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Tuesday 16 June 2009

Put theee lime in theee coconut and call me in the morning!!

So now that all the birthday madness is over I don't have anymore cake baking to do and I can get back on my diet!! I hadn't been to the gym in 2 weeks so body pump on Sunday was a wee bit painful. Especially as she made us do EVIL lunges!

The last birthday in June is my best friend's birthday - we're a week apart and I made her cupcakes. She (unsurprisingly) requested mango & coconut. They were pretty good!!

I forgot to take a pic of dinner but I did us some barbecue baked tofu, garlicky greens and saucy potatoes. I did get a messy shot of the leftover potatoes though before we devoured them. I'm working on getting this recipe perfectly ace, although they're pretty freakin ace already.

Last week I decided to make some of Susan V's ribz. They weren't as good as the first time I made them, they were really chewy so I dunno what I did wrong. They were still tasty though and I used Jack Daniels BBQ sauce on them that the lovely people at JD sent me! (I'll be talking more about those sauces in the near future!) The rice was some cooked brown rice mixed with veggies and a lemon vinaigrette. Jessy asked me in the comments of another post about the lemon vinaigrette - it's pretty easy: juice of a lemon (about 2 tbsp), 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, pinch of salt & pepper and whisk!

Yesterday I made some mini meetloafs. I used the recipe from Cozy Inside (love that book!). I halved it like I always do but this time I added in about 1/3 cup of cooked lentils (I had leftovers!) and doubled the spices plus added a few more. It was really good. I also had leftover cheezy sauce from some mac n cheese (that I accidentally deleted the pic of - doh!!) so I had that on some steamed veg. Yum.

I had some sweet potatoes and some coconut milk in the fridge and needed to use them up. I was too lazy to do a full curry with all the grinding spices and crap so I made this one up and it was soooo good. So I'm giving the recipe, even though it was so easy it's a bit sad to put the recipe.

I served it with naan breads. I googled recipes and found one by Anjum Anand - I liked it cuz there was no yeast and also cuz well Anjum is the shiz! Unfortunately, my dough never doubled!! Maybe because I subbed 50% of the white flour for wholewheat? The first one rose really well but the second one was flat like a roti. They were tasty though so I got over it.

Lazy Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of sweet potato, diced (about 1 big one - mine were real tiddlers and I used 3!)
1 cup / 250ml veggie stock
2 tsp garam masala
1 plum tomato
1 tsp tomato puree
1/2 cup / 125ml coconut milk
2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup / about 50g frozen peas
To serve:
Finely chopped coriander & mint
Unsweetened dessicated coconut

Heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Fry the cumin seeds for a minute until fragrant then add the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions start to brown then add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

Add the potatoes, stock, garam masala, tomato, the tomato puree and a pinch of salt & pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Stir in the peanut butter and peas and cook for another 5-10 minutes uncovered. Stir in the coconut milk, check seasoning and then serve scattered with herbs and coconut.

Another meal over the weekend was leftover ribz with mash & mushy peas.

And Saturday's breakfast was pancakes. I was planning to make coconut pancakes with the leftover coconut milk but it was off! boo. So I just used soymilk and sprinkled coconut on the top. I made them wholewheat - I just used my banana pancake recipe but left out the banana and used extra soymilk and some maple syrup. Yummy yum yum yum.

TTFN! I'm off to watch big brother - anyone else into it this year or am I the only saddo in the village??



  1. I'll confess to watching BB too.. but I'm not proud haha

  2. Sal!! Those potatoes do look ace!! Such torture!! :) I think i definitely have to do some cheezy scallopy potatoes this week... mmmmmm.... but what to serve it with???

  3. I love the cupcakes, lucky friend! And our Big Brother has been cancelled this year so I would gladly watch the UK one if they showed it here :p

  4. mmm...I have to try those mini meetloaves. They look great....and your sauce for mac and cheeze. I could totally use some of that right about now!

  5. YUMMY YUMMY! Those Potatoes look fab - I'm wondering what that is sprinkled on the top of them?
    Susan Ribz are one of my favourite things to make when having a BBQ with omni friends - they never fail to impress. I saw that JD Sauce in our local Iceland and wondered what it was like - if it gets the aliens tentacle of approval then I'll have to buy some.

  6. Everything looks so great! But I think the mango and coconut cupcakes have to be the first thing I try...

  7. Goodness, those cupcakes look good!

    I loooved Big Brother, but I didn't think it was on anymore!

  8. That curry sounds great - and not that lazy, really. I'm a punk and have curry paste in the fridge, it's one of the only things I don't make myself! And cupcakes are ALWAYS fun to dool over, really.

  9. Damn, this post just made me hungry. I was fine, seriously, until I saw the mini meatloaves and cheezy veggies and then I felt a tummy grumble.

  10. i never got in to big brother, but i hear it's a pretty darn good show, Sal! your mango 'n coconut cuppies sound great & look adorable (and scrumptious). i'm really dig'n your saucy potatoes and that curry - mmmmmmmmmmm! i love a good curry and dan & i will have to give yours a go. it's got everything i love the most in there - how can i not make it?!? :) mini meatloaf & cheezy sauce - hells yeah! sorry your naan dough didn't double, but i'm glad it was super tasty! looks delightful, fo 'sho! so many good foodz, Sal! mmmmmmmm!

  11. woah, so much yummy stuff in your post, I don't know where I want start drooling! The potatos, of course, plus lemony rice, plus pancakes, ooh!

  12. hmm... i don't watch much tv. i'm a sucker for intervention on a&e.

    thanks for the lemon vinaigrette recipe... i'm definitely going to try that on some brown rice i cooked up today!

  13. Gorgeous cupcakes- The frosting looks especially creamy and luscious for some reason.

  14. We had many season of BB in Australia and I managed to make it through it all without watching it. ;) Thank god they have now axed it! Hee.

    More delightful food. You can so cook for my birthday if you want. ;)

  15. will you come to the states and be my personal chef for a while when the baby gets here? i think you'll find hoosiers very entertaining.

  16. That curry looks fantastic! Like you I love to throw potatoes and peas together and add spice mixtures like curry or garam masala. It is my staple weekday lunch. So quick and delicious!

  17. Mmm I love those ribs but I've had them go weird on me once or twice too. I thought at the time that it was my smoked paprika (which always seems to send my seitan weird). I'm definitely craving them now! I might have to make some for dinner!!

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous too! Yum!

  18. but the UK is the HOME of veganism! those banana pancakes are calling my name.

  19. I think I need some saucy potatoes in my life, like right now! They look so darn good. As do the rest of your eats!

  20. I used to watch BB and then I got hooked onto other stuff. too much reality tv, too little time!
    you eat well. I'd invite myself over if I could.

  21. Cupcakes! Fancy fun potatoes! Curry! Goodness, you make and eat the best stuff!

  22. Everything looks nummy - I remember seeing Susan's ribz recipe, but have never tried it...the sweet potato curry looks fabulous too, and those meet loaves, and the creamy potatoes too -yum!

  23. Hi Sal,

    Just found your blog today and I absolutely love it! You food looks amazing. I wish I was more disciplined and cooked more often. I am not as adventurous as you. : (
    I will take inspiration from your blog and try to cook food like yours. Great to find another UK vegan blog.



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