Posts Tagged ‘cauliflower’

Mofo without Peanut butter?

October 2, 2009


The last couple of days have been really great; I now have a pretty full scedual! Tomorrow I’m going to a party/gathering, it should be fun, I’ll try not to get too tipsy 😛 Next thursday evening I’m going to the cinema, and friday too if I’m not working. I feel popular! Lol.

So how’s Vegan Mofo 2009 going for everyone? It’s only day two, but I still feel really inspired by it!

So what would Vegan Mofo for me be if I didn’t include peanut butter? That bring me to todays post:

Today I really craved spaghetti; I’d worked so hard in PE today, circuit training and exercise biking – It made me realise how unfit I am! I’ve only ever had spaghetti in your typical tomato sauce, so although I could have stayed with what I know and love, I decided to be brave and take a chance on Peanut Butter Pasta. Don’t let this combination put you off! I used the recipe from  The Garden of Vegan: How it All Vegan Again. Though I had to tweak it slightly, it calls for broccoli, but I only had cauliflower, so had to make-do.

peanut butter spaghettiIt was really tasty! If you like creamy pasta dishes such as carbonara, then you’d love this. I’ve only had carbonara once, but from what I can remember, this is a good substitite. The home roasted peanuts added a great texture and a nice crunch, and the cauliflower complimented it well.


A day of food

September 27, 2009

I’ve been a busy little bumble bee today. Delivering papers and spending the rest of my time in the kitchen, cooking up not one, but 3 times! I’m fed up of washing up, that’s for sure. I haven’t has a ‘proper’ meal for a while now, so decided to break that today. In the full spirit of autumn, I made a hearty cauliflower topped stew. I guess it’s akin to a cottage or sheperd’s pie, but it didn’t feel like a cottage pie to me. Instead of mashed potatoes, I used mashed cauliflower, and had split peas and various other veg in the middle. I added some nutritional yeast to the cauliflower topping, and it made it extra yummy. My only adaptation I would make for next time is grilling it after it’s been in the oven for 20 minutes or so, to get a lovely crispy topping.

SN851244SN851255Actually, I was very surprised that none of the liquid from the filling seeped over the top, as usually happens when I make similar dishes. i guess I did something better this time! After a short interval when I’d finished eating, I rushed downstairs remembering what I had been meaning to make. I’ll leave this thing for my next post though, as I don’t want to bore you with so much food in one post!

After a quick stint in the pub and a short walk by the river with my mum, I decided it was soup time. I’d prepared for this by going to to the co-op earlier and grapping the veg they were selling off. So I made a swede, cauliflower, celery, leek and onion soup, with some spinach blended in because well… Why not? I still have to say the best veggie soups have butternut squash in, but the only one they had today looked more like an orange courgette – it was rather pathetic.

SN851259That’s a lotta soup! I got 7 portions from todays batch. And, would you believe that this entire bowl is only 500 calories. Wow, I don’t think I’d even get through half of it before bursting. So to all you dieters out there – there you go, home made soup for the win!