Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Salads In My Life.

I am really loving Terry Hope Romero's book, Salad Samurai! I've been on a BIG SALAD kick because of it. Here are a couple salads I made this weekend. I scored at the 99 cents store when I picked up organic baby kale, organic romaine and organic spring mix. They were the perfect base for the following luscious salads.

This is a BKLT salad (Bacon, Kale, Lettuce, Tomato). I love the maple dijon dressing from her recipe. I added vegan sausage, grape tomatoes, red peppers, red onion, french fried onions, vegan parmesan (sesame seed, nutritional yeast based) and Terry's coconut bacon! The coconut bacon bits are a perfect combination of salty, smoky and sweet.

This is another salad with the above mixed greens, steamed broccoli, Field Roast vegan sausage, Chao vegan cheese, french fried onions and topped with Terry's "Back at the Ranch" salad dressing which is cashew based. So good! Get this book now!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Salad Samurai: BLT salad

I just picked up Salad Samurai the cookbook and I can't wait to try all the recipes. There was one called BKT which is Bacon, Kale, Tomato salad that looked so good but I didn't have kale so I used romaine and baby lettuces instead. Turned out perfect. The dressing is a beautiful dijon/maple concoction that tastes wonderful. My tempeh bacon came out dark because I accidentally used gravy browning instead of liquid smoke! I eventually found the liquid smoke in the back of my cupboard and shook some into the tempeh marinade. Oops! The browning didn't alter the flavor in any way, it just made the tempeh a very dark brown.

I can eat this everyday it's so good.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cake time: Victoria Sponge!

I was trying to hold out on making cake since I got back from England but I CAN'T HELP MYSELF! I was trying to stay away from sweets and be healthy but I broke down tonight and made one of my fave cakes: victoria sponge. I used kittee's vanilla cake recipe and used Bonne Maman Four Fruits jam and a classic vegan buttercream. Heaven. I didn't sweeten my cup of tea when I had my first slice because it is plenty sweet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Eating vegan in England (London, Bath and Liverpool).

Hey all! Just got back from a mad 1 week trip to England. I was super busy running around seeing the sights that food was really the last thing on my mind! Weird! I'm usually eating all the time. Didn't have any issues finding vegan grub. Here's a quick run down of what I ate.

Pizza Express on Charlotte St. in Fitzrovia, London. They have a great pizza called Pianta pizza that has: Spinach, chestnut mushroom, pine kernels and artichoke on a spicy Arrabbiata base finished with rocket and extra virgin olive oil. No cheese. I asked them to make it "Romana" style which is a thinner crust. It was perfect.

The Coach and Horses on Greek Street in Soho, London. A vegetarian/vegan pub!

Tofu fish n chips!

This was my mom's burger. It's normally vegan but she got it with cheese.

A REALLY GOOD falafel wrap from Falafel Time at Camden Lock Market.

Crazy delicious passion fruit cheeze cake at Inspiral Cafe on Camden High St.

Melissa's patisserie had wonderful vegan pretzels. I tried the cinnamon pretzel and it was heaven in my mouth!

A couple of grocery runs when we didn't have time or energy to eat out. Some vegan items from Planet Organic on Torrington in Bloomsbury and the Sainsbury's Local at Euston. (The non-vegan items were for mom.)

Delicious thai food at Salathai in Bath. I asked them to make the red curry vegan by omitting fish sauce.

Delicious vegan carrot cake from Guildhall Markets in Bath.

Yummy samosa and potato dosa at the food stalls at Borough Market in Southwark.

What a treat! Kanom krok (thai coconut pancakes) at the "Kanom Krok" stall at Borough Market.

Went up north to Liverpool and had breakfast at Brasco Lounge at Pier Head. Vegan breakfast was just right.

Nando's at Queen's Square is known for chicken but they have several vegan options. I love the people in Liverpool. The owner/manager was super nice and chatted with us several times when we dined there. The guy at the register who was helping me out went out of his way to make sure what I ordered would be vegan. So nice!

This is their soya tomato burger. Ask for it with HOT sauce and no mayo. It's really good!
Here's an article about vegan options at Nando's:

Got a ready made hummus and roasted veg sandwich from a little bakery/cafe on Thurloe St. in South Kensington.

This was yummy!

Last night in London we ate at Chinatown at Canton Restaurant. Fried aubergine in garlic sauce and fried chinese broccoli. Asked for them without oyster sauce. My mom had chicken. I was glad that they could make my dishes vegan. They were very tasty.