A Passion for Food… A Passion for Flavour – Melanie daPonte
This is a quick and easy recipe for a Thai restaurant favorite. I like to make this dish at home, because I can choose the ingredients. I think it tastes even better than traditionally prepared. Most Thai restaurants season with fish sauce– a real bummer for vegans.
I also like to press and freeze my tofu, then thaw it completely before using in dishes where I want more texture. This method also helps tofu absorb marinade more readily. I just wrap it airtight, freeze overnight, then when thawed, I squeeze it out one more time, and use as desired.
Tofu Pad Thai
from “Big Vegan” by Robin Asnell
- ¼ cup Vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp. Lime Juice (or more, to taste)
- ¼ cup Tamari
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
- 2 tsp. Cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. Canola oil
- 12 ounces Firm tofu, drained and pressed
- 1 tsp. Red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp. Ginger, fresh, minced, peeled
- 2 cloves Minced garlic
- 8 ounces Rice noodles, banh pho
- 4 Scallions, Cut in 1 inch…
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The OM Project!
I probably should have waited for Tuesday to post this one up, but every day is a good day for a taco, especially when it’s a healthy one! I love the color contrast of the purple, green, and orange of these butternut squash tacos.
Feel free to get creative with the dressings too: green goddess, lemon dill, or even a shawarma sauce would work.
Try to pick out a whole grain tortilla that you enjoy instead of those plain paper-like white ones, or if you’re feeling up to it, you can give making cauliflower tortillas a try.
Let us know what you think and what your favorite taco topper is in the comments below. 🙂
Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3 peeps
- 1 butternut squash, seeded + cubed
- 1/2 head of red cabbage, shredded
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 can of…
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The Circus Gardner’s Kitchen!
Over the centuries aggressive nations have used their military might to subdue, colonise and plunder other nations for prized resources.
At one time such plunder would have consisted of “precious” minerals like gold, silver, copper and diamonds. Subsequently, with the advent of industrialisation, the exploiting nations turned their attention to the plundering of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.
Now, rather than precious metals and fossil fuels, it is arable land and access to water that is most prized by neo-colonialists. Our own populations continue to expand exponentially whilst simultaneously our arable farmland is disappearing, thanks to disastrous modern agricultural processes. Water is becoming increasingly precious because it is a finite resource with more and more of us demanding access to it.
The principal neo-colonialist nations of the 21st century are China, India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the USA and western European nations, in particular the UK…
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The OM Project.
This recipe by Circus Gardener’s Kitchen is similar to the spicy cauliflower wings I posted up a few weeks back. Treating cauliflower like little bites of chicken, you can season them, bake them, and grill them exactly the same way. Think of this as healthy General Gao’s and stick little tooth picks in them.
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets, each about 1½-2 cm
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 red chillies, seeds in, finely chopped
2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
4 spring onions, sliced, including green parts
50 g unsalted peanuts, dry fried and roughly chopped
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
50 g organic cornflour
for the ma-la cooking oil
125 ml roasted peanut oil (use groundnut oil if not available)
2 star anise
1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns
1 tsp dried chillies
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
for the marinade
100 ml organic…
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More healthy goodness from The Circus Gardner’s Kitchen!
Supermarkets deploy a considerable amount of science to exert subtle influences over our shopping habits and impulses.
For example, all supermarkets now use planogram software to help with store layout in order to stimulate our purchasing behaviour and increase revenues. Essentially, planograms are used to determine where each product should be placed, not only to make the shelves we pass visually appealing but also to ensure each product is in the optimum place to maximise its sales revenue.
This usually means that more expensive items are placed around eye level. If you think about it, the science seems to work: how often do you find you need to reach up or bend down to pick up a product to put in your basket?
So important is the science behind planograms that some food manufacturers pay for “product placement”, in order to get their products placed in the most advantageous…
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Thanks for sharing, Wish to Dish.
*Cackle* This one is for my son, Maximus!
Today I am making your weeknights easier (and healthier) with this super speedy recipe.
This is a dish that is perfect for the more vegetable phobic people in your life… It may look like a pile of egg noodles to the untrained eye but in fact half of the noodles are made up of cleverly disguised courgettes and carrots: this is the genius of the spiralizer. I had been somewhat sceptical of this clean eating device (as why on earth would you want to substitute carbs for vegetables?!?!) but my lovely flatmate got me one for my birthday and I am now obsessed. It is crazy easy to use and the resulting “zoodles” are honestly delicious. Obviously I am not going to give up on carbs altogether but I like to have a mix of regular and veg noodles. If you do not possess a spiralizer then fear not as…
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