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Kid #1 really likes blueberry bagels. We used to be able to buy them from our local supermarket, but they don’t seem to stock them anymore. Finally I realised that we could try to make some ourselves. We found a recipe online and today we had a go.

I made a few mistakes.  The first mistake was thinking “Sure, this packet of yeast is old but it will probably still work” (!!).  The yeast produced some bubbles after 5 minutes in warm water with sugar, so I decided to use it, but now I think it probably wasn’t up to full strength. Either that, or mistake #2 finished it off: I used frozen blueberries but they were still (very) cold when they went into the dough. That might not have been a great idea. (I’d read that it was fine to use frozen blueberries but that you should get them out an hour in advance. We didn’t wait an hour. Maybe 20 minutes. Oops.)

So, when I make these again, I’ll use freshly bought yeast and room temperature blueberries (fresh or defrosted). But even so, they were tasty, if a bit flatter and crispier than expected. We enjoyed them.

humitas

We live down the road from the Ramsgate Foodies Market but we haven’t been there for a while. This morning child #1 suggested that we go there for (a late) breakfast. We cycled to the market and walked around deciding what to eat. I couldn’t resist the humitas from the Pochito Chilean Street Food stall.  (They mostly sell omni food, but the humitas is vegan.)

Humitas is mostly made with fresh corn and onion, ground into a paste andwrapped up in corn husks, then boiled.  This page has a recipe for humitas and also tells us that “Humitas are one of the classic pre-Columbian foods of Latin America”. I found my humitas very tasty, especially with the coriander salsa on top. It was a very good way to start the day.

Pochito Chilean Street Food

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We recently bought a waffle-maker and made some waffles. Delicious! We used Leigh’s “Basic Waffles” recipe from Veganissimo! and it worked really well.  The whole family enjoyed a weekend breakfast consisting of these waffles, which we topped with stewed apples, various berries and maple syrup. Yum.

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I’ve made tofu scramble many times, but this is the first time I’ve ever made a chickpea scramble. I used this Mexican Chickpea Scramble recipe from Fettle Vegan. I didn’t have any cabbage in the house, but I added some chopped-up choy sum for extra leafy-green goodness.

I served this up for dinner, along with home-made Lincolnshire seitan sausage, baked beans and peas. The scramble was tasty and filling. Maybe I still prefer scrambled tofu, but I will definitely make chickpea scramble again.

 

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Sometimes I just like a little coconut yoghurt on my morning cereal. Usually I have to go to the health food to see if they have Coyo yoghurt in stock. So I was happy to see a new coconut yoghurt product on sale in the yoghurt section of my usual supermarket.  (That’s right: it was in the usual yoghurt section, not some kind of “special food for problem customers” type section). Naturally I purchased some to give it a try.

Nudie is known in Australia for selling additive-free fruit juices. I guess they’re branching out.

I enjoyed this yoghurt: it has a pleasant taste which is quite mild. I’d buy it again.  I’d also like to see how it goes in a yoghurt cake. (Cakes with yoghurt in usually end up with a great texture, in my somewhat limited experience.)

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However, as a vegan, I didn’t like the cartoon on the foil seal: “Cows need a holiday too!”.  I don’t want the cow to have to come back to work at the end of its “holiday”. I want us to stop exploiting cows.  So I found this message very jarring, and I bet I’m not the only one. Nudie, you don’t want to irritate the vegan component of your market… do you?

 

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These are the most sausage-like seitan sausages that I have ever made. The recipe is from the Grumpy Sailor and it is a good’un. As you can see, I enjoyed my sausages for brunch (and also I had about the same thing for dinner, I mean brinner, once or twice). These sausages are also good sliced up in sandwiches, as the Grumpy Sailor rightly mentions.

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The seitan is wrapped up in foil and steamed. Maybe in the past I’ve wrapped my foil too loosely? This time the foil really did shape the seitan into sausage-like cylinders. The photo above shows the seitan after it has been steamed. Then you can fry or grill the sausages when you need them (refrigerate or freeze the rest).

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Just look at that texture! I was amazed and pleased. They taste very good too. I will definitely make these again.

Corn fritters

Today for lunch we enjoyed corn fritters, recipe from Veganissimo and available online. I didn’t have masa harina so I used polenta. The fritters were very tasty: I ate mine with chutney made from bush tomatoes (native Australian tomatoes). In Veganissimo, it suggests (vegan) tartar sauce as a serving option. A green salad would have been nice on the side too, if I’d had more time… or any salad ingredients in the house!

Since they’re made with polenta (or masa harina) and chickpea flour, these fritters are gluten free.