Thursday, 3 September 2015

Vegan MoFo 2015 - Day 3

"Quick, easy & Delicious"

When I have to cook something that falls into this category, it's generally going to be a curry. 

I usually wing it by frying some onions and garlic, chopping up whatever veg are in the fridge and throwing them in, adding some curry paste and veg stock, adding a tin of chickpeas and letting it cook for 20 minutes or so (depending on what veggies are in it). Then at the end I add some coconut yogurt or coconut cream (or just plain yogurt if that's what I have) and it's done.

This one is one I was trying to make look all fancy for ma man! It was kind of a dahl that I threw together and served over baked slices of aubergine and sweet potato.

Here are some rough instructions for how I did this:

Chop a small onion and fry in a bit of oil or cooking spray. Add spices (you can use pre mixed curry powder but i used:

1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds

1/2 tsp paprika
Pinch cinnamon
1tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
As many chilli flakes as you like or a fresh one

Then let it toast a bit and add a couple of minced cloves of garlic. Add more oil or cooking spray if needed.

Add about 2 cups of hot water, a cup of chopped tomatoes and 1/2 - 3/4 cup of red lentils. Bring to boil, season (I added 2 veggie oxo cubes) and simmer for about half an hour. Adding more water if needed and stirring often.

Once cooked, add in some fresh coriander (small handful).

I served it with brown rice and some slices of sweet potato & aubergine that I sprayed lightly with oil and baked at 200°C for about 40 mins.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

OGX Hair Products - Vegan Products List

Thought I'd sneak in a little beauty post, a midst the madness of MoFo.

I recently contacted OGX to see if any of their hair products are vegan, as their animal testing policy is quite detailed that they don't test but no mention of vegan products. The emailed me back in less than 10 minutes - I think that's a record!  You've probably seen them in Boots and if not, here they are.

Anyway, they have lots of vegan options: here is their response in full.

Thank you so much for contacting us! Some of our shampoos and conditioners do contain animal by-products such as keratin derived from sheep wool and whipped egg white proteins. Some of our Coconut Milk products contain silk amino acids.  For an animal by-product free product we recommend the following:
  • Acai Berry Avocado shampoo and conditioner
  • All Argan Oil of Morocco products with the exception of the conditioner and intense moisturizing treatment
  • Cherry Blossom Ginseng shampoos and conditioner
  • All Coconut Water products
  • All Moroccan Argan Crème products 
  • Argan Oil & Shea shampoo and weightless oil
  • Australian Teatree 
  • Argan of Morocco Body wash, lotion, and dry body oil
  • Teatree body wash and lotion 
  • All Vitamin E products
  • All Vitamin B5 products 
  • All Coconut Curls products
  • All Kukui Oil products
  • All Lemon Highlights products
  • All Sea Mineral Moisture products (note: this range contains kelp and algae- may not be suitable for macrobiotic vegetarians).  
In addition, rest assured that none of our products, nor their ingredients are tested on animals. We are very proud of that fact and it will not change.

Finally, OGX® bottles are manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. We hope this is a brand you can feel good about.  Have a great hair day! 


Vegan MoFo 2015 - Day 2

Today's theme is "Recreate a meal from your childhood".

I did struggle with this theme because my mum is a good cook but doesn't necessarily enjoy cooking that much, so I was thinking of things she would make me as a kid. When I'd been ill I wanted mince & tatties. Sometimes a boiled egg & soldiers.

Then I read about The Vegg and thought I'd give a boiled egg a try. I had all these elaborate ideas of making an egg shaped concoction with soymilk and agar! Aside from the fact that would probably be gross, it would have to be served cold. Blahhh.

So I went with a fried egg instead, something else I always liked in my pregan days.

The white is a circle of firm tofu, that I cut out with a cookie cutter.  I literally sprinkled it with a bit of black salt and fried it for a couple of minutes on each side, in a hot frying pan sprayed with a teeny bit of olive oil.

The yolk was the Vegg, made up as instructed (for one egg yolk) on the packet. I microwaved it for 10 seconds though before pouring it onto the white.

My only regret is that I didn't make two! Because this was lovely and it really did remind me of a fried egg. It's been almost 8 years since I ate a fried egg, but it is what I remember the taste to be like!  So now I just need to try and recreate my old favourite hangover breakfast of a runny fried egg & bacon sandwich! Must get some veggie rashers! :)


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Vegan MoFo 2015 - Day 1

It's September! That means it's MoFo time!!

This year it all works a little differently; rather than coming up with themes or winging it, there are official prompts that everyone will be following.

I won't lie, I'm not hugely struck on this idea, I'd rather do my own thing. Some of the prompts I will probably skip, so I doubt there'll be 30 posts this MoFo. However I will do as many as I can do.

Also, if you don't see a post here on any one day, check my instagram as I'll be using that to participate on some days too!  My instagram username is sal_on_toast

Anyway, onwards with today's prompt, which is: "Rise and Shine! It's MoFo time! Tell us about your breakfast."

I have a smoothie pretty much every weekday for breakfast. But that's boring so let's look at the breakfast I ate on Sunday, when Mr A & I spent the day in London. We parked the car at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush and as we were walking towards the tube, with the intention of finding food in Camden (I had Cookies N Scream on my mind.... don't worry, we went there later and pigged out!). In Westfield, we spotted a Le Pain Quotidien.  I blogged about breakfast in the one in Amsterdam, last year, when I had an awesome Tartine. They didn't have the same one on the menu but I actually ended up going for a breakfast platter instead.

LPQ marks all the vegan options on the menu with a little carrot so it's easy to see what's vegan already; they also tell you when something can be made vegan.

This is the menu, although I actually can't see what I had on there.

Here's what I got. It was a quinoa tabbouleh, with a couple of types of hummus, mashed avocado, rocket with pesto dressing. It came with tonnes of GREAT bread, a hazelnut flute (flute shaped bread studded with hazelnuts and raisins), some fruit bread, some fruit salad and a berry parfait.


I dunno what was in that parfait but it was gorgeous. It seemed to have mashed banana in and was quite sweet. The topping was (I think) buckwheat groats which I'd not tried before but there were soooo good. Gave this the perfect crunch.

I also got a match tea latte made with almond milk. I was excited for this, as I bought some matcha powder recently to try making these. Unfortunately I thought it was grim! Ah well, I guess I'll save the powder for smoothies! :)

So that was my breakfast on Sunday. Makes today's green smoothie seem a little sad in comparison.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

A little trip down memory lane....

MoFo starts next week and I'm excited! I've participated in MoFo for 6 out the 7 years I've been writing this blog (has it been that long? Blimey Charlie!) and this year will be the 7th.

I thought it would be fun to have a little look back over some of my favourite MoFo posts over the years. I'm picking one from each year.

Let's start with last year, 2014. I had a couple of themes going but my favourite one was Veganising Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals (you can see all my veganising Jamie posts HERE.)

My favourite thing I made from that book (and have made since) was Chicken Dim Sum with Coconut Buns & Cucumber Pickle. This recipe is so good! Those buns are delicious and the sides are really simple and everything just complements each other perfectly.

Vegan MoFo 2013: My theme was Cockney Rhyming Slang (you can read my 2013 MoFo posts HERE). Basically I couldn't think of a theme so I just went with the dumbest thing I could think of (par for the course).

My favourite post of MoFo 2013 goes to the post about the food from my brother's wedding. Mainly because it brings back great memories of a brilliant day.

This is a pic of the amazing cupcakes that Jojo made for the day!

Vegan MoFo 2012: I didn't do themes back then! (you can read my 2012 MoFo posts HERE.) I gotta say that my posts this year were not very inspiring! So I picked one where there are pictures of my cat shamelessly dancing for food!!

Vegan MoFo 2011: This was the year I did not participate, as I had gallstones and I pretty much lived on brown rice and mashed potato for a year!

Vegan MoFo 2010: Again, not a particularly inspiring year (you can read my 2010 MoFo posts HERE.) It was a toss up between pics of the food from my holiday in Texas and the pics of the cakes I made for my Dad's 60th. I'm going with the latter, because cake!

Vegan MoFo 2009: (You can read my 2009 MoFo posts HERE.) My favourite post of MoFo 2009 goes to the one about my best friend's wedding. She got married in a super fancy place that did AWESOME vegan food for me!
Terrible pic of a brilliant main course

Vegan MoFo 2008: This was the year I became vegan, started blogging and (obviously) the first time I participated in MoFo. (You can read my 2008 MoFo posts HERE.)

For my favourite post, I am gonna have to give it to my crunchie ice cream post - because who doesn't love ice cream. And crunchies!

So that's a look back on some of my posts from MoFos past. What are some of your favourite memories from MoFo and what are you looking forward to writing about this year??

Kat Slaterzzzz  (see what I did there... still lovin the rhyming slang!)
Sal xXx

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

MoFo's coming....

Less than 2 weeks until Vegan MoFo 2015 starts - are you taking part?? I am!

Wanna relive last year? Click HERE to read my 2014 MoFo posts!


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Riverside Vegetaria, Kingston-upon-Thames

So this post has only taken me a month and a half to write, hahah.

As you might have seen from my Chain Restaurants post, I don't live in a place that has any vegetarian or vegan restaurants. So on my birthday in June, Mr A took me to Riverside Vegetaria in Kingston for a birthday lunch. 

It's a little bit of a strange place but I think if the weather is nice, it would be lovely to sit outside. Unfortunately the weather wasn't that nice, so we got a table inside. 

The food was brilliant though. We started with hummus and bread, but to be honest, we really didn't need this!

For our starter we picked the organic potato balls (hehe) with chilli sauce. It was pretty spicy sauce and the potato balls were absolutely yummy!

For my main, I picked the organic spicy Jamaican stew, which had sweet potatoes and mixed beans in a yummy sauce over brown rice, my favourite! I thought this was awesome.

Mr Alien went for the masala dosai, which is basically a big pancake filled with spicy potatoes and it was flippin gorgeous. I would definitely order this if we went again!

It also comes with a side of veggie curry

and coconut sambal, which was really good!

We were too full for dessert but we grabbed some cake to take away. The cake was ok, not as good as the savoury food though. However, it was way better than the abomination of a vegan option we found in a nearby bakery! Vegan & gluten free cupcakes which were basically chocolatey rocks with really dense icing on the top. Not good!

But back to the average cake... choccy!

And an apple type affair, not my cuppa tea. Mr A preferred this one though.

This place has lovely food and we had a couple of nice cocktails too. Definitely worth a visit if you're ever in Kingston upon Thames.