Interview with Libby & Marcel of Eat Away

Libby and Marcel of Eat Away

Libby and Marcel of Eat Away | Photo credit Libby

The Ultimate Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce | Recipe recreated and photographed by Anna Pelzer

The Ultimate Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce | Recipe recreated and photographed by Anna Pelzer

This week, we welcome Libby and Marcel of Eat Away! In addition to our interview, they’ve kindly shared their recipe for
The Ultimate Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce.

Libby and Marcel are a plant-based couple traveling long-term around the world! Their adventure began in 2014 when they met by chance on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. At the time they were two strangers residing on different continents, the one in Switzerland, the other in L.A.

Casting their comfortable lives aside they decided to travel long-term and document their journey by creating high quality videos, photos,
and written content.


How did you come up with the concept of your blog?

While living in LA I was surrounded by delicious vegan food! Often times I was overwhelmed by where to go and what to try out. I wanted to put my photography skills to use and create a blog to showcase wonderful plant-based food from around the world. After Marcel and I met, we decided to collaborate on this project together while traveling around the world and so… Eat Away was born!

How do you manage to find such vibrant and colorful food?

Research and discovering amazing like-minded vegans on social media has been extremely helpful in finding beautiful food. I’m constantly inspired by other peoples work and always want to get a taste of what others are “showing off”! Instagram has been a huge resource in finding “unknown” vegan and vegan friendly restaurants!
Of course Happy Cow and other bloggers are always on my radar!

How has going vegan benefited you health-wise
and emotionally?

For me it has made me more aware of what I put into my body. In the past I’d eat very unhealthy food and feel groggy. Now, I strive to find a balance of consuming healthy whole foods while discovering restaurants that are delicious and fun to photograph.

As far as emotionally, the plant-based lifestyle has given me a real purpose in life. All I want to do is spread the word of how easy and beneficial it can be to eat just plants!

How did you meet?

Marcel and I met in 2014 in Nice, France. He approached me while I was taking a photo with my Hasselblad medium format camera with my mom! We hit it off immediately and he invited me to hang out with him and his friend at a electro beach party later that night! It was a blast but we had to part ways and go back to our homes in Switzerland and LA. For months we would talk daily on Skype and then we made the decision to quit our jobs and travel the world!

How terrifying/wonderful was it to break away from the norm to travel and blog full time about vegan food?

At first, it was a bit of shock. We lived in a van for 4 months while exploring Europe.
We were both trying to find our bearings. When we were first starting out it was difficult to do everything because we were always on the go. Over time, I became much more focused and determined for Eat Away’s success. Now, I literally eat, breath, and sleep Eat Away!


What advice do you have for bloggers who would like to turn their passion into a career?

There will always be doubts when first starting out. Just forget about that nagging part of your mind and be smart with your time and continue to believe in what you are doing. Focus is key.

Find what really drives you and do do do. I’m a BIG believer in hard work and spending my energy on what will expand me as a person. That includes, alone time to hone in on my game plan, emulating successful people, and constantly stepping up my game. I like to see what others are doing but I never put myself down because I understand we’re all on different paths.

I strongly suggest dreaming big but not keeping your head in the clouds. In order to grow there will be growing pains. So, get started now… well after you finish reading
this post 🙂

How do you keep your equipment secure when you are out
and about?

Simple. Don’t stay in hostels. And honestly, I keep all camera gear on me ALL THE TIME. The only thing that is “home” is my lap top and misc gear. I prefer staying in places upstairs and I always hide our things when we are out. Sometimes, I even put a “decoy” cheap camera out so if someone would break in they would just see that and run.

What country has been your favorite for food?

Bali. Specifically, Ubud Bali. This area provides the most vibrant ingredients
and creativity!

During your traveling, have you learned new techniques for preparing foods that you will use when you go home?

Go home? Haha 🙂 My plan is continue this lifestyle indefinitely! Sure there are loads of techniques! Nearly, everyday I learn something new about food. We love to meet chefs and restaurant owners and ask them specifics about particular dishes!

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Travel, food, ebooks and loads of videos! Marcel and I are terrible at planning except for our work with Eat Away. All I can tell you is that we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

Thank you so much to Libby for answering our questions. To our readers who want to see more of their traveling adventures, visit their website at: eataway.co | instagram @eat_away | youtube.com/eataway | facebook.com/eatawayco | twitter.com/eatawayco

 

Eat Away's ultimate vegan spaghetti bolognese sauce

Photo Copyright – Anna Pelzer

 

The Ultimate Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce

Servings: Party version for 6 people

Ingredients

  • 75 gram ground “beef” soy protein
  • 500 gram onion, chopped
  • 250 gram sliced champignon mushrooms (or shiitake mushroom)
  • 550 gram canned tomato, keep liquid and cut tomato chunks into smaller pieces
  • 100 gram tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves freshly crushed
  • 2 dashes preferred cooking oil separate, additional 4 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (depending on how much sodium is in the ground beef)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grounded black peppercorn
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

And any additional herbs if you like

Instructions

  1. Put cooking oil in a pan and cook ground beef for 2-3 minutes until it is lightly brown.
  2. In a separate large pan or pot put 4 tablespoons of oil and heat onion for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Then place crushed garlic for additional 4-6 minutes until everything is light brown.
  4. Add sliced mushrooms, salt, grounded peppercorn, and pepper powder and cook
    for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Put tomato paste and cook 4-6 minutes until all is light brown.
  6. Now place chopped canned tomatoes with liquid and soy sauce and cook for 6 minutes.
  7. Lastly, put cooked ground beef with all ingredients for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the burner and
    add chili powder and oregano.

 

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