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Thursday 8 July 2010

Looking back....

.... oooover ma shoulldeerrrr. Oh I'm gonna be singing that song all freakin day!! Ah well. The reason for it is that when I was looking through the pics for today's post, I realised 3 of the items were follow ons from last week's post and one was a recipe from last year.

So remember last time, the tomato soup recipe I posted? Well it makes 2 servings and I had one left in the fridge and I turned it into a couple of pasta dishes instead of just reheating it.

Starting with this one, a simple dish. I just sauteed some mushrooms and added some soya mince and a some gravy granules and half the remaining soup and served it over wholewheat spaghetti with a little sprinkle of nooch and parsley.

This was the winner though. I sauteed some mushrooms and some spring onions, added the other half of the soup and some capers and stirred it into wholewheat penne. Then I made a salad of sweet red and yellow cherry tomatoes, capers and toasted pine nuts with just some salt, pepper and really good olive oil on and put it up on top of the pasta. Simple but delicious!

On saturday night, my friend was down for her first wedding make up trial (wedding in Oct and I'm doing the make up!!) and for dinner I cooked us some of my carrot falafel with tahini sauce, some tabouleh and just a simple salad of rocket with a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing. I've just put some chickpeas on to cook so I can make these again, I forgot how yummy they are.

And last time I made the vegan brunch omelets. Well I had half the batter left so I made another one. But I made a total mess of it when I flipped it, probably because I put the batter in the pan chilled and it was hard to spread. Next time I'll remember to bring it out before hand.

Still once it had a topping of mushrooms sauteed in soy sauce and herbs and a bit of cheezly mozz on it, all was forgiven!

This soup I made the other day to use up some fresh corn I had. It was pretty crap so I won't bother giving you the recipe.

And today I made mini muffins, I like to have some around for snacks and they are less calories than a full size muffin. Recipe is below pic.

Coconut Choc Chip Mini Muffins
Will make around 16 mini muffins or about 6 regular sized ones.

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
teeny pinch of cinnamon
6 tbsp desiccated coconut
6 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips
Wet Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1/2 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice
1/3 cup soya yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
a few drops almond extract
2 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil

Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a 12 cavity bun tin (fairy cake tin, not a muffin tin) with baking cases.

Whisk dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together, pour into dry and mix until just combined, a few lumps are ok and will bake out.

Spoon a couple of tbsp (about half way up the case) into each case and then bake for 20 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean. For regular muffins they'll take around 25 mins.

Transfer to wire rack to cool.

That's all for now folks.



  1. I love looking at all your eats. They're such a great advert for how delcious being vegan is :)

  2. I need to make those muffins asap. Chocolate and coconut go together so well, and I happen to have coconut butter to slather on top! :)

  3. I'd totally forgotten about your carrot falafel!! So glad you posted them again and reminded me.

    Those muffins look and sounds AWESOME!
    And now I'm gonna have that song stuck in ma stupid head as well!

  4. Lots of wholesomeness! Both pasta dishes are so creative, and they look deliciously comforting too.

    I remember your carrot falafel, and this batch looks extra crispy and yummy.

    The muffins look awesome! You can't go wrong with chocolate and coconut. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  5. coconut + chocolate = yum!

  6. YUM! i love baking with coconut, it just makes for the richest, tastiest, sweetest recipes EVER!

  7. i love the creative use of soup leftovers.... on pasta - so clever!

  8. Pasta looks delish! Love the idea of the capers.

    The vegan omelet looks so realistic, just like egg! How did it taste?!

    The rest of the food looks great too :)

  9. I am liking it all, but the Carrot falafel is making me drool the most!

  10. They look yum - I must remember to do that next time I have left over soup. :)


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