Sunday, 24 April 2016

Stir Fried Edamame Beans with Smoked Tofu

I had some edamame beans left over from yesterday's brunch and decided to use them up in this relatively quick dish. 
I loved every thing about this dish, the way it looks on the plate, colours, the flavours, the textures. The vibrancy of the greens especially from the edamame and peas.  And the way the fresh red chilli beamed liking a red light bringing the dish to life.  The vegetables still had crunch and the beans popped, especially the broad beans.  When I served it up, D was concerned that there was not enough sauce to coat the rice, but it was plenty moist once he started tucking in.  I guess you could serve these with noodles, but I like plain steamed or boiled white rice.
Please find proper smoked tofu for this recipe, not those lightly smoked and barely .  If your tofu is not smoky enough, then please if possible add a little liquid smoke.  

I am sharing this with Eat Your Greens Challenge hosted this month by The Veg Hog; and with Sunday Fitness and Food Fitness hosted by Marathons and Motivation and Ilka's blog; 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sauteed Edamame Beans with Vegan Black Pudding

I picked up some vegan VPud Black Pudding the last time I went into the city of Cardiff.  

I had no ideas of what I was going to do with it, but I knew I had developed a liking for it especially at the weekend for a greasy veggie fry-up.   It makes for a nice change from the usual veggie sausages. 
This is a brunch dish, though you could happily have it in the evening.  The potatoes are chopped small into little cubes, then baked in the oven with a little oil until golden crispy,  a bit like hash browns or crispy croutons.  The final dish reminded me of one of those meals that would hit the spot if you had a hangover from the night before, if you get my drift.  But its a little more healthier, or seems that way - instead of baked beans we have edamame, soya, broad beans and peas sauteed and instead of veggie bangers we have pan fried vegan black pudding. If you can't find VPud Black Pudding where you are, either omit it or sub it with something else. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Rainbow Bell Pepper Spaghetti

This Rainbow Pepper Spaghetti dish is one of the simplest evening meals I have ever made.  Its only quick if you have the ingredients prepped.  Its really a vegetable stir fry, just made with bell peppers. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Vegan Japanese Katsu Curry Sauce

Cup of Tea anybody?!

Fusion food never fails to surprise me.  When I lived in Glasgow I was charmed by the Scots, in particular the Glaswegian Scots love for 'Irn Bru, Curry Sauce and Chips', but at the same time I was baffled at their liking for 'Cheese on Chips' almost a Scottish take on the Canadian-French melty cheesy gravy Poutine.  

Well here is another fusion dish from around the world - Japanese Curry known as Katsu
According to the Japan Centre, Katsu curry sauce was introduced to Japan by the British over 100 years ago.  Katsu is a  a thick curry sauce served with crispy panko crumbed chicken or pork cutlets known as Tonkatsu.   Katsu is the traditional Japanese breaded cutlet - whereas my version is more of a Japanese curry sauce.  Its very much like an Indian curry, but thickened towards the end with a roux, similar to the way I do Paprika Mushroom sauce for my pies.  I noted many of the Japanese recipes used blocks or cubes of curry sauce roux.  

Monday, 18 April 2016

Spirulina Lime Chia Seed Cake

Its not very obvious, but there is a muted green tinge in the Lime Chia Seed Cake from the spirulina.  
Even though I only used 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder, you could taste the spirulina flavour comes through, but it does not dominate as the fresh lime tingles in your mouth too. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

At last French Onion Soup at Home

I made this soup last week, or was it the weekend before...I can't remember now.  What I do remember is wanting to make French Onion Soup for a long while.  I think the idea had been planted in my head during Vegan Mofo when I saw a good looking vegan variation of French Onion soup that got me drooling.  This one is not vegan though it could easily be by replacing the butter with vegan margarine and vegan 'cheese'.
Previous to making this soup, I have only ever had French Onion soup once in my life.  No it was not when I was in Paris, France for my honeymoon; or when I was in Brittany visiting friends. No it wasn't even when we went to Marseille quite recently, no I had my first ever French Onion Soup in Loch Lomond, when I lived in Scotland.  

We had friends visiting us from America and we went to the shores of Loch Lomond.  It was the only dish on the menu, other than Ploughman's Lunch that was marked as suitable for vegetarians and I liked it - sweet salty caramelised onions  flavours were very pleasing. 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Cheltenham Vegan Festival

I've never been to Cheltenham, England but when I saw that there was Cheltenham were hosting a Vegan Fair, well I thought this would be the weekend to go and make a whole day of it.  
It was icy cold, but the hospitality of the Cheltenham people was very warm that it was a delight to explore the city, but also the stalls at the Cheltenham Vegan Fair.   Although it was small,  I loved it as it made a fabulous and genuine refreshing change from the usual suspects in South Wales.  So here are some of the delights that my eyes (and belly) were able to feast on.  I apologise sincerely in advance if I have missed your stall here, it was getting busy so I was unable to take pictures of all that were there, but I did visit each and every one of them. 
 Lovely little Badger flower pots
I know a friend who would love this in her kitchen.  I regret not getting it for her now, it would have been a nice house warming gift.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Curried Butter Beans with Mushrooms and Kale

I know its spring and I should be sharing elegantly presented light green dishes with all manner of micro green garnish, instead I share an autumnal looking one.   
This Curried Butter Bean dish hit the spot that evening when I came in from work feeling like a little fed up with stuff going on around me at work, but I don't want to talk about 'office politics' and favouritism.  No I want to talk about this naturally 'buttery' bean bowl that melts in the mouth with a hint of tomatoey spice and the kale is almost seaweed like.  This recipe can be more soup like if you add more stock or water to it, but I enjoyed the thickness of it wrapped up in a tortilla bundle like a big warm hug.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Smoked Paprika Mushroom Loaf with Coconut 'Bacon'

The weather in Wales is so strange at the moment.  For the past two days its been heavily foggy, only to clear and then smack us in the face with a mini heatwave.  It does make a change from the rain though, so I better not complain.  
I made this Golden Mushroom Loaf a couple of weeks back at the weekend when D brought home a lot of mushrooms.  It is golden partly from being baked, but also from the addition of smoked paprika.  I garnished the mushroom loaf with homemade smoky coconut flakes aka 'coconut 'bacon'.  
We enjoyed this Mushroom Loaf as a Nut Roast with one meal, the others with a side of salad.

It was tasty.  It was firm and crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside, but not a claggy soft. It made a nice change from the occasional mock 'meat' sausages we pick up for  during the working week for easy meals.  

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Smoky Maple Black Badgers Peas Chilli

Is it a coincidence that I should stumble upon the lovely Sarah Beattie photograph with Hodmedod's Black Badger Peas for Masaledar recipe, on her  twitter account of course not - Great minds think alike.

So why was it a coincidence?!  Well that very same day I had made a Smoky Black Badgers Peas Chilli. 
Black Badger Peas are also known as Carlin Peas or Maple Peas.  These brown peas remind me of Indian Black Chickpeas aka Kala Cholay though the flavour is very different.  They are not soft like butter beans or well cooked butter beans, but more robust and nutty.  I absolutely loved them. I can see exactly why Sarah Beattie used it in Masaladal recipe featured in this month Vegetarian Living Magazine which of course I had to go out and buy.  I don't buy many magazines anymore for various reasons, but I did so because I love Sarah Beattie's writing and recipes; and her most of her cookbooks - all vegetarian.
My recipe is essentially a vegetarian chilli but with some authentic Mexican flavours: chile chipotle powder and epazote.  Yum The smokyness comes from the chile chipotle powder and it hits you immediately. This recipe makes a huge pot and it lasted us 4 days.  We had it with rice, as enchilladas (D's favourite), straight out from the bowl doused in soured cream and grated cheese and lastly some even with nachos as I am not overly keen on the tacos you get in the UK. Delicious, indeed. 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Blood Orange Chia Cake

Another cake to enjoy with a cuppa tea if you so wish.
I won't fib, this is really a Lemon Poppy Seed Drizzle blinged up.  The Lemon is replaced with seasonal Blood Oranges and the Poppy seeds replaced with the trendy chia seeds.  After all chia seeds are the new poppy seed!

Friday, 8 April 2016

Celeriac, Plantain and a Welsh Rarebit Cauliflower Steak

Cooking at times can be a chore for many of us, but sometimes it can be a pleasure.  I am an experimental cook and today for Five on Friday I am sharing some ingredients in my kitchen that are exciting me and sadly somewhat make me happy especially on a Friday when I have the weekend ahead to experiment with them.  So I do hope the lovely Amy will accept these. 

Another reason I am sharing these here, is I hope that those of you who visit will leave me some suggestions, ideas and inspiration of what I can do with some of them.  I think that is one of the wonderful things about blogosphere the sharing and genuine encouragement.  
First up is one of the most ugly vegetables on earth: celeriac
Here it is turned around a little more attractive to the eye.  Its not a vegetable that comes into my home often, but I have grown some in the garden.   In the past I have made vegetarian celeriac steaks, celeriac remoulade, soup, fritters and celeriac burgers, but I am looking for something different to do wit it, otherwise it will be some kind of gratin or oven baked crisps.
Next this may look like a ripe banana, but it is not.  It is a Plantain.  I have eaten plantain a number of times, mostly as deep or shallow fried crisps, but this time I am looking for something different  to do with it, so again welcome any suggestions the cooks amongst you may have. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Chilli Pickled Sweet Potato Stew with Borlotti Beans

The weather has been so changeable today.  Bursts of rain followed by bursts of sunshine and its been like this on and off all day.  On the way back home to the bus stop, I even got caught under the cold sharp hailstones that hurt my cheeks feeling like sharp glass that would cut.  My ears are aching too from the gusty wind.  As you can imagine, I am glad to be finally home. 

This Chilli Pickled Sweet Potato Stew was a bit like the weather today.  Bursts of sweetness and then bursts of spice, but it was welcomed.  I have been making light stew like dishes and have been drowning in sweet potatoes at home that have been part of my meal most of last month.  So here is another, but this one is infused with a generous dose of Chilli Pickle: Mr Naga Hot Chilli Pickle to be more precise
D will eat anything I give him, okra, aubergine and even ... but he draws the line when I present him with a little dish of Achaar aka Indian style pickles, he really dislikes it for a couple of reasons. The pungent smell when you open the jar mostly from the mustard oil; and secondly it can stain your clothing.  But I grew up eating mango and lime pickle, so sometimes my pangs crave for its twang.  

Its not an ingredient I cook with much, its often served as an side to enhance a meal, but I decided to incorporate it in meals that he would eat and that was a good  tactic.  The last time I cooked with Indian Pickles and chutneys was for  Lime Pickle Roast Potatoes and a Mango Pickle Pasta BakeHe tucks in and  always clears his plate, but he is not a convert.  
I loved the first spoonful that went in my mouth.  I waited a couple of minutes before asking him his thoughts about this Chilli Pickled Stew, he actually liked it. 

Monday, 4 April 2016

Harvest Monday: Rainbow Chard Gratin and White Sprouting Broccoli

Its been a long while since I participated in Harvest Monday which is hosted these days by Dave over Our Happy Acres.

So here is my very small harvest.
A good bunch of Rainbow Chard  and Perpetual Spinach.
From A2K blog archives
I have  also harvested some white sprouting broccoli that have been simply steamed as an accompaniment for meals.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

I've had a vegan BBQ pulled Jackfruit 'pork' bookmarked for a long while (2012) by Clean Green Simple who was given the recipe by a friend of a friend who owned a restaurant in Los Angeles, USA called Pure Luck (now sadly closed).  The Pure Luck restaurant and its famous eats are even acknowledged in the cookbook Thug Kitchen which inspired the authors BBQ Bean Burritos with Grilled Peach Salsa recipe.

Anyway, I was then reminded of my bookmarked recipes when a fellow blogger shared on Facebook a link to Buzzfeed Food of a film clip called BBQ Pulled Jackfruit That'll Fool Meat-Eaters.  
I've had Jackfruit a few times in a curry, but it never crossed my mind to share it on my blog as its one of those dishes that I take for granted and don't think of it being overly unusual or exotic, but when I saw Jackfruit being used as a substitute for meat and in a BBQ type dish, well like any greedy vegetarian person, I wanted to try it.  

Friday, 1 April 2016

April In My Kitchen

I don't have loads of fresh stuff this time round to share.  My fridge is pretty empty as I have been away for a few days, so I share with you some things that I picked up not that long ago.  
These retro sauce pots that stack up on top of each other: Devil Sauce, Curry Sauce, Tartare Sauce and Mustard Sauce.

Eat Your Greens Round up and Welcoming Your April Recipes

Welcome to March Round  edition of Eat Your Greens. This is a monthly vegetarian and vegan cooking challenge for food bloggers to make something with a green vegetable (or fruit) each month.  

I hope you will join in this months #EatYourGreens challenge hosted by The Veg HogFollow this link on how to participate and then just leave a comment with a link to your blog post either here or on The VegHog's #EatYourGreens hosting page, but before that here is the Round Up from March 2016. 
The first recipe comes from Lisa's Kitchen.  Lisa shares with us Roasted Carrot and Azuki Bean Salad.  The carrots in this salad visually almost mimic 'chorizo'.  The salad is further enhanced with buttery avocado and baby spinach. 
Next we have is a plate of scrumptious Beet Balls and Roasted Potato Salad from The Taste Space.  This dish is also enhanced with mixed greens and dill pickles and a creamy dressing.