All posts filed under: Vegan

Beetroot + Potato Rosti

This recipe might only be suitable if you’re almost exactly the same kind of cook as me. I cook mostly for myself, have no qualms about how long something might take but frequently find myself cutting corners just to see if I can get away with it. The corner I cut here might upset people who cook properly. I can’t be bothered to drain the potatoes. I simply do not have the energy or kitchen towel backstock to rinse and moisture-squeeze and dry adequately. The moisture-squeezing is, I understand, essential for optimum crispiness. However, I’ll take a sort-of-crispy rosti over all that effort so early in the morning any day. Here, all you need to do is mix together grated root veg and fry it very, very slowly. Making it low maintenance provided you don’t mind hanging around near the kitchen for an hour. I work in the same room as I cook, so to me this is the perfect working from home breakfast. Some of you may not, therefore it might be less than …

Vegetarian Cooking Broth for Dumplings

All the most delicious dumpling and noodle broths call for animal fat or fish seasoning of some kind to boost their flavour. In my current state as a midweek vegetarian – and cooking for a boy who requires a stab to the thigh with an epi pen at even the mention of a prawn –  neither were options. However, I happened upon frozen Itsu Vegetable Gyoza in the ready meal freezer at ASDA yesterday, so desperately wanted to knock something up to serve them in, and this was more than sufficient. Makes enough for 1 300g pack frozen dumplings 1.5 litres vegetable stock (I used bouillon powder) 1 red chilli 1 large chunk ginger 3-5 cloves garlic soy sauce pinch sugar Chop chilli finely, grate ginger and garlic coarsely. Heat 1-2 tbsps oil in a pan (the more neutral the better aka sunflower or groundnut, but if you’ve only got olive it’s not the end of the world) and cook the chilli, garlic and ginger until beginning to brown. Pour in stock, add soy sauce …

Baked BBQ Aubergine

There’s no direct replacement for meat come BBQ season, I myself am preparing to cave on the mostly-plant-based front as soon as it’s sunny enough to take hot coals down to the beach and smoke out anyone in a 5 metre radius. There are, however, several worthy alternatives. Aubergine is one of them. It’s a naturally smoky vegetable, and one that gratefully absorbs any flavour you introduce it to – making it particularly susceptible to a good BBQ rub. I was in the mood for a fancy one (feel free to recommend if you have a fav) but ASDA had only the Nando’s Peri Peri BBQ rub to offer, which did me just fine. Score as deeply as possible without cutting through the flesh for best results, and remember that aubergine’s a bastard for absorbing oil – so you’ll need more than you’d need for any other vegetable you’re used to baking in this way. For each salad-y thing you can see pictured in the featured image, I’ve included brief instructions and method after the …