Giant seitan chilly steak

I have recently been making seitan to the Vegan Zombie recipe found at here. Last night I decided to do it but replaced the garlic with sweet peppers and a chilli pepper. The smell in the house last night was amazing and the taste is fantastic, just a hint of chilli.

P.S. I love my new cast iron casserole dish.


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 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

PB&J: Peanut butter and jelly (jam for us in the UK)

PB&J bagel
For those in America PB&J is a normal thing but in the UK however I get some strange looks when I mention I love it.  
Why do I love it?  It’s simple, delicious and the jam sorts out the old peanut butter clogging your mouth issue.

Is it healthy?  Probably not if you eat too many foods high in fat, however I have cut back a lot and as part of a healthy vegan diet, the peanut butter is a good protein source.  Apparently it also helps curb your cravings by making you feel full (source link).

Just in case you do not know how to make it, check out the video below from the awesome Vegan Zombie.