Showing posts with label vegan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegan. Show all posts

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tuesday Treats: Tasty Asian Salad

I don't think that this salad is actually very Asian. I don't remember ever having eaten salad in Asia, so I'm not quite sure what an Asian salad is. Nonetheless, it has tofu and a very Asian dressing, so that's what I'll call it.

This salad is so delicious! There are a few naughties in the dressing, but other than that, it's a very tasty way to eat lots of healthy things.

Here's what you need:

275 grams of tofu
2 stems of celery
1 1/2 cups of chickpeas
1 carrot
1/2 capsicum
1 cucumber
1 pear
sesame seeds
4 tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce (I used tamari, but soy sauce would be fine too!)
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of peanut oil
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
a little extra oil for frying

Begin by chopping your tofu into rectangles - the size is up to you. Place the tofu in a shallow dish. Cover it with two tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce. Set it aside and let it marinate.

Chop up all of the salad ingredients and put them in a large salad bowl.

Place the remainder of the tamari, sesame oil, peanut oil and brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix them well.

Heat up a fry pan on the stove and gently fry your tofu. It should be a nice golden brown on the top.

Pop your tofu on top of the salad and serve with the dressing and sesame seeds on the side.


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

ohmygosh yum: lamingtons!

Now I'm not very patriotic, but I'm pretty sure the best thing about being Australian is lamingtons. I love lamingtons. So much. When I was a kid, I remember being so incredibly excited whenever my grandma made a batch. Hers were delicious. While I'm not sure that mine are quite as amazing, they are preeeeety delish. And much more vegan friendly!


- 1 1/3 cup of soy milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1 cup of caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of sunflower oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-3 1/2 cups of icing sugar
-1/4 cup of cocoa powder
-1/2 cup of boiling water
- raspberry jam
- 2 cups desiccated coconut



Begin by whisking your soy milk and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl. Set the mixture aside. Sift all of your dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Stir the oil and vanilla into the dry ingredients, then add soy milk mixture. Mix it all together, but make sure you don't over-stir it!

Grease and line a 22x22 cm square cake tin. Pop your mixture in and bake in a moderate oven for around 25 minutes. When your cake is cooked through, take it out and stand on a cake rack to cool.


When your cake has cooled, cut it into pieces. I cut mine into 12 pieces, but it's up to you how big you want your lamingtons. I don't usually worry too much about making them all the same size, but if you want them nice and neat, you can measure them out as you cut.

Cut each piece in half and spread raspberry jam in the middle.

Put the cocoa powder, icing sugar and water in a bowl. Stir until the icing is smooth. It should be very runny.

Using two forks, dip a piece of cake in the icing. Make sure every side is coated, then transfer it into the coconut. Repeat for every piece of cake.


Sunday, 3 June 2012

June Photo a Day 3

Day 3: on your plate

Lamingtons. Lamingtons. Vegan lamingtons. I'm living on lamingtons at the moment.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everybody! I'm spending today eating vegan treats. And watching everyone else eat non-vegan treats. And wishing I could eat non-vegan treats too. Not to worry. HAPPY EASTER!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

ohmygosh yum: vegan easter cupcakes!

Easter can be a little dull for vegan atheists like myself. I'm not a huge fan of vegan chocolate. It tends to be a little disappointing. Whenever I've been to the supermarket recently, I've found my self lingering a little while walking through the Easter egg aisle. While vegan chocolate may be a little disappointing, vegan baking definitely is not! So I decided to bake myself some easter-themed cupcakes. They are deeelish. Sure to cure any chocolate cravings Easter Sunday may bring on!

Cupcake Ingredients
2 cups of soy milk
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
1 and a half cups of sugar
2/3 cups of canola oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

Chocolate Eggs
1 egg mould - I bought mine from Let's Cook & on Little Bourke Street
125 grams of dairy free chocolate - I used Whittaker's

Icing Ingredients
110 grams Toffutti Better Than Cream Cheese
3-4 cups of icing Sugar

Chocolate Eggs Method
Break all of your chocolate into small pieces. Place a pot of boiling water on the stove top. Put your chocolate into a bowl and sit it on top of the saucepan. The bowl will heat up and the chocolate will melt. Keep stirring the mixture until all chocolate has dissolved. Then spoon the chocolate into the moulds. Put the mould into your fridge until the chocolate has set - this should take an hour or two.

Cupcake Method
Begin by whisking the soy milk and vinegar together in a bowl. Set the mixture aside for a few moments while it goes all curdley. Sift all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Gradually mix the soy milk mixture and the oil into the dry ingredients. Spoon the mixture into patty pans, filling them approximately 3/4 full. Pop them into a moderate oven for around 20 minutes.

Icing Method
Put your cream cheese into a medium bowl and add about 2 cups of icing sugar. Beat them together with an electric mixer. Gradually add more sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Continue to beat it until the sugar has dissolved completely.

Put the icing on top of the cupcakes in any way you desire and decorate with your chocolate eggs.

YUM! Happy Easter!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

ohmygosh yum: Vegan Passionfruit Melting Moments!

We have a big, beautiful passionfruit vine that has been absolutely covered in fruit for a good few months now. I eat a few every day and just can't get enough delicious passionfruity goodness. On Sunday afternoon, however, I decided to mix it up a little and make some melting moments. I haven't had a melting moment in many a year, but these are just as good as I remember them to be! All buttery and crumbly and melty and delicious. As usual when I make a new recipe, I looked around at a bunch of recipes, both vegan (such as this'un) and non-vegan (like this one!). The recipe seems to be fairly universal - here is what I went with:

Biscuit Ingredients
250 grams of vegan margarine (eep not so healthy)
a few drops of vanilla extract
half a cup of icing sugar
one cup of custard powder - most supermarket varieties are vegan, but make sure you check the ingredients!
one cup of plain flour
three passionfruits

Icing Ingredients
two cups of icing sugar
a few teaspoons of margarine
around three passionfruits

Make your Cookies!
Begin by lining two trays with baking powder.
Cream the margarine, sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Remove the seeds from your passionfruits and add them to the mixture. I did this by spooning the pulp into a sieve and then stirring it around and around above the bowl. The pulpy bits all came through and the seeds were left in the sieve. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until your mixture forms a soft dough. Roll teaspoon-sized amounts of dough into balls and place them on your trays around 3cm apart. Gently press them down with a fork and bake them in a 150 degree oven for around 15 minutes. Allow them to cool on a wire rack before icing.

Make your Icing!
The icing is very simple! Pop the margarine and icing sugar in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, gradually add the passionfruit pulp, little bits at a time. You probably will probably only need about two. When the icing is light and fluffy, sandwich about a teaspoon-full between two cookies.

My Mama and I sat down to a little earl-grey and melting moment tea party. They are just the most perfect combination!


Monday, 13 February 2012

ohmagosh yum: vegan red velvet cupcakes!

While I was away, I constantly found myself dreaming of all the delicious things I would cook upon my return. Red velvet cupcakes were up the top of my list so, over the weekend, I got baking! They turned out beautifully! I haven't had a red velvet cupcake in years so they are such a nice treat! I love the combination of the chocolatey-vanillary cake along with the creamy icing.

Here's what you need for the cupcakes:

2 cups of soy milk
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons of cornflour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2/3 cup of oil
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
red food dye - make sure you get a vegan one! most of the supermarket varieties have cochineal in them. i got a natural, vegan one from the health food shop.

Here's what you need for the icing:

one tablespoon of vegan margarine
1/2 tub of Toffuti Better Than Cream Cheese
around about 2 cups of icing sugar

Here's what you do for the cupcakes:

Pour your soy milk and apple cider vinegar into a small bowl. Give them a whisk and pop the mixture aside. Sift all of your dry ingredients into one big bowl. Gradually stir in the soy milk mixture. Add the oil, vanilla extract and red food dye. How much dye you need will depend on the brand. Just add it gradually until the mixture is a nice dark red.

Fill your patty pans about 3/4 full and bake in a moderate oven for 20-25 minutes.

Here's what you do for the icing:

Place the cream cheese and margarine in a medium bowl. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until it is a thick, fluffy consistency.

When the cupcakes have cooled, ice them in any way that you please.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

oh my gosh yum: vegan maple pecan cupcakes!

Last weekend at World Vegan Day I was lucky enough to eat a delicious Mister Nice Guy French Toast cupcake - maple syrup and walnuts! I’ve been trying to eat as much raw food as possible this week, but my craving for more maple-cupcakey goodness got the better of me. Today I decided to make my own maple pecan cupcakes. And boy am I glad I did. They are delish.

I got my original cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra and Terry Hope Romero forever ago. I pretty much know it off by heart (probably not a good thing!) and whenever I make cupcakes these days I just make a variation on that.

I usually make double this amount, but I didn’t have enough maple syrup, so I halved it. You could always use maple flavoured syrup, but I don’t think it would be nearly as nice.

½ cup of soymilk
½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 1/3 cups of plain flour
2 tablespoons of cornflour
¾ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoons of baking soda
1/3 cup of oil
2/3 cup of pure maple syrup
¼ cup of caster sugar
½ a cup of pecans

Whisk the soymilk and the apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl. Pop the mixture aside and sift the flour, cornflour, baking soda, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl. Mix the maple syrup and oil in with the milk and vinegar (it should be a little curdley), then stir all of the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients. Roughly chop the pecans, then stir them in too.

Fill your patty pans about 2/3 full, then put them in a moderate oven for around 20 minutes, or until they are a dark golden brown and cooked through.

1 tablespoon of vegan nuttelex
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
½ cup of icing sugar

Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer. You may need to add a little more icing sugar to get the right consistency. Once you are happy with your icing, pop it on top of tour cooled cupcakes. Yummo!

It’s tea party time!

Friday, 11 November 2011

if only...

I love being a vegan, and hope to be one forever. I love eating vegan and don’t really miss animal products at all. I often do, however, find myself gazing away at leather and wool goodies. I am currently wish wish wishing that these pretty shoes, this green satchel, some saltwater sandals and maybe these shoes too were all a little more animal-friendly, coz they certainly are awfully pretty!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

World Vegan Day

On Sunday, we headed on down to the World Vegan Day celebrations at the Abbotsford Convent. I had a little vegan slip-up while working last week, so I was looking forward to eating some deeelish vegan treats!

It was super hot so I was a bit excited to wear my new fave dress sans stockings.

There were even more stalls and displays than last year! I was a little disappointed that we missed out on a show bag, but we more than made up for it with all the yummies that we ate.

We started with a Funky Pie. I chose the ‘chilli-non-carne’, as I am loving all things Mexican at the moment! So good.

Then we stocked up on Mister Nice Guy cupcakes. Ahhmazing. We got the ‘French toast’ and ‘Betty White’ which we took home to share. I’m looking forward to sharing the last two with my sister tonight!

But possibly my favourite treat of all were sour worms and coke bottles! I don’t think I have had either since I was about 12, so I was particularly happy when I saw them. Yummo!

And I got some vegan dog food samples, all of which Flinnette loved! I threw them to her and she caught (almost) all of them in the air! This doggy is eating a lot of vegan food at the moment. She loves pretty much everything, so she’s easy to convert!