First Attempt at Homemade Ethiopian Food

Homemade Ethiopian Food | Vegan Nom NomsI am addicted to Ethiopian food. There, I said it. It is just so good, but going often to the Ethiopian restaurant can be expensive and since I’ve banned myself from eating out except for birthdays networking and the occasional Vokü here in Berlin, I had to find a way to feed my addiction. I had bought some berbere (Ethiopian spice mix) online awhile back, and it was time to use it!

What surprised me is that all the ingredients for the two dishes above were quite cheap. I bought a huge green cabbage, bag of red lentils, tomato paste, bag of carrots and bag of potatoes for less than €13 at Netto and I have plenty of veggies after making two dishes for plenty of other things. Let the money saving begin!

I used the recipe from Vegan Richa for Atakilt Wat for the dish on the right made from cabbage and potatoes. You can find the recipe here.

The red lentil dish Yemiser W’et was made from Kittee’s recipe over at Cake Maker to the Stars. You can find the recipe here.

I had some teff flour sitting in the freezer (because I’m afraid of moths) for ages and finally got to use that too.  I used this recipe from Yum Universe, but I fermented the batter two more days until it was more sour and added a teensy bit of sugar. It came out okay, but I must say this is the one place my food vastly differed from an Ethiopian restaurant. I’m not sure if it’s because they mix the teff with other flours at an actual restaurant or if they use an older teff sourdough starter or if there is just some magical touch, but the homemade version I made didn’t quite match up. Ah well, room for improvement!

Overall, once you have the spices, making your own Ethiopian food is not as hard as it seems!

Let me know in the comments, have you experimented with Ethiopian food? Favorite recipes? Any injera tips or tricks? Inquiring minds want to know! :-)

Back to Germany & My American Vegan Food Haul

American Vegan Food Haul | Vegan Nom Noms Greetings from Germany! I have made is back after my three month American adventure safe and sound! Already hit up one of the vegan grocery stores in Berlin, Veganz and looking forward to staying in one place for awhile!

That said, I thought I’d fill you all in on the food that made the cut in my suitcase and my last couple American meals.

I think what I miss most about America when I leave is Trader Joe’s, collard greens and kale that’s available year round (it’s only in the supermarkets around the holidays here in Berlin). Thus, Trader Joe’s is featured in my haul with their Cookie Butter and Chocolate Swirl on the bottom left, Ginger Pear White Tea and some cheap Luna Bars. Of course I had to smuggle back some Earth Balance Mac and Cheese on the top right, in addition to some Sweet Mulled Pumpkin Tea from Celestial Seasonings, Leahey Cheese Flavored Sauce Mix that a friend in Portland turned me on to, Secret Aardvark hot sauce, a local Portland cult favorite, Vegan Toona for the pure novelty and some New Orleans style coffee with chicory in it, plus a miso soup packet and some root beer just because I had it lying around!

Trader Joe's Pad See Ew | Vegan Nom Noms One super easy new favorite I’m super sad I couldn’t bring with me was Trader Joe’s Pad See Ew, which happened to be vegan and was super easy to whip up on the stove top with nice big, chewy noodles. I added a lot of kale to it. Delicious.New York Bagel with Tofu Cream Cheese | Vegan Nom NomsOf course I needed to get one more New York bagel with tofu cream cheese in. I dream about this stuff.

That’s the end of the America posts! If you missed ‘em and want to catch up, have a look at the Posts by Location page under “United States”. We’re back to home-cooked meals after this, I’ll be scouring my cookbook collection to pull out several I’ll cook from and document over the next few months!

See you soon!

Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vegan MoFo Post #21!

Getting one more post in before the MoFo craziness is over! I am super sad it’s ending this year. I’m not sure what was different, but I made a big effort to read and comment on other blogs as much as I could while traveling so perhaps I just felt even more connected to the power of MoFo!

I am sitting on Long Island as I write this, which is where this whole crazy road trip begin. I cannot believe it’s over, what a crazy summer! This is the last post in my Vegan Nom Noms Does America series (for now). Here is a summary of the trip in one place in case you want to catch up! Click the link to go to the post of interest. I went to (in order):

Long Island, NY
Brooklyn and NYC
Northampton, MA; Niagara Falls, NY and Cleveland, OH
Ann Arbor, MI
Detroit and Kalamazoo, MI
Chicago, IL
Milwaukee, WI
Madison, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Wanblee, SD and Greybull, WY
Yellowstone National Park, MO
Idaho Falls and Meridian (Boise area), ID
Portland, OR
Crescent City, Eureka and Cambria, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Bay Area, CA
Nevada, Utah and more Wyoming
Denver and Boulder, CO
Roswell, NM
Austin, TX
New Orleans, LA
Atlanta, GA

….and now this post on Philadelphia, PA!

Before we start, if you are here from MoFo and want to keep in touch when it’s not MoFo time, do follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest! Even though it’s not MoFo anymore, I’ll still be blogging away from Berlin, Germany so expect more European adventures and beyond, some serious blogging of cookbook adventures (so much eating out, must detox) and more to come! Now on with the food!

Smiley's Manyunk Greek Philly | Vegan Nom NomsAs soon as I arrived, hungry after endless DC area traffic, my friend Pat swooped me into a place called Smiley’s Cafe, in Manyunk which has Greek food. I got the Falafel Platter and it was awesome. I got falafel balls, hummus, grape leaves and a big salad with pitas and tahini sauce. I ate it all up and then wiped up all the salad dressing tahini goodness with the pita bread.

Couch Tomato Cafe Manyunk Philly Vegan Pizza | Vegan Nom NomsThe next day for lunch we went to Couch Tomato Cafe and Bistro in Manyunk where I got this awesome Vegan Personal Pizza with Daiya. I got pineapple, mushrooms and fresh arugula on top. Super yummy!

Abyssinia Ethiopian Philly | Vegan Nom NomsSince I am super super obsessed with Ethiopian food still, I met another friend that night at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in West Philly. I got this Veggie Combo and it was soooo good! I love Ethiopian food so much!

Foo Truck Thai Curry Quinoa Wrap | Vegan Nom NomsI had suuuuper good timing and visited during the Manyunk StrEAT Food Festival, which was a stone’s throw from my friend’s door. No public transportation was even necessary, which solved that “Oops I drank too much beer and have to pee, but we’re outside with tons of people around and no bathrooms” problem! I got this Green Curry Quinoa with Roasted Vegetable Medley Wrap thing with veggies that was pretty good, but HUGE. I topped it with Sriracha. It was from a food truck called Foo Truck, no really.

Little Baby's Ice Cream Non-Dairy Philly | Vegan Nom NomsI also got some Smoked Cinnamon Ice Cream from Little Baby’s Ice Cream that had a stand at the festival, but also has a brick and mortar shop. They had lots of other non-dairy flavors, but they were all sold out when I got there. I wasn’t a huge fan of the smoked cinnamon, just because I’m not a huge cinnamon person, but it’s my fault that I waited so long to get ice cream.

Manyunk StrEAT Food Fest Beer Garden | Vegan Nom NomsThe best part of the food festival though was that they had a beer garden. For $10 you got this punch card that allowed you 12 little cups of craft beers from any of the stands in the garden. The best past was that many people couldn’t handle those 12 little beers and we apparently looked like we could so three different people gave us their half used cards!!! You know what that means…FREE BEER! Hellzzz yes. I got my pumpkin beer and IPA fix here! I also re-learned that I quite like pale ales as they are hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so.

Han Dynasty Tofu Manyunk | Vegan Nom NomsMy original plan was to eat dinner from the food festival, but when it approached the closing time and all the stalls with vegan stuff had sold out of the vegan stuff, it was clear that wasn’t going to happen. I popped in to Han Dynasty, which was right in front of me at the time and had tofu on the menu so I went for it. Funnily enough, I saw that Laughfrodisiac blogged about this very place the day after I ate there. Psychic MoFo connection, amiright?! I got the Hot Sauce Style Tofu, but had them add broccoli to it. I kinda wish I got some of the stuff on Laughfrodisiac’s post though! They were super friendly and knew what vegan was as she said, win! HipCityVeg Philly | Vegan Nom NomsThis ended up being the most expensive lunch I ever had, as I ate and then came out to realize I had a $50 parking ticket. I am still pretty sad about it and a bit mad at Philly. That said, this was the Jerk Chicken Caesar Salad and Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Aioli from HipCityVeg  , a Philly vegan standby with several locations throughout the city.

And that was Philly and with it, MoFo for 2014! I must say I am impressed with myself for managing to MoFo while sightseeing, driving many 7+ hour days in the car, working and hanging out with friends. It must be a new all time productivity record!

As always, for more check out the Posts by Location page, Recipe Index and don’t be shy and follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! Check the Veg Travel Gear and Resources for your own travel adventures as well!

See you soon!

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