Steamed Buns with Pickled Veg and Tofu (v)

We had steamed buns last week at the Man Behind the Curtain and I’ve been meaning to try a similar recipe for ages. Tonight was the night it appears! The bun recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals. I was dubious they would work but they did. They turned out like giant steamed dumplings and soaked up the soya sauce deliciously πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

For three people you need

Buns

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 200ml coconut milk

Tofu and Vegetables

  • 1 pack tofu, pressed for at least 30 mins and then cut into strips
  • Vegetables of your choice to steam, we had sprouts and cauliflower

Pickled Vegetables

  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3″ cucumber, de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Black sesame seeds
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients for the pickled veg in a bowl.
  2. Toss the cucumber, carrots and onions in and leave to pickle for 15 mins or so. Sprinkle over 1 tbsp black sesame seeds.

  1. Air fry the tofu for 12 mins until golden and crispy.
  2. Make the buns by mixing the coconut milk and flour together, kneading into a dough. Cut into six equal sized pieces and place each into a muffin case.

  1. Steam the buns for 5 mins, then add the veg to the steamer (in a separate tray) and steam for a further 5 mins.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
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Spicy Olive & Pepper Stew (v)

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Due to the faceache/Instasham outage yesterday, I think this picture was one of the only ones available for a while as it’s got waaaaaaaaaaaay more likes than usual for a pretty rubbish photo 🀣

It was supposed to be puttanesca sauce. But I cut the veggies up too big, couldn’t be bothered to slice the olives and added too much water so it turned into a stew. Oh well. It tasted pretty good nonetheless.

For two portions you need

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Handful green olives in chilli
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • Handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • pasta to serve
  1. Begin by frying the onion, garlic and chilli in the oil for 2-3 mins.
  2. Add the pepper, olives and capers and cook for a further 2-3 mins.
  3. Add everything else apart from the parsley and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins until slightly thickened.
  4. Serve with pasta and a large glass of red (if it’s not a school night!).

Cider, Vegetable, Lentil and Bean Pie with Swede and Potato Mash (v)

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The teen doesn’t like shepherd’s pie very much, but this was far enough away from the usual recipes that he tolerated it. The husband and I on the other hand really enjoyed it πŸ˜‰ Make sure you use vegan cider!

For four portions you need

  • 1 leek, cut into 0.5cm slices
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut into 0.5cm discs
  • 1 head broccoli cut into bite size florets
  • 1/2 cauliflower cut into bite size florets
  • 400ml dry cider
  • 300ml water
  • 4 tsp stock powder
  • 1 can black eyed beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 tsp cornflour slackened with a little cold water
  • A little olive oil
  • A little vegan marge
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 medium swede, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  1. Begin by sauteing the leeks, onion and carrot in the olive oil for 10 mins. Cover with a lid to help them steam cook.
  2. Meanwhile, place the swede in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 12 mins.
  3. Add the lentils, cider, stock, water and sage to the stew pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 mins.
  4. After 12 mins, add the potatoes to the swede pan, bring back up to the boil and cook for a further 12 mins.
  5. Add the broccoli, cauliflower and black eyed beans to the stew pan. Cook covered for 8 mins.
  6. Drain the swede and potatoes, add the marge and nooch and mash until as smooth as you can get it (it won’t be totally smooth due to the swede).
  7. Take the stew off the heat and add the cornflour mix to thicken the sauce. Season to taste.
  8. Layer the stew in the bottom of an oven proof dish. Top with the mash and then bake at 170 degrees for 45 mins until bubbling and browned. Enjoy.

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Spiced Tofu Scramble (v)

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I attempted to make garam flour scramble on Saturday. It wasn’t very nice. So on Sunday I reverted to the old faithful of tofu scramble and order was restored to the universe πŸ˜‰ You can use whatever vegetables and flavourings you like. This is what we fancied for brunch and very tasty it was too.

For 3-4 portions you need

  • 1 pack silken tofu
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into rough chunks, cores discarded
  • 8 mushrooms cut into quarters
  • 1/2 pack baby leaf spinach
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin and ground coriander
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 chopped red chilli
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Baked beans and hash browns to serve
  1. Begin by frying the onion and mushrooms in the oil for 5-10 mins until the liquid has come out of the mushrooms and started to evaporate.
  2. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 2-3 mins to soften them.
  3. Add everything else and cook the tofu until it looks ‘scrambled’ and the spinach has wilted. Season to taste and serve with beans and hash browns.

Kidney Bean and Peanut Stew Buddha Bowl (v)

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Fast, nutritious and oh so satisfying! The stew recipe is taken from Katy Beskow’s 15 Minute VeganΒ and I added griddled sweet potato slices, steamed broccoli, a zingy red cabbage and carrot slaw and brown rice to it to make a complete meal. All in 30 mins on a work night #epicwin

For four portions you need

Stew

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 fresh green chilli, chopped
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can drained kidney beans
  • 4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 150g baby leaf spinach
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • juice of 1 lime

Slaw

  • 1/4 red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt

Everything else…

  • 1/2 sweet potato cut into eight slices, about 0.5cms thick
  • oil for frying
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 broccoli, cut into florets
  • 320g brown rice
  • mixed toasted seeds for garnish
  1. Begin by heating a griddle pan with 1 tbsp oil and gently frying the sweet potato slices. This will take about 20 mins, turn them after 5 mins to ensure even cooking. Put the rice on to cook.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan and add the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger. Cook for 2-3 mins and then add the tomatoes, peanut butter, kidney beans, water and stock. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 5 mins.
  3. Make the slaw by combining all of the slaw ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Steam the broccoli.
  5. Add the spinach and coriander to the stew, cook for a further 2-3 mins until the spinach has wilted. Add the lime juice and check the seasoning.
  6. Serve by carefully placing everything *just right* into a bowl for the perfect instagrammable photo and sprinkle over some seeds πŸ˜‰ Scoff.

Cheesy Butter Bean & Carrot Burgers

My son has his GCSE Food practical exam on Wednesday and is making these burgers, invented earlier in the week. His previous choice of lentil burgers kept turning out too soft in the trials so hopefully these will be more robust.

For 4-6 burger patties you need

  • 1 large carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into rough chunks
  • 400g can butter beans, drained
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • onion salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a little plain flour to thicken the burgers if they are too sloppy
  • A little vegetable oil to fry the burgers
  1. Using a mini food processor, make the breadcrumbs
  2. Then pulverise the onion
  3. Then pulverise the drained beans
  4. Add everything into a mixing bowl and combine. It’s easiest to do this with your hands.
  5. Add some flour if the mixture seems too soft.
  6. Shape into burgers and cook in a frying pan over a moderate heat for 3-4 mins each side, turning once.
  7. Serve in a bun with whatever accompaniments you want.

Seeded Flapjack (v)

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I love a good flapjack, especially the extra chewy corner pieces πŸ™‚ This was made in honour of our first Wainwright hike of 2019 (Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy) and kept us happily fuelled as we slogged up hill and down dale.

For 16-20 slices you need

  • 6oz butter/vegan spread
  • 6oz sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 10oz porridge oats
  • 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds
  1. Melt the butter/spread, sugar and golden syrup together over a low heat.
  2. Add the oats and press into a lined swiss roll tin. Sprinkle over the seeds.
  3. Bake in a 170 degree oven for 15 mins.
  4. Leave to cool before cutting into slices and hiding/scoffing the corner pieces so no one else can get to them >_<

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Cherry Blossom Martini

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This tastes like cough syrup, in a good way! Created to celebrate the arrival of spring and cherry tree blossom. And also because the husband forgot to chill some wine for me (after I’d forgotten myself too, epic fail!).

For one potent martini you need

  • 50ml vanilla vodka
  • 50ml triple sec
  • 50ml dry vermouth
  • 50ml passoa

Shake everything together over ice and decant into a martini glass. Serve garnished with a slice of satsuma and a cocktail cherry. Drink.

Here’s the blossom that inspired it πŸ™‚

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Quinoa, Lentil and Chestnut Loaf (v)

This was an experiment which thankfully worked and used up a packet of stuffing mix and a pack of whole chestnuts left over from Christmas. It freezes well and also makes a nice sandwich filling.

For a 2lb loaf which will cut into 8-10 slices you need

  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup black quinoa
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 packet of stuffing mix – I used Tesco’s Finest sage and red onion stuffing mix
  • 1 pack whole chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 200ml boiling water
  1. Begin by cooking the lentils and quinoa in 1.5 cups water with the stock powder for 20 mins until the lentils are mushy and the quinoa is cooked. Turn off the heat and leave to cool in a covered pan for at least 30 mins.
  2. Add everything else into the lentil mix and then pack into a lined and greased 2lb loaf tin.
  3. Bake at 170 degrees for 35 mins until cooked through. Slice and serve as part of a roast dinner.

Chocolate Porridge with Banana and seeds (v)

Winter mornings call for internal central heating. The teen has been eating porridge for breakfast for months now and I thought I’d join him this morning.

For two steaming bowls you need

  • 3/4 cup porridge oats
  • 1 & 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • Toasted mixed seeds
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • A drizzle of agave nectar
  1. Place the oats, milk and cacao in a pan and leave to steep for 20 mins or so. Then heat gently until boiling and cook out for 2-3 mins. Serve topped with the banana and seeds and drizzled with the syrup. Feel warm from the inside as you glimpse a glorious winter sunrise on your way to work πŸ˜β˜€οΈβ„οΈ