Welcome March & Hello from Malta!
Whilst February remained cold, and the winter Olympics
drew to a glittering close, the UK also saw February out
with a spell of snow!
So, with thoughts of warmer weather, this month we decided to
welcome in March with a travel edition! Including a
special post from a fantastic travel blogger.
With the mild sunshine from the Med, in Malta, and a snippet of the Free From lifestyle on the island, this months ‘Oh! Monday’ monthly aims to whisk you away in the offer of promising Free From travel and with the thought of adventure and
of sharing meals, irrespective of where in the world you find yourself!
Having a great reception to our at Veganlife Live demo’s in February has helped
us realise that you would like to enjoy more recipes and know
how to cook them up for yourselves. Geeta & Reena,
(Yes, that is us! – Green Sisters Co-founders, Coeliac and non-Coeliac sisters)
have therefore decided to follow-up with a series of recipe cards. The first,
you’ll be pleased to learn, is at the end of this edition.
Find us next at
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March
11.00 – 18.00 Viva! Vegan
SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL,
380 OLD STREET, LONDON EC1V 9LT
In this edition we introduce our Guest Blogger; Alexandra Chapman, Journalist and Blogger – The Gluten Free Suitcase.
As her blog title suggests, Alex focusses on eating whilst travelling. In this edition Alex shares her story – and shares tips for travel & food, with allergies or diet
Finally, but importantly, we seek to share our food experience with you. Along with recipes we have more in the pipeline, which we can only achieve with support. In mid-march we will launch our first ever Crowdfunding campaign. Your support would be much welcomed, in return for some Green Sisters goodies. Watch out on 14th March 2018 on Crowdfunder.co.uk or keep an eye on our social media!
If you would like to take part in our next edition, email firstname.lastname@example.org – Happy Reading!
THE MALTESE PROMISE!
In Malta, the options for food and dining are certainly flexible.
You’ll also be pleased to know that flavour is certainly NOT compromised!
Our favourite memory will definitely be the dedication to
great hospitality and happiness of waiters to serving up food
that we are able to enjoy at the very same table, irrespective of diet.
The image of bruschetta in the fingerprint is just one of the many specialities we were able to savour, despite my very specific diet of being a vegetarian, gluten free and no fish and no egg! The efforts to provide me with flavoursome nutrition were remarkable. Both myself and my travel buddy were able to enjoy the very same starter, an incredible main and also a sharing dessert. No complaints here! This was not confined to one evening, or day in fact! It was the measure of the mediterranean hospitality on this wonderful little island, every meal and every day we had the pleasure of being on it.
Whilst in February and March, Malta as making it through one of its coldest winters, we were lucky enough to experience sunshine and cool breezes, rather than the promised rain (which thankfully for us only showered for an hour after a lovely sunny day).
What you’ll enjoy in Malta is most definitely its diverse culture and mediterranean flavour, a blend of other cultural foods (we have to give a special mention to KuYa Asian Pub here – if you like to eat asian, then this is certainly the place for you. Book in advance though as I can promise you, its oversubscribed and its never empty!)
warm breezes …. and a rainbow of options for people who wanted to share a meal, irrespective of allergy or preference in diet.
Now, that does not mean it was always easy, or necessarily any less expensive, however the Maltese are just so incredibly hospitable that nothing is problem! Honestly, the lengths that a restaurateur or the waiters will go to, in my experience has been incredible! For example, at one restaurant, where there was not any gluten free pasta, the staff went to another restaurant, where they had this in supply, and accommodated with the tastiest ( I kid you not, considering tomatoes aren’t my greatest fruitful friend) mediterranean spaghetti dish! I felt nourished and spoilt. In another restaurant I was able to combine 2 meals in to one (just what you need to keep you going) so I certainly did not feel left out! Breakfast was just as easy at our hotel, with
the head chef ordering in flour and making pancakes especially for me , in addition to a wonderful buffet each day of mediterranean anti past, courgettes, aubergines, sun blushed tomatoes and even olives were on offer on top of the usual full english or continental options!
Meet our guest blogger
Alexandra discovered she had a severe gluten allergy seven years ago and has been on a mission ever since to find delicious gluten free food in the UK and abroad. She launched The Gluten Free Suitcase in 2017 – a project which she works on alongside her day job as a journalist in London.
FOR MORE GLUTEN FREE TRAVEL AND LIFE ADVICE, FOLLOW @THEGLUTENFREESUITCASE ON INSTAGRAM AND VIA HER WEBSITE
WRITTEN BY ALEXANDRA CHAPMAN
WEBSITE: WWW.THEGLUTENFREESUITCASE.COM WWW.THEGLUTENFREESUITCASE.COM
Getting ready for any trip, be it abroad or in the UK, can be daunting for someone who suffers from a food allergy or coeliac disease. I’ve always loved travelling and so when I found out that I could not eat gluten, I decided that I would not let it get in the way. How do I do that you ask? Well, I am ALWAYS prepared.
My American Mom taught me from an early age how to pack a fantastic lunch box. So, as my next trip approaches in a few weeks, I am naturally already thinking about what I will take on the journey to avoid the usual plane food disappointment. Despite the efforts of multiple airlines to ensure that people with dietary restrictions can have a meal just like everybody else, the food offered on-board is never overly appetising and sometimes outright inedible. To counter that, I am forever trying to come up with different snack and meal options that travel well.
I love a homemade gluten free sandwich, but having come across the wonderful Green Sisters in 2017, I am now chuffed to know that I have something else to add to my plane food repertoire. Not only do their gluten free and vegan samosas have the crispiest pastry, they also travel incredibly well. On the day I travel, I’ll be popping a few of their traditional samosas in the oven to bake with a dash of oil to make them extra crispy. While I am stressing over the final bits to pack in my suitcase, I’ll let them cool and then pop them in a Tupperware to enjoy on the plane with my traditional glass of pre-holiday champagne.
” I have found that Green Sisters’ samosas keep very well for several hours and so there is no rush to eat them. I will also pack a few sachets of hot sauce to enjoy them with and urge you guys to try it next time you travel.
They will revolutionise your plane picnic and you will not be sorry!”
COOKING FOR 1, 2 OR 4!
If you are after a little more authentic flavour, this month we share our recipe of Punjabi Sholay, which you can spend a little time in your time in the kitchen
to recreate. It makes sharing our favourite dishes simple!
Whether you enjoy home-cooked authentically-inspired dishes, or simply like to be inspired, you won’t be disappointed by this reliable classic nourishing food!
Punjabi sholay/chunna dahl. It is inspired from the East and is well loved and known, traditional Indian street food, to accompany with a samosa.
Take a look at this recipe and try if you decide to give it a try,
we would love to hear how you got on.
Perhaps to share with friends or family. You can even
keep it in the fridge for a couple of days or freeze any extra, ready for
another snow-bound day!
We have a number of other flavoursome recipes in the pipeline to inspire you.
Our NEW blended spices will allow you too enjoy dishes from the East, with a Western Green Sisterly touch . Look out for this on our social media and youtube