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Linda McCartney sausages

We found these sausages at the British shop Stonemanor in Everberg (in between Leuven en Brussels). Stonemanor sells a variety of frozen Linda McCartney products, which are unfortunately not commonly found in Belgian shops. We were happy to also discover some items that are labelled suitable for vegans. One of the things we bought were these boxes with sausages. The sausages are wheat based, and tasted quite good. We just baked them in a pan, with some onions rings, and served them in a bun with some tomato sauce, with iceberg salad on the side. A real fast food snack. But delicious nonetheless. I wish Stonemanor was closer by, I think we would buy these on a regular basis. Linda McCartney sausages, labelled suitable for vegans 1 box with six sausages, frozen, 3,25€ bought at Stonemanor, March 2015

Simple vegan meringues

Vegan meringues, impossible you think? Think again! It all started with a simple post a couple of weeks back from someone who had experimented making vegan meringues and posted the result in the immensly popular facebookgroup What fat vegans eat. The secret ingredient? Chickpea brine! When you whip the brine from jarred or canned chicpeas, it looks like whipped egg-white. Add sugar, put in the oven, et voilà! People have been experimenting with all kinds of variations in shapes and colours, adding ingredients here and there to make it more stable (less fluid), using different kinds of sweeteners, and now also making other things with whipped chickpea brine like chocolate mousse. The meringue hype (or chickpea hype) has even resulted in a seperate facebook group ‘vegan meringue – hits and misses‘ where people post photos of their creations. So I decided to give it a go. Without any fancy ingredients. And it works! recipe simple vegan meringues Just plain simple chickpea brine and powdered sugar, and some drops of lemon juice. I used the brine of two jars of organic chickpeas (contain chickpeas, …

Cherry hazelnut muffins

These are delicious. It’s a combination I had not tried before and I was curious to taste how it would turn out. Very good! The recipe is adapted from one in the baking book 150 best vegan muffin recipes, by Camilla V. Saulsbury. Will defintely bake these again. Roasting and chopping the hazelnuts takes some work, but otherwise it’s a pretty straightforward and easy recipe. Ingredients cherry hazelnut muffins – vegan 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 ts baking powder 1/2 ts baking soda 1/2 ts salt 1/3 cup sugar 3/4 cup soy milk 3/4 cup plain yofu (soy yoghurt) 1/3 cup canola oil 1 ts vanilla extract 1 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts 1 cup chopped canned cherries (you can also try it with fresh pitted cherries) Recipe cherry hazelnut muffins Put paper liners in a muffin tin. Preheat oven to 200° (400F). In a large bowl, mingle the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the ‘wet’ ingredients: sugar, soy milk, yofu, canola oil and vanilla extract. Mingle dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Fold in …

Vegan ‘chicken chunks’ with peanut sauce

Don’t be misled by the name! Yes, these ‘chicken chunks’ are vegan! We aren’t really into ‘meat’ or ‘fish’ replacers like vegan scampis and such, but these soy based chunks from Dutch company The Vegetarian Butcher are really yummy. And very easy to use in all sorts of dishes, from stews to woks, or on sates or as filling in wraps. Do they taste like chicken? I can’t really tell, because – luckily – it’s been so long since I’ve actually tasted chicken. But I can say that we have served these to family and friends when having them over for dinner, and without exception everybody likes them, both the texture and the taste. Big advantage is you can find these vegan chicken chunks in Delhaize, one of the largets supermarket chains in Belgium. We served this recipe as an appetizer, for 4 persons. So each person gets two satays. Or you can serve it as a main dish, with rice on the side (for 2 persons). satays vegan chicken chunks, with peanut sauce Make 8 satays, …

Lemon mousse pie

I have made this pie only once so far, but I already know it will be one I will be making lots of times again 🙂 Made this when we had friends over for dinner, and everyone loved it! Beware: making this pie requires advance preparation (soaking the cashews and cooling the pie and the topping in the fridge so it can stiffen). You need a large springform pan (23 cm / 9 inch). Ingredients vegan lemon mousse pie For the crust 1 + 1/4 cup finely grated vegan crackers (230 g or about 7 packs of double crackers, I usually use kamut crackers). 3 tbs sugar 4 tbs melted cocount oil 1 tbs soy milk For the pie 1/2 cup cashews, soaked until very soft (I ususally leave these to soak overnight) 400 ml coconut milk 1/2 cup almond or soy milk 1/2 ts agar agar powder 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbs coconut oil 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tbs lemon zest 2 ts vanilla extract For the topping 3/4 cup water 1 tbs …

Sausage plaits with savoy cabbage and quinoa

We found these sausage plaits at the British shop Stonemanor in Everberg (in between Leuven en Brussels). Stonemanor sells a variety of frozen Linda McCartney products, which are unfortunately not commonly found in Belgian shops. We were happy to also discover some items that are labelled suitable for vegans. One of the things we bought was a box with two red onion and rosemary sausage plaits. The sausages in the plaits are soy based. Preparation of the plaits is very simple: brush them with a little bit of soy milk and put them in a preheated oven (200°) for 30 to 40 minutes. We had these with savoy cabbage (from our garden!) and quinoa. With some ground cashews on top of the savoy. They were quite nice. And actually very cheap (1,75€ a piece). I wouldn’t eat these every day, or every week even, but it’s a perfect thing to have at hand in the freezer when you don’t have that much time or inspiration to really cook. Linda McCartney red onion and rosemary sausage plaits, labelled suitable …

Vegan animal cut-out cookies

Yes, vegans do eat animal cookies 🙂 I’ve recently bought some new cut out shapes (more about that in a next post), and was eager to try them out. These cookies are very light, don’t deform when baking (ideal for cut out shapes!) and have a subtle cinnamon twist. The recipe is based on this one found on ‘yourdailyvegan’. The recipe below makes about two oven trays of cookies. You can also double the recipe, and keep half of the dough in the fridge for a couple of days, and then make the other batch of cookies. The dough needs to chill for a couple of hours in the fridge (or you can leave it overnight), so these cookies require advance preparation! Ingredients vegan cut out cookies 1 ts baking powder 1 + 3/4 cup and 1 tbs all purpose flour 1 egg replacer (I use Orgran No Egg) 1/2 cup vegan butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3/4 ts vanille extract 1/2 ts cinnamon 2 tbs vegan cream cheese (tofutti) cut out cookie shapes Preparation vegan cut …

Easy vegan pancakes

Super easy vegan pancakes, with easy to come by ingredients. Ingredients easy vegan pancakes Makes 8 pancakes 2 cups all purpose flour 3 to 4 tbs sugar 4 tbs baking powder 1/4 ts salt 2 cups soy milk 4 tbs canola oil Making easy vegan pancakes Heat pan. Mingle the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt). Mix in the soy milk and canola oil. Put a big drop of batter in heated pan. Bake for about 2-3 minutes till bubbles form, then flip to bake other side. Serve with maple syrup, coconutblossum syrup, fruit, whip, jam, … Yummie!

Vegan Liegeois waffles!

Unhealthy. Yes, I know. Too much sugar. Yes, I realize. Not really ‘baking’ since I’m using a premade mixture. Yes, I confess. But I just couldn’t resist this premade mixture to make vegan waffes de Liège (a type of Belgian waffles). It had been several years since I had last eaten Liegeois waffles. These waffles (non vegan unfortunately) are sold at food stalls in nearly every Belgian city. I have even spent a whole summer selling these waffles (and ice-creams) at such a food stall at the Belgian coast as a teenager, earning some pocket money. Since going vegan around 2010, I hadn’t eaten any Liegeois waffles anymore, and although I’m planning to try different recipes myself, I just couldn’t resist trying out this premade mixture for vegan Liegeois waffles. It doesn’t require much effort. Even the pearl sugar is included in the mixture. Just add 125ml lukewarm soy milk and 120g plant butter to the 500gmixture, mingle for about 5 minutes, and the dough is ready for baking. I have a waffle iron with changeable irons, and …

Tea in a box

I had been looking out for a tea box for some time. Wanted to have the different sorts of tea neatly sorted. I found it pretty unhandy, when wanting to choose a kind of tea or offering it to visitors, to take out all the seperate tea boxes. I found this one at Horeca Totaal, a large shop aimed at food professionals, just outside the city center of Bruges (review of the shop will follow). Pretty happy with this tea box! Tea box Horeca Totaal, 25,41€