Vegan & Vegetarian Food

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by tonieee » Wed Dec 10, 2014 14:19

Sylvie wrote:
crystalball wrote:What have I made so far? I've made a lentil soup with smoked veggie sausage, smoked tofu sandwiches, a smoked tofu quiche Lorraine, a smoked tofu carbonara... you get the idea.
Have you ever made any desserts with tofu? I've seen a few and recently spotted a cheesecake that used tofu instead of cheese, I think. I thought it sounded really interesting.
I don't normally like desserts much but this sounds amazing.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Wed Dec 10, 2014 14:58

Is that made with silken tofu? I'm a bit terrified of it. Might give it a go over Christmas. Thanks! I'll grow tofu ears, won't I.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Michael Quentin » Wed Dec 10, 2014 19:50

My workmate Caroline has a good Vegan blog some of you may find useful. She's particularly skilled at sniffing out good eateries: http://teaandsympatico.blogspot.co.uk/

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Sylvie » Wed Dec 10, 2014 21:46

crystalball wrote:Is that made with silken tofu? I'm a bit terrified of it. Might give it a go over Christmas. Thanks! I'll grow tofu ears, won't I.
Yes, it was silken tofu. I've not tried it myself, but really tempted to in the future. This is the recipe I saw recently that sounded nice http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/0 ... heesecake/

I'm not vegan, but there's an award-winning vegan shop around the corner from here so I should probably make the most of it (called Purple Carrot, but used to be known as Utopi-ish). I usually just have to stop myself from spending £6 on Booja-Booja ice cream because their truffles are amazing and heard good things about the ice cream.
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 20, 2015 14:01

I've got this tofu breakfast sandwich thing down now.

It's all in the drying and the marinade and the frying.

Yes, it *is* a faff, to be honest, but it's worth it.

You want that sort of tofu that's spongey but doesn't fall apart. Do the whole thing with draining the water off and freezing and thawing and squeezing.

Slice it into, um, slices about 1cm thick. Squeeze it again to get more water out. Then, to get it properly dried, leave it in the bottom of a low (50-75C) oven for an hour or so. Turn it over halfway.

Marinate it overnight. The thing I'm using is equal parts Henderson's Relish and soy sauce, with a drop or two of Liquid Smoke and a squeeze of chilli sauce (the condiment kind, like they use in kebab shops, rather than the ingredient kind).

Then fry it on a fairly high heat with a decent drop of oil, to get it proper crispy.

Serve in your favourite kind of buttered bread bun/breadcake/bap/cob/stottie/muffin/barmcake/whatever it's called where you live.

I kind of got the idea for this from the TLT at the Harland Café, so originally I did it with lettuce, tomato and mayo (and black pepper). It does need something red and something green, I think. Fried red pepper rings and rocket are better, if you can be arsed after all the rest of that palaver.

Yes, it is a faff. But you can do it while you're doing other stuff.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by RITH » Mon Jan 26, 2015 16:17

Have any of you tried experimenting with cauliflower, like the ideas collected here? Some of those look amazing.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/ ... .lw0xvKGvQ

I've been on a veggie burger binge lately. My favourite recipe so far is extremely easy:

Mash black beans from a can with a fork (after rinsing and drying them).
Mix an egg with a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of chili powder, half a teaspoon of cayenne and a tablespoon of sweet chili sauce and add it to the bean mash.
Chop/mix an onion, half a green paprika and two gloves of garlic in a blender and add it to the mix. The way I do it, this comes out almost liquid, so...
For structure, add some small pieces of paprika and/or onion handcut with a knife.
Add (quite a big dose of) breadcrumbs until everything sticks together well enough to be able to make four balls of the mixture.
Flatten balls on a sheet of lightly oiled baking paper to make four burgers.
Bake at 190 degrees for 10 minutes on both sides.

I eat them on a pita with cucumber, mashed avocado, tomato and some garlic sauce.

Vegetarian for beginners (like me).

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Mon Jan 26, 2015 21:21

Woh, some of that cauliflower stuff looks woh! I dunno where to start!

Also, I'm totally gonna try black bean burgers tomorrow. I've done bean burgers fairly often but never tried making them with black beans before. Which is silly really, as black beans are possibly the greatest bean of all.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:36

Lots of roast cauli/chick pea/raw kale salad going on around ours of late.
Also a vegetarian haggis - surprisingly nice (and almost indistinguishable from its meatier sibling).
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:01

How do you make your veggie haggis, L?

Those cauliflower recipes are blowing my mind. How. I've made the cauli, cheese and jalapeño thing before (a scone rather than a muffin) and it was great. The grilled cheese thing though. What.

Last night I did loads of prep for empanadas for the first time and freezed the dough. It is like shortcrust (with a tiny bit of smoked paprika in the mix) but rolled out much thinner (I actually did it in the pasta machine). Filled one with black beans, smoked tofu, chipotle, spinach and a mixture of red leicester and cheddar and baked it for my breakfast this morning.

You know, we should collect all the recipes we have on here on various threads and do a zine or something. There's so much good stuff.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by RITH » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:41

crystalball wrote:You know, we should collect all the recipes we have on here on various threads and do a zine or something. There's so much good stuff.
I like this.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:49

I did a Cauliflower Experiment last night and fried it up as a tortilla this morning to eat for breakfast with tex-mex migas.

It wasn't that successful, I think because I didn't get the cauli bits dried out enough after microwaving, but I can see the potential, definitely. Any tips for drying? I might try leaving it in the bottom of a low oven for an hour.

Like most Anoraks, I preferred Cauliflower Experiment's early work, and particularly the first album.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Jan 27, 2015 13:35

[quote="crystalball"]How do you make your veggie haggis, L?

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Hate to disappoint but they were on offer in Morrisons....(but not the MacSween ones, a different brand - more veg and less lentil judging by the ingredient list.)
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Jan 27, 2015 17:37

I was soliciting recipes for vegetarian haggis (specifically mushroom-free haggis) the other day. I may share my received wisdom with you (if I can find the links).

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:15

Managed to make a proper dinner the other day that was vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free for my mum and her bloke. My mum has intolerances. Dietary things, I mean, not she's racist or something. I usually find it quite hard cooking for her but this time it worked.

Did a mushroom, chickpea, cauliflower and fennel stew with a gravy made of onion, veg stock and Hendo's Relish, and some olive oil mash with garlic and rosemary. It were alreight.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:35

I have in my possession a spreadsheet detailing the availability of every Quorn and Cauldron product in 12 of the UK's leading supermarket chains.

It doesn't matter how I got it.

Message me discreetly if you want a look.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Silver Girl » Thu Apr 23, 2015 09:23

Bet it doesn't have the hooky Australian Quorn mince and potato pies that they were selling in Heron for a quid.....(which were actually annoyingly dry...)
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by RITH » Fri Aug 07, 2015 20:40

Question. I'm trying to finally become a vegetarian. I do still love the taste of meat though, so it won't be easy. My main challenge will be missing the taste of chicken. What do you guys recommend as the most similar alternative/replacement for it? In the past I've tried the Quorn chicken pieces and they're okay but I'm open to suggestions.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by tonieee » Fri Aug 07, 2015 21:03

Maybe not try to find a replacement at first as it can only disappoint and may make you want the real thing. Instead you could concentrate on doing interesting new things with vegetables only. Good luck Dennis!

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by RITH » Fri Aug 07, 2015 23:24

Thank you tonieee! I'm already eating most of my nights vegetarian (and Sam and Sissi are 100% vegetarian), but there are a couple of meals that I think I'll miss, so that's why I'm hoping to just replace the meat with something that will do. But I agree that I must explore more variation and new meals! I'm a pretty lazy cook though.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by tonieee » Sat Aug 08, 2015 05:09

RITH wrote:I'm a pretty lazy cook though.
Me too :-). I didn't mean be trying new things forever but just initially to get yourself over the first hump of missing meat. I think trying to replicate the meat dishes you love may just make you miss them more. Having exciting new things to try might make the whole experience more pleasurable and then you could revisit some of your old dishes once you're more settled as a veggie.

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