Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hungarian "Chicken" Soup

This was a standard dish for me growing up, whenever I visited my Grandmother she would have it ready for us. Can be served with homemade noodles or pasta but on it's own is still a very comforting dish, lovely for when you're sick too. I used vegan chicken from the Asian supermarket but you can also use tofu.


Hungarian "Chicken" Soup

Ingredients

1 kg vegan chicken/tofu, shredded
6 cups water
1 Tbls veg stock (I use Vegeta)
1/2 Tbls peppercorn (in nut milk bag or cloth)
1 parsnip, peeled
2 stems of flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 carrots, peeled
1/2 onion with skin
1/2 tomato
1 celery stick
1/4 red capsicum/pepper


Method

Bring chicken, water & stock to boil.


Turn heat to medium and add peppercorns, whole vegetables & parsley.


Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
Take off heat and allow to cool slightly.
Remove the whole vegetables, chop and put back.
Remove the peppercorns.
Add cooked noodles/pasta if using and serve.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mini Potato & Spinach Fritattas

Adapted from a recipe on The Spruce.



Mini Potato & Spinach Fritattas

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (or other cooking oil)
1 onion (chopped small)
4 green onions (chopped, separate the greens from the bottom)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 medium potatoes (thinly sliced)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper (divided)
1 12 oz. package tofu (firm, drained and pressed)
2-3 Tbls soy sauce
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 cup wilted spinach
Optional: cheese


Method

First, drain and press your tofu. Most tofu will taste best if you press it first because tofu is like a sponge - the more water you gently press out of it, the more delicious flavors it can soak up!

Once your tofu is well-pressed, pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large frying pan, sautee the onions, garlic, and bottoms of the green onions in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.

Add potatoes, salt and pepper, and sautee for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are golden brown.

Blend tofu, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast in a food processor or blender until well mixed. Mixture will be somewhat thick. Add green onions and potatoes and pour into a greased pie pan.

Cook 45-50 minutes, until top is firm and cooked all the way through.

While your frittata is still hot, sprinkle the top with

Jacksonville Veg Fest 2018

Had a great time at the Northeast Florida Veg Fest in March! Plenty of great vendors of all descriptions...




Noo Cow vegan gelato was also selling load fries and Jamaican patties!! YUM!



Revolution Gelato had a stall, the line was so long so I didn't get any but I hope to find it in stores soon!


Got these Health-Ade Kombucha in Power Greens an Sweet Thorn...seriously delicious!!


Manoba Vegan Food had a hot food stand but I just stocked up on some patties for later...yum!


Super delicious cookies from Cookie Kids Super Foods! Available on mail order!



Friday, 16 March 2018

Strawberry Daiquiri

This simple and easy daiquiri recipe is so delicious!


Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients

1 shot glass of white rum (I used Bicardi)
2 cups frozen strawberries (or frozen fruit of choice)
1/4 cup simple sugar syrup (***recipe below)


Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve.
Add more sugar syrup to taste and a little water if your fruit gets stuck in the blender.

**Note: To make sugar syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Rodan + Fields

So I've been loving Rodan + Fields Reverse Daily Moisturiser with 50+ SPF sunscreen. It literally got rid of the discoloration on my face before I'd even finished the first tube, you can see them mainly on my forehead on the picture below. I will definitely keep using it and it's vegan! Here's a list of products from R+F that are not vegan, everything else is! There is the email from R+F below...






Greetings Jacquie,


Although we make efforts to make our products appeal to most people, they are not for everyone. Our products cannot be certified as vegan.
 
To the best of our knowledge these are the products that contain animal derived ingredients:

ENHANCEMENTS Lip Microdermabrasion Paste (retired product) - Beeswax
ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptide Powders - Honey Extract, Cholesterol
ENHANCEMENTS LASH Boost - Keratin and Hydrolyzed Keratin
ENHANCEMENTS Active Hydration Serum - Cholesterol, Lactic Acid
ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 25 - Beeswax
ESSENTIALS Body Moisturizer - Hydrolyzed Milk Protein
ESSENTIALS Maximum D3 - Kosher Bovine Gelatin
REDEFINE Age Shield Balm SPF 30 - C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters
REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment - Hydrolyzed Sericin
REDEFINE Pore Minimizing Toner - Lactobionic Acid
REDEFINE Eye Cloths - Honey Extract
MACRO E Cooling Gels - Honey Extract-retired product
REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream - Honey Extract
REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream - Beeswax, Cholesterol, Hydrolyzed Sericin, Hydrolyzed Silk
REDEFINE Triple Defense Cream - Hydrolyzed Silk

REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash - Lactic Acid
REVERSE Skin Lightening Treatment - Lactic Acid

SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash - Cholesterol
SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment - Honey Extract
UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner - Atelocollagen
UNBLEMISH Dual Intensive Acne Treatment - Cholesterol
UNBLEMISH Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 - Atelocollagen, Cholesterol


Sincerely,
Rosemary
Rodan + Fields
RF Connection

Chocolate Almond Apricot Balls


Chocolate Almond Apricot Balls

Ingredients

2 cups medool dates, finely chopped
1 cup Dried Apricot, chopped
1/2 cup Almonds, I used blanched ans slivered
1/3 cup sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Cacao/carob powder
1/4 cup shredded Coconut


Method

Add all ingredients except coconut into a food processor and blitz until mix well.
Form balls and roll in coconut.
Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
They also freeze very well.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Original recipe from Sweet As Honey. You can use any berry you like!


Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

1 3/4 cup wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
2 egg replacers
1 cup non dairy milk
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil melted, or vegetable oil
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen  blueberry, raspberry or berries of your choice


Method

Preheat the oven at 350 F (180 C)
Spray a 24 holes mini muffin tray with oil. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the wholemeal flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon.
In another bowl, whisk the egg replacers with milk, melted coconut oil, agave and vanilla extract.
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
Stir until a muffin batter forms with no lump.
Stir in the berries.
Fill in the mini muffin tray with the muffin batter. Fill up to 3/4 full.
Bake 15 minutes at 350 F (180 C) or until golden brown on the sides.
Cool down few minutes in the tray then transfer to a cookie rack to fully cool down.


Easy Quinoa Muffins

Original recipe from Power Hungry.



Easy Quinoa Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup cooked quinoa or mixed grain (I used quinoa, buckwheat & millet)
2 mashed very ripe bananas
½ cup rolled oats (certified GF, as needed)
1 Tbls hemp seed hearts
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt


Method

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease, line or spray mini muffin tin (I use a silicon tray).
In a medium bowl, stir together the quinoa, banana, oat bran, hemp seed hearts and salt until blended. Divide batter between prepared cups (add toppings, if using).
Bake in the prehetaed oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and set at the centers.
Transfer to wire rack and cool for 15 minutes and then remove from tin. Serve warm or cool completely.


Spiced Macadamia Nuts

I used the spice mix from Party Popcorn and they turned out really well, even the toddler loved them!



Spiced Macadamia Nuts

Ingredients

2 cups macadamia nuts (shelled)
1-2 Tbls olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground paprika
4 teaspoons table salt (can be a a bit salty so start with 2 tsp)
4 teaspoons sugar


Method

Preheat oven to 300F/ and prepare a baking tray with baking paper.
In a small bowl mix together the spice mix, including salt and sugar.
In large bowl add the macadamia nuts and oil and mix well.
Sprinkle in the spice mix and mix until all nuts are coated, I use my hands.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the spice mix has set on the nuts.
Allow to cool before serving.

Coconut Almond Balls


Coconut Almond Balls

Ingredients

2 cups medool dates, chopped finely
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Cashews
1/4 cup Almonds
1/4 cup shredded Coconut (4%)


Method

Blitz all ingredients except the coconut in a food processor.
Form into balls and roll in coconut.
Let sit on parchment paper in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Also freeze very well!