Interview for Erin


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Erin from Vegeterinism interview me for her class assignment. She is studying media and journalism at Rowen University in Glassboro, NJ. You can read about my interview in this wonderful article here: Gabriela Lupu – Blogging without limits.

Thank you, Erin. I was very happy to answer to all your questions. I love the article!


Wild garlic


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When you say spring all I can think about it is wild garlic. Fresh from the garden or the forest, these leaves are my favorite for a pesto. Forget about basil. Go bold, go wild and make a wild garlic pesto.

It is also known as ramsons, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, or bear’s garlic.

I use the leaves in salad, soups, rice or stews. They look similar to a poisonous plant, so be careful. If you don’t know it very well go in a market and buy it.

If you like garlic, you can also use the leaves in green juices or smoothies. You can eat the flowers too. Wild garlic is at peak in April, so enjoy it as much as you can. They will be gone by June.

When you have fresh wild garlic forget about the old bulbs. Use it in everything. The taste is more delicate.

Wild garlic is antibacterial, antiseptic, antibiotic and also it helps in reducing blood pressure. It contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper.

If you want a real taste of spring taste wild garlic. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find my recipe for pesto here: Wild garlic pesto.

Take care of you


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Take care of your body, your mind and your soul. All three are important when you want a healthy and happy life. Do this for you, for your kids and for your family.

It is a long process and for some is easy. For me was and still is a difficult process. I am learning along the way more about me and my powers.

Do things that you like, talk with people that are good for you and eat healthy. I keep my mind busy reading, playing small games, teaching my son, etc. I keep my body busy walking, riding a bike, skiing, running or just playing with my boy. I keep my body healthy eating food that is good for me.

We are different. My healthy life style could be your life style or not. You need to find what makes you happy and healthy. This takes time so don’t worry if you get it wrong sometimes.

Talk with a specialist so you know where you stand before you start something new. A specialist can tell you what is wrong with you or if you are doing a good job so far. Don’t start diets that work for other people, because it may not work for you. Learn about food, about sport and find “Your way” of living a healthy life.

Try and spend daily doing something you love. Find things that make you happy: traveling, reading, dancing, etc. Make time for that. It is very important. Happiness is a must if you want a healthy mind and body. Get rid of negativity and of most things that are bad for you.

Life is short. Don’t make it shorter.

Vegan beetroot puree


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Beetroots have long been used for medicinal purposes. It is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. You need to add it to your daily or weekly intake food.

Roasting takes more time than boiling, but the beetroot is sweeter and has a more intense red color. There are so many simple recipes with beetroot and very healthy. If you are cooking for the first time beetroot do a mash beetroot recipe. It’s so very close to the mash potato recipe and you can’t go wrong.


  • 1 beetroot
  • 5 potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Salt and pepper


Put the unpeeled beetroot and potatoes in a pot and boil them for 45 minutes or until soft. Peel them and puree them with the butter. Season with salt and pepper.

You can use a food processor for the beetroot if is too fibrous.

If you want the not vegan version of this recipe use butter instead of oil. Butter gives a better texture and taste.

I have other recipes here with beetroot if you feel more adventurous: Beetroot smoothie and Beetroot salad with seeds.



World Water Day – 22 March


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The United Nations designated March 22nd as World Water Day in 1993. World Water Day is about actions to combat the water crisis.

World Water Day is supported all around the globe. The theme for 2017 is “Why waste water?” and is about reducing the wastewater. We all can do that. Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water says:

“Do what you can, do it with others, and do it with passion”

This is so true. We all can help in the water crisis. You can read more about this here: World water day

Nutrition Month March 2017 – Canada


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March is National Nutrition Month. It started in 1973 as a week-long event and became a month-long one in 1980 because people grew interest in nutrition. Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and focuses on helping people developing good eating habits, exercise and make correct food choices.

We are what we eat, so, celebrate this month by trying healthy food, sport and happiness.

The Theme for 2017 is “Put your best fork forward”, that means each bite counts. Start with small changes and make them bigger. Add a fruit or a vegetable to your daily meal and then try and stick with it for the year. Add every month a day without meat and then try and make it every week. Have a fruit for a snack once in a while. In time, you will start making this healthy choices more often.

Homemade almond milk


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I got to learn how to make almond milk. An easy process and also an incredibly old one.

The French transformed it into delicate blancmanges. The process involves soaking the almond overnight for up to two days. The longer you soak them, the creamier the milk will be. It last only a few days in the fridge, so don’t make lots of it.


  • 1 cup raw almonds soaked overnight
  • 2 cups water
  • Agave syrup, maple syrup (optional)


Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them under cool running water. In a blender combine the almonds with the 2 cups of water. Pulse the blender a few times to break up the almonds, and then blend for another 2 minutes. For a food processor is 4 minutes.

Add maple syrup or agave syrup if you want to. Store the milk in the fridge not more than 2 days.



Vegetarian spinach tart for St. Patrick’s Day


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Today, the Irish people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Since 1961, St Patrick has also been regarded as a patron saint of Nigeria, too.

Dress in green, where a green wig, drink pints of Guinness, eat something green or cook Irish stews are way to celebrate the day. The emphasis on green is thought to be linked to “wearing the Green”, a symbol from the 18th century on, of sympathy with Irish independence.

Wearing green has now become associated with St Patrick’s Day, even though the saint was originally associated with the color blue.

According to legend, people wear green to makes themselves invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch anyone they could see.

Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick’s Day, include: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out

For those who want to do something different and vegetarian I have a spinach and goat cheese tart that I think goes well for this day.


  • 1 roll of puff pastry (375g)
  • 500g fresh spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 250mg goat cheese
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 220°C/ (200°C for fan assisted ovens). Place a baking sheet in the tray. Put the puff pastry on top of the baking sheet. Baked for 10 minutes.

Put the spinach in a kitchen robot and add the eggs, milk, half the cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mixed just a little, so all ingredients come together.

Take the pastry out and press it in the middle if is swollen. Put the spinach mix on top of the pastry. Top it with the rest of the cheese. Baked for another 15 minutes.

Serve it hot or cold. Goes great as an appetizer or with some meat near. Enjoy!


Raw vegan cheesecake with clementine


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Let’s have a great vegan dessert. One of my favorite: cheesecake. These easy cheese cake takes 3 steps: make the crust, make the filling and arrange the cake. When you want something different and healthy go with this cake. It is perfectly sweet, creamy, smooth and satisfying.

Ingredients for crust:GAB_7411_res_mix

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds left in the water overnight
  • 3 dates
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

Ingredients for filling:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup cashew nuts left in the water overnight
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons clementine juice
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla-rom extract

Slices of clementine for decorations


For the crust, add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.

For the filling do the same thing. Add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend it. The vanilla-rom extract is my homemade vanilla extract made with rom instead of vodka.

Prepare small cake squares with parchment. Add the crust first and then the filling. Leave it in the freezer for 3 hours. Take it out of the cake squares and then decorate. Enjoy!


My 10 countries with great food


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I love food and I love to travel. Every corner of this world has amazing new dishes that I never heard or taste. I know I am not gone get to all the countries in this world and try their food, but I know I am gone try. I got lucky to see beautiful countries and eat some great traditional food. There are places that are so dear to me, that I will visit again someday.

With great scenery, beautiful people and amazing food, these places made me want to see even more of the world. We all have our lists in our head about places to see, dishes to eat, things to do, etc. This is my special list with the top 10 countries that I fell in love and the food I tried there. I would love to see your list. I am so sure I will find new destinations and food to try.

  1. Iceland – I love all the Nordic countries, but Iceland is just “THE ONE”. I would love to go back there and stay 1 year or more and try everything. I was lucky to go on a hiking trip to Glymur Waterfall (the highest waterfall in the country), see the Blue Lagoon, the dramatic landscape at Þingvellir (Thingvellir), Reykjavik and other places. We ate Kæstur hákarl (cured shark), whale and we drank a strange drink, very strong named Brennivin, which is a type of vodka made from distilled potatoes and also called svarti dauði (“Black Death”). I loved everything and I am ready to try more.  GAB_3076_m_res
  2. Alaska – I want to move there for a few years. Live in the wild, take photos and just forget about the world. I would eat all day gumbo, crab, salmon and drink beer. Or maybe most of the time. Anyway, is on my list to go back. GAB_0276_det_res
  3. Helsinki, Finland – The best vegan burger I had in my entire life. It was in a small bar (I can’t remember the name) and it was very expensive. But it was worth it. After seeing Porvoo and Helsinki, a lunch with a huge burger is a must.
  4. Mexico – Wow! Spicy and full of flavor, Mexican cuisine is amazing. Imagine that I start eating spicy so I could eat in Mexico. I liked so much the landscape, the history and the food. Tried so many new dishes that I can’t remember the names. Mexico is on my list to go back and stay for 1 or 2 years. Get me some tequila! I am dreaming while I write this list. GAB_0614_det_res
  5. Tallinn – The Capital of Estonia, this amazing old town is a magical place. Drinking honey beer and eating “venison” (I hope is the right term) is a must. Some beautiful dishes there that you need to try. GAB_3188_res
  6. Austria – Been so many times in Austria, it feels like I have a grandmother there. Hiking or skiing, this beautiful country has gorgeous landscapes and great food. It is very close to our cuisine, so maybe that’s why is in my top. GAB_9716_sh_res
  7. Belgium – Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! And I know I said everything. In a small shop, in the heart of Brussels, I had the beast hazelnut chocolate spread ever. I close my eyes and I am in that shop eating breakfast right now. There was a small shop with 4 tables and you could have breakfast, freshly made while you were choosing your chocolate spread to take home with you. I bought 6 jars with different flavors and I ran out of money. Bonus: in every bar you go you get a “BOOK” for beer, instead of a menu. They have so many types of beers that you will need a very long vacation to try just a few of them.
  8. France – French cuisine is renowned for being one of the finest in the world. I am just gone say that croissants early in the morning are to die for, drink champagne and wine and not water and all the traditional recipes will keep you there for some years. If you love food you will love France.
  9. Caribbean Islands – Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Antigua, Belize, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands are just a few islands that I saw. They have an interesting cuisine with sweet dishes which was something new for me. Rice, fish, pork, beans, stews made with vegetables that I never saw in my life were a novelty. I would go back and try to eat more dishes and learn about their cuisine. GAB_0970_res
  10. Asian food – is on my list even I never been to Asia. Why? Because I ate Asian Food made by Asian people, who knew what they were doing and I loved it. It is so different from all the food that I ate, so it must be on my list. There are a few countries that I want to see and if you have been there I would love your input.


So, this is my list. Everywhere I went I tried traditional dishes. It is a personal list and doesn’t mean that I hate the ones that are not on the list. I will need a few days to make a list with all countries and the food that I liked. I am not a chef or a food critique so keep that in mind when you read this list. I am so very open to suggestions.