Part of being vegan is knowing and accepting that restaurants and cafes wont always be able to accommodate you. It’s 2017 but it’s still a struggle at times. Who are these strange people who would rather surpass the burgers and chips in favour of rabbit food?! Well obviously we don’t want to eat salad all the time but when the menu is looking bleak, you can usually find some kind of salad arrangement to potentially modify when it’s slim pickings. I say this in my calm, non hungry, completely satisfied voice as I sit behind my laptop all warm and cosy. My partner however would testify that I’m not always so calm and rational when the ‘hangry’ version of myself escapes and I’m faced with a potentially disappointing lunch!
I always used to be put off making risotto because I thought it was really difficult. I am terrible at cooking rice, I hold my hands up and admit it! I just never seem to master the art of getting it quite right and risotto seemed like a technically lofty goal! I think because I’ve also had terrible experiences ordering risotto in restaurants, I thought ‘if the pro’s cant even get it right, how am I going to be able to?!’
‘Superfoods’ is a buzz words that gets thrown around a lot. It’s an ‘in vogue’ term and trend designed to get people to buy anything from diet pills, to health drinks to cellulite busting creams. It helps companies to market products but at the end of the day, it’s simply fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts that are vitamin dense and rich in antioxidants. The closer you eat to nature, the better!
So I decided to make this simple soup packed with superfoods just to show you that you can pack the nutrients and vitamins into your diet in a really easy, organic way. No expensive powders or potions required!
This is a really aromatic recipe. The kind of smells that transport you to some exotic location far far away. There is something about the cooking of spices that for me evokes a feeling of wanderlust. Conjuring up images of marketplaces, road side food stalls, foreign languages and noises and smells I don’t recognise.