I haven’t posted in a while but I had to share this smoked chickpea recipe. It’s super easy and a perfect snack for the whole family.
1 can chickpeas, washed and drained
1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp maple syrup
4 tsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to Gas 6/400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peal the skins off the chickpeas (this is a bit time consuming but it’s worth it, I promise) and ensure the resulting peas are thoroughly dried with a cloth.
In a bowl, mix the wet ingredients then add the chickpeas. Give a good mix so that the chickpeas are well coated. In a fresh bowl mix the dried ingredients. Pour the chickpeas into the bowl and give a good mix to give each chickpea a generous coating. Transfer the chickpeas to the prepared baking tray. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the chickpeas are crispy. You may need to give them an occasional mix.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool (if you can restrain yourself) then store in an air tight container for up to seven days.
Nothing tastes better than homemade coleslaw so here is a very quick and easy ‘slaw to stuff in your maw
1/4 medium white cabbage, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, grated
400ml vegan mayo (you can also use half mayo, half dairy-free yoghurt if you want to reduce the calories slightly)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
Throw everything in a large bowl and give it a good mix. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
(I told you it was quick and easy)
Chinese Lemon Seitan
1.35 kg cooked seitan (about four fillet sized pieces)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1.5 tsp salt
250 ml vegetable oil
5 tbsp cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp caster sugar
250ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon, sliced
Southern Fried Chickenless Nuggets
¾ to 1 cup cold vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp corn flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chilli powder
Mix the dry seitan ingredients in a large bowl then add the oil, soy sauce, and ½ cup of the veg stock. Mix well adding more stock as needed (this will vary from batch to batch) until you have a stretchy, moist lump of seitan dough. Knead for a minute then cut/rip into pieces half the size of how big you want the final product to be.
Boil a large pan of water/veg stock with a tbsp of soy sauce then turn down to a very gentle simmer (the surface of the water should barely be moving). Drop the seitan pieces into the water and partially cover. Leave to cook for 45 minutes then turn off the heat and leave for another 15 minutes.
Mix the coating ingredients in another large bowl.
Drain the seitan and leave to cool in a sieve until you are able to handle it without burning yourself (don’t allow to cool completely though) then toss them in the coating mixture. Give a good mix to ensure every piece is fully coated and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Heat a deep pan of oil until a piece of bread dropped in turns brown in 10-15 seconds then fry the seitan, in batches, until golden brown and crispy. Drain on a wire rack.
I don’t know about you but I find I am at my most creative in the kitchen when my purse is empty and all I have to work with is what I have in the house (the longer I have to go without buying fresh ingredients the more creative I get). For this reason I always have dried beans and lentils in the cupboard along with plenty of dried herbs and spices, and a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge. One thing I’ve recently started doing is freezing vegetable waste (peelings and the like) in a bag to use to make vegetable stock which in turn is frozen until I need it. (Thank you Thug Kitchen for that idea!) Today has been one of those days where I haven’t been able to go grocery shopping since before christmas and I really really want some snacks. I had a bar of dairy-free 70% dark chocolate that had bloomed past being edible as is so that was melted down and mixed with some vegan puffed rice to make crispy cakes, then I whipped up some oatmeal cookies using the porridge oats and whole wheat flour I had sitting at the back of the cupboard. Finally, I made this simple and lower-fat version of houmous which uses vegetable broth to replace most of the oil.
Simple Lower-Fat Houmous
At this point I don’t think there is a vegan in Europe who doesn’t know about Lotus Biscoff Spread (also known as Speculoos Spread). It’s the delicious spread made from caramel flavoured biscuits and most of us think of it as crack in a jar because it’s so more-ish. Now you can enjoy that tasty treat in desert form with my Biscoff Cheesecake!
1 1/4 cups digestive biscuits, about 9 biscuits (you can sub this with biscoff biscuits but it may be a bit too much)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup vegan margarine
1 tbsp rice syrup or golden syrup
1 cup Biscoff spread
3/4 cup non-dairy yoghurt
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup plain flour
2 tbsp plant milk
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
1/4 tsp salt
680g vegan cream cheese
Preheat the oven to 325F/163C/Gas 3.
Smash the biscuits with the cinnamon in a food processor until they reach a fine crumb. In a small pan melt the margarine with the syrup on a low heat until melted and combined. Pour the margarine mixture into the processor while pulsing until evenly mixed. Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9″ spring-form cake tin to form the base.
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, yoghurt, flour, milk, vanilla, biscoff spread, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until slightly fluffy. Mix in the biscoff mixture. Beat until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the tin and gently tap on a flat surface to smooth and release any air bubbles. Bake for 1 1/2 hours (do not open the oven door during this time) then let cool at room temperature overnight.
Release the cheesecake from the sides of the tin with a flat knife then release the spring. Place in the fridge to chill.
This can be stored in a container at room temperature for a week or in the freezer up to 6 months.
Mock Duck Spring Rolls
300g Mock Duck
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
5-6 spring onions, sliced
1 tbsp cornflour
8 spring roll wrappers
oil for frying
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp chinese 5-spice powder
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine
5 tbsp rapeseed oil (in the uk most vegetable oil is actually rapeseed oil so save some pennies and check the ingredients in your local shop)
200g dark chocolate
170g Self-Raising Flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
180g castor sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract or paste
230ml plant milk
200g hazel nuts
50g dried cranberries (if you want to make these boozy brownies then soak the cranberries in sherry overnight)
a hand full of crushed salted pistachios
It’s less than two weeks until christmas, the ground is frosty and the air is crisp. I’m trying to keep my Christmas binge to Christmas Eve, Day, and Boxing day this year so I’ve been looking at coming up with warming, filling, yummy meals that feels luxurious but are still low in fat. If you want to reduce the fat in this recipe further then skip the dumplings. This serves 4 with the dumplings or 3 without them.
Veggie Barley Stew with Cheezy-Herby Dumplings
2 medium onions, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 large carrots, sliced
2 large parsnips, sliced
1 medium leek, sliced
1/2 whole swede, diced
175g Pearl Barley, rinsed
1 ltr vegetable stock
1 tbsp shoyu
1 tsp miso
1 tsp dried Thyme
1 tsp dried Parsley
1 tsp vegetable/olive oil
100g Self-raising Flour
50g vegetable suet, grated
50g vegan cheese, grated
2 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp dried thyme, lightly ground
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp fresh chives, chopped
Vegan Cinnamon French Toast
2 tbsp self-raising flour
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp Vegg (optional)
1 small banana, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp non-dairy milk (plus extra)
2 slices thick bread
1 tbsp vegan butter/margarine
Mix the flour, cinnamon, nutritional yeast, salt, and Vegg (if using) in a bowl and add the vanilla, bannana, and milk. Mix thoroughly then pour into a wide dish.
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter/margarine. Once hot, dip a slice of bread into the batter coating both sides and place in the frying pan. Cook gently without touching until the botttom is golden brown (3-5 mintutes). Turn and repeat for the other side. Repeat with the other slice.
Serve warm, sprinkled with a little icing sugar (powdered sugar).