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24 / 02 / 2019

This is seriously good! Sweet & twangy from the sauce, which sits laced over crunchy delectable cauliflower & tender noodz. Yum-o! I've adapted a recipe from Hetty McKinnon's cookbook "Family", so that it's less 'hands on' and has a sure-fire way to ensure the cauliflower is cooked all the way through. Hope you give this a go and can par-take in the saucy-noodly hit I was very much grateful for :)

A fab variation on this would be to do it with some battered tofu as well, delish!

Adapted from - Hetty McKinnon's cookbook Family
Serves 4

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220C.
  2. In a large bowl, add the brown rice flour, chickpea flour, garlic powder and salt & pepper, and whisk until combined. Make a well in the centre and add the plant milk and water (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp amount), whisking from the centre outwards until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, tip in the breadcrumbs and while your at it, grab a baking tray.
  4. Take a cauli floret, and coat thoroughly in the batter, tapping to remove the excess, toss in the crumbs and place on the tray. Repeat to use up all the cauliflower. Drizzle a little olive oil over the cauliflower and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes. Flip & drizzle a little more oil on the floret, then bake for 10 minutes more in the oven.
  5. Meanwhile, make your sauce by adding the brown rice syrup, vinegar, tamari, tomato sauce and garlic to a small sauce pan. Whisk to combine and bring to a gentle simmer. Whisk the cornflour and 2 tbsp of water together in a small bowl and when the sauce is bubbling, add it to the saucepan and whisk, until the sauce thickens. It will only take a minute or two. Turn off the heat & set aside until ready to serve.
  6. Cook your noodles according to packet instructions as well, then when done, drain and to prevent them from sticking together, drizzle a little sesame oil over them & toss with a fork.
  7. Serve the noodles, with the crunchy cauliflower and the sweet & sour sauce. Top with sesame seeds and spring onions if you desire :)


06 / 02 / 2019

These are SO great! They are the perfect answer to the perhaps familiar scenario of having a vegan dinner party (or 3 course vegan meal of some kind) and wondering what the heck you are going to make as the main component. You've got all ya' salads and side dishes worked out, but you were kind of hoping to have something on everyone's plate that screamed MAIN, so that no one was feeling like they were eating a 'something's missing' kind of lunch/dinner etc. The nut cheese which lays on top of the flaky pastry is heaven in itself and topped with the onions & mushrooms - I think you'll find this quite a wonderfully filling little recipe to have up your sleave. Enjoy honeybunches!

Makes 3-4 tartlets

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C fan forced.
  2. Take a large frying pan and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onions, mushrooms and garlic and sauté without touching them too much for 10 or so minutes. Or until everything is reduced & softened, the onions are starting to caramelise and golden.
  3. Add the vinegar and maple syrup, stirring to lift off the flavour from the bottom of the pan and help the onions to caramelise. Add the knob of butter and let bubble and melt, stirring once again to help the onions caramelise and the flavour to lift off from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once at a stage that you would happily eat (or a bit before as it's going into the oven), turn off the heat, add the thyme, salt & pepper and stir once more.
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper and decide on your desired shape of your tartlets. A bowl can help get an appropriate size for a circle, but whatever shape it is - just be sure to cut out two the same and stack one on top of one another for optimum thickness and structural support.
  6. Cover the base of your tartlets with the nut cheese, using your fingers if necessary, to smoosh out a moderate layer. Leave a 1-2cm rim around all edges of your tart. Divide the onion & mushroom mixture amongst the tarts, then use a fork to press down around the rim of your tart.
  7. Brush the rim with some olive oil and then bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy!


03 / 02 / 2019

A classic. Not much to say or explain here, other than emphasise that these are just as fabulous as the original, which is pretty mind-bogglingly wonderful considering they're vegan AND gluten-free. This pastry is pretty wonderful too, achieved through gluten flour and almond meal, as well as some lemon zest which gives it a welcome subtle 'pop'! Overall the result should have everyone fooled if need be hehe, and be easy enough to make an appearance at every Christmas.

Makes 18-24 (depending on size & thickness of pastry)

Ingredients

Method

  1. In a food processor (or large bowl), add the first six ingredients (down to and including the salt) and pulse to combine. Alternatively mix in the bowl until combined using a spoon.
  2. Add the vegan butter & coconut oil and pulse again until the mixture is combined/resembles sand. Alternately use a fork (if doing this in a bowl) and mash/break up the butter & oil until it is thoroughly combined and evenly distributed).
  3. Add a splash of cold water to the food processor/bowl and pulse/mix again until it comes together. Add more water if needed.
  4. Fashion the pastry into a smooth ball with your hands and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes minimum.
  5. When you are ready to make your mince pies, take your pastry out of the fridge & pre-heat your oven to 180C. Ensure it's on the slow setting as opposed to fan-forced if possible.
  6. Flour a surface and roll out your pastry so it is about a 1/4 inch thick (approx. 3/4 centimetre). Cut out disks using a glass/cookie or scone cutter and place in greased (with vegan butter or some type of oil) minced pie trays (or you could use muffin tins). Place a heaped tsp of the fruit mince in each and then top with a pasty lid or cut out star. You do you honeybunches!
  7. Once you've built all your mince pies, bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. Store in an air-tight container once room temperature. So good :)


01 / 02 / 2019

Having cauliflower cheese growing up was looked forward to with much anticipation & the odd bit of drool. The dish follows the fabulous logic, being that if you take a vegetable, drown it in cheesiness - then BOOM, it's going to be bloomin' brilliant! I had my doubt as to whether this would be flavourful enough, but it most certainly is, plus it tastes like the real deal. I even fed it to my grandparents, to whom lentils are quite out there - and they didn't bat an eye lid despite it missing the dairy & the regular flour. Hoorah!

Serves 4-6 as a side

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C.
  2. Place your broccoli & cauliflower florets into a large pot and add a sufficient amount of boiling water, then boil them for 2-4 minutes or until only PAR-boiled. They will finish cooking in the oven. Drain & place your florets into an oven safe dish.
  3. In a medium non-stick pot, add a drizzle of olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add in the flour and stir for a minute or two, so the flour cooks slightly.
  4. Add the milk in small increments at first, and then in large increments until all the milk is added. A whisk works best for this process. You want to stir really well so there are minimal lumps. The GF flour will leave your white sauce a little courser then you would otherwise expect, but I promise once you put it all in the oven, everything will marry together and taste like the original. Once all the milk has been added, take off the heat and add your cheese shreds. Mix together for a minute or two (the cheese shreds will melt only slightly, don't worry they'll continue melting in the oven), then add your coconut milk, nutmeg, salt & pepper.
  5. Pour (or rather plop - don't worry if it's a little thick, it thins out in the oven, due to all the moisture in the veg) the sauce over the veg, poking it down the odd nook & cranny. Drizzle over a little olive oil and top with the handful of vegan cheese.
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven (no need to cover it) for 20 minutes, then switch to the grill setting for 5 more minutes. Serve up my friend, so insanely good!


01 / 02 / 2019

Desserts growing up were often apple crumble this or lemon delicious that, which means that these days I don't find anything with apple or lemon with pastry - or in other words, with the added ingredients of flour & sugar, to be anything to get to excited about. However, since hiatus-ing from them for a bit, I've found myself enjoying the odd A-grade one here and there. So here I bring you an apple pie which surprised me big time by how delicious it tasted. The pastry is POPPIN'! And the apple filling couldn't be easier (I'm talkin' 1-bowl y'all - woohoo!), so all in all it's one mega scrumptious, deceivingly plain-looking party for your tastebuds.

Hope ya' enjoy this one honeybunches!

Makes 1 x 21cm (8 1/2) inch pie

Ingredients

Shortcrust Pastry

Apple & Cinnamon Filling

To Top

Method

  1. Make your pastry ahead of time (it needs to chill for a minimum 30 minutes. I chilled mine overnight), by placing the first five pastry ingredients into a food processor (or large bowl), and pulsing (or mixing) until combined.
  2. Add the vegan butter and coconut oil and pulse again (or use a fork to press & mix through thoroughly, if making the pastry in a bowl) until looking crumbly & combined. Finally add the water and pulse/mix once more until combined.
  3. Use your hands to press the pastry together into a smooth ball. Fashion into a disk (it’ll be easier to defrost that way), wrap up in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 mins minimum.
  4. Make your filling by taking a large bowl and combining the first six ingredients with a wooden spoon so that everything is well combined. Add the lemon juice, coconut oil and vanilla and mix once more until everything is combined.
  5. When ready to make & cook your pie, pre-heat your oven to 180C. Take out your pastry and let warm up enough so that you can roll it with a rolling pin. Grease your 21cm dish and divide your pastry into 2/3 and the other 1/3 for the top.
  6. Roll out the 2/3 of the mixture into a circle a couple of inches bigger than your dish. Use your rolling pin to roll it up and transfer it into your dish. If there are any tears, just patch it up with the overhang. Prick the bottom with a fork a handful of times, then add your apple filling. Roll out the remaining pastry for your pie lid, plonk on top and decorate/seal how you like. You can't go wrong, it's practically playdough, just a little more crumbly.
  7. Brush the top with the coconut oil and sprinkle over some cinnamon and more sugar if you desire.
  8. Bake your pie on a tray (in case the juices bubble out and over - totally normal if they do) in the pre-heated oven for one hour. Rest for 10 minutes before serving. A vegan vanilla ice cream goes wonderfully with it. YUM!