Thursday, April 29, 2010

Laksa and soy bean Extravaganza.

Yesterday I went to the Adelaide Central Market with my mumma. It is the biggest under-cover market in the southern hemisphere and I am proud to call it my own. (ALL MINE - muhahaha) Nuff on that, we had lunch at Laksa House which is in a little asian food court off china town.


It pretty much has the most amazing laksa in the world. or perhaps just Adelaide. Anywhoo. They are lovely there and they even have a cute little sign that warns you that the laksa will contain shrimp and chicken stock unless you ask otherwise. So I got the vegetarian laksa (the only veggie option - but hey, it's good!) and mumma got the combination one. The small size is $7 and the large is $9(i think). THELARGEISABSOLUTELYMASSIVE. I accidentally bought it once and I think I ate about 1/4 of it and felt distraught at my wasted-ness. The laksa is definitely delish there and is always ready in less than 5 minutes. By that I mean about 3. At most.


For dinner tonight I had 4 types of soy bean! What a versatile ingredient it seems to be :D and what a grand vegetarian I am! hahaha. I made miso soup and had a fry up of tofu, tempeh, soybeans and vegies. Nice and pretty simple.


I ate miso soup for a good few months in Canada before I remembered it had bonito flakes in it. Geeeeeeeeeee wizzzzzz, was I upset. So this one (bonito-free!) was just miso paste mixed with water and some nori.


Soy Bean Extravaganza*: 
3 oyster mushroom, sliced
1 swiss mushroom, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 birdseye chilli, finely sliced
1 baby eggplant, sliced (homegrown)
1/4 zucchini, sliced

1 slice tempeh
1 slice firm tofu
1 cup soy beans (we buy them frozen)

1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sriracha
1 teaspoon dumpling vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
s+p

Method: wok fry:
Fry mushrooms separately until browned and delicious (otherwise they overcook with everything else) Remove from pan and put aside.

Fry onion, garlic, chilli, eggplant, zucchini, tempeh and tofu with some olive oil for a couple of minutes. When pan is hot, throw in frozen soy beans and fry for another 5 - 10 minutes - or until completely cooked through. Add mushies back and heat through.

Turn off heat and add soy, sriracha, vinegar, sesame oil.

Serve with steamed rice, crispy fried shallots, toasted sesame seeds and miso soup!

* This makes enough for 2... possibly 3. I don't know how to cook for 1. Coming from a family of 5, it is not in my vocabulary.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Farmers' Market and the best strawberry experience in the history of the universe. just sayin'.

Last weekend we ventured to the Willunga Farmers' Market. I have no idea why I've never been here before - because I lovelovelove farmers' markets! We arrived a little late so some things were beginning to shut down. Nonetheless, it was full of delicious things. Namely, strawberries. 
Strawberries from Hillside Farm, McLaren Flat.

Man oh man, these babies were quite seriously the best strawberries I have ever eaten. I bought a jymungo punnet for $6 and we quite quickly sat at a table and devoured all but 3. Even muffin indulged and I had to take a photo because he never ever like strawberries and I always try to force him to eat them! hahaha.
The market had everything from baked goods to coffee to fresh fruit and veg to salt to delicious flavoured honey (cinnamon was the best!) to organic meats to olive oil to cheese to flowers! and I'm sure more. 

Saltsaltsalt.

just lovely.

Warrakilla fine foods; chutneys and sauces.

tiny cucumber relish we bought! $2!

YARNBOMB! I was delighted.

The vibe there was quite nice, and there was a nice little shady area where you could sit and indulge in some of the little cafe's dotted about. There were also adorable little shoe-less hippie  kiddies running about.. and lets be honest, who doesn't love that!? Tres cute.

The market - Quite lovely, I say.

Willunga Farmer's Market
30 High St

Willunga SA 5172

(08) 8556 4297









....really good.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vegan Sausage Rolls.

A quick post to confess my utmost love and affection for these vegan sausage rolls.


The only thing I altered was using cashews instead of pecans (due to shockingly extortionate price of pecans!), also using half onion half leek instead of a whole onion (due to lack of whole onion in household - honestly, who leaves a half?) and then i also sprinkled salt along with the sesame seeds at the end, as i'm trying every way possible to up my blood pressure from out of almost-dead-zone!


Vegan sausage rolls
125g cashews
stale bread to make ~1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 an onion

1/2 a leek
300g silken tofu
1 cup rolled oats
1 Massel beef-style stock cube
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons soy sauce (you can use less - the end result will be less salty and brown, and therefore less resemble a 'real' sausage roll)
ground pepper, to taste
3-4 frozen puff pastry sheets
water or vegan milk for brushing pastry
sesame seeds.



Blitz all ingredients together in a food processor and roll in puff pastry. Top with sesame seeds and bake in 200C oven for 20 minutes!


YUM YUM YUM.

Taj Tandoor.

For our 20 million and something month anniversary Muffin and I had dinner at Taj Tandoor on Rundle st.


We arrived and who we assumed was the owner told us to sit at one table while she got our table set. Yet the restaurant was almost empty and we had made a booking? Odd. So we sat down (at the table that wasn't ours!) and as soon as we did she came scurrying up and told us it was now ready! A strange situation. We then thought there must have been some kind of mistake or something, but it turns out that's their system, as every table which came in received the same treatment. I'm not down. And apparently not everyone was, as one couple walked out in confusion/frustration.

NOW. with that said. The food was quite delish. I ordered the pakoras for my entree, and that baby was huge and came with mint chutney. The menu said 3 pieces but it was definitely more like 7! Alas, Muffin finished them for me.


(apologies for my very red photographs, the lighting scheme was not my friend)


My main was Malai Kofta. I thought the sultanas may have been overpowering - but they were not. It was super mild but super tasty too. On the side we had eggplant raita, which wasn't very nice at all. I think what's lovely about raita is the fresh cucumber taste, so this one was a bad choice. We inquired about the size of the naan serves and the waitress definitely fibbed us into ordering a whole extra serve we didn't need! We ended up with about 3 ft of naan between us and I must say I rolled out of that baby desiring some cool grass to lay on and small sips of water.


All in all it was a very nice restaurant, our meals came out fast and were quite tasty, yet it was quite expensive. With that said, the vibe in this place was nothing short of hectic. It really wasn't busy at all and yet the waitresses were running all over the shop screeching at each other in a differen language. In a way, when you can't understand what they're saying, the tone makes it sound about a million times worse than it probably is. If they had learned to calm the freak down, this would have been a delightful dinner!

Dinner was followed with a movie. Micmacs! The newest film from Jean-Pierre Jeunet and it was just adorably quirktastic! Muffin decided it was one of the best movies he has seen in a long time. And I agree. I just love the little things that are so obviously Jeunet and nobody else. Lalalovely!


Taj Tandoor
290 Rundle St
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8359 2066 



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Sunday, April 18, 2010

tofu scramble + strawberry smoothie of deliciousness.

Eggs make me feel sick. blerrrghhh. but I do miss eating a hearty scrambly brekky. So I made a tofu scramble. I'm sure to many this would sound gross - even I was sceptical - but it is totally delish
So EAT IT. It's healthier for you and just as easy.


Tofu Scramble: THIS MAKES A LOT. be prepared to be hungry.
1/2 block firm tofu
2 mushrooms sliced
½ tomato diced
5 slices zucchini
1 spring onion sliced
4 slices capsicum
1 splash champagne

1 teaspoon nigella seeds (these are delicious and really add some OOMPH!)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon harissa
1 teaspoon sriracha
s+p

1 slice sourdough rye bread
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Fry all of the vegies in some oil until they are nice and tender and a little bit coloured. Add the spices and give a quick fry.
Turn the pan up nice and hot and deglaze with some champagne. Why the heck not?! Who doesn't love a quick champagne brekky?!
Add the crumbled tofu and cook together for about 5 minutes or until all combined and tasty looking.

I like to serve mine with sourdough rye toast and toasted sesame seeds on top. But that's because I'm obsessed with sesame seeds. You haven't noticed?


What better way to serve a spicy tofu scramble than with a strawberry smoothie? In my opinion, strawberries are the queen, the ultimate, the mesiah of all berries. When they are fresh, organic and in season. I can demolish a punnet like that *snaps fingers*


Strawberry Smoothie:
1/2 glass apple+blackcurrant juice
6 strawberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1 Tablespoon passionfruit yoghurt
4 ice cubes

BLITZ!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sammidge of doom!


i loves me a good sammidge. 


this baby has mushroom, cucumber, tomato, cheese, carrot, rocket, alfalfa, special sauce, onion, avocado and home-made chilli pickle. 



DEEEEEEEEVIIIIIINE!

Curry and Roast Vegies (just not together..)

My family has always been slightly obsessed with Indian food. The first place my mumma and Fabio lived together was in an entirely Indian area of Leicester. Hence, they picked up some handy dandy tips and recipes and are pretty dang good at cooking it. Our family has funny little get togethers with themes, one of the greatest ones in Curry Night, where everyone turns up with a curry and we all feast til we burst!


For lunch I had some paneer and vegetable curry made by my daddy-o. It wasn't too spicy, yet still delicious. I added some mind-blasting home-made chilli pickle to it (which i am obsessed with. I'll post this recipe soon). Pickles and chutneys are pretty much what make Indian food so divine and different than other cuisines. Lime pickle, brinjal pickle, mango chutney. Mmmmm. I ate it with a samosa, roti and raita too :D Just greek yoghurt, cucumber and mint!


For dinner I wanted to try to make home made chunky chips! I'm a bigger fan of chunky chips than piddly skinny fries. This meal ended up being one giant vegan roast delight. Sometimes I think I over complicate my cooking, so I just wanted a big plate of roast vegies.


For the spuddies:
Peel and cut taters into chunky chip size. Pat dry. Lay on baking tray with olive oil, chopped rosemary, lemon juice and s+p. Roast at 200 for about an hour, flipping every 20 minutes ish. Serve with Mc Special sauce chip dip.
Punkin:
Roasted same time as the chips, coated in olive oil and harissa. Bake 20 minutes.
Creamy-mushroom-leek-thing-that-mum-always-makes-and-we-all-crave-but-can’t-master:
4 mushrooms, 1 leek, ½ zucchini, 6 cloves roasted garlic*, sliced and slowly fried soft with 1 Tablespoon vegan butter. Add 1 Tablespoon flour 
and ½ cup vegie stock. Slowly simmer until thickened. Add splashes of soy milk towards the end for extra creaminess. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with friedseeds and nuts!
Peas+Broccoli:
Steam, yo!
Vegan Mushroom Gravy:
Finely slice 2 mushrooms and 4 cloves roasted garlic*, fry in 1 Tablespoon vegan butter. Add 1 Tablespoon flour and ½ cup vegie stock (I used a “beef” flavoured one). Heat until thickened (I cheated and added a tiny touch of gravy powder at the end for ultimate thick goodness). DIP EVERYTHING IN THIS AND ENJOY.


*This may seem like an extortionate amount of garlic, but when you roast the entire bulb for 20 minutes in gets all oozy and sweet and you can just squeeze it and the individual cloves just pop out! They’re not overpowering, they just add a nice base to sauces. Highly satisfactory garlic popping!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vegan Fettucine Alfredo.


Tonight I embarked on a vegan alfredo inspired dish. Dairy seems to make me feel more and more ill lately and so vegan creaminess is what I crave! This was my first creamy pasta attempt after much (MUCH!) research into which nuts, yeast, flavours to use..

I based it on this recipe but added a shizen load of veggies. Zucchini, mushrooms, peas, onion, tomato etc.




I must say, it was quite delish. Even muffin liked it... then again, even though he is a meat eater he seems to engulf anything I put in front of him. What a nice lad he is :D

We both agreed that next time we would add more lemon, pepper and thin out the sauce a little. Also, as I am a garlic fiend, I would add some roast garlic too. YUM. I will be making this baby many more times, now that I have the basic creamy part down. Mmm.

Have a lovely night!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

happy bug food day.



love a good food day, infact a bad food day can really ruin my day! So today was both happy and delicious! It's funny when you're expecting a good lunch, so you skip breakfast.. probably not the best for your body, but MAAAAAAN are you ready to eat when you finally get to the restaurant!

I had lunch at Dumpling King with my Muffin and my sister. I freaking love dumplings. And thus, also hold a special place in my heart for Dumpling King. It's so cheap and freaking delicious. I've never had a meal there than I don't like! The vegetarian options are limited, but when it's this tasty - I don't really even mind.

Note: I did find out the bad way that the little pots on the tables of what look like chilli oil are indeed some little fishy smelly pickley thing :( sad times. (my friend and I usually secretly take in a bottle of sesame oil for ours hahaha)

Together we had vegetarian dumplings, asian greens in garlic sauce, vegetables with noodles in soy sauce and Muffin had a hot and sour soup (he is obsessed).





DELISH. This all came to less than $40. Freaking bargain. Of course I had to finish it all, it would be a waste otherwise ;)

Then when we got home we watched a really awesome documentary called Food Matters. It made me crave raw delicious, unaltered food, and so dinner was an absolutely massive salad with home-made dressing and lots of roasted nuts and seeds. . . dessert was 2 oreo's. WHAT WHAT.


Dumpling King
5/85 Grote st
Adelaide, 5000
(08) 8212 1886

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turtle power!

It was my Muffin's birthday on Monday so we had a secret teenage mutant ninja turtle themed party! We made turtle shells to wear and wore coloured ribbons on our heads for masks! I took on my first giant piping task when I decided I would bake a cake in the shape of Raphael (his fav one!). Boy oh boy did I have cramp.

Note to self, these babies RISE.



the look of utter piping concentration.


TADAA! three hours later and this was it. He loved it and we all managed to devour at least half of it, so that's all that really matters :D


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