Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 2: Veganising Jamie - Veggie Chilli


Today I am kicking off my Veganising Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals Series. I need to come up with a catchier name for that!  

Anyway, I have been a fan of Jamie ever since the Naked Chef came out and recently I really enjoyed rewatching all the episodes of 15 Minutes Meals that are replaying on the Food Network. It does make Buffalo Stance get stuck in my head on a loop! But aside from that I like the premise of it.  So I bought the book and there's lots of veggie stuff in there and even a lot of the meaty stuff is veganisable.

That said, I went for a bit of a cop out last night, because it was the only thing I had most of the ingredients for already and it was 7.30 before I was finished work.  

So I made the Veggie Chilli.  I didn't make the accompanying salad as I didn't have all the components and I made a few subs that I will list below.  All in all, this was nice and super easy of course and was mainly composed of store cupboard staples.  The recipe is for 4 portions, so I have a couple of lunches in the fridge. :)

Also, I'm going to tell you how long it actually took to make, as I'm not convinced I can do any in 15 minutes - I'm a bit of a faffer. But if it's done in 30 or less, then I'm happy!

Recipe Link: Veggie chilli with crunchy tortilla avocado salad

Actual Time Taken: about 30 minutes

My Substitutions:
- I didn't have an ancho chilli or a chipotle. Or even a fresh one (I suck I know) so I used sriracha, a healthy dose of it!
- I didn't make the salad, I put some cubed up avocado on top to serve instead and served the crunchy tortilla strips on the side.
- I substituted soya yoghurt for the fat free dairy yoghurt called for.
- I didn't have passata so I subsitituted a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes that I whizzed in the processor after the base mix was done and also added a good tbsp of tomato puree and about half of the empty tomato tin's worth of water.
- I left out the coriander because I didn't have it.
- I didn't have wild/long grain rice mix so I used a pack of ready made brown basmati.

Yummy & filling and easy. Will definitely make again as it's meant to be made.

See ya tomorrow!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 1

Oh my god it's MoFo time again, already!!  I love this time of year; I love taking part in MoFo and seeing everyone else's themes and posts. I also always discover new blogs during MoFo so I'm excited for that too.

My plan this year is to post every day in September; I don't think I've ever managed that so we'll see if I actually do this year! :o)

I have two themes this year: I'm veganising recipes from Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals and I'll also be recreating some of the filthy dirty sandwiches that I used to eat* in my pregan days (*drunk usually - you'd have to be to eat some of them). So get ready to be appalled at my grossness.

I thought I'd start off MoFo with a picture of a cupcake; I made these for my friend's birthday this past weekend. They are the golden vanilla cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and the icing is just plain old buttercream with pink food colouring and Sainsbury's strawberry flavouring added. I tried to do that fancy double coloured piping thing, which was a huge kerfuffle, but I'm glad they came out ok. I also topped them with a mini party ring, as these are now vegan. YAY for no more superfluous gelatine in biscuits.

Happy MoFo'ing!


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Welcome to Bio Dome, Welcome to the Future....

... welcome to the place I am going to drain my lizard!

Err hellerrr, I have a day off today so I'm sitting here with the door open, looking at the lovely sunshine while I tell you all about my awesome weekend.

This Friday just gone, I went on a camping trip to Cornwall, with the same awesome group that I went to Spain with last year; so that's Jojo & her husband Nick and friend Tabitha.  We had a rad time and aside from Jojo & Nick's tent flooding on my first night, due to a ridiculously torrential downpour, the weather was mostly good.

So like I said, torrential rain on the Friday night.... the others got there Thursday but I had to work so met them Friday evening, after about a 7 hour car journey (stupid traffic). It was already raining so we basically just sat in Jojo & Nick's tent avoiding the rain and drinking alcohol. Which meant no food photos. But it was basically Vegusto sausage and smash so don't worry - you'll be seeing more of that!!

Breakfast the next day, I went for a breakfast of champs from the campsite shop; a rowntrees fruit pastille lolly. oh yeah!

Then we decided to get in the car and drive half an hour or so to Falmouth, which is an awesome town that we all fell a bit in love with. The main attraction to this town was a rad little all vegan cafe called Wildebeest. I'm sure Jojo will tell you more about this place on her blog as I believe the owners used to live in Brighton but moved a year or so ago to start this place. And we all LOVED it. 

The menu is small but varied and between us, we had almost everything on the menu and everything was outstanding.
I started with a chai tea latte

Jojo & Nick split all the small dishes. This was hoisin seitan rolls (I think!) 

Miso soup & a seaweed salad on the side

White bean spread with lots of garlic - I tried this, it was awesome.

Tabitha took this awesome shot for me as I was too lazy to get up when Jojo was taking proper food pics. I thought it was pretty reminiscent of the types of photos I post!

But I also took a close up. This was polenta with pesto and tomatoes. That polenta was crispy good and delicious.

I went for the Chilli. A bowl of spicy lentilly chilli with a nut based (I think) cheese sauce on top. I added loads of their homemade spicy chilli sauce too because I like the spicy!  And it was amazing. I kind of wanted to steal the sauce bottle and bring it home with me, but I refrained.

Side of guac & salsa

It came with a white and blue corn tortilla

Dessert and I went for a brownie, in fact we all did. I also had some of their chocolate hazelnut ice cream on the side and lemme tell ya, that ice cream was freaking incredible. So damn good. I would've probably married it. Or at least moved in and had babies out of wedlock with it! YUM.

After we begrudgingly dragged ourselves away from Wildebeest we drove a little way so we could go for a wander on the beach and Jojo and I braved the sea for a paddle. Yeah it was freakin cold so this is about as far as we went.

Jojo, Tabitha and I all took a piece of the lime sponge away with us from Wildebeest, because apparently one dessert is not enough. I ate this when we got back to the campsite. It was good cake! Super super sweet but zesty and yummy too.

For dinner that night I had some spaghetti shapes that Jojo bought with her for me, because she knows I'm a bean h8r!

What? they totally look like ponies right? Right??  (No they don't)

I also had a vegusto mushroom & cheese burger on a seedy roll. Damn those burgers are delicious.

The next day, we took a trip to the Eden Project, which was really pretty awesome.  There was T-Rex and flowers and a Mediterranean garden of chillis and sunflowers and stuff. Plus a rain forest with waterfalls and cashew plants and banana trees. It's pretty magical.  However, food wise it didn't look all that promising so we were glad that we'd brought supplies, in the form of a seitan roll that Jojo made us. I put pringles in mine because, crisps.

There was a juice bar there too, between the 2 biodomes (yeah I know they're not really called that, I just wanted to do a mini-tribal in the rain forest but thought it probably wouldn't be appreciated!)  (Also does my post title make sense now?) I had the Boost juice which was beetroot, ginger, apple & carrot. It was lovely and in fact I liked it so much, it reminded me that I used to love starting my day with a juice, so I've ordered a juicer! 

Pretty colour....
 Triple juice cheers!

And for someone with spectacularly sucky photography skills, I thought this flower pic I took was pretty rad! What do you guys think?

Last night of camping dinner.... we chopped up the remaining vegusto wieners (hehe) and Vbites bacon and fried it up. Then I mixed it with some more components...

Smash, obvs.

Nooch, of course. Modelled by the lovely Jojo

I also added sweetcorn because it was the right thing to do. Check out this bowlful of camping win!

We made s'mores too but I didn't get a decent photo, so hopefully Jojo will have some pics of those!

Tabitha made a fetching ink blot style pattern with some ketchup and a flour tortilla

Which she then added meaty mixture to!

 Obligatory dumb tent selfie, WHAT!

Nick modelling some most excellent catalogue poses by the gas stove!

So on our way home on the last day, our last stop was the monkey sanctuary in Looe. It was ridiculously awesome and I'm always excited to see some monkeys, let's be honest. They also have a vegetarian cafe that serves a lot of Fry's stuff. YAY.

I chose the salsa burger which had a lot of jalapeno in and was pretty ace!

 With some very nice wedges on the side!

And carrot cake for pudding which was a lot nicer than it looked!

Everyone else chose chocolate cake, here's a pic of Tabitha's with a bite taken out of it! :)

I didn't bring much back with me but I did find some chilli based goodness at the Eden Project...

Chilli Willy oil (yes I bought it because of the name!)

And this awesome sounding rum, coconut & chilli sauce which I am excited to try!

That's all for now folks.


Friday, 11 July 2014

A Friday Favourite


This is something that I do on my makeup blog, on Fridays (well most Fridays) I post about something I've loved that week. I'm thinking of doing it over here too.

So this week, I've mostly been loving a Smooze!  I have the Pink Guava ones and also the just coconut ones, but I haven't frozen those yet.  I bought the first box at vegfest this year, but I got the others from Ocado* last time we did an order.

Late night tv watchin' smooze eatin' selfie!


*Psst, UK vegans, if you haven't done an online order from Ocado yet you're missing out! They have so much good vegan stuff that if you live somewhere that sucks (like me) are not always that easy to find. So I definitely recommend that you check it out!

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Why I haven't blogged for a while and why the cereal bar aisle at the supermarket makes me stabby

Q - Why haven't I blogged in a while?
A - I'm lazy.

Q - Why does the cereal bar aisle make at the supermarket make me stabby?
A - Honey. FORKING HONEY!!  Why. Why Why WHY WHY why does every feckin cereal bar that is magically free from dairy or eggs have honey in?

Ok so now that that's out the way... how the devil are you all?  I thought I should post as it's been forever. But because it's been so long I have a crap tonne of pics on my phone, most of which are not really anything of note. So I'll just post a couple of fun ones.

Starting with afternoon tea at Terre a Terre.  Jojo and I and her husband Nick and friend Tabitha went there t'other weekend for Jojo's belated birthday celebration. And needless to say it was epic.

Check this shit out....

The menu. Obviously Jojo and I went for the one with Prosecco!

3 tiers of rad

The Savoury Tier
It had a seaweed cracker, which is basically like a prawn cracker, with fancy tomatoes on. Then sesame hoisin tofu with some fancy veggie sandwiched in the middle. Jojo knew what it's called but I've forgotten. The one at the back I'm struggling to remember exactly what it was, but it was potato based and delicious. All 3 things were amazing.

The Middle Tier
This had 2 mini churros, 2 little cakes (an almondy fruit one and one with chocolate in the middle) and a piece of chocolate brownie. It also had a pistachio cracker and some cherries. All of this was insanely good.

The Top Tier - The Scones
YES! Perfect scones, yummy creamy stuff and jam. Triple WIN!

For £18 ish, including a glass of prosecco, I think this was totally worth it. Everything was delicious, it looked amazing and it was the right amount of food.

OK so onwards.

Last weekend we had some nice weather and because it's meant to piss down for oh I dunno, the rest of summer probably... we made the most of it with a barbecue.

Wait, COME BACK!!  I KNOW YOU'RE BORED OF MY BARBECUE POSTS.... But we changed it up a bit.  Just a bit though, don't get too excited!

I made a yummy salad with some fancy yellow and red tomatoes, an avocado and some chilli and lime. Kind of like guac but without the mushing (and the coriander!).

Garlic bread of course. I added extra nooch!

Sweet potatoes that I roasted in olive oil with a bit of chilli and sea salt.

a crappy blurry pic of my plate, that's a Vegusto wiener (hehe) and a no cluck cutlet from Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day (this is fussier than I usually like to deal with for seitan, but so totally worth it, they rock socks!)

Homemade lemonade - there's a recipe for this below if you want it. You know you want it!

And baked mini donuts, because I bought a tin. I just veganised the recipe on the tin box by changing out the dairy for the usual stuff, using flax seeds + water for the eggs and adding a bit of extra bicarb. It was nothing life changing, but nice. I reckon I could do better. The glaze was just soymilk and icing sugar, that I heated and whisked then added strawberry flavour and some (apparently really crap!) red food colouring too. And sprinklez. YEAH sprinklez... ok I've had too much sugar.

Lemonade Recipe
6 Lemons (plus an extra one and a lime if you want to put some slices in the jug and be fancy like me)
1 cup sugar
Water water water
Ice ice baby

Peel as much of the skin off the lemons as you can be arsed to, with a potato peeler, taking care to get as little of the bitter white crap as possible. Put in a pan with sugar and 1 cup of water and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.  Turn the heat down a bit but it should still be bubbling, let it go for 5 minutes.

Pour into a jug and leave to cool completely.

Squeeze the juice from the lemons then strain it and the syrup into a jug and add ice, lemon & lime slices if you're fancy and top it up with water. Just add it until you are happy with the taste, I added about 1.5 litres / 6 cups.

Easy and everyone will woo and coo at you like you're some sort of domestic goddess because you made your own lemonade. Until you trip over and fall on your face with a plate of food in your hand. Not that that happened, just sayin.

Have an ace weekend.


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