Author: cateinthekitchen

Vegan Buffalo Hot Mess

Buffalo Hot Mess

It’s 4th February – 4 days post Veganuary – and I am still quietly plodding along with vegan cooking and eating. In previous years, I’ve been sick to death of the restriction by the end of the month and delved back into mozzarella and chorizo with reckless abandon as soon as the clock struck midnight on January 31st. I don’t know what’s different about 2019, but I’ve not felt particularly restricted at all and I’ll roll with it for as long as I feel like it. This weeks recipe is my current most favoured lunchbox situation. Vegetables are roasted in advance and placed into a plastic container. Cheese is grated on top, and hot sauce is drizzled over. This, when microwaved at the office come lunchtime, is the height of comfort. You can roast quite literally anything you fancy and in any amount. I’ve found this to be a great way of using up smaller portions of vegetables left over from other kitchen adventures. I’ve included specific veg and amounts in the actual recipe as …

Creamy Vegan Cheese and Kale Linguine

Vegan Cheese and Kale Linguine

Much like literally all good pasta sauces ever, this one leans heavily on being brought together by the liquid gold that is reserved pasta water. I’ve eaten this in a few different forms about five times over the past couple of weeks, alternating vegetables depending on what’s in the fridge. Ingredients come from cupboard to plate in about 15 minutes at an absolute maximum, let this be a permanent weeknight staple if you happen to be inclined towards vegan eating. Serves 1: 75-100 linguine (or spaghetti, or.. whatever pasta you happen to feel like making today) 1 big handful kale leaves 1/3 block vegan cheddar, grated (both Violife and ASDA cheddar alternative are decent) 2 tbsps nutritional yeast  1 tbsp vegan spread (pure soya is my go-to of late) pinch of mustard powder or tsp actual mustard if you have it plenty of salt and pepper, to taste Put the pasta and kale into a saucepan, cover with boiling water, season with salt, and cook according to pasta packet instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving at least …

Vegan Currywurst at Beelzebab, Apple Braised Cabbage and an Impromptu Vegan Dinner Party

Week 2 of Veganuary has passed with neither insult nor injury. My stomach has returned to its former not-8-months-pregnant-looking glory thanks to the week 1 bloating phase being well behind us and, at this half way mark, I’ve not really had a craving for anything non vegan or felt particularly deprived. This perceived lack of deprivation in my diet may well be coming only from the fact that I’m also knee deep in Dry January, and all minor inconveniences are paling in comparison to the fact that not a single drop of alcohol has passed my lips in 14 days. Who’s to say. Here’s this weeks highlight reel: Beelzebab at The Hope and Ruin Beelzebab are renowned the whole city over for their vegan kebabs and hot dogs, but it was the ‘loaded fries’ side of the menu that my friend and I gravitated towards when we were in for a drink this week. Currywurst (right) is £5.95 and chilli cheese fries (left) are £6.95, both an ideal portion for a carb-heavy, self indulgent, beautifully …