My Favourite Travelling Vegan Anthropologist

The second interview of the new My Favourite Vegan series is the first vegan I ever met: Nicole, who has been vegan for around 10 years now! In fact, I'm pretty sure I never even heard the word "vegan" until I stumbled across her Livejournal back in ye olden days when LJ was still sexily Russian-spam-free and cool...

I always admired vegetarians, and intended to go veg as soon as I could figure out how, and Nicole went a looooong way to helping me figure that out! Although I never really did until I went vegan. There were too many ethical compromises as a vegetarian, whereas veganism was consistent, healthier, and actually turned out to be easier...

Anyway!

Nicole has been travelling for many years, and currently resides in Canada! A long way from ye olde home...


Okay let's get this mofo on the road!!

How long have you been vegan?

Since February 2002! (And I went vegetarian before that

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New Feature: My Favourite Vegan + Spaghetti & Tofu Balls recipe + Book Giveaway!

In my new My Favourite Vegan feature I'll be seeking out and interviewing interesting vegans from all walks of life. If you would like to be included, please get in-contact with me! n00bs and long-term vegans are all welcome. :)

My first Favourite Vegan is Sarah from Stuff About Stuff. Sarah has a great new vegan parents feature at her blog. I was her first interview subject, and she's already up to #7! Sarah has also shared her favourite recipe: Spaghetti with Tofu Balls! Yummy.

And finally the start of my book giveaway! I'm starting with a copy of The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets and More! Check out the details below...

My Favourite Crafty Mum Vegan

How are parents and children important in the vegan movement?
When people see healthy vegan children and even healthy pregnant ladies they will start to question the myths that it's not safe for these stages of life. The vegan

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Easy Bean Rissoles (or Gluten-Free Chickpea Cutlets!)

The Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon have become legendary, but they're not suitable for those of us avoiding gluten! So I've invented a gluten-free variation of sorts... and since I prefer to save chickpeas for falafel and hummus, I use whatever beans I have on hand. These rissoles work great with azuki, navy, soy, or black beans (as per pic below)... or a combination of whatever you've got around! Just use your favourites. Or just do gluten-free chickpea cutlets! The flax sticks these together. I tend to quadruple this recipe, cook LOADS of rissoles, and freeze what we don't eat. They freeze really well! These are a great replacement for more-processed/expensive products like Gardein, Redwood, and Fry's schnitzels.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="Stodge de la Black Bean + steamed veggies + herb gravy"]Rissoles and steamed veggies and gravy[/caption]

2 cups cooked (or canned) beans, mashed 2 tbsp olive oil up to 1 cup of gluten-free breadcrumbs* 3 tbsp ground flax (linseed) 2 tbsp
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The proof is in the pictures

There's nothing like a great whopping pile of vegan stodge. Exhibit A:

Potato, tempeh, et al

Simmer potatoes in water and salt until very tender. Add Nuttelex or Earth Balance or similiar. Pinch of nutmeg. A clove or three of crushed garlic, some mixed dry herbs of your choice, a heaping of nutritional yeast, and mash like you've never mashed before. Mash the fork out of those potatoes. You can do it. I believe in you. Then top them with strips of pan-fried marinated tempeh (organic BBQ sauce or Braggs/tamari & garlic is good), drown it all in gravy (homemade miso gravy rocks: mushrooms, low-sodium vegetable stock, miso paste, rosemary, thyme, nutritional yeast & tapioca starch to thicken), and sprinkle with shredded fresh basil. Sprinkle liberally. Do everything liberally. Except in Australia, where you want to do it Laborly or - even better - Greenly. A-hoy-hoy.

Raw pancakes? It's entirely possible and entirely tasty fresh! Check this action out. Exhibit B:

Raw pancake joy

These are

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curry, dinner, tofu, asian, main meals

Indonesian Tofu Rendang

curry, dinner, tofu, asian, main meals

This rendang has been approved by a friend who grew up in Indonesia, and was created by my partner who has travelled there. It's fantastic.

Ingredients
400mL can coconut cream
400mL can coconut milk
5 garlic cloves, crushed
2 large onions, finely diced
1 teaspoon laos powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 inch piece ginger, grated
4 tablespoons of vegetarian hot red curry paste*
curry leaves (fresh, instead of dry, if possible!)
4 tablespoons tamarind (or lemon juice if tamarind is unavailable)
500g fried tofu
wheat-free light soy sauce, to taste
fresh coriander to taste, chopped
fresh hot chillis, chopped (optional)
rice, to serve

Method
Reduce 1/2 of a can of coconut cream in a wok until it starts to become oily.
Add crushed cloves of garlic and fry them for a few seconds.
Add onions and fry everything until the onions are cooked.
Add laos powder, coriander, cumin, and turmeric

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breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup, asian, noodles

Faux Pho! (aka Vegan Vietnamese Pho Soup)

breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup, asian, noodles

In Vietnam, people eat pho for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Personally I like to have it for breakfast on Sunday mornings! This is a version that best imitates the veg pho that I had when I was travelling in Vietnam with my partner - it is his recipe. Quantities may be a little rough, so taste-test as you go (as you always should!). Enjoy!

Serves around 4-6, depending on bowl-size/course...

Ingredients
2-4 finely diced chilli peppers (eg. birdseye)
1.5in piece of ginger, thinly sliced
1 sweet onion, chopped or diced
3 Litres of Massel's Vegetarian Beef-style Stock*
1 cinnamon stick
5 star anise pods
1 finely diced garlic clove
lime, juiced
palm sugar to taste
fresh pepper to taste
bean sprouts, handful or two
rice vermicelli, cooked
1 bunch of coriander leaves, chopped
2 shallots, finely sliced
extra finely diced chilli pepper, optional

How To
+ In a stock pot fry the chilli, ginger and onion, with a little

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