3rd recipe test from The Vegan Baker





Bean and brazil nut brownies

I decided on brownies although i've never had one before and not really keen on chocolate flavoured things, prefer chocolate itself. But my MIL is staying and likes this sort of thing, so this is what I chose for my third experiment. They tasted ok to me. My MIL liked them and I will be giving some to a vegan friend so will see what she says. But its not a recipe I would do again for me, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. I replaced the cashews with brazil nuts and the rice syrup with golden syrup and the beans with black beans and judging my the taste and texture this didn't make a difference.



Previous recipes from the book i've tried are biscotti and lamingtons which I just love on both accounts!

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2nd recipe test from The Vegan Baker book.

 
Just got The Vegan Baker out of the library this week after ordering it in November. First I made a two part list of what I wanted to try, one was the recipes I already had the ingredients for and the other for the recipes I needed to buy some ingredients for. I made the lamington recipe the other day which was very yummy and I would make again. Second recipe I tried yesterday was for biscotti. The recipe was for Pistachio and fennel. But as I didn't have enough pistachio it became pistachio, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and fennel
biscotti. The recipe is easy to do, just very time consuming as you have to wait for the first bake to cool, before slicing and then bake again.

First bake just out of the oven. 

After waiting for the first bake to cool, you slice them and rebake. This is them just going back in. If you dont wait for them to cool thoroughly they crumble. Its hard to resist just trying to slice and I made this mistake, but eventually waited and the rest sliced OK. 



Worth waiting for and enjoyed with a hot chocolate!

Would definitely make again.
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First recipe test from The Vegan Baker




Just got The Vegan Baker out of the library this week after ordering it in November. Now where to start as there is so many nice looking recipes. First I made a two part list of what I wanted to try, one was the recipes I already had the ingredients for and the other for the recipes I needed to buy some ingredients for. 

First up was Lamingtons. Now I have never heard of these before, but they looked tasty and I had all the ingredients and I so love coconut!

So first you make the cake. The recipe made enough for two cakes. So I have frozen one for another day, as I didn't need that many lamingtons. I substitued the rice syrup for butterscotch syrup, which is butterscotch flavoured golden syrup. This is the cakes cooling.
 Than you make a chocolate sauce for dipping. This is chocolate, margarine, sugar and soya milk. I used orange chocolate as that is what I had. You make the sauce, dip the cake which you have cut into squares into it and let it soak up the sauce. Then roll in desiccated coconut. Done! Yum!

 Fininshed results
The book suggested if you have leftover sauce to serve with them which is what we did and we have some left to serve with the rest. So first cake from book. Very easy and although a little time consuming, very tasty. There did seem to be a lot of ingredients as you use plain flour, oat flour and ground almonds amongst other things, but I would make them again. So a definate recommendation for this recipe.

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A girl called jack book review and Peach and Chickpea curry



Having been a fan of Jack Monroes blog I thought i'd have a look at her book. Its not a vegan cookbook, but many of the recipes are.  The first recipe I tried today was the Peach and Chickpea Curry. We both like it and there is now leftovers for tomorrow which is good. To save time I didn't cook for 30 minutes so mine is more like a stew than a curry, but I could of added less liquid or cooked it for longer. I should of cooked some rice to go with it and will do next time. Very delicious and a recipe I would do again. I am sure the recipe will be on her blog or guardian articles. The book has many recipes I plan to try including a few savoury breads. So far so good. Next recipe to follow soon. 


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Party foods from supermarkets

Due to a great question from one of our followers on party foods available in Morrisons here is a list to the supermarket vegan lists and a list of a few of the foods suitable for a savoury buffet spread. I have only scanned the lists and listed a few of the items on the list. Please note this guide is for reference only and has been put together in a hurry. Ingredients do change frequently, so please use your best judgement. Although the products listed are vegan, they may contain ingredients that some vegans avoid such as palm oil or from supermarkets you don't shop at. Hope this helps some and please send your suggestions in for further foods to add.

Tesco
Latest list, but a new one due in March and they are releasing new vegan foods including spinach and chickpea falafels and sausages.

They have spring rolls, samosas, pakoras and bhajis. Crackers, crisp, tortilla chips, popcorn, nuts, oatcakes and bread. Olives, houmous etc. Soft drinks and booze! Check list for other ideas.


Sainsburys
Latest March 2014 list

Oriental spring roll selection. They have a fresh party food, canapes and olives section. Dips,houmous, breadsticks, crisps, pickles etc. 20 meat free sausage rolls pack in the freezer. No booze on there list.


Morrisons
Don't have a vegan list. They sell a large selection of olives and a large selection of houmous. They sell Linda Mccartney sausage rolls and also sell pastry for making your own 'sausage' rolls. Other things I've spotted are:
   

Aldi
There vegan list is internal only. They do however sell many vegan labeled products and lots of other foods that are vegan, but not labelled so due to 'may contain' issues. They even have a frozen burger range with three different burgers.

M and S
Latest vegan list

The delicatessen section has lots of good bits for a party, houmous, olives, oriental food selection, bhajis, dips. They also have lots of great salads if you wanted a salad bar style buffet. There is also bread sticks, pretzel sticks, crisps, bread etc for dipping. Soft drinks and booze too! Frozen vegetable spring rolls. Under global meals section they have bhajis, two types of  dim sum, samosas, vegetable balls, indian starter selection pack, mini onion bhajis and veg pakoras and rice pancake vegetable spring rolls. They also sell things like pickled onions.  They also have puff and short crust pastry for making party food and things like nuts and chocolate. Check list for other ideas.

Coop
Coop do have a vegan list, you have to email them for it. They sell a Smoky Bean Salad in the salad deli section. Haven't investigated further yet.

Asda
They no longer do a vegan list, but they do sell many savoury items including quite a few frozen vegan items and also include a frozen party pack.


Waitrose
They do a vegan list and used to have it online. For the most uptodate list please email waitrose

Booths -  varies from store to store, not covered in this guide

Lidl - yet to check it out for savoury foods

Iceland - Indian party pack selection when I last checked at Christmas

Farmfoods - Indian party pack selection when I last checked at Christmas

Spar - varies from store to store. Some stores sell vegan foods in the fridge

Other ideas.

Jus Rol have vegan shortcrust and puff pastry so its easy to make vegan sausage rolls and pizza bases too. Jus Rol also do vegan apple danish, pain de chocolat and danish swirls. Just look in the fridge section in the pastry section. Most supermarkets sell some of the range.

I hope to put together a article on party foods soon.

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Savoury pancake

Following on from the 2 ingredient pancake recipe yesterday I used the left over batter that I saved to make a savoury version. I added some dried mixed herbs, dried chives, dried mint and a dried turmeric. Didn't measure the quantities, just added what looked right without it looking too much if you know what I mean.

I wanted to try this frozen ratatouille that you stir fry. I have only had ratatouille out of a can before. It funny I don't like aubergine or green pepper, but I like this. So because of this I am unlikely to ever make it from scratch, so wanted to try it.


So I fried the pancakes in very hot oil and flipped over just at the end as the top was almost all cooked too. Put them aside and cooked the ratatoille. My mum was having hers as is and I added a bit of tomato pasta sauce to mine. The pancake was very yummy and much improved for leaving overnight in the fridge.



I think this frugal pancake will now become a regular addition to our household meals served both sweet and savoury.

2 ingredient pancake!

Happy Pancake Day!
I discovered via someone on facebook (thanks a lot Rebecca!) that you can make vegan pancakes with just flour and 'milk'. So I thought i'd give it a go. She didn't say what sort of flour, so rather than wait until later to find out, I chose to use plain and I used sweetened soya milk as my milk of choice.

Basically 200g flour to 500ml of 'milk'


So I mixed it up and fried in hot oil (does that count a 3 ingredients!)

Very tasty. I simply served with lemon and fruit sugar.

So from basic store cupboard ingredients you can easily make a tasty treat. No fancy egg replacers etc. I don't see any reason why you couldn't add raisins, cinnamon etc or even add cocoa and serve with chocolate sauce or drops and chopped nuts for a super treat! Yummy tasty food and no cholesterol!
This does make quite a lot, so I am thinking I will add some herbs and spices to the rest and fry up and serve with ratatouille. Will let you know if it goes well.

P. S. I have now found out she uses SR flour, so will try this next time to see if it makes any difference.

Follow up for savoury version

JusRol sweet vegan treats taste test!!

As Jus Rol have got such a great selection of vegan goodies I thought we would work our way through them. I have tried the pastry many times, but more recently they have added sweet goodies for us to bake at home as well as pizza bases. So first up is the Apple Danish.

As soon as you open the packet it smells delicious. I can't believe how uncooked pastry can smell so good! The apple sauce comes in a little pot and the pastry come in a cardboard tube that you twist to open. So once twisted and dropped out, you unfold and cut down the perforations, fold over the corners pressing down with a fork and top with the apple sauce. Only takes a matter of a few minutes, the oven won't of even got to temperature! Bake and eat!

All I can say is yum yum! I ate three in a row, gave one away and eat the other two over the next two days which was hard as I could of easily eaten them all. Next time I am only going to bake half of the pack and half the next day. 
They are found in the fridge in supermarkets next to the pastry and other Jus Rol goodies. I also bought the cinnamon swirls and the pain au chocolat.

This is there range. I think all but the butter pastry is vegan, but do read the labels incase they have bought something out that is not vegan.

UPDATE
The cinnamon swirls and the pain au chocolat are just as yummy and simple to put together and bake.


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UK Treats - Guide Eight Asda

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Is there more than fruit salad for vegans in supermarkets - well yes - here is a guide on how to feed your sweet tooth in the UK from the main supermarkets and more!

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Although this is a shop based article its worth mentioning that you can get some great goodies from independent online bakers and if you don't see what you want why not ask them to see if they can make a vegan versions of it for you. Here are some vegan ones, there are many more!
http://hannahbananabakery.wordpress.com/
http://deerlybelovedbakery.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.mscupcake.co.uk/
http://www.babycakesdirect.co.uk/
http://www.rebeccas-cakes.co.uk/
http://www.blueberryswirl.co.uk/

Here is a dairy free one, that bakes some vegan items and will take vegan commissions.
http://www.capabilitybrowns.com/

All of these are probably on facebook too!


GUIDE EIGHT- Asda
Now Adsa no longer produce a vegan list. I have just gone round the store and picked out things that read as been vegan, both home brands and branded. I didn't have time to check the bakery book to see if any of the non labeled bakery items are vegan.

Pies


Butteries and scones (Scotland only)


Malt breads in the bread section

Sweet toasting bread in the bread section - I think they did the warburton ones as well.

Hot cross buns in the bread section
Biscuits in the bakery aisle. Gingerbread men, seems these are available in every supermarket and pound shops too. Lots of biscuits in the biscuit aisle too!
Cooking section



There was at least one cookie and cake mix. They also sold betty crocker frostings and mixes, which some are vegan. Just use a egg substitute. Also crumble mixes, pastry mixes etc


Free from section







Can't remember what section I found these in!
Fridge


Lots of canned fruit of course, and many jellies including vimto ones

Please do let us know what we should add to
this list and lets make it a great resource.

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