Meatless Monday: Savory Almond Loaf Recipe

| 2/5/2018 8:43:00 AM

Pujarini Gudny Jonsdottir co-manages Café Gardurinn, a vegetarian restaurant in Iceland’s capital. The restaurant opened in August of 2000. On a recent trip, I sampled a vegetarian almond loaf. Meatloaf is a quintessential comfort food and for non-meat-eaters this savory recipe will treat you well. It’s thick, it’s rich, it’s moist. It’s salty and savory and I could eat a whole loaf by myself. To learn more about the café and get the recipe I interviewed the co-manager.

kenny at volcanic crater
Coogan visiting Iceland’s volcanic crater—Kerið.
Photo by Ryan McGhee

“Prior to the restaurant I had been working in different fields for 20 years. Mostly, I had been working as a secretary or proofreader and in daycare centers for children, and became a kindergarten teacher at the age of 40,” Jonsdottir says.

But none of these jobs were satisfying to her or purposeful. So, when she got the opportunity to do something new she jumped on the chance. Sri Chinmoy, a meditation teacher, who at the end of his career had 7,000 students in 60 countries, gave her the inspiration. He had students around the world opening vegetarian restaurants and other stores that promoted kindness and oneness.

“By running our own business—my whole family works here—we could create the atmosphere that was inspiring to us and hopefully others, too,” Jonsdottir explains.

“I think meditation has helped me in many ways. It gives me inner confidence and peace which is something solid to build on, as opposed to questions, doubts, and insecurities that can be found in one’s life. Somehow, I feel that this inner peace has given me the courage to grow or expand,” she adds.