Saturday, March 21, 2015

One pot fajita pasta.

In celebration of falling victim to my first Pinterest fail, I've prepared a no-fucking-fail one-pot pasta dish that feeds six.

Ingredients I
3 1/2 cups water
1 x 28oz can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp sriracha
1/4 cup oil

Ingredients II
16oz pasta
1 cup bell peppers, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 red onion, sliced
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper

In a large pot, bring to a boil all of Ingredients I. Slowly incorporate all of Ingredients II. Stir slowly, and often, while this cooks through in 12-15 minutes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thanksgiving poutine.

Rough on the eyes, easy on the belly.

French fries

1/2 cup cranberries
3/4 cup / 10 brussel sprouts
1/2 cup chopped turkey-seitan (homemade seitan, Field Roast, Tofurkey, etc)
2 tbsp white sugar

Mozzarella style shreds - I used Daiya

3/4 cup brown gravy

Bake fries as directed. Prepare your gravy and set aside.

In a frying pan, sautee cranberries,brussel sprouts, and seitan. Sprinkle the sugar on, and squish the cranberries once they're cooked through enough to do so.

Once the fries are done, layer the sauteed mixture, cheese, and pour the gravy on top.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Easy peasy minestrone soup recipe. Maybe a little sad I'm posting a recipe for this, but maybe you forgot all about making a vat of soup on the cheap.

2 carrots, peeled + sliced
6 stalks celery, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 onions, chopped
40 oz canned diced tomatoes
15 oz canned, drained white kidney beans
1 cup mini shell pasta
2 litres (~8 cups) water
1 tsp basil 
2 tbsp oregano
Celery salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Bring water to a boil. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes. Add in everything but the shell pasta. 10 minutes before serving, add in the shell pasta and serve when the pasta is cooked to your liking. Be prepared to add a little more water, if the starchiness of the pasta soaks up a heap of the liquid.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vegan kartoffelpfannkuchen waffles - potato pancake waffles.

Not everything can be smashed in a waffle iron looking Pinterest-perfect, so don't be a knob and fall for that shit. Instead, try these latke style potato pancake waffles. 

My grandma and I have made many kartoffelpfannkuchen over the years. The main ingredients are onions and potatoes. An egg typically binds, but not this time. I threw in a cheese alternative. Chives, also. Both nutritional yeast OR daiya work wonderfully. I cooked these in my waffle iron until not only the light went off to say it was finished, but until steam stopped escaping from the iron. Typically waffles take 6 minutes to cook, 7 on the nose worked perfectly for me.

Ingredients I
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 tbsp vinegar

Ingredients II
1 1/4 cups flour 
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 - 3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup nutritional yeast OR daiya mozzarella (if using daiya, mix in with Ingredients III instead)

Ingredients III
1 1/4 cups mashed potatoes
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup minced onions or chives

In a bowl or mug, mix together Ingredients I and set aside for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine Ingredients II

Combine Ingredients III in a medium sized bowl, and add your vinegar/milk mixture to it. 

Create a well in your large bowl, and add wet ingredients into dry.

I cooked for 7 minutes, in my well-oiled iron.. which is a few minutes longer than my waffle iron pressured me into thinking at first. If you open your iron up too early, the waffle will split open and get stuck to the plates. Cook until there is no longer any steam rising from the iron.

Top with sour cream, apple sauce, more chives, white gravy, etc.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Coconut waffles with chocolate peanut butter drizzle.

You know, if you make waffles in the dead of winter, steam will rise up from the waffle iron. Vegans believed it was the soul escaping from the batter.

I've been pretty keen on Bell Plantation's PB2 powder. It makes baking with peanut butter a heap easier, with no awkward lumpy oily mess.

Coconut Waffles

Ingredients I
3 rounded tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 cup water or coconut milk

Ingredients II
6 tbsp dairy-free butter, melted
1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp coconut milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Ingredients III
3 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch of salt
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
optional: 6 tbsp PB2 chocolate peanut butter powder + 3 tbsp liquid of choice*

*I've made these both with and without the PB2 powder, and like them a bunch either way. If you're not sure, taste the batter without the powder - if you feel compelled, add in the PB2. (do it).

In a small blender or food processor (I used a Magic Bullet) blend Ingredients I for 1-2 minutes, until creamy and smooth. Place in a medium bowl, with all of Ingredients II and stir until incorporated evenly.

Whisk together Ingredients III in a large bowl. Create a well and stir in the liquid mixture.

Cook according to your waffle iron's instructions. For my Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Maker, I needed 1/3 cup batter per waffle and cooked for 6 minutes (until steam no longer rose from the iron).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle

Mix together...
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut milk

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vegan vegetable vindaloo.

Vegan vegetable vindaloo with homemade curry paste. Way better tasting than that jarred garbage, and a heap more cost effective (spices from Bulk Barn, I'm not a barbarian).

Ingredients I - Vindaloo Paste
1 small onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp ginger
1 tbsp hot pepper paste*
3/4 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp whole mustard seeds
1/2 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp white peppercorns**
1/4 tsp, salt (scrap if your pepper paste already has a heap of salt added)
1 tbsp loosely packed brown sugar
1 small dash of cinnamon 
Reserved 1/3 cup water

Ingredients II - Fresh produce
5 baby Indian eggplants, quartered
1 carrot, chopped into medallions
1 smal roma tomato, chopped
~10 green beans, roughly chopped
1 tbsp vegan butter

Don't Forget --
Rice, quinoa, couscous, etc to serve alongside your curry

* The hot pepper paste I used, was picked up at Sun Wah, an oriental grocery shop in The Exchange District, Winnipeg. This recipe calls for 1 tbsp and I find it's pretty crucial. A tub of this will set you back about two bucks. Be mindful, each brand yields a different flavour, pick a tub with minimal ingredients. I used:

** White peppercorns can be found at your local bulk store. You don't need heaps, and they're cheap as sin. 1/4 cup of these cost about $0.30 :

First off, get some rice/quinoa/couscous started.

Next, melt the butter in a pan. Add in your fresh produce, and place a lid on top. While that's cooking, make up your paste.

To make the paste, I used a Magic Bullet. Place all ingredients inside and add half of your reserved water. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides after pulsing. Add the remainder of the water, if needed.

The vegetables take about 10-12 minutes to cook through. Once they're done, pour in your curry paste, mix thoroughly, and serve alongside your grain of choice.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cranberry-mushroom sietan roast.

Just last week, my good friend Miranda / @irresistiblyvegan mailed me a full-size FIELD ROAST. From the american west coast, to smack dab in the centre of Canada. It was packed with ice packs and and bubble wrap and everything. I was floored and her kindness. I feel something to do with me texting her in complete devastation about Field Roast not being shipped into Canada anymore had something to do with it {read Field Roasts commentary here}.

I know it won't take me long to polish off that 10" mound of nirvana. So I sorted out a recipe for a cranberry and mushroom seitan roast, to help tide me over after the gluttonous consumption. This reminds me VERY much of Field Roast's apple and sage breakfast links, except I added in pulsed mushrooms, onions and cranberries. 

The base of this recipe is vital wheat gluten. It's also referred to as wheat gluten, gluten flour, or vital wheat flour. Bob's Red Mill explains it best, "[...]Vital Wheat Gluten is made from the protein found in the endosperm of the wheat berry, containing 75% to 80% protein. When combined with water it becomes highly elastic and has a taffy-like texture". This is the base of a HEAP of your favourite vegan chinese dishes that contain vegan friendly meat alternatives.

..What are we looking at cost-wise, though?

  • Bob's Red Mill - 632g at Sobey's = $8.99CDN / $1.44CDN per 100g 
  • In Bulk - per 100g at Bulk Barn = $1.20CDN per 100g (being extremely mindful of their $3 of a $10 purchase coupon quite often in full effect.. student and senior's day too) 

Because this recipe calls for about 1 1/2 cups, you're looking at about $2. Plus the cost of spices, which isn't heaps. Besides, aren't we paying $3.50 for 8 thin slices of this stuff?

I found this roast, straight out of the oven, to be really spongy and chewy (in a good, sausage-y way), but once I let it set in the fridge overnight, it firmed up and shaved wonderfully. I have MORE than enough to sauté for breakfast sandwiches, or dice up for pizza and kolaches.

Ingredients I
1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp mustard powder

Ingredients II
3/4 cup cold vegetable stock or 3/4 cup cold water + 2 tsp powdered vegetable broth
4 tsp tomato paste
2 tsp oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp chopped basil

Ingredients III - Pulse into very small bits and set aside
5 mushrooms
1/2 an onion, equaling about 1/3 cup
5 tbsp fresh cranberries

Heat your oven to 325F. Get a cookie sheet ready with two pieces of tin foil, stacked on top of each other, that are about the size of your cookie sheet (which ought to be at least 9x9")

In a large bowl, whisk together Ingredients I. In a small bowl, whisk together Ingredients II then immediately stir in Ingredients III. Incorporate your wet mixture, into your dry mixture. Begin by mixing in with a fork, then work with your hands until a moist, slightly sticky dough forms. If you need a bit more VWG at this point, add a teaspoon over top your dough ball. Knead for at least 3 minutes to activate the gluten.

Transfer your dough to your tin foil. Shape into a log that's about 8 inches/20cm long. Roll up like a Tootsie Roll and twist the edges, being mindful not to wrap too tightly, as the roast will expand a little upon baking.

Bake for a total of 90 minutes, flipping the roast to a new side after each 30 minute interval.

I sliced my roast up the following morning and immediately made the saddest sandwich of everyone's youth: meat, earth balance, nayo and mustard. I can't fake sick and watch Price is Right this morning, but that's only because it's Sunday.