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Tuno & Mayo More Like A Tin Of Bogies!

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 17th of September 2021 I have had Loma Tuno before, but it was the chilli one.  This time i decided to try the Tuno and May, but i wished i hadn't!  I had it with a jacket potato and topped it with some olives. Even after adding copious amounts of vegan mayonnaise, and bang bang, vegan salad cream and more vegan mayo i could just about eat it. Nonetheless, I couldn't eat it all.  In the end i got the idea i was eating recycled bogies. Yuk! This is one to avoid! I really hope that you liked this blog.  Please like, share and subscribe.  

Bhuna NotGosht

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 13th of  September 2021   Traditionally this dish is made with lamb or mutton, but we are vegan so I will use tofu, but you can use any meat substitute that you like.  If you look around, you will be able to find many different ways to prepare this curry, but this is the way i like to do it because it looks authentic and tastes astonishing.  Notes before you get started It is fine to use vegan cream instead of cashew cream. See how to make the cashew cream here . If you are worried about nutrition particularly B12, you can add a teaspoon of nutritional yeast with added B12 Use a washed out jar to marinade the tofu pieces in.  I used a salsa jar meaning that i didn't need to by a new jar.  Marinated tofu in repurposed jar Adding veg is an option.  I like to add a bit of carrot and broccoli to bulk it out a bit and add more nutrition. Making the tomato sauce is great because if you make a big batch, you can use it in other recipes.  I do this by chopping so

Beyond Burger Review

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 10th of September 2021  Last time I tried this burger it was a frozen one.  This time i tried the fresh one, but was it worth the price?  I must be honest, the only reason I tried it at all is because it was going for less than half price.  I resent paying so much for a vegan burger because it makes me feel exploited  by some company instead of valued.  Anyway, I can add that to the negatives at the end, but know this: it is not all bad.    Does it taste like a meat burger? Yes, It tastes like a meat burger.  I loved the way it smells when cooking and I liked the way it cooked too.  I had it in a bun with some tomato, mustard, BBQ sauce, onion and chilli and I could still taste a really great burger through all that flavour.  Obviously, I tried some without the sauce and pickles and it was still great tasting.   What is the issue with the burger? The issue is not the burger because the burger is fantastic!  No, the issue is the price and the fact it c

Yellow Split Pea Dahl

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 6th of September 2021 Dahl means split pulses usually lentils, which can be used in this curry, but then it wouldn't be yellow split pea Dahl!  Instead of using coconut milk, I used cashew cream, which keeps the creaminess but changes the texture. Servers 2 Ingredients  Yellow split peas 1/3 cup Cannellini beans (optional) 1/3 cup Cashew cream ( how to make cashew cream ) Chopped tomatoes 100g Garlic 4 cloves Onion 1/2  Mushrooms x 4-6 medium Cabbage x 60g Bell pepper x 40g Curry powder x 1 tsp Gram masala x 1 tsp Goan spice x 1/4 tsp Brown sugar x 1 tsp Salt to taste Method Prepare the beans. If you have dried beans, they will need to be soaked overnight and boiled for 15 minutes the next day. Fry the mushrooms, onions and garlic in a frying pan.   Add the spices and stir for a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, cashew cream and little water if needed.  Add the sugar. Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. Results  Very creamy curry with a mild hea

Caramelised Onion Chutney

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 3rd of September 2021 You are new to cooking and you want to make something different to go in your sandwiches, on your crackers with your vegan cheese or something to add to the side of your plate at dinner time.  Onion chutney , a sweet onion gooey delight, is great for any of those and if you make enough of it, it will last for ages in the fridge.  However, it is best if you leave it for a few weeks before you start consuming it.  Can last for about six months in the fridge. Literature search  The Guardian (2010) ' Caramelised Onion Chutney Recipe '    Guardian News & Media Limited .  Available at https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/03/caramelised-red-onion-chutney-recipe (Accessed on 16/08/21). Palmer, N.   (2021) ' Onion Chutney Recipe ' Good To Know. Available at https://www.goodto.com/recipes/onion-chutney (Accessed on 16/08/21) Tesco (n.d.) ' Caramelised Onion Chutney Recipe ' Available at https://realfood.

How to make cashew cream

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 1st of September 2021       Cashew cream is a great way to make any curry magnificent!   It is very simple to make and boosts the flavour to the next level. In addition, it makes a great dip and you can even add it to your porridge or overnight oats. You can add it to anything that you would cream. However, if you want to make it smooth like cream, you will need to use a high powered blender. Ingredients  Basic cashew cream 1/4 cup of cashews per person Vegan milk, as much as needed for your taste Luxury cashew cream 1/4 cup of cashews per person Vegan milk, about 2 - 3 tbsp 1/2 tsp of nutritional yeast with B12 1 pitted date  1/4 tsp of cinnamon  Method Blend the cashew nuts into crumbs  Cashew before blending. Cashew nuts after blending ready for the soya milk Step 2 Gently pour in the vegan milk until you get the desired viscosity.  Add optional spices, date and nutritional yeast if dimerised.   Results  Yields a very creamy and sweet pale subst

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 30th of August 2022  I was looking for something different and stumbled across a Polish dish for cabbage rolls.  On further investigation, I noticed how I could make it vegan.  I remembered using lentils in the stuffing instead of mince beef, but it needed something else.  As I tested the stuffing out, I realised I could make it extra special by adding some Goan spice to the mix, which i did and it was good! Notes If you are worried about nutrition, you can add some nooch (nutritional yeast with B12). It helps to think about the timing in this recipe.  The lentils and rice can be cooked together in the same saucepan at the start of preparation.   If the cabbage leave has a very big steamy bit, you can shave some of it of with a knife to help with its flexibility.  It is best to do this after boiling. Don't over fill the parcels or it will be difficult to roll them up. Ingredients  Cabbage leaves (3 per person)  For Stuffing Red lentils 1/4 cup Br

Pan Fried Katblossom: The Report

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 27th of August 2021 Abstract After browsing the internet looking for ideas of what to make next, I started to notice people talking about banana blossom and using it to make vegan battered fish and chips.  At first, I was reluctant to try it because of the frying aspect, but I liked the sound of this so decided to have a go at making this dish myself. However, I have never made batter before let alone battered banana blossom.  With this in mind, I decided to solve this problem by researching it online and in the library.  My intention was to compare different recipes for batter, battered fish and battered banana blossom in order to create a new recipe that was low in fat and completely vegan.  Subsequently, I chose to go with the shallow fry option to keep the flavour but reduce the fat.   In order to complete the project, I run tests on the batter to ensure its success, which was a great idea in solving the lack of experience in making batter.  Pra

Make Your Own Vegan Sausages

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 1st of November 2021   I got this recipe from The Vegan Society magazine called The Vegan.  If you are someone that does not like the texture of meat, this could be for you.  I made some alterations to suit my needs.   Serves 8 Ingredients  1 small white onion, roughly chopped 4 finely chopped cloves of garlic  2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp yeast extract 120 g  mushrooms, chopped 400 g can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed 50 g oats 0.25 cup of plain flour 2 tsp fresh sage 3 apple slices, finely chopped 1 tsp nutritional yeast with B12 1.5 tsp of salt Apparatus Blender Spatula Scraper   Frying pan Method  Step 1 Add all the ingredients with the exception of 2 tbsp of oil to a bowl and mix. Put a little at a time of the mixture into the blender. Pulse until you have a smooth, meaty mixture.  Shape the mixture into 8 sausages with a little flour if needed. Meat dough Shape into sausages Step 2 Add  the oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and cook