Luscious Red Velvet Moist Chocolate Cake

So my first birthday since going vegan last October and luckily I was not cake-less thanks to this Luscious Red Velvet Moist Chocolate Cake recipe and my dear old mum.

It’s so good.


Vegan Tofu Sushi

When I paid a visit to Google last week I picked up some sushi on the way home, vegan of course.  I love sushi, before I was vegan I once spent a week in London and had Sushi 4 or 5 days in a row.

I decided to make myself some and found this recipe for Tofu Nigiri Sushi.  I knew what I was doing with the rice, nori (sheets of very thin dried seaweed) etc but I needed a marinade for the tofu.  There were no measurements so I just put some soya sauce, lemon juice, garlic and ginger in a pot then put the sliced tofu in, I left it in the fridge for about 4 hours but 2 should do it.

Marinating the tofu

I washed and cooked the sushi rice then left it to cool before moulding it.  I prepared some powdered wasabi and cut some nori sheets into strips, then I just had to put it all together.

A dollop (not much, it’s very hot) of wasabi is smeared on the moulded rice, I then put the marinated tofu on top and used a strip of nori to hold it on.
Some of the moulded rice with a small dollop of wasabi
The finished article with some picked ginger and soya sauce

Vegan Meatball Sub

I did not take any pictures during the cooking process, unfortunatley once I got this one on the brain I was in a rush to make it or more precisely, a rush to eat it.

Basically I used:
1/2 a pack of Redwood Meat Free Meatballs
1/2 a 350ml pot of good quality pasta sauce
1 part baked half ciabatta
2 slices of Tofutti Mozzarella style slices

Both the meatballs and ciabatta needed 10 minutes at gas mark 6 so I put them in the oven.  Once cooked I put the meatballs in a pan with the pasta sauce to heat the sauce, this was a mistake as stirring was breaking up the meatballs and in the end I heated it in the microwave.  Next time I will heat the sauce on its own in a pan then put the sauce on the meatballs.

All I had to do then was but it all in the ciabatta.  It was very good but I think next time I will add some kick to the sauce, maybe some vegan Worcestershire sauce will do the trick.

Vegan McMuffin (Egg Trick Muffin)

I used to love McDonald’s sausage and egg McMuffins (even the egg bit my friends often removed) but I have obviously not had one since I went vegan.  Well yesterday a new episode of The Vegan Zombie came out and it showed how to make an Egg Trick Muffin at the Strong Hearts Cafe.  I had to try it.

I had to make some substitutions for items as I am in the UK but in all I used:

  • 2 English muffins
  • Fry’s Vegetarian Polony/Slicing Sausage
  • Tofutti mozzarella style cheese slices
  • Tofu
  • Garlic Salt
  • Turmeric
  • Corn Oil
I cut the tofu and sausage up.  I sprinkled some garlic salt and turmeric onto the board and pressed the tofu into it on each side to season it.
I heated the corn oil in a frying pan and then put in the tofu and sausage, a minute or two on each side until it was nicely browned and then I put the cheese on.  I cut the muffins in half and put them in the toaster.  Then I just plated it up and tucked in.  It was really good, the tofu has a very similar firmness and consistency to eggs. I can happily say I cannot think of anyway to make it any more like an McMuffin, it had all the flavour, none of the cruelty.

Vegan phoney "cheesesteak"

I had some Redwoods Meat Free Beef Style Pieces to use up and for no reason I can think of, I wanted a Philly cheesesteak.  I had some Tofutti mozzarella style slices so I cooked up the “beef” with half an onion, put it in a ciabatta with the Toffutti and some Reggae Reggae BBQ Jerk sauce and cooked it in the sandwich press.    It was delicious. 

Ready for the sandwich press 
Not long now
Looks great but missing something 
That’s better

Vegan Quesadillas

I had an urge to try vegan quesadillas after seeing them on The Vegan Zombie (yes I like their videos).  I did not use tofu, I have had only limited success with it and I did not have any tofu anyway.

I went for a much simpler quesadilla, I fried the chopped red onion in some olive oil and then put some tomato purée on a tortilla, I put on the onions, vegan mozzarella and then another tortilla.  I then put the quesadilla in a non stick frying pan with no oil on a low heat, watch out they will burn easily.  I used a spatula to lift up the edges and keep an eye on the tortilla to make sure it was not burning, I also pressed down firmly now and then to make sure the two tortillas were sicking together thanks to the mozzarella.

They quesadillas were delicious and easy to make, I served them with some salsa.  These will definitely become a regular for me.  I would have had some guacamole but the avocados were not ripe enough, I know, rookie mistake.

Cooking the onions 
Vegan Mozzarella
Almost ready to cook, just needs another tortilla
Ready to cook 
Keep checking the bottom tortilla
Almost burnt it
Gotta love a large knife
Cut up and ready to eat with salsa