The Vegan Table mini book review



I don't know about you but when I get a new cookbook I go through it and list all that I want to try and the pages they are on. This book is a bit higgledy piggledy though as is in seasons and then meals. I like my list to be in a sort of order such as soup/starters/snacks/lunches/side dishes/main dishes and then desserts.
My list from this book starts with a red velvet cake, goes on to a sandwich spread, then truffles, then pesto, another cakes, another sandwich etc. I think I will have to rewrite my list out in a orderly fashion! I know then if I want to do a dessert it will be at the end of the list, and not beginning, middle and end!
The recipes look great however and I look forward to trying some. Today I tried the better than tuna salad. Now this looked great and tasted great, but even with two teaspoons of kelp powder, it didn't taste anything like tuna! Luckily I wasn't expecting it too, but loved it - but I would it has chickpeas in it!!


E numbers!

This is from this months vegan society magazine. Thought it might be useful for some of you. Sorry can't get it to turn round the right way!

Apple Pie Inspired Overnight Oats

A seasonal apple recipe for this weeks overnight oats. This is just a simple overnight oats with apple and spices added. No layers this week, but you could layer it if you want, but as I just mix it all in to eat, I didn't bother.


I make up the oats the night before. Then assemble in the morning. 

The night before soak the oats. 

Oats

1/2 cup oats
2/3 cup non dairy milk 
1 tbsp ground flax seed (or chia seeds if you prefer)

Mix the oats, milk and flax in a bowl. Leave in fridge overnight and they are then ready to be assembled in the morning.

I then added to the oats chopped apple (1 large or 2 small), a tbsp or two of raisins and a tsp of mixed spice. I used raw apple, but you could use cooked or apple sauce if you prefer. I then just mixed it in. As it was extremely cold this morning I warmed this in the microwave for 1 minute to take the cold edge off it and added a dash of dried ginger.  I usually leave it to come to room temperature, but as it was 10am I didn't want to wait any longer! Mix in and enjoy!


Makes one portion

I have been posting new overnight oats post every week, but as its now getting cold, I think I will just do them occasionally. I still have quite a few ideas, but with work hours and the cold weather making me crave warm food, they will now be less frequent. My other overnight oats recipes. We are also on facebook if you wish to follow and get involved in different discussions and giveaways!

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Recipe book review



Working my way through this book this week. This is not exactly a review yet, as I have only tried two recipes. But she did win cupcake wars, so I expect they will be great recipes!

I couldn't resist this dish for my first recipe, doesn't it look gorgeous.

It would of been nice to serve it in a pineapple, but I used canned as fresh doesn't agree with me.
Cooking in the pan. I made enough for two, but ate it all, it was so delicious!
Dished up!

Now for dessert from the book.

I made sea salt caramel slices. Very sweet, just like millionaires shortbreads. A bit sweet for me, but they taste like all the millionaires shortbreads i've tasted. Will post a picture later, but there is a picture on our facebook page.

Elderberry foraging and sugar free syrup

Found some elderberries on the way back from the post office yesterday, not many, but enough to make a bit of syrup and vinegar.

Following this recipe I made sugar free elderberry syrup.

http://www.wildplantforager.com/1/post/2012/10/how-to-make-suger-free-elderberry-syrup.html

I use a mix of my fingers and a fork to remove them
I squish through a seive, I don't have any cheesecloth
A bit of syrup to freeze and some vinegar.

National Sandwich Day!

I may of missed National Sandwich Day on Sunday 3rd November, but here is my contributions from previous posts.

Main list from 2009
http://theveganwomble.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/sandwiches-list.html

Convenience foods sandwich list
http://theveganwomble.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/convenience-way-of-vegan-sandwich.html

Simplest healthy sandwich
Avocado, pesto and tomato (choose a dairy free pesto or just avocado and tomato is yummy too!)

Oneo f my favourite new sandwiches
http://theveganwomble.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/sun-dried-tomato-and-chickpea-pate.html

Cookbook review - Vegetarian Tagines and Couscous


Currently working through recipes from this book that I just got from the library. Its not a vegan book, but is easily veganised, as usually its just butter used.

So far I have made
Dried fruit and nuts with lime and coriander which was very yummy and I used what was leftover in a stir fry
spicy roasted pumpkin wedges which I added to what I was already having as a extra vegetable

pumpkin, apple, sultana tagine with chermoula (but using sweet potato instead) which I served with bulgar wheat and extra vegetables.

Tonight i'm making 'carrot and potato with peas' stew

Also want to make roasted carrot dip; tagines (making as stews as I don't have a tagine) - cauliflower and chickpea; aubergine and courgette with apricots and dates; spicy carrot and chickpeas; roasted potatoes, onion and fennel; yam, shallots, garlic and prunes with orange. Also want to do at least one couscous recipes and the lemon and orange with walnuts and pomegranate seeds sounds nice!

So why not see if your library has it and try some of these nice stews (I don't have a tagine so they are being cooked as stews!)




Pumpkin pie style overnight oats

A seasonal pumpkin recipe for this weeks overnight oats. No layers this week, but you could layer it if you want, but as I just mix it all in to eat, I didn't bother.


I make up the oats and pumpkin filling the night before having soaked the cashews whilst at work. Then assemble in the morning. Or just soak the oats and cashews and make up the pumpkin filling in the morning.

The night before soak the oats. 

Oats

1/2 cup oats
2/3 cup non dairy milk 
1 tbsp ground flax seed (or chia seeds if you prefer)

Mix the oats, milk and flax in a bowl. Leave in fridge overnight and they are then ready to be assembled in the morning.

Pumpkin filling
Half a small pumpkin (such as munchkin pumpkin) or if you don't like raw pumpkin, you can you cooked.
2 tbsp cashew nuts soaked overnight or during the day if you make this up the night before.
1/2 tsp mixed spice (ginger, cinnamon and clove)
1 tbsp agave nectar


Put all in a food processor and process until smooth. If you have a large capacity processor you may find this difficult as this is such as small amount, but just keep stopping and stirring the lumps from under the blades and get it as smooth as you can, a few lumps don't matter. Or make double the quantity and have it again tomorrow or serve 2! Taste and adjust spices/sweetener as required.

Optional extra
Coconut cream from the top of a can of coconut milk that has been in the fridge overnight.

Add the oats to the bowl, then add the pumpkin filling in the middle. Top with a dollop of coconut cream. I also decorated with a slice of sharon fruit

Makes one portion

I post one or two new overnight oats post every week, sometimes quite traditional and sometimes a pudding style one. Usually on a Thursday or Friday mornings, so please follow my blog if you want to get new overnight oats breakfast ideas. My other overnight oats recipes.

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