Wait … Don’t leave. Stick with me! I know the contents of the photo look daunting to but Sambal goreng is one of those dishes that is so deliciously rewarding. If you pick up a few ingredients in your local … Continue reading
Author Archives: I'm a little vegan
Creamy coconut and cognac mushroom pancakes
Brunch and pancakes go hand in hand. Add some creamy garlic mushrooms and I think you’ll struggle to find a more satisfying midday dish. This is joining the “back to basics” folder of recipes. Simple mush mix and an even … Continue reading
Coconut and lime sweet potato stew
As requested another back to basics one pot wonder. Similar to the veg Tagine the only ingredients that might look a bit daunting are the list of herbs and spices. I’ve mentioned this before but if you make a plan … Continue reading
Faux samo with sorrel and potato
Cheat samosas! When I whipped these up originally is was one of those evenings where deliveroo was looking mighty tempting but I managed to scroll on by and raid the fridge leftovers instead. The sorrel leaves quietly wilting away were … Continue reading
Back to basics leek and potato soup
It’s rare that I post the simple everyday soups and sambos that I throw together. I was only thinking this week that the questions I get messaged most are … Where do I start if I want to go vegan … Continue reading
Delectable vegan tagine
I never stray too far away from one pot wonders during the hibernation months. Minimal effort, hearty, flavorsome and always better the following day. I whipped up a veg tagine of sorts yesterday. Well Louises take on a tagine. A … Continue reading
Tofu wrapped in tofu! A delectable stuffed beancurd roll
I’m sure I contradict myself weekly with proclamations of “this is by far my favourite dish to make” but I love food so much 😂 and every dish presents new culinary joy and a flurry of love flows from said … Continue reading
Choccy sweet potato, maple and oat loaf
The banana bread recipe was so well received that I said I’d introduce you to another weekend favourite that is virtually impossible to mess up. It’s much richer than the banana bread so feel free to add less choc chips … Continue reading
I estimate that in all the years I’ve been posting recipes I’ve had no more than a handful of sweet treats in the mix. I’m definitely of the savoury persuasion. Pass me a bowl of mash and I’m overcome with … Continue reading
Oh for the love of a vegan sausage brunch !
Oh for the love of brunch! What’s not to love about a sharing dish on a lazy Sunday. V sausages were front and centre this morning. Every week I seem to conjure up a different sausage recipe (AKA whatever I … Continue reading
Delectable vegan chilli non carne
Sometimes you just need a no frills bowl of chilli non carne to get you through the day. When I make any one pot wonder I try to always do it the night. Firstly it always and forever will taste … Continue reading
The best tofu scramble quesadillas
Tofu scramble quesadillas are probably the brunch I whip up most often. Always a crowd pleaser when served as a sharing platter. They take no time at all and are utterly scrumptious. I must have 20 variations of this dish … Continue reading
Pumpkin and butternut squash vegan chowder
I’m so glad I whipped this up yesterday. Tis a tad gloomy out there today so a warming bowl of vegan chowder is just the ticket. I have a few variations of this v chowder with sweet potato and corn … Continue reading
Be gone bland veg of yesteryear!
Greens beans and I have had a fractious relationship over the decades. My earliest recollection of being served up this veg in a restaurant was as an over boiled, squeaky, flavourless side dish with water jetting out on each chomp. … Continue reading
Tarator not tartare…
This little bowl of beige puree certainly doesn’t come across as the most visually exciting dish but it really is a winner. So tasty and super versatile. Tarator (yip I spelled that right it’s not our other friend tartare) is … Continue reading
Seitan stuffed cabbage rolls
Last nights cabbage rolls were a hit. I just love cabbage. Yes I’m going to get all poetic about our humble little brassica. The intricacy of the leaves, the varying shades of green. What’s not to love. If your childhood … Continue reading
Quan Chay Tam Quang Minh – Hoi An
Oh Vietnam! I wish I had a year to eat and explore. Quan Chay Tam Quang Minh is next up. An unassuming spot that is just brimming with delicious food. We were on our way to the beach (following more … Continue reading
Netherworld arcade and vegan restaurant – Brisbane
One evening in Brisbane and after a little vegan googling I came upon a place called Netherworld. I would describe it as a retro arcade meets craft beer specialist meets vegan junk food heaven. My sort of place. We spent the evening … Continue reading
The Organic Boho – Copenhagen
The organic boho was definitely the spot that I was messaged most about when I called out for your top recommendations. We popped in here on Saturday afternoon after ticking off a few tourist must do’s earlier in the day. Copenhagen … Continue reading
Fuori Di Zucca, El Medano, Tenerife
This was by far the nicest meal we had on our mini break away in El Medano. Fuori di zucca is a vegetarian restaurant but oodles of vegan options and it is also conveniently positioned across a cobbled path from a quaint health … Continue reading
Kalaset vegetarian restaurant – Copenhagen
When you’ve only got 72 hours in a city a second if not third breakfast is mandatory. Our choice was a quaint and quirky Swedish vegetarian restaurant called Kalaset. It hadn’t been on our list but when we finished up in … Continue reading
Landbagariet vegan bakery – Copenhagen
Our first port of call on Saturday morning was to Landbagariet on Frederiksborggade. Admittedly it was our first port of call on the Sunday also. One can never have too many pastries. If you are looking for a bakery in … Continue reading
Elixiba – Byron Bay
After spending a incredible 10 days in Brisbane with family and friends celebrating my little sisters wedding (I want to do it all again) we rented a car and took a spin down the coast as we were flying out of … Continue reading
Uu Dam chay – Hanoi
After giving you a glimpse into our 17 hours in Byron bay it was only fitting to give you a sneak “eating peek” into 18 hours in Hanoi. Uu Dam Chay is an exquisite restaurant that we happened upon while strolling … Continue reading
The fisherman – An Bang beach
We spent a few days in central Hoi An and our hotel had complimentary bicycles which we availed of. A few kilometres from the bustling maze of streets in Hoi An is An Bang beach and The fishermans vegan restaurant. … Continue reading
Vegan Banh Mi – Hoi An v Hanoi
Banh (cake/pastry) Mi (wheat) is the generic name for bread in Vietnam. Variations of Banh Mi are sprinkled throughout the country. It’s conception was in Saignon and its history is a fusion of Vietnamese and French colonial influences. We sampled … Continue reading
The vegan zone – Hoi An
The vegan zone restaurant was situated just a hop and a skip from our hotel in Hoi An. Opened just a few short months it was another shining example of the beautiful vegan dishes on offer throughout Vietnam. … Continue reading
Minh Hein vegetarian restaurant – Hoi An
Where to begin? While I posted sporadically on insta stories over the last few weeks I took a break from proper posts here and on insta and I’m all the better for it. I’m back with a grateful heart, a … Continue reading
Buckwheat and hazelnut pancakes with a chocolate orange sauce
A “hearty” breakfast this morning! Pun most definitely intended. Buckwheat flour, hazelnut milk, maple syrup and vanilla pancakes. Equal measures of milk and flour with a drizzle of maple syrup and vanilla essence. Blitz in a nutri bullet. I used … Continue reading
Pistachio breaded tofu with an avocado and coconut sauce
Baked tofu in a pistachio breading, creamy avocado and coconut sauce and a sprinkle of pomegranate. Slice your tofu to your liking and set up your breading section. As a liquid egg replacer there are a number of options here. … Continue reading
Spicy red cabbage with goji berries and hazelnuts
Christmas or not I love a good red cabbage and this is by far my favourite combo. The colours, the flavours and the sneaky shortcuts without losing the taste. Take half a red cabbage finely chopped, 3 scallion, 4 beets … Continue reading
Sunday dinner seitan roll up
Not sure what you’d call this concoction. Dinner rolled up maybe ha ha? Whatever it is anyway it’s yummy and makes for a great sharing dish. Defrost a roll of jus’rol pastry. A lifesaver for those “I don’t fancy cooking … Continue reading
Savoury spelt pancakes with a creamy mushroom stuffing
There’s something so comforting about pancakes and with a batter that take two minutes it’s all the better. I always use this recipe (equal measure flour and plant milk) and just switch it up with vanilla, agave etc if I’m … Continue reading
Seitan stew and colcannon
I may have had seitan stew and colcannon for breakfast. Who makes the food rules anyway. It always tastes better the following day and the flavours go next level. The colcannon I made here was a case of using up … Continue reading
Beet and avo tartare
A slightly messy but delicious beet and avo tartare. Super quick and easy to construct and always looks fancier than it is. I had some leftover cooked beets so I just cubed them and seasoned with balsamic reduction, salt, pepper … Continue reading
The most decadent vegan mash and gravy in town
Now I love my mash. Love, love, love my mash. I would pick it over dessert any day. It’s true A few weeks ago I read an article discussing how to make the perfect mash and my oh my were they spot on. So here it is veganized (not a real word) Please note that this is indulgent as hell, laden with calories and isn’t your budget potato dish however life is short so eat the pricey mash I say.
For the mash:
Peel and cube potatoes. The smaller the better. I used three large potatoes for
Into a pot and cover with tinned
coconut milk and unsweetened almond milk. Yes you read right 😂. You can use all coconut milk here too if you want to go all out.
Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and leave to cook through.
Once cooked through get mashing.
No draining required just use the existing liquid.
Season with salt/pep, herbs of choice (I used rosemary and thyme here and I grated optional shavings galore of violife vegan parmesan.)
The best you’ll ever make! For an extra bit of boldness add a pour of melted
vegan spread. Eek!
For the mushrooms:
Marinade your portobello mushrooms in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, thyme, sweet chilli sauce, garlic and lemon juice.
Remove from the marinade and into the oven at 200c for approx 30 min. Every 10 min or so add a little more of the leftover marinade to the mushroom and flip at intervals.
Remove and slice or leave whole.
I added a little boiling water to the remains of the sticky marinade in the oven dish to make a gravy but this is optional. I poured this into a pan and heated through adding a little cornflour to thicken. A spoonful of mustard for a nice complimentary kick and a shake of ballyhoura mushrooms porcini dust to bring out the mushroom vibes. It makes for a fab gravy.
Serve up whatever way suits you best.
I made smaller portions for this dish as it’s just the two of us so the quantities above would make enough for a generous dish for two with some leftover gravy.
Asian inspired cucumber, chilli and basil salad
This is one of the easiest, freshest, most satisfying snacky sort of salads to whip up on a lovely day like today. 1 cucumber 2 scallions Handful of nuts Handful of basil leaves Chilli flakes Dressing: Always an easy one … Continue reading
Spicy vegan sausage rolls with black bean hummus
These look sort of fancy but are absolutely the opposite. Super quick sausage rolls with black bean hummus. I grilled four of Dees delicious gluten free vegan sausages and then grabbed two tortillas which I halved and spread a little … Continue reading
Move over Buddha bowl … Poke is here to stay. My simple take on a vegan poke bowl! Soooo tasty. A base of sushi rice drizzled with soy sauce, rice mirin and sesame oil topped with radishes, pickled ginger, scallions, … Continue reading
Vegan brunch rolls
Jus-Rol pastry helping me food cheat and look fancy since 199…. well for a long time. Quickedy quick little vegan brunch rolls. I filled them with Moodley Manors vegan bacon that I just sautéed in a pan. I added a … Continue reading
Preserved lemons, beetroot and goji berry salad
My day has been made all the sweeter by this new little salad. I think it’s nudged a past salad out of a podium position to make the top three. Very moreish. What you’ll need: Rocket leaves or leaves of … Continue reading
When a salad just won’t cut it but you’ve got that almost Friday feeling and want something quick and comforting it’s mushroom stroganoff aaaalll the way. What you’ll need: Mushrooms Garlic Red onion Cornstarch Veg stock Tinned coconut milk Tarragon … Continue reading
Courgette, cantaloupe and pomegranate salad
I love how salads are more about construction and flavour than adhering to a strict recipe. As you’ve probably guessed from my posts over the years measurements and precision are not my strong points. A splash and a dash I … Continue reading
Tofu scramble quesadillas
I love a good sharing plate! Super quick rainbow salad and tofu quesadillas. The side salad contains red pepper, yellow courgette, bok choi, mango, halzenuts, red onion, pomegranate seeds and sesame seeds but the dressing is the clincher here. Newgrange … Continue reading
Bagel with the works
Bagel alert! Who said salads are boring ?! Toasted bagel topped with smashed chickpeas dressed in minced garlic, salt, pep and a drizzle of agave, carrot, red and white cabbage and scallions with a spoon of rebelchilli , cucumber rolls … Continue reading
Quinoa and tofu crumble
When life gives you leftover quinoa.. make a super quick tofu and quinoa crumble. No plan with this I was just using up some leftovers. I cubed a packet of tofu, sliced a large onion, minced three cloves of garlic … Continue reading
Cheesy teriyaki toasties
Ah simple toasties. I toasted arbutus bread topped with melted vegan mozzarella from the lovely Bob of little green leaf, tofu stripes and chopped asparagus sautéed in a pan after being marinated in a teriyaki dressing and finally my favourite … Continue reading
Experimenting evening for a little side project. The nicest dish I’ve eaten in a long time if I do say so myself but aesthetically please ignore the ugly arty carrot puree swish that I attempted for the first time. Practice … Continue reading
Gluten free porridge bowl
You can’t beat a messy porridge bowl 😃. I used brown rice flakes here in place of oats for a gluten free alternative. I cooked it through and added half a mashed banana and some lime juice and zest. I … Continue reading
Rainbow vegan plate
When a sandwich just won’t hit the spot for lunch it’s a case of make of pretty plate of your favourite things. Red rice, lentil Dahl, a sort of tomato and bean seitan curry that I just made up as … Continue reading