Kares along with organic food, Kafe mugs and health products. Certain percentage of Kafe Kares’ profit goes to charity across Indonesia. Even the furniture here and fittings made from recycled wood! These people are dead serious when it comes to environment: they even have their Kafe Environmental Policy.

This lively café, just like many others, has Wi-Fi although it is available all day on the second floor and only until 5pm downstairs.

Back to food business Peoples. I have had many meals at Kafe but this is my favourite:

Tempeh Cashew Nut Curry (as seen below). It comes with red rice and the price is 41.000 RP.

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Kafe delivers too! Their kafe-delivery-menu can be found here.

Address: 44B Jln Hanoman, Ubud-Bali
Phone: +62 361 780 3802

The Seeds of Life Ubud, Bali

Although I just came back from Bali, I realised that I have a few restaurants that I haven’t blogged about yet. The Seeds of Life is one of them. As I go through my photos and notes, I keep finding things I haven’t mentioned before. I might even have to go back and redo some of the ones I have already posted. So stay tuned Peoples…

The Seeds of Life is a raw food paradise. I have never been crazy about raw food as I do have some serious digestion problems with it, however, I wanted to try this place regardless. Apart from raw food café section, they have a tonic bar, raw food chef certification courses and a fantastic tea selection. OK, here’s what we had:

My friend had Pad Thai

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I had a raw wrap. It comes with a really nice tomato salsa to die for. And, beetroot chips as seen in the photo.

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The Seeds of Life
Address: 2 Jalan Gootama Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 970650
Website: www.theseedsoflife.net