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Vegan 100

October 15, 2009

3930562108_f07c8dec17Another vegan mofo activity circulating round the blogs at the moment is a vegan 100. I think my score is going to be very shameful!

Rules:
1) Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment on this post linking to your results.

The Vegan Hundred (my comments in italics):

1. Molasses
2. Cactus/Nopales (you can actually eat these things?!)
3. Scrambled Tofu
4. Grilled Portobella Caps
5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
7. Arepa (what??)
8. Vegan Coleslaw
9. Ginger Carrot Soup
10. Fiddlehead Ferns
11. Roasted Elephant Garlic
12. Umeboshi
13. Almond Butter Toast
14. Aloe Vera
15. H and H Bagel NYC
16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
17. White truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Freshly ground wasabi
20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (dunno)
22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
23. Organic California Mango
24. Quinoa
25. Papaya Smoothie
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet or Habañero pepper
27. Goji Berry Tea
28. Fennel
29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie (on my to eat list though!)
30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread (together, really?)
31. Starfruit
32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread
33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
34. Sauerkraut
35. Acai Smoothie
36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
39. Falafel
40. Spelt Crust Pizza
41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
42. Jicama Slaw
43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings
44. Hemp Milk
45. Rose Champagne
46. Fuyu
47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich
49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice…with Extra Ginger
50. Grilled Seitan
51. Prickly pear
52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk
53. Concord Grapes off the vine (I have had grapes from the garden, but those probably aren’t Concord grapes…
54. Ramps
55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut
56. Organic Arugula
57. Vidalia Onion
58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
59. Honeycrisp Apple
60. Poi
61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
62. Grape seed Oil
63. Farm fresh-picked Peach
64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus (Well… I have made hummus)
65. Chestnut Snack Packs
66. Fresh Guava
67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
69. Fried plantains
70. Mache
71. Golden Beets
72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
73. Liquid Smoke (not even available in the UK!)
74. Meyer Lemon
75. Veggie Paella
76. Vegan Lasagna
77. Kombucha
78. Homemade Soy Milk
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Lychee Bellini
81. Tempeh Bacon
82. Sprouted Grain Bread
83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh
84. Vanilla Bean
85. Watercress
86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself (gotta love the family veg patch)
87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
88. Flowers
89. Corn Chowder
90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
92. White Flesh Grapefruit
93. Harissa
94. Coconut Oil
95. Jackfruit
96. Homemade Risotto
97. Spirulina
98. Seedless ‘Pixie’ Tangerine
99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought
100. Fresh Plucked English Peas (these are the best!)
16, that really is dire! Though in all fairness, a lot of these products aren’t very available to me. Still, it’s interesting to think that I always thought I had quite a broad taste experience, but I still have so much to try!

Dinner tonight was a soupy stew like thing. I kinda let the veg cook into oblivion, so they went all mushy-like. Though turns out I had too much liquid. Other than that, it tasted pretty good, even if it doesn’t look the most appetising.

SN851441I had some of my favourite cabbage side dish. It’s basically red cabbage boiled in a little water with apple, onion, a little red wine vinegar and some spices. MmmmMmmMmm.

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Dissapointed

October 14, 2009

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Bad news! The pumpkin I bought the other day decided to go all mouldy on me D: I’d only used about 1/5 of it, too! I guess that’s a lesson to be learnt – use all your pumpkin at once. Which is what I’ll do next time. I had been wanting to make a pumpkin soup *sniff* Guess that’ll have to wait now. So my plan is to buy a pumpkin, make lots of puree with half of it and do a good soup with the other half.

I’ve had a packet of Granose sunflower seed, lentil and vegetable roast sitting in the cupboard for ages and ages now, so it’s about time I used it. I was just never sure what to use it for. I could have simply made a loaf with it, but that’s kinda boring, no? So I decided to do as the packet suggested and make some stuffed peppers (That is to say, one stuffed pepper).

SN851430Had these with a salad, would have been a  nice light meal, except I followed the pack instructions! It said use both sachets (for some reason you get 2 sachets though instructions require both…) for 2 peppers, so I used my initative and used 1 sachet for one pepper. There seemed to be a little much when I made it up, but persisted on and juststuffed the peppers extra tightly to fit it all in. I even grated some cheddar Sheese into one half of the pepper, so see if it made it taste good. The box had said put some goats cheese on top for the last ten minutes, but obviously I didn’t want to do that. So when it came to eat them, they were too full. They blocked the taste of the roasted pepper. I think the mixture would be better suited to filling 3 halves of pepper with rather than 2 halves. Oh well.

As for the taste, well, I can’t really vouch for that either. I’ve liked their sausage and burger mixes in the past, so thought this would taste good too. It was rather bland, even with the addition of the sheese to one half. Ah well. Perhaps if I added some herbs and spices and other flavourings, I can make my remaining sachet taste nicer.

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!

Can’t Get Enough of Them Mushrooms

August 3, 2009

People can be cruel beings, and cowards too. My advice of the day: Pick your friends wisely, and in trying to please everyone you please no one at all.

Anyway, 2 weeks, one third, of the holidays are over. I’m still getting bored and frustrated. Happens every year, and next year it will be worse as we leave an extra month early since it’s year 11 (and hence our last year). Which reminds me, the GCSE’s I took in year 10 are out  for collection at the end of August…

Today I woke up with no appetite at all. I stood in the kitchen for ages, just staring at the bag of oats, contemplating, before deciding I didn’t want anything to eat. I knew then something must be wrong, as I never feel that way. Usually I go on a bike ride or a walk after breakfast, but today decided going for a bike ride before breakfast might give me some appetite. It seemed to work, and the route was slightly quieter too, which was nice. When I got in, I was too warm for hot oats, so I decided on some All Bran covered in soya milk. I don’t understand why my grandad dislikes All Bran, it’s really nice, and has 14g fibre per portion! I didn’t really want it, but my stomach was then starting to gnaw, so I thought I’d better.

All my friends and family know me as a mushroom lover; raw, fried, roasted, microwaved, stuffed, BBQed, grilled, I love ’em any way. Sometimes I opt for a punnet of mushrooms when travelling long journeys  by car rather than traditional candy. I also used to love cream of mushroom soup, but obviously, I don’t buy that anymore. I thought I might try recreating it, we had far too many mushrooms in the fridge (thanks to my nan) and I had some black fungus I wanted to experiment with. The result?

SN850996 It looked like mushroom soup, but I have to say the taste was lacking something. It didn’t have that ‘oopmth’ that I remember. I added soymilk and some tofu to the blender to try and make a creamy taste, but I guess maybe next time I should add some of that Alpro cream or something… The black fungus gave it a bit of texture, although I don’t think it added to the flavour much. It’s really weird stuff, it went from looking similar to a dried porcini to looking like an elephant’s ear after soaking! Odd stuff…Just got to work out what to do with the rest of the bag.

SOUPer soup.

July 19, 2009

Nothing beats a good batch of home-made soup. I love the vegan soups form Sainsbury’s, but the vegetable soup  I made today is soooo much better. Thick, vegetably, healthy goodness. The Co-op on a sunday morning is the best place and time to get soup ingredients, because so many vegetables are reduced to clear! Today I got a cheap aubergine (which is still really fresh), swede, celery, cauliflower. They were all under half their usual price. Soup was definatly in order.

soupThis was my first time making soup, usually my mother does it. I really enjoyed it (as I enjoy most cooking). It just passes time away and relaxes me – that is untill my cooking starts to turn into a disaster and I get stressed out. Thankfully my mother is usually on hand to help rectify it.

In today’s batch there was:

Swede, celery, carrot, mushroom, onion, cauliflower, stock cube, paprika, garlic, basil. All boiled untill tende,r then whizzed up. There tasted like there was a little something missing, and mother thought of it – Parsnips! Parsnips really make a soup, in my opinon. Next time, next time.

Also, you may be thinking, ‘Soup, in a mug?!?!’. But, I always have homemade soup in mugs! It’s a weird trait of mine. Tinned soup in bowls, home made soup in mugs. And it’s my favourite mug, I always am looking for excuses to use it. It’s so cute, I love the handle!mug If this mug ever gets dropped, I shall be heart broken.

On an unrelated not, remember the biscuits I mentioned in my last post? Well, I also made one for my mother, and she hadn’t eaten it untill today. She was rather apprehensive, as it had tofu in. She has a thing about soy. If something I make has something like soy milk, tofu, or similar stuff in, she won’t eat it, no matter how good it tastes or how much you can’t taste the soy. She says it’s because of bad experiences she had one with apple flavoured soymilk. (Well, duh, apple flavoured soy milk sounds gross!). But she’ll eat soya mince…

Anyway, she said, ‘I hate to admit it, but I’d have to give these biscuits 8 or 9 out of 10’. See, vegan biscuits really aren’t weird!