Guest Contributors

Food, Culture & The Challenge of Eating Vegan in South Africa

Kenya: Fruits and Vegetables for Sale at Market in Samburu

This guest post is by Danielle Nierenberg from the Border Jumpers blog. Danielle is a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute and co-director for their Nourishing the Planet project. Visit Border Jumpers and learn how to make two traditional South African vegan recipes.

Before Bernard Pollack, my travel partner, and I left on our year-long trip across Africa, many of our friends and family asked “how are you going to be vegetarian or vegan in Africa? There’s nothing for you to eat there.” A few months later, over a mushy bowl of nshima—a kind of maize porridge and a staple food in both Zambia and Malawi—I looked at Bernard and smiled. Nshima’s definitely not the most attractive looking food, but it’s a tasty vegan dish that’s similar to mashed potatoes and often served with pumpkin leaves, which are a bit like collard greens, as well as cabbage and carrots.

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Learning to Make Vegan Momos with a Mystery Guitar Man in Darjeeling, India

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Vegan Momos

This post was written by Sarah, author of the The Ordinary Vegetarian blog. Sarah recently visited India and was kind enough to write a guest post about her vegan eating adventures in the city of Darjeeling. Be sure to check out her blog for a vegan momo recipe.

When I told friends and family that one of my stops on my India trip was going to be Darjeeling, a common response was, “Darjeeling?.. Like the tea?” Yep, like the tea! Darjeeling’s namesake tea is what they are best known for, but they have much more to offer.

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