Recipe | Honduran style Horchata

Time: 30mins cooking time, 1hr+ cooling time

Serves: makes approx 4-5 glasses

You will need: a blender or hand blender

Given the heatwave we are having, this recipe seemed apt. It is a cool, refreshing, cinnamony drink, reminiscent of rice pudding, served in Honduras and other South American countries.

It is so easy to make, with delicious results. Traditionally it is made with white rice, but I chose to use brown. This recipe will work with either.I have replaced the condensed milk with coconut cream to make it completely vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 cup (90g) rice
  • 5 cups (1250ml) water
  • 1 cup (250ml) plant milk of your choice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 3tbsp coconut cream

Recipe:

  • Add rice, water, plant milk, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and vanilla to a saucepan

  • Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring occasionally
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, remove from the heat
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks and set aside for garnishing
  • Add the coconut cream to the rice, water and milk mixture and blend the mixture until smooth
  • Leave to cool
  • When cool, transfer to the fridge to get completely cold
  • Serve in a jug with ice and garnished with the cinnamon sticks (Mix before each pouring so the last glass isn’t all blended rice)

Filipino style Mushroom Adobo

Prep time: 10-20 mins + marinating time of 30minutes to overnight

Cooking time 20 mins

Chicken Adobo is a classic Filipino dish; using inspiration from https://kitchenconfidante.com I have made a vegan friendly version of this classic dish using mushrooms as the base.

I have added vegetables and veg stock to this to add extra flavour that would have been gained by the chicken, and cornflour to thicken the sauce; the authentic recipe thickens on its own from the chicken thighs, which are omitted in this vegan version, so the sauce needs help to thicken.

Adobo is a zingy, spicy and garlicy dish which is absolutely delicious and so simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 12-16 large button/chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 Red pepper, sliced
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot
  • 80ml soy sauce
  • 80ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 head of garlic mashed or finely chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1tsp or 1 cube veg stock
  • 1 finely chopped chilli
  • 1 tablespoon oil – I used olive oil
  • 1tsp cornflour mixed with 1tbsp cold water

Recipe

1. Marinade the mushrooms

  • In a glass bowl, mix the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, chilli and black pepper
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and stir until they are well coated.
  • Cover, place in the fridge and leave to marinade for at least half an hour, or overnight if you have time, stirring occasionally.

2. Cook the Adobo

  • Add oil to a hot pan
  • Add the pepper, onion, carrot to the pan
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms from the marinade, leaving behind the marinade in the bowl
  • Fry the vegetables for about 5 minutes to soften the vegetables
  • To the pan, add the marinade, stock powder/crumbled stock cube and bay leaves, bring to a simmer, and cover

  • Simmer for about 10-15 minutes – you will want the sauce to darken but not reduce too much; you should have only slightly less sauce as when you started. Add water if needed
  • After 10-15 minutes, gradually add the cornflour water mixture, stirring until the sauce is the thickness you like

  • Serve with rice and enjoy!

Recipe| Vegan Brazilian XinXim Curry

Two for the price of one…

Serves 2

Cooking and prep time: 30 mins

This week I’ve got two recipes coming at you inspired by the cuisine of Brazil. Earlier in the week I made Pão de queijo and wanted a Brazilian dish to eat them with.XinXim curry is a nutty, creamy curry, similar to a satay, usually made with chicken and prawns; I have researched recipes, and guided by information and a recipe on thelatinacook.com I “veganised” the recipe. I used seitan in the place of chicken, but use any meat replacer of your choice. To add a fishy taste in place of the prawns and fish stock I used nori; I crumbled up a sushi nori sheet.Ingredients

  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 100g peanut butter
  • 50ml Vegetable stock
  • 2 portions meat replacement of your choice i.e. quorn
  • 1 tin Black Beans
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1tbsp nori flakes (or 1 nori sheet, crumbled up)
  • 1 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 lime – juice of
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • Chopped cashews to garnish

Recipe

  • Add chopped onion and chilli to a wok with a small amount of Oil, and fry on a low heat
  • When the onions are soft, add the garlic, and cook for minute with a lid on, stirring often to make sure not to burn the garlic
  • Add the coconut milk, lime juice, peanut butter, nori flakes and stock.
  • Add the meat substitute and black beans to the sauce

  • Simmer on a low heat for 5-10 minutes
  • Serve topped with toasted cashews and a side of rice

A World Food Tour

At a conversation over dinner I came to realise that I tend to cook food from the same countries; (English, of course); Spanish (Paella, tapas), Italian (Pasta, Pizza, risotto), Greek (Mezze, moussaka, dolmades), Mexican (Fajitas, enchiladas, chilli non-carne, quesadillas), American (burgers, cauliflower wings), Japanese (sushi, udon, katsu), Chinese (sweet and sour, kung pao, dumplings), Thailand (thai green curry, Massaman curry), Indian (various curries, Aloo Gobi, Pilau), among others…

We started talking about other food we had tried on holiday and never cooked at home, and eventually onto the cuisines we had never even tried or ever cooked. From this I decided to do just that; try vegan versions of recipes from Countries whose food I’ve never cooked before.

(Photo by Max Delsid on Unsplash)

I have pulled together a list of countries from across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australasia. I will try a dish from one Country and post the recipe on this blog each week.

(Photo by Capturing the human heart. on Unsplash)

All the dishes chosen will either be vegan or will be made vegan friendly by me. I have chosen 8 countries from each of the continents, and 4 from Australasia as there are only 14 countries here; there are so many great Countries with great cuisines in the World. As much as I would love to, I don’t think I would ever be able to do this for every Country in the world but I hope I have chosen Countries which give a good spread across the continents. And as I am trying to reach new taste horizons, I have only chosen countries I have not cooked the cuisines of before.

I have written down the names of all the countries and put them in a pot, so I can pick them truly at random each week from the following list; subscribe to my blog or my Instagram to follow the recipes (insta: hungryvegan_norwich):

Europe:
Belgium
France
Sweden
Romania
Ukraine
Czech republic
Switzerland
Hungary

Asia
Korea
Uzbekistan
Mongolia
Sri Lanka
Vietnam
Philippines
Bangladesh
Sumatra

Africa:
Ethiopia
South Africa
Nigeria
Libya
Egypt
Somalia
Tanzania
Zimbabwe

South America:
Brazil
Honduras
Argentina
Bermuda
Dominican Republic
Bolivia
Chile
Suriname

Australasia:
New Zealand
Papau new Ginea
Tonga
Fiji
Samoa

Recipe | Deliciously Easy, Jackfruit Curry

I was dubious about jackfruit when I first tried it, but when I started marinating my own, I really got into it.

I find that this way the flavour is much fresher and you can tweak it to suit your taste too

This recipe is for a really easy, basic curry.

Jackfruit has very little protein so I recommend serving with a protein source, such as sprinkling with nuts, adding a side of fried tempeh or tofu, or adding beans to your rice.

Prep time: 30mins to 3hrs (depending how long you marinade for)

Cooking time: 25mins

Ingredients

For the jackfruit:

  • 1 tin jackfruit, drained
  • 3tsp garam masala
  • 0.5tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 1tsp dried sage
  • 1tsp chopped garlic
  • 0.5tsp dried chilli flakes (more if you want it super spicy)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the curry:

  • 1 cinammon stick
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped into chunks
  • Chopped veggies of your choice (I used green peppers)
  • 0.5tin coconut milk
  • 300ml veg stock
  • (Rice to serve with)

Recipe:

Jackfruit marinade

  • Put the drained jackfruit in a bowl and shred it using forks / a fork and knife
  • Thoroughly stir in the spices, garlic and lemon juice
  • Cover and leave in the fridge to marinade for at least 30mins. (I left mine for 3hrs.)

Curry:

  • In a small amount of oil, fry on a medium heat the cinammon stick, cumin seeds and onion for 30 seconds (my photo, below has extra garlic instead of onion asI don’t eat onion)

  • Add the veg and fry for a further 5 mins
  • Add the jackfruit and fry for a couple of minutes to fry off the spices
  • Add the stock and tomatoes, cover and simmer for 20 minutes (add more water if it seems too dry – if you included more veg than me, you will need more)

  • After 20minutes, add the coconut milk and simmer until the sauce is the consistency you like
  • Serve with rice and a protein source, such as nuts, tempeh or tofu.

Recipe | Sweet and Spicy Marinated Aubergine

I haven’t posted a recipe for a while; I’ve been on holiday, and also generally eating out a lot 😁 but I’m back in the swing of cooking at home and here is my first invention; spicy marinated aubergine.

Its super easy and delicious; smoky, sweet and a bit spicy, its perfect with couscous, salad or as a side dish with a main meal. The marinade also works well on oven baked tofu.

Preparation time: approx 5 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 1cm slices lengthways (approx 4 slices)

Marinade:

  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1tsp harissa paste
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped / 0.5tsp pre-chopped garlic

Recipe:

  • Score the aubergine slices on one side – cut into to make shallow cuts, but don’t go all the way through
  • Place the aubergine on a lightly oiled tray

  • In a bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients until well combined
  • With a pastry brush (or back of a spoon) spread half the marinade on the top of the aubergine slices

  • Cook for 10mins at 200C
  • Turn the slices over, spread the rest of the marinade on this side of the aubergine, and cook again for 10 mins

  • Turn the aubergine slices again to the first side, and finish off by cooking for a final 10 mins

Enjoy 😊

Recipe | Spicy bean and lentil chilli

Chilli is a classic dish, which is quick and easy to whip up. This is my interpretation.

When eating vegan it is important to eat a range of protein sources across the day to get as many different amino acids as possible. In this recipe there are 3 different types of pulses and I served it with brown rice, which are all sources of protein.

Getting iron is also something important to think about and you will absorb more iron from your food if you eat it alongside vitamin C. Lentils and beans are good sources of iron, and the tomatoes, peppers and lemon in the recipe will help maximise absorption.

This recipe can also be served with tacos, in tortillas, with nachos, with salad or veg…so it is versatile

It’s particularly delicious topped with coconut yoghurt and jalapenos

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cinammon stick
  • 1tsp medium spice dried chilli flakes (or equivalent amount of fresh chilli – add more if u like extra spice)
  • 1tsp mashed/chopped garlic
  • 2tsp mashed/chopped ginger
  • 3tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1.5tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp mixed herbs
  • 2tsp stock powder/2 stock cubes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml passata
  • 2 peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 200g mushroom, sliced
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 tbsp dried red lentils
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin of other bean of your choice. (I used black beans)

Recipe

  • Add a tbsp or so of oil to a pan and turn on the heat. Add the cinammon, cumin seeds, chilli, garlic and ginger, and fry for 30 seconds

  • Add the onion, pepper and mushrooms and stirfry for a further 4-5 minutes until the onions and peppers start to soften
  • Add the other spices (ground cumin, paprika, smoked paprika, mixed herbs) and stock and mix into veg

  • Add the lentils and beans, 1tbsp tomato puree, tin of tomatoes, 200ml of passata and 300ml of water and stir well

  • Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer with the lid on for 25-30 minutes. Stir every few minutes to make sure the lentils don’t stick to the bottom. If it becomes too dry, add more water
  • After 30 mins, or when the lentils ate cooked, add the lemon juice, some ground pepper and a pinch of salt.
  • Serve with rice and with toppings of your choice

Recipe | Zingy pickled fennel

This recipe is so simple but makes a very tasty coleslaw-esque side dish.

It is crunchy and zingy, and with a mild aniseedy flavour. Perfect alongside a potato salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 0.5tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed or mashed / 0.5 tsp if from a jar
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt

Recipe;

  • Slice the fennel as thinly as you can
  • Put in a large, flat bottomed container, like a lunchbox, so the fennel will get maximum exposure to the lemon juice and flavours
  • Add juice of 3 lemons, the fennel seeds, garlic, ground black pepper and 2 pinches of sea salt

  • Stir, cover and refrigerate
  • Stir occasionally
  • It will be ok to eat within 30minutes but the flavour is best if left overnight to pickle and so the flavours can infuse.

Its that simple; enjoy! 😊

Easy tomato soup

Tomato soup is such a satisfying and simple dish, especially in the cold winter months… here’s how I make mine

Its not too rich, and the flavours are fresh and subtle

This recipe will make 3-5 bowls, depending how hungry you are 😉

Ingredients

  • 1000g vine tomatoes/ approx 10-12 tomatoes
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 onion, chopped into quarters
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinammon stick
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes or equivalent
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 3 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 150ml tomato passata
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 large/heaped tsp chopped rosemary

You will need:

  • A blender

Method:

  • Wash the tomatoes and put them in a large saucepan- no need to chop them as the soup will be blended
  • In a separate frying pan, dry fry the cinammon stick and star anise for 30secs to 1 min to release the aromas
  • Add these to the pan with the tomatoes and add the garlic clove, onion, ginger, mustard seeds and herbs

  • Add water, freshly boiled, to a level which almost covers the tomatoes
  • Add the stock cubes, orange juice and simmer for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, remove (but save) the star anise and cinnamon stick and blend the soup to a smooth consistency
  • Return to the pan
  • Add back the star anise and cinnamon stick
  • Add the 3tsp Apple cider vinegar, 150ml passata, 2tbsp tomato puree, 1tsp rosemary and some black pepper.
  • Simmer again for about 30 minutes
  • Take out the cinammon stick and star anise
  • Its now ready to serve!
  • I like my tomato soup a bit runny. If you like it thicker, gradually add cornflour mixed with cold water until its the consistency you like