This year I visited Greece for the first time to take part in a week-long yoga retreat. Anyone who has watched me try to touch my toes will understand why Continue reading
Last year I spent three months travelling around South East Asia. When I left home I’d been wanting to make the final leap from vegetarian to vegan for some time. I’d already replaced cow’s milk for almond milk and I wasn’t too fussed about eggs but giving up butter and cheese seemed impossible.
Then I went to Asia. Continue reading
You’ve found a street side eatery, the menu isn’t in English, what you can see of the dish on the table opposite you is providing no answers, and you’ve got that mild panic in the pit of your stomach that might just be hunger. When you go abroad a whole new palette is opened up to you, and sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. Nepal revolutionised travelling and eating as a budget-seeking vegetarian for me, with just one dish.
When tourism is a large contributor to a country’s economy, you can expect the cities and locals to do their best to cater to the tastes of the many travellers. Nepal, a thriving hub of travellers, trekkers and cultural seekers, does just that, with menus in many restaurants around Kathmandu, Pokhara and other towns containing a surprising array of ethnic dishes. English, American, German, Indian, Chinese, Italian, French and Nepalese cuisine are represented in most eating houses, with vegetarianism being fully and refreshingly understood.
Ah, chilli con carne – the staple student food – cook up a big batch and freeze it for quick and cheap meals, or all chip in and have a big flat feast. With a little sour cream you’ve got yourselves a perfect slice of foodie heaven.
A small problem comes into play when you live with a vegan. Suddenly both the chilli and the sour cream are off the table. You could always replace the mince meat with quorn, and the sour cream with a vegan version, but that (for me at least) just becomes a poor man’s chilli con sort-of-carne – not worth the bother. I present to you my alternative – a vegan bean chilli that has received some excellent reviews, and can be made mostly from store cupboard ingredients. This recipe will be your saviour when you find yourself at the last minute feeding a group of eight people, with varying dietary requirements on a Friday evening. That happens to other people too doesn’t it?!
It might be a very small country that not many people think to visit. And it might be more of a country which, like Dubai, is considered more of a stopover place: but if there is one thing that is worth checking out in Singapore, it is the food.
Food is big in Singapore. It’s popular and its citizens will queue for as long as it takes for the local cuisine, and will eat at any time of the day and night. The most surprising thing is that it’s nothing fancy or extravagant. The best places to find it are in food markets and hawker centres (open air complexes with stalls selling a variety of different foods). Below are five of the best dishes to sample in Singapore…