Veganskt Sverige – eating vegan in Stockholm

Recently, I’ve been to Stockholm for a week, and I just wanted to share the wonderful food I had there with you.

Although I can’t say that much about the whole ‘vegan scene’, Sweden seems quite a nice place for people with allergies. A lot of dishes and products are marked as ‘gluten-/lactose-/dairy-/nut- or soy-free’ in restaurants, hotels or shops. Nobody frowns upon you if you ask what’s exactly in your food, and if someone looked a bit puzzled when I said ‘vegan please’, I just explained that I’d like my food vegetarian, dairy- and egg-free, simple as.

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THE vegan Lasagna

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Finally, I managed to take some photos and write down the recipe for one of my favourite dishes. Yummy, warming, delicious soul-food lasagna stuffed with all kinds of veggies, filled with red and white sauce, and topped with a creamy yet crispy ‘cheese’ crust.

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Support medical progress & my first half-marathon.

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Hey there – this time, it’s not a recipe, but a really important thing to me. Read below how you can support me, animals and medical progress at the same time.

layout_index_r3_c1As I’m going to run my first half-marathon on the 30th of March and recently, a case of a brain tumor occured in my own family, I had the idea to combine the run with collecting some money for a good cause.
Most of the research institutions are conducting animal testing and I – even though I absolutely appreciate the rest of their work and what they do for their patients – don’t wanna support that. At the same time, I wanna support medicial research, so I’ve decided to go for the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation. This Swiss foundation supports the scientific improvement and development of alternatives to animal testing and even has some chairs at several universities. I’m actually collecting moeny for a chair at a university in Tamil Nadu, India, the “Gandhi-Gruber-Doerenkamp Chair for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Life Science Education and In Vitro Toxicology”. That matches perfectly, than as some of you know, I especially love Asia. Read more about the project on the project site and about the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation here.

So click here to get to my Betterplace donation site and make your donation with only a few clicks.

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Vegan ‘Quarkbällchen’ – Traditional German Carnival Doughnuts

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In a lot of areas in Germany it is common to make ‘Kräppel’ (or Berliner, Krapfen or Pfannkuchen, depending on the dialect) during carnival time – little treats fried in oil similar to doughnuts. There’s a more gooey, yeast-free version of it called ‘Quarkbällchen’ with Quark (= curd cheese, kind of a lighter sour cream) and I’ve decided to give them a vegan try. Luckily, the first attempt turned out pretty well and I’m a bit proud that the taste is so close to the original. Get kneading and frying, and have a happy carnival time!

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Two-kinds-of-Potato’n’Pumpkin Soup

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After our Zwiebelkuchen and Fig & Berry Dessert turned out so nicely, my friend Joanna and me keep cooking together regularly. This delicious soup recipe, created by Joanna, is just the perfect winter food – warming, nourishing, healthy and still super delicious. I especially like the combination of potatoes and sweet potatoes, but you can also do it with only one of them.

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