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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:37 pm

humblebee wrote: Colour me intrigued.
I found this recipe the other day while on a meal planning bonanza. SAUSAGES! MADE OF CHEESE! I think the salad and relish they've suggested sound amazing too. I kind of want that right now.

I'd quite happily eat Quorn now and then, to be fair, but since it's impossible in our house I might just stick to my "Quorn is rubbish" stance.

One thing that gets to me about cooking: I detest buying those little bags of fresh herbs, but I've never had much luck growing my own. I've taken to buying in bulk and freezing them, but it's never quite the same as fresh stuff. Does anyone grow their own herbs? Any tips?

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:53 pm

lynsosaurus wrote:
humblebee wrote: Colour me intrigued.
I found this recipe the other day while on a meal planning bonanza. SAUSAGES! MADE OF CHEESE! I think the salad and relish they've suggested sound amazing too. I kind of want that right now.
Good Lord. I'm totally making those for breakfast this weekend.
lynsosaurus wrote:One thing that gets to me about cooking: I detest buying those little bags of fresh herbs, but I've never had much luck growing my own. I've taken to buying in bulk and freezing them, but it's never quite the same as fresh stuff. Does anyone grow their own herbs? Any tips?
Tbh, I really don't find much of a difference between herbs grown indoors and those bags, in terms of the taste. But lately I planted some herbs in a huge pot in the shared garden here and the taste is way more pronounced. Don't know about tips. Watering is tricky, especially for basil - you just need to keep an eye on them. Sorry, I'm rubbish.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:37 pm

Oooh. I've had supermarket Glamorgan sausages before and they were nice (specially good with poached egg and toast) but I've never seen a recipe.

Herbs. Yes. Mine always bolt. I can't get them nice and bushy with big thick leaves. Especially basil. Where the growing of herbs is concerned I remain befuddled.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Me and VPops made some veggie burgers the other week with cheez in the middle. We're dead clever, us.

You should all badger Verity for her beetroot risotto recipe. It's REET good.

I can't remember thelast time I actually cooked something. I now pretty much live off pasties and cake.
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Silver Girl » Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:05 pm

lynsosaurus wrote: This sounds amazing! Do you have a recipe? I can hardly ever make stuff like this in our house as my partner is the worst vegetarian ever: he's allergic to mushrooms, peanuts, blue cheese, and anything made of quorn (although quorn is rubbish anyway) and doesn't like eggs. I occasionally get an evening to myself to cook though and this is like my dream dinner.
Erm....I think I just freestyled it with what I had in the house, BUT it was roughly as follows...
Boil the orzo until it's nearly cooked, in some stock or bouillon. I have had romantic ideas where I used it as you would risotto rice, and had to stand there stirring for 45 minutes until the damned stuff cooked. So just boil and drain it like normal.
In a pan, soften up some chopped onion/leeks.Stir in some chunks of squash (preferably, steam-nuke it in the micro to get the crunch off it first). Then add the orzo followed by a few handfuls of washed curly kale (don't drain it too hard, you need the water on it to steam) and stir it up until the veg are cooked to preference. Stir in some chunks of blue cheese before you serve it to give some surprise melty bits.

I always fail on the herbs front. I saw a tip on the tv that said get the growing ones in the small pots, then spilt them in 4 and plant them out (because they're basically a mass of hugely overcrowded herblings). Never works for me, the bastard slugs always get there first...
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:28 pm

I've been living off stale pasties for two months now. I decided to eat a little better and had cornflakes at the ready. My third bowl of the week was when I started added chocolate chips. I'm an idiot.

But it's tasty.
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:01 pm

I made the switch from vegetarian (20 years+) to vegan two months ago and have been so far successful and not at all tempted by eggs or dairy or anything (including all that hidden stuff). I'm sure I can stick to it! And I'm not even resorting to a diet of Fritos and other junk.

I just had my first tofu disaster though. I managed to toss a dish towel that I'd been pressing some frozen then thawed tofu in right into the washing machine. About half the tofu had slipped onto the counter on the way into the laundry basket, so I can salvage that. And I did manage to realize what I'd done before the machine started to agitate the clothes and crumble the tofu making a mess of the machine...but still! Like five minutes before I was mentally congratulating myself on being a bonafide adult about to make food for the whole week and have all her laundry done. Grrr.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:53 am

That's not a real tofu disaster. If you ended up with tasty tofu, that's all that matters :-)
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Silver Girl » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:13 am

...and some very very clean tofu as well, presumably...;^)
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:19 am

Last night I joined the orzo revolution, comrades. Made the base for it risotto-style (a la Leila) with onion, leek, garlic and bay. Cooked the orzo in stock, stirred it into the base with roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and stilton. It were a bit lovely. I'd cook it for shorter next time though, keep it a bit chewier. Ta for the tips, Anorak! x

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:07 pm

I can't find a lunch thread OR a salad thread so this is going here.

I put my salad for lunch in the fridge today and when I got it out it had fucking FROZEN.

I find this upsetting.

It has: minced brocolli, celery, black olives, red pepper & sprouted chickpeas with a simple cider vinegar/oil/garlic mustard dressing.

Stupid bastard fridge.

My lunch is now a litre of iced (decaf) coffee.
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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:44 pm

I just made up a dinner recipe that was so fucking awesome that I had to come here and post it IMMEDIATELY: lemon/cumin/sumac roasted cauliflower and chickpeas and a roasted red pepper and harissa sauce, served with a mixture of basmati and wild rice.

CAULIFLOWER AND CHICKPEAS
1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
1 tin chickpeas
1/4 cup olive oil
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp sumac
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

Basically just mix all the things together in a bowl, whack it in the oven at 220 degrees C for half an hour (give it a jiggle about halfway through) and it's done.

RED PEPPER AND HARISSA SAUCE
2 red bell peppers
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
olive oil for cooking
1 tbsp harissa paste
1 tbsp tomato paste
a bit of veg stock (maybe 50-100 ml? can't remember, didn't measure)
a pinch of sugar
salt and pepper

Roast the peppers whole in the oven while the cauli/chickpeas are cooking, turning the peppers over once. Take them out of the oven and cover with clingfilm til they cool slightly, then deseed them, take off the skins, and slice them up. Dice the onion and mince the garlic and fry them in some olive oil til soft. Add the peppers, harissa paste and tomato paste and cook for a minute or so, then add the stock, sugar and seasoning. Cook it all for a bit, then blend it, then cook it a bit longer.

Then I just served it with mixed rice and a green salad and it was fucking DELICIOUS, even though I stuck the cauliflower back in the oven to reheat it and overdid it. It should be cooked until the chickpeas go a mixture of crunchy and chewy and the cauliflower is a little crunchy but not too much. I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself right now; this is the first time I've ever made a full meal out of only things I made up myself.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:59 pm

Bloody hell Lyns, that sounds ACE!

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:25 pm

Mmm, yeah. I'm thinking smoked tofu would be really nice with that too. Lyns, please send some over! I'm too shattered to make dinner.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:43 pm

I wish I could. That should probably have made four servings, but we ate it all between two of us. I don't feel so good.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:48 am

Anyone got amazing recipes for tofu? I'm running out of ideas. Need to eat loads of it, nearly every day, because I'm really bad at iron levels, but I don't know what to do with it anymore. Help, please. *faints*

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:10 pm

So anyway - I discovered liquid smoke and now I'm spending my entire time devising smoked tofu/Quorn recipes and it's amazing.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by humblebee » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:10 pm

crystalball wrote:So anyway - I discovered liquid smoke and now I'm spending my entire time devising smoked tofu/Quorn recipes and it's amazing.
Tell us more!

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by crystalball » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:25 pm

humblebee wrote:
crystalball wrote:So anyway - I discovered liquid smoke and now I'm spending my entire time devising smoked tofu/Quorn recipes and it's amazing.
Tell us more!
There are a few brands out there but I could only find this one in the shop. You can use it to marinate or just add a tiny bit while the food is cooking. It's actually so good and magicky, I'm half expecting it to turn out to be a banned substance.

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.

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Re: Vegan & Vegetarian Food

Post by Sylvie » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:09 pm

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.
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