Vegan soul soup

This soup was an accident, my little girl fancied soup for tea …. and why not?

This soup as it says makes your soul go aaahhhh and all your troubles will sail away for those moments.

It’s cheap to keep too…..

If you fancy an hour in a soup soul cloud…. here goes…. ( believe me it will happen)

Get yourself

1 Onion finely chopped (ish)

1 Leek finely chopped (ish)

3 sticks of celery finely chopped (ish)

A mug of yellow split peas

A very small bit of fresh ginger finely chopped.

1 stock cube

Hot water

Salt as you fancy …

Fresh chopped parsley

Hello, you fancy making this…. I don’t blame you …. it’s going to go viral with Vegans for sure, just watch 🐵

All I say is try this and give me a bit of feedback 🙂

So I gently softened an onion in oil, with celery and leek until soft .

Then add the yellow split peas with plenty of hot water, boil and then turn down and cover.

When the yellow split peas start to soften add the stock.

Keep checking if you need to add more water.

Once the yellow split peas are soft mash any formed split peas into a liquid , or liquidise.

Then add seasoning to taste and add fresh parsley finely chopped ….

I leave it for an hour to have a party, and then ….. serve into a mug and add your favourite bread…. feel healed 💜💜💜

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Roast Celeriac

Roasted Celeriac experiment!

I heard a rumour that Celeriac can be treated like meat.

Having successfully completed Veganuaryj with ease and feeling well and eating healthy food it seems like it’s knocked my need to eat cheese and milk and was never that keen on eggs.

I am now on a new mission of enjoying Vegan food without so much of a ‘what can I eat? ‘

I had deluded myself that my children need Cows milk in their diet, and yesterday I cancelled my milk man. They can drink my favourite Cashew milk too!

So here to the trials what can I do with Celeriac!

I have scrubbed this old lumpy bumpy beauty and rubbed Rapeseed oil in all the nooks and crannies 🔥

I am slow roasting this in Harissa paste on a bed of Beetroot , Celery , Garlic, Carrot, Onion trying to sear it first.

I plan to have Cold cuts for serving with a roast and fine deli slices.

I will update tomorrow …. 😋 #veganuary #vegan

Adding smoked Paprika onto my little knobbly lovely, and liquid smoke….. lets slow this cooking down and do your thing now baby 😍😂🔥

Vegan Homity Pie

I love Vegan food, as a very long term Vegetarian I guess about 25 years of absolutely no meat , fish or poultry (proud face) I am on and off the Vegan road.

I feel healthier and happier when on a Vegan mission and it’s getting tastier and easier.

So obviously veganuary challenge was something I was ready for!

I also have a male friend ❤️😂 coming around after work tomorrow and so I need something ready for us to eat (I won’t get home until late) so there needs to be something ready to go ….

The photo is extra portions…..

I have made a lovely big pie for tomorrow!

6 medium potatoes in bite size pieces

1 and 1/2 onions chop them up

Cashew/soya/almond milk 2 tablespoons

Vegan butter 2 big spoons

100 g grated vegan cheese such as violife (UK)

Fresh Parsley finely chopped…. lots of it!!!

(Handful)

Vegan short crust pastry

Line a greased oven dish with rolled out pastry.

Peel and shop the Potatoes into bite size pieces, boil until tender.

Gently fry onion until soft.

Once soft add finely chopped garlic, Vegan butter and milk warm this through.

Add Parsley, Potatoes and cheese.

Stir through then add the mixture to an oven proof dish with pastry case.

Cook in the Oven for 50 mins at 180 degrees

Eat hot or cold, I am going to serve mine with salad, piccalilli , pickles

Juddyjo’ sweet and sour Halloumi

Very late to the party here! I have found Halloumi woo hoo (the new stew) I made beer battered Halloumi fish and chips and mushy peas….. that was me ‘hooked’ pardon the pun!

So what else can I do with this lovely stuff?

A fabulous versatile little love, that stays in the fridge like a soldier waiting to come on duty…..

So tonight my friends is juddyjo’ s sweet and sour Halloumi!!!

Let’s do this…..

Fry an onion…..

Add 3 ripe fresh tomatoes….

Add 2 green chillies…

Add soy sauce……

Add…. 3 pineapple rings of pineapple lol chopped up and the juice from the tin.

Add lots of generous sprinkles of sweet chilli sauce

Keep tasting!

Oil another pan and colour the halloumi that you have chopped into cubes on all sides.

Add to the sauce.

Serve with nice things….. I have chosen Tortilla wraps, cold shredded ice burg lettuce and spring onion thrown in for good measure!

And with the addition of a hot fiery Sriracha sauce to kill me off 🔥

Courgette and butter bean fritters ðŸŒ±

I have made a very simple little snack! I had high hopes for this and it hasn’t disappointed me.

At this time of year vegetable growers are proudly plucking the last of their crops, giving away gluts of this and that.

Well if you have searched and found this look no further!

This is a very cheap recipe if things are a bit tight, or you are a scrooge.

You will need…..

A tin of butter beans

2 small or one large courgette or a fancy pants one if you so do wish, grate it finely and squeeze excess water off.

Herbs and spices of your choice

(I used ….

fresh coriander

Crushed coriander seeds

Cumin seed

Garam masala

Salt

Chick pea flour

And added chilli powder and a chillies finely chopped to half of the mix as my children are not chillie heads yet!

I mushed up the butter beans with a fork and mixed in the rest of the ingredients.

Made into little patties and coated in chick pea flour.

If you have time put them in the fridge.

Shallow fry the fritters for about five minutes. Turning each side.

Voila!!

Vegan recipe on the go

Well this is a new little recipe I am making tonight! Going to blog on the go!!!

I basically have no idea what I am cooking, I have put some baked sweet potato wedges in the oven with olive oil, I am planning to add garlic and sliced green chillies and smoked paprika at some point! I also have some  cooked white rice that I will add to the oily leftover pan at a point, got some cauliflower, coriander…. I also have wine to drink so this could get silly! 

Will update when I decide what to do next ha ha 🙂

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I am hoping for crunch on my sweet potato wedges, they seem pretty soft, added a chopped green chillie peeper and a garlic clove and smoked paprika…smells divine 🙂

Once they crisp up, I am going to remove them and use the oil left to add some veggies, herbs and rice… I think 🙂 

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Ha ha my sweet potatoes smell lush and want them to crisp up!

I have chopped up some seasonal veggies, onion, courgette, chard oh and not so seasonal cauliflower, once I remove those wedges I am going to shove that lot in the oven in the left over oil, with lots of love, herbs, and think about adding the rice 🙂


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Ta da….

once the rice and vegetable mix is heated through, very soothing to mix this up around the baking tray, I added a few pinches  of mild curry powder and hot sauce, I use Psycho juice, it’s an amazing hot chilli sauce 🙂 

Mix it all in, add the sweet potato wedges, mix them through, return to the oven and then serve up a huge portion of this, as it’s crazy amazing!

The sweet potato has a meaty type texture, the crunchy skins with chewy bits and then soft flesh, mixed through with different textures of vegetables and a braised tasty rice, comforting Vegan heaven!

I even thought a sprinkle of pumpkin and or sunflower seeds would be lovely, serve with Green salad if you fancy, or big slices of Beef tomato.

It would be lovely cold for lunch the next day, doubt there will be any left though 😋

Mushroom Biriyani .

I had lost this recipe and I was delighted to find it yesterday! Hence my blogging it today so I don’t lose it again.

It’s a lovely recipe if you fancy a curry in a hurry!

I made this slimming world friendly which would be syn free!

So here it is!

Spray a pan with fry light and fry mushrooms and finely chopped onion.

Or if not slimming world use 40g of butter (yum).

Spoon the mushroom and onion mixture into a bowl leaving any juice in the pan.

Add 1.5 teaspoons on Gram masala to the pan.

Add a small spoon of curry powder .

Add a thumb of finely chopped ginger and a mug of basmati rice.

Throw in a few Cardomon pods and 4 Bay leaves.

Dissolve a stock cube in 2 mugs of hot water and add the mushroom and onion.

Mix it all together and put into an oven proof dish with a lid.

Put into the oven for about 20- 30 mins.

Go and put your feet up with a nice Beer 🙂

Mix in fresh coriander and lots of Lemon juice.

Put a tea towel over the top for about 10 mins and then serve.

Delicious!

I am now glad I won’t lose this recipe again!

Sweet corn and yellow split pea soup â˜€ï¸ðŸŒ±

  lovely cheap and tasty recipe! I made this for my little boy who loves a bowl of soup. Full of protein and vitamins and a winner!

I had a bowl of it and made mine with the addition of fresh oregano and chilli flakes sprinkled over and my favourite hot sauce!

I have made this with a can of cheap sweet corn and used fresh. Both lovely!

I softened an onion and 3 sticks of celery. Added a chopped up peeled medium potato and a cup of yellow split peas! Added a good glug of boed water and a medium simmer until the peas are softening.

Add the sweet corn and if using fresh add in the kernel  middle bit and take out at the end. 

I mushed mine with a potato masher.

Serve to hungry bellies 🙂

Vegetarian pork pie! ðŸ·

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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 🙂

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 😍<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
ith green salad and pickles :)<<<<<<<

enjoy!