Friday, 9 December 2011

vegan "cheese" topping

Are you the only vegan in your household? Do you sometimes crave something "cheesy" to put on your toast, pasta, pizza or vegetables?- Then look no further; I have found a great combination which is flavoured remarkably similarly to the slightly salty tanginess of a mature Cheddar. It has a creamy texture like a thick mayo.  Another great thing is that it takes just minutes to make! These quantities make enough for 1-2 portions:
1 tab yeast flakes
1 tab vegan "Parmesan"
1 tab tahini
the juice of half a lemon
1 tab soy sauce/ liquid aminos
 2 tabs warm water

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl except the water, liquids last.
  • Add the water and beat well.
  • Do whatever you want with it (but be aware that if you heat it it will probably go dry, cracked and leathery).

Monday, 5 December 2011

spiced cream of parsnip soup- vegan

What to do with the enormous parsnips from our allotment? Well, apart from roasting them, the obvious thing is to make soup. This one's a variation on a "curried" parsnip soup I used to make for a cafe a few years ago. It is really nice as a simple weekend lunch with wholemeal chapattis. The quantities given here will make enough for 4-6 portions, depending on how hungry you are:
600g fresh parsnip, diced
400ml soya milk
2 sticks celery
a little oil for frying
2 heaped tsps ground cumin
2 heaped tsps ground coriander seed
2 heaped tsps ground turmeric
a pinch of chilli
a pinch of hing
seasalt to taste

  • Chop the celery and fry in the oil in a large deep saucepan
  • Add the spices and diced parsnip, remove from the heat and mix together (this way teh spices won't scorch)
  • Return to the heat, adding a litre of water
  • Simmer until parsnips are soft, then blend until smooth
  • Return to the pan , adjust seasonings if necessary and heat gently to serve
Suggestion: This soup is great with some home-made wholemeal chapattis dunked in, but to make a more substantial meal it could be teamed up with salad and some kind of protein like cheese, walnuts or tofu.