As a student with healthy ambitions unbefitting of her impecunious condition, I have to take extra care in the rare occasion that I can indulge in eating out. Before the beginning of school, I decided to take my chances and try out the vegan/vegetarian cuisine that seems to be the latest trend these days here in Vancouver. My self-challenge led me and my friend to Panz Veggie, a restaurant that claims to feature “ethnically-cooked cuisine with local fresh produce”.
Vancouver has a thriving foodie culture. You can tell that this is true by the quality of fresh produce at your local farmer’s markets and the variety of cuisines available everywhere you go. More recently, Vancouver has jumped on the food truck bandwagon and is home to several innovative ones that roam around the city. However, what is good food without some entertainment and culture as well? We have compiled you a list of summer food festivals that are not to be missed:
One consistent pattern we notice every winter from running a Vancouver vegetarian restaurant is that people want comfort food to help them deal with the cold weather. Considering this, the winter months are a great time to explore the different ways of preparing some of our favorite foods. Potatoes are one of most people’s favorite comfort foods, as well as one of mine. I wanted to share this recipe because, besides being very tasty, it’s actually very easy to prepare and will be sure to satisfy any potato lover’s palette.
Royal Potato Bake
1 kg Jersey Royal Potatoes
¼ Cup Capers
½ Cup Whole Black Olives
1 Tbsp. of fresh Thyme
1 Small bunch of Rosemary broken into small pieces
6 Tbsp. of Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar
Preheat oven to 240 C
Boil Potatoes until they are soft (around 12 minutes)
After you drain the potatoes, slice them in half and put them into a bowl.
Add capers, olives, herbs, and 4 out of the 6 Tablespoons of olive oil.
Stir together and gently break down the potatoes.
Cover a Swiss Roll Tin (or something close to it) with parchment paper for baking.
Dump the potatoes into the pan and level out.
Mix the vinegar and remaining 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and drizzle over potatoes.
Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
We hope that this recipe finds its way into your holiday schedule as it’s been one of recent favorites. But with the all holiday shopping and winter festivities to partake in, it’s sometimes hard to find enough time to cook. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry because we offer take out services on all of our vegan and vegetarian dishes.
From all of us at Panz Veggie we wish you a safe and happy holiday!