Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Taste, Season, Enjoy

Vegetable oil or vegan butter
Onion chopped
Vegan Vegetable stock, one to two cubes
Vegan White wine, about a glass
Risotto rice, carnaroli or arborio
Garlic chopped
Vegetables choose from:
Cook before adding: Roasted sweet potato, aubergine, courgette,
Cook in rice: Carrot, celery, sweet corn, peas
Salt and pepper

Use two saucepans, one small pan for the veg stock, which should be kept hot and one bigger pan for the rice.

Melt butter or oil in a pan,
Add finely chopped onion, cook for a few minutes on a low heat,
Add rice making sure it’s coated in the butter/ oil
Turn the heat up slightly
Add wine to saucepan until absorbed by rice
Start adding the stock a ladle at a time until it is fully absorbed, stirring fairly constantly to release the creamy starch, (yum)
Do this until rice is cooked, if you run out of stock near the end, top us stock pan with hot water.
Don’t add too much stock too quickly or the rice will boil.
It should take about 20 minutes one you start adding the stock.
Add the vegetable depending on how long they take, for example add Peas near the end, carrots and celery near the start.

Taste, Season and Enjoy!!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Chicago Diner; Best Milkshake Ever

I was lucky enough to be taken on a trip (albeit hockey focused) to Chicago in February, hasten to add the Blackhawk's games were really entertaining, the food was even more exciting.

I had read and seen videos raving about The Chicago Diner, and it didn't disappoint, even now my veggie boyfriend says the vegan milkshake (chocolate chip cookie dough with peanut butter, nom nom) is the best milkshake ever, full stop!

The food is amazing too! We went there three times in the week we stayed in Chicago, which kinda says it all. The foods really well prices, especially with the conversion from Pounds to Dollars, a hugely filling 3 course meal for two with muffins to take away would only come to about $50, we always walked away stuffed!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Peanut, Choc Chip, Banana, Oat Cookie/Cake

Today i had a very sweet craving, and struggled to decide what to make, Muffin? Cookie?
It was definitely a chocolate moment, and peanut butter was calling me too.
Choc chip muffins?
Double choc chip muffins?
Choc chip cookie?
Peanut butter choc chip cookies?

In the end I raided my book shelf and had a good look through Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar , and came across two recipes Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies and Banana Everything cookies.

As I'm going on holiday and have more Bananas than I can eat, I went for those cookies. i figured despite the peanut butter I added they were a little bit good for me; containing oats, banana, wholewheat flour, flax seeds and mixed seeds.

I didn't flatten them out enough, so have more little cake/ macaroon looking cookies. they are very yummy and very filling and satisfying.