Monday, December 22

Fake Christmas

I had myself a merry little fake christmas in Dundee yesterday before I head back through to Glasgow.

I used one of the new redwoods turkey roast thingies and it was mighty delicious. It seems to me like it's what you Amurrikens get, you know, that tofurkey thing? Yeah, it was like that, with the stuffing in the middle and whatnot.
Served with roast parsnips, potatoes, brussel sprouts, and gravy. I could eat this again now.

Monday, December 15

Weighted Companion (not quite) Cube Cake

I'm a geek, so it's only natural that the vast majority of my friends are also geeks. This weekend I went to a birthday party for one of my favourite people, who just so happens to not only be a geek, but also vegan! Score! So, I decided to make him the geekiest vegan cake I could. Behold, the vegan weighted companion (not quite) cube cake:
It's not quite a cube because I figured out that to make a cube this cake would have required about four layers, and I kinda have a little bit of a life, or at least uni work to do. So, i decided to only make one side of the cube. It was an executive decision. Also, yes the botton part has cracked icing. It's a square cake that got transported on a too small circular base. I have come to terms with this crack. You should too.
This is it sliced and my thumb making another blog appearance. The cake was a lemon cake (at the birthday boys request), with strawberry jam in the middle. The picture is rubbish because by the time we got to eating cake, I was fairly inebriated. Apparently when the cake was being sliced it was made certain that I got a bit with some heart on it. That's friendship, that is. Also, I feel the need to state, unequivocally, and for the record.

The cake is not a lie!

Anyway, unrelatedly, I hate Christmas. I just do. What I do like however, is all the good vegan food that appears in shops around this time of the year. I do like that.
Fancy spelt bread with red onion, cranberry cheddar cheezly, and cranberry sauce. I do like that.

Friday, December 5

Sometimes I sing songs.

I cannot sing. Not a note. That doesn't stop me. I like to take songs and adapt them to whatever situation I'm in. I have a song I sing about cell division. It helps me remember the phases (or it used to, now I'm brilliant and just know the phases, but I still like to sing the song). My sister is a primary teacher and she makes up songs for her class, so clearly this is a genetic thing. That is my professional opinion.

Anyway, remember a few posts ago I made meatballs? Well I made forty five million of them and they've been sitting in my freezer ever since and they started to become an oppressive force in my life, and I thought to myself, why am I letting meatballs become an oppressive force in my life?! So I thought, meatball subs!
So, why was I babbling about singing? Well as I was making this I was dancing around my kitchen singing my meatball sub song. It's essentially the manics song 'Motown Junk' but with meatball sub instead. It's really very clever. Meatball! Meatball sub!

Wednesday, December 3

Listen to my opinion!

For it is important. So important that my friend John has taken to using Chuck Norris jokes to describe me. Obviously he takes Chuck Norris out and uses my name instead. It's really very unimaginative, but it amused me greatly. For example:
  • There is no ctrl button on Lelly's laptop. Lelly is always in control.
  • Contrary to popular belief, you are not living in a democracy, its a Lellytatorship.
My other friend Stu decided to point out that this does not always work:
  • Lelly doesnt have a chin, under that beard its just another fist.
Stu is just a big fat spoilsport though.

Anyway, what am I babbling about? Is there a point to this drivel? Well, not really, but kinda. I'm doing a product review today!

I found this at the Health Store and had to try it out. It wasn't too expensive - Just over 2 quid and it feeds 2. Yes, that is my strange child like thumb. Can we move on from the thumb?!

It claims to be Tortellini Tri Colore filled with tofu and spices.
I cooked it up with some tomato and basil sauce and sliced vegi deli sausages. The pasta itself was good. But I really could barely taste the tofu never mind any spices. Nevertheless it was nice to have fresh pasta of any sort, so I'd probably buy it again. What I would not do again is refill my sea salt grinder right before I'm about to eat this, not screw the cap on properly and then pour have a tub of salt on my pasta. Luckily it was just in the bottom corner (you can still see some of it on the sausages at the bottom), and I rescued as much as I could, but still, I actually yelled. Quite a lot.

Sunday, November 23

My meatballs bring all the boys to the yard.

I could teach you, but I'd have to charge.

The meatballs were loosely based on the new farm recipe, but I added gluten flour and took some stuff out. In, out, in, out, shake it all about. Served with linguine, spicy pepper sauce, and sprinkled with parmezano.

This currently resides in my stomach. Blackened tofu, tuscan kale, and potatoes roasted in cumin, turmeric, and paprika. The blackened tofu is once again based on the recipe in eat, drink, and be vegan. I winged it mainly because I'm a rebel, but also because a stinky boy has my copy of ED&BV. Smelly boys!

How have I spent today? Cutting up and sticking together juice bottles to make model biospheres with the class I'm teaching in a high school. Geeks like me shouldn't be allowed scissors. It's not going to end well.

Sunday, November 16

It's my birthday and I'll bake if I want to.

You would bake too if it happened toooo youuuuuuuuuuuuu. Or something.

I just had what was officially the bestest Lelly birthday ever ever ever. Ever. There was cake and cocktails and vegans, oh my!

So I had friends coming over and some of the out of towners were staying over and as everyone knows Lelly is a feeder. As everyone also knows, Lelly is worryingly sensible and so she made mucho food to feed to people to line their bellies.

Why yes, that is a three tier cake stand and a shopping trolley, thanks for asking! In the cake stand are chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate chip brownies. In the shopping trolley are homemade soysage rolls (which if I don't make on a semi-regular basis certain friends of mine will make me pay). There's also tomato bruschetta, carrot cake, and (not pictured) roast potato salad. Oh, and pretzels. You can't forget the pretzels.

Sunday, November 9

I like to steal other peoples ideas

The idea for the following post is entirely stolen from another blog. This is like an essay right? As long as I cite it, it's all cool? Yeah?

Anyway. Here is the first installment of insane google searches that led people to my blog.

  • Trashy food. I can't decide whether to be offended or amused.
  • Ot vegan. This one is a VFF joke, but I'm not sure how it led here. Oh well.
  • Battered salad. I would like to state, for the record, that I have never battered a salad and don't plan to. If you're here for the battered salad, move it along brah!
  • Chinese supermarkets make me feel sick. This is just plain odd. How did this get someone to my blog?! Oh google godesses, please tell me?!
  • Close ups of boobs. My mother will be so proud.
  • Critique Robin Dunbar. This one was from my last post, but it gives me an odd sense of pleasure knowing other people studying for an essay on this will get my page instead, because I found so many useless pages in my search. Come for the Robin Dunbar, stay for the vegan love, that's my motto.
  • Giant monkey balloons. And so the fable of the giant monkey balloon continues. Long may he travel the country, confusing the masses.
  • Italian bombs food. I have no witty banter for this one. I don't understand where the need for this search would be.
  • Please don't feed the bears banana bread. I understand where this one came from, but still, I kinda want to go out and feed bears banana bread now and see what happens. Oh yes, I am such a rebel.
  • Trashy kitchens. This one I plain take offense to. Other than the many irn bru bottles (it's my other national drink and is therefore mandatory) there ain't nothing trashy about my kitchen.
The odd thing is apparently, recently only one person has got here from googling 'vegan'. VEGAN VEGAN VEGAN VEGAN VEGAN. Take that the google!

Monday, November 3

The Meme That Helps Lelly Avoid Work

The students out there know what I'm talking about. Two essays due in so my house has never been more tidy or organised, I have about three meals prepared in advance, and I'm doing this meme. What? A girl needs some down time. Mum, you know you do it too, don't look at me like that!

1. What was the most recent tea you drank?

I keep a box of St John's Wort tea in a cupboard at work. I sit in front of a computer a lot, and I find the St John's Wort helps fend off any lurky migraines.

2. What vegan forums do you post/lurk on? If so, what is your username? Spill!
The VFF is mah BFF. My username is Lelly because I am the worlds most original person.

3. You have to have tofu for dinner, and it has be an Italian dish. What comes to mind first?
I just had some! I marinated tofu in a tomatoey basil mixture, baked it, and had it on top of a pasta bake.

4. How many vegan blogs do you read on an average day?
I just checked my sage feeder thing and apparently 27. But then that's not all vegan blogs, that includes xkcd and other webcomics.

5. Besides your own, what is the most recent one you’ve read?
I was just reading the Sisters Vegan, which is where I got the idea to procrastinate with this meme. I also happen to think they're adorable.

6. If you could hang out with a vegan blogger that you haven’t met, who would it be, and what would you do?
Ida from Yummy Vegan Dinners. First we'd perfect our yorkshire pudding recipe, and then we'd use this knowledge to take over the world.

7. If you had to base your dinners for a week around one of the holy trilogy – tofu, seitan or tempeh, which would it be?
Tofu tofu tofu!

8. If you had to use one in a fight, which would it be?
I reckon the frozen blocks of tempeh they sell in the health store could do some damage.

9. Name 3 meals you’d realistically make with that tough protein of choice! Battered tempeh, battered tempeh, and battered tempeh.

10. What’s a recipe in vegan blogland that you’ve been eyeing?
I wanna try another one of Bryannas roasts soon. I've only made on once and she has so many different kinds. Plus it's that time of year when you want a nice warm oven and a massive lump of seitan isn't it?

11. Do you own any clothing with vegan messages/brands on them?
Uh yah. I have the red and black SSOV, the brown v neck one. A green herbivore zipper, a brown herbivore zipper. Umm, I have lots more but I can't remember.

12. Have you made your pilgrimage to the 'vegan mecca' yet? (Portland, duh)
*sob* No! I do plan to though, honest to goodness I do. Althought I hear the Illadelph is giving PDX a run for it's money, so I may have to plan a trip out and compare them both. Purely in the interests of science... Or something.

13. What age did you first go vegan? Did it stick?
17 or 18, and of course it stuck! If you're not vegan now, you never were, Brah!

14. What is the worst vegan meal you’ve had? Who cooked it?
Oooh! Recently when I went away to the middle of nowhere with uni. One night I was given a baked potato with boiled potato as topping and some inexplicable birdseed sprinkled on it.

15. What made you decide to blog?
Well, as you all know, I'm really quite awesome, and I felt the need to share this awesomeness with you, my faithful readers.

16. What are three of your favorite meals to make?
New Farm mac and cheese, stuffed shells, and stuffed tofu with hasselback potatoes.

17. What dish would you bring to a vegan Thanksgiving-themed potluck?
Probably one of Bryannas roasts, or the aforementioned New Farm mac and cheese.

18. Where is your favorite vegan meal at a restaurant? How many times have you ordered it?
Ooooh.... The Big Mono burger from Mono followed by some 13th Note cheesecake. I can't choose between them and you can't make me. Nuh uh.

16. What do you think the best chain to dine as a vegan is?
Ugh...Scream pubs around these parts are okay, but it depends from pub to pub.

17. My kitchen needs a………
Breadmaker! I've always wanted one. It most definitely does not need a deep fryer. No siree bob.

18. This vegetable is not allowed in my kitchen…..!
I welcome all vegetables graciously, but that evil little fungus dude the mushroom is banned. Would you like some extra slime with your meal? Try the mushrooms!

19. What's for dinner tonight?
More of the pasta bake and tofu that I made earlier.

20.Add a question here!
Write a critique of Robin Dunbar's theory on the evolution of language. Go on, you know you wanna write my essay for me.

Sunday, October 26

Super Secret Pudding Project

Not pudding pudding. Yorkshire pudding.

Can I tell you about the project? No. Can I tell you the how's or why's? No. It's a secret. I can tell you one thing. It's a delicious project. Wait, I lied, I can tell you two things. I'm working with another agent on the project. We are comrades in yorkshire pudding struggle.

Exhibit A - Yorkshire puddings. Look at that dip. Whoa mama. I would mention the other stuff, but who cares?

Exhibit B - As nature intended. Yorkshire puddings as gravy holding receptacles.

The first rule of yorkshire pudding club is you don't talk about yorkshire pudding club.
The second rule is no smoking.

This blog post will self destruct in 5...4...

Monday, October 13

The following meals are brought to you by indecision

I'm not good at making decisions. At all. Sometimes when I can't decide what I want to eat, I make everything that sounds good at once and then have leftovers for ages. I sometimes like when this happens.

This meal was inspired by wanting generalised Indian food. There is tofu and aubergine tikka masala, wholegrain rice, vegetable samosas and onion bhajis.

This meal was inspired by wanting generalised carby stodge. There is spicy pepper pasta, aubergine pomodoro, garlic bread, and mini peppers stuffed with garlic and herb cream cheese and battered. Look at that cream cheese oozing out...

Love me! I just noticed the follow me thingy on blogger because it told me that the lovely Kismet was following me. You should also follow me. Why? Because I'm needy and like to be loved. Do it. You know you want to. The link is right over there --->

Thursday, October 9

Wanna hear a whole big pile o' excuses?

Then read on brah!

Okay, so first off there was the surgery. It took a while to recover from that, and a while longer to be able to eat anything I'd want to take a picture of. How did the surgery go? Well, not so great. The surgeon went in and what he saw was too far gone for silly little keyhole surgery so he just flushed my joint out and closed me up. The flushing gives temporary relief for about a week or so, so that's long gone. So, anyway, I had my review appointment the other day and as it turns out, I need bilateral joint replacements. Whoop-di-doo. I don't need them right now, but at some point before I'm 30. This sucks because once you start having them you need to replace them every 10 years or so, so essentially this was a life altering piece of news that made me require a short pity party. I'm okay now though, mainly because I rock. Anyhoo, to delay needing the first one, I'm having some surgery soonish to freeze my joint capsule because that's where all the nerves (and thus pain) are. If all goes well with that, it should delay the need for joint replacements for a good few (max 5) years. It could all not work though, and being the eternal pessimist that I am, I hold out little hope.

Let's see... More excuses... I'm back at uni and I'm in my final year, which is crazy but exciting and I'm kinda enjoying the crazy.

Anyhoo, I will now stick with the 'food' part of the whole food blog shtick and post some food. I warn you though, due to all of the above, it will be in no way exciting. In fact, two of the three photos are of tofu scramble. Oh yes, I win at originality.

This is the way I always make scrambled tofu. There's always peppers and onion, and various spices. That's as much of a recipe as I'm ever able to stick to. It's served on some amazing multi seed bread and topped with fresh basil (you may start to sense a theme with the basil).

This scrambled tofu was inspired by the post on Vegan Dad's blog (which btw, I love). Of course, I didn't follow the recipe at all, but this was really good, and I can see it being a staple when I'm in dissertation mode and haven't seen a fresh vegetable in a while.

In a brief departure from scrambled tofu, is this good old vegan stereotype of the stuffed pepper. I stuffed this sweet pepper with marinated tofu and fried rice. Again, topped with fresh basil, obviously.

Anyways, I'll try and be better at keeping up with ye olde blogosphere, but what can I say? When you still consume rather a lot of liquid foods it can get difficult to find enough to post. I'll try my best though, I'm just awesome like that.

Sunday, August 17

Two Weeks on Monday...

...Is when the big bad surgeon man is going to be cutting into my pretty pretty face. Send me all your good vibes (and care packages).

Anyhoo, food.
This is quinoa topped with sauteed spinach and green tiger tomatoes (which I have to admit I only bought because they looked pretty), and baked sweet chilli and garlic tofu. It was delicious.
Now, this isn't really a meal, but it's one of my new favourite breakfasts and I thought it looked pretty. It's multi seed rye bread, topped with green tiger tomatoes, oregano, basil, parmezano, and sea salt. Totally awesome.

Friday, August 1

People like me!

Well duh! I'm awesome. Anyhoo, I got nominated by the wonderful elise for a Brilliante Weblog Award. Yay! Go me! The first thing I have to do is put up the banner thingie.
Done. The apparently I'm supposed to link to the person who nominated me, but I already did that up there because I'm just way ahead of the game. Now (jeez, this awards malarkey is complicated) I have to nominate seven other blogs for the award. Fun!
  • First I'm nominating the wonderful Kris over at Kris's Cruelty Free Kitchen because she always posts the kind of food I want to eat and because she's my Scottish freaky friend.
  • Next I want to continue the (almost) Scottish freaky friend theme and nominate Sinead over at Kitchen Dancing. Her food always looks so fancy, plus she's a vegan biologist and I essentially want to be her when I grow up... Whenever that may be.
  • Ida over at Yummy Vegan Dinners always takes awesome photos and hearty stick to your ribs kinda food that a stodge lover like me can appreciate.
  • Vincent over at VeganImprov likes to pretend to be mean as corn but his food is always classy as...umm a classy thing (I'm Glaswegian, I'm not exactly the master of classiness).
  • Okay, so I know I'm supposed to nominate seven people, but I don't play by no rules so I'm stopping at five! Lastly (and I hate to inflate his diva ego anymore) is Dino over at Alternative Vegan. I actually don't want to say anything about Dino because he loves himself enough as it is. (But he is a little bit awesome).
And now I have to go leave comments on their blogs to tell them! Jeez! No rest for the awesome!

Okay, so I should probably post some food. I gove to you... Tofu, rice and different sauces! Oh yes, my blog is truly revolutionary and worthy of an award.
General Taos Tofu from the legendary recipe at vegweb (oh how I <3 thee).

Sweet and Sour Tofu.

Revolutionary, I say!

Wednesday, July 9

An Oldie But A Goodie

Stuffed shells with sundried tomato and basil sauce. The shells are stuffed with garlic and herb cream cheese, spring onions, sundried tomatoes, and basil. Served with a mountain of kale because apparently I serve everything with a mountain of kale. Alas though, I think my love affair with kale may have to take a break. It's just too chewy on my full of fail jaw. *sigh*

Tuesday, July 8

Seitan, Kale and Tomatoes

Got home from work and wanted something quick. I had some seitan cutlets kicking about so I marinated it in garlic and baked it. Served atop some garlic sauteed kale with roast vine ripened tomatoes. Drizzled in balsamic glaze.

Monday, July 7

I survived!

For a while there I was pretty much entirely composed of bruises, but I survived. To mark my survival, I give to you (all five of you) some pretty pictures:
This was taken from somewhere up a hill. I fear I may have repressed most of my hillwalking memories so I can provide no further info.
I do remember why I took this picture. You see the white foggy looking thing over yonder? Yeah, that was rain on another mountain. I obviously thought this was cool enough to take a picture of it.

Anyhoo, enough with that boring outdoorsy stuff and onto the food!
Naan pizza... Naanza! Umm yeah. Anyhoo, there was a recipe similar to this in Bryanna Clark Grogans latest (and last *sob*) newsletter. As usual I didn't actually use the recipe, but I used the idea. I made a spicy tomato sauce and made the cheesy sauce from the new farm cookbook. It was grand.
Curry crusted tofu, vegetable fried rice, and vegetable curry. The tofu was coated with loads of spices and then baked and grilled. Look at those grill marks! Oooh yeah! *ahem* Tasty!

Thursday, June 19


Tomorrow after work I'm off on a 7 day residential course with uni. To the middle of nowhere. I'm scared. I'm taking three bags, one of which is entirely filled with food. I'm too much of a city girl for this stuff.

Wish me luck in my not dying endeavours!

If I see anything pretty I may take some pictures for you, if you're lucky. Bah!


Monday, June 9

Work Food

As in, just home from work and jeezy creezy I want food in mah belly now. Quick food.
Cheezy pasta with sundried tomatoes and red chilli flakes. Teh yum.
Baked potato with roast vegetables, balsamic and chilli dressing and mature cheddar cheezly. Also teh yum.

Saturday, June 7

Holy Inactivity Batman!

It's been a whole month since I last blogged! I suck!

I kinda lost my cooking mojo for a while. Lets not get all emoriffic, but with my jaw arthritis and stuff, I started associating eating with pain, so I'd been rushing food and eating a lot of smoothies and soups, which lets be honest, you don't want to see.

Anyhoo, what else has been going on in Lelly land? Well, I passed my exams. I'm not happy with my grades at all, but I keep telling myself that I'm doing well to have survived this semester, never mind anything else. What else? I started a new job on Monday. It's actually pretty great. Good money, a 10 minute walk away, and really relaxed atmosphere. The job itself is scarily important, so I think the atmosphere is to make up for that. Oooh, I'm officially on the waiting list to get my maxillofacial surgery. The surgeon reckons it should happen around August, so hopefully the end of the year will be much better than the beginning. After my surgery, I won't be allowed solid food for around 6 weeks, so the blog should become... interesting! Maybe I'll just post pictures of my (hopefully not too) gnarly scars. I have other good things going on just now, but maybe we'll talk about that some other time. Maybe.

Anyhoo, did I forget this was a food blog? I think I might have. I made a big pasta bake the other night so I'd have some food for after work for a few nights. Also, nice soft pasta is pleasing to my face. In this there was some form of curly pasta, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, vegideli sausages, mozz cheezly, onion, spinach, and some baked tofu I had. It was pretty much a clean out the fridge meal. Oh yeah, and it's topped with parmezano.

Wednesday, May 7

The Worlds Biggest Salad

Okay,so that's a completely unsubstantiated claim and I offer you no proof, but it was a pretty damn big salad. Let's see, what was in there? Rocket, tomatoes, onion, baked tofu, balsamic dressing... Ack, there was most likely more but I forget. On the side is a little roast potato salad, so I suppose I had salad with a side of salad, what fun! Btw, this meal was pretty tough on my jaw (tmj arthritis issues), I don't know why I think it's helpful to tell you all that. Maybe I should start a tmj friendliness rating... Or not, because that would be highly dull. Anyhoo, in other news, I bought a bike recently. I love it. Like seriously. Today I got to cycle all along the river, and fields, and saw wild bunnies and heelan coos. It was delightful. Anyhoo, in case anyone vaguely cares, here's a picture of my bike:
Due to the shape of the outside of my flat, it was impossible to get a complete side view, you're all gonna have to just like with it, k?

Friday, May 2


In the quiche is sundried tomatoes, red onions, and spinach. Served with a quick side salad and some mayo. Tasted like summer. The leftovers are calling to me...

Thursday, May 1

Korean Vegetable Pancakes... Kind of.

As you can see they kinda fell apart, but who cares? They still tasted good. The recipe is from Asian Vegan, which I'm currently loving and plan to make a lot more from. Inside the pancake is onion, carrot, garlic, beansprouts, and chives. Served with chilli dipping sauce.

Saturday, April 26

So, I Squashed Me Some Taters...

Look at them... Sitting there looking delicious, waiting to be devoured. Mwah ha ha.I'm fairly convinced that Dreena Burton invented this recipe specifically for students at exam time, who haven't had time to go proper food shopping in a while, and don't have much time to cook. Well either that or she invented it specifically for five year olds. Is there really much of a difference? This time I put a little fresh basil (yes, yes, I do put it on everything), and dried oregano on them, and to compensate for eating a meal entirely composed of potato, I used spray oil. Doesn't taste any different with spray oil, in fact I think I might prefer it. Anyhoo, in conclusion, exam time sucks and potato squashers rock.

Friday, April 25

Pizza of Win!

Yes, I declare this to be the official pizza of win. Why? Well it's full of all the win foods. Spelt base, garlic sauce, caramelised red onions, pine nuts, and fresh basil. Win. Just for extra win, here's a slice shot:
Now, what did i have with this classy beast of a pizza? Ketchup. Oh yes. I make classy things trashy.

If anybody's wondering why my pictures have gone a bit downhill recently, I've decided to blame it on the fact that I've turned the Aerogrow off, and so don't have the fake almost natural light anymore. Don't worry, she'll be back! I'm just deciding what to grow in her next.

Tuesday, April 22

Post O' Orange

Yes, for some reason everything I've eaten over the past few days have been various shades of orange, how bizarre. Everything is also from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan which I just got recently.
Sorry for the blurry shot, I think it was still steamy when I took the picture. Anyhoo, this is the cashew ginger tofu and tamari roasted chickpeas.
This is the blackened tofu and potato squashers. I absolutely loved both. I'm currently eyeing up the tofu leftovers, I doubt they'll make it to lunchtime tomorrow.

Sunday, April 6


Food o plenty in this post. First up is the food of sick people all over the world, mac and cheese. I was in hospital last week because apparently blood clots aren't supposed to be in your lung, who knew? Well I did, but I am very clever. Anyhoo, when I got out I wanted to make a batch of something hearty that I could work my way through for a few days, so as always I went for the new farm mac and cheese. I reduced the oil quite a lot though, because it really is quite ridiculous. Here it is with roasted brussel sprouts, which are the rockingest cruciferous vegetable around:

I had an influx of vegans this weekend for much drunken and non drunken fun. Some out of towners came up on the Friday night which to me seemed like a perfect excuse to have a pizza party.
This first pizza has basil tofu ricotta and pesto, it was the yum.
This one has mozzarella cheezly and home made pepperoni. Also the yum. There was a third pizza that was essentially a combination of both of the above, but at that point my stomach had given up on letting me eat pizza and I was far too bloated to get up and take a picture.

Thursday, March 27

No food! I've been tagged!

Not in the criminal way, obviously. DJ over at the skint vegan tagged me to do one of these meme thingimijigs. I have to tell you five things about myself and then tag five other bloggers. I'm not really one for drive by tagging, so if you read this, and you're a vegan blogger, consider yourself tagged. Okay, so onto the most likely dull lelly facts.

  1. I'm currently radioactive due to a scan I had at hospital yesterday. I feel like I should be fighting crime. My weapon shall be battered pizza, and I'll get rid of the criminals with atherosclerosis. (too geeky? me? never).
  2. Continuing along the geek theme - years ago I read an article in a newspaper about bumble bee behaviour and physiology. I enjoyed it so much that I cut it out and if I need cheered up, I re-read it. Bumble bees ftw!
  3. Tofu is my absolute favourite food because it's just so versatile. One of my pet peeves is when people (who usually have never actually eaten it) say they don't like it, at which point I big-headedly exclaim "aha! this is because you've never had me cook it for you!".
  4. I am ever so slightly besotted with Ron Weasley. NOT, Rupert Grint, only Ron Weasley.
  5. I love the way Jenna from Vegan Freak Radio says my name. She just says it so much cuter than anybody else.
I now feel oddly exposed...

Sunday, March 23

Tofu and Potatoes

It's very odd really that some form of tofu, tempeh, or seitan and potatoes is my stand by comfort food, because as an omni I was never much of a meat and potatoes kind of girl. In fact, the thought makes me sick. Ugh. Anyway, the tofu wasn't even marinated, i just kinda poured some balsamic vinegar and worcester sauce onto it when it was cooking. The potatoes were just boiled and then I tossed in some fresh basil, and I made a balsamic onion gravy type thing. Excellent.

Wednesday, March 19

Leftovers ftw.

(that's 'for the win' for any old folks)

I sauteed up some onion and kale and strips of seitan cutlets and added it to pasta and then added some leftover spicy tomato pasta sauce. Topped with parmezano, as always. Delicious, as always.

Oh, yes. I've gone through an entire bag of kale in a day and a half. Just felt the need to share. It has been pointed out to me that this is clearly too healthy, and I should batter it. Battering is always the answer.

You know you're vegan when...

...this is your idea of lunchtime comfort food:
A big bowl of sauteed kale with balsamic baked tofu slathered with more balsamic vinegar.

Tuesday, March 18

Bryanna is a Goddess.

Yes. Seriously, if you haven't subscribed to her newsletter yet, do it now. I'd do it just for the soy and seitan cutlet recipe alone.

I have a massive batch waiting for me to put them in the freezer. I plan to make many gluten based foodstuff this week, oh yes i do. This time i breaded them, but who knows what wonderful things I shall do to them soon, who knows?

Served with garlic kale and baby potatoes with fresh basil and garlic.

Oh, in other news, did I mention I was single now? No? Well I am. I still haven't quite gotten the portion sizes down yet, so if you're not a crazy serial killer and you're in the area, come over for the inevitable leftovers.

Thursday, March 13

And one more for good measure...

I'm going to be away at the weekend so I thought I'd just post this now. The afrorementioned beanball subs:
Aren't they cute? I used petit pains, so there's only 2 weeny beanballs in each one. The beanballs were baked with (very garlicky - my breath still stinks) marinara and mozzarella cheezly. Delightful.

Penne and Beanballs

The title pretty much sums it up. The beanballs are from Vcon, and I have absolutely loads left. I'll probably be having beanball subs for about a week (not that I'm complaining). I'll actually probably freeze some for later. I just got a load of gluten delivered so next week I plan on making loads of Bryannas seitan cutlets and loads of chickpea cutlets and freezing them, my exams are coming up soon and it'll be handy. Anyhoo, the sauce is cherry tomato and chilli, and it's got a little sprinkling of parmezano on top. Yum.

Thursday, March 6

Linguine Alfreda

Based on the vegan with a vengeance recipe, but as usual I got distracted and started doing my own thing. I also at one point decided that some Fry's Vegetarian Strips would be good in it, so I chucked some of them in. I also put some chopped fresh basil in, because I always have some and I love it.