Vegan Pizza Favourites

Every pizza enthusiast has their own way of throwing together pizzas, their own topping preferences. My basic method: I like a good marinara sauce on the bottom with some onion and garlic, a HUGE amount of chopped greens on top of that (makes the pizza taste "fresher"!), a light sprinkle of cheese to hold those together, and a thick covering of my favourite seasonal and perennial fruit and veg on top, followed by another sprinkling of cheese.

pizzaOther people go lighter on toppings, some people like diced toppings and others like big old chunky chunks. Some folks like thick bases, some like thin, some like mini-pizzas some like a pizza that wouldn't fit in most standard ovens! Some people like making wholemeal or spelt bases, others gluten-free, and some go for a dehydrated raw zucchini-flaxseed base with fresh raw toppings on top!

Whatever your preference, the end product is always fairly darn delicious. In fact, if you're like me, you

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Is Soy Good Or Bad For You?

Dangers? Benefits? So much drama over a little bean!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Thai Tofu Laab: tofu loaded with greens & herbs"][/caption]In my post on Friday, I mentioned one of my current favourite cookbooks called Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional that features a fair amount of soy in its recipes - perhaps a bit controversial in some health-conscious circles. But unless you've been diagnosed with a soy allergy or intolerance, being anti-soy is unnecessary: soy is safe and has a number of notable health benefits.

Over-eating soy? Over-eating almost anything is going to catch up with you eventually, but the problem with soy arises when people eat too many processed soy products, not good quality foods containing whole-beans. The fact is that everyone - vegan and non-vegan alike - who eats processed food is eating some soy - it's used as a filler and binder and protein element in so many foods, including most of

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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, main meals, tempeh, Thai, asian

Tempeh red curry

curry, main meals, tempeh, Thai, asian

This is a tasty variation on a Thai-style dish with Indonesian tempeh. I quit making curries when I went veg, mainly because I had just started dating my partner, who has taken cooking classes in Thailand. He was the curry expert, so I left it to him! Recently I decided to dig out some old recipes and give them a go, and, surprise surprise, Mr Thai Cooking Expert approves! So here's one of them. I'm also working on revamping an old green curry recipe with tofu, which I'll post soon, along with some tom kha soup...

1 tablespoon peanut OR sesame oil
2 spring onions, sliced
1-4 tablespoons vegan red curry paste (eg. Maesri brand)
around 200mL coconut cream (half to three-quarters of a cup)
around 200g tempeh, cut into chunks (around 2cm)
1 cup veg stock (or Massel's chicken-style veg stock)
a few medium potatoes, cut into quarters, or baby potatoes if you can get them

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