Vegetarian pork pie! 🐷

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As a vegetarian there are some particular foods I thought were unavailable to me again.
A good 'ole Pork pie was one such thing. Well that isn't the case at all…

I made this over two days.
Day 1
I made the Hot water pastry.
This is the reason my porky pie isn't vegan as it has been made with butter.
I will make it with Vegan margarine/ butter style as I read this works.
Also I will forget the egg wash.

I used 170 g of butter
2 1/2 full cups of flour.
100mls of hot water.

I softened the butter and added the hot water. Made sure the butter has melted and then added the flour.
Mixed it around and then formed a play doh consistency and put it in the fridge overnight, wrapped in cling film.

For the porky bit I used
2 slices of bread made into bread crumbs.
1 white onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped.
6 vegan sausages defrosted (I used Linda Mcartneys)
1 cup of Veggie mince.
3/4 packet of silken Tofu
1/2 tin of borlotti beans
2 tablespoons of fresh sage.
1 big spoon of Thyme
1/4 teaspoon of both nutmeg and allspice.
Black pepper and salt.

In a food processor mix the onion, garlic, tofu and sausages into a smooth paste.
Add the remainder of the ingredients except the breadcrumbs.
I mixed those in last in a bowl to make the mixture thicker.
And voila the pastry is ready to roll out and the vegan porky bit is ready to go into the middle!!!
Make little cases and lids! Stuff with the pork middle and then bake in the oven on 160 degrees for 30- 40 mins.

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I will be updating this entry with a photo of the end result in due course. I am afraid as I write this had forgotten about the ‘jelly’ in a regular pork pie but I intend to use Agar Agar to achieve this in my next attempt.

I intend to serve this with pickles and gherkins and and possibly a dollop of piccalilli !!! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.
Best bit of this is of course this is meat free happiness 🙂

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Spanish Tortilla

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Spanish Tortilla! Such a simple recipe with so much history, to add onion or not? Huge arguments may have been had over time! Three main ingredients works for me Eggs, potato, onion! However to jizz mine up I sprinkled smoked paprika:)
Here is the recipe..,

Finely slice a few potatoes, fry them in fry light or olive oil depending if you are slimming over about 20 mins until the potatoes are soft. Chop up a large onion (preferably not a red onion or they don’t look right) and add them to the potatoes and when they start to get soft add a sprinkle of white pepper. I also have microwaved the potatoes sliced up for quickness instead!
Mix up as many eggs as you fancy but it has to be at least six! Add a splash of milk if you fancy.
Fry the potato and onion mix util you want to eat it!
Add it to the eggs which will now be beaten.
Yes I said add the potato mix to the eggs!
Leave it in a bowl for 10 mins to let them get to know each other….. And then ooh whammy shove it all in a frying pan!
Use a spatula!!!
Let the runny egg get cooked!
Get a plate, turn the tortilla over.
Make sure it is cooked!
ALWAYS use free range eggs!!!
Sprinkle with fresh parsley and smoked Paprika 😍
I love this served cold with green salad and pickles 🙂

Meatless Monday Vegan fish cakes 🐟

I was reminiscing about the food I enjoyed as a child. I miss fish fingers and as a child I loved fish cake… I was sure I had some edible sea weed in my cupboard! Surely I could re create a version that my boy could taste a sort of taste of fish?
My son is vegetarian and he hasn’t explored his fishy flavour taste buds! Fish is one thing all of these years later that I miss.
bugger it I thought!
I microwaved a large potato and scooped and mashed the soft inside.
I added about a tablespoon maybe more of packet seaweed and mushed it together.
I added the zest of a lemon and a little of the juice.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Made the mash mix into fish shapes and then floured them and put in the fridge for 30 mins.
I made a light batter by using 2 ounces of self raising flour and 75 mls of cold water.
This recipe was a tester and I was really pleased. It will be tweaked and made better but for now once I was ready to cook them for my boy I swamped them in the batter and put them in the deep fat frier.
Drained and served!
I really wasn’t sure of the outcome. The batter is light and tasty and the flavours are light and tasty. Best of all it’s gorgeous , fish free, Vegetarian and Vegan kids will be happy that they are not being left out from a fish fingers or fish cake 🙂
Small boy ate the lot!!! 🙂

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And a splodge of ketchup! 🙂
Vegan fishy cakes are amazing!!!!!

Chickenless soup for the soul

Well, well,well what have we got here then?
I have made a delicious soup that you will just love!!!
I have been ever so jealous of all these claims that chicken soup is one of the best things to love, nurture and heal the soul.
Well hold back on those chickens folks this one really is soothing soul food!!
Surprise is it actually is very, very chicken flavoured without a chicken anyway near it!
The story is……
I had sweet corn in my veg box a couple of weeks on the trot due to life being a bit rocky I haven’t been making the most of my veg box. I really felt a bit sorry for them all golden and lovely so decided there was only one thing…. Soup!

What I did….
Gently softened 3 little onions
I then scraped the corn off of 4 corn cobs and added to the onions. I added a cup full of yellow split peas boiled water and then simmered until the yellow split peas were soft.
I then added 2 veggie stock cubes cooked for a but longer and then blitzed it in the food processor.
The ‘chicken’ flavour is quite astonishing and the soup is lovely! My only wish is that I had used really fresh corn as I am sure the texture would be smoother!!!

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Side dishes.

Some of the food I cook is a little way out. Tonight’s offerings are a little like that. On the menu after eating out for the last two days are some lovely unusual side dishes!
First up is a fresh beetroot with Capers and Pumpkin seeds.

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Lovely how the sweet beetroot and salty capers compliment each other.

Next, is a wholemeal Pasta with feta and green and black olives with Green leaves.

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Next up is a Potato salad with Tomato, Red Onion in a minty, White wine vinegar Potion!

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That little mixture in the bowl is a mix of olive oil and red wine vinegar, ready to mix into the Potato mixture.

I sort of like these cold side dishes but it isn’t hot enough in the Uk for me to eat a cold meal. I am serving this up with a Marks and Spencer vegetarian Kiev! I might just also enjoy sautéed new potato in butter and white pepper, with the left over potatoes!
I love all these tasty mixtures and there will be plenty left for lunch. A lovely healthy change of feel good imaginative Food!