vegan recipes

Thai Style Noodles

Another recipe courtesy of Laura. No pics this time.
“Another recipe I made up, guessed proportions as I make it up as I go along.
Serves 2
For sauce:
  • Half cup peanut natural butter (or half cup cashews soaked in water for 1-2 hours)
  • 1 green finger  chilli or birds eye chilli
  • 1 fat clove garlic
  • 1/2 inch chunk fresh ginger
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Coriander leaves
Stir fry veggies of choice eg julienne carrots, sliced water chestnuts, beansprouts, sliced onions, chopped Pak choi etc – frozen mixed stir fry packs work well. Use as much as you want, try a couple of cups.
2 portions Udon noodles or 2 spiralized courgettes
1-2tbsp Peanuts or cashews
Heat oil, Stir fry veggies of choice until just tender but still crunchy (no need for oil if using frozen)
Meanwhile cook noodles according to pack – usually add to boiling water for 5 mins, drain and rinse in cold water. Then add to veggies.
If using spiralized courgettes, add to stir fry veggies and cook briefly.
Whizz sauce ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Add coriander leaves and blitz momentarily to chop.
Add to veggies and noodles, stir well and heat through until thickened and piping hot.
Spoon into 2 bowls, sprinkle over chopped nuts and some fresh coriander leaves to serve.
If you don’t like peanuts, soak about half a cup of cashews for a couple of hours in cold water. Drain and rinse, add to sauce ingredients and whizz til smooth before adding coriander as before.
You can add firm tofu, plain or fried, if you want something more substantial but there’s plenty of protein in the sauce already.
You could add freshly squeezed juice of a small orange (about 2-3tbsp) if you like a bit more sweetness but I would leave that out until you’ve tried the sauce without it.”
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Roasted Vegetable Sourdough Pizza

Roasted Vegetable Sourdough Pizza

Another great recipe from Rhian

Sourdough pizza base.

As I make my own sourdough bread I have a sourdough starter on the go in the fridge. You can of course make a pizza base of your own, or buy a ready made base.

  • I used 60g of wheat sourdough starter
  • 140g white wheat flour
  • 1tbsp of fine semolina.
  • 90g water
  • 5g salt
  • Olive oil

Mix the ingredients together to form dough but do not knead, coat with olive oil, turn and coat the other side. Cover the bowl with a shower cap and leave for 12-24 hours. I left mine for 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 250 C, Gas mark 9.

Oil  a baking tray, place the dough on the baking tray and spread it out evenly, leave to sit for 30 minutes.

For the topping I roasted a variety of organic vegetables: approximately two carrots, half a small pumpkin, quarter butternut squash, two small parsnips, two small red onions, four shallots, and one small cauliflower head, small celeriac, one mushroom found in the fridge. LOTS of garlic cloves.

You can use whatever vegetables you have at hand, I like using lots of chestnut  mushrooms but I only had one this time.

Roast the vegetables in an oiled baking sheet on a high heat, turn occasionally until soft. Meanwhile open a tin of chopped tomatoes and heat, add the chopped coriander and seasoning, add the soft roasted vegetables to the tomatoes and mix in. Spread the mixture over the pizza base and cover with a vegan cheese of your choice, I used Epic mature Violife.

Bake for 25 minutes in the hot oven, 250 C Gas mark 9 until the edge of the pizza base is crisp.

Serve with a green salad , or on its own, or with CHIPS.

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Watercress Soup

A great tasty recipe that is easy and quick to make.

You’ll need a kitchen knife, a saucepan,  a stirrer and an electric hand blender.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 kg potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 1 pack of watercress, rinsed and trimmed if needed
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • Peel, chop and lightly sauté the onion until translucent.
  • Add the potatoes and Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add water to an inch above the potatoes and bring to the boil.
  • Add salt and simmer until potatoes are soft.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add the watercress and mix everything thoroughly with a hand. blender to form a thick creamy soup.
  • Put back on a low heat and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add some more water if the soup is too thick.

Serve with a dash of tamari and your choice of bread spread with hummus.

For a classy flourish add a dollop of vegan mayonnaise to the bowl before serving and stir gently into a swirl

Recipe and photos by Rhian Cymraes