Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 18

Today’s prompt – Leftovers, day 1

Today’s meal is made with the aim of making a second meal with the leftovers.

I decided to make sausage and mash for meal one. When I was planning my Vegan MoFo meals in advance I thought by the middle of September it would be feeling positively Autumnal, however today it has been a sweltering 25°C! This meal was still delicious but I did have to open a lot of windows while cooking!

I baked the sausages in the oven with large mushrooms, boiled the potatoes with the steamer on top for the cabbage and fried some red onion. I passed the potatoes through a ricer to make them extra smooth and added some vegan margarine and some oat cream in the mix. In the UK red Bisto is vegan friendly so I made up some gravy to finish the dish

Can you guess what tomorrow’s meal is going to be? Let me know in the comments.

Plumes x

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Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 18

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 16

Today’s prompt – Pantry Meal

My cupboards are so well stocked at the moment I’m finding it hard to get anything more into them so I definitely need to have a run down!

I was really fancying something sweet so with nothing ready made to hand I decided to go with these two recipes. I have had this chocolate houmous recipe in my bookmarks for a while so I decided to pair it with these almond cookies for a gluten free treat. I use ground almonds to make vegan cheese so there is always some in my cupboard. I also make savoury houmous regularly so there’s always chickpeas and tahini about.

The houmous was wetter than I was expecting and think it definitely needed some more tahini and possibly some salt (my Husband wasn’t keen on this at all and said it was too chickpea-y) so it needs some work. The almond cookies however were so quick and easy to make these are definitely going to be made again.

What are your go to cupboard favourites? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 16

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 9

Today’s prompt – Creamy without nuts

I don’t often use nuts to make things creamy, I’m not really into mac and cheese so I found this quite easy.

I used avocado to make this pasta sauce recipe, the only changes I made was that I added less oil than stated as a third of a cup sounded too much to me.

This is the smallest stone I have ever found in an avocado I cut right through it!

I used red onion, roasted tomatoes, olives and sweetcorn to go with the pasta made with green pea flour (hence why it just looks like a big bowl of guacamole!)

I use avocado quite a lot in dishes like this so it will definitely be something I do again.

What tricks do you use to make dishes more creamy? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 9

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 6

Today’s prompt – The Anti-vegan

“But what about bacon?!”

Every vegan will have heard this, usually fairly early in their vegan journey and from friends and family.

I never liked bacon before I was vegan so this wasn’t a issue for me although I am quite fond of “bacon flavoured” things. I think it’s the smokey kind of flavour I like.

I bought Baconish for my Husband to help him transition to vegan.

I have made a couple of the bacon types, like tofu and tempeh which I have featured on the blog previously, but this week I wanted to try a couple of the vegetable based bacons so I went for the aubergine and the carrot.

The aubergine bacon is a rather long process, requiring salting, marinating and then cooking in the oven low and slow. The results are very good though! The flavour is very smokey and strong, the texture could have been crispier as some of the slice were quite chewy and reminded me of dried apple slices.

The carrot bacon is a lot quicker with just slicing and sprinkling the flavour ingredients over the top and baking for 20 minutes. The first time I did this I used a vegetable peeler to slice the carrot which was too thin and it ended up burning.

My second attempt was much better and I loved the flavour from the smoke paprika. I think this would work great on a salad.

What dishes have you made to convince the non-vegans in your life that vegan food is more than lettuce? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 6

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 2

Today’s prompt – Emoji inspired

When I saw this prompt my Husband suggested a smiley face pizza or simply using potato smiles but I thought I’d do something a bit more adventurous!

I chose the paella emoji as I have never made it and the last time I had it was at my Mum’s wedding in May.

Now obviously we need a veggie paella emoji to save those little prawns and mussels!

I used this recipe from BBC Good Food with a few tweaks. I halved the recipe, but added a few more tomatoes as I had some that needed using up. I also subbed the saffron for tumeric (cos £££!) and I added a couple of sausages which I also needed to use up.

How gorgeous is that! The other great thing is that usually have all these ingredients in so easy when I need a tasty meal just before shopping day!

Do you have any tips for cooking paella? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 2

Handmade Burger Co June 2018

My friends were coming up to London from Bournemouth to see a concert so we arranged to meet for dinner beforehand. Handmade Burger have locations all around the country but only one in London which happens to be in Wembley. As I’m an East London lady I don’t get over to that side of town much so I thought I’d take this opportunity to try them out.

They offer five (count them!) vegan burgers and one veggie burger that can be made vegan.

Their milkshakes can also be made with soya milk and dairy free ice cream which I haven’t seen any other omni restaurants do this so if you know of any let me know!

I chose to have the banana milkshare. I asked for it with soya milk and the server asked if I wanted cream so I asked if the cream was vegan and she said no. I’ve noticed this in coffee shops when you order dairy free milk they’ll still ask if you want dairy cream. What is going on people?!

It was lovely, thick and made with fresh banana but I could only taste the banana when I got a chunk of that otherwise it was very vanilla due to the ice cream. I enjoyed it but would have liked a stronger banana flavour.

I chose the sweet potato and bean burger. The patty was really nice and I loved the mango relish. I had to cut it in half to eat as otherwise I would have got into trouble. I paid for the extra vegan cheese, I’m not sure what brand this is but it didn’t melt and didn’t have any flavour so it wasn’t worth it!

I had rosemary chips to go with it. The salt was in really big grains but apart from that these were tasty chips.

I wouldn’t rush back to Wembley to try HBC again but if you have one in your area it may be worth checking them out.

Have you had Handmade Burger? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Handmade Burger Co June 2018

Mangia Siciliano June 2018

Both my friend Mitsu (To Happy Vegans) and I had passed by Mangia Siciliano multiple times without entering. So we decided to bite the bullet and go in together.

We made our choices by looking at the boards outside.

Photo credit – Mitsu Ikeda

When we entered the there were quite a few tables, a counter and boards with the menu. I’m glad we made our decisions outside as the boards were jam packed and it was difficult to decipher.

I chose the tofu pasta. I love that they use wholewheat pasta. On the board it said mine came with capers, olives, lemon and basil. It was very olivey and I couldn’t taste any capers or lemon but it was lovely nonetheless.

Mitsu chose the vegan carbonara which was on the specials board. This was bright yellow with tumeric and very tasty when I grabbed a forkful. I’d definitely go for this one next time.

The only disappointing thing was that they had a number of cakes on the counter but I couldn’t see any marked as vegan.

I thought it was reasonably priced at £7 for my large plate, I’ll be returning for sure!

Photo credit – Mitsu Ikeda

What’s your favourite vegan pasta dish? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Mangia Siciliano June 2018