I have recently spent almost a month in the US and Canada and have been really surprised by the amount of waste and the amount of meat that you can find in all restaurants. I find this a huge problem and I really hope we can do something to change things. As a dear person to me suggested, restaurants should at least start to propose the same amount of vegetarian options as omnivore ones and should do them well. I am sick of only finding lame salads on the menu or even worse, really tasteless pasta. So once I came back I decided to try some recipes, easy ones, to prove that it is possible to only eat vegetarian and have delicious food. And what better than some fall recipes that I really look forward to!
Fall is a wonderful season, a time where you get to rest, you get to pamper yourself, eat loads of good veggies and nice fruits (see grapes or chestnuts and pumpkins). A time to meet with friends in cosy places, sit by the fire, drink chai or hot cocoa, do your nails and lips red and burgundy, drink red wine, start wearing light knits and many layers, start using colourful boots and cool rain jackets. Oh and the awesome socks!
Have I convinced you yet? If not, at least I hope to convince you to be more aware of what you eat and waste less! Less fight for this Planet of ours!
1. Pumpkin Soup
- 2 spoons of olive oil
- 2 onions
- 1kg pumpkin (I made a mix of two types)
- 700ml vegetable stock
- 150ml double cream
- 2 spoons of olive oil
You will need to fry the chopped onion in the olive oil, add the pumpkins in small pieces and fry for 10 minutes. Add stock and let it simmer for another 10 minutes or until pumpkin is soft. Pour cream and let it boil again. Pass through a fine sieve or blend it, according to preferences. I have blended mine. Add the croutons in oil in a pan and fry them, perhaps add some pumpkin seeds for more taste and add on the plate.
Voila! Easy peasy!
2. Gnocchi with grilled vegetables
- 400g gnocchi
- 200g grilled vegetables (or pan fried, according to your taste: eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, dried tomatoes)
- 2 tablespoon red pesto
- a handful of basil leaves
- parmesan/pecorino or vegetarian options
Boil a large pan of salted water. Add the gnocchi for 2 minutes, take out and rinse a bit and add back in a pan with olive oil. Add the chargrilled (Igrilled them on our BBQ) vegetables, chopped into pieces if large, red pesto and basil leaves. Serve with shavings of Parmesan or pecorino (or vegetarian alternative).
3. Apple tart
- 1 dough (I bough a bio one in COOP)
- 2-3 apples
- brown sugar
- cinnamon for taste
Lay the dough, add the apples finely cut, add cinnamon and sugar to taste! Bake at 200°C for 25-30 minutes until the dough is brownish.
Article photographed and edited in Lausanne, October 2018