In case you are wondering where I had disappeared to, well, I did not. I was very much here. And I was bouncing with thoughts and ideas and excitement. So much, that I just could not bring myself to sit and write down or concentrate enough to photograph anything! It is all to do with the arrival of Summer, and with it the Holiday Season. I am going to take off on a trek, this time to Sarkundi Pass in the lower slopes of the Himalayas along scenic, beautiful, Himachal Pradesh. I however requested a few friends to help me keep the blog going. Friends who started off as strangers whom I met in ‘Flickr’, ‘blogger’ or facebook. They kindly consented to do guest posts so that the food section keeps getting updated here.
Today it is my pleasure to introduce Vera to you. Veronika writes a food blog that goes by the apt title ‘The Kitchen Finesse’. I was attracted to her beautiful blog since my first visit to her flickr stream. Her finesse in photography and styling are unique and captivating. She is not vegan, but she loves to experiment once in a while as she will tell you herself. I hope you enjoy the lovely Mexcian spread she is sharing today.
Please welcome Veronika Studer.
Hello everyone out there. I just have one question to you. Are you a vegan? Quite silly question assuming you are reading Harini’s gorgeous blog so must have a great interest in veganism (is that a word at all?) or being a vegan allready. If you are, then you are my hero. I have to admit that I am everything but. Altough I deserve a bit of a credit since a decade ago I used to be a vegetarian. (it just hit me that I am going to turn thirtysomething this year, I need a moment to wrap my head around it…)
Few weeks ago I decided to give it a try to eating vegan, how hard could this be. Well, if you are new around here, or just thinking about turning to vegan I have to tell you, that it is much -let me correct myself, much much much- harder as it seems. Eating vegetables are not a problem, I love them but then every recipe that crossed my mind required either eggs, butter or milk for that matter. I really strated to loose my mind. How the heck do people eat vegan? They must be all heroes. For me it seemed to be close to impossible. At the end of the week I finished up the whole vegetable section of the grocery store and was craving something spicy, a complete meal and it just hit me… I want Mexican fajitas very badly. It turned out to be excellent, actually I could not stop eating them until I finished it all up. Was a great end to my vegan week. To sum it up, you people are my stars. Eating vegan is a great challange, not easy but refreshing. I have to admit, I am far from turning vegan, but since then I try to eat so at least once a week and feels great.
Recipe: Mexican chickpea fajitas
Wheat flour tortilla:
Either store bought or make them yourself
250g wheat flour
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
Approx. 150 ml water
Mix the ingredients, cut the dough into 6-8 pieces and roll to 2-3 mm thick discs. Heat up pan and bake each side of the tortilla until truns lightly browned.
400g canned tomato (or fresh)
1 minced garlic
Mix the tomato with the small cut onion and garlic. Season to taste. (if you use fresh tomatoes, then cut a cross on the top and drop it few minutes into hot water, then peel them)
500g canned chickpea (or dried, soaked in water and cooked until tender)
2 large onions
4 minced garlic
½ tsp ground cumin
1 bell pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Zest and juice of a lime
Chilli (according to taste)
4 Tbsp vegetable oil
Serve with: fresh avocado, tomato salsa and tortilla
Heat up vegetable oil in a pan. Add coarsely chopped oinon and bell pepper. Bake until slightly browned. Add strained chickpea, garlic and season to taste. Let it cook for about 10 minutes. Stir in the juice of the lime and zest. Serve hot with avocado, salsa and wrap it in tortilla.
I am sure you want to know more about her kind of food after that delicious breakfast!
I shall be away for nearly the whole month with not access to the ‘web’, but my friends will bring you some really mouth-watering dishes to make up for my absence! Stay tuned. And when I return, I will show you a slice of the Heaven I am touring!