Vegan Berry Trifle

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Happy New Year everyone !! I feel terrible that it’s been more than a month since my last blog. So I thought I’d start the new year with this amazing vegan dessert. I didn’t make it but it was made by my better half – Mrs Vegan Animal. I’m not a fan of fruit in desserts but this was absolutely amazing and it tastes as good as it looks. I’ve never had trifle before in my life and had no idea how this was going to turn out but this was made on xmas day and the rest of the family (non-vegans) loved it too. 1 packet of vegan raspberry flavoured jelly 660 ml raspberry or cranberry juice 230 g plain sponge cake broken into large chunks (we used the Vanilla Cake from How it All Vegan) 2 tablespoons orange flavoured liquer (we used brandy) 500g strawberries, hulled, sliced thinly 125 g raspberries 125 g […]

Aloo Matar Gobi

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 30 Well it’s come to the end of a wonderful Vegan Mofo. Our fellow vegans have really done themselves proud with some amazing recipes using so much imagination. I think we should try to keep this up as much as possible and try to post at least once a week ? Anyone else agree ? It will be great to keep up the momentum and grow our online community from strength to strength. So those of you that have followed my blog for the last 30 days (and I managed to post every day for 30 days) may have noticed that I love Indian food. So I thought it would be fitting to end with my favourite Indian dish – Aloo Matar Gobi. (aloo = potatoes, matar = peas, gobi = cauliflower) Aloo Matar Gobi Ingredients : 1 medium to large head of cauliflower 6 medium potatoes 6 large tomatoes […]

Masala Dosa

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 29 I hope the title of this blog didn’t get you to open up hoping that I would show you how to actually make masala dosa. If it did I’m sorry because this is just a pictorial blog of our anniversary dinner at a South Indian restaurant in Johannesburg named “Thava”. What’s great about the place is there are different items on the menu and it’s authentic South Indian food where most restaurants in Johannesburg are North Indian and the menus are identical. For those of you that have never had a dosa it’s a little piece of savoury heaven (or the closest thing you get to it) similar to a very thin savoury crepe but crispy. A masala dosa is a dosa stuffed with spicy potatoes. (this one tonight almost tasted like a spicy Indian bubble and squeak). Masala Dosa served with urad dhal and a wonderful thick coconut […]

Chicken Fried Seitan

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 28 All I can say is “Praise Seitan!!”. Okay so there’s been a meal I’ve been wanting to try for ages. I first saw it in the Voracious Vegan blog (edit – this was originally a link to the blog but it’s no longer active so I have copied in the post below) and it’s been in my bookmarks / favourite folder for a long time. So this is the first time I’ve tried to simmer seitan – my previous attempts have been of the baked variety. I was surprised at how well it turned out and Tasha in her blog mentions that it is a very forgiving recipe. I’d say it’s a very rewarding recipe because if you put in the effort it really comes out wonderfully. Mine did and I can see this is going to be a favourite of mine for years to come. If you have […]

Split Red Lentil Dhal

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 27 I haven’t eaten well in the last couple of days and I felt like some really spicy and healthy that would make me feel a lot better. Dhal is a spicy Indian soup made with any kind of lentils and vegetables and normally served with either rice and/or roti. I have used many kinds of lentils over the years but I only discovered slit red lentils in the last year and like them so much because they take less time to cook are very tasty, are easier on your digestion and can be added to any kind of soup or stew. Ingredients : – 6 cups of boiling water (1.5 litres) – 1 cup split red lentils – 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger crushed – A pinch of ground sea salt – 2 bay leaves – 1 teaspoon of curry powder – 2 or 3 fresh red or green […]

Sausage Rolls

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 26 I really don’t feel great tonight and I have an ear infection (or it feels like it) and didn’t feel up to cooking. So tonight’s dinner is a 100% ready-made vegan meal. You just need to pop it in the over and cook for 25 – 30 minutes. Hopefully I’ll fee way better tomorrow night and I’ll cook something a lot more interesting. (but don’t get me wrong the sausage rolls taste wonderful)

Cottage Pie

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 25 Back on the topic of comfort food I tried to make this for the first time years ago and have pretty much stuck to the recipe since then. There are a number of ways of doing this but this is probably the way I stick to most of the time. Ingredients : 1 small to medium onion 3 cloves of garlic A pinch of dried thyme ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano 1 400g tin of crushed tomatoes 4 or 5 medium potatoes peeled and diced into small cubes 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard (or a mustard of your choice) 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon of Braggs or soy sauce 3 tablespoons of ketchup 1/8 of a cup of boiling water Cooking oil for frying Salt and pepper to taste A sprinkle of paprika 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon of baking powder 1 tablespoon […]

Carrot Sambal

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Vegan Mofo 2010 – Day 24 There’s nothing nicer than a good carrot sambal (or pickled carrot salad) to serve with a nice curry. It’s also very easy to make. Take 2 large carrots and grate finely. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt per cup of carrot. Add 1/4 teaspoon of sugar per cup of carrot. Add some finely sliced fresh red cayenne or birds eye chilli (the volume will depend on how hot you like it – try one and test the heat) 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar per cup of carrot. Mix all of the ingredients well with a fork and then cover for 30 – 40 minutes. This will allow the carrots to sweat and the rest of the flavours to mix. The end result is a spicy and tangy carrot sambal that can be eaten on the side of a plate with a nice hot curry or even mixed into the […]