It’s the last day of veganuary. How did you do? If you just started to have one meat-free day a week I think you can be pretty proud of yourself. Getting a bit more fruit and veg into our diets can only be a good […]
This is one of my new favourite dinners. Not only is it truly tasty but eating it makes me feel all sorts of virtuous! I love the chewy, nutty fibre rich grains paired with the slightly sweet roasted vegetables but it’s the subtle spices and […]
Just because you’re taking part in veganuary doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your favourite Friday night treats. I’m a big fan of jackfruit, it’s so easy and convenient to prepare and is a great base for all sorts of marinades. I use it quite a lot as a pulled-pork substitute if Mr C is having the meaty version.
Aside from the marinating time this recipe is very quick and easy to prepare and Mr C tells me that it’s not a bad replacement for the real thing (I haven’t eaten meat for over 25 years so I can’t really judge). This is full of flavour with plenty of rich, sticky sauce, which I suspect is the main reason why people eat crispy duck anyway – it’s just so good!
serves 2 (generously)
thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
500g can green jackfruit (about 300g drained)
splash of water
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
10 Chinese pancakes
cucumber, spring onions and sesame seeds to serve
Peel the ginger and garlic and grate them into a bowl or a ziplock bag. Add the 5 spice, soy and sesame oil and mix everything together well. Drain and rinse the jackfruit before tossing it in the marinade, making sure that it is really well coated. Seal the bag or cover the bowl and pop it in the fridge for as long as you’ve got but at least a couple of hours. The longer that you can leave it the more flavourful it will be.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the marinated jackfruit. Cook over low-to-medium heat for five minutes and then add a splash of water. Continue to cook gently until the jackfruit starts to feel soft and tender, this should be 10 to 15 minutes. Use a couple of forks to shred the jackfruit, so that it resembles pulled pork. Add the hoisin sauce and stir it in. Cook for another minute or two before serving with warm pancakes, cucumber matchsticks, spring onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
I love a recipe that’s accidentally vegan. I often find that they tend to be the least ‘detectably vegan’ recipes too. These only came about because I had a batch of applesauce that I desperately wanted to get out of the freezer to make way for something else.
These muffins are soft and tender from the spelt flour and packed with rich chocolatey flavour. they’re a delicious anytime treat.
250g spelt flour
250g apple sauce
35g cocoa powder
65ml maple syrup
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp coffee powder dissolved in 100ml hot water
50g chocolate chunks
Pre-heat you oven to 180°c and line a muffin tin with wrappers.
Sift together all of the dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chunks, into a large mixing bowl.
Mix together the apple sauce, oil, maple syrup and coffee in a separate bowl or jug, ensuring they are well blended. Stir this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, so that they are just combined. Don’t be tempted to over-mix the batter, it’s fine if it’s a little lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until they are risen and feel springy to the touch.
I eat gallons of soup during the winter months. Seriously, I get through vats of the stuff. It’s so quick and easy, especially creamy blended soups, you can have yourself a warming veg packed meal ready within 30 minutes or so from start to finish. I like to make quite generous quantities so that I can either have leftovers for lunch or stash some in the freezer for another day.
This recipe is packed with flavour with a bit of sweetness from the vegetables balanced with the savoury umami of the miso. It’s wonderfully rich and thick too, perfect served with a hunk of fresh bread.
makes a vat!
a little oil
1 white onion
1 medium carrot
800g sweet potatoes
1 fat garlic clove
1 litre vegetable stock
2 tbsp shiro (white) miso
black pepper to taste
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to garnish
Peel the onion, garlic and sweet potatoes (don’t bother with the carrot – life’s too short) and roughly chop everything so that it’s all a similar size. Heat a dash of oil in a large saucepan and toss in the vegetables. Gently fry them until the onions start to caramelise a little. Add the miso and the stock and then bring the pan to the boil. Reduce the heat and let the soup gently bubble away until the carrots and sweet potatoes are tender.
Leave things to cool down a bit and then transfer the soup to a liquidiser and blend until everything is silky smooth. Return the soup to the pan and season to taste with black pepper. Re-heat a little if you need to and serve topped with a drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.