Messy Vegan Cook http://www.messyvegancook.com Mostly Asian Inspired Vegan Recipes + Travel Notes from a Kitchen Klutz Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:18:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.messyvegancook.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MVC-Favicon-1-300x300.png Messy Vegan Cook http://www.messyvegancook.com 32 32 Vegan Chinese Sichuan Style Green Beans with Preserved Olive Dressing http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-chinese-sichuan-style-green-beans-with-preserved-olive-dressing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-chinese-sichuan-style-green-beans-with-preserved-olive-dressing/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:18:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10411 During my last trip to Bangkok I visited a Chinese restaurant that sent the most extraordinary fried long beans out of its kitchen. Only a few strings came per order, so they were especially savoured and discussed over the course of the meal. The vegetables were very simply dressed with oil and seasoning sauce, so...

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ITHAILIAN: Thai + Italian Vegan Supper Club for Charity http://www.messyvegancook.com/ithailian-thai-italian-vegan-supper-club-for-charity/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ithailian-thai-italian-vegan-supper-club-for-charity/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:32:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10534 Despite unsubstantiated cries for authenticity I believe it is possible to incorporate flavours and ingredients from seemingly disparate cuisines into a unified dish. After all, many of the foods we attribute to distinct regions are fusion participants in themselves. Chilies, for example, are a Portuguese contribution to Thailand, while Italy owes homage to the Americas...

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Vegan Mushroom Lap (Lap Het ลาบเห็ด) – Spicy Thai Mushroom Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mushroom-lap-lap-het-%e0%b8%a5%e0%b8%b2%e0%b8%9a%e0%b9%80%e0%b8%ab%e0%b9%87%e0%b8%94-spicy-thai-mushroom-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mushroom-lap-lap-het-%e0%b8%a5%e0%b8%b2%e0%b8%9a%e0%b9%80%e0%b8%ab%e0%b9%87%e0%b8%94-spicy-thai-mushroom-salad/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:28:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10407 If you’ve ever wondered upon the myriad spellings of this well known Thai salad (larb, larp, lahb, lahp, lab, lap, laap, laab, etc), it’s purely down to the transliteration. Technically it should be ‘lap’ but as the ‘a’ sound is elongated in native Thai, it has become accepted to add an ‘h’ or an ‘r’...

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Five Minute Zhenjiang Vinegar Noodles http://www.messyvegancook.com/five-minute-zhenjiang-noodles-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/five-minute-zhenjiang-noodles-recipe/#comments Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:36:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10366 Zhenjiang vinegar (also commonly called Chinkiang) is a dark, aged vinegar made from fermented glutinous rice that conveys a rich, musky, smoky, and slightly sweet flavour. This style of vinegar is made in different Asian countries, but Zhenjiang reputedly turns out the best stock. There are also some excellent Japanese black rice vinegars, but for...

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Creamy Tahini Maple Spinach http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-tahini-maple-spinach-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-tahini-maple-spinach-recipe/#comments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:38:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10330 Tahini Maple Spinach Spinach is one of the few green vegetables my partner actively enjoys, and he is especially fond of the balance of nuttiness from tahini and sweetness from maple syrup and mirin in this recipe. This is an easy side to throw together on a weeknight and it goes well with Persian steamed...

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Vegan in Hong Kong: My Top 6 http://www.messyvegancook.com/best-6-vegan-restaurants-in-hong-kong/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/best-6-vegan-restaurants-in-hong-kong/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:05:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10276 Each year, before my annual visit to Thailand (being able to work anywhere has its advantages), I try to tack on a couple of weeks in a new destination. The contrast between the hustle and bustle of confined urban life and nature attracted me to Hong Kong, but the temptation of noodles and vegan dim...

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Man Sampalang Cheum – Cassava in Syrup with Coconut Cream http://www.messyvegancook.com/man-sampalang-cheum-thai-sweet-cassava-in-syrup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/man-sampalang-cheum-thai-sweet-cassava-in-syrup/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:26:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10234 Follow my blog with Bloglovin One of my favourite things to eat in Thailand is nam kaeng sai (น้ำแข็งใส), or mixed ice desserts. These refreshing bowls are typically comprised of your choice of an impressive variety of toppings combined with shaved ice (or sometimes crushed ice), coconut milk, and simple syrup. These toppings can include...

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15 Vegan Street Foods in Bangkok during the Thailand Vegetarian Festival http://www.messyvegancook.com/thailand-15-vegan-street-foods-in-bangkok-vegetarian-festival/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thailand-15-vegan-street-foods-in-bangkok-vegetarian-festival/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:32:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10169 NB: the 1560 (2017) festival on Yaowarat is toned down significantly in comparison to previous years due to the extended mourning of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late king of Thailand. Last week I published a list of 40 vegan Thai foods to try at the Phuket vegetarian festival, and here is a shorter follow up of...

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40 Foods to Try at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in 2017 http://www.messyvegancook.com/40-vegan-foods-to-try-at-the-phuket-vegetarian-festival-in-2017/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/40-vegan-foods-to-try-at-the-phuket-vegetarian-festival-in-2017/#respond Sat, 07 Oct 2017 02:48:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9918 NB: the 1560 (2017) festival is toned down in comparison to previous years due to the extended mourning of Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late king of Thailand. I have been attending the vegetarian festival in Thailand since 2010, and in those years have learned much about the styles of food prepared for the festival. In Phuket...

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Thai Street Noodles: Basic Vegan Noodle Stock http://www.messyvegancook.com/street-food-thai-vegan-noodle-stock-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/street-food-thai-vegan-noodle-stock-recipe/#comments Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:39:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegancook.com/?p=10024 This is part one of what I intend to make a multi-part series on Thai noodle soups. But first, the foundation. Lay the groundwork with a flavoursome, quality stock and you’ll be building top notch noodle bowls in no time! Noodle soup broths are typically bone based, but vegetarian vendors (especially during the annual vegetarian...

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ขนมบ้าบิ่น Kanom Baa Bin: Thai Coconut Cake http://www.messyvegancook.com/kanom-baa-bin-thai-coconut-cake-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kanom-baa-bin-thai-coconut-cake-recipe/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:16:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9878 Kanom is often a word used to prepend names of mainly sweet snacks in Thai language, hence we have kanom chan, kanom krok (the coconut half-globe pancakes that every tourist seems to discover), and many more. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, however. For instance one exception is the noodle dish kanom jeen, which...

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Burmese Inspired Potato Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-burmese-potato-salad-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-burmese-potato-salad-recipe/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:04:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9873 I’m an indiscriminate salad lover, an unfortunate self identifier in a country full of salad haters. Actually, I take that back. Brits aren’t salad haters; it’s just that many believe they are (also I still don’t understand what is and isn’t allowed to be considered a salad). For instance, despite 16 years of frequent positive...

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Fermented Abroad: Burmese Pone Yay Gyi (Horse Gram Bean) Paste http://www.messyvegancook.com/burmese-pone-yay-gyi/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/burmese-pone-yay-gyi/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:53:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9852 A few years ago, after an arduously tiresome journey from Lake Inle (most of it spent literally sitting on a road after a lorry broke down and left an entire mountain bypass of vehicles stranded), I found myself seated in a roadside restaurant in Bagan, Myanmar. The menu featured a dish that immediately caught my...

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London Vegan Japanese Thai Fusion Supper Club http://www.messyvegancook.com/london-vegan-japanese-thai-fusion-supper-club/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/london-vegan-japanese-thai-fusion-supper-club/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:33:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9755 You can request dates on EatWith Japanese chef The Vegan Ronin and Thai specialist Messy Vegan Cook collaborate to create innovative Japanese and Thai flavours on this very special evening. Welcome drinks and nibbles Cocktails with tom yam popcorn & shiso popcorn. Miso Walnut Aubergine Larb Yuzu, lime, mint, fresh coriander, roasted chilli powder, toasted rice...

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TWID Restaurant, London: Live Performance & a Vegan Friendly Menu http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-menu-twid-restaurant-london-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-menu-twid-restaurant-london-review/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:06:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9686 Firstly, I’d like to thank both TWID and Candoo PR for extending an invitation to enjoy a complimentary meal at the restaurant. TWID – That’s What I Do – isn’t an easy restaurant to depict on account of its sheer uniqueness. Experiences are typically described based on those we have already amassed, so it’s difficult to...

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How to Make Vegan Dashi http://www.messyvegancook.com/japanese-vegan-dashi-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/japanese-vegan-dashi-recipe/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:21:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9674 Dashi, the savoury stock pervasive in Japanese food, forms the foundation of the country’s cuisine. Probably the most commonly used recipe involves soaking dried kombu seaweed with katsuobushi, fish flakes that are made from drying and smoking bonito fish. There are, however, vegetarian and vegan friendly alternatives for making equally umami-rich, quality dashi stock with...

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Aromatic Pearl Couscous and Watercress Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pearl-couscous-watercress-salad-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pearl-couscous-watercress-salad-recipe/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:55:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9671 Orange blossom water, also known as orange flower water, is a floral, aromatic scented water popular in North African cuisine. Traditionally made by distillation in a copper still, the flowers are boiled in water and the steam is condensed into the fragrant liquid you can find bottled on the shelves of Middle Eastern supermarkets. A...

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How to Make Ramen Noodles AKA Alkaline Noodles http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-alkaline-ramen-noodles-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-alkaline-ramen-noodles-recipe/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:37:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9654 If you want to make your own fresh ramen there is no getting around that you will work for the noodles, but also that it will be worth the effort. The trick to achieving the perfect texture is to find the right balance of ingredients; namely it’s using the correct amount of alkaline salts. Too much...

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Where to Find Vegan Wine in the UK http://www.messyvegancook.com/find-vegan-wine-uk/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/find-vegan-wine-uk/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:34:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9631 I get a lot of searches on this site from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for vegan-friendly wines. Many people land on my post about vegan wines from Asda, which is now five years out of date and is hence unreliable. Asda no longer provide a vegan wine list, but many supermarkets do....

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Crispy Fried Shallots + Shallot Oil http://www.messyvegancook.com/shallot-oil-and-crispy-fried-shallots-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/shallot-oil-and-crispy-fried-shallots-recipe/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 09:18:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9589 Of all the homemade pantry staples I try to keep refreshed, these two (as well as crispy garlic and garlic oil) come near the top of the list. Toasty, aromatic shallot oil complements many dishes – try a little in your next salad, whisked through a simple pomodoro spaghetti sauce, or drizzled on a steaming...

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Freshly Steamed Homemade Rice Noodles (Sen Yai) http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-rice-noodles-recipe-sen-yai/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-rice-noodles-recipe-sen-yai/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 15:26:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9561 While their dried counterparts are a workable stand-in, fresh rice noodles are unbeatable for achieving the chewy texture we know and love in restaurant-made noodle stir fries like pat see ew (pat thai is another beast). They are also indispensable in street food style noodle soups like yentafo that call for flat, wide (sen yai)...

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Tis the Season for Ramps! Creamy Wild Garlic Mash with Spring Onions and Mustard http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-wild-garlic-mashed-potato-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-wild-garlic-mashed-potato-recipe/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 16:18:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9424 Ramps, wild leek, ramsons, wild garlic; whatever you call it, these flavourful leaves are excellent tossed in salads (both warm and cold), swirled through soup, made into pesto, and blended with mash, as in the wild garlic mashed potato recipe below. Whether you’ve found a glut of ramps on a foraging trip or you’re a...

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Celebrate Ramp Season with this Pomegranate Studded Lentil & Wild Garlic Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/puy-lentil-and-wild-garlic-salad-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/puy-lentil-and-wild-garlic-salad-recipe/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 13:48:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9407 Wild Garlic Salad with Puy Lentils and Pomegranate Seeds Spring is a great season for local produce in the UK, and this salad is a celebration of that. The ingredients are vague and can be adjusted – a big handful of fresh rocket or cress wouldn’t go amiss. Nor would a few stems of blanched...

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Vegan Soba Noodles with Tahini and Marmite http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-soba-noodles-with-tahini-and-marmite/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-soba-noodles-with-tahini-and-marmite/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:23:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9344 Soba, a highly respected noodle in its native Japan, is typically made from a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. Because the former contains no gluten and makes a crumbly dough on its own, wheat flour is often employed to give the noodles shape. Nevertheless, since the noodles are prized for the nutty, earthy flavour...

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Cookbook Review: Sri Lanka The Cookbook + Date and Shallot Pickle Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-sri-lanka-the-cookbook-vegan-date-tamarind-pickle-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-sri-lanka-the-cookbook-vegan-date-tamarind-pickle-recipe/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:40:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9229 A review copy of Sri Lanka the Cookbook was sent to me for free, courtesy of The Quarto Group and Frances Lincoln. All opinions expressed below are my own. Husband and wife team Prakhash Sivanathan and Niranjala Ellawalla pen this volume of boldly flavoured recipes, complemented with photos by Kim Lightbody, to represent their native...

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Broccoli with a Garlic Spiced Yoghurt and Tahini Dressing http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-broccoli-garlic-yoghurt-and-tahini-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-broccoli-garlic-yoghurt-and-tahini-recipe/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:20:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9214 This is a simple salad of broccoli with garlic yoghurt dressing that is heightened by the addition of savoury umami from mirin and seasoning sauce (or soy sauce). If you don’t have mirin to hand, you can use sherry or Shaoxing rice wine (if it’s the rice wine or a dry sherry, add a couple...

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Cookbook Review: Saffron Soul – Healthy Vegetarian Recipes from India + a Mung Bean Curry Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-saffron-soul-mungbean-curry-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-saffron-soul-mungbean-curry-recipe/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:19:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9086 Author Mira Manek looks back to her Gujarat roots, with inspiration from her mother and grandmother, to pen this volume of vegetarian recipes. The author’s goal with Saffron Soul is to offer a fresh take on Indian food, diverting attention away from the rich and indulgent dishes we assume represent the cuisine as a whole. Mira’s modern take...

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Vegan Pat Macaroni http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pat-macaroni/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pat-macaroni/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:23:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9193 Pat macaroni is a Thai dish of pasta sauced with various condiments that include sriracha, soy sauce (I use seasoning sauce) and ketchup. Yes, ketchup. This stir-fry (pat/pad = stir-fried) lacks a strong hit of chilies, unless you make it spicy by preference, so it’s a popular dish for children in Thailand. You might be...

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Cookbook Review: Mountain Berries & Desert Spice + Pomegranate Halva Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/mountain-berries-desert-spice-pomegranate-halva-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mountain-berries-desert-spice-pomegranate-halva-recipe/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:15:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9084 I am a compulsive cookbook collector, so when a publisher contacts me with the offer for a free book I rarely turn it down, so many thanks to The Quarto Group for this beautiful volume. Mountain Berries & Desert Spice: Sweet Inspiration from the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea is a vegetarian book of...

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Vegan in Bulgaria: Sofia and Melnik http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-bulgaria-sofia-and-melnik/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-bulgaria-sofia-and-melnik/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:45:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9070 After listening to a friend proclaim year after year that Sofia is one of his favourite cities, and after developing an interest myself in Bulgarian wine, I booked a holiday to the Balkan country. Mostly my reasoning was wine, because wine, but I consumed some non-wine too, and it was tasty non-wine (i.e. food). Here...

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Kitchen Sink Vegan Khao Tom http://www.messyvegancook.com/kitchen-sink-vegan-khao-tom-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kitchen-sink-vegan-khao-tom-recipe/#respond Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:32:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9045 First, hush, you people who know how to be smooth enough in real life to build relationships face to face. Second, this is the story of me meeting someone from the internet on another continent and the dinner they cooked for me. Third, it’s not really story because I will tell you in two sentences...

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How to order vegan noodles in Thailand http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-street-food-how-to-order-vegan-noodles-in-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-street-food-how-to-order-vegan-noodles-in-thailand/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:34:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8688 In the face of a foreign culture people tend to simplify its cuisine, narrowing it down to an easy to navigate package of dishes we order again and again. Take Thailand’s vast noodle repertoire, for instance. Styles and varieties could compete with Italy, surely, yet when we consider Thai noodle dishes the first thing most...

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Thai Vegan Apple and Corn Som Tum Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-apple-and-corn-som-tum-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-apple-and-corn-som-tum-recipe/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:39:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8967 This Thai vegan apple and corn som tum salad is an alternative to the usual green papaya based som tum we all know and love. Variations in Thailand aren’t uncommon, especially with regards to fruit. I’ve enjoyed both corn and fruit adaptations of this ubiquitous Thai salad in past, so decided to combine them here....

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Vegan Kaeng Liang แกงเลียงมังสวิรัติ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-vegan-kaeng-liang-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-vegan-kaeng-liang-recipe/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:50:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8959 I first tried kaeng liang at one of my favourite restaurants in Bangkok, and haven’t been able to shake the memory of the flavour since. After bemoaning the difficulties of sourcing lemon basil (bai maenglak, hairy basil, hoary basil) in England, the friend I was dining with flipped quickly through the menu as if looking...

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Triple Lime Coconut Noodles http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-triple-lime-coconut-noodles-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-triple-lime-coconut-noodles-recipe/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:49:57 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8929 Noodles are my bae. I mean, they aren’t, but I wanted to know what it was like to use the word bae in a sentence and it feels as ridiculous as I judge others who use it to be. YOLO. J/K. What even is a bae? This recipe for triple lime coconut noodles was born...

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Time Travel and how to be Vegan on Kiritimati, Kiribati (Christmas Island) http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-on-kiritimati-kiribati-christmas-island/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-on-kiritimati-kiribati-christmas-island/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:58:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8878 Christmas Island: A Family History In 1958 my partner’s father voluntarily entered military service and found himself placed somewhere quite unexpected: on Kiritimati, a Micronesian coral atoll located 1,350 miles South of Hawaii. Named Christmas Island by Captain James Cook after his arrival on Christmas Eve in 1777, the word Kiritimati is a phonetic respelling of the Christian holiday...

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Vegan in Ho Chi Minh City: Seemingly Endless Meatless Meal Options http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-ho-chi-minh-city-saigon/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-ho-chi-minh-city-saigon/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:48:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8684 Since British passport holders currently (for a limited time) enjoy visa-free Vietnam visiting rights, I factor in a visa run to Ho Chi Minh City during my most recent long stay in Thailand. Along with imbibing some of the most interesting beer of my year (shoutout to Pasteur Street Brewing Company and especially their spice...

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Roasted Vegetables and Rice Gratin with Vegan Cheese Sauce http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-vegetables-and-rice-gratin-casserole-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-vegetables-and-rice-gratin-casserole-recipe/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:43:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8733 Autumn, the start of casserole season. Old fashioned as they might be, these deep dish bakes can brighten the gloomy cooler months, making them feel a little less like a sucker punch to the soul. A profoundly heightened sense of denial also helps, along with the restorative nature of wine. 1950s America brought us the...

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Persepolis: Vegetarian Recipes from Peckham, Persia and Beyond http://www.messyvegancook.com/persepolis-cookbook-review-2016/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/persepolis-cookbook-review-2016/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:05:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8698 Persepolis is the latest publication by Sally Butcher (of identically named café fame), another outlandishly delicious tale in the ongoing colourful story that represents her life, shop, café, and culinary genius. Sally’s ideas are always refreshing in a world of food that is a flooding tide of the same rehashed dishes over and over, again...

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Coffee Cola Fried Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/coffee-cola-fried-tofu-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/coffee-cola-fried-tofu-recipe/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:15:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8656 My father was and is a peddler of dental hygiene. As such, he had two requests of me upon my move from the United States to England 15 years ago: do not flunk out of university abroad (I had a track record of being an awful student of multiple institutions) and find a dentist when...

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Vegetarian Thai Phrases and Tips on Ordering Vegan Food in Thailand http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-thai-phrases-and-tips-on-ordering-vegan-food-in-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-thai-phrases-and-tips-on-ordering-vegan-food-in-thailand/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:12:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8629 With little preparation and knowledge it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unable to request or identify vegan options in Thailand beyond mango sticky rice and spring rolls. Fortunately Thais are well versed in the concept of veganism, and with patience and perseverance Thailand is an endlessly rewarding destination for food-loving vegans. While I have been...

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Khanom Chan ขนมชั้น Thai Layered Dessert http://www.messyvegancook.com/khanom-chan-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/khanom-chan-recipe/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:31:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8587 Khanom chan is unlike any Western dessert you’re likely to come across, but if you like sticky and tacky East Asian sweets then this is most certainly a recipe worth your time and effort. Yes, it’s time consuming – once the dough is prepared, each of the many layers is steamed individually. Expect to spend...

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Apple, Plum, and Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka Sorbet http://www.messyvegancook.com/bison-grass-vodka-apple-plum-sorbet-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/bison-grass-vodka-apple-plum-sorbet-recipe/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:28:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8558 A couple of summers ago, after extending an invitation to a friend to come around for afternoon cocktails, I found myself lost in the booze aisle in Tesco. I knew then nearly as much as I know now about spirits, which is to say next to nothing. I texted the friend for advice: “have you...

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Naem Het – Thai Fermented Mushroom Sausages (แหนมเห็ด) http://www.messyvegancook.com/naem-het-thai-fermented-mushroom-sausage-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/naem-het-thai-fermented-mushroom-sausage-recipe/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:32:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8534 I believe 2010 was the first year I visited Pun Pun, a highly regarded vegetarian restaurant in Thailand’s Northern city of Chiang Mai. Two years later, after one bite of their fermented mushroom sausages, I plucked up the courage to beg admission to their kitchen. It was granted, and that’s how I learned to make...

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Vegan Spaghetti Puttanesca http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-spaghetti-puttanesca-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-spaghetti-puttanesca-recipe/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:18:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8504 Spaghetti puttanesca fulfils many roles in my life. It’s a fast midweek meal and a kitchen staple for hangovers (umami + plenty of good olive oil), but mostly puttanesca is a delicious solution to dinner when there are not many fresh ingredients knocking about. So long as there are olives and capers present (there always...

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Chipotle Scrambled Vegan Huevos Rancheros http://www.messyvegancook.com/chipotle-scrambled-vegan-huevos-rancheros/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/chipotle-scrambled-vegan-huevos-rancheros/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:47:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8471 Huevos rancheros are a Mexican breakfast with three basic components: lightly fried corn tortillas, fried eggs, and salsa. For my vegan huevos rancheros recipe, I use one of my favourite new vegan ingredients as an alternative to fried eggs: Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg, which is now available in the UK. If you don’t have...

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Fragrant Scorched Vegan Corn Chowder http://www.messyvegancook.com/fragrant-vegan-corn-chowder-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fragrant-vegan-corn-chowder-recipe/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 20:53:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8454 Inspired by a recipe in Hong Thaimee’s True Thai cookbook, this aromatic corn chowder is a stir fry turned soup. First corn is charred in a wok and then fragrant Southeast Asian ingredients are tossed in to simmer with rich coconut milk before being blended into a semi smooth purée. If you ensure you have...

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Smoky Gochujang Roasted Broccoli http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-gochujang-roasted-broccoli-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-gochujang-roasted-broccoli-recipe/#respond Tue, 10 May 2016 10:32:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8416 Gochujang is a fire engine red chili paste that is a foundation ingredient in much of Korean cooking. Made from a combination of dried red chillies, sweet rice flour, and fermented soybean powder, the slightly funky flavour is further accentuated by weeks of aging in the sun. This spicy condiment is not meant to be...

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Vegan Karaage Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-kara-age-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-kara-age-recipe/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:28:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8392 This vegan karaage recipe is perfect for party nibbles, paired with an ice cold beer, and/or to complement the binge sessions of Pretty Little Liars you laugh yourself to sleep by even though you don’t admit that to anyone. And neither am I. It’s just an example. Anyway, season 7 doesn’t even start until the...

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Vegan in Dalston, London http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-dalston-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-dalston-london/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:40:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8375 Vegan in Dalston? You’re sorted! The secret got out about Dalston years ago, but the good news about the trendy vibe is there are plentiful vegan options. A few are even dedicated vegetarian and vegan businesses, which is always a bonus. I haven’t visited all of the restaurants below, so please take this list as...

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What to do with too much dill? Make Pesto! http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-dill-pesto-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-dill-pesto-recipe/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:35:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8362 I really, really, really like dill, but unfortunately many of the people I’m likely to cook for really, really, really dislike dill. Combined with the fact that every time I buy dill I can only find a bunch that is a minimum of six times the size of my face, I am often stuck with...

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Should I buy a tofu press? If it’s Tofuture, then yes http://www.messyvegancook.com/tofuture-tofu-press-homemade-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tofuture-tofu-press-homemade-tofu/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:04:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8341 Tofuture, a small UK business run by tofu devotees Susanna and Adam, recently sent me a sample of their tofu maker and press to try out. I have approximately zero interest in gadgets like these, so found myself pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this product. Most tofu pressing devices are just that: tofu...

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Vegan in Hiroshima, Osaka, and Takayama + Vegan Okonomiyaki Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-hiroshima-osaka-vegan-okonomiyaki-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-hiroshima-osaka-vegan-okonomiyaki-recipe/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:36:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8130 When I landed in Japan I knew I had no concrete plans save my initial nights booked at a hostel in Kyoto. Hiroshima, Osaka, and Takayama were all last minute, uncoordinated decisions that were erratic at best. Much like this blog post, which winds all over the road before ending with a recipe for vegan...

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Easy chickpea stew with garlicky tahini and vegan yoghurt http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-chickpea-stew-with-garlicky-tahini-and-vegan-yoghurt/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-chickpea-stew-with-garlicky-tahini-and-vegan-yoghurt/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:42:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8293 Recent experiments with aquafaba have left me with a glut of chickpeas and my partner has indicated a preference for not cleaning up small round foods I launch spitball style across the room for the cats to chase. Also there’s only so much hummus a person can eat. It takes me, on average, six hours...

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Nam Som Prik Dong: Thai Chillies Pickled in Vinegar (น้ำส้มพริกดอง) http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-pickled-chillies-nam-som-prik-dong-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-pickled-chillies-nam-som-prik-dong-recipe/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:52:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8247 Found on each table at every noodle-hawking stall in Thailand is a caddy of condiments, seasonings to add flavour balance based on a diner’s personal tastes. Granulated sugar for sweetness, fish sauce (perhaps with chillies and lime) to add saltiness, roasted chilli powder for heat, and to impart sourness is nam som prik dong –...

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Pomegranate Yuba (Fuzhu) with Caramelised Onions http://www.messyvegancook.com/pomegranate-vegan-yuba-recipe-with-caramelised-onions/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pomegranate-vegan-yuba-recipe-with-caramelised-onions/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:38:13 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8219 I recently stumbled across Madame Huang’s Kitchen, a blog written by Carolyn Phillips, a Chinese translator and food writer with a passion for Chinese cuisine. Rarely do I come across a blogged dish that provokes enough excitement that I will make it the same day, but when I spotted Carolyn’s spicy vegan yuba recipe my...

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Vegan Miso Caramel Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-miso-caramel-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-miso-caramel-recipe/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:23:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8197 The idea of this sweet, rich sauce isn’t mine by any means, but I’m throwing my stamp on the concept with this easy recipe for vegan miso caramel. Imagine salted caramel, only with a bold umami flavour. Imagine decadence, only using a less annoying word than decadence. Imagine if the whole of the internet stopped...

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Vegan in Kyoto + recipe for fried tofu and nori parcels http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-kyoto-fried-tofu-and-nori-parcels-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-kyoto-fried-tofu-and-nori-parcels-recipe/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:24:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8128 The most difficult aspect of writing a blog post, or anything I suppose, is starting. I’ve been working full time on the internet for 12 years now, and engaging in blogging side projects for nearly as long. I know the rules and I know I don’t play by them. Catchy headlines, clever opening sentence. Start...

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Vegan in Tokyo + Vegan Japanese Curry Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-tokyo-vegan-japanese-curry-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-tokyo-vegan-japanese-curry-recipe/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 11:15:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8132 Japan was a whirlwind, a two week foray into a land where I learned to spill sake on myself and could did purchase the most intense gumball machine tat known to all humanity (keychains of crisps, underpants for water bottles, mobile phone ornaments of a bird pooping radioactive waste, figurines of cats sleeping in curry)....

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Steamed and Fried Tofu Cakes http://www.messyvegancook.com/steamed-fried-fermented-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/steamed-fried-fermented-tofu/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:09:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8077 In order to make Chinese style fermented tofu, firm bean curd is cut into cubes, inoculated with a mould, left to ferment, and then covered in brine. The process typically takes at least a couple of months, but as with cheese-making longer aging tends to produce a more flavoursome and umami rich product. Any halfway...

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Vegan Jammie Dodgers (Linzer Cookies) http://www.messyvegancook.com/jammie-dodgers-vegan-linzer-cookies-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/jammie-dodgers-vegan-linzer-cookies-recipe/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:22:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8071 There are a few types of cookie that look pretty enough to dupe people into thinking they are difficult to make. Jammie dodgers, or linzer cookies if you’re stateside, fit that bill. Actually, the hardest part of any cookie-making is enduring the loss of cookie dough as it bakes into not cookie dough, so as...

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Smoky Sriracha Tofu Steamed Buns http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-sriracha-tofu-vegan-steamed-buns-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-sriracha-tofu-vegan-steamed-buns-recipe/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:33:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8045 I’ve been away for a few months and am slowly replacing the freezer burned leftovers my partner failed to spot with new easy meals my partner will fail to spot. That’s fine so long as I’m around, because more steamed buns for me. I wonder if he reads this thing? Anyway I am forever telling...

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Restaurant Review: The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant, Hammersmith http://www.messyvegancook.com/restaurant-review-the-gate-vegetarian-hammersmith/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/restaurant-review-the-gate-vegetarian-hammersmith/#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:44:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8011 The Gate Restaurant (Hammersmith) thegaterestaurants.com 51 Queen Caroline Street Hammersmith London, W6 9QL England I’m in my 15th year of living in the South East corner of England – vegetarian the entire time – and have only recently found my way to The Gate Restaurant. Long known as a reliable spot for unique vegetarian dishes...

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Pad Gaprao, Vegan Style http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pad-gaprao-pat-kaphrao-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pad-gaprao-pat-kaphrao-recipe/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:47:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7957 After years of visiting Thailand, writing about its food and the annual vegetarian festival, I decided it was time to try to learn some of the language. So hello from Bangkok, where I am sitting in a small Asoke flat scattered with notes of how to say and write statements in Thai like “bullshit” and “the...

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Seven Thai vegan foods to try in bprà thêet thai (Thailand) http://www.messyvegancook.com/seven-vegan-foods-to-try-in-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/seven-vegan-foods-to-try-in-thailand/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:45:41 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7930 เจ, pronounced a little bit like the halfway point between ‘jay’ and ‘jee,’ roughly translates to ‘vegan’ in Thai. Each year a nine day vegetarian festival is held across the country, more pronounced in some areas than others, that celebrates a je diet. The event is large and unmissable if you are in towns or cities in Thailand...

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When Rice Ferments: Mikawa Mirin Production in Japan http://www.messyvegancook.com/when-rice-ferments-mikawa-mirin-production-in-japan/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/when-rice-ferments-mikawa-mirin-production-in-japan/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2015 02:51:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7906 Over the summer I had the great pleasure to attend a shōjin ryōri inspired Japanese supper club hosted by London based Pureism (very much worth checking out if you are interested in Japanese temple cuisine). I had just booked two weeks in Japan and was keen on food study and production methods while in the...

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Crispy Marmite Battered Chickpea Fritters http://www.messyvegancook.com/crispy-marmite-battered-chickpea-fritters-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/crispy-marmite-battered-chickpea-fritters-recipe/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:37:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7888 <some_sarcasm> Sometimes I hear people say things like “I’m craving vegetables because my body is telling me I need them” or “I believe my mind is more at ease when I use coconut oil because I am clinically insane.” Like, you just have to listen to your body and it can tell. But I do...

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Sweet Potato Balls (Kanom Kai Nok Krata) ขนมไข่นกกระทา http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-potato-balls-kanom-kai-nok-krata/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-potato-balls-kanom-kai-nok-krata/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:00:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7869 Despite a common belief by many Westerners that vegetarianism is impossible to communicate in Thailand, and that fish sauce goes in everything, the Thai language has a word to indicate veganism that is universally understood. เจ translates in English to je, or jay, and means no animal products. The concept is so well understood, in...

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Vegan Black Eyed Pea Stew with Faux Feta and Gari http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-black-eyed-pea-stew-recipe-with-faux-feta-and-gari/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-black-eyed-pea-stew-recipe-with-faux-feta-and-gari/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:31:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7854 I hate shopping, but I am a compulsive grocery shopper. Unsurprisingly much of my kitchen is taken up by previously unheard of ingredients (like gari) that I purchased out of curiosity. Sometimes I decide to use them, and then I don’t until 6 months later when I decide to use them again (and then don’t. Again)....

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Easy Home Made Pecan Hemp Matcha Milk Shake http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-hemp-matcha-milk-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-hemp-matcha-milk-recipe/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:07:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7815 I received a bag of hemp seeds a sample once and it was one of those ingredients that I kept intending to use but every time I looked at it I though “yeaaaaaah, no” and deep fried something instead. Since I’m currently trying to declutter my kitchen in order to make space to fill my...

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Vegan in Clerkenwell: Grain Store Unleashed http://www.messyvegancook.com/grain-store-unleashed-vegan-menu-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/grain-store-unleashed-vegan-menu-london/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:42:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7826 Grain Store Unleashed (at the Zetter Hotel) grainstoreunleashed.com 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd St John’s Square London, EC1M 5RJ England Grain Store Unleashed is chef Bruno Loubet’s vegan friendly pop up at the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell. There are three set menus in the evening (as well as full breakfast and a la carte lunch menus), one each...

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Warm Sweet and New Potato Salad with Smoked Paprika http://www.messyvegancook.com/warm-smoked-paprika-potato-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/warm-smoked-paprika-potato-salad/#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:14:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7795 In my home I am mostly in charge of all food related activities, with a couple of exceptions. Since I am a demon in the morning and can barely manage the coffee I need to shift me from a state of falling over and running into walls to a state of falling over and running...

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Easy Vegan Ma Po Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-ma-po-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-ma-po-tofu/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:46:26 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7766 I chose to adopt a vegetarian diet at the age of 12, but there was one ingredient I would not touch: tofu. Mom, I love you and the effort you made to support my choice, but those mushy tofu and frozen vegetable stir fries you made when I was a teenager were the worst. A...

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Vegan Ethiopian Firfir with Dates http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-ethiopian-firfir-recipe-with-dates/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-ethiopian-firfir-recipe-with-dates/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:34:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7748 During my trip to Ethiopia, I ate a lot of firfir. The best version I tried utilised dates against a backdrop of rich tomato and berbere gravy soaked injera. The firfir recipe below, although not exactly the same (sometimes location is half of the flavour), is in memory of that dish. The rich dates are...

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Spicy Chargrilled Vegan Israeli Couscous Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-tomato-and-green-chilli-vegan-israeli-couscous-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-tomato-and-green-chilli-vegan-israeli-couscous-salad/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:04:41 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7731 When I was last in Luang Prabang, I took a cooking class at Tamarind restaurant. At the class I learned how to make a simple jiew, a dip to be eaten with sticky rice, that contained little more than a few chargrilled grilled vegetables, salt and a pinch of monosodium glutamate. I also learned how...

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Vegan Travel in Northern Ethiopia http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-travel-in-northern-ethiopia/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-travel-in-northern-ethiopia/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:36:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7681 Ethiopia, especially outside of Ethiopia, is known to vegans as a safe food haven. Rich lentil stews and oily braised vegetables with moorish fermented bread. What’s not to love about the idea of eating that every day? I joked for a long time about visiting Ethiopia because how cool would that be? I love Ethiopian food! Well,...

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Vegan Eats Around Taipei http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-eats-around-taipei/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-eats-around-taipei/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:48:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7601 Following my write up on vegan food in Taipei, I want to cover some of the options outside of the city centre. Transportation in Taiwan is efficient, reliable, and fast enough to make day trips easily, so while I was in Taipei I visited a few outlying towns and cities. Vegetarian food is easy to...

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Chargrilled Asparagus with Lemon & Sea Salt http://www.messyvegancook.com/chargrilled-asparagus-recipe-with-lemon-sea-salt/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/chargrilled-asparagus-recipe-with-lemon-sea-salt/#respond Wed, 27 May 2015 14:17:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7642 Springtime is one of my favourite seasons in the UK, and that’s mostly down to that brief window of time when asparagus is harvested locally. Everyone goes mad for it, and with good reason, but what confuses me is how dull its preparations often are. Soggy and limp. Drowned in butter. Don’t forget the fried...

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Taipei Vegan Restaurants and More http://www.messyvegancook.com/taipei-vegan-restaurants-and-more/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/taipei-vegan-restaurants-and-more/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:52:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7595 I landed in Taipei convinced I would spend a few days there before moving on to visit other cities on the island, but instead spent a full two weeks planted firmly in one place. The city offers so much, both in terms of activities and food, and I felt drawn to stay and enjoy as...

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Single Serving Shan Noodle Salad Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/single-serving-shan-noodle-salad-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/single-serving-shan-noodle-salad-recipe/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 16:56:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7615 A popular dish served in various ways throughout the country, this is a simplified version of a sticky noodle dish I enjoyed at Shan restaurants throughout Myanmar. Typically it is not vegetarian, but is easy to prepare without traditional meat ingredients and fish sauce. This bowl of Shan noodle salad comes together quickly, so it’s...

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Vegan Peckham: Persepolis http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-peckham-persepolis-snackistan-cafe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-peckham-persepolis-snackistan-cafe/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:24:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7547 I’ve slept about ten hours in the last six months, so instead of typing words I’m going to mostly type pictures taken over three visits to Persepolis, a Persian corner shop in Peckham that has plenty of vegan options. The food is not only outstanding, but the quirky shop signs (“badly behaved children should be kept on...

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Beer Battered Vegan Fish Sandwiches with Homemade Tartar Sauce http://www.messyvegancook.com/beer-battered-vegan-fish-sandwiches-with-homemade-vegan-tartar-sauce/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/beer-battered-vegan-fish-sandwiches-with-homemade-vegan-tartar-sauce/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:52:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7561 Aside from their lack of mushy peas, one of my favourite comfort meals in London is the vegan fish and chips at the Coach and Horses pub in Soho. Credit where credit is due: the tofish recipe below is inspired by their version. If you like this vegan fish sandwich, be sure to land yourself...

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Vegan Around Stoke-on-Trent http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-restaurants-stoke-on-trent/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-restaurants-stoke-on-trent/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:00:13 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7499 A few times a year I take a holiday weekend in sunny The North, where I mostly drink wine and sit under a blanket at my friend Liz’s house while she cooks for me and I avoid being gutted by her laser eyes cat. Anyway, did you open this thinking it was a mean trick,...

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Love Ethiopian Food? Get Teff Love Now! http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-of-teff-love-kittee-berns/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-of-teff-love-kittee-berns/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:25:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7503 If you love Ethiopian food as much as I do, or even if you’ve never had it before, you need this cookbook. I don’t like to gush (except I do), but it’s one of the best recipe collections to be published in the name of vegan food in probably ever. Trust me, you need this...

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SugarSin Covent Garden vegan candy options http://www.messyvegancook.com/sugar-sin-vegan-candy-covent-garden/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sugar-sin-vegan-candy-covent-garden/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7456 I wrote this review last week, during what was clearly a very turbulent time. Also, yes, I still call sweets candy (but I say sweets when I’m pretending in my head that I live in an English Seaside town in like 1887). SugarSin sugarsin.co.uk 70 Long Acre Covent Garden London, WC2E 9JS England Day four...

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The Moveable Feast Vegetarian Pop Up at London Bridge http://www.messyvegancook.com/moveable-feast-london-bridge-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/moveable-feast-london-bridge-review/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:17:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7451 The Moveable Feast www.feastonthemove.com 21-27 St Thomas St. London, SE1 9RY England The Moveable Feast is a vegetarian popup just next to London Bridge station, under The Shard (come out of the station at the bus stop, go left and down the escalators, then around the corner). FINALLY, a decent veggie option at London Bridge...

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Veg Bar: Brixton Vegetarian Restaurant http://www.messyvegancook.com/veg-bar-brixton-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/veg-bar-brixton-review/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:51:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7447 2016 edit: The menu below no longer applies as the chef who created it left shortly after the restaurant opened. I have returned to Veg Bar a few times since and no longer recommend it. Veg Bar vegbar.co.uk 45 Tulse Hill Brixton London, SW2 2TJ England Hey, go check this place out! Veg Bar is...

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Optimum 9200A Blender Review + Oreo Cookie Butter Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/optimum-9200-blender-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/optimum-9200-blender-review/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:03:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7394 I recently joined the ambassador program for Froothie UK and the company kindly sent me an Optimum 9200 blender to review and play around with. Naturally the first thing I did was fill it with Oreos to make cookie butter. I switched to using a high performance blender about five years ago, and while it...

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Gochujang and Smoky Horseradish Vegan Mayonnaises http://www.messyvegancook.com/gochujang-and-smoky-horseradish-vegan-mayonnaise-recipes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/gochujang-and-smoky-horseradish-vegan-mayonnaise-recipes/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:57:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7415 Previously I’ve made garlic lime mayonnaise (which is ace on banh mi), but the combination of vegan mayonnaise flavours seems endless. One of my favourite condiments for spice and wow factor is gochujang, a Korean chilli paste, so when considering the next mayo variation this seemed an obvious choice. Vegan Miam recently published a similar...

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Vegan Cream Cheese Ice Cream http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cream-cheese-ice-cream/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cream-cheese-ice-cream/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:34:22 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7365 It’s already the beginning of March, and only a few weeks from that glorious weekend when the clocks change and we get an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. In Britain winters are defined by half a millimetre of snow, beachwear (British people try to dictate the weather by what they wear), a whole...

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Luang Prabang Night Market Eats http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-luang-prabang-night-market-eats/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-luang-prabang-night-market-eats/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:55:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7295 More than ten years had passed since my last visit to Laos, and as expected a lot changed. One thing that hasn’t, however, are the bus trips. The mini hellbus I took from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang featured the usual wondering how every drive in this place doesn’t end at the bottom of a...

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Upmarket Raw Vegan Dining at L’elephant Vert Luang Prabang http://www.messyvegancook.com/raw-vegan-dining-at-lelephant-vert-luang-prabang/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/raw-vegan-dining-at-lelephant-vert-luang-prabang/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:41:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7296 Luang Prabang still caters to backpackers, but also to the 5 star hotel crowd. That means there’s a lot more upmarket eating, which is sometimes disappointing and sometimes wonderful, but usually exciting. My manner of backpacking these days means I still have income and I like air conditioning sometimes, so as much as I love...

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Noochy Deep Fried Okra Chips http://www.messyvegancook.com/deep-fried-okra-chips-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/deep-fried-okra-chips-recipe/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:47:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7354 I have so many opinions about everything, but I’m still unclear on how I feel about okra. I don’t dislike it, but it wouldn’t be my first choice from a menu with other options. I love nattō, so it’s not like I’m opposed to slime as a texture in food. It’s more that I’m just...

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Tamarind’s Vegan Cooking Class in Luang Prabang http://www.messyvegancook.com/tamarind-restaurant-vegan-cooking-class-in-luang-prabang/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tamarind-restaurant-vegan-cooking-class-in-luang-prabang/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:03:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7300 I’m trying so hard to refrain from talking about how great Luang Prabang was eleven years ago. I don’t want to sound like that tourist, sorry, I mean traveller, who waxes lyrical over how cool they are for going to a place before most people heard about that place. By the way, I went back...

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Vegan in Vientiane Laos http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-vientiane-laos/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-vientiane-laos/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:08:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7287 My most recent visit to Vientiane was in 2003, and I recall little more than a delicious sandwich shop followed by the days of severe food poisoning that ensued for my travel companion. Most of my time was spent in the luxury room we splurged on ($15 USD used to buy an awful lot more...

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Stir Fried Pickled Mustard Greens With Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/pak-kad-dong-tahu-pickled-mustard-greens-with-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pak-kad-dong-tahu-pickled-mustard-greens-with-tofu/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:24:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7338 I first tried this stir fry in Phuket after randomly pointing to a few items on a vegan buffet so large that my decision-making gears nearly broke (and they barely function to begin with). I recognised the flavour of pickled mustard greens and excitedly asked for the name of the dish so I could get...

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Makphet: supporting a good cause while eating in Vientiane http://www.messyvegancook.com/makphet-restaurant-vientiane-laos-vegan-options/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/makphet-restaurant-vientiane-laos-vegan-options/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:06:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7277 Part of the TREE Alliance, a group focussed on hands-on training for young people to give them employable skills in the hospitality industry, Makphet Restaurant in Vientiane is hit and miss for vegans but most definitely worth a visit. From what I’ve heard, when it’s on it’s really on. After much discussion, which I appreciated...

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Vegan Mandalay Narratives http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mandalay-narratives-marie-min/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mandalay-narratives-marie-min/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:14:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7136 Sometimes a place has wonderful things to see and do, but I don’t gel with the overall vibe and that’s the Mandalay I met. Vegan food was available, as everywhere in the country, and the one wholly vegetarian restaurant I tried was pretty good. Also one of the guys who worked there had a “world’s...

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Vegan in Old Bagan, Burma http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-old-bagan-burma/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-old-bagan-burma/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:48:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7152 After an eventful bus trip from Nyaungshwe (outdoor toilet break, cloth for door, massive hole in cloth, enough said) that involved many hours literally (hey look, this is how you use that word) sitting in the middle of the road while a broken down lorry was fixed, I arrived in Bagan. Starving. Consider yourself lucky...

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Vegan Around Inle Lake Myanmar + Sev Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-around-inle-lake-myanmar-and-burmese-sev-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-around-inle-lake-myanmar-and-burmese-sev-recipe/#respond Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:35:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7088 This post is continued from Vegan in Nyaungshwe with Strangers. The next day I woke up in Nyaungshwe (Northern Burma) bright and early to spend the day in a boat. Inle Lake supports a strong workforce of both fisherman and artisan craft workers. The latter put their skills to use in stilt raised workshops along...

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Vegan in Nyaungshwe with Strangers http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-nyaungshwe-and-solo-travel/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-nyaungshwe-and-solo-travel/#respond Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:11:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6418 After a surprisingly comfortable overnight bus from Yangon I woke up caught unaware by that thing where it’s too early and not only are people talking to me but I am expected to say words back to them. Thankfully one of the bonuses of solo travel is the ability to nap whenever it sounds like...

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The Best Roasted Mushroom Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-roasted-mushroom-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-roasted-mushroom-recipe/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:15:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=7039 I’m sorry these are sort of crap pictures, but this is February in England, a time of year when a day consists of an hour of sunlight amidst 8 hours of fooled you the sun isn’t real time. Yeah, I have a light box and all that, but I also have an appetite. Priorities. Wanted: physicist to...

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What’s Not to Eat in Vang Vieng http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-vang-vieng-laos-travel/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-vang-vieng-laos-travel/#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:56:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6625 While I’m certain there are a few local dining secrets, stunning Vang Vieng isn’t somewhere to go for vegan fine dining. It is, however, a place of stunning beauty that makes food an almost secondary concern (I know). So instead of telling you about all of the amazing food, how about some pretty pictures and...

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Vegan in Bangkok: Malls and Supermarkets http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-bangkok-mall-and-supermarket-food-courts/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-bangkok-mall-and-supermarket-food-courts/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:25:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6589 If in doubt, a Bangkok food court is a good place to look for vegetarian eats. Most large shopping centres will have at least one option, even if it’s tucked away and you have to spend four trips looking because you are too stubborn to give up. Not that this has ever happened to me...

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Western Vegan Bakery in Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/veganerie-vegan-bakery-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/veganerie-vegan-bakery-bangkok/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:33:08 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6573 Bangkok has long since practiced a cultural tradition in veganism and it’s not as if vegan sweets have ever been off the table, but with the opening of Veganerie cake is firmly in the centre ring. Decadence is an understatement. Plan your day according to sugar highs and crashes, because after I hit Veganerie I...

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Unsorted bangkok vegan eats http://www.messyvegancook.com/unsorted-bangkok-vegan-eats/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/unsorted-bangkok-vegan-eats/#respond Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:28:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6566 When I’m in Bangkok I eat a lot. I walk, I eat, I walk some more, and I eat some more. I never write about everywhere I dine because, well, there are too many places, but here are a few more spots I thought worth a mention. The vegan menus at these restaurants consist of...

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The best known vegetarian restaurant in Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/may-kaidee-vegan-thai-cooking-school-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/may-kaidee-vegan-thai-cooking-school-bangkok/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:54:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6558 May Kaidee, a popular restaurant just off Bangkok’s infamous Khao San road, is one of the area’s favoured eateries, both by vegetarians and omnivores. May runs the Bangkok end of the business, while her sister runs May Kaidee in Chiang Mai. Both branches offer a variety of cooking classes from basic Thai curries to tofu...

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100% Vegan Food Court in Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/chamlongs-asoke-vegan-food-court-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/chamlongs-asoke-vegan-food-court-bangkok/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:21:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6537 Chamlong’s Asoke Vegetarian Restaurant Chamlong’s Asoke vegetarian restaurant is less a restaurant and more a food court den of brilliance so delicious I can easily wile away a few hours sampling what’s on offer while making small talk with the inevitable diners who will ask how I even found out the place exists (it’s on...

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A different sort of salad: Burmese Pennywort http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-burmese-pennywort-salad-myin-kwa-ywet-thoke/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-burmese-pennywort-salad-myin-kwa-ywet-thoke/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:26:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6521 After months of travel I have finally returned to my home kitchen. September saw me in Southern Florida and Thailand, while October moved me to Burma. November was an exploration of Thailand’s Isaan region and a return to Laos, a country I visited and loved ten years prior. My last weeks in Asia were split...

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Easy Vegan Sunday Seitan Roast http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-sunday-seitan-roast-vegetarian/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-sunday-seitan-roast-vegetarian/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:44:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6503 A lot of people have been asking me for seitan recipes lately. I have dozens, but most of them don’t end up on here for a few reasons. Primarily it’s that I’m pedantic and detail oriented with anything involving gluten, and I’m afraid recipes won’t turn out for you the way they do for me....

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Vegan Fine Dining in Taipei http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fine-dining-in-taipei-yu-shan-ge/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fine-dining-in-taipei-yu-shan-ge/#respond Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:13:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6476 Yu Shan Ge is an upmarket vegetarian restaurant with locations in Taipei and Kaohsiung. It’s a fancy place, but I went at lunch dressed like, well, myself. Remember as a kid when a grown up would say “that’s what you’re wearing?” You were only five and were really proud to have the autonomy to dress...

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Heaven in Taiwan http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-heaven-in-taiwan-jiaoxi-vegan-bakery/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-heaven-in-taiwan-jiaoxi-vegan-bakery/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:50:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6474 Being vegan is a smart option for me, if not to save my bank account from excess macaron consumption, but I will still go to the ends of the earth for vegan variations. I visited Jiaoxi for one reason and one reason only: vegan macarons from a vegan bakery rumoured to sell this coveted treat....

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Vegan in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima City) http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-khorat/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-khorat/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:29:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6463 I’m that person who goes to places and sees nothing (count me as the only person to visit Phuket island and not see a single beach). Of course it’s not possible to see nothing, but as far as the big attractions go I’ve seen enough temples to last a lifetime and I’d be happy to...

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Mawlamyine for the view, not the eats http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-mawlamyine-myanmar-burma/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-mawlamyine-myanmar-burma/#respond Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:51:35 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6452 When I imagine my own life’s version of Melancholia, the setting is Mawlamyine (all I can really think about is melamine, which I adore). Beautifully sullen, a little grotty, everything in its place only not quite. The sunset over the river is one of the loveliest I’ve seen, yet simultaneously saddening. Maybe it’s the thick...

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Nang Htike for Tea Leaf Salad in Yangon http://www.messyvegancook.com/nang-htike-for-tea-leaf-salad-in-yangon/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/nang-htike-for-tea-leaf-salad-in-yangon/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:38:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6437 Nang Htike Bogyoke Aung San Street (between 46th and 47th) Yangon Myanmar (Burma) I visited Nang Htike after reading the Vegetarian Survival Guide to Burma, and it’s well worth stopping in. The English isn’t tip top, but thut-thut-lo (Burmese for vegetarian) is understood. My visit was during a school break, and there was a teenager...

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Vegan Shan Food in the Heart of Yangon http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-shan-food-in-the-heart-of-yangon/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-shan-food-in-the-heart-of-yangon/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:55:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6428 999 Shan Noodle Shop No. 130 B 34th Street Kyauktada Township Yangon Myanmar (Burma) I hit a bit of a snafu at 999 Shan Noodle shop when I was initially served a dish with meat and a juice with milk, but the manner in which it was remedied and the extreme apologetic nature of the...

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Bangkok Vegan: May Veggie Home http://www.messyvegancook.com/bangkok-vegan-may-veggie-home/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/bangkok-vegan-may-veggie-home/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:31:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6400 May Veggie Home mayveggiehome.com 8/3 Asoke-Sukhumvit Intersection, Ratchadapisek Road Khlong Toei Bangkok, 10110 Thailand May Veggie Home has been around for awhile, operating only recently in a bright, new location practically next to Asoke BTS station. Prior to their new digs they had another cool little spot along off Sukhumvit, and that’s where I first...

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Vegan finds and friends in Yangon http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-finds-and-friends-in-yangon/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-finds-and-friends-in-yangon/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:04:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6387 During my flight into Myanmar my seat neighbour, an NGO worker in Yangon, described the city as a place operating as if it existed fifty years as in the past. Her examples included descriptions of men in longyi skirts and women’s faces smeared with thanaka paste (a 2,000 year old practice used for sun protection)....

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Cats, Terrapins, and Vegetarian food at The Atlanta Hotel Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/cats-terrapins-and-vegetarian-food-at-the-atlanta-hotel-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cats-terrapins-and-vegetarian-food-at-the-atlanta-hotel-bangkok/#respond Sat, 04 Oct 2014 18:05:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6378 The Atlanta hotel has been described as a hotel of devoted returnees, a flashback to a time forgotten. What comes to mind when I walk through the foyer are these return guests, patrons for decades, mumbling “they just don’t make them like this any more.” There is no yard as such, so no canes to...

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Some vegan Bangkok eats and treats http://www.messyvegancook.com/some-vegan-bangkok-eats-and-treats/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/some-vegan-bangkok-eats-and-treats/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:54:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6360 Less with the words and more with the photos! Here are some snaps and vids of vegan finds around Bangkok during the 2014 Thailand Vegetarian Festival. MBK Center Vegan Stalls Most shopping centres in Bangkok (and there are plenty) put on some sort of spread or event related to the vegetarian festival. MBK is known...

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Travel tips: eyedropper gin http://www.messyvegancook.com/travel-tips-eyedropper-gin/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/travel-tips-eyedropper-gin/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:28:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6348 A few weeks ago my mother rang me to ask if she could bring (read: smuggle) alcohol on an upcoming flight. I chuckled before I realised she was serious, and then I continued to laugh. “Mom, there are rules in place for carrying liquids through security, and TSA are particularly unforgiving.” “But what if I...

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An Outsider’s Perspective on the Phuket Vegetarian Festival http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-outsiders-perspective-on-the-phuket-vegetarian-festival/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-outsiders-perspective-on-the-phuket-vegetarian-festival/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:17:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6290 Thailand has been my destination of choice for an R&R foodie holiday for years, and on multiple occasions I’ve landed in Bangkok to enjoy the national vegetarian festival (also known as nine emperor gods festival and the jay festival). Phuket is reknown as the centre of this nationwide vegan food party, but the accompanying extreme...

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Thai herbs: a basil Primer http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-herbs-lemon-basil-holy-basil-thai-basil/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-herbs-lemon-basil-holy-basil-thai-basil/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:01:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5950 Thai cooking utilises three type of basil: Thai basil, holy basil, and lemon basil. The latter is the most difficult to find outside of Thailand and the first in the list the most commonly available. Thais treat them as three separate entities and so these basils are generally not interchangeable with each other. The fresher...

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Recommended Thai Cooking Resources in the UK http://www.messyvegancook.com/recommended-thai-cooking-resources-in-the-uk/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/recommended-thai-cooking-resources-in-the-uk/#respond Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:58:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6042 Many Thai books populate my cookbook shelf and some are more useful than others. The widely available vegan Thai friendly Thai cookbooks are not very good, so I mainly stick with the well known and accurate collections and references listed below. by David Thompson. This is the number one English language Thai cookery book to...

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A Thai rice primer http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-thai-rice-primer/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-thai-rice-primer/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:57:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6023 A few years ago, wandering the streets of Siem Reap in Cambodia, I happened across a tiny rice paddy. Despite years of frequent travel to the region, this was my first up close and personal encounter with growing rice. A woman approached me, sharing stories of the trouble she was in as a child for...

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Traveling Vegan in Thailand http://www.messyvegancook.com/traveling-vegan-in-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/traveling-vegan-in-thailand/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:14:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6281 My first steps on Thai soil occurred in the autumn of 2003, fresh out of university, when a friend said “come with me.” Okay, why not? I knew everything back then, but in hindsight not so much. Especially when it came to food. Yes, I was that tourist who ordered pasta every night, because in...

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A more authentic pad thai http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-authentic-pad-thai-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-authentic-pad-thai-recipe/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:26:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5982 Chances are you’ve had pat thai before and chances are it tasted good. Chances are also high that, if you had it outside of Thailand, it lacked in authenticity to some degree. As much as I hate the use of the word ‘authentic’ in food discussion and the snobbishness (not to mention inaccuracy) it often...

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Why and how to wok: stir fry essentials http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-stir-fry-how-to-use-a-wok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-stir-fry-how-to-use-a-wok/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:10:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5955 If you plan on any serious Thai cooking (or in my opinion, cooking at all), you’re going to want to invest in a carbon steel wok, which will cost you all of a few dollars. Avoid non stick. Like with cast iron, carbon steel will, if seasoned properly, develop a nice non stick patina that...

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Art of Curry: Thai Curry Primer http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-curry-primer-different-types-of-thai-curry/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-curry-primer-different-types-of-thai-curry/#respond Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:37:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5959 Thai curries are made up of a pounded paste and a liquid. Personal and regional variations mean there are as many curry pastes as there are people pounding them. There are three major components to any Thai curry, including the paste, the method of cooking, and the final added ingredients. The Thai consideration for balance...

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Vegan Panang Curry http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-panang-curry-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-panang-curry-recipe/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:58:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5964 Panang (taken from the name of the island of the West Coast of Malaysia) curry is a peanut rich and creamy red curry that is popular with Westerners. Like with all other Thai curries, this is best served alongside a simple portion of steamed white Jasmine rice. That oily sheen is how cracked coconut curries...

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Art of curry: boiled versus fried http://www.messyvegancook.com/art-of-curry-boiled-versus-fried-cracked-coconut-cream/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/art-of-curry-boiled-versus-fried-cracked-coconut-cream/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:45:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6009 There are three major methods of preparing curries in Thailand. One, more common in the North, is the rudimentary boiling method that involves heating curry paste in water or stock. Fried curries can either involve frying the paste in oil or frying the paste in cracked coconut cream before adding liquid ingredients. The latter is...

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Vegan Red Curry Paste http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-red-curry-paste-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-red-curry-paste-recipe/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:52:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5969 This is a straightforward recipe for a medium spiced home made red curry paste that is devoid of shrimp paste. For added heat, pop a few more chillies (especially dried red bird’s eyes) into the mix. If you can’t find coriander root (which I think is harder to obtain in the US than it is...

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Art of Curry Paste: Tools of the trade http://www.messyvegancook.com/art-of-making-thai-curry-paste-pestle-and-mortar/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/art-of-making-thai-curry-paste-pestle-and-mortar/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:43:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6012 The good news is you can make a paste and blend spices with a coffee grinder, blender, or spice mill. The bad news is that pounding extracts more flavour than grinding, so the flavour will be a little less pronounced if you use any other method. Normally I would read something like that and think...

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Soy Rinds http://www.messyvegancook.com/soy-rinds/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/soy-rinds/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:38:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6067 Pork rinds are a popular snack in Thailand, especially as an accompaniment to nam phrik relishes and som tum (papaya salad). There’s a commercial version in Thailand made from what I believe is a combination of soy and mushroom protein that I’ve yet to see anywhere else, but frying yuba skin works as a reasonable...

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Vegan alternatives to fish sauce, shrimp paste, and oyster sauce in Thai cuisine http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-alternatives-to-fish-sauce-shrimp-paste-and-oyster-sauce-in-thai-cuisine/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-alternatives-to-fish-sauce-shrimp-paste-and-oyster-sauce-in-thai-cuisine/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:33:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6181 Often considered vegetarian in Thai restaurants, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and shrimp paste readily feature in Thai cooking. Furthermore, even if you find a vegan restaurant that does not use shrimp paste and fish sauce, oyster sauce is still a strong possibility as many Thais consider it to be vegan. So what are the options...

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Khao Tang (Thai Fried Rice Cakes) http://www.messyvegancook.com/khao-tang-na-tang-thai-crispy-rice-cake/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/khao-tang-na-tang-thai-crispy-rice-cake/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:00:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6157 So simple it hardly qualifies as a recipe, these Thai fried rice cakes (khao tang) are made by shaping steamed sticky rice into rounds before baking, sun-drying, or dehydrating the cakes. Once the crackers are completely dry, they are deep fried and used as vessels for different spreads and relishes. I love them with simple...

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Lon Tao Jiao (Fermented Soybean Dip) http://www.messyvegancook.com/lon-tao-jiao-fermented-soybean-dip/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lon-tao-jiao-fermented-soybean-dip/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:31:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6073 We’ve already discussed nam phrik, the textured spicy Thai relishes pounded with a pestle and mortar. The other sauces in Thai cuisine are lon, which can be considered a softer relish, and are usually cooked. These sauces tend to include a fermented element, such as the fermented soybeans in the recipe for lon tao jiao...

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Vegan Nam Prik Pao (Roasted Chili Jam) Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/nam-prik-pao-roasted-chilli-jam-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/nam-prik-pao-roasted-chilli-jam-recipe/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:23:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6035 Add this extraordinary paste to just about anything for an added wow factor (it’s great on toast). I would like to spread it on my life. This is also the sort of foodstuff that, once jarred up and labelled, makes a thoughtful gift. If you use a mason jar, however, be sure to photograph it...

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Nam Prik: Thai Relishes http://www.messyvegancook.com/nam-prik-thai-relishes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/nam-prik-thai-relishes/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:22:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6029 I’ll wager that when most people in the UK (and probably in North America too) think of Thai food, their minds are filled with images of a rainbow of curries, pad thai, papaya salad, and pad see ew. These are the dishes that for some reason or another are quintessentially Thai to us, and they...

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Some Vegan Finds in Key West http://www.messyvegancook.com/some-vegan-finds-in-key-west/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/some-vegan-finds-in-key-west/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:41:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6204 On holiday in South Florida with my parents, the following conversation ensued upon meeting three guys in a lift: “Where are you from?” mom asked. “Paris.” “BRUSSELS?! I’ve been there!” “Paris. In France. You know, Paris.” “Oh, okay. Did you have a nice time in Key West?” “Yes, but it isn’t very paradisaic,” one said,...

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Thai Roasted Chili Powder (Prik Bon – พริกป่น) http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-roasted-chilli-powder-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-roasted-chilli-powder-recipe/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:03:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5976 So simple it hardly classifies as a recipe, roasted chilli powder (prik bon) is a simple but powerful condiment which, when home made, can be adjusted to suit your heat tolerance. Across Thailand it can be found on nearly every table and is a delicious addition to just about everything. This is the perfect condiment...

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Thai Spicy Fried Cashews (Yam Met Mamuang Himaphan) http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-spicy-fried-cashews-yam-met-mamuang-himaphan/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-spicy-fried-cashews-yam-met-mamuang-himaphan/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:10:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6079 The first time I tried this cashew snack was during the 2012 nationwide vegetarian festival in Thailand. I purchased them from a street vendor who, in partnership with his wife, prepared and packaged tiny containers of this morish snack at home. I returned the next day to buy more and have been making it at...

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Best Vegan Food in Key West http://www.messyvegancook.com/best-vegan-food-in-key-west/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/best-vegan-food-in-key-west/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 16:14:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6217 The Cafe thecafekw.com Contributed by Kip 509 Southard Street Key West Florida, 33040 USA Craft beer flows at this mostly vegetarian and very vegan friendly eatery on Southard Street. The prices are reasonable and the portions are over the top. If you want a normal sized meal for one, order soup or the burger. Otherwise...

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Quick Tamarind Water how to http://www.messyvegancook.com/quick-tamarind-water-how-to/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/quick-tamarind-water-how-to/#respond Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:36:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6133 I wish I had a story about tamarind to brighten this post up, but all I’ve got is some latent confusion over why my mom had two dried out and empty tamarind pods in her refrigerator last time I visited. Anyway. I call for tamarind water in a lot of my recipes, which is no...

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Thai Soy Sauce and Seasoning Sauce Primer http://www.messyvegancook.com/different-types-of-thai-soy-sauces-and-condiments/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/different-types-of-thai-soy-sauces-and-condiments/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:42:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5891 Thais employ a number of sauces and seasonings in food preparation and each plays its own role. The number of different labels and bottles can, however, be mind-boggling, so below is a brief description of the major sauces and their uses. Light soy sauce (see ew kwaw): Also called white or light, this is your basic...

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Vegan Mofo 2014: Thai Food and Travel http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mofo-2014-thai-food-and-travel/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mofo-2014-thai-food-and-travel/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6039 Hello Vegan Mofo 2014! I am all up in you and you are already time-sucking my life in all the best ways. September is the annual vegan month of food, and this year the theme I’ve chosen is – surprise, surprise – Thai food and travel. Yes, I already write about Thai food and Thai...

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That time I ate all the vegan food in Los Angeles http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-los-angeles-la-vegan-beer-fest-2014/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-los-angeles-la-vegan-beer-fest-2014/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:13:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5667 Until about six months ago I never so much as entertained the thought of voluntarily going to Los Angeles. I’ve been to all but three of the fifty states and have traveled extensively within many of them, but Southern California did not register on my interest list. I’d already seen 90210. Beer changed my mind. Beer...

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LA: Vegan Mexican dining (and judgement) at its best http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-gracias-madres-west-hollywood-vegan/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-gracias-madres-west-hollywood-vegan/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:55:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5749 Gracias Madre WeHo graciasmadreweho.com Contributed by Kip 8905 Melrose Ave West Hollywood California, 90069 USA Easily one of the best Mexican inspired vegan meals I’ve found out North of the border, it’s no surprise Gracias Madre is as outrageously popular as it is. The tamal mojado, the creamy cauliflower, and the extravagant brownie with mezcal...

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Drunk on vegan beer ice cream http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-vegan-beer-ice-cream-recipes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-vegan-beer-ice-cream-recipes/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:33:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5863 Well, okay, not exactly drunk. Just happy. Because beer ice cream. WHAT. This stuff is good (and I think many non beer lovers would agree). A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of an afternoon at the Clarkshaws Brewery open day. If you were there, I probably talked to you. I don’t remember....

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Authentic Vegan Thai in Santa Barbara http://www.messyvegancook.com/authentic-vegan-thai-in-santa-barbara/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/authentic-vegan-thai-in-santa-barbara/#respond Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:55:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5766 Satdha Vegan Plant Based Thai Kitchen satdhakitchen.com Contributed by Kip 2218 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica California, 90405 USA If there’s one thing about me that’s true it’s how picky I am about Thai food, because most of it outside of Thailand is either a poor excuse or only just good enough, and that makes me...

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Shojin Culver City Best Sushi Of My Life http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-shojin-culver-city-vegan-japanese/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-shojin-culver-city-vegan-japanese/#respond Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:36:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5759 Shojin Culver City www.theshojin.com/cchome.htm Contributed by Kip 12406 Washington Blvd Culver City CA, 90066 USA I wish I could have grabbed some better pictures here, but it was a long day and I couldn’t get to Shojin until late. This was, hands down, one of the best executed meals I’ve had in years; the person behind the menu...

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Hummus Bros Plus Beer http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-hummus-bros-london-and-asparagasm-beer/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-hummus-bros-london-and-asparagasm-beer/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 23:46:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5721 A last minute decision led me to a supper club this evening at Hummus Bros, run in partnership with Fat Gay Vegan and Asparagasm. Food and beer always takes precedence over, well, most things (including much needed R&R), so obviously it made sense to be there. The beer Kate, the food magician behind the ever...

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Mango Tree London: Thai With Actual Vegan Options http://www.messyvegancook.com/mango-tree-london-thai-with-actual-vegan-options/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mango-tree-london-thai-with-actual-vegan-options/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:40:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5698 Despite transiting through Victoria several times a month it’s not often I find myself hanging out in Belgravia, which is why it’s taken me so long to make my way to Mango Tree. I’m also very judgemental about Thai food and I’m very often disappointed with options at restaurants outside of Thailand. That said, I...

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Cookbook Review: Vegan Finger Foods http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-vegan-finger-foods/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cookbook-review-vegan-finger-foods/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:55:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5681 When it comes to cookbooks, both Tamasin Noyes (of Vegan Appetite) and Celine Steen (of Have Cake Will Travel) never disappoint, so naturally I was delighted to receive a copy of their latest project Vegan Finger Foods. Packed full of recipes for party friendly treats to please any stomach, this collection features over 100 plant-based,...

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Vegan in Chinatown http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-chinatown/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-chinatown/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:04:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5669 As if this site needs yet another piece beginning with “x has been on my must try list for a long time now.” Yeah, so Tokyo Diner has been on my must try list for a long time now, but I forgot about it and then I remembered and after that I made lunch happen. There...

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Dazzling Sunday Roast in Brighton http://www.messyvegancook.com/dazzling-sunday-roast-in-brighton/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dazzling-sunday-roast-in-brighton/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:27:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5662 The Sussex Yeoman pub has been on my Sunday roast must try list for years, mainly due to rave reviews from my pal Liz from Cooking the Vegan Books. My partner and I tend to avoid Brighton in the summer months due to the fact that it’s Brighton in the summer, but starvation encouraged us to...

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Unique Vegan Coffee Option in Central London http://www.messyvegancook.com/unique-vegan-coffee-option-in-central-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/unique-vegan-coffee-option-in-central-london/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5656 A couple of weeks ago, Kaffeine, long one of my favourite coffee shops in the capital, announced the addition of freshly made almond milk as a dairy free option. My experience with steamed almond milk in coffee had been vile at best, so naturally I had doubt. But surely Kaffeine wouldn’t muck up their reputable...

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Deep fried Burmese tohu (to hpu gyaw) salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/deep-fried-burmese-tohu-to-hpu-gyaw-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/deep-fried-burmese-tohu-to-hpu-gyaw-salad/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:20:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5638 Following my promise to provide uses for for Burmese Tohu recipe I posted the other day, here’s a light and easy salad that’s perfect for summer. If you hate lettuce then you have the option of omitting it and dipping the fried tofu pieces in the dressing and sauce on their own. Despite the dull...

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Tesco considers all new vegan range http://www.messyvegancook.com/tesco-considers-all-new-vegan-range/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tesco-considers-all-new-vegan-range/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:57:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5614 When I see the word “vegan” boldly displayed on the shelves of a major retailer, I feel like I can reliably say it’s gaining in popularity and acceptance in the public eye. More and more vegan products have been hitting the shops in recent years. While it’s sad that pro-cruelty brands (*ahem* Quorn) are still...

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Burmese Tohu – soy free tofu from Myanmar http://www.messyvegancook.com/burmese-tohu-soy-free-tofu-from-myanmar/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/burmese-tohu-soy-free-tofu-from-myanmar/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:05:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5605 More akin to polenta than tofu, Burmese tofu (to hpu or tohu) is a sturdy non-coagulated cousin of soya tofu that is made from gram or besan flour. This variation of traditional bean curd isn’t subject to the same fragility, with no need for pressing nor draining, and it’s not going to crumble when you so...

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Gratiam jiaw: crispy fried garlic http://www.messyvegancook.com/gratiam-jiaw-crispy-fried-garlic-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/gratiam-jiaw-crispy-fried-garlic-recipe/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:19:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5599 Recipes often scold home cooks over the very idea of browned garlic, which is a misinformed piece of advice. It’s true that if you throw a handful of chopped garlic into a pan of smoking oil it will likely char before you can bat an eyelid, and it on top of that it will taste bitter...

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Tamarind Coffee Fried Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/tamarind-coffee-fried-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tamarind-coffee-fried-tofu/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:30:35 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5585 Coffee and tamarind may not appear at first thought to be a flavour combination that would play nice, but these ingredients come together beautifully in this dish. Also, this will be your new favourite way to prepare tofu. One of my greatest pet peeves in tofu preparation is that so few Western cooks seems to...

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Instalately: Airplane Food, Los Angeles, a Baby, Farm Snacks http://www.messyvegancook.com/instalately-better-airplane-food-los-angeles-a-baby-farm-snacks/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/instalately-better-airplane-food-los-angeles-a-baby-farm-snacks/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:25:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5562 The last year of my life hasn’t been a particularly nice one, and so I’ve shifted a few priorities in response. Primarily food and travel are achieving their previously high rank in the list of things I give a shit about, which means I’ve got more cool stuff going on. Here are some Instagram shots...

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Strawberry Lavender Ice Cream http://www.messyvegancook.com/strawberry-lavender-ice-cream/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/strawberry-lavender-ice-cream/#respond Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:42:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5550 Little indicates the coming of summer in the UK more than the arrival of local strawberries. Don’t ask me how that works, since it seems like summer is actually non-existent on this mass of land, but I’ll take what I can get. If you’ve never eaten lavender, it tastes nearly exactly as it smells –...

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Northern Vegan Variety http://www.messyvegancook.com/frys-vegetarian-at-booths-supermarket-2014/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/frys-vegetarian-at-booths-supermarket-2014/#respond Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:08:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5543 Word on the street is that Fry’s Vegetarian is now available to purchase in the supermarket chain Booths, which is great news for Northern vegans and others looking to eat less meat. All of the stores are stocking Fry’s Meat Free Nuggets, Chicken-style Strips, Pepper Steak-style Pies and Sausage Rolls. If there’s one way to...

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Vegan Ethiopian Fare on Brick Lane http://www.messyvegancook.com/ethiopiques-vegan-ethiopian-brick-lane-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ethiopiques-vegan-ethiopian-brick-lane-london/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:30:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5527 Ethiopiques Sunday Upmarket and Boiler House on Brick Lane Tower Hamlets London, E1 UK The Boiler House came on my radar after my friends who run Essential Vegan (go try their “honey” cake) started a weekend stall inside. I frequent East London’s Sunday Upmarket purely to visit the Ethiopian food stall Ethiopiques, so I was...

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Vegan Fish and Chips in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fish-and-chips-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fish-and-chips-in-london/#respond Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:05:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5530 Coach and Horses thecoachandhorsessoho.co.uk Contributed by Kip 29 Greek St Soho London, W1D 5DH England The Coach and Horses pub, located on Greek Street in London’s Soho, maintains a 100% vegetarian menu with a few vegan options. I have heard great things about the vegan “fish” and chips, but all my attempts to try it...

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The Best Eritrean Restaurant in Town http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-eritrean-restaurant-in-town/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-eritrean-restaurant-in-town/#respond Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:57 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5521 Vegan platter at Adulis Adulis Eritrean Restaurant http://www.adulis.co.uk/ Contributed by Kip 44-46 Brixton Road Brixton London, SW9 6BT England That I adore Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine is no secret, so my constant exploration of winning East African meals in London comes as no surprise. My favourite spot recently closed (Muya on Brecknock Rd, just down from...

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Deep Fried Mexican Vegan Cheese Filled Masa Pastries http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-quesadillas-fritas-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-quesadillas-fritas-recipe/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:20:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5489 Sadly London is devoid of decent vegan Mexican food (save Mestizo and its vegan menu) and as it’s one of my favourite cuisines I frequently turn my kitchen into a masa dough snack production facility. Tacos, tamales, and quesadillas abound! Quesadillas fritas aren’t wholly dissimilar to what comes to mind when most people think of...

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What’s Coming, Britain? http://www.messyvegancook.com/new-uk-vegan-products-2014/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/new-uk-vegan-products-2014/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:36:57 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5473 On Monday I zoomed up to London on the train and popped into the Natural and Organic Products Europe show at Olympia for a couple of hours to catch up on what’s happening in the world of pushy people at trade shows. Also to check out new vegan lines, up and coming vegan products, and...

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Cheap and Speedy Vegan Cuisine in the Heart of Barcelona http://www.messyvegancook.com/veggie-garden-barcelona-vegan-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/veggie-garden-barcelona-vegan-review/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:27:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5432 Veggie Garden happened on a particularly meh evening, after my cold had dulled my taste buds to that point where they could only detect two flavours: salt and potato. Thankfully the incredibly inexpensive menu (€8.25 for three courses) featured both of those items, and the service is so speedy the food nearly hit the table...

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Vegetart Park Güell Picnic FTW http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetart-cuina-vegana-barcelona-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetart-cuina-vegana-barcelona-review/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:11:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5426 One of Barcelona’s nicest spots is Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell, an ornate city garden space that doubles as a Unesco World Heritage site. A large terrace overlooks the city and onward to the open sea, and there’s ample space for sitting awkwardly with strangers on tile mosaic benches. Vegetart Cuina Vegana, an inexpensive vegan Catalan takeaway...

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Cuina Catalana in Style at Teresa Carles http://www.messyvegancook.com/teresa-carles-cocina-vegetariana-barcelona-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/teresa-carles-cocina-vegetariana-barcelona-review/#respond Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:57:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5423 Like all other visitors to Barcelona, our curiosity about Antoni Gaudí’s cartoon-esque architecture took us to the exterior of some really neat buildings. La Sagrada-Família, arguably the most famous of his works, presented as far too commercial to merit entry (not to mention my reluctance to give money to religious organisations), so we did a...

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Contemporary Art & Old School Lunch http://www.messyvegancook.com/contemporary-art-old-school-lunch/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/contemporary-art-old-school-lunch/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:51:37 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5399 While I believe this to be true of every city, Barcelona is one that was shaped to wander. If you love life and texture (both figuratively and literally) then you’ll probably find as much joy as I did meandering the streets and snapping shots of just about everything. Even the worst smartphone user in the...

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More vegan eats in Barcelona (and a slide) http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-barcelona-lujuria-vegana-santoni-cafe-sesamo-restaurant-cat-bar/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-barcelona-lujuria-vegana-santoni-cafe-sesamo-restaurant-cat-bar/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:32:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5381 This post is a continuation from day one in Barcelona. It used to be that when I had travel plans I’d scrutinise all aspects of the destination prior to departure, to the point that I didn’t allow myself to veer off that researched path upon arrival (and I was really annoying because it made me...

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Veganoteca, Juicy Jones, and Gopal Barcelona http://www.messyvegancook.com/veganoteca-juicy-jones-and-gopal-barcelona/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/veganoteca-juicy-jones-and-gopal-barcelona/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:58:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5337 A few weeks back, starved of sun and fighting the self pity that is life’s greatest enemy, I approached my other half and asked if he’d like to go away for a weekend to somewhere not grey. And by that I mean I said I’m going and would he like to go to and if...

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The easiest Thai stir fry you will ever make http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-easiest-thai-stir-fry-you-will-ever-make/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-easiest-thai-stir-fry-you-will-ever-make/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:02:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5362 There’s a variation of this easy stir fry in just about every South East Asian country and this is my interpretation of each brought together. Also, look how well used my wok is. I am protective of it like a mother is of her child and a person like me is of cats. It would...

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Wills New Line of Vegan Shoes for Spring 2014 http://www.messyvegancook.com/wills-new-line-of-vegan-shoes-for-spring-2014/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/wills-new-line-of-vegan-shoes-for-spring-2014/#respond Sat, 01 Mar 2014 11:38:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5330 The vegan shoe market is picking up pace with further lines in the Wills Vegan Shoes spring 2014 collection. The collection was previewed last week at a spring launch event, organised by fgv/PR. Check out the photo below to see some of the shoes for yourself (I took the pictures in between booze and truffle...

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100% Vegan Shop in Sussex http://www.messyvegancook.com/100-vegan-shop-in-sussex/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/100-vegan-shop-in-sussex/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:40:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5263 London garners all the attention when it comes to vegan grocery shopping, especially with Vx and the upcoming opening of Veganz, but those of us living in the suburbs aren’t without options. Big Life Organics in Haywards Heath is an entirely vegan grocery store with something for everyone. Owners Nicola and David ventured into the vegan...

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Cashew & Cardamom & Lime & Sugar http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-cashew-cardamom-lime-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-vegan-cashew-cardamom-lime-cookies/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:40:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5310 I made these easy vegan cookies, which were a hit, for the last London Vegan Potluck. Like with most dishes I bring to potluck, I throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl and hope it works (to anyone from the London vegan community who reads this, I confess you are my guinea pigs). I’m...

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Vegan Options at Le Pain Quotidien http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-options-at-le-pain-quotidien/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-options-at-le-pain-quotidien/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:45:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5259 Le Pain Quotidien ww.lepainquotidien.com Contributed by Kip Multiple Locations London Le Pain Quotidien (which translates to “the daily bread” in French) is a well known chain across London and is a reliable spot for simple vegan fare that’s filling and moderately priced. There are some seasonal changes to the menu, but they always maintain several...

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Vegan Gujarati Cuisine in North London http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-gujarati-cuisine-in-north-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-gujarati-cuisine-in-north-london/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:58:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5261 Rani Pure Vegetarian Restaurant www.rani.uk.com Contributed by Kip 7 Long Lane Finchley London, N3 2PR England The rumoured love for Rani seems to come in waves, which I suspect is linked to changes in management over the years. The one reliable aspect of this restaurant is their mostly clear labelling of common allergens on their...

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Baltimore has soul, and it’s damn good! http://www.messyvegancook.com/baltimore-has-soul-and-its-damn-good/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/baltimore-has-soul-and-its-damn-good/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:17:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5280 The Land of Kush thelandofkush.com Contributed by Kip 840 N. Eutaw St Baltimore Maryland, 21201 USA This vegan owned star of the Baltimore vegan scene dishes out soul food as good as any you’d find on any non veggie Southern menu. What’s better is the food is devoid of the nasty kind of cholesterol generally...

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Vegan Sorbet and Ice Cream in Bangkok & Chiang Mai http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-sorbet-and-ice-cream-in-bangkok-chiang-mai/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-sorbet-and-ice-cream-in-bangkok-chiang-mai/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:27:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5039 I first discovered iBerry, a Thai ice cream chain, several years ago after having lunch with a friend in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon shopping centre. As he speaks Thai, he was able to ascertain all of the vegan options. Score! All of the sorbets. There are several iBerry outlets in Bangkok and at least one in...

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Vegan Mexican Cuisine in Annapolis http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mexican-cuisine-in-annapolis/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mexican-cuisine-in-annapolis/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:36:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5204 The Mexican Café themexicancafe.com Contributed by Kip 609 Melvin Ave Annapolis Maryland, 21401 USA I came across The Mexican Café while searching for vegan friendly dining options in Annapolis to suit a group. You know, the sort of place that appeals to both my own and the tastes of family and other dining companions. The...

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The Best Ethiopian in Baltimore http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-ethiopian-in-baltimore/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-ethiopian-in-baltimore/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:50:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5245 Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant Baltimore dukemrestaurant.com Contributed by Kip 1100 Maryland Avenue Baltimore Maryland, 21201 USA Dukem, an established Ethiopian restaurant in Washington, D.C., has been on my to-do list for years. Alas, it wasn’t until the Baltimore branch opened that I found time to pop in for a bite. My mum and I arrived fairly...

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Do you want to know the history of vegetarianism? http://www.messyvegancook.com/do-you-want-to-know-the-history-of-vegetarianism/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/do-you-want-to-know-the-history-of-vegetarianism/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:13:08 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5221 Ian McDonald, the personality behind the popular vegetarian podcast The Vegan Option, is taking his passion for radio and veganism one step further with a new series on the history of vegetarianism. The new series, which will air in ten parts, will be a comprehensive history of what Ian found to be a much bigger...

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Fabulous Falafel in Annapolis http://www.messyvegancook.com/fabulous-falafel-in-annapolis/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fabulous-falafel-in-annapolis/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:32:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5198 Amsterdam Falafel falafelshop.com Contributed by Kip 25 Market Space Annapolis City Dock Annapolis, 21401 USA My mom and I have been talking about trying Amsterdam Falafel’s Washington D.C. location for years, but the capital is just far enough from where my parents live that it’s not convenient for a quick bite. Imagine our excitement when...

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Vegan Egyptian Street Chow in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-egyptian-street-chow-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-egyptian-street-chow-in-london/#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:41:08 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5184 Koshari Street kosharistreet.com Contributed by Kip 56 St Martin’s Lane London, WC2N 4EA England Koshari consists of a mound of a warming mix of lentils, rice, and macaroni pasta garnished with chickpeas and topped with spice infused tomato sauce. Crowned with a healthy scattering of fried onions, koshari is a dish to work its way...

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Vegan Dumplings in Brixton http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-dumplings-in-brixton/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-dumplings-in-brixton/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:34:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5164 Mama Lan Restaurant mamalan.co.uk Contributed by Kip Unit 18, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Ln Brixton London, SW9 8LA England Tucked into a corner unit in one of London’s coolest spots, this restaurant in trendy Brixton Village dishes out speedy Beijing street snacks that meet both of my comfort food criteria: noodle soup and deep fried...

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Vegan Cashew Cheese & King Oysters http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cashew-cheese-king-oysters/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cashew-cheese-king-oysters/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:33:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5113 This is based on a dish I sampled at Wild Rice in Vancouver and, while mine pales in comparison to theirs, it’s not half bad. The non dairy cheese pairs well with the simplicity of seared king oyster mushrooms (eryngii mushrooms) that are lightly sprinkled with flakes of sea salt. Mostly I love this recipe...

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Thai Street Eats Vegan Supper Club in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-street-eats-vegan-supper-club-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-street-eats-vegan-supper-club-in-london/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:48:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5149 Please be aware this event has sold out! I’ve been interested in hosting a supper club for some time, but a few details continue to discourage me – primarily my location. Who in their right mind wants to step foot in Crawley for dinner (or, realistically, for anything at all)? Finally, a solution! My buddy...

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Speedy Vietnamese Vegetarian at Chau Veggiexpress http://www.messyvegancook.com/speedy-vietnamese-vegetarian-at-chau-veggiexpress/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/speedy-vietnamese-vegetarian-at-chau-veggiexpress/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:14:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5140 Chau Veggiexpress www.chowatchau.ca Contributed by Kip 5052 Victoria Drive Vancouver, V5P 3T8 Canada One of my great regrets regarding my too brief foray into Vancouver’s vegan food scene is that I wasn’t able to devote time to sit down at Chau VeggieExpress to enjoy a hot meal onsite. Instead I grabbed a quick takeaway of...

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How to make vegan mayonnaise http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-vegan-mayonnaise/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-vegan-mayonnaise/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:48:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5091 It’s long since been established that eggs aren’t a necessary ingredient for a successful mayonnaise. Save recipes with a large quantity of egg yolks, their inclusion has never been for flavour but rather for their emulsifying and stabilising properties. Emulsification is when two liquids are combined in a way so that one is suspended in the...

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3G: Vancouver Vegan Chinese Comfort Food http://www.messyvegancook.com/3g-vancouver-vegan-chinese-comfort-food/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/3g-vancouver-vegan-chinese-comfort-food/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:58:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5128 3G Vegetarian Restaurant 3g-veg-restaurant.com Contributed by Kip 3424 Cambie Street Vancouver, V5Z 2W8 Canada 3G seems to be somewhat of an institution in Vancouver, recommended by so many people, and boasts an extensive menu to suit all tastes. For anyone who craves a typical Chinese take away, this has got to be your best bet...

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The Best Tacos in Vancouver http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-tacos-in-vancouver/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-best-tacos-in-vancouver/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:44:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5120 La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop http://lataqueria.ca/ Contributed by Kip 322 W Hastings Street Vancouver, V8B 1K6 Canada I live in the UK, otherwise known as the land devoid of actual Mexican food (aside from the saving grace that is Mestizo). And don’t even comment that you know an awesome burrito place or that your local...

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Sugar Frosted Rice Fritters http://www.messyvegancook.com/sugar-frosted-rice-fritters/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sugar-frosted-rice-fritters/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:57:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5083 Rice flour based sweets are common throughout Eastern Asia, and this recipe is a great example of how they are often incredibly straightforward and easy to make. This simple Indonesian rice fritter recipe utilises black sticky rice flour to produce a soft fried puff of dough, which is then coated in crystalised sugar. The entire...

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Korean Inspired Mashed Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/korean-inspired-mashed-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/korean-inspired-mashed-potatoes/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:21:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5052 Since I jumped on the gochujang bandwagon I’ve found an unstoppable desire to add this popular Korean condiment to everything I cook and eat. I daresay it frequents my food more than than sriracha, and I use a lot of sriracha. And since I already consume sauerkraut by the fistful on a regular basis it...

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Fancy a Vegan Afternoon Tea in London? http://www.messyvegancook.com/fancy-a-vegan-afternoon-tea-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fancy-a-vegan-afternoon-tea-in-london/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:00:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4901 La Suite West is a newish upmarket hotel in Bayswater that houses RAW, an even newer mostly vegan restaurant. I’ve been meaning to sample the menu since the place opened, but only just got around to paying a visit to this stylish venue for a relaxing afternoon tea. My views on RAW are strongly divided....

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The current best all vegan menu in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-current-best-all-vegan-menu-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-current-best-all-vegan-menu-in-london/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:11:26 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4891 SAF has now sadly closed its doors. This restaurant is permanently closed. Despite my usual preference for raw food that’s been cooked, I enjoyed the food I’d consumed in the past at Saf – previously a raw vegan restaurant. But demand changes what a smart business dishes up, and Saf recently updated their entire menu...

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Beer and Marmite Boulangère Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/beer-and-marmite-boulangere-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/beer-and-marmite-boulangere-potatoes/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:05:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4879 One aspect of life in England I haven’t and will likely never grow accustomed to is winter. While I’ve never been able to put my finger on exactly what it is I loathe so much about these months on this landmass, I know I dread them with an intensity bordering on hysteria. But then I...

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Dayu’s Warung – Ubud, Bali http://www.messyvegancook.com/dayus-warung-ubud-bali/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dayus-warung-ubud-bali/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:51:37 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4578 Gado gado is a perfect afternoon meal in my opinion. This is partly because I like lots of snacks on my plate and also due to the fact that the high salad content is nice in the midst of sun-scorchingly hot day hours. Dayu’s version of this ever popular Indonesian selection plate includes mini skewers...

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New Vegan Shoe Company Launching Soon http://www.messyvegancook.com/new-vegan-shoe-company-launching-soon/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/new-vegan-shoe-company-launching-soon/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:55:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4848 Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fashionista, and I own very few pairs of shoes. Still, when I’m in the market for a new pair, I want something reasonably fashionable, comfortable, and ethically-produced that won’t break the bank. I also have a marked preference, when I do engage in my once every five years shoe...

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Preserved Tofu and Butternut Squash Lemon Pasta http://www.messyvegancook.com/preserved-tofu-and-butternut-squash-lemon-pasta/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/preserved-tofu-and-butternut-squash-lemon-pasta/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:33:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4834 It’s no secret just how much I love fermented foods, but despite how much I extol their virtues I realise many people don’t seek out stink when they’re hungry. I have a philosophy pertaining to food I dislike, however, and it’s that there’s always a way to enjoy something you would otherwise loathe. For instance...

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Vegan Cruising in Alaska http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cruising-in-alaska/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cruising-in-alaska/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:29:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4788 Do you have a vivid imagination? Here, put it to use: think about a gigantic floating hotel casino chocka newly-weds and nearly-deads, where privilege and appetite runs amok. Groups of elderly drunken troublemakers coordinate plans to acquire the best table in a dining room that seats a billion, and everyone who isn’t eating is, well,...

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Lemonade in Quadruplicate http://www.messyvegancook.com/lemonade-in-quadruplicate/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lemonade-in-quadruplicate/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:18:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4749 Recently, I was lucky enough to enjoy a meal at the renown Vedge restaurant in Philadelphia. As I’d driven (3 hours each way just for the meal!) I was sadly unable to drink my wino self under the table. Yes, I was forced to browse the menu for abstainers, and hence settled on a simple...

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Three Good Reasons to Try Goodlife http://www.messyvegancook.com/three-good-reasons-to-try-goodlife/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/three-good-reasons-to-try-goodlife/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:59:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4530 The lovely folks from Goodlife were kind enough to recently send me three of their products from their growing range: their spicy bean quarterpounders, nut cutlets, and glasmorgan sausages. There aren’t many 100% vegan companies in the UK mainstream food market, and to be honest I didn’t know until recently that the Goodlife company fit...

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Warung Sanje and Neka Art Museum Ubud http://www.messyvegancook.com/warung-sanje-and-neka-art-museum-ubud/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/warung-sanje-and-neka-art-museum-ubud/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:07:01 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4581 Neka Art Museum, opened in 1982, is Bali’s painted and sculpted catalogue of the island’s history and culture. This art in this place, the mecca for Balinese art past and present, is driven by the talent and cultural contributions of the artists in the collection. Basically it’s a museum full of significant and pretty cultural...

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Tickets for London Vegan Beer Fest 2013 http://www.messyvegancook.com/tickets-for-london-vegan-beer-fest-2013/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tickets-for-london-vegan-beer-fest-2013/#respond Sun, 09 Jun 2013 19:46:01 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4693 Just over two years ago, Sean of Fat Gay Vegan started planning vegan gatherings in London, all of which have grown exponentially into popular and successful events. He has taken the monthly vegan potluck from a small gathering to a colossal crowd-pleasing feast. Likewise, London vegan drinks now often brings in more than 100 people each...

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Great Lunch, Great Sage! http://www.messyvegancook.com/great-sage-restaurant-clarksville-2013/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/great-sage-restaurant-clarksville-2013/#comments Sat, 18 May 2013 16:19:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4635 Great Sage Vegan Restaurant http://greatsage.com/ 5809 Clarksville Square Drive Clarksville Maryland, 21029 USA I don’t make it to Great Sage often (in fact, this is only my second or third visit), but on the rare occasion I am in the area (my family lives in the same state), I try to stop in for a...

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Another BKK Central World Vegetarian Find http://www.messyvegancook.com/another-bkk-central-world-vegetarian-find/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/another-bkk-central-world-vegetarian-find/#respond Fri, 17 May 2013 00:29:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4554 One thing I really learned during last year’s Jay festival is just how much omni restaurants go out of their way to provide a vegetarian menu for the festival’s duration. When I decided to go to Nara, it was a treat after spending many evenings on Yaowarat in Bangkok’s Chinatown, battling the biggest queues for the greatest...

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Vegan in Tulamben http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-tulamben-bali/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-in-tulamben-bali/#respond Mon, 13 May 2013 22:07:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4588 Tulamben is a place you go for one reason: to dive the USAT Liberty wreck, a US Army ship which limped to Tulamben in 1942 for salvage after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. A volcanic eruption in 1963 drove the ship to its current 30 metre depth and it has since become an...

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Warung Sopa Ubud Bali http://www.messyvegancook.com/warung-sopa-ubud-bali/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/warung-sopa-ubud-bali/#respond Mon, 13 May 2013 22:01:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4584 Warung Sopa http://www.warungsopa.com/ Jalan Sugriwa 36 (off Jl. Hannoman) Indonesia By far one of my favourite Ubud dining spots, this laid back café off Hanoman is mostly known for it’s vegetarian nasi campur, albeit with a strong Japanese influence. It lacks the pretentiousness of some of Ubud’s nearby veggie spots, a strong plus for this...

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Kwan Imm Jae Suki-Tastic! http://www.messyvegancook.com/kwan-imm-jae-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kwan-imm-jae-bangkok/#respond Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4544 Kwan Imm Jae has sadly closed. This place got some pretty outstanding reviews elsewhere, mainly due to their extensive suki menu (and is is mahoosive), and sure enough when I went inside it was so jam packed that I had to stand around for space to sit. I’m not sure if they take reservations, but...

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Koko Siam, a central vegan option http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-options-at-koko-siam-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-options-at-koko-siam-bangkok/#respond Sun, 12 May 2013 00:59:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4540 Firstly, I apologise for the lack of pictures. You can blame my chatty companion. Distractions. Koko is a cute and stylish little place which is clearly popular with the lunch set, but despite the custom moving fast the atmosphere is still friendly. While I have only visited this establishment once, and during the Thailand vegetarian festival...

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Raw digs at Soma http://www.messyvegancook.com/raw-digs-at-soma/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/raw-digs-at-soma/#respond Sun, 12 May 2013 00:28:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4534 Although Soma caters to what can be a pretentious audience, the restaurant maintains a cozy and relaxed air. The prices are high-ish, but I find that tends to come alongside raw food no matter where you are. This is a moderately small place, with some outdoor bar style tables facing the street, should you wish...

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Bali Vegan Warung http://www.messyvegancook.com/bali-vegan-warung/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/bali-vegan-warung/#respond Wed, 08 May 2013 18:31:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4505 Muya is sadly now closed Like with so many businesses in this region of the world, one of Bali Vegan Warung’s selling points is its staff. This restaurant is owned and run by a woman who is full of energy and comes complete with the stories to accompany a life full of overwhelming experience. She’s...

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Did somebody say “vegan jaffa cakes?” http://www.messyvegancook.com/ms-cupcake-cookbook-and-vegan-jaffa-cake-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ms-cupcake-cookbook-and-vegan-jaffa-cake-recipe/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 09:31:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4474 Mellissa Morgan, the inspirational woman behind the successful Ms Cupcake bakery, has finally published her highly awaited first cookbook (available from May 9). Random House kindly sent me a review copy, which I’ve been sitting on for ages in anticipation of its publication week, when I could finally share my excitement. So here goes. There might...

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Vegan Finds on Nusa Penida and Lembongan http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-finds-on-nusa-penida-and-lembongan/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-finds-on-nusa-penida-and-lembongan/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:55:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4454 After the chaos of Sanur, the relative calm of our next destination came as a welcome. Part of the reason we chose Bali is because we enjoy diving, so our next stop was a dive center on the quieter end of Nusa Lembongan, just off the main island of Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan...

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Win Happy Mondays Tickets! http://www.messyvegancook.com/win-happy-mondays-tickets/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/win-happy-mondays-tickets/#respond Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:04:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4483 This competition is over. VegfestUK Bristol, one of Europe’s biggest veggie events, is back again this year from May 24th-26th for its 10th anniversary. It’s a foodie’s dream weekend, with an array of food stalls and a dozen caterers (it’s nice to have options!) to fill your belly. Cookery classes for both kids and adults, a...

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Vegan Options in Sanur http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-restaurants-in-sanur/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-restaurants-in-sanur/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:01:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4436 Whenever I eat while I am on the road, I take stacks of photos and record books of notes. At some point in future I know I will come around to recalling a meal I’d like to re-create or to sharing my experiences here. I was just thinking about one of my favourite Balinese finds...

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Red Rubies in Flowery Coconut Syrup http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-tub-tim-grob-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-tub-tim-grob-recipe/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:11:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4412 Some of my fondest memories of Bangkok involve late night street dining, sweating in oppressive heat alongside a chef and his fiery wok. It feels unnatural at first, eating hot food in a hot climate, but it’s part of the charm of the package, and it is a welcome treat after the sun has set...

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On Love and Natto http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pan-fried-yuba-with-natto-and-blue-sheese/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pan-fried-yuba-with-natto-and-blue-sheese/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:28:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4382 A Japanese friend once explained to me nattō plays the equivalent divisive role in her country that Marmite does here in mine; you either love it or you hate it (although more Japanese seem to consume it despite any dislike, apparently because it is so nutritious). This fermented soy product lays the smackdown on your...

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Lunch at Suan Plu Mangsawirat http://www.messyvegancook.com/lunch-at-suan-plu-mangsawirat/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lunch-at-suan-plu-mangsawirat/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:55:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4932 Suan Plu Mangsawirat Vegan Canteen Suan Plu Mangsawirat on Happy Cow 455/26 Soi Prasat Court, Soi Sathorn 3 Thon Buri Bangkok Thailand One thing is for sure, and that’s the fact that you can get a whole lot of food at this breakfast and lunch only canteen for a very reasonable price. I had five...

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Pho Spitalfields Vietnamese http://www.messyvegancook.com/pho-spitalfields/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pho-spitalfields/#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:00:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4357 Pho Spitalfields http://www.phocafe.co.uk/locations/spitalfields 48 Brushfield Street Spitalfields London, E1 6AG England I’ve long been a fan of this Vietnamese chain, frequenting the Brighton restaurant in past and occasionally eating in the Wardour Street branch. Last month their newest branch in Spitalfields kindly offered me a complimentary lunch, a proposition I could hardly refuse (it’s no...

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Tempe Manis: something to change your mind about tempeh http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-little-something-to-change-your-mind-about-tempeh/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-little-something-to-change-your-mind-about-tempeh/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:58:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4338 It was Tami from Vegan Appetite who first brought to my attention the difference deep frying makes to the flavour of tempeh, but my recent trip to Indonesia took the love up a few notches. If you’ve ever been unsure about tempeh, this could just be the recipe to change your mind – I know...

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Thai Banana Flower Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-inspired-banana-flower-salad-with-black-pepper-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-inspired-banana-flower-salad-with-black-pepper-tofu/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:50:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4321 The Vegetarian Cottage is owned by a company called Spa Foods, one of Thailand’s biggest producers of faux meat products. For years I’ve been meaning to get to one of their Bangkok restaurants, but they’re all a little inconveniently located out of the city centre. Last time I was in BKK I was determined to...

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Nationwide Thai Vegan Festival Beats All Holidays http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-kin-jay-vegan-festival-2012/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-kin-jay-vegan-festival-2012/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:44:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4198 Each year, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, up to a few million Thais consume a vegan only diet for nine days. It’s an annual merit-making celebration to cleanse the body, with the belief that its practitioners will have good luck and fortune bestowed upon them for ritually taking part. Even though not...

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Kopi Asli Beans at Anomali Coffee http://www.messyvegancook.com/kopi-asli-beans-at-anomali-coffee/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kopi-asli-beans-at-anomali-coffee/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:48:04 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4575 If you’re in need of decent coffee you won’t have to look far to find it anywhere on the island of Bali. In fact even the cheapest grounds in some hot water served in a dive warung will taste better than anything I’ve found outside big cities in the UK. It’s hard to find bad...

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Thailand Vegetarian Festival to Bali: a preview http://www.messyvegancook.com/thailand-vegetarian-festival-to-bali-a-preview/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thailand-vegetarian-festival-to-bali-a-preview/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:48:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4188 I’ve been way MIA, absent from most social media platforms as well (save the odd tweet of a food pic), but I’ve been in Thailand for the annual kin jay festival, a ten day long vegetarian festival that effectively puts veganism at the forefront of a large percentage of the population’s minds. I’ll write more...

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Tianzi Macrobiotics Food and Tea Garden http://www.messyvegancook.com/tianzi-macrobiotics-food-and-tea-garden/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tianzi-macrobiotics-food-and-tea-garden/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:25:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4571 I intentionally sought to find this gem one night (you wouldn’t believe how many places I stumble across by accident, hence my 14 meals a day when I’m in Thailand) on a cycle ride through the city that I had intended to be relaxing. I arrived in the approximate area, exhausted and lungs full of...

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Vegetarian Food in Air Conditioning at Sutunthip http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-food-in-air-conditioning-at-sutunthip/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-food-in-air-conditioning-at-sutunthip/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:32:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5043 Sutunthip Vegetarian Restaurant 1022/34-36 Thanon Charoen Nakhon Soi 36 Banglamphulang Bangkok, 10600 Thailand Contributed by Kip If you’re looking for sit down comfort in the Khlon San district of Bangkok, look no further than air conditioned Sutunthip restaurant. At least one member of staff spoke and understood English when I dined here, so I was...

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Taling Pling Thai Gastrocafe Jay Menu http://www.messyvegancook.com/taling-pling-thai-gastrocafe-jay-menu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/taling-pling-thai-gastrocafe-jay-menu/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:41:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4563 I had plans to meet a friend for lunch one afternoon at Taling Pling, a popular staple restaurant in Bangkok. There are half a dozen outlets in the city and it’s a well known and reliable brand that is popular among many. While the business doesn’t normally have a dedicated vegetarian menu, during Thailand’s vegetarian (jay)...

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Divine Vegan Desserts – The Title Doesn’t Lie http://www.messyvegancook.com/divine-vegan-desserts-the-title-doesnt-lie/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/divine-vegan-desserts-the-title-doesnt-lie/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 08:18:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4160 It wasn’t until I received a complimentary review copy of from Grub Street that I realised just how gaping the hole in the British vegan cookbook market is. The majority of well known and successful vegan cookbooks come out of the US and, while that represents heaps of talent and masses of brilliant recipes, there...

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A fruity, healthier alternative to crisps http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-fruity-healthier-alternative-to-crisps/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-fruity-healthier-alternative-to-crisps/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:16:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4152 I’m not generally a great fan of typical snack foods on their own; for instance I rarely eat crisps without a sandwich I can smash them into. In fact, when it comes to snacking I generally opt for small portions of large meals. Yeah, but I know I’m a little alone on that front as...

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Moshi Moshi Vegan Sushi Challenge http://www.messyvegancook.com/moshi-moshi-vegan-sushi-challenge/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/moshi-moshi-vegan-sushi-challenge/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:39:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4129 Moshi Moshi Vegan Challenge http://www.moshibrighton.co.uk/ Opticon, Bartholomew Square Brighton, BN1 1JS England A competition between some of Brighton’s most creative chefs, Moshi Moshi‘s annual vegan challenge showcases both personal talent and just how excellent vegan food can be. For one night the restaurant goes entirely vegan and local chefs prepare Japanese inspired dishes for diners...

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Soft tofu as centrepiece, not just an ingredient http://www.messyvegancook.com/soft-tofu-as-centrepiece-not-just-an-ingredient/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/soft-tofu-as-centrepiece-not-just-an-ingredient/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:33:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4117 There’s this weird thing about soft tofu in the West whereby it tends to be used only as an ingredient in a more complicated dish. We see it as a component of vegan pies, smoothies, puddings, and batters, but rarely do we use it as the centrepiece of a meal. Conversely, in many parts of...

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Where to Find Vegan Ice Cream in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/more-vegan-ice-cream-options-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/more-vegan-ice-cream-options-in-london/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:49:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4098 Prime Gelato – 216 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EB, London The new kid on the block, and one not to be underestimated, is Prime Gelato, located right by the New Oxford Street end of Shaftesbury. Founded by a Genoese pastry chef, Prime Gelato has a minimum of 6 vegan gelatos at all times (and plenty of...

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Vegan Supper Club Smackdown http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-supper-club-smackdown/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-supper-club-smackdown/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 08:49:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4076 It’s no secret supper clubs are the new black, rising fast in popularity as an alternative to the typical restaurant dining experience. The underground restaurant concept allows diners the chance to try new foods and meet new people, all within the confines of a more personal space than can be offered by a traditional restaurant...

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La Tasca: a great option for all diets http://www.messyvegancook.com/la-tasca-a-great-option-for-varied-dietary-preferences/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/la-tasca-a-great-option-for-varied-dietary-preferences/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:38:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4045 First, a full disclosure: this was a complimentary meal. I wasn’t asked to write a review or to promote the business in any way, so the opinions stated here reflect my own views with no sway from La Tasca. La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar and Kitchen, Victoria http://www.latascakitchen.co.uk/ 6 Cathedral Walk, Cardinal Place London Victoria...

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Teapigs Organic Matcha http://www.messyvegancook.com/teapigs-organic-matcha/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/teapigs-organic-matcha/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:01:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4016 Matcha, which is effectively a very concentrated green tea, originates in Japan but has become popular here in the UK (and elsewhere) in recent years. If you’re interested in the superfoods fad, matcha surpasses most of the other winners in terms of antioxidant density, outranking all the usual suspects by miles (including blueberries, spinach, gojiberries, and so...

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Omelette and Veggy Soldiers with The Vegg http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-vegg-a-remarkable-vegan-egg-yolk-replacer/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-vegg-a-remarkable-vegan-egg-yolk-replacer/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 15:00:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4006 Every once in awhile I come across a product I forgot I needed. Eggs have always been my most missed food as a vegan, initially because I knew the one edible that could one day sway me would be the French macaron, but then I worked out how to make vegan macarons. But what about...

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A Vegan Ethiopian Menu in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/muya-ethiopian-restaurant-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/muya-ethiopian-restaurant-london/#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 11:01:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3997 While Muya restaurant is closed, they are still running vegan pop ups and supper clubs around London. Find details of events at muyaethiopianvegan.com. Muya is sadly now closed Muya Ethiopian Restaurant http://muyarestaurant.com/#/food-menu/4557160262 13 Brecknock Road Camden London, N7 0BL England If you’re vegan and you’ve yet to try (or are eager for more) Ethiopian food,...

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Tibits: London’s Most Welcoming Veg Hangout? http://www.messyvegancook.com/tibits-and-london-vegan-drinks/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tibits-and-london-vegan-drinks/#respond Tue, 22 May 2012 09:16:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3956 Tibits www.tibits.co.uk 12-14 Heddon Street London, W1B 4DA England   The offspring of Zurich’s Hiltl restaurant (Europe’s oldest veg restaurant), Tibits is the perfect spot to suit all tastes; there really is something for everyone on offer. I’ve never had a bad evening out here, it’s a good central location, and the staff are some...

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East Street Restaurant – London Gets Tampopo http://www.messyvegancook.com/east-street-restaurant-soho-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/east-street-restaurant-soho-london/#respond Fri, 18 May 2012 20:00:13 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3941 East Street Restaurant http://www.eaststreetrestaurant.com/ 3-5 Rathbone Place Soho London, W1T 1HJ England    A good introduction to generalised East Asian food, London’s own Tampopo (why the name change I don’t know) serves a selection of dishes from across the Orient. Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Singaporean, Japanese, Filipino, and Korean   dishes feature on the varied menu....

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Presenting Asda Vegan Wines http://www.messyvegancook.com/presenting-asda-vegan-wines/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/presenting-asda-vegan-wines/#comments Wed, 16 May 2012 12:22:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3922 This list is hence very much out of date and hence the wines listed are no longer be guaranteed to be vegan, though some may still be. Please instead look toward this post on where to find vegan wine in the UK, which also includes other supermarket vegan wine lists. Copied from Asda’s spring/summer 2012...

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The Third Estate – Vegan Fashion in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-third-estate-vegan-fashion-in-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-third-estate-vegan-fashion-in-london/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 14:29:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3885 Are you looking for for ethical vegan shoes in London? Read on! Vegetarians and vegans in London ought to be thrilled with the launch of The Third Estate, formerly a Leeds based vegetarian shoe shop. All of the footwear is vegan and the clothing is ethically sourced and eco-friendly, often manufactured in the UK. The...

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Fried kraut ‘n greens potato dumplings http://www.messyvegancook.com/fried-potato-dumplings-with-sauerkraut-and-greens/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fried-potato-dumplings-with-sauerkraut-and-greens/#comments Fri, 11 May 2012 13:21:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3875 It’s not that I haven’t been writing recipes lately. Not going to lie here – between all the usual workload and deep frying sushi I’ve been going out lots and lots. I live about 30 miles South of London, halfway between there and the coast (Brighton), so it’s all too easy to jump on a...

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Vegan Chocolate at Its Best – The Raw Chocolate Co http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-raw-chocolate-co-vegan-chocolate-bars-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-raw-chocolate-co-vegan-chocolate-bars-review/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:52:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3838 Last week I attended the Natural and Organic Products Europe trade show at Kensington Olympia (thanks to Helen of Fuss Free Flavours for the heads up) where I was generously given a sample of The Raw Chocolate Co bars to review. I don’t crave chocolate. Ever. I’m aware this puts me in the 0.00001% percent of...

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Lunch at U.R. Station, Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/lunch-at-u-r-station-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lunch-at-u-r-station-bangkok/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:26:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3830 U.R. Station 612 Soi Sathorn 3, Soi Suan Phlu 5 Bangkok, 10120 Thailand   A 20 minute walk from Chong Nonsi BTS, just across from the old immigration bureau, this friendly café serves meals until around 14:00 and cake and pastries until 17:00. There are loads of vegan-friendly baked goods, from cookies to croissants, and...

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Baan Suan Pai Vegetarian Jay Food Court Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/baan-suan-pai-vegetarian-jay-food-court-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/baan-suan-pai-vegetarian-jay-food-court-bangkok/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:46:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3813 Baan Suan Pai Jay Food Court 17/1 Phahon Yothin Rd Phaya Thai Bangkok Thailand   My absolute favourite spot in Bangkok for breakfast, this veggie paradise is tucked away off Phahon Yothin, a five minute walk from Ari BTS station. Individual vendors offer a variety of strict vegetarian dishes (no need to fear the ever-present...

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Northern Thai Chilli Tomato Dip http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-thai-nam-prik-ong/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-thai-nam-prik-ong/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:09:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3802 While a traditional Northern Thai dish popular in Chiang Mai, incidentally one of my favourite cities in the world, it’s in Bangkok (my absolute favourite city in the world) where I tried this spicy gem of a dip. Normally nam prik ong is made with ground pork, and I’ve had it with tofu also, but...

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Water Lily KL: Vegan and Something for Everyone http://www.messyvegancook.com/water-lily-vegetarian-restaurant-kuala-lumpur/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/water-lily-vegetarian-restaurant-kuala-lumpur/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:25:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3785 Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant (Formerly Fatt Yan), Kuala Lumpur 23 Jalan Tun H. S. Lee Kuala Lumpur, 50000 Malaysia   Confirmed by an employee as an all vegan restaurant, Water Lily also uses no onion nor garlic, and sells a small selection of store cupboard items (including vegan mayo, prawn crackers, and instant meals). It’s...

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Food Network Friday — Vegan Shrimp Scampi with Linguine http://www.messyvegancook.com/food-network-friday-vegan-shrimp-scampi-with-linguine/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/food-network-friday-vegan-shrimp-scampi-with-linguine/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 09:30:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3775 If you’re here in hope of finding a recipe for vegan shrimp then my apologies; you won’t find that here (although if/when I can find some konjac powder I’ll be working on that too). I came back from Singapore a few weeks ago with half a 65 litre rucksack full of veggie meat and seafood,...

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Vegan on Koh Lipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-koh-lipe-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-koh-lipe-thailand/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:18:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4941 Koh Lipe, an island away from everything, while not exactly known as a vegan mecca, has a few good options for those who eschew animal products. The beach restaurant at Castaway Resort gets my vote for the top grub spot (although it is pricey) because they absolute understand what “vegan” means and they dish up...

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Single Serving Vegetarian Khanom Jeen Nam Ya http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-khanom-jeen-nam-ya/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-khanom-jeen-nam-ya/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:40:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3768 I recently spent a few days in Bangkok, a once hated city which has grown on me in ways reminiscent of disordered teenage crushes (ohmygod I-like-you-so-much-we’ll-be-together-forever-let’s-have-babies-and-save-the-world). It’s a city of food, pure and simple. It was made to be eaten, and that’s precisely what captured my interest and drew me into this urban love affair...

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Vegan at Amarin Plaza Food Court http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-at-amarin-plaza-food-court/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-at-amarin-plaza-food-court/#respond Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:19:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4937 Suan Plu Mangsawirat Vegan Canteen http://www.amarinplaza.com 496-502 Ploenchit Road Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok Thailand Amarin Plaza’s food court is your typical mall collection of eateries, but there’s a vegetarian food stall stall worth seeking out if you’re in the area around lunchtime. It’s not 100% vegan, but it’s pretty obvious which dishes aren’t suitable (e.g. the...

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EE Beng Vegetarian Food Centre http://www.messyvegancook.com/ee-beng-vegetarian-food-centre/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ee-beng-vegetarian-food-centre/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2012 09:09:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4955 EE Beng is comprised of two side by side eateries, one a sit down air con restaurant and the other a hawker style joint, and dishes up a massive selection of vegan friendly fare.  The latter works on a serve yourself and pay for what you’ve dished up basis, and it doesn’t seem to matter...

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Thon Buri Loving Hut, Bangkok http://www.messyvegancook.com/thon-buri-loving-hut-bangkok/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thon-buri-loving-hut-bangkok/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:25:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=4907 Loving Hut Thon Buri Loving Hut Thailand Royal Garden Plaza, 257/1-3 Charoen Nakorn Rd Thon Buri Bangkok Thailand Complete with a massive picture menu and staff who are very eager to take your order, this Loving Hut branch is worth a visit. Smoothie and drink options seemed limitless and there were 9 desserts listed, including...

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Ridiculously Easy Marmite and “Cheese” Mini Palmiers http://www.messyvegancook.com/ridiculously-easy-marmite-and-cheese-mini-palmiers/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ridiculously-easy-marmite-and-cheese-mini-palmiers/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:03:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3756 This is by no means a prolific recipe but it’s easy, it’s good, and it serves as a good base concept for other filling ideas. While palmiers are traditionally made with a sugar coating, I had a spare sheet of puff pastry laying around and wasn’t keen on the idea of sweet at the time....

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Koeksisters: Braided Syrupy Doughnuts http://www.messyvegancook.com/koeksisters-braided-syrupy-doughnuts/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/koeksisters-braided-syrupy-doughnuts/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:08:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3743 Another suggestion by my Joburg friend Claudine, koeksisters are a South African doughnut coated in a sticky syrup that tastes almost honey-like (due to the lemon juice). When I asked C and her partner about SA recipes, this was near the top of the list – they had me at deep fried. Speaking of deep fried,...

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Mayo and Mango Chutney Baked Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/mayo-and-mango-chutney-baked-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mayo-and-mango-chutney-baked-tofu/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:21:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3726 Sounds gross, tastes great. I think if I ever opened a diner in which I was in charge of menu titles, that would be the restaurant’s name. Half of what I didn’t eat straight out of the oven got served with rice, the other half with what you see in the picture: fried spring greens...

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Mini Peppermint Crisp Puddings http://www.messyvegancook.com/mini-peppermint-crisp-puddings/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mini-peppermint-crisp-puddings/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:36:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3712 Another South African inspired pudding, this is a bit like tiramisu made with coconut cookies, creamy caramel sauce, and mint chocolate. It’s exceedingly good for the waistline and should be consumed in large quantities. Okay, so this is less of a recipe and more a suggestion of how to throw together a layered treat of...

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Vegan Paptert, Polenta Pie with Stuff Inside http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-paptert-polenta-pie-with-stuff-inside/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-paptert-polenta-pie-with-stuff-inside/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:40:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3703 This South African porridge (that’s polenta to me, maybe grits to you) pie is made with layers of thick polenta, rich tomato based sauce with veggies, and tempeh bacon. Feel free to use any tempeh bacon or even gluten based facon or bacon bits over my version. The recipe is fairly forgiving and since it’s...

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Fuss Free Sort of Vegan Melktert http://www.messyvegancook.com/south-african-melktert/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/south-african-melktert/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:13:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3695 Melktert is a South African dessert made from milk, which I suppose explains the English translation (milk tart). The pastry used seems to vary depending on preference, so a sweet shortcrust should work also. Whatever. This served me well for my third dinner last night and first breakfast of today. I still have no idea...

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Vegetarian Bunny Chow (Stuff in Bread, Chickpeas)! http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-bunny-chow-stuff-in-bread-chickpeas/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-bunny-chow-stuff-in-bread-chickpeas/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:04:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3681 When discussing possible ideas for Vegan MoFo (I’m such a scatterbrain recently, unable to organise anything efficiently) my Joburger friend Claudine suggested a week or two of a South African theme.  And since I know absolutely nothing about the cuisine, it sounded like a fun challenge. So, Bunny Chow. A street food that’s basically curry in a...

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Fresh Homemade Yuba From Scratch http://www.messyvegancook.com/fresh-homemade-yuba-from-scratch/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fresh-homemade-yuba-from-scratch/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 21:17:01 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3672 Yuba, or soy milk skin, is essentially the film that forms on top of moderately heated soy milk. It’s akin to the skin that forms on unstirred boiled milk, only a little less gross and a lot more tasty. You can buy yuba packaged in stores, but the rich flavour found in a fresh batch...

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Sixth London Vegan Potluck http://www.messyvegancook.com/sixth-london-vegan-potluck/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sixth-london-vegan-potluck/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:16:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3665 I’ve made a bit of a rubbish start to Vegan MoFo, but I’ve got good reason. This past Wednesday (mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of every month!) was October’s London Vegan Potluck, organised by Fat Gay Vegan, and since it’s one of my favourite nights of each month that got priority. There’s also...

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Printable Recipe Whatsits to Save Your Favourite MoFo Recipes http://www.messyvegancook.com/printable-recipe-whatsits-to-save-your-favourite-mofo-recipes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/printable-recipe-whatsits-to-save-your-favourite-mofo-recipes/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:19:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3653 This is a complete rehash of the same recipe sheets from last year, but I love to keep my favourite MoFo recipes together (just kidding but I do like to pretend to be organised). They’re in PDF format, so you can either type stuff in (hello copy/paste) or print them blank (you’ll have to delete...

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Quick and Easy Home-Made Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/quick-and-easy-home-made-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/quick-and-easy-home-made-tofu/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:30:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3615 People are always asking me how I make my own tofu and I’m always telling people it’s easy and to give it a try. And yes you can always add your own herbs and flavourings in the curd to craft your own schmexy tofu varieties. Awhile back I posted this tutorial, but not everyone has a...

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It’s that time again – Vegan Month of Food 2011 http://www.messyvegancook.com/its-that-time-again-vegan-month-of-food-2011/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/its-that-time-again-vegan-month-of-food-2011/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 17:51:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3629 I’ve been quiet. Super quiet, uninspired even, but here’s to this year’s Vegan Month of Food (MoFo) getting me back in gear! Many of you know what Vegan MoFo is all about and how it came to be, but for those that don’t it was created around the concept of NaNoWriMo. The basic concept is to...

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Review of Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals to Nourish the Mind, Body, and Planet http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-blissful-bites-vegan-meals-to-nourish-the-mind-body-and-planet/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-blissful-bites-vegan-meals-to-nourish-the-mind-body-and-planet/#respond Sat, 17 Sep 2011 07:47:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3599 is Christy Morgan’s (of The Blissful Chef blog) first cookbook baby, and it’s packed full of nutritious and easy vegan recipes. Based on natural foods like whole grains and fruits and veggies, this isn’t a book to turn to for faux meats (though there is an ace BBQ seitan recipe), but there are plenty of...

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Pomegranate Barbecue Okara Meatballs http://www.messyvegancook.com/pomegranate-bbq-meatballs/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pomegranate-bbq-meatballs/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:33:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3587 I’ve had a few people request this vegan meatball recipe since I made it for the June London Vegan Potluck and two months later I’ve finally got around to making it again, snapping a pic, and typing it up. It’s a pretty simple deal, although you need to give yourself time for the gluten to...

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A Weekday Treat: Raw Food in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/saf-kensington-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/saf-kensington-review/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 07:07:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3554 Saf is sadly now closed SAF Kensington http://www.safrestaurant.co.uk/ The Barkers Building, Whole Foods Market First Floor Kensington London, W8 5SE England   SAF has been on my to-eat list since it opened a few years back, but it’s never quite fit into the plans (I don’t live in London, so I usually go with the...

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Celebrating a [non] Summer with Mango Lime Dressed Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/celebrating-a-non-summer-with-mango-lime-dressed-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/celebrating-a-non-summer-with-mango-lime-dressed-salad/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:28:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3546 One of the most notable things about the British psyche is its obsession with the weather. It’s not an idle chit-chat conversation point, either, but a topic of great interest. Being American, it took time to grow accustomed to weather talk being a highlight of an exchange as opposed to a sign that conversation has...

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Food Network Friday Presents Aubergine and Sausage Stuffed Shells http://www.messyvegancook.com/food-network-friday-sausage-and-aubergine-stuffed-shells-with-creamy-tomato-sauce/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/food-network-friday-sausage-and-aubergine-stuffed-shells-with-creamy-tomato-sauce/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:51:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3525 This is my second time participating in Food Network Friday (FNF), a cookalong event where participants veganise a chosen Food Network recipe. This month I got to choose the recipe (responsibility, OMG!), a stuffed shells dish by Emeril Lagasse, and it did not disappoint. Hint: this is a good dish to trick eggplant haters into...

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A Business Opportunity in London for Vegan Cooks http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-business-opportunity-in-london-for-vegan-cooks/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-business-opportunity-in-london-for-vegan-cooks/#respond Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:24:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3479 October Cafe is sadly now closed Are you looking for a location to sell your vegan wares in London? Two months ago I posted a review of October Café, expressing my excitement over London having another awesome vegan business. There are plenty of vegans with small businesses out there, whether as full time caterers or...

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I’m Bring-and-Shared Out (but in a good way) http://www.messyvegancook.com/im-bring-and-shared-out-but-in-a-good-way/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/im-bring-and-shared-out-but-in-a-good-way/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:00:01 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3472 Everyone needs to mark their diaries for the first Wednesday of every month (so that’s August third for the next one) to make way for one of London’s most awesome vegan events. From 6-8pm, currently at Ms Cupcake in Brixton, the London Vegan Potluck attracts omnivores and vegans alike. Clear your calendars for the next...

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A Tongue-Tingling Fizzy Sherbet Smoothie http://www.messyvegancook.com/fizzy-sherbet-strawberry-smoothie/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fizzy-sherbet-strawberry-smoothie/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 14:19:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3464 Perfect for strawberry cheerleaders seeking an afternoon pick-me-up with a bit of a zing, this fast and easy smoothie will hit a thousand spots (no, really, it’s inevitable I’ll miss my mouth and dump half of it down me). What’s even better is there are only four ingredients! You can throw an apple in there...

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Mexican Vegan Nosh in London http://www.messyvegancook.com/mestizo-vegan-london-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mestizo-vegan-london-review/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:35:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3439 Mestizo http://london.mestizomx.com/ 103 Hampstead Road London, NW1 3EL England One of the most difficult transitions food-wise when I emigrated from my native U.S. to England was the sudden lack of tolerable Latin American food. Therefore when I started hearing rumours of Mestizo’s not advertised vegan menu I had a calling to drag my arse up...

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Sweet Potato Mash with Fresh Garlic Oil http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-potato-mash-with-fresh-garlic-oil/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-potato-mash-with-fresh-garlic-oil/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:53:26 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3424 People hear the word “oil” and panic, but when it comes to comfort food I opt for excess with fat (and come on, it’s not like it’s a fatty burger or anything). I should add I don’t engage in comfort eating all that often and I consider things like this a treat. I am by...

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Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-desserts-cookbook-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-desserts-cookbook-review/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:55:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3400 Aside from my obsession with polka dotted plates, one of my other favourite things of late is Hannah Kaminsky’s new book, . It’s not only packed full decadent dairy-free desserts, but also features full colour pictures of every recipe. The selection of recipes ranges from easy treats to the supremely elegant, everything from fruit laced...

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Eurovision (My Christmas) and Vegan Liptauer Style Cheese http://www.messyvegancook.com/eurovision-my-christmas-and-vegan-liptauer-style-cheese/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/eurovision-my-christmas-and-vegan-liptauer-style-cheese/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:16:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3385 I’m not a fan of Christmas (generally referred to by me as the c-word) . I want to enjoy good food and friends all year, sans guilt (I’m a recovering Catholic so I already have enough of that), so I traded Christmas in for a concerted effort to both eat well and see the people...

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Food Network Friday Presents “Chicken” and the Bodacious Bulb http://www.messyvegancook.com/food-network-friday-presents-chicken-and-the-bodacious-bulb/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/food-network-friday-presents-chicken-and-the-bodacious-bulb/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 20:49:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3378 This is my first stab at Food Network Friday, a cookalong event hosted by Tami at Vegan Appetite. This week’s recipe was Guy Fieri’s Chicken and the Bodacious Bulb. That much garlic? I’m so there. I knew almost immediately my veganised version of this dish would turn into a casserole, except that’s not really true....

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Good food, good company, stuffed silly http://www.messyvegancook.com/good-food-good-company-stuffed-silly/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/good-food-good-company-stuffed-silly/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3368 Last night was London’s second Vegan Potluck, organised by Fat Gay Vegan, sposored by Sweetbird, and hosted by Ms Cupcake and crew in Brixton, South London. I missed the first event, mainly because I didn’t want to go alone and weeknights aren’t good for my partner (who doesn’t enjoy the same luxury I do of...

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Brighton Vegan Bake Sale Success! http://www.messyvegancook.com/brighton-vegan-bake-sale-success/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/brighton-vegan-bake-sale-success/#comments Sun, 29 May 2011 13:49:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3347 First of all, a huge thanks to both everyone who came by and supported the cause and to the generous bakers who donated their time and efforts. It was a great day, a huge success, and we sold out completely by 4:30 in the afternoon. The total amount raised was £480, which will be split...

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Fishless Okara Cakes http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-fried-okara-patties/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-fried-okara-patties/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 12:39:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3333 Because I make my own tofu I always end up with a glut of the leftover soy pulp, or okara – that’s the ground up soy beans left once you strain the milk out. I’m ashamed to say it often ends up getting binned (it has a very short shelf life), but I do try...

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Dairy Free Cream of Asparagus Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-cream-of-asparagus-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-cream-of-asparagus-soup/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 19:36:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3324 When I was five my parents moved the family from a cookie cutter 3 bed/2.5 bath home to a custom built house on land gifted to my father by my grandparents. The land was mainly forest, with a few acres dedicated to growing fruit and vegetables. My parents and grandpa continued to use the small...

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Smoky Paprika Sauerkraut Fried Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-paprika-sauerkraut-fried-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-paprika-sauerkraut-fried-potatoes/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 19:00:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3313 I’m one of two people living in this flat who enjoys sauerkraut, so it’s always a solo meal operation usually involved with breakfast (the weekday meal I always eat alone). My partner has an extreme sensitivity to a compound in cooked cabbage which makes it taste horrifically bitter; despite the fact that sauerkraut doesn’t touch...

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May 2011 Brighton Vegan Bake Sale http://www.messyvegancook.com/may-2011-brighton-vegan-bake-sale/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/may-2011-brighton-vegan-bake-sale/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 15:40:37 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3287 It’s long overdue, but Brighton is finally having a vegan bake sale on May 28th, 2011! The lovely Jojo from Vegan in Brighton is organising the event, which will feature donations from various bakers from around the Southeast. All proceeds will be split between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and...

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Easy Baked Bean and Cheezly Pasty http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-baked-bean-and-cheezly-pasty/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-baked-bean-and-cheezly-pasty/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 18:17:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3282 A few weeks ago my friend Holley told me about a pasty shop from her native town in Cornwall, reminiscing about her favourite cheese and bean pasty she consumed before choosing to ditch dairy. Of course what she meant by the story was that I should make a vegan version for her, so that’s just...

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New in Town: London Vegan Patisserie and Tea Shop (CLOSED) http://www.messyvegancook.com/new-in-town-london-vegan-patisserie-and-tea-shop/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/new-in-town-london-vegan-patisserie-and-tea-shop/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 07:34:58 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3245 October Cafe is sadly now closed October Cafe Vegan Patisserie http://www.octobercafe.co.uk/ 38 Old Street London, EC1V 9AE England   London vegans are certain to be charmed by this new egg and dairy free bakery. With a concentration on vegan versions of both British and French classic pastries and cakes, owner Peter Murphy has managed to...

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Why You Should Buy American Vegan Kitchen http://www.messyvegancook.com/why-you-should-buy-american-vegan-kitchen/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/why-you-should-buy-american-vegan-kitchen/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:17:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3208 Everyone has a favourite cookbookor five, whether it’s the only book they own or one carefully selected from a great collection. While my collection continues to grow, my favourites wane and shift with the new tastes I develop along the way. In the case of , it’s been a journey in reverse, a trip down...

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Lemonade Three Ways http://www.messyvegancook.com/lemonade-three-ways/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lemonade-three-ways/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:42:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3189 Here in the South of England we’ve had a miraculous April. The past couple of weeks have been glorious, and even on the long bank holiday weekend just passed we only had an hour of rain. With average daytime temperatures in the mid-20s (celcius, kids) the whole weekend and a glut of lemons bought on...

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Tom Yummy Aubergine Stack (Asianish Eggplant) http://www.messyvegancook.com/asianish-aubergine-stack-eastern-eggplant-lattice/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/asianish-aubergine-stack-eastern-eggplant-lattice/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:35:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3174 I make no secret of the fact that, combined with bright colours and office supplies, I’m a big admirer of aubergine (that’s eggplant to some of you). All the best vegetables start with the letter “A” (don’t get pedantic about this, kids- I know aubergine is technically a fruit), from artichoke and asparagus to aubergine...

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All You Will Need To Know About Metric http://www.messyvegancook.com/all-you-will-need-to-know-about-metric/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/all-you-will-need-to-know-about-metric/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:35:01 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3128 On page five of the November 9, 1976 edition of The Crofton Courier (Crofton is a small-ish town in the American state of Maryland, about 30 miles from Washington D.C.), a full page feature about metric conversion was printed. A brief history of conversion in the U.S. This slightly-larger-than-a-clipping piece was saved by my grandmother,...

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Brighton Veggie Pub Serves Nuts to Allergy Sufferer, Lands Her in Hospital http://www.messyvegancook.com/dubious-pub-grub-at-the-george-brighton/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dubious-pub-grub-at-the-george-brighton/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 08:54:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3103 The Prince George Pub 5 Trafalgar Street North Laines Brighton, BN1 4EQ England The short of it? I won’t be going back to The Prince George again, not because the food was horrible, but because but because I think I’ve got a difference in opinion regarding what constitutes acceptable practice in the restaurant business. As...

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London’s First All Vegan Bakery Opens Its Doors http://www.messyvegancook.com/ms-cupcake-vegan-bakery-brixton-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ms-cupcake-vegan-bakery-brixton-london/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2011 09:17:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3080 Ms Cupcake: The Naughitest Vegan Cakes in Town http://www.mscupcake.co.uk/ 408 Coldharbour Lane Brixton London, SW9 8LF England Wednesday to Sunday 11am-6pm Ms Cupcake is fast achieving London Vegan icon status, a standing her baking has seen the business achieve since well before throwing open the doors of the city’s first all-vegan bakery. Always presenting herself...

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Pumpkin and Kale Stuffed Harissa Polenta Patties http://www.messyvegancook.com/pumpkin-and-kale-stuffed-polenta-cakes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pumpkin-and-kale-stuffed-polenta-cakes/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:53:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3069 Polenta, sadly, is the red headed step-child of vegan meals in my life. I’m not sure why; I grew up enjoying an exclusively grits based breakfast (that is until I decided an extra 20 minutes’ sleep was more important than breakfast), so I’ve certainly no aversion to corn based meals. I love corn anything, me....

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Spiced Fruit, Hot and Sour Not-Beef, and Satay Wraps http://www.messyvegancook.com/spiced-fruit-hot-and-sour-not-beef-and-satay-wraps/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/spiced-fruit-hot-and-sour-not-beef-and-satay-wraps/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:12:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3058 The last of my first batch of tester recipes for the SE Asia cookbook(though not my last post about it- I still have more pictures!), here’s a bit more of a preview of what’s to come. The hot and sour salad is one of my favourite recipes thus far out of everything I’ve tested for...

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Burgers, Bruschetta, and the Best Coleslaw I’ve Ever Had http://www.messyvegancook.com/burgers-bruschetta-and-the-best-coleslaw-ive-ever-had/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/burgers-bruschetta-and-the-best-coleslaw-ive-ever-had/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:17:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3043 I’ve recently been honoured to join the tester pool for Tamasin Noyes of Vegan Appetite and American Vegan Kitchen fame. About 53 billion years behind on what’s hot, in fashion, and generally awesome, (and also despite a friend’s insistence the book is one of best vegan cookbooks out there) I’ve finally joined modern day vegan...

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Decadent Seitan and Comforting Mac http://www.messyvegancook.com/decadent-seitan-and-comforting-mac/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/decadent-seitan-and-comforting-mac/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:05:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3026 More testing for Dynise, the Urban Vegan, this time for a savoury and sensual seitan dish and a macaroni comfort lunch. Both were sublime, in my opinion, coming through as potentially two of my favourite recipes thus far. The seitan dish is made with a rich porcini mushroom sauce. Save mushroom soaking time (which is...

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Lazy Sundays for a Meat-free Lancashire Hotpot http://www.messyvegancook.com/lazy-sundays-for-a-meat-free-lancashire-hotpot/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lazy-sundays-for-a-meat-free-lancashire-hotpot/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:50:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3016 This is a good meat and potatoes vegan alternative, perfect for a dreary rainy day, ideal for those days when you want a warming and filling meal. Prepare it on a lazy Sunday morning and it’ll be ready for lunch, served up alongside your favourite steamed veg for a meat-free alternative to a well-known British...

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Double Ginger White Miso Dressing (Recipe Testing) http://www.messyvegancook.com/double-ginger-white-miso-dressing-recipe-testing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/double-ginger-white-miso-dressing-recipe-testing/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:25:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3003 This quick and zingy dressing, a recipe from the upcoming Urban Vegan cookbook, showcases one of nature’s greatest inventions: my rhizome buddy ginger. The word “dressing” is certainly an understatement because this multi purpose seasoning sauce stands in well in a number of different acts. Whether spooning it straight from jar to mouth (A+ for...

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Coconut Muffins & Mango Loa http://www.messyvegancook.com/blissful-bites-coconut-muffins/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/blissful-bites-coconut-muffins/#respond Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:29:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2996 I think I lost my gluten-free baking virginity. Not unlike a coconut scone (think cream tea, people), these muffins pack a coconutty sweetness with a substantial but light texture. Perfect with a cup of coffee, slathered with a glob of vegan margarine, or on their own, I’ll definitely be whipping up another batch of these...

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Marinated Mixed Mushrooms (Recipe Testing) http://www.messyvegancook.com/marinated-mixed-mushrooms-recipe-testing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/marinated-mixed-mushrooms-recipe-testing/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2011 08:24:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=3000 It’s only in recent years that I’ve come to enjoy mushrooms, this of course thanks to Mister MessyVC (who is not at all messy). While they’re still not an absolute favourite, a go-to comfort food as they are for him, I’m always happy to try a new mushroom recipe. In this tester recipe for The...

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Tester: Char Kway Teow http://www.messyvegancook.com/blissful-bites-tester-char-kway-teow/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/blissful-bites-tester-char-kway-teow/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:25:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2989 I’ve recently started testing for the upcoming cookbook by Christy Morgan of The Blissful Chef, a project I’m excited about due mainly to my healthy (I tell myself it is anyway) obsession with all food Southeast Asian. My first dish from the testing pool, a veganised version of a classic Malaysian dish (Char Kway Teow),...

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Sweethearts to talk about, or happy anti-valentine’s day http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-conversation-hearts/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-conversation-hearts/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:00:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2967 So like you’ve probably already guessed, I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m still the same pessimistic holiday-hating old ninny, dreaming of waving my cane at the kids (“get off my lawn!”) and cuddling my 43 cat roomates while worrying whether or not my 112 aseptic packages of tofu are enough to get me through the...

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Indulge yourself: Coconutty Cocoa Custard Pudding http://www.messyvegancook.com/coconutty-cocoa-custard-pudding/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/coconutty-cocoa-custard-pudding/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:53:26 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2956 Initially I made this recipe for dairy free chocolate mousse from absolute scratch, grating fresh coconut meat and kneading it with warm water to procure fresh cream. I used the leftover shredded coconut to engage in the world’s most failed cookie experiment, but the mousse was a dessert hedonist’s dream- just 1/2 cup was more...

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Recipe Testing: Hot and Sour Carrots and Lentils http://www.messyvegancook.com/recipe-testing-hot-and-sour-carrots-and-lentils/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/recipe-testing-hot-and-sour-carrots-and-lentils/#respond Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:33:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2952 This recipe from the upcoming cookbook by the Urban Vegan is a tangy and hearty lentil stew with a North African flavour profile- warm cumin, tart lemon, fresh herbs, and a bit of chili spice. A big fan of citrus in cooking, I tucked right into this earthy medley, eating it alongside a simple lemony...

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Sticky and Dairy Free, a Sort of Butterscotch Sauce http://www.messyvegancook.com/sticky-and-dairy-free-a-sort-of-butterscotch-sauce/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sticky-and-dairy-free-a-sort-of-butterscotch-sauce/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:30:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2932 In less than two weeks I fly back to my home county to participate in what will no doubt be 2.5 weeks of mom pressuring me to down her syrupy Manischewitz wine, with the occassional venture out to source my real drug of choice (coffee, duh). This is the home in which I spent the...

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Urban Vegan Tester: Pasta with Red Peppers and Basil http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-pasta-with-red-peppers-and-basil/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-pasta-with-red-peppers-and-basil/#respond Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:10:57 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2928 I wasn’t convinced about this recipe from the Dynise Balcavage’s upcoming cookbook until I made it. There’s something about slow cooked bell peppers that makes a dish special, and as soon as these hit my mouthhole here my initial doubt faded. Zesty and smooth, this is a pasta dish for capsicum fans. Doused with some...

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Pseudo-Brit accepts free nosh, botches social interactions at Tet tweetup http://www.messyvegancook.com/pseudo-brit-accepts-free-nosh-botches-social-interactions-at-tet-tweetup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pseudo-brit-accepts-free-nosh-botches-social-interactions-at-tet-tweetup/#respond Wed, 02 Feb 2011 12:42:41 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2907 The Vietnamese New Year, or Tết, is Vietnam’s most celebrated holiday. It’s a celebration of the start of the year’s first lunar cycle as marked by the lunar calendar, but despite this literal event occuring in a single day the celebration often lasts for at least the week. Thus it was appropriate for Pho restaurant...

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Sesame Ginger Drunken Miso For One http://www.messyvegancook.com/ginger-sesame-drunken-miso-noodle-soup-for-one/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ginger-sesame-drunken-miso-noodle-soup-for-one/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:02:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2894 Sometimes I wonder (mostly out loud- yes, I think I have more verbal exchanges with myself than with any single human being) what food I would choose if I had to be limited to one basic dish for the rest of my years. You know, the old desert island scenario. Without a doubt my mind...

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Urban Vegan Tester: Dirty Rice http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-dirty-rice/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-dirty-rice/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:37:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2891 I know it sounds crazy but when it comes to mealtimes I rarely look to rice. My partner always says he’d like more rice dishes, so I know it would be a welcome addition to the dinner rota, but for some unknown reason it never crosses my mind. It’s not that I dislike rice, but...

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Restaurant Review: Amico Bio, London http://www.messyvegancook.com/restaurant-review-amico-bio-london/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/restaurant-review-amico-bio-london/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:08:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2873 Amico Bio http://www.amicobio.co.uk/ 44 Cloth Fair London, EC1A 7JQ England While there’s a part of me that loves the foreign interpretations of Italian food (i.e. tomato based marinara drenched spaghetti with a soppy smeared 15-cloves-of-garlic baguette), I’m a sucker for the down to earth flavours a good Italian chef draws out of a simple vegetable....

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Steamed Tempeh Balls in Sticky Tamarind Sauce http://www.messyvegancook.com/steamed-tempeh-balls-in-sticky-tamarind-sauce/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/steamed-tempeh-balls-in-sticky-tamarind-sauce/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2011 21:02:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2854 Despite their outward appearance these tempeh balls are unlike meatballs, or at least ones I’ve had. They hold together stiffly, but bite in and the texture is soft and glutinous (a sign of the steamed rice flour- but please dont’ use glutinous rice flour). It’s also worth noting that my tempeh-doubting partner downed these for...

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Tanzanian Curried Chickpea-Banana Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-tanzanian-curried-chickpea-banana-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-tanzanian-curried-chickpea-banana-soup/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:40:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2849 Yeah, that’s right: banana and curry in the same sentence, the same recipe. Why so many people afraid of this combination I’ll never know, but before you scrunch up that pretty little face I urge you to try it.  My first introduction was at Hiltl in Zurich, where a friend ordered the Madras Banana and...

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Urban Vegan Tester: Tart au Citron http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-tart-au-citron/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-tart-au-citron/#respond Mon, 17 Jan 2011 15:51:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2846 Another recipe from Dynise‘s upcoming cookbook, the texture of this luscious lemon tart is just as I remember my grandma’s lemon meringue pie filling. I’m not at all sorry that there’s only two of us around here to eat the whole pie, not sorry in the least. It’s not a tricky pie to master, either,...

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On Human Anatomy and Cookie Making http://www.messyvegancook.com/on-human-anatomy-and-cookie-making/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/on-human-anatomy-and-cookie-making/#comments Sat, 15 Jan 2011 15:29:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2841 Every Christmas as a child and into adulthood my mother and I had an annual anise cookie baking marathon. She’d roll the dough and make the cut-outs. I’d decorate with the plethora of sprinkles and dyed sugar crystals that sat in the back of the cupboard for the rest of the year. Several years ago,...

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Urban Vegan Tester: Sticky Toffee-Banana Smoothie http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-recipe-sticky-toffee-banana-smoothie/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-recipe-sticky-toffee-banana-smoothie/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:54:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2837 Another tester recipe from the Dynise Balcavage‘s upcoming book, I’m always down with any excuse to use my Vitamix. If you can imagine banofee pie in drinkable form then you’ve got the taste of this smoothie nailed. I downed mine in about 5 minutes (really), and I only dribbled a little bit down my top.

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Pan Seared Lemony Tofu Slices with Fresh Herbs and Za’atar http://www.messyvegancook.com/pan-seared-lemony-tofu-slices-with-fresh-herbs-and-zaatar/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pan-seared-lemony-tofu-slices-with-fresh-herbs-and-zaatar/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 18:03:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2821 I begin every post here in my head with the same basic sentiment: this is one of my favourite something-or-other. Alas, the dairy version of this mock halloumi was a dish I did love pre-vegan; thin slices of briny halloumi fried and doused with lemon juice and freshly grated black pepper. It was only after...

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Urban Vegan Tester: Irish Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-irish-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-irish-potatoes/#respond Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:50:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2816 Irish potatoes, the most un-potato potato in all potato-dom (save their outer appearance perhaps), feature heavenly coconut as the centrepiece ingredient. A must for anyone with a serious sweet tooth!

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Absolutely Pho-bulous Vietnamese Noodle Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/absolutely-pho-bulous-vietnamese-noodle-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/absolutely-pho-bulous-vietnamese-noodle-soup/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 18:30:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2802 I’ve been on a Pho kick since my visit to Pho restaurant in Brighton, and this is the basic recipe on which I’ve settled for my own recipe. Call it what you will (it’s more like “fuh” in Vietnamese, but in English I think “delicious” as as adequate a name as any), there are as...

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Urban Vegan Tester: Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Eggplant and Kale http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-chickpeas-with-tomatoes-eggplant-and-kale/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-tester-chickpeas-with-tomatoes-eggplant-and-kale/#respond Sat, 01 Jan 2011 21:04:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2795 Another delicious tester from the upcoming Urban Vegan book, this aromatic stew has claimed a firm place on the make again list. Aubergine and chickpea are two of my favourites, and in combination they wow me to kingdom come, so I knew straight away this would be a winner.

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Fee Fi Pho Yum! http://www.messyvegancook.com/pho-restaurant-brighton/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pho-restaurant-brighton/#respond Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:13:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2791 Pho Vietnamese Restaurant http://www.phocafe.co.uk/locations/brighton 12 Black Lion Street Brighton, BN1 1ND England Pho, pronounced more like “fuh” in the local tongue, is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup that packs a whole lot of flavour into a simple dish. Pho restaurant serves up a massive bowl of this soup, of one Vietnam’s most well known dishes,...

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Urban Vegan Recipe Tester: Polenta-Kale Cutlets with Basil Aioli http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-recipe-tester-polenta-kale-cutlets-with-basil-aioli/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-recipe-tester-polenta-kale-cutlets-with-basil-aioli/#respond Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:10:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2786 Served here with mash and marrowfat peas, I promise this polenta is worth the effort (and will taste a darn sight better than this photo looks). I enjoyed a portion of this fried with pasta, the aioli as the sauce, the following day after this meal. My non-cornmeal-loving husband also proclaimed this polenta a winner.

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Welcome Winter with this fruity hot spiced apple drink http://www.messyvegancook.com/mulled-spiced-apple-infusion/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mulled-spiced-apple-infusion/#comments Wed, 22 Dec 2010 15:53:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2773 In case you didn’t know, winter is not, I repeat: not, my favourite time of the year. I crave brightness and warmth, beaches and forest hikes amidst sun drenched foliage, weather worthy of serious summery picnicking. Alas I do like a hot beverage, and rarely are they as satisfying as on a cold wintry day...

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Urban Vegan Recipe Tester: Cream of Broccoli Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-recipe-tester-cream-of-broccoli-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/urban-vegan-recipe-tester-cream-of-broccoli-soup/#respond Wed, 22 Dec 2010 15:18:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2766 A fan of Dynise Balcavage‘s Urban Vegan cookbook, I’m lucky enough to be testing recipes for her upcoming book. This broccoli soup is my first tester, and as a big broccoli fan I knew I’d like it before I even set foot in my kitchen. Luckily my partner is a lesser fan of this star...

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Delicious Vegan Molasses Cookie Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/delicious-vegan-molasses-cookie-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/delicious-vegan-molasses-cookie-recipe/#respond Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:51:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2758 Soft, rich, and delicious, molasses cookies are a solid favourite around the holidays. These are rolled in course demerera sugar for a crispy outside with a soft, doughy centre. I added glacé cherries to the mix because, well, because they’re awesome. Honestly, however, they don’t make a huge difference because they’re a bit too mild to...

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Vegetarian black bean stew with lime masa harina dumplings http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-black-bean-stew-with-lime-masa-harina-dumplings/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-black-bean-stew-with-lime-masa-harina-dumplings/#comments Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:43:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2744 I’m going to share two very important facts relating to Britain: Latin ingredients aren’t always easy to find (and only in recent years have I found semi reliable sources), and the locals begin to empathise with residents of Siberia when there’s a fraction of a millimetre of snow on the ground. At least they think...

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End of MoFo Giveaway http://www.messyvegancook.com/end-of-mofo-giveaway/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/end-of-mofo-giveaway/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:05:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2712 Entries are closed, and the winner of an Eat Your Greens Tote Bag is Cadry, from Cadry’s Kitchen! What better way to end the Vegan Month of Food than with a giveaway? Some of you know that in addition to being a blogger I’m also a bit of a self employed stuff maker/designer. Below are...

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Review of K’nyay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-knyay-in-phnom-penh-cambodia/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-knyay-in-phnom-penh-cambodia/#comments Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:32:41 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2679 K’nyay Restaurant www.knyay.com 25k Suramarit Blvd, near Independence Monument Phnom Penh Cambodia I visited K’nyay specifically to try their very recommended vegan ice creams and left a fan of everything else. Not wholly vegetarian, they have separate meat and vegan menus, with a very good (read: trustworthy) understanding of veganism. There’s plenty of selection, plus...

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Easy Vegan Toasted Coconut Biccies http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-toasted-coconut-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-toasted-coconut-cookies/#respond Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:03:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2674 So I’ve become completely smitten with coconut and making my own coconut milk, but there’s just so much leftover coconut meat. Being a) a hoarder and b) afraid of waste (hello Ms keep-it-in-the-fridge-until-it-turns-blue-rather-than-throw-it-away), I’ve been toasting it and tupperware storing it. The toasted coconut stocks in my flat are out of control lately though, so...

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Review of The Vegetarian in Phnom Penh Cambodia http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-the-vegetarian-in-phnom-penh-cambodia/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/review-of-the-vegetarian-in-phnom-penh-cambodia/#comments Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:29:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2677 The Vegetarian, Phnom Penh 11 Street 200 (off Norodom Blvd) Phnom Penh Cambodia Complete with the cheesiest Western music you’ll ever hear, the large and cheap portions dished up at The Vegetarian will keep you smiling. All dishes, including juices, cost one US dollar (some drinks are $0.50). The menu includes a selection of soups,...

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Kroeung Tempeh Pan Fried in Banana Leaves http://www.messyvegancook.com/kroeng-tempeh-in-banana-leaves/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kroeng-tempeh-in-banana-leaves/#comments Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:43:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2681 Banana leaves as food parcels Imparting a slightly sweet but not overly strong flavour to foods, banana leaves are a popular cooking vessel in Southeast Asia. They’re strong, sturdy, and can be used to steam and/or fry food. You’ll see them as food parcels grilled on the streets, in villages, in homes. Common sweet recipes...

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Vegetarian Cambodian Kroeung (Khmer Curry Paste) http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-cambodian-kroeung-khmer-curry-paste/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-cambodian-kroeung-khmer-curry-paste/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:38:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2668 Aromatic, spicy kroeung provides the base to many Khmer (Cambodian) recipes. Not unlike its Thai equivalents, this curry paste is easy to make at home and a perfect ingredient to keep around for when you want a quick and easy dinner- fry it up with your favourite vegetables, blend into soups, or craft delicious curries....

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Tofu Bar Vegetarian Restaurant in Kanchanaburi, Thailand http://www.messyvegancook.com/tofu-bar-vegetarian-restaurant-in-kanchanaburi-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tofu-bar-vegetarian-restaurant-in-kanchanaburi-thailand/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:24:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2653 Tofu Bar Restaurant www.tofubar.net River Kwai Road Backpacker District Kanchanaburi Thailand Open from 12 noon to midnight, Tofu Bar is by far Kanchanaburi’s most reliable vegan find and it’s right smack in the middle of the tourist end of town to boot. For 60 baht you can have a huge pot of Chinese tea whilst...

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Super Duper Easy Tart Lime Broth and Noodles http://www.messyvegancook.com/super-duper-easy-tart-lime-broth-and-noodles/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/super-duper-easy-tart-lime-broth-and-noodles/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:37:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2648 This damned weather, combined with the fact that I’m currently experiencing that special bottomless-pit-of-a-stomach feeling understood only by women (once a month) and teenage boys (always), calls for lots of fast snacks to keep me going throughout the day. As I write this, I’m finishing a bowl of ice cream. I’m not close to full....

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Taste from Heaven in Chiang Mai, Thailand http://www.messyvegancook.com/taste-from-heaven-in-chiang-mai-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/taste-from-heaven-in-chiang-mai-thailand/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2010 18:19:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2637 Taste for Heaven, Chiang Mai www.taste4heaven.com 237-239 Thapae Rd Chiang Mai Thailand Taste from Heaven is a vegetarian haven in Chiang Mai, dishing up delicious and fast kitchen concoctions that look as great as they taste. Vegan dishes are clearly marked, which is useful for those who abstain from all animal products. Try the mushroom...

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Pun Pun Organic Vegetarian Restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand http://www.messyvegancook.com/pun-pun-organic-vegetarian-restaurant-chiang-mai-thailand/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pun-pun-organic-vegetarian-restaurant-chiang-mai-thailand/#comments Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:11:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2624 Attention: As of a few years ago, Pun Pun used oyster sauce in several of their dishes. Vegans beware and ask before ordering. Pun Pun Vegetarian Restaurant http://www.punpunthailand.org/ Wat Suan Dok Temple, Suthep Road Behind the monk chat building Chiang Mai Thailand Chiang Mai has many astonishing vegetarian restaurants, but Pun Pun takes the cake...

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Friends and food: a South East Asian dinner party http://www.messyvegancook.com/friends-and-food-a-south-east-asian-dinner-party/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/friends-and-food-a-south-east-asian-dinner-party/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 23:34:37 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2612 I realised this morning that I don’t have a single free weekend left before the dreaded c-word day late next month. To the socialites among you, that’s no biggie, but to me it’s huge. You see I’ve come a long way in the last year and a half, from having no friends within a 3,000...

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Bua Loy: Rainbow Rice Balls Swimming in Sweet Coconut Milk http://www.messyvegancook.com/rainbow-rice-balls-swimming-in-sweet-coconut-milk/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/rainbow-rice-balls-swimming-in-sweet-coconut-milk/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:27:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2608 In stark contract to the beige-ness that was yesterday’s recipe, I present you with balls. Rainbow balls, to be precise. Make it what you will, kids, but they’re tasty and pretty. I mean people are always telling us we should be eating foods that are colourful, right? Plus you get to serve balls. Rainbow Tapioca...

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Spicy Thai/Lao Mushroom Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/spicy-vegetarian-mushroom-larb-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/spicy-vegetarian-mushroom-larb-salad/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:44:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2598 2017 update: In this original post from 2010, composed at the start of my interest in Thai cuisine, I eagerly penned this recipe. I have since furthered my education in Thai cuisine and have since added another vegan mushroom lap recipe to this site. The original recipe still works, and moreover is still tasty, but...

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Chamkar, Siem Reap: Good Enough for 3 Meals in a Row http://www.messyvegancook.com/chamkar-siem-reap-good-enough-for-3-meals-in-a-row/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/chamkar-siem-reap-good-enough-for-3-meals-in-a-row/#respond Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:18:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2584 Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant The Passage Old Market Area Siem Reap Cambodia Chamkar, a vegetarian but very vegan friendly restaurant, serves up mild Khmer food in a small alleyway behind the Old Market in Siem Reap. It’s surrounded by a multitude of restaurants, but Chamkar’s guests seem to shun the alternatives and return for several meals...

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Sticky Black and White Rice with Brandy Coconut http://www.messyvegancook.com/sticky-black-and-white-rice-with-brandy-coconut/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sticky-black-and-white-rice-with-brandy-coconut/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:17:37 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2571 I’m a big fan of Thai style coconut based puddings, and also quite keen on sticky rice. Luckily my partner isn’t a fan, so that means more for me. Recipe Notes Don’t forget the salt. No, really, it adds an important component to coconut based Thai sweets. Try the coconut milk both before and after...

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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice (Kippy Fried Rice!) http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-pineapple-fried-rice/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-pineapple-fried-rice/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:54:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2563 I’m a real noodle aficionado, fanatical enough to eat them daily. My partner is also a fan, but his enthusiasm doesn’t stretch much beyond that which is wheat based. Pasta, udon, sometimes buckwheat based soba, are all winners in Paul’s world, but bring rice or mung bean into the noodle mix and his avidity is...

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The other side of people, or my teary-eyed Chatuchak visit http://www.messyvegancook.com/thailand-vegetarian-festival-2010-chatuchak/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thailand-vegetarian-festival-2010-chatuchak/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:40:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2553 In the magical land of Thailand, where every little girl has a pony and rainbows are a form of currency, a vegetarian festival exists for nine days of every year. Contrary to what tourist websites and boards will tell you, this isn’t just local to Phuket, but is celebrated across the country. Street vendors swap...

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An accumulation of Thai meals and a brief insight into my whimsical work ethic http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-accumulation-of-thai-meals/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-accumulation-of-thai-meals/#comments Sat, 13 Nov 2010 23:18:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2540 Okay, so my MoFo theme has been South East Asian inspired and I’ve thus far been pretty much cooking nothing but meals from, or based on recipes from, the region. A great big thank you to my partner, who I’m sure is looking forward one day to a meal without chili. Too bad, suckaaaaaah. Seriously...

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Get your breakfast on: dairy free coconut milk oatmeal http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-coconut-milk-oatmeal/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-coconut-milk-oatmeal/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:12:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2528 Are you the sort of person who appreciates a decadently rich breakfast? Try swapping your maple smeared chocolate chip pancakes for this super creamy dairy-free oatmeal one morning. You can even trick yourself into thinking it’s healthy because, you know, it’s oatmeal (okay, so it’s still probably better for you than chocolate chip pancakes, regardless).*...

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Vietnamese-Inspired Braised Lemongrass Stuffed Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/vietnamese-inspired-braised-lemongrass-stuffed-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vietnamese-inspired-braised-lemongrass-stuffed-tofu/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:14:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2516 I was last in Vietnam three years ago, but every time I’ve visited this wonderful country the tofu is something that stands out above almost all else (the incessant “madam? madam! madam?!” beating it by a fine margin). It was only after that last Vietnamese jaunt that I investigated some of the local dishes I...

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Wow ’em with this creamy coconut mushroom dip http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-coconut-mushroom-dip/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-coconut-mushroom-dip/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:31:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2511 Think of it as a mild mushroom based satay, this creamy Southeast Asian inspired dip isn’t one to pass by. Inspired by a lunch I had in Siem Reap a few weeks ago, this is a bowlful of creamy, fatty (hey, coconut, it’s your BFF: me) yum that’s best enjoyed with a simple warmed baguette....

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Khun Churn, Chiang Mai Review http://www.messyvegancook.com/khun-churn-chiang-mai-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/khun-churn-chiang-mai-review/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 23:12:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2484 Many of my recipe ideas come to me via the medium of getting on a plane and pissing off to somewhere warm for a few weeks. Keeping that in mind, it’s only fair to share some of my favourite restaurant experiences. Khun Churn, with restaurants in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai (this review specifically focused...

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Vegan Iron Chef: Green Curry Sweet Potato Pommes Duchesse in Coconut Cream http://www.messyvegancook.com/green-curry-duchesse-jewel-sweet-potatoes-in-ginger-coconut-broth/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/green-curry-duchesse-jewel-sweet-potatoes-in-ginger-coconut-broth/#comments Sun, 07 Nov 2010 19:23:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2471 I know what it looks like, so hush your face. Quiet. Don’t blame me; it’s the sweet potatoes. I’ve been experimenting with purple jewel sweet potatoes (so, to answer your next question, yes the colour is natural). Nutty and creamy, more substantial than your average supermarket shelf sweet potato, this dish was prepared in honour...

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Thai Vegan Cooking Class at May Kaidee http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-vegan-cooking-class-at-may-kaidee/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-vegan-cooking-class-at-may-kaidee/#comments Sat, 06 Nov 2010 16:27:22 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2435 I recently had the pleasure of attending a vegan cooking class at May Kaidee vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Not the first, nor the last, time I’ve been to this veggie haven, I’ve wanted to subscribe to their half day cooking class for years; I just never find the time when I’m around. This...

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Organise and print your favourite MoFo recipes with ease http://www.messyvegancook.com/organise-and-print-your-favourite-mofo-recipes-with-ease/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/organise-and-print-your-favourite-mofo-recipes-with-ease/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:24:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2462 So here’s the deal: I want a good way to keep all these delicious MoFo recipes sorted and organised in a method that doesn’t involve ridiculous stacks of unruly papers which I’ll never find again until my partner points out to me that he actually dealt with my crap and filed them away somewhere reasonable....

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Steamed banana and coconut, a marriage made of yum http://www.messyvegancook.com/khanom-kluay-steamed-banana-cake/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/khanom-kluay-steamed-banana-cake/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 18:42:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2448 One of the greatest things, for this fair veggie at least, about Thailand is the proliferation of dairy free desserts. Save the occasional use of eggs, it’s a sweet toothed vegan’s paradise, a land of glutinous, gooey fruit based nom… er, heaven. Okay, so I need to spend some more time with my buddy the...

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On opening a coconut: the route to heaven http://www.messyvegancook.com/on-opening-a-coconut-the-route-to-creamy-heaven/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/on-opening-a-coconut-the-route-to-creamy-heaven/#comments Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:55:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2425 Because I’ll be using a lot of coconut milk and/or cream for South-East Asian fusion month, it’s important to begin with a simple tutorial for extracting your own coconut milk. Sure, you can use a can if need be, but I promise this will yield better results. More reminiscent of dairy milk than what you’ll...

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Thai inspired lemongrass puff pastry nibbles http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-inspired-spiced-lemongrass-puff-pastry-nibbles/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-inspired-spiced-lemongrass-puff-pastry-nibbles/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:55:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2396 Cliché as it sounds, there’s only one way to describe this combination of flavours: bursting with flavour. Aromatic must-have Thai ingredients like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and palm sugar are the backbone of these fragrant hors d’oeuvres. Despite its strong association with South-east Asia, lemongrass is a citrusy herb native to India but grown in...

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Ringing in Vegan MoFo 2010 http://www.messyvegancook.com/ringing-in-vegan-mofo-2010/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ringing-in-vegan-mofo-2010/#respond Mon, 01 Nov 2010 10:19:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2383 What’s this, kids? Already time for MoFo ’10?! November is the Vegan Month of Food, a project started by Isa Chandra Moskowitz four years ago. Inspired by (NaNoWriMo) National Novel Writing Month, Vegan MoFo is a blogging event whereby all of its participants try to write as much as they can about vegan food and...

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Yum Som O (Pomelo Salad) http://www.messyvegancook.com/yum-som-o-pomelo-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/yum-som-o-pomelo-salad/#comments Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:23:45 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2351 I’ve just returned from a 3.5 week holiday in Thailand, with a few days in Cambodia, so be prepared for an increase in Southeast Asian inspired meals! This delicious pomelo salad, a Thai favourite of mine, often contains fish sauce. Here it’s sea life free and equally delicious, reminiscent of a vegetarian yum som o...

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Vegan Lemon Espresso Panna Cotta http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-lemon-espresso-panna-cotta/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-lemon-espresso-panna-cotta/#comments Wed, 13 Oct 2010 20:30:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2338 Feeling lonely, unloved, laced with a smidgen of self pity? Enter this silky pudding of zesty vanilla panna cotta on a thin, strong layer of full-bodied espresso custard. From top to bottom its flavours are mild and creamy, its texture smooth and just firm enough, and suddenly a burst of strong coffee hits the palate....

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Aubergine Curry / Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-potato-and-aubergine-curry/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-potato-and-aubergine-curry/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:00:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2332 Sweet potatoes, eggplant, and onion are oven roasted and served in a creamy coconut curry base. A meal with possibilities, this Southeast Asian inspired curry can be served chunky or blended to a smooth and rich soup. Both are perfect for cool autumn evenings and they’ll keep for a few days in the fridge if...

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Mashed Potato Pancakes with Garlicky Smash Spinach http://www.messyvegancook.com/mashed-potato-pancakes-with-garlicky-smash-spinach/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mashed-potato-pancakes-with-garlicky-smash-spinach/#comments Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:15:41 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2324 Fried spring onion filled potato pancakes are served in this vegan main topped with steamed spinach and smashed roasted garlic cloves, topped with crispy fried tofu matchsticks and stir fried onion. A lot less complicated than it sounds, it makes a filling meal for two (um, and you get to play with mashed potato with...

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Homemade Udon Noodles with Sesame Oil http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-udon-noodles-with-sesame-oil/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-udon-noodles-with-sesame-oil/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:31:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2311 It never ceases to amaze me how much homemade pasta brings out a person’s’ wow face. You know what I mean, that “oh-mah-gawd-you-mean-you-didn’t-buy-this-pre-made” look, the one that makes you feel like you’ve reached the outer limits of culinary possibility, that you’re the equivalent of a rocket scientist in the kitchen. Err, no, I promise it’s...

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Baked Portuguese Goan Tofu Cafreal http://www.messyvegancook.com/baked-portuguese-goan-tofu-cafreal/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/baked-portuguese-goan-tofu-cafreal/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:04:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2300 Introduced to Goa by the Portugese, this vegan version of the popular Goan chicken dish features a milder version of a traditionally spicy marinade. Extra firm tofu is baked to perfection, topped with the sharp, full-bodied (and chili-free) coriander based paste. Enjoy with a simple salad of mixed lettuce, raw cut onions, and tomatoes doused...

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Baghara Baingan (Stuffed Hyderabadi Aubergine) http://www.messyvegancook.com/baghara-baingan-stuffed-hyderabadi-aubergine/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/baghara-baingan-stuffed-hyderabadi-aubergine/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:12:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2288 A popular Hyderabadi dish, Baghara Baingan is a dish of eggplant (aubergine) cooked into a creamy nutty coconut gravy with the added tang tang of tamarind. If you think you don’t like any of these ingredients on their own, I urge you to try them married together here, in this traditional recipe often served during...

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Pogo Café Review http://www.messyvegancook.com/pogo-cafe-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pogo-cafe-review/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:39:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2275 Pogo Café is permanently closed Pogo Café http://www.pogocafe.co.uk/ 76 Clarence Road Hackney London, E5 8HB England Pogo Café, a co-operative run wholly by enthusiastic volunteers, is one of my favourite London digs in which to kick back and simply enjoy good vegan food. Its feel is not unlike that of a student’s living room, relaxed...

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Easy Dairy Free Mocha Vegan Fudge http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-dairy-free-mocha-vegan-fudge/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-dairy-free-mocha-vegan-fudge/#comments Wed, 25 Aug 2010 19:10:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2268 I’ve been the last two weeks pretty much playing non-stop with my new Vitamix, a gadget for which I’ve long yearned and have finally acquired. One of the biggest pros about the machine, from these peepers at least, is its ability to quickly and easily make nut butters. With great masses of peanut, cashew, and...

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Hazelnut Cheese(less) Salad with Raspberry Dressing http://www.messyvegancook.com/hazelnut-cheeseless-salad-with-raspberry-dressing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/hazelnut-cheeseless-salad-with-raspberry-dressing/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:20:57 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2255 In my dairy days I would fry a soft cheese such a brie or camembert in a similar manner, and it was a real treat. This isn’t a firm replacement for the latter concept, but it’s still tasty and it looks fancy (so it’s a good dish to impress). Recipe Notes An easy starter, yes,...

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Meet my new child http://www.messyvegancook.com/meet-my-new-child/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/meet-my-new-child/#comments Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:56:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2234 Many of you probably already know of my other children, Duncan and Dillan, the two excruciatingly cute wannabe-wildcat divas who saturate my days with attention-seeking novelty behaviour. Throwing things at my head as I walk past, for instance, or simply screaming at the wardrobe until I build a pillow fort. And before you ask, no,...

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How to make vegan labneh with cashew yoghurt http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-make-vegan-yogurt-and-labneh/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-make-vegan-yogurt-and-labneh/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:25:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2220 Labneh, or strained yoghurt cheese, is a traditional Middle Eastern condiment used to prepare a number of both sweet and savoury foods. Also eaten on its own or with bread, this easy to make cheese is achieved by leaving full fat yogurt to hang in a muslin or cheesecloth sack for several hours or overnight....

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Easy Filo Pastry Cases http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-magic-and-ease-of-phyllo-filo-pastry-and-a-few-leftover-vegetables/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-magic-and-ease-of-phyllo-filo-pastry-and-a-few-leftover-vegetables/#comments Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:55:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=9 Every home cook has their selection of easy, foolproof recipes. Maybe it’s a bag of pasta for those nights you really don’t feel like cooking (mmm macaroni cheeseless!), or some frozen mock meat something-or-other you can throw in the oven and dish up with some new potatoes. One of my thrown-together meal essentials is filo...

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Dairy Free Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-stovetop-scalloped-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dairy-free-stovetop-scalloped-potatoes/#respond Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:24:29 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=2183 Unsure whether these should be called vegan au gratin potatoes or scalloped potatoes, I hit the googlenets to get down and dirty with some serious research to ascertain the difference between au gratin and scalloped. All the Yahoo! Answers responses and Wikipedia entries in the world would not prepare me for the number of serious...

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Mushroom and Ale Pie: Exit Steak, Enter Mushrooms. http://www.messyvegancook.com/hello-pie-exit-steak-enter-mushrooms/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/hello-pie-exit-steak-enter-mushrooms/#comments Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:47:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1916 Mushroom and ale pie, ale and mushroom pie. Doesn’t it sound so, I don’t know, rustic? I mean I know I’ve been living in the UK for nine years now, but I still have these overstated fantasies of provincial England. You know, homemade bread, pie, jam tarts. Romantic, overstated and embellished non-existant England. Unless you...

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Homemade Tofu, a Tutorial http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-tofu-a-tutorial/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/homemade-tofu-a-tutorial/#comments Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:50:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1895 Recently Cauldron changed their recipe for tofu here in the UK, and a lot of people aren’t happy. Personally I prefer the new recipe as it’s far more authentic, but it does lack the “meaty” consistency it maintained prior to the formula switch. That’s reason number two for making your own tofu, at least if...

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Britain’s Seasonal Summer Best in a Pasta Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/broad-bean-oven-roasted-tomato-and-arugula-pasta-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/broad-bean-oven-roasted-tomato-and-arugula-pasta-salad/#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 09:45:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1883 My partner hates tomatoes, despite my argument that they’re different in the summer. I go on about it a lot, I know, but I always hated them too. I mean hated them with a passion unless they were boiled and blended into a smooth sauce. It was Britain that changed my attitude. While I still...

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Terre a Terre Great Growers Menu http://www.messyvegancook.com/terre-a-terre-great-growers-menu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/terre-a-terre-great-growers-menu/#comments Mon, 05 Jul 2010 09:48:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1871 Terre a Terre (Great Growers Menu) http://www.terreaterre.co.uk/ 71 East Street Brighton East Sussex, BN1 1HQ England My first experience at Terre a Terre was my 22nd birthday, a thousand years ago, and I’ve enjoyed the occasional treat at the all vegetarian restaurant since. One of my top global favourites when it comes to dining out,...

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Use your leftover okara to make a burger, man! http://www.messyvegancook.com/steamed-okara-soy-burger/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/steamed-okara-soy-burger/#comments Fri, 02 Jul 2010 19:00:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1863 It never ceases to amaze me how few okara recipes there are available. That was a bit of an overstatement, but I mean I always just see things like “oh, I throw it in muffins” rather than concrete recipes. There are a few good recipes out there, like Fat Free Vegan’s “Crab” Cakes and the...

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Stuffed Courgette Flowers http://www.messyvegancook.com/stuffed-courgette-zuchinni-flowers/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/stuffed-courgette-zuchinni-flowers/#comments Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1849 For years I’ve read about this seasonal goodie, the edible flower of the summer squash which we know as courgette (or zucchini, depending on where you’re from). It’s a vegetable which takes over supermarket shelves in late summer, but sadly the blossoms rarely come attached to their counterpart. For the first time in, well, ever,...

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Boozy strawberry apple sauce from scratch http://www.messyvegancook.com/summer-punch-apple-sauce/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/summer-punch-apple-sauce/#respond Wed, 23 Jun 2010 23:29:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1824 A tippler’s treat, no doubt, this alcoholic apple sauce packs a creamy smooth punch, its flavours upheld by the inclusion of tart cooking apples, sweet summer strawberries and, you guessed it, juice. Well, sort of juice. Spirituous juice. At any rate, it’s certainly not meant to be Juniour’s after lunch cafeteria treat. Apple sauce is...

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Manna Vegetarian Restaurant, London http://www.messyvegancook.com/manna-vegetarian-restaurant-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/manna-vegetarian-restaurant-review/#comments Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:35:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1802 Manna Vegetarian http://www.mannav.com/ 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 Erskine Road Primrose Hill London, NW3 3AJ England Manna classes itself as casual, but dishes up anything but. Omnivores and vegetarians alike will find something on the restaurant’s lavish menu, and can expect a top notch meal without the pretentiousness of your typical fine dining fayre....

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Sherry Vegan Cheese Ball http://www.messyvegancook.com/cheeseless-sherry-baby-ball/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cheeseless-sherry-baby-ball/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 18:47:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1794 When it comes to snacks and dinner party appetisers, sometimes the simplest things are best; this gourmet vegan cheese ball (hey, it looks gourmet, even if it’s easy) is no exception. I feel like I’ve said that about something else recently. I get paranoid about repeating myself too much. Four gold stars to the person...

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Summer Tomato and Avocado Tart http://www.messyvegancook.com/summer-tomato-and-avocado-tart-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/summer-tomato-and-avocado-tart-recipe/#comments Wed, 09 Jun 2010 22:00:04 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1784 There is nothing better than a British tomato in season. That is, until I consume the next batch of national seasonal illustriousness, in which case that will likely be the best thing ever. What can I say? I’m fickle. Have I mentioned 10,001 times yet how much I love this time of year for seasonal...

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Southwestern Style New Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/southwestern-style-new-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/southwestern-style-new-potatoes/#comments Fri, 04 Jun 2010 19:23:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1774 Is it wrong of me to compose two posts in a row which use potatoes as the principle constituent of the dish in question? It’s the Jersey Royal season, so it’s hard for me to not eat them constantly. Embrace seasonality and fill your belly with as many of these velvety spuds as you can,...

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Vegan Sour Cheatin’ Potato Salad Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-potato-salad-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-potato-salad-recipe/#respond Wed, 02 Jun 2010 15:51:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1703 Okay, so it’s just potato salad for eff’s sake. Does the world need yet another potato salad recipe, dairy free or not? This is where I come up with a tremendously prodigious response along the lines of “OMFG one potato salad to rule them all, with stars, hearts, lots of exclamation points and stuff! YEAH!”...

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Darbster Review: West Palm Beach, Florida http://www.messyvegancook.com/darbster-review-west-palm-beach-florida/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/darbster-review-west-palm-beach-florida/#comments Tue, 01 Jun 2010 11:22:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1742 Darbster http://darbster.com 3.5 out of 5 stars 8020 South Dixie Highway West Palm Beach Florida, 33405 USA Darbster is an all vegan West Palm beach based establishment which sits alongside a picturesque canal. Coupled with its other neighbour, the Dixie Highway, the location seems like it should be a nuissance. It works well, however, and...

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Strawberry Chocolate Cookies http://www.messyvegancook.com/strawberry-chocolate-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/strawberry-chocolate-cookies/#comments Tue, 25 May 2010 15:07:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1705 Strawberries are one of the many foods which are only worth my while fresh when they’re in season and local. Call me a snob, but these a fruit that do not ripen properly when picked early; this means those which come from a distance rarely make the cut when it comes to flavour. I’ll take...

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“Soy Milk’s Still Milk,” Say the Cats http://www.messyvegancook.com/soy-milks-still-milk-say-the-cats/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/soy-milks-still-milk-say-the-cats/#comments Mon, 24 May 2010 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1720 It’s possibly, since eliminating dairy from my diet, they’ve learned to simply take what they can get. That or these two cats are piggies in disguise, oblivious to the finer points of what it means to be of the feline persuasion. Not that I’m complaining, mind. I’m rather pleased to have such non fussy eaters...

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Vegan Spinach Börek with Yoghurt Sauce http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-spinach-borek/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-spinach-borek/#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 17:57:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1630 You know how much of a sucker I am for any food that’s even remotely arabic. I mean, come on, how could you go wrong with a cuisine which can use so few ingredients, often the same ones again and again, to achieve such a bountiful display of flavour and general awesomeness? If you’re in...

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222 Veggie Vegan Review http://www.messyvegancook.com/222-veggie-vegan-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/222-veggie-vegan-review/#comments Mon, 17 May 2010 12:54:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1665 222 Veggie Vegan http://www.222veggievegan.com 4 out of 5 stars 222 North End Rd West Kensington London, W14 9NU England 222 Veggie Vegan is a vegan restaurant with a consistent evening a la carte menu, while they run a buffet option at lunchtimes. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the food isn’t what I’d call extravagant,...

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Savoury Sweet Potato Pies http://www.messyvegancook.com/savoury-sweet-potato-pies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/savoury-sweet-potato-pies/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 16:25:26 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1714 A popular topic amongst families of mixed dietary needs is the highly esteemed Sunday lunch. For many families in Britain, this is the most dependable meal of the week, a beacon at the end of the tunnel of Monday to Friday madness. It’s a time for the family to sit down together, to enjoy a...

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Sesame Mushroom Asparagus Udon Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/sesame-mushroom-asparagus-udon-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sesame-mushroom-asparagus-udon-recipe/#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 21:04:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1691 It’s hard to avoid beginning too many posts with “I love <insert name of recipe I’m blogging about here>…” because, well, why would I cook stuff I don’t like and then tell you to eat it? The thing is, I really, really love noodles. Noodles are not only my homeboy, but they are also a...

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Vegan “Chicken” and Corn Taquitos http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-chicken-and-corn-taquitos/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-chicken-and-corn-taquitos/#comments Wed, 05 May 2010 18:05:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1648 The taquito is a dish well known in my native United States, a fried treat brought over the border by a culture which arguably produces some of the greatest tasting food on the planet. This popular Mexican dish consists of maize (corn) tortillas tightly wrapped around a filling and fried, the process resulting in a...

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An Indoor Vegan Picnic http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-indoor-vegan-picnic/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-indoor-vegan-picnic/#comments Tue, 04 May 2010 10:19:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1624 Every month or two, some of my vegan pals and I like to get together for a meal out or a pot luck (translation: food coma event). Last Saturday held our most recent event, hosted by the lovely Jojo at the home of her and her partner in Brighton. I have this theory, one that...

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Butternut Squash Pasta Bake Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/butternut-squash-pasta-bake/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/butternut-squash-pasta-bake/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:32:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1601 I would lie if I said I didn’t eat much pasta. Whether it’s in the form of noodles, gyoza, or macaroni, I’m a sucker for boiled pieces of dough. At least I try to maintain variety (were it up to my partner, we’d eat pasta every night of the week). One of the family staples...

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Garlicky Quinoa and Samphire Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/garlicky-quinoa-and-samphire-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/garlicky-quinoa-and-samphire-recipe/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:31:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1595 Very simple to make and tasty to eat, this recipe for marsh samphire is perfect for a warm spring or summer evening. A brief look at samphire This is a plant of which I’d not heard until very recently. Having never seen it for sale before, I quickly forgot about the existance of this somewhat...

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Banana Bars with Peanut Butter Icing http://www.messyvegancook.com/banana-spice-bars-with-peanut-butter-icing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/banana-spice-bars-with-peanut-butter-icing/#comments Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:41:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1577 This is a simple and wholesome banana cookie bar, a perfect on the go morning snack (as much as I hate the concept of food on the go). These dairy free banana bars are thin and light, with minimal fat (especially if you avoid the peanut butter icing) and have a texture which is chewy...

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Awesome Baked Avocado Appetiser http://www.messyvegancook.com/awesome-baked-avocado-appetiser/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/awesome-baked-avocado-appetiser/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 20:28:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1556 Did I mention awesome? Nothing beats the nutty, creamy taste of a ripe avocado, and this oven baked avocado recipe really shows off the characteristics of the decadent fruit. The avocado is baked lightly and served warm with a tangy tomato sauce and sweet cashew coulis, the entire stack resting on a bed of lightly...

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Eyjafjallajökull and the food supply: what now? http://www.messyvegancook.com/eyjafjallajokull-and-the-food-supply-what-now/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/eyjafjallajokull-and-the-food-supply-what-now/#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:39:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1530 In the midst of the ash cloud produced by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the Guardian’s Word of Mouth blog asks “Can fruit and vegetable shortages turn us on to local food?” This is of course referring to the amount of food shipped in from abroad; your pre-packed Marks and Sparks fruit salads, those tart summer berries,...

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Hazelnut Encrusted “Cheese” Melt http://www.messyvegancook.com/hazelnut-encrusted-cheese-melt/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/hazelnut-encrusted-cheese-melt/#respond Fri, 16 Apr 2010 19:16:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1520 As a vegetarian I used to make a similar dish using a soft brie or camembert and, as with most things, I refuse to let my change in diet limit my food opportunities. This is one of my alternative solutions to the dairy version, a healthier and happier vegan non-dairy cheese. And it involves deep...

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Super Cute Mincemeat Bonbon Cookies http://www.messyvegancook.com/super-cute-bonbon-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/super-cute-bonbon-cookies/#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:23:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1498 This vegan bonbon cookie recipe turns out cute treats that are a cinch to make and have plenty of possibilities. A confection which sits pretty and tastes divine, these cute mincemeat parcels are perfect for the holidays. Recipe Notes I’m a big fan of getting creative in the kitchen, whether it’s with a recipe of...

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Sesame Miso Salad Dressing http://www.messyvegancook.com/sesame-miso-salad-dressing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sesame-miso-salad-dressing/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2010 18:36:40 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1485 Sesame and miso get along famously, complementing each other in a way that makes a perfect base for soups, stir fry sauces, and salad dressings. This basic miso salad dressing recipe uses tahini for thickness and creaminess, but a nice sesame oil is just as delicious. The best part? It’s probably the easiest salad dressing...

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Italian Okara Meatless Meatballs http://www.messyvegancook.com/italian-okara-meatless-meatballs/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/italian-okara-meatless-meatballs/#comments Wed, 07 Apr 2010 19:28:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1475 I’ve been meaning to make an Italian vegetarian meatball alternative for ages, but life caught up with me and time took me past my kitchen at light speed. Exhausted, walking barefoot through 8 feet of snow, uphill both ways to school, I’ve managed to get this done once and for all. Sigh of relief ensues....

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Blue “Cheese” and Walnut Pizza http://www.messyvegancook.com/blue-cheese-and-walnut-pizza/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/blue-cheese-and-walnut-pizza/#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:45:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1437 Pizza, pizza, pizza! A few weekends ago I invited my in laws over for lunch, determined to feed them something they’d never otherwise eat. I realise it seems crazy to think there are people in this world who don’t consume pizza on at least a semi-regular basis, but there you go. The more time I...

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Tofu miso soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/tofu-drop-miso-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tofu-drop-miso-soup/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:27:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1418 Basic, filling, awesome and, well, awesome, everyone needs a basic recipe for miso soup. This vegan version swaps the traditional bonito dashi for a shiitake broth alternative, with the added bonus of soft tofu clumps stirred in (think extra soft eggy flavoured spaetzel in soup). If you’d rather, omit the tofu cream and simply add...

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Milking the bean: the many faces of soy http://www.messyvegancook.com/milking-the-bean-the-many-faces-of-soy/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/milking-the-bean-the-many-faces-of-soy/#comments Fri, 19 Mar 2010 21:09:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1406 Many of my readers are aware I make 99% of all tofu I use, and much of the soy milk I consume as well.  I store massive quantities of soy beans under the sofa so I can enjoy some of my favourite foods cheaply and conveniently (really, making tofu is so much less complicated than...

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Broccoli Pot Sticker Wrappers http://www.messyvegancook.com/broccoli-pot-sticker-wrappers/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/broccoli-pot-sticker-wrappers/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:41:13 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1395 For years I had no idea what a pot sticker dumpling was, assuming it was some sort of hip kids’ terminology for the reefer. Hell, it wasn’t until I found myself in Beijing one autumn day that I was made aware of the existence of a non British style dumpling or gyoza. In fact, I’d...

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Messy Vegetarian Cook in Olive Mag! http://www.messyvegancook.com/messy-vegetarian-cook-in-olive-mag/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/messy-vegetarian-cook-in-olive-mag/#respond Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:15:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1433 I was fortunate enough to be asked to make the pro veggie argument in the March meat vs veg issue of BBC’s Olive Magazine. Shame there weren’t more vegan options listed!

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Five Ridiculous Things People Say to Vegans http://www.messyvegancook.com/five-ridiculous-things-people-say-to-vegans/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/five-ridiculous-things-people-say-to-vegans/#comments Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:31:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1363 Vegans and vegetarians alike understand the absurdity of some statements which certain individuals somehow deem necessary to not only process in their questionable minds but then actually say out loud. Not that I’m in any way skilled in the art of saying things that make sense, but I do like to at least vaguely know...

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Creamy Twice Baked Potatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-twice-baked-potatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-twice-baked-potatoes/#comments Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:00:30 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1352 As a child I was often exposed to the horror that is microwaved “baked” potatoes, a travesty which, in my opinion, is one to compete with that of the most audacious crimes in this world (like using apostrophe’s incorrectly- hello mister greengrocer). Har har. It wasn’t until I moved to Britain that I realised it...

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The creamiest vegan chocolate ice cream http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-creamiest-vegan-chocolate-ice-cream/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-creamiest-vegan-chocolate-ice-cream/#comments Wed, 03 Mar 2010 19:05:37 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1202 But how do you get creaminess without the cream? You’d be surprised what cashews can do, baby! This isn’t an original concept as many a dairy free souls have discovered the value of nuts as an ice cream base, but I’m all about spreading the love. This is a great vegan ice cream to fool...

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Aubergine and chickpea stew with pomegranate (Lebanese moussaka) http://www.messyvegancook.com/lebanese-moussaka/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lebanese-moussaka/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:09:22 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1182 One of my favourite meals, this delightfully rich stew combines two middle eastern staples to create a mouthwatering stew of aubergine (eggplant) and chickpeas. A full-bodied tomato sauce complemented by tangy pomegranate molasses, zesty lemon and the indespensable garlic (an ingredient of which, in my opinion, you can never have too much), is what makes...

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A deep fried breakfast fry-up, sort of http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fry-up-samosas/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fry-up-samosas/#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:13:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1154 It’s time for a killer vegan breakfast treat. I’ve been feeling a bit of a cold the past week, not to mention the fact that I’ve hit the inevitable monthly mark on the calendar where my stomach views the world as an all you can eat pig out. These things combined are treacherous (ask my...

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Creamy Mushroom Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-mushroom-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-mushroom-soup/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:30:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1141 Mushrooms are a vegetable I never enjoyed until I was an adult. In fact it wasn’t until a few years of my partner obsessing over them that I decided they may be worth trying. Now I’m truly converted and, while they aren’t in my top ten, I won’t ever turn my nose up at the...

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Oven Baked Sesame Wonton Crackers http://www.messyvegancook.com/oven-baked-sesame-wonton-crackers/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/oven-baked-sesame-wonton-crackers/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:00:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1133 Perfect for party snacks and easy enough for even the most unskilled amateur kitchenista, these baked sesame wonton crackers are perfect with drinks and light food. Guests will be impressed you made crackers from scratch (hey, you don’t have to tell them the ridiculous simplicity factor). Try sprinkling with toasted sesame seeds for added flair....

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How to dry okara http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-dry-okara/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-dry-okara/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 12:15:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1124 For those who follow this blog closely, you’ll know that I make my own soy milk and tofu. My current means for achieving this is with a Soy Quick soya milk maker, but the method isn’t important because no matter who you do it you’ll always be left with soy pulp from the ground beans....

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It’s Son in Law Eggless Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/its-son-in-law-eggless/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/its-son-in-law-eggless/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2010 21:31:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1079 The story of son in law eggs You wouldn’t be the first to question the title of this Thai dish, pondering how on earth any food could come to be named so unusually. The story goes something like this: A mother is disgusted with her son in law’s arsey behaviour and serves him some deep fried...

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Another use for leftover okara: omelettes http://www.messyvegancook.com/another-use-for-leftover-okara-omelettes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/another-use-for-leftover-okara-omelettes/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:09:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1063 I’m on a constant quest to find things to do with leftover okara as it’s something in which I’m usually swimming (so if you live near Crawley and ever want some, just give a shout). Here’s an easy and tasty recipe using okara for a vegan style omelette, a filling way to start off any...

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Broccoli Macaroni Cheese http://www.messyvegancook.com/broccoli-mac/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/broccoli-mac/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1053 Half of my recent batch of this vegan macaroni dish got packaged up and sent to a friend who’s recently moved on campus to do her PhD. The other half was devoured by my hubs and I for lunch one afternoon. Thumbs up all around and it catered to my craving for broccoli cheese sauce,...

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Thai Inspired Coconut Salad Dressing http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-inspired-coconut-salad-dressing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/thai-inspired-coconut-salad-dressing/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2010 21:00:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1041 I’m a sucker for salads. It’s a genetic flaw, or I think my husband would see it as a flaw anyway (“there’s a piece of green stuff on my plate”), one which has been passed down from mother to daughter. My cravings come in waves, where one month I’m satiated by heavy stews and steaming...

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Blue Sheese and Walnut Dip http://www.messyvegancook.com/blue-sheese-and-walnut-dip/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/blue-sheese-and-walnut-dip/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:10:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1033 Last weekend I went to a vegan cheese and wine party in Brighton, hosted by the author behind Vegan in Brighton and this vegan cheese dip was one of my contributions. Slated by my mind as a fairly plain dish, the aforementioned blogger requested the recipe to pass on to her wedding caterers. Flattered beyond...

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Winter Warmer Beans ‘n Pasta http://www.messyvegancook.com/winter-warmer-beans-n-pasta/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/winter-warmer-beans-n-pasta/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2010 12:11:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1029 Some days I wake up, look out the window, and know before I even set foot out of the bedroom it’s going to be one of those kind of days. Those kind. You know exactly what I mean. What inevitably follows is a morning of attempted work, one which can be more appropriately summarised as...

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Roasted Crown Prince Squash Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-crown-prince-squash-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-crown-prince-squash-soup/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2010 13:05:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1023 Sweet Roasted Squash Soup This is a fairly thick soup, so if you prefer a thinner consistency then add more water or stock. Ingredients 20 millilitres (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) olive oil Approximately 650 grams crown prince or kabocha squash, cut into 1-2 inch chunks 1 medium onion (150 grams-ish) peeled and quartered 2...

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Deviled Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/deviled-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/deviled-tofu/#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2009 17:05:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1014 A lot of people don’t understand how it’s the case that eggs were and are still my greatest craving during the process of giving up all animal products. Cheese? No, not really (and believe you me I was the biggest cheese fan on this dear planet). The flavour and texture I miss are bog standard...

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Classic Cut Anise Cookies http://www.messyvegancook.com/classic-cut-anise-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/classic-cut-anise-cookies/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2009 22:03:08 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=1000 When I discussed making anatomically correct cookies last week, anise cutouts were truly the base of the inspiration. Another annual mother-daughter(s) event, decorating these cookies was one of the highlights of my year and, despite no longer celebrating Christmas, I cannot help but continue this seasonal tradition on my own. Unfortunately with age the patience...

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Mini Plum Pies http://www.messyvegancook.com/mini-plum-pies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mini-plum-pies/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:09:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=977 My in-laws’ neighbour has a lovely plum tree which gives enough fruit to feed all of Britain with a pie a day for the next millenium, so for the past two years I’ve helped to relieve everyone of some of the excess. This recipe is the result of the very last bag of these lovelies...

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Vegan Scottish Shortbread http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-scottish-shortbread/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-scottish-shortbread/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:53:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=967 I have a lot of sickly sweet memories from childhood, ones which, when recalled in my mind, are glamour shot affected images complete with a cheesy vignette frame. Baking Christmas cookies with my mother can’t be excluded from these precious recollections of my childhood, despite the fact that the older I got the fainter the...

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Vegan Lasagne Recipe Roundup http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-lasagne-recipe-roundup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-lasagne-recipe-roundup/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:22:41 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=987 Each Christmas Eve we partake in a family gathering at Mr MessyCook’s parents’ house, a meat-saturated event. To be honest my mother-in-law is very good about making sure I have absolutely tonnes to eat, and one year she even used soya mince in the main chili pot. Everyone ate it without complaint; the whining came...

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Vegan Cookies Invade My Work Week http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cookies-invade-my-work-week/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cookies-invade-my-work-week/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:52:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=961 Isa and Terry have done it again. Made my life complete, I mean. If you’ve never bought one of their vegan cookbooks, it’s never too late to try, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. For anyone new to veganism, considering the lifestyle, or who simply wants junk food with less of the saturated junk...

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Sweet Vegan Shortcrust Pastry http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-shortcrust-pastry/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-shortcrust-pastry/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:30:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=956 This delicately sweet, luxurious pastry is ideal for tarts and fruit pie bases. This vegan version of a shortcrust classic contains all the richness in flavour with less saturated fat of any butter and/or lard filled alternative. I’ve been really into pies and tarts lately (my mother-in-law gave me boat loads of frozen fruit), and...

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Daiya do ya? Being vegan just got better http://www.messyvegancook.com/daiya-do-ya-being-vegan-just-got-better/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/daiya-do-ya-being-vegan-just-got-better/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2009 15:42:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=939 Having just returned from a brief visit to my parents’ place in the states, I’ve come to realise one thing: Daiya “cheese” needs to become available in the United Kingdom. Needs to. Even my omnivorous father thought the mozzarella was an acceptable substitute on pizza. Luckily, the company answered my request in a way to...

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Great Sage Restaurant http://www.messyvegancook.com/great-sage-restaurant/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/great-sage-restaurant/#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2009 08:07:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=941 One of my biggest complaints about the US is the incredible quantity of poor quality food. Fast food establishments and chain restaurants adorn every corner, and so few people seem to be bothered about what they’re putting into their bodies (how else could these places exist?). Luckily there are some gems, the Whole Foods and...

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Is It Vegan: Alcohol http://www.messyvegancook.com/is-it-vegan-alcohol/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/is-it-vegan-alcohol/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:00:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=907 Is Alcohol Vegan? The veggie offender here generally comes in the form of the fining agent, but can sometimes be directly related to the ingredient list (e.g campari is made with cochineal. See above).  It’s also possible that anti foaming agents used in alcohols may be un-veggie. Non vegan fining agents include things like isinglass...

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Is It Vegan: Red Colouring http://www.messyvegancook.com/is-it-vegan-red-colouring/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/is-it-vegan-red-colouring/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2009 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=901 Is red dye/colouring vegan? Cochineal (E120 or red #4), also labeled as carmine, carminic acid, is a red dye derived from the cochineal beetle. I’ve seen it in everything from candy sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) to savoury pre-packaged meal options. It’s a common ingredient, but other options are available. Products which use this may include,...

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V Egg(less) Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-egg-mayonnaise/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-egg-mayonnaise/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:00:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=928 On the day I first made this, my husband arrived home for lunch to my question: would he eat a sandwich if I made it? I informed him it would be good but that I didn’t want to say what it was until he took a bite. I wanted to know if he’d be able...

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Is it Vegan: Sugar http://www.messyvegancook.com/is-it-vegan-sugar/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/is-it-vegan-sugar/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:34:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=890 A friend asked me yesterday about a bag of sugar at her local Whole Foods which was labeled as vegan. What could make it non-vegan? Is Sugar vegan? Sugar itself comes from a plant source, but the refining process for cane sugar may involve the use of animal bone char as whitening and purification filters....

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Creamy Parmitalia Dressing http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-parmitalia-dressing/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-parmitalia-dressing/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2009 20:20:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=883 I was just finishing a batch of this as P, the husband, came in the door for lunch. “It’s good,” I said, “but it’s not going to interest you because it’s salad dressing.” “I like salad dressing. I just don’t like the salad,” was his reply. Before you go judging him for being saladist, you...

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Eggnog Spice Coffee Syrup http://www.messyvegancook.com/eggnog-spice-coffee-syrup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/eggnog-spice-coffee-syrup/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:14:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=867 You can obtain some pretty fantastic commercially available coffee syrup flavours, but if there’s nothing on hand and you want a basic homemade syrup then here you go. It’s both easy and tasty, and will help you and your kitchen welcome in the seasonal drama. If you’re into that sort of thing. Which I am...

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Miso Rosy Cannellini Beans http://www.messyvegancook.com/miso-rosy-cannellini-beans/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/miso-rosy-cannellini-beans/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2009 12:05:25 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=864 Cannellini beans are a Tuscan white kidney bean, smooth and nutty in taste, also known as fazolia beans. Perfect for a cold summer salad, comforting as a relaxing winter warmer, this simple vegan recipe is suitable year-round. Sweet white miso paste adds a creamy texture and combined with white wine creates a hearty salty-sweet flavour...

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Pumpkin and Halloween MoFo Roundup http://www.messyvegancook.com/pumpkin-and-halloween-mofo-roundup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pumpkin-and-halloween-mofo-roundup/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:57:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=849 In yesterday’s post I chose the path of rant, bellowing the pumpkin travesties of the world, ending with a recipe for my pumpkin and okara ravioli. Today, with this week’s round-up, I choose to embrace the talent of others in their own pumpkin based kitchen endeavours. Soup’s On (and a salad too) Who doesn’t love...

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Pumpkin and Okara Ravioli http://www.messyvegancook.com/pumpkin-and-okara-ravioli/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pumpkin-and-okara-ravioli/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:34:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=839 I’m an autumn moper. There, I said it. This is the time of year where I have to face the fact that it’s getting too dark too quickly. It’s the time of year where I have to come to terms with the fact that my feet will be frozen for the next six or seven...

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Kippy’s Not-So-Secret Vegan Chili Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/kippys-not-so-secret-vegan-chili-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kippys-not-so-secret-vegan-chili-recipe/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:55:34 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=821 Chili is just one of those foods which is, you know, well it’s just one of those foods. It’s always there, in the back of my mind, waiting for the weather to change or for leftovers to need using. It’s a meal I don’t exactly crave, yet it needs to be had on a somewhat...

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German Black and White Cookies http://www.messyvegancook.com/german-black-and-white-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/german-black-and-white-cookies/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:30:01 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=808 The last time I visited my family in the U.S. my mother passed along an old German baking manual and I recently got around to taking a look at its inspiring if somewhat dated recipes. A German book printed in the early 1970s at a guess, there’s no such thing as a vegan recipe in...

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Caramelised Onion Hummus http://www.messyvegancook.com/caramelised-onion-hummus/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/caramelised-onion-hummus/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2009 20:00:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=792 Like most other veggie lovers in this dear world, I am capable of consuming hummus at a rate to surpass even your granny’s incessant tirades about kids today. Okay, I know, I know. As if the four billion alternative preparations out there aren’t enough, this is just what the world needs: another hummus recipe. Variation...

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More Vegan Shirts http://www.messyvegancook.com/more-vegan-shirts/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/more-vegan-shirts/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2009 19:43:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=786 Call it a cop out that I’m featuring more shirts instead of new recipes for this MoFo post. Go ahead. Do it. I’m going to. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m still going to feature more vegan t-shirts rather than post a recipe. So there. It’s all fair and good to check the air...

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Weekly Vegan Recipe Roundup http://www.messyvegancook.com/weekly-vegan-recipe-roundup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/weekly-vegan-recipe-roundup/#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2009 20:20:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=768 From ice cream to creamy stuffed pasta, tofu to fantastic fusion foods, there have been some mighty fine entries these last weeks in the wonderful world of veganism! Below are some of my favourite recent finds. Please keep in mind I haven’t personally tried all of these recipes, but they’re on my immediate to-do list...

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Simple and Fresh Ginger Lemon Tea http://www.messyvegancook.com/simple-and-fresh-ginger-lemon-tea/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/simple-and-fresh-ginger-lemon-tea/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:14:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=760 I’d planned on posting this recipe anyway, but Michelle over at My Zoetrope has named ginger and lemon as this week’s vegan mofo iron chef challenge. Call it a cop out entry (really, this is a stupidly easy thing to make), but you’ll be grateful once you try it. So simple it’s hardly worth posting...

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Time for Japanese Yubamaki http://www.messyvegancook.com/time-for-japanese-yubamaki/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/time-for-japanese-yubamaki/#comments Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:58:13 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=753 Inspired by a cute little Japanese snackhouse in Brighton called Pompoko, the idea for these easy veggie treats are completely down to a menu suggestion by Vegan in Brighton. Maki doesn’t refer to a dish’s content but rather to the method of rolling, hence yubamaki is a yuba roll. Wait, but what’s a yuba!? While...

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Vegan Pizza Ideas http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pizza-ideas/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-pizza-ideas/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:25:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=742 Variations: Vegan Pizzas are nothing to frown upon A lot of people tend to frown upon the concept of a pizza without real cheese, but remember the most important part of a pizza is never the topping. If you have a good crust and a good sauce, you can only move forward. For a quality...

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Vegan White Pizza With a Beer Crust http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-white-pizza-with-a-beer-crust/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-white-pizza-with-a-beer-crust/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:24:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=733 Who doesn’t love pizza? Since adopting a more vegan-friendly lifestyle, I’ve been experimenting a lot with pizzas. Fairly straightforward and 100% delicious, the standard tomato based pie is where we all start, but a childhood memory suddenly struck as I prepared to make yet another round of dough. My best friend from my youth, Lynn,...

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Chana Dal Okara Cutlets http://www.messyvegancook.com/chana-dal-cutlets/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/chana-dal-cutlets/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2009 09:05:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=721 I once battled meal worms and moths in my kitchen for well over a year. In the end I threw away many grocery bags full of food, much as I hated to do so. My cupboards, from that point on, became storage receptacles for storage receptacles. Tupperware style containers were the solution, and any remaining...

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A Little Bit About Me, Myself, and I http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-veganmofo-survey/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-veganmofo-survey/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2009 21:15:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=712 Let me start by saying I don’t normally fill surveys in. Now let me be a hypocrite and do one anyway. Actually, the reason I’m doing this is because the title of the blog from which it originated is so darned cute that I just couldn’t resist participating. Thanks to Food Snobbery is my Hobbery...

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Vegan Fleur Recipe Cards http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fleur-recipe-cards/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fleur-recipe-cards/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2009 09:20:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=700 Cuuuuuutttteeee, right? These vegan recipe cards feature a series of flowers in the corner, with each blossom represented by letters which spell “vegan.” Made especially for Vegan MoFo (vegan month of food), these cards are perfect for vegan kitchens (and for vegan recipes to include with those yummy cupcakes you bring to the office to...

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It’s a Celebration, MoFo! http://www.messyvegancook.com/its-a-celebration-mofo/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/its-a-celebration-mofo/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2009 16:00:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=683 Time is something which goes beyond birthdays, something more precious than a single day’s worth of shenaningans. Year after year has passed and with each passing birthday I do nothing but move forward a single digit. I haven’t celebrated a birthday in several years, but this year I put my foot down. This year I...

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Vegan MoFo III http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mofo-iii/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-mofo-iii/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2009 14:00:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=669 I’m going to take this opportunity to clue my readers, browsers, and any interested parties into  a secret. Okay, well it’s not a secret. In fact it’s pretty obvious, but it’s one of those things I just haven’t felt compelled to share until now. Astute readers will have noticed there has been a significant reduction...

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Vegan Zucchini (Courgette) Bread http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-zucchini-courgette-bread/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-zucchini-courgette-bread/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:57:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=662 Here’s the problem: I love baking Why is that a problem, you say? Baking, despite what people think, is not easy. I gawp at those who claim to be incapable of cooking yet can create never-fail cakes, cookies with perfectly moist centres and crisp edges, breads which were exquisitely crafted. I try to craft my...

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Vegan Abura Age Pizza Pockets http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-abura-age-pizza-pockets/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-abura-age-pizza-pockets/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:38:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=646 I went crazy at Wing Yip a few weeks ago, and completely forgot until now that I’d picked up a packet of abura age, a Japanese method of deep frying tofu to create puffy pouches of yumminess. In my recent vegan attempts, I’ve also gone a bit crazy purchasing mock cheese products, and as a...

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Veggie Understanding for the Masses http://www.messyvegancook.com/veggie-understanding-for-the-masses/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/veggie-understanding-for-the-masses/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:07:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=617 Who’s in need of a lesson in veganism? And just how do you convince them it’s all rainbows and happiness as opposed to bitter closed doors? Think about your audience Let’s face it: we want the world to give up meat. We want people to see the reality of an industry which promotes all the...

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Where’s the Beef? http://www.messyvegancook.com/wheres-the-beef/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/wheres-the-beef/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:06:35 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=606 Raise your hand if you’re familiar with, whether as something you’ve said or heard, a variant of “…but doesn’t it all taste the same? I could never give up meat because I like flavour.” Whether you’re an omnivore cooking for a vegan, a long-time veggie, or somewhere in between, here are a few ingredients see...

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Raspberry Choco Smoothie & Vegan Brunch http://www.messyvegancook.com/raspberry-chocolate-smoothie-meets-vegan-brunch/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/raspberry-chocolate-smoothie-meets-vegan-brunch/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2009 14:54:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=594 Okay, okay, so my main point of this post is to encourage everyone (omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike) to purchase Isa Chandra Moscowicz’s latest book, Vegan Brunch. It just happens this very simple but also delicious recipe for a fruity chocolate smoothie goes great with brunch. See the muffin in the smoothie picture? That’s a...

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Aubergine and Hot Hummus Pastry Rolls http://www.messyvegancook.com/aubergine-and-hot-hummus-pastry-rolls/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/aubergine-and-hot-hummus-pastry-rolls/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2009 13:52:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=576 Everyone has something without which they simply cannot function. Everyone’s got a food obsession, a weakness. The chosen treat of many readers is likely a dish that’s been bastardised from the Italians (in the form of chemically enhaced dough slathered with the lowest quality ingredients imaginable and finally topped with a fatty, oily sediment which...

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Arabic Influenced Quinoa http://www.messyvegancook.com/arabic-influenced-quinoa/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/arabic-influenced-quinoa/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:17:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=570 Quinoa is seriously under-valued by so many, and it’s a real shame because it’s a truly divine grain. Fortunately it’s seen for its value in its land of origin, the South American Andes region, where it has been cultivated for some 6,000 years. Technically a seed rather than a grain, this star food is one...

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Broad Beans: a Cat’s Best Friend http://www.messyvegancook.com/broad-beans-a-cats-best-friend/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/broad-beans-a-cats-best-friend/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2009 08:22:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=563 Really, Duncan. Apparently we starve him so much that he has to resort to gnawing on vegetable carnage not quite captured inside the heavy lid of the rubbish bin.

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The Coffee Shop Menu, Simplified http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-coffee-shop-menu-simplified/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/the-coffee-shop-menu-simplified/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2009 18:29:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=544 Too much choice over what should be good solo “Could I please have a grande, sugar-free, soy, extra hot, caramel mocha with whipped cream and an extra shot?” It’s understandable how and why an espresso virgin might feel confused upon his or her first encounter with a modern coffee shop. Just when you think you’ve...

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Ingredients for Successful Espresso http://www.messyvegancook.com/ingredients-for-successful-espresso/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/ingredients-for-successful-espresso/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 16:45:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=516 After a brief background on espresso myths and what espresso isn’t, it’s time to get down to business. Just what makes espresso happen? What do you mean there’s more to it than the machine? Let’s discuss what I consider to be the five most important ingredients of espresso making. 5 Factors contributing to successful espresso...

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What Espresso Isn’t: A Primer http://www.messyvegancook.com/what-espresso-isnt-a-primer-on-ghettopresso/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/what-espresso-isnt-a-primer-on-ghettopresso/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 10:45:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=485 A few more common misconceptions about espresso In my previous post about Espresso myths and tales of coffee woe I discussed a few myths about espresso and its process. Here are a few more morsels of information about what espresso isn’t and how to spot a cup of faux espresso. 1. Nescafe is not a...

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There’s No “X” in “Espresso” and Other Tales of Coffee Woe http://www.messyvegancook.com/theres-no-x-in-espresso-and-other-tales-of-coffee-woe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/theres-no-x-in-espresso-and-other-tales-of-coffee-woe/#comments Tue, 26 May 2009 17:01:07 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=451 As with most things there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding our increasingly beloved espresso, but the absolute basics are both straightforward and interesting. Churn these facts out next time mom and dad throw a hissy about that latte you just downed. Three Espresso Myths 1. Espresso has more caffeine than “regular” coffee. Many people...

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Sesame Ginger Spring Asparagus en Croute http://www.messyvegancook.com/sesame-ginger-spring-asparagus-en-croute/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sesame-ginger-spring-asparagus-en-croute/#comments Fri, 15 May 2009 12:47:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=446 ithout a doubt I am a summer-loving individual. I loathe the achy cold and bloom into a somewhat pleasant human being when the sun’s shining and, most important, the season’s offerings come to fruit. Jersey Royals, spinach, broad beans, the beginnings of tomatoes, asparagus, and more. Food-wise this is my favourite time of year to...

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Creamy Vegan Tomato and Dill Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-vegan-tomato-and-dill-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/creamy-vegan-tomato-and-dill-soup/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:36:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=432 I know my last recipe was also soup, so apologies for the repetition. I cannot hide my love for this simple yet filling and wholesome method of eating veggies. There are so many possibilities, and crafting soup recipes is an all star method for learning herb and spice pairings. Plus home made soups are a...

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Roasted Aubergine and Tomato Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-aubergine-and-tomato-soup-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-aubergine-and-tomato-soup-recipe/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:33:18 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=426 Aubergine is an incredibly under-rated vegetable. Ridiculously so, in my opinion! I have mentioned before how it took time for me to love it beyond its use one or two well known dishes, but now I proudly call it one of my favourite vegetables. This is a suprisingly versatile vegetable once you develop a positive...

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Easy Vegan Wild Garlic Pesto http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-wild-garlic-pesto/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-wild-garlic-pesto/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2009 21:00:52 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=416 Spring is in full swing with the daffodils come and nearly gone. Summer is on its way and, despite my constant complaints of Southeast England’s too-cool summers, I’m still happy to see it coming. The days are longer (have I mentioned the day the clocks go forward is my favourite of the year?) and the...

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For Cauliflower’s Sake! http://www.messyvegancook.com/for-cauliflowers-sake/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/for-cauliflowers-sake/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2009 17:45:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=414 As usual, I was late emptying my weekly veg box delivery. I found Duncan crawling amongst the contents for a snack. His top choice? Cauliflower. Go figure. Oh, and I never said I wasn’t a crazy cat lady.

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Duncan enjoys the brassica family http://www.messyvegancook.com/duncan-enjoys-the-brassica-family/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/duncan-enjoys-the-brassica-family/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:30:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=385 This cat has a great love for vegetables and I’ll admit to spoiling him (not as bad as my husband does). This is mainly because he begs and begs for whatever is being prepared in the kitchen. “Okay, fine, let’s see if you like this!” we laugh in a sarcastic tone, as if to say...

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Kohlrabi and Shredded Carrot Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/kohl-rabi-and-shredded-carrot-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kohl-rabi-and-shredded-carrot-salad/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:00:22 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=380 Perfect for picnics and barbeques, light lunches and pot lucks, this simple and easy vegetarian salad recipe is not dissimilar to cole slaw. The difference is this one’s vegan and a little bit lighter… but completely yummy! Kohl rabi is a member of the brassica family, a group which includes broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and...

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Oven Roasted Ratatouille http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-ratatouille/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-ratatouille/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2009 16:30:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=364 Ratatouille, aside from being a pain in the arse to type, is one of my favourite comfort foods. I have a series of different methods for cooking this French inspired dish, depending on how I’m feeling and what flavours I’m craving. Regardless of the method, this dish includes some of my favourite vegetables… and since...

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Vegan Espresso Sherbet http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-espresso-sherbet/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-espresso-sherbet/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:06:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=350 Over the years I’ve tried several varieties of vegan ice cream and while not completely unimpressed, I was, well, not that impressed. The first commercial product I tried was perhaps 12 years ago, and it tasted like sugar flavoured straw soaked in rain water drained from the gutter of a halted urban development project which...

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Celeriac, Fennel, and Roasted Garlic Soup http://www.messyvegancook.com/celeriac-fennel-and-roasted-garlic-soup/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/celeriac-fennel-and-roasted-garlic-soup/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=321 I currently have a refrigerator overflowing with so many glorious root vegetables and soup is one of my favourite ways to use them when I find myself in this state. Plus after a long day soup is both an easy and nutritious meal which can be prepared easily while planning a holiday on the phone...

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Coconut Rice with Lemon-Agave Stir-Fry http://www.messyvegancook.com/coconut-rice-with-lemon-agave-stir-fry/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/coconut-rice-with-lemon-agave-stir-fry/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:51:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=212 Wow am I tired. The busy doesn’t ever seem to end, and I know I’m not the only one who feel that way. Days fly by, work never seems to end, and suddenly it’s time to cook a meal. The last thing you want is something that will stretch your brainwaves too far or take...

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Vegetarian Baked Tempeh Kibbeh http://www.messyvegancook.com/baked-tempeh-kibbeh/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/baked-tempeh-kibbeh/#respond Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:40:55 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=206 A quick kibbeh primer A dish which comes in countless varieties across many countries, this Arab inspired snack is generally made up of different combinations of fine burghul (bulgur wheat), spices, and high quality minced meat. These ingredients are pounded by use of pestle and mortar until a thick paste forms, and from the paste...

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Smoky Vegan Spinach Lasagne http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-vegan-spinach-lasagne/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/smoky-vegan-spinach-lasagne/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2009 13:24:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=199 For the love of cashews! Cashews, oh cashews. I have never liked a nut so much, and this is coming from someone with a family full of nutters. If one more meat-eater says “oh but what do you eat?! It must be horrible to eat the same thing every day,” then I’m… well I’m going...

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Now in Video! http://www.messyvegancook.com/cat-noodles-video/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cat-noodles-video/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2008 20:02:39 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=193 Chomping down on some noodles, a real favourite of Duncan’s. Dillan is a little unsure but still gives it his all. These guys taste-test most things and are generally not too picky (but getting moreso the more spoiled they get).

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Balsamic Roasted Plum Tomato Hummus http://www.messyvegancook.com/balsamic-roasted-plum-tomato-hummus/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/balsamic-roasted-plum-tomato-hummus/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2008 13:15:04 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=179 I have no excuse for how long it’s been since I’ve posted a new recipe. I have no excuse for how long it’s been since I’ve developed many new goodies. Okay, I have a little excuse and that’s to do with a combination of the election and Christmas. As some of you know, despite living...

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Why it Pays to Have a Dad With Skills http://www.messyvegancook.com/why-it-pays-to-have-a-dad-with-skills/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/why-it-pays-to-have-a-dad-with-skills/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2008 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=169 The last few weeks have been a source of frustration, to say the least. My host, whose name I won’t mention (hint: it begins with a “Dream” and ends with a “host”), decided to add a disallow all to my robots.txt file on one of my biggest sites (not this one, thankfully). In non-geek speak,...

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Sweet Chipotle Carrots http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-chipotle-carrots/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-chipotle-carrots/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2008 13:15:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=164 Raw or fried, the carrot is a versatile beast. It forms the base of our vegetable stocks and complements many a Sunday lunch, boiled with peas or roasted with a glaze of delicious olive oil. Yes, the carrot forms a major part of our diet, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I’d just bought...

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Vegetarian Okara “Chicken” Balls http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-okara-chicken-balls/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-okara-chicken-balls/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2008 19:46:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=156 It’s not all in a name, not here at least “Chicken Ball” sounds very unappetising, a name more capable of winning a playground name calling contest than impressing dinner guests*. I am undecided regarding which scenario fits the name better: Scenario 1: “What’s for dinner tonight?” “Chicken Balls” Scenario 2: “Oi, Chicken Ball, gimme your...

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An Alternative Pizza (Vegan) http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-alternative-pizza-vegan/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/an-alternative-pizza-vegan/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2008 13:41:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=144 The following “recipe” is an idea that came to fruition in less than two weeks, nothing short of miraculous for me. I generally opt for la-la land, an imaginary place where my creations are wholly unique, often produced, and loved by all. They just never enter the realm of reality. Speaking of which, reality sort...

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Pomegranate Roasted Tempeh http://www.messyvegancook.com/pomegranate-roasted-tempeh/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/pomegranate-roasted-tempeh/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2008 12:43:24 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=140 I have recently developed an obsession with tempeh. My husband really likes it too, not that he complains a great deal about anything else I make (but I do aim to please, mostly, depending on the time of the month and whether or not you spoke to me before 10am that morning). This recipe features...

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Tangy Vegan Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable and Tempeh Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/tangy-vegan-mediterranean-roasted-vegetable-and-tempeh-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tangy-vegan-mediterranean-roasted-vegetable-and-tempeh-salad/#respond Mon, 11 Aug 2008 14:06:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=125 Hey Brits, it really is summertime. That’s code for salad season! Despite what you may think when you look out the window, or when you go out for a stroll in your mac, it is technically the summer. The weather, at least in the Southeast of England, has been so humid and muggy that the...

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Feed Me Baba Ganoush in Any Possible Way http://www.messyvegancook.com/feed-me-baba-ganoush-in-any-possible-way/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/feed-me-baba-ganoush-in-any-possible-way/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2008 19:17:16 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=118 Aubergine is an unfortunate vegetable in many ways; it features a gorgeous and deep purple colour that cooks into a dull grey lump, it can be spongy, it can be unpleasant. But I realised it didn’t have to be yuck and that it simply had to be cooked right. I practised a multitude of different...

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Vegan Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cranberry-oatmeal-cookies/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-cranberry-oatmeal-cookies/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:23:03 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=111 This post was edited on May 7th, 2009. The recipe has been altered slightly for quality. I like cookies. A lot. I mean, seriously, a whole lot. Remember how, as a child, you would say how much you loved something and someone would say “why don’t you marry it then”? Well, I would marry cookies....

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A Type of Soy: A Primer on Tofu Consistency http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-type-of-soy-a-primer-on-tofu-consistency/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-type-of-soy-a-primer-on-tofu-consistency/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:34:17 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=101 I want to preface this post by first saying I know there’s no way to fully cover this topic in any single blog post. I simply mean this as an introduction and nothing more. I think it would be fair to guess most people know you can find tofu in both firm and soft varieties,...

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Dill, Tomato, and Ginger Tofu http://www.messyvegancook.com/dill-tomato-and-ginger-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/dill-tomato-and-ginger-tofu/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:21:19 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=98 An interesting concoction for bean curd lovers at least, this bastardised form of nigari tofu came to me after a discussion with someone about Vietnamese food. Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country that uses dill (in fact, the Vietnamese use more fresh herbs than any of the others), and this is due to the...

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Summer Pasta with Minted Peas and Basil http://www.messyvegancook.com/summer-pasta-with-minted-peas-and-basil/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/summer-pasta-with-minted-peas-and-basil/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2008 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=91 I popped into my favourite Asian shop in town bought approximately 15,000 tonnes of fresh herbs last weekend and with some mint still to use up, I decided a pasta and pea combination was in order. I did not, however, wish to have the mint completely overpower the dish, hence an addition of basil and...

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Fenugreek and Garlic Carrot Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/fenugreek-and-garlic-carrot-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fenugreek-and-garlic-carrot-salad/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2008 13:30:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=89 Hmm, that doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? Here’s the thing: I got a mandolin slicer, I had a huge bag of carrots, and I wanted to play. Enough said. To make the pinwheel carrot shape, just score down 4 sides of each carrot and cut a small sliver out before slicing the carrots as...

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Spinach With Subtle Garam Masala Tofu Recipe (Vegan Saag Tofu) http://www.messyvegancook.com/spinach-with-subtle-garam-masala-tofu-recipe-vegan-saag-tofu/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/spinach-with-subtle-garam-masala-tofu-recipe-vegan-saag-tofu/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2008 14:32:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=88 Spinach. I crave it, sometimes irrationally, and I cannot rest until I’ve had my fill of this luscious green. I am convinced people who say they hate spinach have simply been served the frozen variety during their childhood, and frozen spinach really is enough to scar a person for life. I think a palak or...

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Kittens Need Table Manners http://www.messyvegancook.com/kittens-need-table-manners/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kittens-need-table-manners/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2008 11:43:44 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=87 Who can resist the cuteness that is a kitten? My mother is currently fostering 5 kittens for a volunteer feral cat charity and it’s a real trip to watch them [ try to ] eat. If the pictures about to follow don’t make you smile then maybe you need to stick your head back in...

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Back in Action (ish?) http://www.messyvegancook.com/back-in-action-ish/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/back-in-action-ish/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2008 11:43:33 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=86 After nearly a month of being out of town, I’m back home and ready to cook. I return prepared, with a varied selection of new and wonderful cook books. These many new volumes of recipes will hopefully see me stationed often in the kitchen, creating what I hope will be dozens of mouthwatering recipes! I’m...

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Fresh Nigari Tofu in a Hot Vegan Dashi Broth http://www.messyvegancook.com/fresh-nigari-tofu-in-a-hot-vegan-dashi-broth/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/fresh-nigari-tofu-in-a-hot-vegan-dashi-broth/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2008 14:56:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=85 Despite the fact that my Soyquick caught fire a few weeks ago (!!), I have not had any more problems and have got back to fulfilling my regular fresh tofu cravings. Once you have your tofu, this recipe is both easy, tasty, and nutritious. The key, like with many things I cook, is heaps of...

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Nine out of 10 Duncans Show a Preference For Burritos http://www.messyvegancook.com/nine-out-of-10-duncans-show-a-preference-for-burritos/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/nine-out-of-10-duncans-show-a-preference-for-burritos/#respond Tue, 27 May 2008 13:50:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=84 A couple of weeks ago I printed this recipe for black bean and sweet potato burritos and added it to my stack of must-try recipes. Last night came the opportunity to try out the recipe (in other words I remembered to soak some black beans the night before, at last). The result? Good. I added...

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This Cat, He’s an Odd Eater For Sure http://www.messyvegancook.com/this-cat-hes-an-odd-eater-for-sure/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/this-cat-hes-an-odd-eater-for-sure/#respond Tue, 20 May 2008 13:15:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=83 Over the years Duncan has sampled some increasingly odd samples of human food, things which have most definitely lead me to question his cat-hood. This time, however, he’s gone over the top and it may be time he sees the inside walls of a padded cat box. What would other four-leggers say if only they...

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Autumn Breeze Free Recipe Card Templates (Lined) http://www.messyvegancook.com/autumn-breeze-free-recipe-card-templates-lined/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/autumn-breeze-free-recipe-card-templates-lined/#comments Sun, 18 May 2008 14:16:53 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=82 It’s time for another set of 4×6 recipe card templates, this time with a woody autumn theme. These lined recipe card templates feature a selection of 4 different autumn leaves and would especially suit a New England style kitchen. To save these recipe cards, do the usual right click –> save as.

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Easy Udon Noodle Snack Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-udon-noodle-snack-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-udon-noodle-snack-recipe/#comments Thu, 15 May 2008 13:44:32 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=80 I love me some noodles, and luckily they are one of those things that work in incredibly simple recipes. In fact I find that with noodles, the simpler the ingredients the better the flavour. This easy vegetarian recipe using udon noodles is no different, and can be prepared in 20 minutes. This recipe serves two...

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A Variation in Home Made Tofu Making Methods… http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-variation-in-home-made-tofu-making-methods/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-variation-in-home-made-tofu-making-methods/#comments Fri, 09 May 2008 16:03:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=79 I love my home made tofu; I obsess over it and would eventually like to consider marrying my Soyquick. I love trying different combinations of flavours in my tofu, but those flavours are always things I add after the coagulation process. That is I wait until the curds are separated from the whey and I...

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Mini Okara Vegetarian “Meatloaf” Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/mini-okara-vegetarian-meatloaf-recipe-2/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mini-okara-vegetarian-meatloaf-recipe-2/#comments Fri, 02 May 2008 13:09:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=75 Looking for a quick and easy okara recipe? Try some vegan okara meatloaf on for size (or eat them at least). What’s this okara stuff? Okara is the soy pulp you are left with in the process of making soy milk. To make soy milk, soaked soy beans are ground with water. The water then...

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Free Printable Made With Love Recipe Card Templates http://www.messyvegancook.com/free-printable-made-with-love-recipe-card-templates/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/free-printable-made-with-love-recipe-card-templates/#comments Thu, 01 May 2008 14:34:09 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=73 It’s time for another set of free recipe cards to print! A little cheesy, yes, but still cute nevertheless (I think so, but then again I would because I made them). This printable recipe card template comes in four colours: green, aubergine, brown, and blue, and features a child alongside her baby brother. Same applies....

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Felines and Fennel. What a Combination. http://www.messyvegancook.com/felines-and-fennel-what-a-combination/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/felines-and-fennel-what-a-combination/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:01:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=76 My Abel and Cole order came this morning and as I still can’t get my head around the fact that Duncan likes to sample everything in sight, I carelessly left the box sitting out on the sofa. It turns out Duncan likes raw fennel, and here’s proof: Last night I caught him as he took...

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I Like Asparagus, too http://www.messyvegancook.com/i-like-asparagus-too/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/i-like-asparagus-too/#respond Thu, 17 Apr 2008 12:07:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=72 When I received my first Abel and Cole delivery, the cat Duncan was naturally curious of its contents. “Eh,” I thought, “raw vegetables. I’m safe leaving them on the counter.” Wrong. Duncan, or so it seems, really likes asparagus. Way to go, nar-cat.

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Get Organised! Free Printable To Do List http://www.messyvegancook.com/get-organised-free-printable-to-do-list/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/get-organised-free-printable-to-do-list/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:05:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=71 I was searching the internets just now for some cute and free all-around printable lists, something for shopping, chores, and basic everyday tasks. I couldn’t find a thing I liked, so I decided to throw together my own and share it with my readers! The usual applies (right click –> save as…) I made this...

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Crispy Tofu Cutlets With Blood Orange and Fennel Salsa http://www.messyvegancook.com/crispy-tofu-cutlets-with-blood-orange-and-fennel-salsa/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/crispy-tofu-cutlets-with-blood-orange-and-fennel-salsa/#respond Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:29:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=70 This vegan recipe is a real treat, with powerful flavours and filled with fabulous textures. Served as an appetiser or as a main meal, this is an incredibly simple concoction I think should be added to the list of easy gourmet vegetarian recipes (what is “gourmet” anyway? Pretty food with big flavours? Time in the...

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Abel and Cole Organic Box Scheme Review http://www.messyvegancook.com/abel-and-cole-organic-box-scheme-review/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/abel-and-cole-organic-box-scheme-review/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2008 13:58:35 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=66 A friend recently convinced me that I ought to try Abel and Cole’s organic fruit and veg box scheme, so I figured I’d give it a go. Why not? I’m all for supporting local farmers and for supporting organic principles. The reason I have avoided companies like this in the past is because, due to...

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Vegan Chocolate and Chili Muffin Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-chocolate-and-chili-muffin-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-chocolate-and-chili-muffin-recipe/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2008 16:09:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=65 I was on a flight once, one where I’d requested a vegan meal. They served me my inedible “meal” (which, naturally, consisted of lettuce and rice since that’s all vegans eat), accompanied by a vegan brownie. “Right, okay, I’ll give this a go,” I thought, and it was good. I’d even go as far as...

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Things are Tricky Without Opposable Thumbs http://www.messyvegancook.com/things-are-tricky-without-opposable-thumbs/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/things-are-tricky-without-opposable-thumbs/#respond Tue, 30 Nov 1999 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=64 It’s bad enough when you can’t operate a tin opener, but chopsticks are completely out of the question. That is what I’m here for, apparently, to aid in feeding my cats bean sprouts with wooden sticks.

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Cats Who Love Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/cats-who-love-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/cats-who-love-salad/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2008 12:16:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=56 I suppose the fact that it’s edible is the only pre-requisite. Scratch that. I don’t think there are pre-requisites (I just caught Duncan eating lint).

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Lemon Cake, Anyone? Cats Who Like Citrus. http://www.messyvegancook.com/lemon-cake-anyone-cats-who-like-citrus/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/lemon-cake-anyone-cats-who-like-citrus/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2008 12:11:35 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=55 No one believes me when I tell them one of my cats will eat citrus. This brings to my mind visions of my husband sitting on the sofa, sharing pomelo fruit with Duncan. The thing is, Duncan doesn’t exactly like the fruit; he just realises it’s food so he must have to eat it also....

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Sweet Treats Recipe Card Templates http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-treats-recipe-card-templates/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/sweet-treats-recipe-card-templates/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2008 07:00:31 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=54 The last set of free recipe card templates I posted was very popular, so here are a couple more free printables to help organise your collection of sweet recipes! If you’re looking for great gift ideas from the kitchen, how about jotting down a few of your favourite cookie recipes on these printable recipe cards...

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Vietnamese Tofu and Tomato Sauce http://www.messyvegancook.com/vietnamese-tofu-and-tomato-sauce/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vietnamese-tofu-and-tomato-sauce/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2008 12:08:06 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=53 This is another dish from Southeast Asia that I recently learned often contains that fantasic Southeast Asian vegetarian-pisser-offer: fish sauce. It was after my second trip to Vietnam that I realised this dish (which I ordered every day) most likely contained fish sauce. It’s something to which I hadn’t given any thought, but there’s no...

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There’s Nothing like Charred Aubergine http://www.messyvegancook.com/theres-nothing-like-charred-aubergine/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/theres-nothing-like-charred-aubergine/#respond Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:09:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=52 I suppose I have less guilt to feel regarding the wasting of food when I accidentally forget it was in the oven. Here’s Duncan enjoying something that I swear was once aubergine/eggplant:

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How to Make Your Own Cookbook http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-make-your-own-cookbook/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/how-to-make-your-own-cookbook/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2008 10:48:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=51 Make your own custom cookbook with recipes from Epicurious, Allrecipes, Food Network, MyRecipes and more What is a TasteBook? It’s a high quality, hardback cookbook which you can personalize with your own recipes and pictures. It makes a cool housewarming gift and offers a new take on homemade gifts from the kitchen. Whether you want...

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Vegetarian Penang Curry http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-penang-curry/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-penang-curry/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:23:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=50 The mandatory inclusion of seafood-related treats such as fish sauce, oyster sauce, and shrimp paste often make eating in Southeast Asia a little difficult for a veggie (to say the least). And it’s not something worth trying to trick yourself into believing you can get around, either. Here is an example conversation a vegetarian might...

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Free Recipe Card Templates : Floral Pop Printable Recipe Cards http://www.messyvegancook.com/free-recipe-card-templates-floral-pop-printable-recipe-cards/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/free-recipe-card-templates-floral-pop-printable-recipe-cards/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2008 13:26:27 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=49 A lot of the work I do involves graphics and design, most of which ends up filtering over into my real, day-to-day life and its arrangements. That means I have all sorts of printed goodies laying around my flat, some of which is used (most of which is in the “really husband, I will do...

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Re-Inventing the Sunday Roast: Middle Eastern Style Tofu Roast http://www.messyvegancook.com/re-inventing-the-sunday-roast-middle-eastern-style-tofu-roast/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/re-inventing-the-sunday-roast-middle-eastern-style-tofu-roast/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2008 13:12:42 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=48 Using my recipe for Turkish style tofu, plus some traditional Sunday Roast ingredients, here’s a very easy and basic vegetarian Sunday roast with a little bit of added Middle Eastern flavour. While argan oil may lose some flavour when heated to high temperatures, it was my choice of oil for making the roast potatoes for...

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Re-Inventing the Sunday Roast http://www.messyvegancook.com/re-inventing-the-sunday-roast/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/re-inventing-the-sunday-roast/#respond Sat, 09 Feb 2008 16:58:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=47 “…but why would you want to do a thing like that?” Allow me to stereotype for a short while, because it’s fun, and because I’m an arse. Dear Britain, You must begin to understand that it’s almost always possible to play with food concepts, perhaps even with an end result which will make the dish...

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Turkish Style Soyquick Firm Tofu Recipe http://www.messyvegancook.com/turkish-style-soyquick-firm-tofu-recipe/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/turkish-style-soyquick-firm-tofu-recipe/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2008 21:22:08 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=45 There’s a great store in Brighton called Infinity Foods (well, they’re great when they have things in stock, anyway) and I used to buy really firm and flavour-packed tofu from them whenever I was in town. They were packed with herbs and spices that made these blocks of bean curd into ideal picnic basket additions,...

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Top 5 Midnight Snacks http://www.messyvegancook.com/top-5-midnight-snacks/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/top-5-midnight-snacks/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2008 15:10:48 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=44 I must confess that I am a late-night snacker. I eat little during the day before dinner, but come midnight I desire a comfort fix. It’s as if I suffer from PMT (PMS) every night, like a snack craving Cinderella. If I don’t make it home and into bed by midnight, my normally complacent appetite...

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Bean Curd Recipe Roundup: Tofu Recipes http://www.messyvegancook.com/bean-curd-recipe-roundup-tofu-recipes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/bean-curd-recipe-roundup-tofu-recipes/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2007 15:56:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=43 As much as I wish (don’t we all!) I had enough time to work in the kitchen and produce a new recipe each day to share, the whole work and earn money thing sort of gets in the way. But there are so many great recipes I come across on a daily basis, some of...

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For the Love of Kale Stem: Cats Who Enjoy Their Greens http://www.messyvegancook.com/for-the-love-of-kale-stem-cats-who-enjoy-their-greens/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/for-the-love-of-kale-stem-cats-who-enjoy-their-greens/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2007 11:02:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=41 The things my cats eat! Dillan enjoying a cavolo nero stem: You wouldn’t think a cat would enjoy this sort of thing, but I often find my two gnawing on random vegetables I’ve dropped on the floor or which are sticking out of the side of the bin. They both get pretty territorial over kale...

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Tuscan Kale, Black Kale, Black Cabbage, Cavolo Nero! http://www.messyvegancook.com/tuscan-kale-black-kale-black-cabbage-cavolo-nero/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/tuscan-kale-black-kale-black-cabbage-cavolo-nero/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2007 10:57:23 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=40 I hate winter. I really, really, really hate winter. I hate that it doesn’t get light until 7:30 and it’s dark around 16:00. I hate that it’s not even a real winter, with real snow and real winter coats for sale (everything’s a fashion item here, at least for women, unless you want to pay...

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My new Soyquick and apologies for no updates http://www.messyvegancook.com/my-new-soyquick-and-apologies-for-no-updates/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/my-new-soyquick-and-apologies-for-no-updates/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2007 12:51:20 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=39 After a lengthy holiday in Southeast Asia, I’m back and ready to cook (well technically ready to sleep, but I’ll get around to both at some point). Sorry for the lack up updates being lazy and not updating while I was adventuring away. The easiest country in which to be Vegetarian in Southeast Asia is...

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That magic ingredient… http://www.messyvegancook.com/that-magic-ingredient/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/that-magic-ingredient/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2007 14:37:11 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=38 First of all I’d like to apologise for my lack of updates. I’m self-employed and my work really revolves around the 4th quarter of the year, so I’ve been absolutely slammed. It’s busier than usual this year because I’m packing in twice the punch in half the time so I can afford to go to...

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Yellow Pepper Couscous With Goat’s Cheese http://www.messyvegancook.com/yellow-pepper-couscous-with-goats-cheese/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/yellow-pepper-couscous-with-goats-cheese/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2007 18:17:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=36 Let me begin by saying that I am perfectly aware that this is probably no traditional way to make couscous and I’m happy with that. I’m interested in food tradition, but I find the end result far more appealing; if it tastes good then who cares how it was made? I have been wanting to...

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Hazelnut-Encrusted Grilled Camembert Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette http://www.messyvegancook.com/hazelnut-encrusted-grilled-camembert-salad-with-raspberry-vinaigrette/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/hazelnut-encrusted-grilled-camembert-salad-with-raspberry-vinaigrette/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2007 08:49:50 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=35 Talk about the ideal I’ve-got-to-entertain-my-husband’s-boss-but-I’m-a-shit-cook starter! Seriously, this dish will take you about ten minutes to prepare, and the results are fab. I made it for our 4th wedding anniversary (please don’t get me wrong; I don’t care about the anniversary so much as I care about having an excuse to make a nice meal)...

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Vegetarian (Vegan) Sri Lankan “Chicken” Curry http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-vegan-sri-lankan-chicken-curry/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegetarian-vegan-sri-lankan-chicken-curry/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2007 11:59:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=34 I have terrible recipe-keeping habits. When I’m in the mood to create in the kitchen, I usually grab a scrap of paper and a pen, and take very vague notes during the cooking process. This practise is not so bad if I go immediately to the computer after dinner to properly type it out, but...

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Balsamic Smoked Tomato Salsa http://www.messyvegancook.com/balsamic-smoked-tomato-salsa/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/balsamic-smoked-tomato-salsa/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2007 10:58:38 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=33 When my youngest step-son requested a Mexican meal for his birthday dinner, I decided to experiment with some old favourites. I urge everyone to understand that “Mexican” to an average American pretty much entails any recipe involving cheese and a tortilla, so I hardly consider my style to be authentic in any way. Like I...

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A chocolate birthday cake to die for. http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-chocolate-birthday-cake-to-die-for/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/a-chocolate-birthday-cake-to-die-for/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:47:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=32 My step-son’s 17th birthday recently passed and, while I generally try my hardest to make the most girly cake possible for him, things got a little more classy this year. I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with me because I’m not in any way concerned with sparing his manly pride. Anyway, after much searching for...

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Roasted Asparagus Risotto http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-asparagus-risotto/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-asparagus-risotto/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2007 16:36:46 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=29 Risotto afficionados, it seems, are very precice and, for lack of better word, anal, about their creations. I’m pretty sure I break many rules in the book here, like not mixing the butter with the rice before serving. In most risottos, I would, but I don’t initially mix the butter in this recipe because it...

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Pressure Cooker Apple and Root Veg Soup with Dumplings http://www.messyvegancook.com/apple-and-root-vegetable-soup-with-smokey-sage-dumplings/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/apple-and-root-vegetable-soup-with-smokey-sage-dumplings/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2007 15:59:14 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=28 So my mom bought me a pressure cooker while I was in the states. It’s not a kitchen appliance I’d ever used, nor is it one I’d ever given much thought to owning. But then, when my mother handed me this monstrous thing to go into my already crammed suitcase, I remembered some dish my...

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Kippy’s Basic Vegetable Stock http://www.messyvegancook.com/kippys-basic-vegetable-stock/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/kippys-basic-vegetable-stock/#comments Sat, 07 Jul 2007 15:51:57 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=27 Once you get into the habit of making your own stocks, you will loathe to use bouillion cubes ever again. I am picky about my level of salt and I find that not only are store-bought stock powders and cubes far too saliferous, but also much less tasty than a homemade broth. I generally keep...

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Easy Peasy Lemon Cheesy! http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-peasy-lemon-cheesy/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/easy-peasy-lemon-cheesy/#respond Sat, 30 Jun 2007 19:45:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=25 It was one of those days that flew by and when I looked at the clock it was already dinner time. As a result I wanted to make something simple to eat, something along the lines of a protein and two-veg meal. We had some frozen minted peas (the only acceptable frozen vegetable in my...

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Simply Sage Butter Gnocchi http://www.messyvegancook.com/simply-sage-butter-gnocchi/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/simply-sage-butter-gnocchi/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2007 14:14:28 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=24 Sage is one of my favourite herbs. It’s beautiful to look at on my windowsill (and believe me, it’s plentiful; my awesome mother-in-law buys me loads!) and it’s fantastic to eat. One of the best ways to enjoy it, in my opinion, is simply fried in a little margarine or oil until it’s just nice...

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Back from the US, ready and rearing to cook! http://www.messyvegancook.com/back-from-the-us-ready-and-rearing-to-cook/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/back-from-the-us-ready-and-rearing-to-cook/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:42:02 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=23 I am an American expat living in the UK, and I am happy to be living here; food is one of the greatest reasons. Even while I fear this country is going in the same direction as the US in terms of unhealthy diet and an unhealthy relationship with food, I still feel much happier...

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Why no updates? http://www.messyvegancook.com/why-no-updates/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/why-no-updates/#respond Wed, 30 May 2007 14:58:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=22 I do have some goodies to share, by my photo hosting service is in the midst of an upgrade (an some accompanied hardware failures). If it’s not sorted out relatively soon I will make other arrangements, but I’m a pretty big supporter of zooomr so want to hold out as long as possible. I’m also...

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Vegan Fish Bundle http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fish-bundle/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/vegan-fish-bundle/#respond Sat, 19 May 2007 14:28:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=21 I’m afraid I’m going to have to hold back on the recipe for this one, since it’s not my own. Want it? Subscribe to Bryanna Clark Grogan’s Vegan Feast newsletter and get the Jul/Aug/Sep 2006 issue. It’s not Bryanna’s own recipe (it’s one of the fabulous Debbie from Spice Island Vegan). I topped it with...

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Crispy Garlic Tofu Teriyaki http://www.messyvegancook.com/crispy-garlic-tofu-teriyaki/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/crispy-garlic-tofu-teriyaki/#comments Fri, 18 May 2007 13:53:54 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=20 It took me a long time to like tofu. I became vegetarian when I was 12 years of age and didn’t take tofu seriously until my early twenties. Perhaps that was because I’d never been presented with this bean curd product in anything other than frozen stir fry mixes? Needless to say, I am now...

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Little Marmite Men http://www.messyvegancook.com/little-marmite-men/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/little-marmite-men/#respond Thu, 17 May 2007 22:55:36 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=19 “Little wha??” you say? Soldiers, marmite men, same thing. I call them marmite men just to be difficult (and by that I mean to annoy my husband, an effect with seems to have worn off over time. Damn…) You see, overcoming marmite was one of my greatest and most proud achievements in the journey to...

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Mushroom Towers with Saffron-Garlic Polenta and Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes http://www.messyvegancook.com/mushroom-towers-with-saffron-garlic-polenta-and-balsamic-roasted-tomatoes/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/mushroom-towers-with-saffron-garlic-polenta-and-balsamic-roasted-tomatoes/#respond Sun, 13 May 2007 12:29:49 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=18 We really liked this recipe, but my husband was a little concerned that the flavours perhaps clashed a little. I thought the mild sweetness (I added perhaps a bit too much chestnut puree in my original recipe, which I cut down here) of the polenta went well with the tart taste of the tomatoes and...

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Remembering Monmouth http://www.messyvegancook.com/remembering-monmouth/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/remembering-monmouth/#respond Thu, 10 May 2007 15:39:43 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=17 Anyone who knows me will know I’m a huge fan of Starbucks (yeah, yeah, I know). Their coffee is 98% of the time completely reliable across the globe. The problem I have with a lot of coffee places is that their standards change constantly. I’m sure when you’ve got the quality of an espresso machine...

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Roasted Red Pepper and Pomegranate Salad http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-red-pepper-pomegranate-salad/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/roasted-red-pepper-pomegranate-salad/#comments Tue, 08 May 2007 11:43:12 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=16 I discovered the flavour of pomegranate molasses at a Syrian restaurant in Yerevan, Armenia. My taste buds had never experienced anything like it before and I was instantly in love with what I would soon learn to be a food product to consume my life. I am referring to the hunt I went on after...

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Edamame with Chilli, Garlic, Ginger, and Sea Salt http://www.messyvegancook.com/edamame-with-chilli-garlic-ginger-and-sea-salt/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/edamame-with-chilli-garlic-ginger-and-sea-salt/#respond Wed, 02 May 2007 14:48:59 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=15 I recently discovered Edamame (by “recently” I mean within the last 6 months) when walking through London’s Victoria mainline station toward the tube station. England, unlike the U.S., is not generally a land of free samples, so imagine my delight when a young woman shoved a free sample of frozen Birds Eye brand Edamame in...

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Miso Soup with Faux Chix and Spinach http://www.messyvegancook.com/miso-soup-with-faux-chix-and-spinach/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/miso-soup-with-faux-chix-and-spinach/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2007 20:35:21 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=14 This one’s dead easy, folks, and tastes great to boot! This miso soup recipe will serve two comfortably as an appetiser, but if you want to make a main meal out of it then you may want to double the recipe. Miso Soup with Faux Chix and Spinach Serves two Ingredients 3 cups of your...

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Aubergine with Tahini, Pomegranate, and Yoghurt http://www.messyvegancook.com/aubergine-with-tahini-pomegranate-and-yoghurt/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/aubergine-with-tahini-pomegranate-and-yoghurt/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:05:35 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=13 This is a veganised version of a recipe from Claudia Roden’s Arabesque, one of my favourite cookbooks, full of delicious recipes which are both simple and easily veganised. People ask me why I want books with so many non-veggie recipes inside and my response is that it simply inspires more creativity in the kitchen! What...

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Seasoned Tofu in Smoked Courgette Wraps http://www.messyvegancook.com/seasoned-tofu-in-smoked-courgette-wraps/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/seasoned-tofu-in-smoked-courgette-wraps/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2007 11:59:47 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=12 I like pretty food. I also like functional food which tastes good, so when it’s possible to combine all of these aspects I am giddy with joy. This recipe is pretty straight-forward, looks (and tastes) a treat, and doesn’t take very long at all. Seasoned Tofu in Smoked Courgette Wraps Serves two Ingredients 1 courgette,...

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Spring Home Glutinous Rice Balls http://www.messyvegancook.com/spring-home-glutinous-rice-balls/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/spring-home-glutinous-rice-balls/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:33:05 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=11 A few years ago I tried to make these myself, and they were okay, but certainly not brilliant. When I found these vegetarian goodies at Wing Yip in Croydon, I was delighted. I was even more delighted when I tasted them! They’re dead simple (just boil for a few minutes) and taste like heaven. I’m...

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Miso Noodles with Bean Curd Steaks http://www.messyvegancook.com/miso-egg-noodles-with-bean-curd-steaks/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/miso-egg-noodles-with-bean-curd-steaks/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2007 15:42:13 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=10 Everybody loves noodles, right? Noodle dishes can make for a quick, easy, and nutritious meal, perfect for after those long days when you just don’t feel like doing much in the kitchen. I love the additional of baked tofu steaks. I’ve included two possible marinades from which to choose, but be creative with these! Miso...

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Bioavailability: what’s your body doing with all the stuff you ingest? http://www.messyvegancook.com/bioavailability-whats-your-body-doing-with-all-the-stuff-you-ingest/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/bioavailability-whats-your-body-doing-with-all-the-stuff-you-ingest/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2006 10:12:10 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=8 The BBC recently posted this article on “Getting the best out of your food,” interesting for those of us who are interested in more than just the culinary side of eating. Experts advise us to eat more fruit and veg; boost protein and fibre intake; make sure we get the optimum levels of vitamins and...

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For those who aren’t fussed about breath: Yoghurt with garlic http://www.messyvegancook.com/for-those-who-arent-fussed-about-breath-yoghurt-with-garlic/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/for-those-who-arent-fussed-about-breath-yoghurt-with-garlic/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2006 20:05:56 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=6 …and even if you are fussy about your stench, set aside your stink-paranoia to try this delicious and incredibly simple dish! I first tried this dish in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, in a cozy Syrian restaurant. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s really tough to mess up, and is equally tough...

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Recipe for Syrian onion bread http://www.messyvegancook.com/syrian-onion-bread/ http://www.messyvegancook.com/syrian-onion-bread/#comments Sat, 12 Aug 2006 10:04:15 +0000 http://www.messyvegetariancook.com/?p=5 This tasty Syrian bread is easy to make and tastes delicious if eaten straight out of the belly of your oven. The onion topping is optional, of course, but it adds a slight extra flavour and it looks really, really pretty. This recipe makes 8 round breads, and takes around two hours total to make....

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