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This recipe for lemon tofu is easy and the results are reliably delicious. Though based on Hetty McKinnon’s recipe, I use the slightly tweaked version from Where’s The Beef. Their method for coating the tofu in soy sauce and then cornflower, by shaking things up inside a large tupperware container, is genius. So much easier and more effective than trying to roll the tofu around by hand. Highly recommend.

I’ve been vegan for a while now, more than 8 years in fact. So I can easily go a month only cooking things I’ve cooked before. (This is why I hardly ever post on this blog, especially now that travel is impossible.) But I’ve been meaning to try to make cauliflower wings for a while, and I often end up with half a head of cauliflower left over after my partner makes a vegetable curry. Finally, this week I made cauliflower wings: specifically, Cauliflower Buffalo Wings from BOSH.

One reason why I chose to make this particular recipe is that there’s no deep frying involved: the wings are cooked in the oven. I don’t prefer this for health reasons, I’m just scared of hot oil and so I don’t enjoy deep frying! Instead, after coating the cauliflower in batter and rolling it in breadcrumbs, melted vegan butter mixed with hot sauce is drizzled over the partly-baked cauliflower, then returned to the oven to bake until golden brown. Yum!

We had these for lunch and we all thought they were delicious. Kid #2 said “Chef’s kiss!”. I also made the ranch sauce to go with it, but sadly I didn’t have any fresh parsley in the house, so the sauce was plain, but nice. I’ll definitely make this again and make sure I’ve got fresh parsley on hand.

Back in February, I visited Monash University, Melbourne. I stayed with good friends who live in Huntingdale, and they took me to dinner at Balila Lebanese Cuisine and Cafe.  It’s an omni place but with lots of amazing vegan options. I had the vegan mashawe, and everything on my plate was delicious. I particularly liked the white fluffy garlic sauce (so strong! so tasty!). 

I hope that I will have a chance to eat at Balila again one day.

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It’s a bit hard to tell from this photo, but this is a Thai red curry.  Specifically, it is the Thai red curry recipe from the BOSH! cookbook (“Simple recipes, amazing food, all plants”).  The recipe and video are also available online.

I enjoyed making this recipe, and it was definitely tasty and felt healthy.  I don’t like lychees so I skipped those.  Next time I make it I’ll also add some tofu cubes or tofu puffs.

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How is it possible that I live in Sydney and have been vegan for 7 years now, and last October was the first time I ate at the Green Mushroom in Glebe?  Clearly my priorities are all wrong and I needed to carefully examine my life choices.  So many dishes to choose from, all vegan, beautifully flavoured and delicious.

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I urge you to learn from my mistakes and visit the Green Mushroom at your earliest convenience.

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After a lovely weekend with my friends in Amstelveen, I moved into a cute hotel in Jordaan for a week of work.  I had most of the day to myself on the Monday, and took myself to Meatless District for lunch.  I had a Tofu Hollandaise, served with asparagus and rocket.  It was very tasty and satisfying.

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On my last evening in Amsterdam, a Thursday evening, I had dinner here with my work colleagues.  It was really busy, with people at the bar and lots of people eating. We had a good meal (I had a burger) but sadly, no photos.

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On my final breakfast in Amsterdam I walked down the street to a place called Healthy Belly, and had these pancakes with coconut cream.  Delicious.

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Last Saturday afternoon I wanted a substantial snack.  Here is what I ate:  some homemade hummus, some carrot sticks, roast chickpeas (marinated in leftover marinade from making carrot hotdots, then roasted) and the star of the show, sliced and fried pepperoni from Just Add Vegan Products.

Just Add is a new venture by my sister Leigh Drew, author of vegan cookbooks including Veganissimo! and Greenilicious.  Her aim with Just Add is to provide dry mixes in sustainable biodegradable packaging. To turn the dry mixes into delicious food, just add liquid and follow the instructions.  To make the pepperoni, you tip the Just Add dry mix into a bowl, add oil and vegan stock, knead for a couple of minutes, shape into two logs, wrap up in alfoil and steam:  the usual process for making seitan.

The pepperoni is very tasty with a good amount of heat.  So far I’ve enjoyed my pepperoni slices in sandwiches and on its own, or in snack bowls like this one.  Other Just Add products include hot dogs, burgers, a ham that I can’t wait to try, and a cheesecake (base and filling).  Look out for Just Add at vegan markets in Melbourne (and sometimes Sydney!) and follow Just Add on instagram to get sneak peaks of upcoming products currently being tested.

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I made this recipe for vegan san choi bow from delightfulvegans.com . The mixture includes some carrot, baby corn and water chestnuts fried with tofu and lots of yummy flavourings.  My kids are normally not that keen to eat lettuce but they both really enjoyed these.  I accidently added the fresh mint early, during the cooking stage: next time I would wait and add it at the proper time, right at the end for maximum flavour.

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After my week in Vancouver I spent a week in Waterloo, working with a colleague.  One evening I took myself out to dinner and a movie.  Dinner was at Jane Bond and the movie was at the Princess Twin cinema.  All the food at Jane Bond is vegetarian, and several items are vegan.  I had a jerk tempeh burrito with  spinach and black bean, served with pineapple, mint and lime salsa.  From memory, the beer I had with it was a pale ale called Face For Radio.  I enjoyed the burrito: I’m not sure I’d put pineapple in a salsa myself, but it was fun and somehow matched the vibe of the place.

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From my admittedly limited experience, I would guess that Jane Bond is the coolest place in Waterloo.  I mean, just look at it!  It’s also a live music venue.  I immediately felt relaxed and comfortable there.

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Just look at this table! I loved it all.  Go there if you can.

One more eating experience in Waterloo that I’d like to mention.  My colleague and her family took me out to brunch at Proof Kitchen, inside a hotel.

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I had the Breakfast Goodness, one of a few items marked as vegan on the menu. It consists of artfully smeared hummus, smoked tofu, red quinoa, baby arugula (also known as rocket), crushed pistachios, pomegranate seeds and molasses. Nice colours, nice mix of textures, tasty.  This is quite fancy food, in a somewhat upmarket place.

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I’m a mathematician: my colleague and her husband are both mathematicians.  There are a lot of mathematicians in Waterloo.  I’ve never seen such a mathematical theme in a restaurant before, anywhere.  The concept of proof is what sets mathematics apart from every other science, so it’s very close to every mathematicians heart.  It made me happy just to be eating in a restaurant called “proof”, and even happier when I saw the square “QED” symbol as part of their in the logo of this restaurant.  (We mathematicians put the little square at the end of our proofs, to let people know we’ve finished.)

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They even have a maths problem written on blackboards!  But I was too busy eating my brunch to try to solve it.

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I just got back (well, on Monday) from two weeks in Canada.  I spent the first week in Vancouver, where I found some yummy things to eat.  I had some time to kill on my first day before I could check into my hotel, so I walked to Kokomo in Chinatown and ate a Breaky Bowl, featuring tofu scramble, spicy tempeh crumble, roasted squash, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, rice and seeds.  A very healthy and tasty start to the day (and a nice change from airplane food!).

The next day I planned a walk specifically to grab brunch at Edible Flours, a vegan bakery in Kitsilano.

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So many vegan treats, both savoury and sweet, and several gluten free options. Not a great photo (below) because of the reflections, but you get the idea.

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I had a spinach, tofu and artichoke roll (right) and a cinnamon roll (left) with a coffee: from memory, an oatmilk latte.  All were delicious.

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Then it was time for the conference which I had come to Vancouver to attend.  Imagine my joy when I noticed that there was a hole-in-the-wall selling vegan puddings, just across the road from the conference venue!

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The people at Vegan Pudding & Co are really onto something. I had a strawberry pudding, topped with whipped coconut cream and double-chocolate sauce.  It was rich and creamy and I wish I could eat another one right now.

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My last lunch in Vancouver was at Nemesis where I had the vegan version of the Raddest Cauli Hash.

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My friend had the non-vegan version and she was jealous:  I got avocado on top of mine and a really fresh pesto underneath. This dish was a really nice mixture of flavours, colours and textures.