Archive for June, 2009

Oats You Really Did Let Me Down (Again)

June 30, 2009

So, after the dissapointment of the microwaved jumbo oats, I decided I’d try them stove done for dinner tonight. I didn’t plan having them, but family matters made sure that a normal dinner wouldn’t happen. When I was younger, I went through a phase where I’d eat a mixture of ready brek and rolled oats cooked as a porridge with unsweetened cocoa powder for breakfast and lunch. I had it really runny, like a chocolate oat soup :D.

Anyway, I hate to say it but I am not impressed with stove top done jumbo oats either. I mean, they came out slightly better, but only because more liquid was able to evapourate, at an expense of there being less volume in my bowl. If you do decide to cook oats stove top, you really need to stir very very very often, since soy milk likes to make a skin 😦

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Though I will admit, the longer cooking did make the oats more chewy and seem more…cooked. They tasted okay, but I still prefer me some rolled oats and ready brek.

Sorry for a short and kinda repetative post today, but I promise tomorrow I will post with a yummy sauce with many uses!

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Oh Oats Why Did You Let Me Down?

June 28, 2009

Yesterday I bought a big 1kg bag of Jumbo oats. I had heard a lot about these on livestrong. Tastier, chewier, bigger, more nutritious than you humble rolled oat, so I have heard. So I was eagerly awaiting my favourite meal of the day -breakfast- to try out these ‘amazing’ things.

SN850851 I added 40g oats, and 300ml soy milk. Microwaved it for a while, longer than the pack said. They just didn’t take to the milk, they were basically cooked oats in very hot soymilk. When I was nearly finished eating though, they took the soymilk up more. But I found them to be a lot more bland than their rolled counter part. Maybe I added too much milk, I’ll give them another chance next weekend, but this time I’ll cook them in a saucepan. If they don’t work out….What on earth do you do with 960g of unwanted oats?

I have a new favourite meal at the moment.  It’s quick, tasty and filling:

SN850850Broccoli, soyamince made up with half a kallo low salt stock cube, and tomato oats. (Or in this case, barley flakes)

The tomato oats are what makes this dish, and are so yummy. My recipe makes enough for one very large portion, unless you split it into two small ones, but my stomach is endless so it’s no problemo.

You Need for one large serving:

  • 30g rolled oats (I think it works best with these as you get a thicker result, but you can use other grains, like barley, rye ect)
  • 1/3 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A tablespoon squeeze of tomatoe puree (paste)
  • 1 small onion or half a large one
  • garlic to taste
  • spices to taste
  • You can also add optional things like mushrooms, peppers ect.

In a small saucepan, fry the onion and garlic (I use fry-lite for this), then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. At this point, I usually empty the left of the tinned tomatoes in a bowl and 1/5 fill the tin with water, swish it around and add it to the pan.

Bring to the boil, stirring, then turn down to a simmer. Add extra vegetables at this point. If the mixture becomes too thick, add some water and wait untill it’s at the desired consistancy. I have to do this a lot while I wait for other bits to finish cooking. After about 10 minutes, it’s done! But it can be left simmering for as long as the rest of the meal takes to cook.

Remember to stir often when it’s simmering, if you have pans like mine, it burns if you aren’t by it’s side every 2 minutes :S

Dans la Cite Exceptionnelle: Norwich

June 27, 2009

Making the most of my brother being away for the weekend, we went to visit my sister in Norwich today, and bring back half her stuff. (She’s finished uni now and has to vacate the house she shares). Anyway, since we were up there we went shopping. I love it in Norwich. One of my favourite places.

Since becoming vegan, I’ve always wanted to go to a place called Rainbow Wholefoods. So that was our first stop. They had loads of yummy stuff! In the end I got some mexican pate and egg replacer (been wanting some for a while). And I was eying up a single portion tub of Swedish Glace to buy on the way back, since it was a hot day. I was dissapointed though because when we came back in before we left, they had sold out 😦

In the reduced section, they had some dried ginger, which my mother assured me was edible in the state it was in. So, upon leaving the shop and opening the packet, I was in for a shock. Placing a piece in my mouth, I found it to be hard as a rock. When I did manage to chew through it, as soon as it snapped I gagged. Disgusting! The face I pulled must have been a hoot because my mother (who hates norwich with a passion) said coming here was worth it just for that. I should have known though. Afterall, it looked just like dried ginger root. However I am still a lover of all things ginger, ginger chews, crystalised ginger, ginger tea…

I also found a China World which was still open! The ones in Ipswich and Colchester have closed 😦

They only have food though now, the other ones did cool chinese bits and bobs too. I got some fortune cookies, dried sweet potato sticks and some dried Black Fungus.

The sweet potato sticks were yummy! Just sweet potato and sugar. Chewy. Nice as a snack.

Sweet potato sticks - Scrum-diddly-umsious

Sweet potato sticks - Scrum-diddly-umsious

Again, making the most of my brother’s absence, my mother and I decided to watch a movie together with some chips from the local chippie. The movie of choice was Bridget Jones. It was my first viewing. I liked it, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. The chips were nice. I haven’t had them for ageeeees. I covered them in vinegar and salt, accompanied by a large dollop of ketchup, curry sauce and mushy peas. Traditional British grub!

Real Grub :D

Real Grub 😀

Thrown into the World of Blogs

June 26, 2009

SN850455There are a gazillion other vegan blogs out there, and I read a fair few of them. It makes me wonder if I really ought to add to them. However, I am hoping that my blog will offer something different, in that it is written by a teenager, with teenagers in mind. Of course, anyone is welcome to read 😛 (In fact, the more readers, the merrier!). I am starting this blog because I have noticed the lack of resources for teenagers interested in veganism, and my ambition is to someday publish a book on teenage veganism.

My name is Kay and I am 15. I haven’t been a vegan for the longest of times, a mere few months, a scratch compared to how long others have been vegan, but it is something I am dedicated to and I know I can never go back. I became a vegan for a couple of reasons. I find the way animals are treated to be awful, and I don’t like the idea of beings being killed for us. But even if animals were treated as if they were royalty I don’t think I would eat their products anymore because I see it as, ‘not ours to take’. That’s the shorthand of my reasons.

I will post on this blog with recipes, the more interesting aspects of my day to day living, challenges I face, interesting information I aquire and more besides.

Hello world!

June 25, 2009

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