Tucked away in the quaint town of Quinson in Provence, France, my current residence, rests a vegan bed and breakfast run by one of the nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, Jim. He is an animal activist from Holland. Believing in eating organic, locally sourced produce he gave me some fantastic ideas for easy vegan recipes. Jim gives his time and money generously to having a voice for animals, predominantly elephants and dolphins, who he believes need special attention. “Bigger animals need more money, more effort and more equipment” he says. “People are often unaware of the abuse that goes on behind the scenes of these so called animal encounter experiences” he explained.
Easy vegan recipes from La Vudele
Jim has been running his vegan business since 2010. His ancien ferme (that’s ancient farm in French) La Vudele, is set between vast lavender fields, and decked out with organic linens, cleaned with biological products, while Jim himself swans around in organic t-shirts, drinking copious amounts of locally sourced wine, while tending lovingly to his two cats, Mia and Mimi, who he calls, to my amusement, his “kleine poopaloo’s”.
When I decided to venture out to La Vudele, and after hearing about how unimaginative I was in the kitchen, despite being a nutritionist, Jim kindly offered to show me how to prepare a few of his favourite easy vegan recipes, that would be simple enough even for me to recreate. I have listed these below, and have tried to capture the serene ambiance of the ancien ferme, La vudele, in my photos.
Pain Per Du (French Toast)
Whisk 1 cup of plain organic flour with 3 quarters of a cup of vegan oat milk until it turns into a nice fluid consistency. Cover slices of organic bread in the mixture, sourdough is best (try Planet Organic, artisan organic Gluten free sourdough). When the bread is covered on both sides, add it to a frying pan and cook over a medium heat, fry in a little biological grapeseed oil (Meridian natural grape seed oil is a good choice).
When the bread is cooked on both sides, turn up the heat, add a little cinnamon and organic cane sugar (try Biona organic Rapadura whole cane sugar). The sugar will then melt and create a coating. Place the pain per du on a plate and dust with cacao powder (I use Choc Chick organic raw chocolate powder at home), icing sugar (just a tiny bit!) drizzle with agarve syrup, and accompany with fruit and soya yoghurt. C’est tout!
This is so easy! Create a fluid mixture by whisking 2 cups of organic plain flour (Dove’s Farm Organic Plain flour is great) and 1 and a half cups of oat milk. This will make enough for 4 crepes. Fry the mixture in grapseed oil, and there you have it! Sprinkle with coconut flakes, agarve syrup and lemon juice, or instead with maple syrup, try Meridian organic maple syrup, its delicious. For a savoury version, sauté mushrooms in grapeseed oil and add garlic. Season with salt, pepper and chopped parsley. Très français! Of all easy vegan recipes this is my favourite.
I could eat this every day! It’s so simple that it’s probably not even classified as a recipe. All you need is a gratte ail dish, which in English is a ceramic garlic grater. I found one from chez tante edith on amazon.co.uk. Grate a fresh clove of garlic in the dish, add organic olive oil, sea salt, dip sourdough bread into the mixture, and enjoy! Watch my video of Jim explaining how it’s done on youtube.
Cold Cucumber Soup
For a serving of 4, blend 3 organic cucumbers (2 peeled and 1 left as is, all with the seeds removed), 1 small pot of natural soya yoghurt (try Sojade Organic Plain Soya Yoghurt from Planet Organic as it’s sugar free) a handful of fresh mint, 1 peeled apple, a clove of garlic, half a sweet onion, a few chilli flakes, 1 teaspoon of raw cane sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper (phew!), and blend. Garnish with mint leaves and soya yoghurt.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Mix tofu (1 packet of Clearspring organic silken tofu) with a tablespoon of cacao powder (or to taste). Add in a tablespoon of organic agarve syrup, and 1 drop of edible essential peppermint oil ( I found this one online from Sous chef) and voila!
For more nutritious easy vegan recipes keep and eye on my blog.