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For the love of…Thai Curry

My cousin’s wedding celebrations ended last, and it had been amazing. Filled with copious amounts of love, laughter, and celebration and not to forget food. Their rehearsal dinner, complete with 360 people, featured a 4 course set menu, the main course of which was an amazing Thai red curry, so I thought I would share with you my most favourite vegan thai red curry paste recipe for you to enjoy.

the paste:

  • 3 or so large fresh red chillies (i don’t de-seed mine, I love it spicy, but if you prefer a milder curry by all means use de-seeded chillies)
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass
  • coriander (I limit this as much as I can, as I don’t particularly like coriander)
  • 1 x 1-inch cube fresh galangal
  • 1 large shallot 
  • Lime Peel (ideally the peel of 1 Kaffir lime, but regular limes will also do)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

1. Chop the chillies, garlic, lemongrass, coriander, galangal and shallots.

2. Place all ingredients in the blender and whizz to a fairly smooth paste.

3. Store in a screw-topped jar in the fridge – simple!

You can generally store this fresh paste for up to a week.

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Posted by on December 20, 2009 in Food, Indulge, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For the love of Cheese…Soy Cheese of course (Part 2)

Simply Better Foods: SoyCheese - Garden Herbs

As promised, as I try different cheeses out I am posting my thoughts and this one particularly disturbed me. I recently purchased Simply Better Foods SoyCheese – Garden Herb. And as I mentioned previously I thought it contained Casein. Turns out I was right. I should be in better habit of reading ingredients when I purchase products, but I was in a bit of a rush as all of us tend to be sometimes and I picked it up thinking “Great! A flavoured soy cheese let’s try it!” Bad move.

For those of you who don’t know, Casein is a protein predominantly found in cows milk, and hence is also found in cheese (the non-vegan kind). As it exists in milk, it is a salt of calcium. Casein is not coagulated by heat., but is precipitated by acids and by rennet enzymes, a proteolytic enzyme typically obtained from the stomachs of calves.

Casein is therefore not vegan, as it is derived from milk, but is vegetarian. But forgive my stupidity, why create a soy cheese if it’s not vegan? Entirely pointless.

I did end up trying this out anyway though, seeing as I bought it, a taster.

The Verdict: UGHHHHHHHH. It was NOT what I expected and will NOT be on the shopping list EVER again. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll eat the rest of it. What a waste.

So the lesson learnt here – ALWAYS read the ingredients, never shop in a rush unless you know EXACTLY what you’re buying.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Food, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For the love of (Soy) Milk

I’ve always been mildly lactose intolerant, so the adjustment to soy milk for me was really none at all because for as long as I can remember I’ve been substituting regular milk for soy in everything from tea and coffee to cereal and in cooking and baking. I’ve even used soy cream in cooking – but lets leave that for another “For the love of…” entry.

Alpro Soya Milk

Alpro Soy products used to be my favourite when living in the UK, everything from their cream to yogurt to flavoured milks I used to absolutely love. Unfortunately I don’t seem to get the same selection here although if I did it would definately be on my permanent shopping list!! I used to love their soy chocolate milk too, full of chocolatey goodness!

So Good Soy Milk

With my limited selection however, So Good Soy Milk is amazing, they have a huge range of sweetened and unsweetend soy milks, with various flavours ranging from plain to vanilla.

The Verdict: This one is definately on my permanent shopping list. I do prefer the individual serving cartons though, as I find that I go through periods where I just don’t drink it fast enough before it goes off or don’t have enough cereal to go with it. So this way, I feel I can have what I want in moderate amounts with no pressure to finish the massive carton super fast. And since I’m the only one that drinks it in my house, it’s perfect!

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Breakfast, Food, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For the love of Cheese…Soy Cheese of course

Oh I do love cheese, I was an addict, and I have promised you a review on soy cheeses for such a long time I thought it was about time I delivered!

I have never been a fan of those fake “american” style cheeses that come in bottles or cans, unfortunately I have found that soy cheese tastes very similar to that. It is difficult to find a fab soy cheese on the market.

One that I did find however was not so bad, still a little bottled-up feeling but I generally would only recommend you buy it to make cheese on toast, it’s absolutely not recommended for use in anything else.

Tofutti

Tofutti is fab for exactly that, cheese on toast. Cures a craving, is a great hangover cure (yes, i’m still working on that cutting the alcohol out bit of my life. Moving on..) and all in all doesn’t taste one bit like tofu.

It probably would taste awesome on pizza too but I havent gotten around to trying that one yet. This particular Tofutti comes already sliced (giving it that completely processed cheese feeling i’ve always hated but I am growing to accept). I highly advise against eating this uncooked.

The Verdict: definately will purchase it again, but there are pleanty more soy cheeses on my list to try out, such as Simply Better Foods: SoyCheese with Garden Herbs.

I understand however that this is not completely vegan as it has casein in it. I’m still on the lookout, choices are limited on this end of the world – but I will definately keep you posted with my discoveries!

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2009 in Breakfast, cheese, Food, Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Vaniila Almond Crisp

Vanilla Almond CrispI had incredibly high expectations of this Vanilla Almond Crisp by Peace Cereals, and to be honest, it TOTALLY lived up to expectations! I LOVED it!

Although I have to say I prefer the ginger one I had before, but this is equally good!

Verdict – it will remain on the shopping list for the future!

I must apologise for the short, but sweet update – I promise you’ll have a more detailed update from me and how i’m feeling soon!

Just a side note – there have been a few new additions to the blog – some tasty websites to look at, plus an all new about me section, which I know you’re all DYING to read (not). I’ll continue to update, hopefully you’ll continue to read!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Breakfast, Food, Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For The Love Of Coffee

This is something I have been debating for some time now. I know coffee is vegan, but after having read Skinny Bitch (which is what inspired my lifestyle change in the first place), they swear off coffee. I understand that this is because it is unneccessary caffiene combined with other additives you are putting into your body, but I do love my coffee. And tea for that matter!

Google being my friend, enabled me to conduct a search on coffee and vegans, and I discovered that coffee is vegan (well thanks Google, I already knew that). 

So I have come to a decision, a couple of cups of coffee a week will not kill me, and it’s vegan…so why not indulge?

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2009 in Food, Indulge, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For The Love Of Strawberry Liquorice

Darrel lLea Strawberry Liquorice

This stuff is amazing. Made with raw cane sugar, and no added rubbish! My sister actually, bought these for herself on her long 13 hour flight to visit, ended up not eating them on the plane, and it took me about a week to polish the bag off (I shared a little)!!! They taste nothing like liquorice, but more like strawberry laces. Yummy. Chewy. Sweet. Delicious.

Verdict: Definately buying these again – if I can find them here, if not, then my sister will be having to post some too be on her return home.

Simply, delicious, and satisfies ANY sugar craving you may have.

WARNING: these are INCREDIBLY addictive!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2009 in Dessert, Food, Indulge, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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