Mac and Trees
January 29, 2011, 6:18 pm
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Macaroni and broccoli with the cheesy sauce from Veganomicon. This was actually my first time using nutritional yeast! Not as good I was hoping, but maybe it grows on you.

Rice Pudding
January 27, 2011, 7:35 pm
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This was my first go at making vegan rice pudding even though I’ve been meaning to for years. So easy! This was just cooked basmati rice, add sugar, soymilk, cinnamon, nutmeg and cook for 45 mins or so stirring regularly. Photo is next day leftovers so little less creamy, but still delicious.

Chickpeas with Chorizo
January 26, 2011, 12:01 pm
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Another reading pleasure at my parents is Nigel Slater’s Eating For England. Whilst not particularly vegan in any sense, I just love reading about food. And even though half the foods in there I’ve never tried, or sometimes even heard of (too young!), I can’t stop reading.

I don’t think I’ve ever cooked one of his recipes so when I saw this post over at Tea and Sympatico I thought I’d give the Chickpeas with Chorizo a go. I used the Redwoods chorizo, and substituted the parsley for a bit of frozen spinach (too tight to buy parsley when I’m not bothered about the taste!) just to give it some green.

Curried Carrot Dip
January 24, 2011, 10:33 am
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This isn’t a recipe I would normally choose, but after reading some good things and realising I had the ingredients thought I may as well give it a go. Its nice. Light, sort of creamy, not too in your face with the curryness. Only tried a bit on some (stale) bread so far. Feeling it’d be nice with some roasted broccoli. Mmm.

Marinated Asian Tofu
January 20, 2011, 11:48 pm
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I came across the Cookbook Challenge at PPK and since this week is Veganomicon (which I got for christmas and haven’t used loads yet) I thought I’d give it a go. Sadly I’ve seen it late in the week; tomorrow is Ste’s Wild Rice (our favourite takeaway, needs its own post!), saturday I may or may not go out after work, and sunday I’m going to my parents! If I get up early instead of lying in til the last moment I might pull off the 3.

Tonight’s was an unimaginative choice. Marinated asian tofu, since it wouldn’t take long after work, and I had all the ingredients plus stuff to go with it.

Tofu, broccoli with sesame and ginger, sticky rice. Very nice meal, specially considering how little effort was involved. Star was actually the broccoli, must do it that way more often! Verdict on the Vcon tofu – very tasty, but nothing mind blowing since its pretty much my winged marinade anyway.

The other 2 Vcon recipes I have planned are Mac Daddy and Tamarind Lentils. Hopefully I’ll have time! Or just do them next week…

Reading in 2011
January 19, 2011, 6:32 pm
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Not my usual kind of post but just wanted somewhere to keep a list of what books I’ve read this year. I regularly find some concept popping into my head and not being able to place it, this way I might be able to look back and go aha! Also may motivate me to reading more. I was really shit last year, going weeks without reading anything other than the internet or cookery books. I feel a lot better when I’m enjoying books, rather than refreshing bloody facebook. Anyway…

1. The Plague – Albert Camus

2. Gates of Eden – Ethan Coen

3. Tar Baby – Toni Morrison

4. Honour Thy Father – Lesley Glaister

5. Brain Fag Forever – Nate Beaty

6. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

7. American Hardcore – Steven Blush

8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Chickpeas on toast
January 18, 2011, 4:57 pm
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One of my favourite thing to do at my parents is to read the food supplement of the newspapers they get. Observer food monthly? Yes please! Well, not this week. But there was a ‘quick and healthy breakfasts’ thing from the Guardian, which got me craving this simple recipe. I used to regularly make an almost identical version when I was just learning to cook/like vegetables.

Very satisfying!

Curried Tofu
January 9, 2011, 11:14 am
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An after work tea, so nothing too special.

A simple daal, curried tofu from Veganomicon, rice, and some veg samosas that were reduced. Would like to make enough tofu for leftover sandwiches next time, if I can ever resist eating it all at once.

Viva Vegan
January 6, 2011, 2:01 pm
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Long time no post. Have been cooking lots of nice stuff but just haven’t been taking any photos. I’ll try to get back in to it, but probably won’t since its always dark and I can’t be bothered waiting for food to stop steaming!

Past two nights I’ve made recipes from Viva Vegan, and if I was gonna be home tonight I’d be making another. So good!

Here’s leftovers of savory orange rice, brazilian style and homestyle refried beans. I ate it with peruvian seitan, but that’s all gone. Really tasty. The night before I made the latin baked tofu, definitely the best baked tofu I’ve made. I wasn’t too sure about the method of baking in oil+soy before adding the marinade, but it was worth it! Chewy saucy deliciousness. Can’t wait to try out more.

And here’s a christmas present to myself.