Vegan Fish Cakes

I’ve been doing some experimenting again, and had a go a vegan version of fish cakes. When I first went vegan I assumed that there wouldn’t be much point trying to replicate fish and seafood, but after successful experiments with banana blossom paella and my own version of smoked salmon, I can see that there…

Vegan Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

A few weeks ago I tried a smoked carrot sandwich from the Wicked Kitchen vegan range at Tesco. I’ve got to admit, it was really good! It had the look of a smoked salmon sandwich, the and much to my surprise it tasted like it too! I was surprised and intrigued by this. Smoked salmon…

Banana Blossom and Jackfruit Paella

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a little vegan festival happening in a community centre in County Durham. Alternative Stores from Newcastle (a place I’ve shopped before) had a stall. They sell some unusual products, and I picked a few things up. One item I had never heard of before was banana blossom, which…

Stuffed Seitan Wellington

I’m looking forward to Christmas! I’ve had in mind for a while that I would like to make a stuffed seitan wellington for Christmas dinner, but I thought I’d better practice first. It turned out really well, here’s what I did… Stuffing First I combined the following ingredients in a food processor until they were…

Homemade Vegan Cheese

I made cheese! Since going vegan I’ve been surprised how good a lot of the vegan versions of certain foods are – milk, cake, yoghurt etc. However, all the vegan cheese I have tried has been horrible. They all seem to be made from coconut oil, and I haven’t yet found one that I like….

My Favourite Vegan Meal So Far

Today I made slow-cooked seitan and mushroom stroganoff, and it turned out AMAZING. Of all the meals I have cooked since going vegan, this is my favourite. I drew on a few different recipes, but this was more or less my own invention. Here’s what I did… I made the seitan this morning by mixing…

Creamy Mushrooms and Butterbeans with Quinoa and Roasted Veg

I was doing a bit of experimenting this evening. I made some cashew queso sauce from the recipe in the No Meat Athlete cookbook – basically it’s cashews, garlic, arrowroot, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika and chipotle. This stuff is amazing – creamy, cheesy, smoky, nutty sauce.I gently fried up some onion and chestnut mushrooms, and…

Homemade Seitan, Roast Potatoes and Kale

Seitan is a thing I had never heard of until going vegan. For the uninitiated, it’s essentially wheat gluten made into a solid form that can use in similar ways to meat. Apparently it is often used in Asian cookery. I had seen it for sale ready-made in health food shops, but hadn’t tried it….

Butternut and Sage Risotto with Lemon and Olive Kale

Tonight a recipe from a kindle book I bought, simply called ‘Vegan Slowcooker Cookbook’ by Laura Hamilton. It seems a good collection of recipes, and slow cooker makes everything nice and simple. The book suggests pumpkin, but I used butternut squash. Maybe I’ll try it again in a month’s time when the shops are full…

Nut-Crusted Tofu with Quinoa and Sugar-Snap Peas

So apparently I have become the kind of person who cooks nut-crusted tofu and serves it with quinoa. Well, I’m alright with that because this evening’s dinner tasted amazing. This was another recipe from the No Meat Athlete Cookbook. It’s not the kind of thing I normally cook, but I thought I’d give it a…