I’m always looking for EASY, healthy recipes that are hassle-free and taste good. I’m especially into finding easy breakfast options, so when I stumbled across this one, I had to try it. Seriously, it’s the easiest cookie baking I’ve ever gone through. And whereas the basics are easy, you can mix it up a little by adding in different spices or toppings (raisins, nuts, chocolate, peanut butter, jam, etc). If you like them to be sweeter, you can perfectly add some honey too. It’s all up to you!
On the weekends, I love a sweet lunch or snack idea, and when I have the time for it, baking pancakes is my favourite thing to do in autumn and winter. Because I try to avoid lactose, a vegan alternative is always great. Here’s how I make vegan pancakes.
1 liter soy milk
325g or 2.3 cups of flour
1 tea spoon baking powder
1 bag of vanilla sugar
A sniff of salt
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar, salt)
Gradually add the milk and stir until there are no more lumps (you can also use a mixer)
Use the olive oil to grease the pan
Et voilà, perfect pancakes to top with whatever fancies your liking! :)
During our stay in La Paz, Bolivia, we were desperate for a good café and as of wonder, out of nowhere came Cafe Vida, a vegan café on a small interior square that was calm and had an outdoor seating area. It was perfect. The apple pie we had was divine and the Chaï Lattes tasted like home. Service was also really quick and friendly. And English-speaking!
Where? Calle Sagarnaga 213, La Paz
When? Monday – Friday from 9.30 am till 7 pm, Saturdays from 9.30 am till 5 pm
Zoet calls itself the tastiest candy shop in Mechelen, and I have to agree! My girlfriend and I stumble across this too cute for words sweets shop on the hunt for cool clothing shops. What we found was better! Zoet is a bright and colourful candy shop that wants to go back to the roots of the little corner candy shop with glass jars and unique products. The sweets they sell are authentic and original. What’s even cooler is that they also have an online shop so you can spoil someone you love or miss or even yourself if you are craving something sweet, without having to venture out to Mechelen. (Would recommend though!) Seriously, I get happy just looking at their website.
Where? In Mechelen, at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat 108 or online
When? Mondays-Tuesdays from 11am till 5pm, Wednesdays – Saturdays from 11am till 6pm. Closed on Sundays. Online: always open!
As I was looking for a vegan place to eat in Brussels, I realised there was only one place that ticked all the boxes: Moon food. This café near the Central Station describes itself as the first vegan café in Brussels and I think that must be true. Truly everything they serve, from breakfast options to lunch and dinner as well as dessert is vegan. What I like most about the place is how the wooden interior with lots of plants; it adds to the plant-based feel of the place. Another plus is that their food is served as a buffet and you can pick and choose whatever you like. Just let the people behind the counter weigh your plate afterwards and pay for exactly what you can eat. Or you can simply take-away your food, which is great.
Where? Koloniënstraat 58, 1000 Brussels (right on the corner), very close to the Warandepark and Bozar