Posts Tagged ‘pumpkin puree’

Something I’ve Noticed…

October 12, 2009


From reading on other forums and just general google searches, it’s occured to me that as a vegan, I’m quite lucky to be living in the UK. There’s a whole array of vegan items which I can (moderatly) easily get hold of for a decent price, and people are also quite receptive of both vegetarianism and veganism, even if they don’t practice it themselves. From what I can make out, for example, many breads in the USA contain milk or egg derivatives, where-as in the UK not many do at all. Same with cheese (which I know isn’t vegan), in the USA it seems to often contain rennet, but here it seldom does. It also seems quite hard to be a veg*an in other European countries, especially where in many of them national dishes contain a lot of dairy. Even Japan, a place many would think of as being easy to be veg*an, is very very difficult, as a lot of dishes are made with a fish stock, even the vegetrian ones. And soy milk often contains dairy too.

I dunno, what are your thoughts / findings on this? Have I just misinterpreted information?

That aside, I found another use for pumpkin puree! I would never have thought to use it in the way I used it, but it’s really good! Anyone for pumpkin chili? I read about it on the internet, and decided it was something worth trying, especially as it’s vegan mofo (can you believe we’re nearly half way through already?!)

chili avec pumpkinMade in the same way as any other chili, just with the addition of a good amount of pumpkin puree 5 minutes from the end of cooking. Chili is one of my favourite foods, especially as it gets colder out. Not the mention, it’s filling, healthy and hearty.


You know it’s autumn…

October 10, 2009

…When the pumpkins appear in the shops! It’s been a year since I’ve last eaten pumpkin, and I’ve missed it! Usually I just have it the boring (yet still yummy) roasted way. Which is  great, but I wanted to try something new with it. And so I decided on Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. I even made my own pumpkin puree! Actually, you can’t even get canned pumpkin in the UK (I don’t think), so it was make my own or nothing. It came out really well, and so tasty, I could have eaten the puree as is. There are a hundred pumpkin puree recipes on google, so I shan’t bother with the recipe for that.

pureeThe resulting oatmeal was so good! Even better than my carrot cake oatmeal, and just as nice as banana brulee oatmeal. I have enough puree left to have some brunch tomorrow 😀 (I intend on lying in, if I can). I’ve never actually eaten pumpkin pie before, it’s more of an American thing and isn’t common at all in the UK (at least not as a dessert). So for vegan mofo 09 entry #6, I give you:

pumpkin oatsI made it on the hob today, as I always do with ‘special’ oatmeal, it just comes out nicer, though it’d work very well in the microwave, too.

  • 2 1/2 table spoons of pureed pumpkin (homemade or canned),  more or less to taste
  • 3 teaspoons light (soft) brown sugar. Or an alternative sweetner.
  • 40g rolled oats, or another hot cereal
  • 300ml (just over a cup) of ‘milk’ of choice. (I used 2/3 soya milk & 1/3 water)
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon all spice/pumpkin spice
  • small handfull roughly chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Add the oats, all spice and cinnamon to a saucepan and mix together before adding the milk. Bring to the boil and lower the heat to a gentle simmer, stirring always. Cook untill almost at desired consistancy, add the sugar and pumpkin and mix it all in (taste at this point to see if you need any more pumpkin or sugar ect), when it’s cooked to how you like it add 2/3 of the chopped nuts. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and add the remaining nuts.

And I found out something cool today; I know someone famous! I didn’t even know that they were famous till someone pointed it out at work today. One of the managers at the cafe I work at is in a band called Brigade. The guy I know is James Plant. When I was told today I was all, ‘Oh wow, I had no idea!’ I knew he was in a band, just not a famous one!