VEGAN BONANAZA! [Vegan MoFo #3]

Hello, you glorious things.

VEGAN BONANZA

For my third consecutive day blogging in this wonderful Month Of Vegan Food (do I get a Nobel prize yet?), I scoured my fridge for some lovely veggies that needed using up & trawled my cupboards for some complimentary bits and bobs. I was left with a wonderful mix of chestnut mushrooms, vibrant bell peppers, tomatoes, flat leaf parsley, onions, garlic, chickpeas, butter beans & risotto rice. I somehow managed to come up with a cheeky veggie feast of three separate dishes, which made for a rather decadent vegan bonanza (if I do say so myself, if I do say so myself).

1. Spicy roasted chickpeas with rosemary / 2. Butter bean bake / 3. Mushroom risotto

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For the spicy baked chickpeas, I used the AMAZING recipe from ‘aquietvegan’ which y’all can see here! It’s definitely worth investing in the slightly laborious process of removing their skins – to give them that crispy edge. I coated mine in a little oil, lots of turmeric, cayenne pepper, a sprinkle of rosemary & a little salt. I didn’t have any sumac, but I finely chopped some red jalapeño and thew it in. Spread yo’ chickpeas out on some baking parchment & bake for 40 mins. These would also make for a lovely snack!

VEGAN BONANZA

VEGAN BONANZA

As for the risotto, I cooked about 400g according to packet instructions & with a little help from this recipe from ‘foodaddicted1’ – her snaps are INSANE & her tip about gradually adding stock (I used veggie stock) bit by bit = a life saver. To season the rice, I fried onion, garlic & chestnut mushrooms & added lots of pepper to give those mushrooms a kick. At the last minute, I also decided to throw in some vegan green pesto which made for a delicious twist.

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Finally, I started work on a rather cheeky butter bean bake. For this, I fried onion, garlic & peppers,before covering in a tin of chopped tomatoes. I then added black olives, capers, sun-dried tomatoes & topped with some glorious yellow cherry tomatoes & flat-leaf parsley. Bake in the oven for just under and hour and you’re done. For another gr8 butter bean recipe, see this one from ‘the intrepid chef’ Perfect.

VEGAN BONANZA

VEGAN BONANZA

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Sassy Pepper and Lentil Soup! [Vegan MoFo #2]

Oh, BOY! Have I got something special for y’all today.

PEPPER SOUP

Kicking off Vegan MoFo day two in true style is this rather sassy red pepper & lentil soup.

As I’m still on liquids (gnarly teeth, don’t ask) I fancied rustling something up that was both absolutely scrumptious & suitable for my delicate requirements (#petal). And thus, this glorious soup was born. I had about 82 gorgeous red peppers in my fridge, so the main competent of the dish was decided & I was away. I didn’t go by any recipe, except for following the way my tastebuds guided me. I love a good ol’ bit of guessing and improvisation. For this dish, I used 3 red peppers, roughly 100 grams(ish) of red lentils, half a red onion, 1 large clove of garlic, vegetable stock & some rather sassy seasoning (I’ll explain later).

PEPPER SOUP

PEPPER SOUP

Whilst your lentils are simmering away (according to packet instructions), you’ll want to gently fry your onion (I recommend red – whack in as much as you like!), garlic & yo’ peppers until soft. I also threw in some spring onion at the last minute just because I felt like it. Once everything is nicely sizzling away, cover with some scrumptious vegetable stock. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to make the stock from scratch – and my packet version worked just fine! Finally, blend and season before serving up this wonderful dish! For seasoning, I used a generous helping of cayenne pepper, a dash of tabasco & a good splash of soy sauce for a salty kick! Throw on a wee bit of coriander and you’re done. Enjoy!

PEPPER SOUP

PEPPER SOUP

PEPPER SOUP

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Tomato and Lentil Millefeuilles [Vegan MoFo #1]

Hello.

Ladies, gentleman, members of the Royal family, children, pu$$y cats, pups, amphibians, degenerates, and to all those cold-blooded creatures in-between, WELCOME to yet another #goodfoodmarsh bonanza. Now listen, I know I promised that I’d saved the best ’til last with my my  Les petits légumes farcis, but then I went and made this glorious creation – the tomato & lentil millefeuilles. Et voilà!

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This post also marks another rather special occasion: September is the official ‘Month Of Vegan Food’. Now technically it all kicked off yesterday (which was when I was making this scrumptious feast I’ll have you know), but rather than partaking in the idyll that is food blogging, I was instead having two great toothy whoppers yanked out of my mouth. Violins, PURLEAZE.

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And so it begins. For this dish y’all will need 200g of buckwheat flour (I used spelt), 100g of puy/beluga lentils (I used red lentils), 1 courgette, 2 peppers, 200g cherry tomatoes, 1 red onion, 300g assorted tomatoes, a lil’ lemon. This dish does need a wee bit of preparation, so give yourself a couple of hours or begin making the batter the night before!

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Start with the batter. You’ll want to mix your flour (with a pinch of salt) with water – gradually so that it turns into the consistency of double cream. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour/overnight and then whisk again before using. Heat yo’ non-stick crêpe pan over medium heat with a dash of oil & ladle in the batter until it coats the base entirely. The photo below shows how bloody hard it can be to get the perfect galette! I’ll admit, there were a few soggy parcels that I sent swiftly to the bin, but don’t give up – I got there in the end & so can y’all! Layer your galettes separately between a sheet of baking parchment.

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Meanwhile, cook your lentils according to packet instructions. I could’t find the bloody puy lentils in the cupboard, so I used red lentils & they turned out swell. Mix together with courgette (aka zucchini), peppers, cherry tomatoes and onion. Then begin your sassy layering…

VEGAN MOFO

VEGAN MOFO

VEGAN MOFO

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And there we have it. Your very own golden tower of deliciousness.

You’re welcome.

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Vegan & wheat free curry!

Why hello my glorious fellow foodies!

Now listen here, I know that you’re all dying to know how a self-proclaimed amateur gastronomer goes about cooking a fabulous vegan curry from SCRATCH. Well, contain those feeling of euphoria, I’m about to share mine with you.  I cam promise you that this rather sassy spice dish is cruelty free, gluten free and absolutely exploding with flavour and kick. Whoever said that cooking vegan had to be dull, was about as ill advised as Posh Spice’s solo career. 

Y’all are going to need to start by prepping your vegetables of choice. So, pour yourself a glass of wine, whack on Yeezus, and grab a rather sharp knife. For this particular curry, I opted for carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, petit pois & onion. I also like to use lovely green beans and sweet potato. I prepared this with my housemate in honour of our farewell supper together, as she flies back to England tomorrow. Violins at the ready, please and thank you.

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1. We used 2 onions to form the foundations of our spice mix. Gently fry your finely chopped onions in a shallow pan until they begin to sweat and soften. Then simply season to your taste. We don’t use exact measurements (I told you I was an amateur)!  I recommend mild madras curry powder, ground corriander & turmeric powder. Using a ground spice mix will also give your curry an added kick if you like it fierce! Experimenting with cinnamon, ginger, fennel, cloves & bay leaves are also great ways of adding spice and depth to your ordinary korma recipe.

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While the onions & spices are sizzling away, put your vegetables on to boil. I really enjoyed making this larger portion as it gave me an excuse to use my gorgeous Le Creuset pan – oh the simple joys!

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When your vegetables are close to being ready, add your coconut milk to the spiced onion mix. I did all of this in my giant wok, as you’ll need plenty of room for some good ol’ stirring. I prefer using really thick  & creamy coconut milk to add a wonderful texture to my vegetable korma. I recommend using Blue Dragon coconut cream, or any good canned coconut milk from a health food store or Asian supermarket. After we added our vegetables to the coconut milk base, we threw in a handful of chickpeas & generous sprinkling of red lentils. Et voilà!

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The kitchen filled up with the most scrumptious smell whilst this was all cooking away. Finally, whack on some rice 20 minutes before you want to serve and you’re done. It really is that easy.

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please share with family & friends. I’d love to know what y’all think.

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