Friday, November 21, 2008

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

More Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes.

Vegan Recipe for Thanksgiving

Christina Applegate Shares Vegan Truffle Recipe // Archives // ::

happy Thanksgiving recipe vegan truffles

"Christina Applegate, a longtime vegetarian and PETA supporter, has just recently shared her delicious vegan (thanksgiving )truffle recipe with the world and we think it’s pretty awesome. The secret to this recipe is the vegan cream cheese — which nowadays you can find just about anywhere!" say Ecorazzi

We've changed the Thanksgiving recipe slightly to be a little healthier

Thanks giving Chococolate Truffle Recipe

3 Tablespoons soft (soaked)chopped dried apricots
8 oz. bean curd / Tofu
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
3 tablespoons of ground almonds
1 tablespoon of agarve syrup
12 oz. organic fair trade vegan chocolate ( melted in a bowl resting in a saucepan of boiling water or on the lowest power in the microwave, stirred frequently.

1. Beat the tofu until smooth.
2. Add the and ground almonds and mix well.
3. Add the melted chocolate, agarve and vanilla and mix well.
4. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
3. Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in ground almonds, crushed waltnuts, shelled hempseeds, cocoa or coconut. Chill in the refrigerator.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Vegan Catering Challenge Winners

Winners of The Vegan Society Catering Challenge

Vegan Chef Winners and Judges Catering Challenge

The Vegan Society Challenge Winners
The winners of the Vegan Catering Challenge were officially announced at the West Midlands Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton on World Vegan Day, Saturday 1st November. They were:

Paul Russell a Lecturer at University College Birmingham, won first prize (a cheque for £500).
Second prize (£200) was secured by Peter Walters, Executive Chef, Keele University based at Keele Hall
Third prize (£100) Richard Craig, Competing Chef at University of Glasgow Hospitality Services.
Other finalists were John Bayley (owner of Cashew - Creative Vegetarian and Vegan Catering, in Lewes, East Sussex); Wayne Shooter (Chef at HMP Whatton near Nottingham); and Terry Woolcock(Executive Chef at Hatherley Manor Hotel).

Paul Russel,the winner said “I am delighted to be able to showcase this fascinating cuisine. Designing a vegan menu really highlights the creativity of the chef and requires considerable planning in terms of flavours, textures and nutritional value. The competition is also a great opportunity to prove to the industry that vegan food can be just as exciting and diverse as any other cuisine.”

Paul Russell’s winning vegan menu:

Soupe au Pistou with a Potato Ravioli
Crisp Fried Baby Artichokes in a Poppy Seed Coating, Served on a Pea and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto, with a Cashew Aioli
Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake with Cherries

Another favourite of the judges was Peter Walter's Grilled Portabella Mushroom Topped with a Beignet of Chilli Bean Mousse on Puy Lentil Sauce with Smoked Paprika and Baby Beets

The Competition Judges - judges of the competition were:

Chad Sarno, Executive Chef at Saf Restaurant;
Christine Tilbury, Head at the Vegetarian Society's Cordon Vert Cookery School;
Andrew Maxwell, MD of the Tante Marie School of Cookery.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Make your own TEMPEH

Make the best TEMPEH | Gunter Pfaff

How to make your own Tempeh!

make your own tempeh

"Betsy's Tempeh Foundation was formed in 2008 to help disseminate the information we accumulated over many years for making a consumer friendly tempeh.

When we were producing Betsy’s Tempeh™ commercially (1987-96) we received two patents for making tempeh on stainless steel trays, using a water bath method for heating and cooling (see " New Technology for making Tempeh")

The resulting tempeh was superior to other tempeh on the market and our version was a great success with retail customers as well as restaurants and institutions.

When the time came to either expand or retire , no one could be found to continue Betsy's Tempeh - otherwise you would have found it in your favorite store for the past twenty years. Although we retired and moved several times - over the years, people have tracked us down, to ask for help in producing Betsy’s Tempeh.

In early 2008 we conducted additional tests to produce our tempeh using readily available food approved items. We can now show that it can be made both at home or in a commercial setting."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gwyneth Paltrow Vegan Pancakes

Gwyneth Paltrow has a new website and shares her recipe for World Vegan Day Vegan Pancakes from her Website Goop

vegan pancakes

SERVES: 3 or 4 (makes about a dozen pancakes)

TIME: 15 minutes
1 1/4 cups soy or rice milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for serving
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or white spelt flour (substitute rice flour to make pancakes completely gluten-free)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 bananas, thinly sliced

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a slightly bigger bowl. Add the wet to the dry and stir just enough to combine – be careful not to over-mix (that’s how you get tough pancakes).

Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat (I love Jamie Oliver’s nonstick cookware – it’s so slippery that I don’t need to use any oil or butter). Ladle as many pancakes as possible onto your griddle. Place a few slices of banana on top of each pancake. Cook for about a minute and a half on the first side or until the surface is covered with small bubbles and the underside is nicely browned. Flip and cook for about a minute on the second side. Repeat the process until you run out of batter. Serve stacked high with plent"

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Croydon Tops National Vegetarian Week Events

National Vegetarian Week

national Vegetarian Week

Croydon Top London Venue for National Vegetarian Week Events

Despite Croydon’s links to some highly esteemed people from DH Lawrence to Kate Moss it is often the favourite butt of comedians’ satirical taunts. Certainly it’s a place full of oxymorons , thus a lush oasis of comedic material ready for harvest.

Rarely making the top 10 lists about Croydon is that Croydon is home to one of the oldest surviving vegetarian groups in the world. Croydon Vegetarians was established in 1886 and is still going strong. Armed with this fact it’s probably then not quite so surprising that Croydon should have the most events organised for the Vegetarian Society’s National Vegetarian Week (19th – 25th May)

This year Croydon is celebrating National Vegetarian Week on every day of the week

1. National Vegetarian Week kicks off with a chocolate tasting session in Oasis Natural Health 96 The High Street, Croydon. Other goodies to try will be on offer too. Ladies from Croydon Vegetarians will be there to help you with any burning questions you may have.
2. On Tuesday 20th May a greengrocers in Waddon will be challenging Croydon citizens to try a different fruit or vegetable and dishing out free tasters. Graham the greengrocer will also have some tips about what to do with various more exotic fruit and veg and their nutritional properties.
3. On Wednesday the 21st Oasis health food store in Croydon High street has organised a Battle of the Bangers BBQ to engage Londoners and inspire them to judge London’s best meat free BBQ alternative from 5 competitor manufacturers. You’ll be able to nibble on Linda McCartney, Frys, Redwoods, Real Eat and Wicken Fen sausages. Celebrity nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston will be on hand to answer nutrition questions.
4. Thursday 22nd is the night when Lush Cosmetics will be hosting a pamper party, a book-signing, massage and taster therapy sessions. The first 50 visitors will receive a free rare bath bomb not available in the shops – a Rainbow Worrier.
5. On Friday night the 23rd Peppertons vegetarian restaurant in Selhurst will be offering a free glass of wine to the first 20 diners and the option to try a dairy free vegan cheese board supplied by Bute Island foods.
6. For Saturday the 24th of May Croydon’s Fair trade shop Fair Enough opposite the Croydon Parish Church in Church Street will be holding a Fair trade Tea Party for National Vegetarian Week with Fair trade cake and biscuits to try from Doves Farm.
National Vegetarian week 2008 celebrations end with a finale down in Bristol harbour on the 31st May and the 1st June at the Bristol Vegan Fayre. - 10,000 people attracted by an awesome line up of bands, food, speakers, entertainment and ethical shopping.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Vegan Waffle Recipe

Vegan Waffle Recipe

vegan waffles

The end of National Vegetarian Week sees the first International Vegan Waffle party day

I guess you'll be needing some vegan waffle recipes huh? Like I said >> Vegan Waffle Recipe

Once you have gained confidence why not throw a vegan waffle party?

See here you for your very own waffleholics anonymous support group

Q: Which city has been dubbed “Waffle Iron City”?

A: Pittsburgh, PA

Q: What’s the most important element of a waffle party?

A: The cool people who attend them!

Q: Is there really a waffle party holiday? When is it?

A: There is an International Waffle Day (March 25) which originated in Sweden, and a U.S. Waffle Day (August 24)

Join the world’s first multi-city vegan waffle party 5/24/08

Vegan Waffles or Pancakes

These vegan waffles are a tasty way to start the day or end a meal. They can be frozen and reheated in the oven or toaster.

The batter also works well for pancakes, and is especially tasty when you add small berries (blueberries, marionberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, etc.) to the mix.


* 1 ripe banana, mashed

* 2 cups calciumm enriched rice milk

* 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal

* 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat self raising flour

* 1 level teaspoon cinnamon

* 1 level teaspoon nutmeg

* vanilla extract to taste (optional)


Mix together the mashed banana and rice milk. Add dry ingredients and mix. Cook on a waffle iron, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Serve with agave or maple syrup, berries, or jam.