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chestnut roast

chestnut roast, vegan and gluten free

A very nice roast, the sweet spiciness of the chestnuts making it quite different in flavour to our cashew and walnut ones. Serves four generously.

Fry off 2 large red onions and 4 sticks of celery, both roughly chopped. Add in seven cloves (or less, up to you) of finely chopped garlic and a good bunch of fresh rosemary, scissored in.

Once the above has softened add a jar or tin of chestnut puree and stir until dissolved. Add a little water (about half a cupful) before mixing in a cup of Orgran Rice Crumbs (or other bread crumbs) and a couple of tablespoonfuls of gluten-free flour. Salt to taste.

Place in an oiled loaf tin and bake at 200C for at least half an hour or until firm. Yum. Slices well cold the next day for sandwiches or salads too.

For more roast recipes, see Vegan Christmas or Yule

The tree picture is dark and creepy today, but still brighter than the weather.

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mini pizza bites

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Delicious and fresh after the rich food of Yule, the courgette bases are juicy and flavoursome. Nice as canapés or a starter.

Brush a baking tray with olive oil . We used three courgettes, sliced to just under a cm thick, to cover a full size oven tray. Top with pizza sauce of your choice: ours consisted of passata mixed with a little olive oil, finely chopped onion, dried oregano and seasalt. We topped off with some Redwood’s melting cheese, but half an olive would be nice too. Bake for about 20 minutes at 200C/400F.

See Vegan Supermarket GreenBay for lots of vegan cheeses!

And as we seem to have developed a food/tree rhythm in recent posts, here is a woodpecker hole in a Scots Pine, which happens to be roughly the same shape and size as a mini pizza bite 🙂

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cheesey sage and onion potato cakes

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A simple supper or a filling breakfast using up leftover mashed potato. We had one very heaped soup bowl of mash, but the recipe is versatile 🙂

Fry off 2 red onions and a couple of good sprigs of sage (chopped or scissored in). Mix into the potatoes with a block of grated cheezly and a tablespoon of flour. Squishing it all up with your hands is best. Press into fairly thin pancakes and dip each side in crumbs of some sort, we used Orgran Rice Crumbs. Shallow fry, turning once, until crispy.

Was very nice with Brussels sprouts and salad.

sun through the trees
sun through the trees

Chilli! Books! Autumn leaves!

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A very simple and very good (and rather vague) recipe. Fry off some finely chopped onion and garlic and add a selection of roughly chopped – chunky – vegetables. We used: courgettes; red, green and yellow peppers and celery.  Mushrooms would be great too. Add chilli of choice, either finely chopped fresh chillis, dried chilli or a chilli powder mix, or maybe a mixture of these. Stir well.

Bung in a box of passata or chopped tomatoes and add a little water to the mix. Bring to boil and turn down to simmer. Once veg is tender add a tin or two of cooked red kidney beans and salt to taste. Nice served with rice, a baked potato or quinoa or, if you’re feeling a bit trashy, chips. Cucumber is a good cooling accompaniment. Other optional additions: a teaspoon of sugar stirred into the sauce really brings out the flavours in a different, sweet, way; a few squares of dark chocolate melted through it turn the dish into a darker, richer mole.

Don’t eat  when you’ve been talked into watching a scary fast moving zombie film that will make you consume the hot chilli far too fast and overheat in a bad way.

Unconnected, book related advice: reading Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time will stave off the depression caused by reading certain parts of the new Bridget Jones book.

And, books again: now is the time to get a copy of Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Christmas for 1 pence or 1 cent. The price will inflate hugely through November and December and it’s a lovely collection of recipes. See our review here or visit Amazon in the UK or Amazon in the USA.

And finally, a mention for the wonderful online health food shop Goodness Direct, such a life saver for rural dwelling vegans.

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vegan pizza cheese!

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It goes all melty in the oven and tastes like something from the distant past, in a good way, not in an over-flavoured, chemically and unfortunate way. This pizza cheese comes ready grated and is delicious. I extended the taste testers beyond just our family, including those who still eat dairy cheeses, and the general consensus was that this vegan cheese ‘does not taste weird’, which is actually quite an accolade.

The same company do a range of sliced vegan cheeses in ten flavours: original, cheddar, peppers, hot peppers, olive oil, olives, tomato and basil, herbs, pizza  and mushroom. They all share subtle flavouring from whole added ingredients and are very pleasant in a sandwich. Particular favourites in this house were mushroom, herb and pepper. Pictured below is the ‘original’ type paired with lettuce and onion.

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I like the fact that the products contain no palm oil; they are also free from gluten and soya.

Available from Green Bay Vegan Supermarket and some health food shops.

Two smoothies

green

pink

Green: spinach, mango, apple, Chia Seeds, water.

Pink: blueberries, banana, avocado, orange and pineapple juice.

kale chips

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I finally get kale chips. They are delicious, crunchy and more-ish, just like deep fried potato chips… but they are just dried kale. If made in a dehydrator they are also raw and full of lovely enzymes 🙂

Wash a bag of kale (or large bunch picked from garden, roll on summer), tear up and remove any tough stems. Massage it with a teaspoon of olive oil and a little seasalt. I used olive oil with a spoon of soy sauce and some pepper instead. It was intensely peppery, the flavours condense, so be sparing 🙂 Dehydrate for an hour or two until crisp and gorgeous. Alternatively you can bake them in an oven for 10-15 minutes, obviously they will not be raw but still delicious and healthy compared to crisps.

Stockli dehydrator linked above as that is the one we own, but spotted this Andrew James one for a fraction of the price which looks similar. Also worth noting that the Vitamix now has competition from this high power blender, half the price with good reviews…

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wild garlic and snowdrops

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The wild garlic seems to be early this year 😀

recipes: creamy carrot and wild garlic soup and wild garlic pesto

a flower, a frittata and some soy milk

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There’s a new soya milk brand coming to Tesco mid January: Vive Soy. We were sent a sample of the Cappuccino flavour to try which Davie enjoyed heated up at work on a very snowy day. It was very sweet, containing both sugar and sweeteners. The unflavoured varieties do not contain sweeteners and the unsweetened type has no sugar at all 🙂

Cappuccino

Mushroom  frittata:

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These quantities make a huge one! Blend up 3 boxes of Silken Tofu with a teaspoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of Gram Flour and Black Salt (Kala Namak) to taste. Preheat your oven to 200C/400F. Grease a baking dish and place it in the oven too (frittata will cook more quickly). Wash, slice and fry up a box of mushrooms and a chopped red pepper (we used yellow but red would look better) in a little olive oil. Add a tin of sweetcorn to the mix until well heated through. Mix it all together (in pan if big enough, or straight into heated dish) and bake for at least half an hour or until it seems set through. Muchly yum 🙂


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wintry chocolatey fairy cakes – gluten free

wintcakes

Rich. Soft. Gorgeous. Simple.

Mix together: 2 (heaped) tablespoons of Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising flour, 2 (heaped) tablespoons of ground almonds, 2 (heaped) tablespoons of cocoa, a pinch of xanthan gum and a pinch of bicarb. Add 2 tablespoons (not heaped) of golden syrup  and the same of melted coconut oil. Use soya milk to mix (add until good thick batter is achieved, was about half a cup). Spoon into twelve cake cases. Bake at 200C/400F for about 10 minutes. Cool (instruction, not observation).

Fudgey topping: melt 70g of good quality dark chocolate with a teaspoon of golden syrup and a teaspoon of marg. Plop onto cooled cakes and decorate for the season.