Vegetable Casserole

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Recently, I only write about the vegetarian restaurants we visited during our Europe trip. Although, I have another two to go, I’d like to publish a recipe before I finish the whole lot. Luckily, I always have a few half-baked recipes in my workbook. And this vegetable casserole is one of them…

Recipe Note: You will need a good quality, glazed clay pot (with a lid) for this dish. Ceramic or glass ones don’t do the job properly and they create more mess too.

Vegetable Casserole
Ingredients:

8 pieces Lamyong soy chunks, thawed
1 large potato, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 small carrot, diced
1 cup green beans, cut into small pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 tomato, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
A handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Vegetable oil
1 tsp ground sweet paprika
Salt and pepper

Method:
• Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (fan forced), Gas Mark 4, 350F.
• Heat ½ tbsp of vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the soy chunks until golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.
• Place the carrot, potato, onion, chopped tomato, garlic, parsley, green beans and spices in casserole and mix well. Drizzle with a little bit of oil, put the lid on and place the casserole in the middle of the oven.
• It usually takes 40 minutes to cook although I check it half way through and give it a good stir. When a knife goes through potato easily, it’s done.
• Serve warm and enjoy!

Lehka Hlava (Clear Head) Vegetarian Restaurant and Tea Room, Prague

Lehka Hlava means easy head or clear head and is the sister restaurant of Maitre. We were told about Clear Head during our first and second visit to Maitre so we had to check it out.

Clear Head is tucked in on a little side street which is said to be the shortest street in Prague. The whole area has a renovated medieval charm to it. But, that’s outside. Inside, the décor is quite unique; it’s so colourful from the ceilings to the lamps. In certain areas you feel as if you have just stepped into a different galaxy.

The vibe is also different to Maitre I must say. It is more hip and edgy; mostly frequented by young people –naturally. But boy they do wicked gyros here. It was so good, I didn’t care about what my husband had there; I was busy enjoying my seitan gyros 🙂

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Seitan Gyros with tzatziki, pita bread, cherry tomatoes and lettuce (above)
I have never had seitan gyros that soft before. It was an absolute triumph in the taste department as well as the texture. We tried to get the recipe unsuccessfully.

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If you ever find yourselves in Prague, check this place out.
Lehka Hlava (Clear Head) Vegetarian Restaurant and Tea Room
Address: Borsov 2/280, Prague 1 – Old Town
Website

Bok Sushi Bar and Vegetarian Restaurant, Vienna

I never thought I would type in “shit” to be published on VegFusion one day but the name of this restaurant (Bok) means exactly that in Turkish!

I found out about this place during my search for vegetarian restaurants in parts of Europe before we even got to Vienna. Not because of their reputation or anything, simply because of the meaning of “Bok” in Turkish. If only they had known… Of course, we didn’t tell them but we had to try it out.

We took the bus (or tram) to go and find this place but it was worth it. I don’t know about you but after trying vegetarian versions of every single local dish we end up missing a large dose of vegetables. When that happens, we start searching for a vegetarian Asian restaurant. So, this is exactly what happened: The urge for vegetable dishes kicked in and we found ourselves at the door of Bok Restaurant.

It’s a small place with an air of family-run restaurant. They are specialised in sushi and other Asian delicacies. They have a menu with pictures which helps as they don’t speak very good English there.

As for the starters, we had Hana Sushi. It is the inside out style of sushi which was fresh and delicious. It came with pickled ginger and wasabi paste.

Hana Sushi (below)

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As for the main, we had Crispy Chicken in Teriyaki Sauce to share. This was also quite delicious. The teriyaki sauce was not too heavy or sticky. The vegetables were cooked lightly so they were nice and crispy.

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Bok Sushi Bar and Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:
Favoritenstrasse 8,
A-1040
Wien

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Website (not in English)

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LoVeg Vegan Cuisine and Specialties, Prague

We were on our way to Prague Castle and surprised to see a sign saying “LoVeg Vegan Restaurant 222m” in an area called The Lesser Town (see the left corner of the photo below). It was lunch time and we decided to go and have a bite to eat without questioning the ingredients –although Prague has been really good with our kind of food.

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After 222 metres, we found the place and started to climb the stairs. It was kind of eerie and dark but you get there.

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When you do get there… this is what it looks like. There is another staircase (the iron one in the photo) to go upstairs, to the roof which we haven’t been.

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Menu at LoVeg is bilingual and quite an international one too. From Asian to Czech specialties, everything is pretty much covered. There is nothing special about the food, I must say; it’s just vegan food. Since we stopped by for lunch, we didn’t want anything too big. So, John had Thai coconut curry (tofu, mushroom, sweet peas and spring onion) which is served with jasmine rice. I didn’t take a photo of it as I find curries not so photogenic. I, on the other hand, opted for LoVeg Burger which is made of beetroot, chickpeas, tempeh, “vegan bacon” and served with salad leaves, tomato, Dijon mustard and baked potato. And I do have a photo of it.

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To drink we both had a glass of home-made lemonade with a citrus mix (orange, grapefruit, lime and lemon). The waitress made it fresh behind the bar where we could see it.

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Although, as a vegetarian, I ask for food without a face but my burger bun had one 🙂 as you can see in the photo above.

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The view from the window (above)

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LoVeg Vegan Cuisine and Specialties can be found in this address:
Nerudova 221/36, 118 00 Praha 1
Website (not in English, by the way)

Yamm! Vegetarian Restaurant, Vienna

In Vienna, Yamm! was a great find; we really enjoyed this place. It was close to our hotel and pretty much everything else we wanted to go and see. Sometimes, we even popped in for a drink or two.

IMG_4641 (1024x768)Yamm! is conveniently located right across from the university –the one Sigmund Freud attended. The décor is quite contemporary. There are tables outside and the weather is just perfect in the summer to sit there and enjoy a balmy Viennese evening.

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The Buffet

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The food here is presented as a vegetarian buffet (above) and you pay by the weight. Here’s how it works: Once you go inside, they give you a card which is very much like Sydney’s Opal card or London’s Oyster card. It’s just green; happy green. You go to the buffet and pick a plate (there are different sizes) and start filling it up with whatever you choose. Then you go the scales. That part a little tricky but if you’re struggling –like me –waiters/waitresses help you. Then, you sit down and order your drinks.

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The style of food here is international. The buffet is reasonably big with neon lights at the top. It’s full of a large variety of warm and cold foods from Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and European cuisines. Although, it’s a vegetarian buffet, vegan dishes are labelled. So are gluten free and dairy free dishes.

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My plate (below).

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There is a soup section with bowls on one side, against the wall and the dessert section on the other side.

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And the Wine…
We did fall in love with Austrian wines. For us it was love at first sip. To top it all up, the wines at Yamm! are organic. We tried: Muskateller, Reisling and a pinot noir. Here’s the details:

Gelber Muskateller 2012 from an organic vineyard called Zillinger. Austrians know how to make aromatics with fruity notes. For me, this was the winner.

Reisling DAC Sprinzenberg 2010 from an organic vineyard called Geyerhof. I do enjoy dry style white wines and this was one of the elegant examples of that style.

Pinot Noir Steinbügel from Castle Graf Hardegg
This was stunning the first time we had it. The second time around it wasn’t good so we sent it back and they opened a new bottle. It wasn’t a problem, they said and it was back to stunning again.

Yamm! has its own cookbook for sale, too. It’s €19.95 and it looks like this:

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Yamm! Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: Universitätsring 10,
1010 Wien,
Austria
Website

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