Thursday, 28 November 2013

We Love Wee Scottish Vegetarian Bites

For those of you still wondering what to make for your Vegetarian St Andrews Day, may I offer a little bit of inspiration from the traditional Scottish vegetarian fare.

For a starter:
Haggis Bon Bons or Haggis Pakora Bites
Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with haggis
For the main:
Portobello Mushroom and Haggis Lasagne
Vegan Haggis, Neep and Tattie Pie

For dessert:
Vegetarian Irn Bru Jelly
And I hope Elizabeth from Elizabeths Kitchen, doesn't mind me sharing her Shetland Flag Fairy Cakes, as I believe they can easily be tweaked to becoe the Scottish flag.

For snacks or light nibbles
Haggis Pasty from Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes.
Haggis Nachos from Johanna's blog Green Gourmet Giraffe.

Happy St Andrews Day - my Scottish friends and readers

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

A2K Vegan Food Swap (November)

A short post in relation to my November 2013 Vegan Food Swap.

My vegan food swap partner was Sasha and she sent me:  Provamel Chocolate Drink; Alpro Single Cream' - Cofresh Chilli and Lemon Potato Grills, Natural Rhubarb and Custard sweets - Free from MIllionaires Shortbread, Raisins - Miso Soup and Christmas Pudding!  Thank you so much Sasha, its nice to have discovered some new things in my parcel.  The crisps and Millionaires Shortbread have already been consumed.
After much delay on my part, my receiving partner Victoria was sent these vegan goodies on Monday.   I do hope she received them.
The Food Doctor Multiseed Crackers - Twinnings Blueberry and Apple Tea - Rosehip Chews - Yo Yo Bear Fruit Rolls - Panda All Natural Raspberry Licorice - Go Do Chocolate - Welsh Red Mustard after all I had to include something from Wales -3 packets of Cofresh Snacks and finally Magic Tea of the Druids. 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Vegan Spiced Parsnip Samosa Pies

These Parsnip Samosa Pies have appeared on my blog before, but in a slightly different guise. This time round,  I decided to add a little elephant motif to look a little more attractive to the eye.  After all they do say, people eat with their eyes first!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Fresh Cranberry Inspiration

I have to admit it's too early for me to be thinking about Christmas, but its never too early to start thinking about cranberry recipes, especially as they begin to appear on greengrocers shelves.

So for those of you like me, who become seduced in bringing home these shiny red ruby berries. Then look at them as they glisten and gleam at you from the kitchen counter top wondering what to do with some of them, I offer you some sweet 'cranberry inspiration' from my archives.  I am sharing these Cranberry recipes with Jen and Blue Kitchen Bakes for her Fresh Cranberry Recipe Link Up;.   and One Ingredients hosted b Nazima at Franglais Kitchen.  The theme this month is 'fruits of the vine'
Cranberry and White Chocolate Muffin
Cranberry Biscuits
Cranberry Waffles
Cranberry  and White Chocolate Scones
Cranberry Brownies
Cranberry Chocolate Tart
Cranberry, Carrot and Orange Bread
Vegan Cranberry Cake with Pink Icing - I will be making this one again, so watch out!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Garlic Mushroom Parsley Pasta

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, will know that I am not a huge fan of mushrooms.  I've often found them tasteless.

Anyway, last week noting that there was very little in the way of fresh produce to cook with other than a tub of mushrooms in the fridge.   I decided to make a quick supper of Garlic Mushroom Parsley Pasta.  The other ingredients: garlic like onions I always seem to have.  The pasta was in the store-cupboard and finally, the parsley was actually from my garden. It was a nice change from the spicy Arrabiata spaghetti pasta I often make, when the kitchen is bare.

If you like the sound of this, then my vegan Garlic, Mushroom and Parsley Pies may also appeal to you.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Vegan Haggis, Neep and Tattie Pie

I made a version of these vegan Haggis, Neep ad Tattie Pies early this year to celebrate Burns Night in Wales,  but unfortunately, I did not get to share a picture of the pies or the recipe, so in anticipation of St Andrews Day, I thought I'd give them a go again, this time they were topped with the saltire. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Welsh Vegetarian Tart

I got called a vegetarian slut a few months back.  I was quite taken aback.  Apparently, it was meant to be a compliment.  For me the word slut has negative connotations.  I know some women may use the word as a hook, or even as a strap-line to grab your attention, which of course it certainly does, but I personally don't think the word slut can be reclaimed by women in a positive way.

Whilst trying to figure out an interesting and  appropriate name for my new vegetarian venture, it was suggested to me that I should perhaps call myself The Welsh Vegetarian Tart; or even home in on my South Asian ethnic heritage to give it more sex appeal.  But nah...I'm not that tacky either! I will not use those tactics to promote myself and my vegetarian endeavour either.  No you won't find me dolled up with bright red lipstick, rosy red cheeks and long batty lashes posing suggestively with a asparagus in my mouth; or gazing seductively at the camera lens. I do not wish to pose with my food, though I do scrub up quite nicely in fact.  I am not naive and I know in some cases its tongue and cheek and of course it works, hence the reason some women employ those tactics as a publicity move or to get noticed, but I choose not to be one of those women.   For me its about the food I make.  It is about inspiring others to cook creatively and imaginatively with seasonal vegetables, and maybe whilst on this culinary journey the sun will shine on me.  I am not chasing it for the sake of getting some attention.  

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Vegan Parsnip and Date Cookies

Early this week, I had made some Parsnip and Date Cakes, I had grated way too much parsnip. Instead of scraping the excess parsnip into the vegetable compost bin, I decided to try my hand at experimenting and making some Parsnip Cookies.  I knew they would be fine, in the same vain as the Carrot Cookies, but I wasn't expecting the textual thing going on in my mouth.  They were truly lovely.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Vegan Parsnip and Date Cake

I think I jinxed myself early this month, when I mentioned on twitter that November was going to be a good month for me, its been anything far.  

A couple of things happened last week, one that brought me close to tears and the other sent chills down my spine, hence the lack of blogging the past week.  I may share with you what this was in the next few days, but truth is I don't really want to dwell on the continuous lows happening in my life and try and focus on the little good things that come my way. 

Today let me share with you this bronzed cake studded with chopped dried fruit.  I had originally intended to make my vegan Parsnip and Raisin Cake, but noted I had run out of raisins, so I substituted them with some chopped dates, which for some reason I seem to have plenty off.  

Monday, 4 November 2013

Savoury Vegetable Cake

After enjoying the vegetarian chorizo, sun-dried tomato and pistachio savoury cake a couple of weeks back. I followed it with another version, but this time with everyday steamed vegetables: cauliflower, carrots and green beans.  

I think they turned out pretty good.  Unlike the previous version that had a bit of crunch and twang, this variation is plainer and perhaps would be more agreeable to those who do not have such an adventurous palette.  I'm not naming any names here, or pointing fingers - but you know the kind of people I mean.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Beetroot Mousse

I made some Beetroot Mousse a few weeks back.  To amuse myself I poured some of the beetroot mousse into heart shaped ramekins.