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Thursday 1 July 2010

Mini Me

Look at me posting after only 8 days' break!! hehe. It's a mini post from me today, because honestly, I really haven't cooked all that much this last week. I've been out for dinner a couple of times and instead of having the girls over here we went to Em's and she cooked - wonders will never cease!! :-)

So I'll start with the other day's lunch, roasted cherry tomato soup. This had a trip hit of tomatoes because I also added some tinned (well boxed actually) and some sun-dried toms. Recipe is at the end of the post. It was yummy.

Brunch today - I had some tofu leftover from the brownies that are coming up in a minute! So I made tofu omelettes from vegan brunch. I halved the recipe and the other half of the omelette batter is in the fridge for tomorrow morning. Once I spread out the batter I chucked on some chopped up sun dried tomatoes, spring onions, sweetcorn and a couple of rings of jarred jalapenos. Then flipped it to cook the second side. Then I flipped it back and sprinkled it with black pepper, dried oregano and grated on some cheezly mozz, then stuck it under the grill for a minute to melt. Soooooo delicious.

I said brownies.... I made these on Tuesday night to take to Em's for pudding. The recipe is from Vegan Cookies .... for the chocolate brownies and I added 1/3 cup of walnuts and 2 packets (50g total) of white chocolate buttons broken up. I cooked them for just the very minimum amount of time so they would be super fudgy and delicous and they were - best vegan brownies I've ever made!! SO EFFING GOOD. I must admit, when I first bought this book I was underwhelmed with it, but I've now made a few things and everything has been so tasty that I've really grown to love the book.

Dinner the other night, tacos! I sauteed a couple of spring onions and a clove of garlic and added a cup of sainsbury's frozen veggie mince (they didn't have any Linda McCartney, but this one is pretty much the same!). I added half a box of chopped tomatoes, a green chilli, some mild pepperdew peppers (I didn't have any red or yellow peppers!) and some cumin, coriander, oregano and paprika. I also grated about half a courgette in finely, then left it to reduce down. It was easy, nice and not too spicy. It made enough to fill about 6 taco shells, so I had leftovers. I had some salsa in the fridge so I topped it with that, some shredded lettuce and some soya yoghurt. Oh and some chopped, fresh coriander.

All ready to munch....

Close up of the taco filling...

Ready for assembling...

And here's the recipe for the soup:
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 fat cloves of garlic
olive oil
1 small onion
1/3 cup white wine
2 cups veggie stock
1/2 box (about 1/2 - 3/4 cup) chopped tomatoes in juice
4 sun-dried tomatoes*
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
pinch of sugar or splenda
Salt & pepper to taste

Put the cherry tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet and drizzle on a little bit of oil then bake at 200C/400F for 20 minutes.

Saute the onion over medium high in a tbsp or so of olive oil, with a good pinch of salt, for 5 minutes until starting to soften but not too coloured.

Once the tomatoes and garlic are done, pop the garlic out of the papery skins and set aside. Don't bother taking the skin off the tomatoes.

Back to the onions! Add the wine the pan and let it bubble off for a couple of minutes. Then add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.

Then pour into a blend and blend till smooth.

I served mine with a small blob of soya yoghurt on top, just to look poncey but it's not essential.

* I used sun-dried tomtoes packed in oil and just gave them a good shake off of the excess oil and then chopped them roughly. If you use dried ones, just chuck them into the soup when you add the stock and they'll reconstitute as you cook it.



  1. Um yeah, that soup is so on my to do list for this weekend...YUM! You always make such great looking food, seriously! :-)

  2. The taco filling looks amazing! I also don't cook much these days. Way too hot.

  3. All your food looks SO good! Especially the tacos and the brownies. Need to buy the book I think...

  4. I agree that those tacos look delish!

  5. Damn, I wish I had all that food right now, especially the tacos and the omelet. The VB omelets are the best thing in the world ... ever. Also, the brownies look fab. I love that you call dessert "pudding." I want to start doing that!

  6. Wow, I am so hungry after looking at this post. Gorgeous photos! I made those brownies now too long ago, they were awesome.

  7. Yummy yummy yummy!
    That omelette looks amazing as does the soup and taco's.

  8. Everything looks amazing - as per usual!

  9. i don't have vegan brunch or vegan cookies invade your cookie jar - i need to purchase at least one of them. the white chocolate sounds like a fantastical addition to those brownies, Sal - that kicks ass they were soooo freak'n delicious. they look gloriously good! totally gonna have to make your cherry tomato soup - there are tons of them at the farmer's market and i should take advantage. mmmmmmmmmmm! the omelete looks so delicious, i never have any luck making them - i think i need a better pan to create them in. :) also, YAY for tacos!!!! they look damn delicious, Sal! i hope you're enjoying the weekend, my friend! :)

  10. Look at you, frequent blogger! :D

    Dude, the brownies! They look so good! I bought that book a few months ago before we had to hit the road, but there wasn't enough time to make anything. I do have a long list of all the cookies I want to bake when we go back home! :)

  11. Love this blog, nice to see what oters cook on a daily basic for dinner, gives me good ideas!


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