• Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Recipes

    Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

    This recipe was one of the easiest one to get veganized; my Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding turned out just great from the 1st take on it. Now it is one of the ultimate desserts in our household. I promise you will fall in love with this recipe as well! Enjoy and let me know how it turned out ;) Preparation time: 30 min Cooking time: 30 min Per servings: 5 servings Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding ingredients: 200 g Dates (pitted) 370 ml boiling water 1 tsp baking soda 250 g vegan butter 150 g sugar 2 tbsp chia seeds (bloomed in 6 tbsp water) 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking…

  • Toilet's dirty secret
    Sustainability

    Toilet’s dirty secret

    Toilet. A simple, straight-forward necessity or an evil system that undermines the global warning? You’ll be surprised how much you didn’t know about toilets. For example, did you know that an average man spends 1 hour and 45 min a week on a toilet and an average woman – 85 minutes!? That comes up to about 92 days over a lifetime! No, you didn’t know that, so as I thought. No worries, stay tuned, and I’ll reveal more shocking facts about toilets soon! So… When it comes to individual toilet behaviour, there are pretty much, 2 areas of concern: water and paper. Water problem: Did you know that the vast…

  • Fumé Blanc
    Wine

    Fumé Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc – the same thing or not?

    Fumé Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc – the same thing or not? Technically, yes… and no… well it depends… So, first things first, yes, both wines are made from the same grape variety – Sauvignon Blanc. The term ‘Fumé Blanc’ was actually invented by the American winemaker, Robert Mondavi in 1960s, who wanted to rebrand the not so popular among Americans Sauvignon Blanc (at that time, Americans only were familiar with a sweet wines made from this grape, and considered it a boring variety). So he took a French word ‘Fumé’, which literally means ‘smoke’, hinting on its smoke-like flavour from oak aging and a French word for white wine, ‘Blanc’,…

  • Healthy vegan carrot cake
    Recipes

    Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake

    Carrot cake is something that most people are familiar with from childhood. It's a must have dessert in most cafeterias and a beloved cake that you mum cooks on occasion. But did you know that it can easily be done vegan? Or that it can actually be made healthier, i.e. less sugar? Oh yeah, that's definitely true and by popular demand - here is the recipe of my Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake! Preparation time: 15 min Cooking time: 30 min Per servings: 10 servings Carrot cake ingredients: 1 1/6 cups Bread Flour 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/4 tsp Salt 1 tsp Group Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg 1 1/6 cups…

  • Corn Coconut Cream Soup
    Recipes

    Corn Coconut Cream Soup

    Late August is the corn season and what can be better than the old-fashioned corn soup? Yes, corn soup with coconut cream! Enjoy! Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time: 40 min Per servings: 4 bowls Ingredients: 3 large onions (half paysanne cut) 4 corns (nibs off) 1 Bouquet Garni (2 dry bay leaves, 10 peppercorns, 2 fresh thyme springs) 5 L of water/vegetable stock 1/2 lemon juice 1/2 can coconut cream 1 box silken tofu Parsley & dill for garnish (brunoise cut) Equipment & tools: Blender Sieve Cheese cloth Twine Directions: 1. Prepare all the mirepoix for the soup. 2. Caramelize slightly the onions (do not let them turn brown).…

  • Are Waxworms The Solution To Plastic Problem
    Sustainability

    Are waxworms the solution to global plastic problem?

    What is the solution to global plastic problem? This week we are starting a conversation with you about plastics. Yes, yes, there’s so much already said about plastic. It is no doubt bad for the environment and sometimes for us. But what is it and how much of it is in the eco-system exactly? If it was just pure evil, wouldn’t someone had already banned it or came up with a solution to eliminate it? Don’t you think?... We are going to discuss all of these and also talk about the Super Wax Worms and Mutant Microbes that can rid the Earth of all those billion of tones of plastic…

  • Amazon forest disaster
    Sustainability

    Amazon rainforest disaster

    This week many of us woke up to the social media outcry about the record-breaking numbers of Amazon forest fires. Celebrities, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and many others had spoken out, sharing and re-sharing pictures of fires and satellite shots of the deforestation of Amazon, with news channels picking up the trend in a few days. So, what is really happening in Amazon? Are the fires this year any worse than annual forest fires? And if so, should we really worry about it? What is Amazon forest? Amazon forest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, covering the area of approximately 5.5 million km2 or 2.1 million miles2,…

  • Ignazio Bondi award
    Press

    Ignazio Bondi award

    I had been honoured to receive the Ignazio Bondi award in early 2019 for the exceptional knowledge of Food Theory. You can read some of Food Theory blog publications HERE.

  • Food that fight cancer
    Press

    Food that fight cancer

    In 2018, I had been working on a Colorectal Cancer Canada project as part of GBC Food Innovation & Research Studio team, developing and testing healthy recipes that can fight cancer. I had personally developed the Lentil Buckwheat Pilaf with Pumpkin Seeds, Carrots and Goji Berries recipe and Chicken Orzo with Kale & Turmeric recipe, both inspired by my Russian and Cypriot backgrounds. I had also contributed to the Frittata with Artichokes, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Rosemary recipe and Lemon Blueberry Muffins recipe. The research show that 1 in 2 Canadians may develop some sort of cancer during their lifetime, and 50% of cancers are actually preventable and influenced by diets and…