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This is yummier than it looks: corn and quinoa chowder from Dreena Burton’s Let Them Eat Vegan. I’ve been making this for years but I don’t think I’ve ever posted it here: maybe because it never looks any good in photos?

The recipe is available online at 86lemons.com and is very easy.  Everything goes into a casserole dish, stir, put in the oven, take it out halfway through, stir again, put it back in the oven until done. Oh and you stir in a little lime juice at the end. It’s good winter warming comfort food: yes I know it’s spring here in Australia but I’ve been meaning to post this for a while!  It was cold when I cooked it 🙂  As you can see, I usually serve this with simply steamed green veg.

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A little while ago I went to an evening lecture at the University of Sydney. Beforehand I needed some dinner, so I seized the opportunity to go back to Bliss & Chips, Newtown. I ordered vegan calamari and some salad, and enjoyed it all greatly.  It’s fun to eat tasty vegan fish and chips, or in this case, vegan calamari and salad.

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My partner has added a new recipe to his repetoire. He prepares baked potatoes (in the microwave, because it’s quicker) and whips up a batch of chilli from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe Ancho Lentil Tacos. On this occasion he also prepared some baked beans and salad.

The potatoes turned out really well, soft and creamy, though you don’t end up with the crispy skin that oven-baking gives. There’s some instructions on microwave potato baking here, though my partner says he just pricks the skin of the potatoes, then microwaves on high for 3 minutes, turns over, repeat until done. A very easy midweek meal. Thanks honey!

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On Sunday I made the tempeh tikka masala recipe from Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. But just before I started cooking, I realised that I didn’t have any tempeh in the fridge after all. Instead I used store-bought chicken-free strips, that I did happen to have in the fridge. The tikka masala flavours easily overpowered the lemon-thyme flavouring of the strips. The curry was fun to make, didn’t take too long to prepare, and was really yummy. The recipe in the book is very similar to this version which is available online from Vegan Richa.  I’ll make this again.

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I was in Toronto recently for a week, for a conference. (I already told you about the delicious cactus tacos that I ate while there.) Luckily, my flight home was late at night, and a friend from the conference was in the same situation, so we walked around Toronto for a day. Our wanderings were not entirely aimless because I knew exactly where I wanted to end up for lunch: Hogtown Vegan, 1056 Bloor St W. Please note the special advertised on the board: pulled ‘pork’ poutine.

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This is a (blurry) photo of the pulled pork poutine special. Poutine is a Canadian thing, chips with gravy and sauce, something like that.  It was so, so good. Their lunch menu was full of delicious-sounding items: I really wished I could stay another week just to sample 7 more meals!  I am actually salivating now as I remember how good this messy stuff tasted.

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On the subject of vegan food in Toronto, I’d also like to mention Rise Espresso, 107 Mutual St.  If you are looking for good coffee near Ryerson University then I suggest you make your way there.

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Here is their display counter of baked goods, almost all from Sweets From the Earth and labelled as vegan. I liked the look of the unlabelled bread-like item at the top left, so I asked what it was, and was told it was banana bread with chocolate chips.  “Is it vegan?”, I asked.  “Everything in there is vegan!”, the lovely barista replied. Hooray! The banana bread with chocolate chips was delicious, and their coffee was great.

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This is a soya meat curry.  The little balls are made of soy beans (somehow) and have been dehydrated and packaged (see photo below).

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I have to thank my friend Dilini, who first gave me some soy meat curry that she had cooked (which tasted *amazing*!!), and then gave me this packet so I could cook some for myself. Of course hers tasted much better and more authentic than mine! I asked Dilini where I would find this packet and she said “Sri Lankan shops”.

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This is what the soy beans look like out of the packet. You soak them in hot water, then drain them and squeeze the water out.  Then, follow the instructions on the packet (a spice sachet is included) or find a recipe online, like this one.  I added zucchini (courgette) for a bit of green.  We all loved the soy meat balls, they’re really yummy. I’d definitely like to experiment with them again, and encourage you to do the same.

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Last week I attended a conference at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. Lunch breaks were short, but luckily for me, Tacos 101 was close by to provide me with Nopal tacos. As confirmed in the photo below, these tacos are made from cactus! I don’t *think* I’ve ever eaten cactus before (?!).

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The Nopal tacos are made of cactus, refried beans, pico de gallo and salsa verde (I asked them to omit the cheese), and served with guacamole puree. They were very tasty tacos and kept me coming back. I also really enjoyed their aesthetics: it’s a cool space. You can sit inside or stand up at the benches outside. I definitely recommend a visit.

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