Last winter I had a project in Paris; it was almost a week of struggling and enjoying food at the same time. The city itself is amazing, no doubt. Romantic, beautiful – every possible cliche. The french kitchen considered one of the best in the entire world! And still, when you are trying to avoid animal products and still eat something in order to survive, you find yourself in trouble…
Paris, such a romantic, beautiful city… let me tell you – it’s one thing to visit Paris when you eat all kinds of animals and animal products, and totally different thing when you are not!
The French people were very nice to me, but none of them could understand why I don’t eat pork, beef, chicken
and so on. And not even dairy!!! They were shocked.
Paris is all about cheese. And meat. And cheese and meat together. You can’t run away from it. I mean, you can, but hey: you will stay hungry! Or you will have to eat a whole naked baguette just to satisfy your hunger… thanks god, in Paris even the baguette is so delicious!
I guess there are some vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Paris; it’s just that I was working on a project in certain areas and couldn’t just go to other places.
And with all my Paris food challenges, I must admit that I enjoyed my meals. Especially one in a small romantic Moroccan restaurant where they serve fresh Kuskus with vegetables soup. It was delicious!
I also had lots of herbal tea cups (thank you Starbucks!), and plain croissants.
Kuskus with Vegetables soup
This recipe is coming with a warning: as it is a very tasty dish, we tend to eat a lot of it. The thing abut Kuskus is that it tend to swell in your stomach, so if you eat too much you may fill way too full after a while… so as much as it’s tasty, eat in moderation!
What you need:
For the Kuskus it’s simple: get a pack in any supermarket and just follow the cooking instructions.
For the vegetables soup:
* 1 cup of chick peas (soak in water for 8-10 hours) or from a can
* 2 cups vegetable broth
* Carrot, chopped to big chunks
* 2 Sweet potatoes, chopped to quarters
* Parsley and dill: about 1/2 pack each. Don’t cut them – just leave them as they are
* 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
*2 onions, peeled and whole
* 2 zucchinis, peeled
* 3 bay leaves
* Salt and pepper to taste
If you can fine “soup hawayege” (it’s a spice) and add a spoon or two, that’s perfect! but not a must.
What to do:
Very simple: put everything in a large pot and bring to boil. Then lower the heat and cook until the vegetables are soft.
Serve the vegetables on the Kuskus and enjoy!