Wednesday, June 24, 2009


More recent meals. We seem to be eating really well lately, with new recipes that are a hit and old favourites that turn out well, so I am collecting a backlog of photos. So I'll just put them up here without too much word-age from me...

Falafels (made from a just-add-water packet) with avocado. Bulgur salad with lemon juice, raw corn, loads of parsley, cucumber and green capsicum. And sesame-soy green beans and asparagus.

Mexican lasanga (aka "deconstructed enchiladas")--a mexican-ish sweet potato and bean mixture layered between tortillas and baked. Smashed potatoes, which didn't work out perfectly but were still yummy, method stolen from BrisVegan. Roasted garlicky green beans. And avocado-coriander salsa.
Twice baked potatoes. The filling is blended up potato and chickpeas with roasted nori, sauteed onion and spinach. Roasted garlicky green beans with cherry tomatoes. And in the back a salad of leafy lettuce, avocado, and raw corn. You can also see Andy impatiently stabbing away at a cherry tomato as I take my photo.

From La Dolce Vegan, 'Stuffed Cabbage Rolls'. I mostly followed this recipe, but subbed seitan for the mushrooms and sunflower seeds for the walnuts. Also, I doubled the recipe because Andy and I have huge appetites. These were really freaking good. The cumin-orange glazed sweet potatoes we served them with were only okay. Look at the steam!
During a seitan-making extravaganza, Andy wiped his hands on his bum, leaving floury fingerprints all over his boardies that I thought were cute...
For dessert one night I whipped up a half-recipe of Vegetation's mother-in-law's self-saucing choc pudding. This was the perfect amount for the two of us and the saucy chocolately goodness was the perfect end to a meal.
While we keep warm with oven food, Nacho keeps warm by napping next to the fishtank light. This sleep-spot has an added bonus--no need to go anywhere if she gets thirsty.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Winter dinners

Winter is the best time of year in Townsville for fresh local veggies. It’s finally cool enough and dry enough for flowers to set into fruit and vege, and since Townsville gets an average of 320 sunny days per year, plants tend to go well here.

Thus, our dinners have been chock full of veggies lately. They’ve also been very comfort food-ish...

Vegan mac and yeast with peas and carrots, and topped with whole meal bread crumbs.

Served with a leafy green salad with tomato, cucumber, raw corn and tofu fetta (from the Uncheese cookbook).

Lentil soup with tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and green peas, and topped with toasted sunflower seeds.

Pie, veggies and salad. The pie is filled with a mixture of eggplant, potato, carrot, rocket and radish greens, tied together with vegemite gravy. On one side of the meat pie are garlicky green beans. The other side is potato and sweet potato baked with kalamata olives. And the meal was finished off with a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, alfalfa sprouts and roasted garlic. This was a very filling and satisfying meal.

For a wintery dessert I made the Banana Crumble from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I followed the optional suggestion and added some frozen mixed berries to the banana filling. This recipe was pretty good, but if I make it again I will use less sugar, because this was sickly sweet. I’ll probably also use a different recipe for the topping—Vaala’s crumble recipe is hard to beat.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gnocchi two ways.

A quick dinner we have every now and then is gnocchi. I’ve never tried to make my own, although I’d like to, some time. This is the “quick and nasty” store bought kind—which is actually not that nasty, but rather chewy and carby and delicious.

We usually just cook gnocchi the usual way—boil it for a minute and then cover with sauce. This sauce was really good, and a labour of love. Our basil plants were clearly dying, so Andy picked off the last of the usable leaves. I got the mortar and pestle from the cupboard and pounded the basil leaves with some garlic, sunflower seeds, salt and pepper, and nutritional yeast. Once it was mostly smooth, I mixed it into some crushed tomatoes for a cheesy, basilly sauce.

Served up with a big ol’ salad, full of sprouts, raw corn, tomatoes, avocado, tofu fetta (from the Uncheese cookbook), cucumber, and lettuce from a friend’s garden, this was a well-rounded meal.

Recently, however, I have become switched on to the phenomenon of fried gnocchi. Instead of boiling, they get cooked in a skillet with some oil and whatever veggies are on hand.

In this case, I combined the gnocchi with some chopped green olives and garlic. Then at the last minute I stirred through some balsamic vinegar, which kind of caramelised in a yummy way.

Boiled gnocchi are light and fluffy and fantastic, while fried gnocchi are chewy and hearty, but either way they are really good.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Plate o' curry

It's cold here. Last night it was 8 degrees. To keep warm, we have been eating lots of oven food and thick, hearty stews.

Indian food is always a good way to keep warm. This plate is super full because I eat a lot. At the front is dhal, made along the lines of Peter Singer's recipe. Red lentils, tomatoes, lots of spices, coconut cream and lemon juice make a great combination. I added a bit too much coconut cream and made it soupier than it should have been, but it was still yummy. To the right of the dhal is some eggplant bharta. Or at least, that's what I call it. It's actually just eggplant cooked for a long time with some oil and curry paste. It gets really soft and delicious. Both curries were served with some brown rice, and I put on some soy yogurt at the table. This was a very good meal.

Nacho keeps warm by cozying up with Andy's dirty laundry.

Friday, June 05, 2009


Inspired by Liz2’s recent post, I knew I had to make bagels. I’ve tried making them once before, and they were only okay—not worth all the work involved in their production.

But upon hearing Ms. Liz’s drool-inducing description of a successful foray into bagelry, I though it was worth another shot. I didn’t make them straight away, though, because I was waiting for Andy’s trip to Fremantle for a conference, which started last weekend. My motives were purely selfish—if the bagels turned out well, I didn’t want to feel obligated to share. Also, it would give me something to do on Sunday, which is the most boring day of the week to be home alone. While I was waiting, I was further inspired by Vegan Noodle’s facebook photos of fresh bagels.

I followed the recipe suggested by Liz, but made several adjustments based on my pantry, my appliances, and wikipedia. I cheated and made my dough in the bread maker. Look at the insides!

I thought about making a vegan cream cheese for these, but decided that the ripe avocado on the benchtop would make a good substitute.

These bagels were a resounding success, and they weren’t even that much work. I will be making these again, and next time I might even share...