Monday, 20 July 2015

New Vegan Items - July 2015

These products may not be super new on the market but I've only recently discovered them so I wanted to share :)

Nada Moo! I only recently discovered this brand of vegan ice-cream and it's fabulous!! These were the two that I tried and both were divine...so creamy! I found these at the health store and Harmons.

Beyond Meat Beef patties really taste like beef patties. They are best grilled or fried. They are a little dry but definitely taste like meat! I found these at Wholefoods.

So Delicious Minis - I'm totally addicted to these ice-creams!! I got them at Target and the fudge bar reminds me of chocolate Billabong ice-creams from my Australian childhood! The chocolate covered vanilla one tastes like a Magnum.

Field Roast Chaos Cheese - I was pretty impressed with this cheese. I really like the creamy original, it tastes like mozzarella/Gouda. And melts too! Found these at my local health food store. 

Treeline Treenut Cheese - this was pretty tastey, like a hard cheddar but it was kind of expenzive at $10 and kind of small. For $10 a cheese I'll stick with Miyoko's Kitchen cheese! I found this at the health food store.

Joia Ginger, Apricot & All Spice Natural Soda - found this at the health food store...very interesting! 

Nature's Path Chocolate Koala Crisp are not new but I've only just tried them and they really taste like Coco Pops! Plus they give some of their profit to help the koalas...winning! 

I found these Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers just at the supermarket and they were a great plain cracker for dips or vegan cheese...mmmm

I love the Dream range of ice-creams because there are so many different flavors and different types of vegan milk options. Butter Pecan and Toffee Almond Fudge are two of my faves!
I found these at my health food store. 

I've been craving waffle cones for a while but have never found a vegan AND gluten free brand. I found Barkat Gluten Free Waffle Cones on Amazon. It's a UK brand and I confirmed with them that they use British Sugar in their cones which is vegan! YAY!

Just discovered these at my local health store, Starlite Cuisine is 100% vegan and has a range of gluten free items as well. They didn't cook very well in the oven and the microwave made them soggy but they still tasted good!

Ikea vegetable balls are finally here! They don't seem to be available for retail yet but you can purchase them in store at the cafeteria. They were pretty tasty, I have to admit. They tasted like vegetables but I'd love to be able to buy them retail and put them in pasta sauces!



Saturday, 4 July 2015

Homemade Mint Patties

This original recipe is from This Rawsome Vegan Life.



Homemade Mint Patties

Ingredients 

Mint Patties 
1/3 cup dried coconut chunks/shreds
1/3 cup cashews
1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons honey/maple syrup/agave
1 teaspoons peppermint oil (I used 1/2 tsp of peppermint essential oil)
Pinch of salt

Chocolate Layer
1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup cacao powder
4-5 tablespoons honey/maple syrup/agave
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon and cayenne


Method 

Blend all ingredients for the mint pattie together until smooth.
Pat into flattened balls (patties) with your hands and place them in the freezer to set for around 30 minutes.
Process all ingredients from the chocolate layer together until smooth.
Dip each pattie in the chocolate sauce and place on a tray lined with parchment paper.
The recipe says they harden instantly but that definitely was not the case for me.
I had to put them in the freezer and even then they melt very quickly in your hands.



Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Mushy Peas

Felt like a real traditional English vegan fish 'n' chip supper which wouldn't be complete without mushy peas! Original recipe from Jamie Oliver.
I served mine with home style fries, Fishy Tofu Fingers, dill pickles and Follow Your Heart Tartar Sauce (below).


Mushy Peas

Ingredients

2 Tbls vegan butter
2 cups peas (I used frozen organic)
1 small handful fresh mint leaves
1 squeeze lemon juice
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper


Method

In a medium saucepan put the butter, peas and the chopped mint.
Put a lid on top and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Then either mush the peas up in a food processor, or you can mash them by hand.



Friday, 29 May 2015

Creamy Mustard Mayo Dressing


Creamy Mustard Mayo Dressing

Ingredients

1/4 mayo
1 Tbls mustard
1 Tbls agave
1 tsp coconut aminos
1 Tbls olive oil (garlic)
splash flavored vinegar


Method

Whisk ingredients together.

A Vegan in Oahu, Hawai'i...

Although I had a list of vegan restaurants and eateries in Oahu, none were really that close to our hotel or our activities but we found a lot of places that had vegan options! So along with the Holy Cow list of restaurants you can add these to your list...

This lovely piles of vegan/gluten free goods came from a health food store in Utah - kept me going for breakfast, snacks and plane food!


The Ala Moana Center had a food court and although a few of the eateries had vegan options the best for choice was Aja.


I had the pick and mix bento box - glass noodles, kimchee & steamed choy sum on brown rice.



Goofy's Cafe & Dine just down Ala Moana Blvd was the cutest little upstairs cafe. They used locally sourced food and had some beers from local brew



Kahuku Corn Fried Rice Aloha Shoyu (stir-fried corn) - vegetarian option


Molokai Sweet Potato Chips with Hawaiian Salt


One of the first places we ate was Green Papaya Vegetarian Vietnamese, on the other side of the Ala Moana Center, which wasn't in fact vegetarian at all but did have a substantial vegan menu. Sorry I forgot to take pics of the main dishes but they had a big selection.

Green Papaya Salad with Tofu & Veggie Spring Rolls


Last night in Hawai'i we went to the Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in the Ala Moana Center because they had a big vegetarian section on their menu. Also the waiters were very knowledgeable about which were vegan and gluten free etc.

Braised Bamboo Fungus with Vegetable


Stir-Fried Ong Choy with Chili


The KCC Markets at Diamond Head were not what I was expecting - it was quite small but all of them were food vendors, including a lot of local fruits and vegetables (I ate my body weight in lychees) and Olakai Hawaii sea vegetable vendor who uses sea asparagus to make vegan sushi, salads and bento boxes.


Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown was pretty much the only thing open...Chinatown was a bit of a let down generally but at least they had some good vegan dishes on the menu!

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce


Tofu with Bamboo Fungus


Mushroom & Snap Pea Stir-Fry


Monsoon Indian on Ala Moana Blvd was definitely one of the culinary highlights. The first four vegetarian menu items were vegan and gluten free!

Vegetable Pakoras


Dal Curry & Chana Masala


Simple Joy was on the Holy Cow list of vegan restaurants. It was so delicious!


Vegetable Clay Pot


This was a faux fish hot pot - so amazing!!


Friday, 15 May 2015

Teacher's Gift Basket

If your kids school is anything like ours about this time of year they send home "suggestions" of what you should give the teachers as an end of year thank you for looking after your brats all year. Some of the suggestions included notebooks and pencils....lame! I prefer the personal touch...they want to relax in their time off not be reminded of the year to come!


Basket from thrift
Homemade Card

Check out my DIY page and Gift tag for more ideas!

Lecsó (Peppers, Tomato & Onions)

My grandmother always had some lecsó cooking when I would come over. Traditionally she would serve it as a side with potatoes and sausage but I love it on it's own!


Lecsó (Peppers, Tomato & Onions)

Ingredients

2 large pepper
1 large onion
2 tomatoes
olive oil for frying
salt for seasoning


Method

Slice vegetables thinly.
Heat olive oil on a pan or skillet on a medium.
Add vegetables and cook until soft and onion is clear.
Add salt if needed.
Serve hot!

Spicy Smoky Tofu Jerky

Gorgeous hubby got me a huge dehydrator for Mother's Day. My first test is tofu jerky! I had previously tried this in the oven but had mixed results with the texture. Click here for that recipe and an assortment of marinades!


Spicy Smoky Tofu Jerky

Ingredients

1 lb extra firm tofu, pressed
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbls liquid smoke
1/8 cup water
1 Tbls Sriracha sauce or any chili paste
1 Tbls onion powder
1 Tsp garlic powder or 1 clove garlic
1 Tbls black pepper
1 tsp brown sugar


Method

Mix marinade together.
Slice tofu into 1/4 inch slices and place in a container with the marinade.
Leave for two hours to marinate, turn occasionally to ensure all pieces are marinade.
Place in dehydrator and leave for 8 hours or overnight.
You can do this in the oven on a cookie tray on the lowest setting but it may not turn out as chewy.


Monday, 4 May 2015

DIY Foaming Pump Soap

His hand soap recipe from One Green Planet I find amazing for the kids in the bath/shower. It's foaming so it's great for them to only use a small amount.


DIY Foaming Pump Soap

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons castille soap
Water
15 drops Essential Oil of choice


Method

Mix castille soap and essential oils together.
Pour into your pump container and fill water slowly to the top (you may need to let the bubbles settle occasionally)
Screw on lid. Shake around.



Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Watermelon Ice

We had a watermelon from our last vegetable garden that was a little small to eat so I turned it into Watermelon Ice which was delicious!


Watermelon Ice

Ingredients

1 whole watermelon, cubed and seeds removed.
1 Tbls agave syrup (or any sweetener to taste) - you can totally omit this ingredient too


Method

Blend in the blender and transfer to a container to freeze.
Blend again when ready to serve.