Saturday, 6 September 2014

September In My Kitchen: VeganMofo Edition

Other than the well know High Street health food shop, there is not much near where I live so I often find myself travelling into Cardiff or Bristol city to pick up some specialist or vegan ingredients. As I am participating in Vegan Mofo edition, I thought I would share some vegan sweet and savoury eats in my kitchen.
Last month, I made some Raw Chocolate Muesli with Cacao Nibs and Cocoa Powder, I cannot express how much I am enjoying it.  In fact, my jar is nearly empty so I will soon be making some more. 

I am looking forward to cooking with Artisan Grains Tricolour Couscous, it will be a interesting change from the traditional couscous.  I don't eat much in the way of faux vegetarian or vegan mock meat, but that has not been the case lately when I got some Suma Vegetarian Sausage Mix which is suitable for vegan.  Instead of making sausages with them, I made some a Za'atar Spiked vegan meatballs; and more recently a Green Curry Pasta Meatball dish (see below)
Vital Wheat Gluten is an ingredient familiar to readers living in Australia, America, Canada and New Zealand, but it has always been hard to come by in the U.K, and when you were lucky to find it, it was often very expensive. So I have not cooked with it much, but when I have I have been very impressed.  The two recipes that I have tried have been Terry Hope Romero's vegan Chorizo Sausages and Ken Charney's Faux Roast.  I was only able to make these two recipes at home, because a lovely blogger friend kindly bestowed some vital wheat gluten upon me.  Anyway, a few months back I was delighted to learn that Suma Wholefoods have recently started supplying it, and of course I had to get my mitts on some. My husband, D is by no means a vegetarian or vegan, but even he has enjoyed these seitan recipes, so he has been quite excited to see what I come up with next. 

One of the recipes I have made with it is this vegan Pastrami (recipe still to be shared on my blog)
A couple of weeks back, D and myself went into Bristol and we stopped at an Oriental Cash and Carry, I picked up a number of  things, but the one that I would like to share are these two: JoyTofu Hot and Spicy Vegetarian Meat which come in small sachets.  I really liked these and hope to get some more the next time I return to Bristol.  I have yet to try the skewered spicy bean curd, but it looks good to me.
These Nothing But Mangetout and Red Pepper Snack is very different from my savoury nibbles.  These are freeze dried vegetables to eat on the go.   These nibbles are really intense in flavour. 
A lovely friend sent me over some Raw Chocolate Company chocolate and Ombar Chocolate.  I have hid them from D, as these are my treats when I need a little sweet boost. 
Its been a very very long time since I have had marshmallows at home, so I was pleased to finally get some Freedom Mallows, especially with Autumn literally just around the corner, I am looking forward to enjoying them with Hot Chocolate.  
But a little part of me just couldn't resist trying them, so a few days back I made some vegan Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Brownies (recipes to come).  Funny how this blog post began with Chocolate and ends with chocolate, and I am not even that made about chocolate. I am sharing this post with Celia at Fig and Jam for August edition of In My Kitchen Series. Please go by and check out the other IMK posts. 


14 comments:

  1. OOo you have lots of exciting foods in your kitchen!

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    1. So fab to hear from you Sooz. I have a lot more, but haven't got round to taking pictures of them, but I am glad you like.

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  2. lots of great food here - will look forward to the pastrami and the brownies recipes - I love the sound of the nothing but snacks - would be great for work snacks - and those beancurd on skewers look great

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    1. Thank you Johanna. The pastrami recipe shall be appearing very soon, its a bookmarked recipe. I have yet to try the skewers, I am a little nervous opening them, as I think they will all be open and I cannot munch on them all myself, so am saving for a time when other people are around me.

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  3. Lovely things in your vegan kitchen this month. That pastrami looks really interesting!

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  4. I'm learning so much about vegan food this month! I think we can buy vital wheat gluten here in the Asian grocery stores, and I'd be eating your muesli mix at all times of the day, not just breakfast! Bet it would be delicious on icecream! :)

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    1. Thank you. on ice-cream, yeah I can see that working.

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  5. Hi Shaheen! Those brownies look fabulous! I'll be trying those very soon! :)

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  6. G'day! What a lovely kitchen view too this month and boy could I go for a brownie or two!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List

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    1. Thank you Joanne.
      the recipe for the Hot Chocolate Marshmallow recipe is up if you would like to try at home.

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  7. Sounds like my perfect day to begin and end it with chocolate, Shaheen! The mange tout and red pepper veggie snack sounded good. Thank you for your interesting post!

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    1. Thanks Ardys, its unusual for me as I am a savoury person.
      My husband really really likes the veggie snack, so I have to get some more for him.

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