Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 18: Veganising Jamie

OK so tonight's veganised Jamie Oliver 15 minute meal is his feta parcels and modern greek salad.  I have to start by saying that technically for us vegans, this cannot be a 15 minute meal unless you live somewhere where they sell vegan feta!  I've never seen this so I made my own almond feta and although the work involved is minimal, it takes a couple of days because of soaking time, draining time and baking.  You could always replace it with another vegan cheese though if you wanted.

 Here is my almond feta after baking - not that pretty but really really tasty.  I used this recipe from Vegetarian Times, but just left off the herb oil. I think this recipe is great and totally worth the effort and I will be making it again!

Also, I knew that without another side dish, the parcels and a salad wouldn't be enough for us gluttons for dinner, so in keeping with the 15 minute meals mindset, I cheated a little and knocked up a couple of packets of Ainsley's instant flavoured cous cous, which went really well.

 Parcel close-up

 Salad close-up
Recipe Link: Modern Greek Salad and Feta Parcels again this one's not on his site, so here's a link to the recipe that someone else has posted.

Actual Time Taken: As seems to be about average with these '15 minute' meals, about 19 minutes.

My Substitutions:
- I subbed almond feta for the dairy feta
- I subbed soya yoghurt for the dairy yoghurt
- I left off the honey
- I left out the red onion because I forgot to buy one, plus my mum's not a massive fan of it raw 
- I used mixed olives with sun-dried tomatoes instead of black olives and I served them on the side instead of mixing them in with the salad.

YUMMY!! I loved the parcel filling, I was eating it off the spatula, it is great. And the mint in the salad was a lovely addition.  I think next time I wouldn't scrunch the filo, I'd wrap it more like a present, as I don't like the floury soft texture of filo when it isn't crispy, like the bits under the scrunchy top were.  Aside from that, aweseome. Also, as I said before, this needed an extra side dish to make it dinner, but I think it would be perfect as is for a lunch!

See ya tomorrow MoFos! :)


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 17: What I Ate Wednesday

It's Wednesday so it's time to bore you all with what I ate yesterday! :)

It started well, with a juice (beetroot, carrot, cucumber, ginger, apple)

But then I couldn't be arsed to make a proper brekkie so I had toast and golden syrup!

I had a muffin around 10 with a cup of tea (the recipe for these is HERE if you want it)

And I found a cherry Chupa Chup and ate that when I was flagging about 12!

For lunch I had some leftover cooked kamut so I made a salad with some cucumber, sweetcorn, Vbites tuna and a dressing of rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Oh and sriracha! It was good.

Then I had one of these funny donut nectarines, it was a bit underripe! But look how cute... it fits in my TINY food box!

For dinner I had pasta shells with some bolognaise style sauce made with Tesco's frozen soya mince and lots of vegusto melted grated on top before sticking it under the grill.

I had some broccoli and cauliflower on the side that I tossed in vitalite and nooch!

And I will probably have one of these in a minute before I go to bed!

Happy humpday all!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 16: Veganising Jamie

Tonight's recipe from Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals is one that I've been fancying ever I first watched the episode where he made it. I love soup and I love nachos. WIN!  Also, I thought I might actually be able to manage this in 15 minutes* because it's so simple. This recipe was already vegetarian and I only had to make a couple of dairy swaps to make it vegan.

(*I didn't!)

Mexican Tomato Soup
Recipe Link: It's not on Jamie's site, but someone has posted the recipe HERE.

Actual Time Taken: This took me just under 19 minutes from when the ingredients and equipment were all out and ready.

My Substitutions
- I subsituted soya yoghurt for dairy yoghurt
- I substituted some vegusto mild cheese for the feta
- I subsituted Violife cheese for pizza for the cheddar

This was yummy and easy.  I loved the crispy cheesy nachos that went along with it and the toppings. My tortilla chips were a little saltier than I'd like but overall they were great.  I fed this to my Dad, Bro & Sis-in-Law and if we hadn't scarfed the leftovers, it would've comfortably fed mum too!

My favourite part was the jalapeno/mint yoghurt! Damn this shiz was good! I'd make that again to go with any Mexican inspired dish, it was awesome!

So, the cheese....
I bought this when I was in Infinity in Brighton at the weekend (seriously, if I lived in Brighton I would be bankrupt and it would be that shop's fault!!) and it was great.  It was a son of biatch to get out of the packet but it tasted very mild and it melted beautifully. Can't wait to try it on pizza!

Hope you're having a good week!


Monday, 15 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 15: Muffin Monday

It's Monday already, how did that happen.And no, Muffin Monday isn't a new MoFo theme, I just like alliteration.

But anyway, I made muffins yesterday and they turned out good, if a bit mutated, so I thought I'd post the recipe, as I haven't posted a recipe for a while.  I'm sure there's a billion similar recipes on the tinternet but sod it, have another!

I'm gonna call them chunky monkeys too because, nuts & chocolates & bananas and stuff.
Yes, those are Christmas muffin liners. It's all I could find and hey, there's only 100 days to go!! You're welcome. :p

Chunky Monkey Muffins
Wet Ingredients
3 overripe bananas
1 cup unsweetened soy or other non-dairy milk of your choice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sunflower or rapeseed (canola) oil
2 tsps vanilla paste or extract1 tsp maple extract (optional but awesome!)
1 cup of sugar
Dry Ingredients
2 cups self-raising flour (or if you don't have that, use plain flour and 1 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp baking soda)
1/2 cup oats
Pinch of salt
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper liners.

Mash the bananas, they don't have to be totally smooth, some texture is good. Then mix in the rest of the wet ingredients until combined.

Then add in all the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; don't over-mix.

Once combined, divide between the muffin cases (I totally overfill every time I do muffins, so I only got 11!) and bake for around 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool in the tin for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Try to wait longer than 30 seconds before troughing one to avoid burning the crap outta your tongue. Not that that happened!!


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 14: Sandwich Sunday

So for my second installment of Filthy Sandwich Sunday, I'm bringing you an old favourite of mine. I've lost count of the times I used to come home after a few sherbets and shakily shove a cheese sandwich in the microwave. There's no time to heat up (or clean) a toastie maker when the drunken munchies have set in!

Microwaved Cheese & Ham Sandwich

Wait wait come back.... it's good I promise!

OK it's filth but that's the point of this series, right.  So more often than not I would just use cheese but oftentimes there was also ham.  So I used a violife original slice and some vbites ham.  You need to use the crappest, filthy cheap white bread you can find, lots of of vitalite and then shove the whole lot in the microwave for about a minute, until the cheese is gooey and melted.

I am seriously impressed with how well the Violife melted. Look at it... YEAH!!

I made this yesterday for Jojo and she was very VERY suspicious of me.  She called me a savage and made me a fancy panini, but it was kind of crap. I mean it was edible but ermagerd - daiya provolone is GROSS!  But I won her and Nick round with my filthy creation.

For more info, check out Jojo's blog but here's a pic of said fancy panini!

She also made a mac n cheese toastie with Earth Balance boxed mac which was delightful and inspired!

Hope you all had a good weekend, MoFos!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 13: Soup and a toastie

I was hoping to give you an awesome soup recipe today but alas, it was a bit meh! This was dinner the other night.

Sweetcorn chowder inspired soup and a cheezly and tomato toastie. And some salad and mayo with a tonne of Franks in!!

Hope you're all having a good weekend. I'm off to brighton to hang with Jojo and eat dirty sandwiches! Yay!!


Friday, 12 September 2014

Vegan MoFo Day 12: A Friday Favourite

My Friday Favourite this week are Willards FLINGS!! I bought these for my first instalment of filthy sandwich sunday and then ate the rest of the bag in an embarrassingly short space of time. I'm too scared to open the second bag as I will trough the lot!  

I got these from Amazon!

It's the weekend... WOO!! Have a good one MoFo'ers! :)