I have started making soya milk again, because it is cheaper and it means we are no longer swimming in a sea of tetra packs.
Its by product, okara, is very nutritious and full of protein so I have started experimenting with recipes. Today we had okara sea burgers.
This was the okara from 2 litres (1 cup of dry soya beans) of soya milk - about 400g Added in, half a mushroom stock cube, 1 carrot grated 4 spring onions chopped finely 1 nori sheet cut up into small strips (use scissors,.much easier than a knife) 2 heaped dessert spoons of corn flour 80g of plain flour Salt and pepper 2 dessert spoons of oil
Sweet chilli sauce for dipping.
Mix all the ingredients with enough water to make a dough and then shape into small patties (or sausage shape if you have a 4 year old who won't eat it if it's any other shape).
Air fry for 10 minutes at 200 C or fry in a pan.
They are mild enough for a preschooler to eat (he had his with ketchup) and are tasty dipped in sweet chilli sauce.
We ate ours with noodles, mange tout and mushrooms.
“oh, I’m a vegan” words which seem to strike terror into the heart of many a host…
But it’s easier than you think. Christmas dinner especially, is dirt easy. There are plenty of instant gravies which don’t have milk in them, if you are roasting veg, vegetable oil is just as good as duck fat (and who uses that anyway?)
If you don’t want to make a nut roast, you can buy packet mixes in most supermarkets… And that is your mains sorted.
If you do want to make a really easy nut roast which the meat eaters will want a bit of in their plate too, I will be posting a recipie either tomorrow or Saturday.
And then there is pudding. Again, you can find milk and egg free Christmas puddings and you don’t even have to go to the free from isle. Couple that with alpro custard and… Yum.
If you want vegan friendly mince pies you will have to make them, but just go to the fridge section and you will find jus roll pastry or most supermarket equivalents have no egg or milk… And most mincemeat brands are vegan friendly too:
Fancy making something a bit different? I make bakewell tarts with the same pastry, strawberry jam and a normal frangipane recipe where I swapped the butter for vitalite and each egg for a large teaspoon of cornflour mixed in water. (You could use custard powder at a push).
So there you have it. If you do have a vegan coming for Christmas, they will be overjoyed that you have thought of them rather than panicking.
A lot of the world goes to bed hungry. It’s something not many in our country can imagine (although with the rise in the need of food banks perhaps more than in the past). I certainly struggle to get my head round it.
Which is partly why I am taking part in Tearfund ‘ s mean bean challenge. You can still sponsor me if you like.
The other reason is that Tearfund know what they are doing and can be trusted to use the money we all raise well.
Yesterday was the first day and it was SO HARD. I hadn’t anticipated the sugar and caffeine withdrawal and it wasn’t fun. And I was hungry. And fed up.
I mean, I’m a vegan, I eat rice, beans or both every day. And it was still really hard.
First world problems. Seriously, I’m doing this for five days and then I go back to abundance.
Unlike all those women, children and men who use all their days just to survive. No one should have to live like that. While I temporarily long for fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, spices and a nice cup of tea…
They long for the rice and beans I’m fed up with already.
I have raised money for people like Tearfund before, but this has really hit me. Imagine it was my family, my community going though this.
Although i will finish my rice and bean challenge on Friday and enjoy my Saturday porridge with koko coconut milk and dates, I won’t stop thinking about this, and putting some of my time and money into it as well.
I used white rice because that’s what I had and tried different spices so we had three different burgers. I hadn’t realised some of the spices also had salt in them so they were too salty. Had they not been, we would have given them afoodie cool board rating ofcool.