Sunday, 17 April 2011

Last day of vegan diet week

I'm rubbish at remembering to take pictures of my food, and the problem is there is only one moment where remembering matters - the split second between the food being ready, and me falling on it like a pack of vegan hyenas (?) (which animals are vegan?).

Most of the week my daytime food has been home made soup, hummous, pittas, carrots and fruit.  I've tried to cook different things most evenings:

  • Stir fry with peanuts and spicy tofu - just throw it all in a wok

  • Vegetable chilli - lots of veg, tin of tomatoes, adzuki beans, garlic, chilli

  • Nut roast - I used a recipe off the internet  It was quite tasty, but the flour made it a bit gluey in texture.  Next time I'd look for a different way of binding it together. 

  • Satay sauce to go with the nut roast - 4 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2oz creamed coconut, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon chilli powder, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tablespoon tomato puree - put it all in a dish and microwave for about 2 mins then stir, then 2 more and stir and carry on till it's thickened (about 6 to 8 mins)

  • Thai soup - This takes a bit of time, but it's worth it.  Put a bit of oil in pan and gently cook chopped garlic (2 or 3 cloves), fresh ginger, fresh chilli (1 or 2) and chopped lemon grass.  Add a big tablespoon of Thai red curry paste.  Add a tin of coconut milk.  Turn heat down low.  Grate the rind of a lime and add this, plus the juice of the lime.  Add around 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of mushroom ketchup, and about 3 tablespoons full of either orange or pineapple juice.  At this point you need to taste it and add salt.  You can also adjust the sweet / sour / creamy balance by adding more soy, mushroom ketchup and juice.  You can also add a bit of Worcestershire sauce, if you have any, to sour it up a bit.  Add sliced mushrooms, beansprouts, fresh coriander and spicy tofu pieces.  Separately cook some noodles (the ultra cheap Tesco instant noodles are vegan if you don't use the powdered flavouring sachet).  Put the noodles in a large bowl and ladle the soup over them, and add some more fresh coriander on top. 

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