Posts Tagged ‘beans’

Wazza, Mofo?

September 23, 2009

Is it only in my school where there was a phase where everyone would end their sentance with mofo?

Anyway, I am talking about a different mofo today; VeganMoFo (vegan Month of Food), which is a world wide month of blogging that creates awareness of the yummyness of vegan food. More information can be found here. I’m very excited for it! I’m going to use it as an excuse to (attempt to) bake delicious treats, and to blow the dust of the couple of vegan recipe books I have floating around. I have some ideas for themes, too. The idea is to post every weekday or 20 times in the month of october, however I reckon some of the weekday posts will be moved to weekend posts. My birthday is in october as well, so hopefully I’ll manage to whip up some birthday treats for MoFo.

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I’ve had a particually bad day today. Just one of those days where I’ve felt blah and crap, all I wanted to do all day is get home and get under the duvet. I hate feeling like this. I got a letter from my doctor the other day, telling me I have a 5-6 week wait for the counselling for my depression, which is quick overall, but still oh so long when you’re desperate.

I’ve had one rather successful endeavour this week; Bean Balls! They smelt sosososo good and tasted nice too, especially with the tomato-peanut sauce I had them with. They were basically mashed up kidney beans with onion, garlic and nutritional yeast binded with egg replacer. I’ve never tried using egg replacer for actual binding, but was impressed with the results; there was a notable difference from when I tried to make bean burgers without a binder. They still need a little work to get the ultimate cooking time and flavour though, maybe something for MoFo?

bean ballsAnd there is still a bit of time to enter Randomly Mikey’s giveaway! Check out her blog anyway 🙂

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Gimme the spoon and the Peanut Butter jar!

July 2, 2009

If I didn’t know that consuming an entire jar of peanut butter was pretty bad to do, I’d have done it many times already. What is it that makes peanut butter so addictively yummy? There isn’t a much more simple pleasure than a thick layer of peanut butter on the end slice of bread (the crust is the best part!) or ryvita or something. I long to try out the various flavours of nut butters they have in the USA, such as Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Vanilla Almond Butter, and many others found at Naturally Nutty. (Although, not all of them are vegan…But I shan’t be eating any anyway due to geographical problems!) I do long to try some cashew nut butter, or brazil nut butter one day but I am just put off slightly by the major price increase for a smaller jar.

Anyway, as promised, today I have the recipe for that sauce. But, even better – it’s a peanut butter sauce! I use it for mixing with bean salads, however I can easily see the quantity being upped and being used for stir-fries or other larger dishes.

Peanut butter sauceTo make enough for half a tin (200g) of beans, plus some onion and pepper or whatever you mix with your beans, use:

  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter (Or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree (Again, more or less to taste, depends how much you want the peanut taste to protrude)
  • 50ml soyamilk (or any other milk)
  • Cinnamon or paprika (or something similar, I find the cinnamon goes well when using with chickpeas and paprika when using something like kidney beans)

Put the peanut butter in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, this makes it runny and easier to mix in. To this, add the tomato puree and soya milk and mix very well untill blended. Add more soyamilk (or at this stage, water) untill at the desired consistancy. Only add a very tiny amount at a time though, it doesn’t take much to change it from lovely thick to wataery runny.

Here’s what I used mine for today, and most weekdays: bean salad

It’s a kidney bean salad; just kidney beans, diced onion, diced carrot, diced pepper and diced mushroom, all mixed up and tossed with the peanut butter sauce. It travels well with or without an icepack, although if it’s very hot I reccomend an icepack. I have it everyday in my packed lunch. It’s so much more exciting than a sandwich!