So I'm back. I had the best 9 weeks of my life in Asia (Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. We meant to go to Laos but ran out of time!) and am aching to go back. Of all the places we went, it was Northern Thailand that was my very favourite. It felt like a spiritual home and I miss Chiang Mai with all my heart!! Before I went away I assumed that I would lose lots of weight and waste away into nothingness, being a gluten free vegan and all. As it happened that wasn't the case at all. We ate like KINGS there! Happy Cow was our best friend, and being that much of Asia is Buddhist, there were tons of vegan restaurants around, and not just for tourists/westerners. We found many local vegan restaurants, where there was no menu or English spoken, and it was a case of pointing and smiling at what you wanted piled onto your massive portion of rice. The food was really incredible and we didn't feel like we were going without at all, which was totally unexpected! I did two cooking classes while I was out there, one in Vietnam and one in Thailand, and now I am back and armed with some great new recipes to share with you! Here are a few to drool over. Apologies for the photography, my camera lens got a bit dirty out there!
I am currently sunning myself on my travels throughout SE Asia, currently in Thailand, hence the lack of recipes coming your way! I'm going to be honest, it's not the easiest thing in the world being a gluten free vegan out here, but not insurmountable! Lots of stirfried mixed vegetables with rice, Thai green and red curries without fish sauce and papaya salad (also without fish sauce.) And crisps. Lots of crisps just so I don't fade away into nothingness!! Not the most varied diet but that's the price that you pay for being vegan out here. Luckily for us (my boyfriend and I) it's not a completely alien concept, if you say the word "jay" it means Jain, which are all vegan. Also there are lots of Buddists here, and we were lucky enough to find a vegan restaurant which donated all of it's profits to the Buddist community. The food was amazing and dirt cheap, two huge portions of glass noodle salad for about £1.20 for both! Also in Bangkok I was handed a leaflet for a vegan restaurant which made me happy!! I in Koh Lanta at the moment (one of the southern islands) and am heading back up to Bangkok tomorrow, so I will definitely go to that restaurant when I'm there! The food that we have managed to find has been great, and I'm looking forward to finding out what culinary delights we will be sampling in Cambodia and Vietnam! The thing I miss the most are my huge salads that I make back home, and that'll probably be the first thing I scoff when I get back!
This is definitely one of my favourite recipes. So much so in fact, that I end up secretly scoffing half of it before I even get round to serving it up! There is something about a chilli after kick that I find really addictive. I know that chilli is addictive, it increases the serotonin in your brain which produces a happy effect, also apparently it increases the temperature of your blood, which in turn speeds up your metabolism. But best of all it’s damn tasty and I love it!!