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How to Make Tofu with only 2 ingredients (como fazer tofu sĂł com 2 ingredientes)

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Tofu is actually easier than you might expect and well worth the effort.

  •  1 litre organic unsweetened soy milk (no additives)
  •  juice of 2 lemons

Bring the soy milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring from time to time and then let it simmer for about 4-5

Remove the pot from heat. Add the lemon juice and stir.When you notice that the soy milk is beginning to coagulate, cover the pot and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Transfer the content into the cloth-lined colander or tofu press and let it sit for at least 20- 30 minutes. Your tofu is ready to eat/use. If you are not using it right away, soak it in water and refrigerate. Change the water everyday if you don’t use the tofu.

TIPS: you can make your own soy milk, by soaking dried soybeans overnight and mixing the beans with water

PT:

Fazer tofu em casa Ă© muito mais fĂĄcil do que imaginas…

  • leite de soja (organico, sem açĂșcar nem aditivos)
  • sumo de 2 limĂ”es 

Aquecer o leite até que ferva, mexendo ocasionalmente, depois deixar mais 4-5 minutes em lume brando.
Retirar do lume, adicionar o sumo de limão e mexer, tapar o tacho e deixar repousar 5-10 minutos.
Transferir o tofu para um coador com pano ou para uma prensa e prensar bem por 20-30 minutos, et voilà estĂĄ pronto para entrar num belo cozinhado 🙂 Se nĂŁo for para usar imediatamente, mergulhar o tofu em ågua e guardar no frigorĂ­fico. Mudar a ĂĄgua todos os dias se vocĂȘ nĂŁo usar o tofu.

DICAS: em vez de comprar pode-se fazer o leite de soja, demolhando os feijÔes de soja durante a noite e depois triturar em alta velocidade com ågua.

Vegan-Friendly Places to Eat in Cambridge

2013-05-14 00.24.53.jpegAs a vegan or vegetarian you know it can sometimes be difficult to find somewhere to eat, but you don’t need to worry, Cambridge has plenty of options. As a vegan living in Cambridge for almost 3 years I will give you an insight of the best places to eat while you are visiting this extraordinary city.

Stem + Glory, Chesterton Road –  it’s a strict vegan place more suitable for breakfast, lunch or brunch.

Stir, Chesteron Road – Delicious coffees and cakes plus veggie brunches and lunches.

Rainbow Vegetarian CafĂ©, King’s Parade – this is a well known multi-award winning veggie cafe and restaurant specializing in vegan and gluten free food.

Arjuna Wholefoods, Mill Roadit’s a worker’s cooperative, and great to grab a snack or a vegan lunch.

Fudge Kitchen, Kings Parade – they make artisan fudge and offer dairy-free fudge made with soy cream.

Curry King, Jordans Yard Bridge Street – it’s a Indian restaurant and  almost all their menu can be served with vegetables instead of meat.

Espresso Library, East Road – This cafe has plenty of vegan options for breakfast and lunch.

Market Hill, Market Square (10am-4pm) – this is the local market, not all vendors show up every day, so you never know exactly what you’ll find, but for sure you have a couple of options to choose from, like falafel, smoothies, breads, cakes, churros, noodles,cookies, muffins, flapjacks and dumplings.

Giraffe, Christs Lane– has good vegan options for lunch or dinner. They have a special discount  of 50% off all vegetarian main courses during National Vegetarian Week.

Always check if there is a vegan market or the  Cambridge Vegan Fair happening while you are visiting the city. it’s a immense sea of  stalls, serving a bit of literary everything.

If you are with friends that are not vegan, all restaurants (one better than others) will have options for you, even the pubs. If you don’t want to wast time and money, you can always grab a packed meal at one of the many small street shops.

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

🚌  Tips of what to visit in Cambridge 🚌

 

How to make Rice Milk (como fazer Leite de arroz em casa)

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Rice milk can be expensive specially if you buy an organic one, the good news are rice milk is delicious,easy and quick to do at home 🙂

I do my rice milk soaking brown rice but any variety will work. If you have a nut-allergies this is the perfect non-dairy milk alternative.

  • 1 cup brown rice (soaked overnight)
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • ÂŒtsp vanilla bean paste (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high speed for about 2minutes and half, (until fully liquified). Strain the pulp through a milk bag or a cheesecloth. Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to a week, remember to shake every time you are about to use.

TIPS:

*Sweetened: add a few Medjool dates to the mix or 3-4 tbsp or agave nectar

*chocolate milk: add  3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mix, and 4-6 dates or other natural sweetener to taste.

DON’T throw away the pulp, you can do many things with it, the last time I did some mini bites filled with chocolate and date caramel. You can add it into crackers, throw it into granola, bars, muffins, soup…the possibilities are endless!!!

 

PT:

O leite de arroz  é bastante caro quando comprado no supermercado, principalmente se procurarmos um orgùnico, a boa noticia é que para além de delicioso é fåcil de fazer em casa.

Eu gosto de usar arroz integral demolhado (mas qualquer tipo de arroz funciona)

  • 1 caneca de arroz integral  (demolhado durante a noite)
  • 4 canecas de ĂĄgua 
  • um apitada de sal
  • ÂŒtsp de pasta de baunilha (optional)

Colocar o arroz num processador de alimentos (liquidificador, bimby, etc.) e adicionar a agua. Triturar na velocidade måxima por 2 minuto e meio aproximadamente. Coar num coador de rede ou pano e colocar o leite vegetal num frasco de vidro. Guardar no frigorifico, dura até uma semana. Agitar sempre antes de beber.

DICAS:

* Leite adocicado: adicionar algumas tùmaras à mistura ou 3-4 tbsp ou outro qualquer adoçante a gosto

* Leite achocolatado: adicionar 2 colheres de sopa de cacau em pó na mistura, e 4-6 tùmaras.

Existem infinitas possibilidades para aproveitar os resĂ­duos sĂłlidos que sobram do arroz, da ultima vez fiz pequenos bolinho recheados com chocolate e caramelo de tĂąmaras.

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Cambridge, where to go?

You have many reasons to visit this extraordinary university town.  Cambridge has a unique beauty and will amaze you with it’s history, architecture, and natural beauty.

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When visiting cambridge you can’t miss the colleges and it’s gardens, the  riverside, all the green meadows surrounding the city and the Backs (gardens and parks line up beside the river behind the colleges). Walking and cycling are the best ways to visit the city.

The town is full of cyclists, students and tourists, but has a nice vibe and it’s far away from being a big chaotic city.

The Colleges are truly amazing even if you only contemplate them from the outside,  you should check in the internet if the King’s College Chapel or the Trinity College are not hosting a concert during your visit, is an excellent away to visit this two emblematic places for free and has a bonus you can listen to some great music.

Museums are free in Cambridge, if you have time you should visit them all, if not I recommend  the fabulous Fitzwilliam Museum, the Kettle’s Yard and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

If you are a fan of Sir Isaac NewtonŽs stop at Trinity College to see the famed apple tree where it was said to be the inspiration for his theory of gravity after being bopped on the head by one of the fallen fruits. 2015-01-09 23.58.30.jpg

If the weather invites for a piquenique the Botanic Gardens are a must, or a punting session  through the river Cam.

It’s always something happening in Cambridge so make sure you do your research and don’t miss what this city was to offer

Hope you can visit this breathtaking city and be prepared to fall a little in love with this university town.

Cambridge is very accessible by bus or train from London.

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha 

🍜 More about vegan food in Cambridge 🍜

 

Self-driving in Africa – Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

We landed in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, prepared for everything knowing that we would have 5000 km in front of us and we would cross 3 countries in Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

We hired a  4X4 with roof top tents for our journey and despite all the trouble we get into with the car, I don’t regret the option, because gives you an enormous independence, it’s very versatile, and allows you to travel independently and discover with time this spacious countries.

Visit these countries is not cheap but you can save the money for the room by camping. There are many campsites and lots of lodges also have campsites. The price of a 4×4 with roof top tents depends on the time of the year you travel, and which borders you are going to cross.

Self driving throughout the wilderness in Africa was one of the most exciting, adventurous and rewarding things I did so far – you just disconnect entirely and emerge yourself into one of the most beautiful natural sceneries on earth.

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Now you are asking about what kind of troubles I got into.. some are obvious and you are probably guessing it right.. but just to give some excuses first  .. 🙂 we did some challenging routes and drove miles and miles through isolated areas 🙂

So here it comes.. during our journey our 4×4 broke down and got stuck a couple of times (sand, mud, water),we got a window broke and some values stolen…  ande there is more.. one of the tents broke… we got fined and towed once.. so was a hell of a journey.

To do a trip like this you need to have a sense of adventure, and be prepared to have busy days and to change  your planes constantly.

be safe 🙂

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha 

South Vietnam

My journey started at Ho Chi Minh City  (aka Saigon) and from there I explored the south of this diverse country. To visit Vietnam you need to apply to your Visa beforehand, there is no possibility to get a Visa once you are at the border or the airport.

Ho Chi Minh City has a pulsate and chaotic energy. The traffic is something beyond explanation, but despite that it’s full of life and the best way to explore the city is losing yourself in the street.

This is what I recommend to visit:

  • Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda
  • Binh Tay Market
  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Cho Lon area

Once in HCMC don’t miss the coffee, it’s a true delight.

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Mekong delta has many places to explore, and it’s incredible beautiful and exotic with it’s water floating world. You need time to explore all it’s beauty and it’s innumerable rivers, canals and streams that cross the landscape.

I need to say that’s very possible to visit the Mekong Delta without a tour and is actually quite easy. You just need to ask around and combine different ways of transport, bus, ferry and  motorbikes.

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You have so many options to choose from, that taking a decision is pretty difficult mostly when you don’t have much time, so I will leave a small list of the best places I visit:

  • Ben Tre  it’s very picturesque and less tourist than My Tho. This area is famous for its keo dua (coconut candy)
  • Ha Tien – it’s beautiful, has a nice riverside market, lots of caves to visit some of which have been turned into temples. Thach dong cave pagoda deserves a visit.
  • Tra Vinh – for me is one of the charming  towns in the Mekong Delta
  • Minh Long – has the Cai Be floating market that is always busy, carrying all the characteristics of the locals’ life.
  • Sam Mountain– has a strong Chinese influence and its full of pagodas and temple the Cavern Pagoda it’s a nice one to visit.
  • Can Tho – is the largest city in the region you can visit the floating markets, Phong Dien, Cai Rang  and take a boat along the  canals.  Phung Hiep is the biggest and busiest floating market in the Mekong Delta it opens at 4.00 am closes at 11.00 am.

Asian Markets are always my first choice to eat, and Vietnam wasn’t an exception, I especially enjoyed the rice paper wrapped spring rolls, fruit and smoothies.

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

Perfect Protein Balls with hemp seeds (bolas proteicas com sementes de cĂąnhamo)

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This is a super healthy protein ball full of superfoods, tasty easy and quick to do, it’s high in protein, essential fats and antioxidants.

so why don’t you give it a go? â˜șïžđŸŒż

  • 2 tbsp. of hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp. of flaxseeds
  • 3 tbsp. natural wheatgerm
  • 2 tbsp. goji
  • 6 dates
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (this can be changed to another sweetener)
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 8 tbsp. of a good muesli (you can use oats or toasted wholegrain wheat flakes instead – I like to use Alpen)
  • pinch of cinnamon

Start by placing the flax seeds and the hemp seeds in your food processor, and process until they completely broken down. Then add all the other ingredients, and blend until  you have  stick dough. Using your hands  roll into little balls and store in the fridge.

PT:

Esta é uma excelente receita de bolinhas proteicas super saudåveis, saborosas e fåceis e råpidas de fazer.

  • 2 colheres de sopa de sementes de cĂąnhamo
  • 2 colheres de sopa de linhaça
  • 3 colheres de sopa de gĂ©rmen de trigo natural
  • 2 colheres de sopa de goji
  • 6 tĂąmaras 
  • 1 colher de sopa de xarope de ĂĄcer (pode ser alterado por outro qualquer adoçante)
  • 1 colher de sopa de cacau em pĂł sem açĂșcar 
  • 8 colheres de sopa de um bom muesli (pode-se usar flocos de aveia ou trigo integral torrado em vez disso – eu gosto de usar Alpen)
  • Pitada de canela

Colocar as sementes de linhaça e as sementes de cùnhamo num processador de alimentos e triturar até que estejam completamente quebradas. Adicione todos os outros ingredientes e misturar até que se obtenha uma massa homogénea.

com as mãos formar pequenas bolinhas e guardar no frigorífico.

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BENGUELA- HUAMBO- BIE (in the route of Angola’s up-country)

We drove from Benguela to BiĂ© stopping in many remote villages and towns. Hope you enjoy the photos, and get to know more about this beautiful and unspoiled country still far away from the tourist routes. I remember to read somewhere that Angola is one of Africa’s last great travel mysteries 🙂

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During our trip people where nice but always suspicious, what is perfectly understandable once the country still remains closed off for travellers. I need to say that being a portuguese speaker helped a lot.

Angola’s up-country, is still very unspoiled and rural, outside the big cities houses are made of natural materials like grasses and mud bricks, there is no electricity or sanitation.

Populations live from what the land gives, they lack in access to school and health care. They have big matriarchal families.
Angola’s up-country has an astonishing natural beauty, strong colour, smells and a great warm weather.

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đŸŒ± Information and testimony about if it’s possible to have a plant-based diet in AngolađŸŒ±

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

how to make homemade Hemp Milk (como fazer Leite de cĂąnhamo em casa)

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Hemp milk is delicious,easy and quick to do at home.

If you have a nut-allergies this is the perfect non-dairy milk alternative.

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds (whole seeds soaked overnight if using shelled no need to soak)
  • 4 cups water
  • ÂŒtsp vanilla bean paste (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high speed for about 2minutes and half, (until fully liquified). Strain the pulp through a milk bag or a cheesecloth. Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to a week, remember to shake every time you are about to use.

TIPS:

*Sweetened hemp milk: add a few Medjool dates to the mix or 3-4 tbsp or agave nectar

*chocolate hemp milk: add  3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mix, and 4-6 dates or other natural sweetener to taste.

PT:

O leite de cùnhamo é  delicioso e fåcil de fazer em casa.

  • 1/2 caneca de sementes de cĂąnhamo (se forem com casca demolhar, sem casca nĂŁo Ă© preciso)
  • 4 canecas de ĂĄgua 
  • ÂŒtsp de pasta de baunilha (optional)

Colocar as sementes num processador de alimentos (liquidificador, bimby, etc.) e adicionar a agua. Triturar na velocidade måxima por 2 minuto e meio aproximadamente. Coar num coador de rede ou pano e colocar o leite vegetal num frasco de vidro. Guardar no frigorifico, dura até uma semana. Agitar sempre antes de beber.

DICAS:

* Leite de cùnhamo adocicado: adicionar algumas tùmaras à mistura ou 3-4 tbsp de néctar de agave (ou outro qualquer adoçante a gosto)

* Leite achocolatado de cĂąnhamo: adicionar 3 colheres de sopa de cacau em pĂł na mistura, e 4-6 tĂąmaras.

a vegan in Singapore

Being a vegan in Singapore is just pure heaven, you can find lots of great options anywhere.

In December 2016 Peta named Singapore the second most friendly vegan city in Asia, so that should mean something  😀

Singapore’s food combine Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western influences, Japanese and Thai,  and is rich in vegetarian options. For me the best places were the hawker centres (food-courts), they are easy to find and have a bit of everything from fruit juices, smoothies made with local and exotic fruit, desserts, pure vegan meals and even raw vegan. You will be able to taste all cuisines,from 4$-12$ per meal. You can also look for Indian and vegetarian Chinese restaurantes often serving up amazing vegan options.

I you eat in a non-vegetarian restaurante  be aware that dishes that appear vegetarian on the menu may contain oyster sauce, salted fish, etc. just check with the staff first.

Here are some places that I recommend for having great delicious and affordable food. Remember that healthy dishes that require a lot of efforts and innovation often come with large bills 🙂

hawker centres:

  • Circuit Road Food Centre has many vegetarian food stalls here you can try the vegan versions of local dishes such as tahu goreng, satay, briyani rice, nasi lemak (coconut rice), hor fun, chicken rice, laksa, etc.
  • Fortune Centre at Bugis has many great vegan eateries and more options  outside the center.
  • Redhill Market and Food Centre – vegetarian cuisine is popular at this food centre, try the Bee Hoon with mock Char Siew from the Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food.
  • Kim San Leng Food Centre
  • Bendemeer Market and Food Centre

(many veg food stalls tend to be closed on Monday)

restaurants / eateries:

  • Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant (Little India) has a very extensive menu (about 400 items of which three-quarters are listed as vegan) and you can sample Indian, Chinese, international and local dishes and desserts all under one roof.
  • Divine Realm Vegetarian Restaurant –  Chinese vegetarian
  • Nature Vegetarian Delights – Chinese vegetarian restaurant
  • Xing Hua Vegetarian Restaurant. It’s a Chinese restaurant serving mainly mock-meats
  • Yi xin vegetarian – the best in china town
  • Zen Fut Sai Kai Vegetarian Restaurant 
  • Genesis vegan Restaurant 
  •  Vegandeli SG 
  • Green Leaf Cafe – Little India.
  • Veggie King International Buffet
  • Steamboat Restaurant for international, regional (Japanese, Korean, Thai) and local buffet dishes which include desserts.
  • Fill-a-Pita -Middle Eastern vegetarian food.
  •  vegetarians from West-side: Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant and Tanaka Vegetarian Food
  • Japanese vegetarian food (a bit pricey) Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining and Herbivore 
  • For vegan burgers you have: Vegan Burg and the nomVnom
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple , the Singapore Buddhist Lodge and the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery serve vegetarian food.

Tips:  Keep an eye out for the Singapore Food Festival, held every year in July.

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

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