What do vegans eat when they’re sick?

Honestly, the title is a bit misleading. I have no idea what other vegans eat when they are sick – I only know what I eat when I’m sick. So why write this post at all? Because I haven’t come across much talk about it, and in the face of all the prescriptions for chicken…

Birthday cake: vegan persian love cake

It was my birthday recently, and I went out to my favourite place, Moroccan Soup Bar. The birthday cake needed to be special and gluten-free. I considered mud cake, or coconut cake, and lemon cake, but in the end I settled on a heavily bastardised version of what I’ve seen called Persian Love Cake. As…

Kale and pumpkin gnocchi

This recipe is going to be very approximate. You are forewarned. I like kale. I don’t love it, I don’t have any kale™ merchanidse, I don’t feel the need to have pictures of kale on my clothes, and I don’t eat it in smoothies (partly because it tastes grassy, and partly because too much raw…

Carrot-curry noodle soup

I am aware that carrots are good for me, and I like them well-enough, but they;ve never been my favourite to cook with. I don’t know if it’s because I was ruined for all future carrotage as a child by my mum’s honey carrots, or if it’s because I like to make pretty food, and…

Brioche

On the weekend I decided to treat my partner to a fancy, frenchy meal at home for being such a fabbo guy. I went to town on it, and made 5 courses of yum, including: Brioche and walnut pate Autumn harvest soup Jerusalem artichoke puree with sauteed mushrooms Nut loaf, Brussels sprouts and blueberry, pomegranate…

Vegan Savoury Shapes

Today I’m supposed to be packing and cleaning, so naturally I procrastibaked instead. I was trying to come up with some interesting snacks for the big road trip, and decided to try my hand at some savoury biscuits. I’ve been making a lot of Italian christmas biscuits lately (little twists and rings flavoured with fennel…

White pudding, deconstructed.

When I read the description of white pudding, I assumed that A) it would be easy to veganise and B) I knew what it was. I was wrongish on both counts. On closer inspection it turns out that white pudding is actually made of suet and oats and spices, which are then stuffed into a…

Scotch broth and oat cakes

Time does tick on, huh? Lucky for me I’m home with an unstoppable cough today, so I can catch up on blog writing between coughing fits. The very first Scottish-ish meal I turned my hand to, in the distant past of about two and  half weeks ago, was Scotch broth accompanied by some oat cakes….

The first feast

The first Iranian things I tried making were from the dinner selection. The menu went as follows: bread herb salad pickles kashk-e badenjan chelow khoresht – sour tofu and herbs I read in Saraban that Iranian meals usually begin with flat bread and a basket of herbs and cheese. These are then followed by pickles,…

Bobotie and Milk Tart, several weeks later (oops)

As per my menu plan, I made vegan versions of Bobotie and Milk Tart several weeks ago. And then I forgot all about the blog and moved on to other things like Coursera and True Blood and Christmas. Oops! Bobotie is sort of like shepherds pie, except it has an eggy-custard layer instead of a…

Pap and Sauce

My first foray into South African cuisine was to attempt making Pap ad Sous. Pap is a dish of maize, like ugali (which I tried many moons ago when this blog looked at Tanzania, but was not very impressed with). Sous is a tomato sauce that goes with it. This time it turned out better,…