Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lentil and vegan tuna cannelloni

I felt like making something random tonight so I decided to boil some lentils. Looking around the kitchen I found an open packet of cannelloni tubes with a recipe for tuna cannelloni. I just happened to have bought a pack of vegan tuna last week, so lentil and tuna cannelloni was in the works.


For filling:
300gm vegan tuna
2 cups red lentils
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tsp vegetable stock

Boil lentils, drain water and mix in the rest of the ingredients.

For tomato sauce:
2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
2 400gm cans of diced tomato
1 litre of passata (tomato cooking sauce)
A sprinkle of ground fennel seeds
salt and pepper to taste

Heat up oil in pot and then add tomatoes, about 1/2 the passata and spices. Bring tomatoes to boil then simmer till you think it's done, about 15 minutes.

For cheese sauce:
1 block of joyco silken firm tofu
1tbs dijon mustard
1 tsp tumeric
2 tbs savoury yeast flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients together and adjust to taste.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Fill cannelloni tubes with lentil/tuna mixture and lay out in baking dish. Pour the tomato sauce to cover all the pasta and add the rest of the passata if required. Spread the cheese sauce evenly on top and bake for 25-30 mins, depending on your oven.

I was pretty impressed with myself after trying this and my lacto-ovo sister enjoyed it too :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The lazy man's vegan double down

A recent post on vegansaurus! introduced the world to a veganised version of the KFC monstrosity, the double down. The recipe required more effort than I was willing to give so I had to be creative/lazy.

I used:

2 redwood's vegideli bio schnitzels
3 redwood's vegideli bio rashers
A few slices of  gouda style sheese

Fry up the rashers and schnitzels and then assemble.You should get something like this:

This was my first time trying the redwood schnitzels and I maybe overcooked them as they were a little tough. Rashers were nice and crispy and sheese is good stuff.

All ingredients were purchased from  The Radical Grocery 347 Sydney Road Brunswick

Monday, April 12, 2010

Helping friends move = Free food

Last week I helped my friend, Mark, move house. Besides allowing me to practice one of my favourite hobbies, lifting odd-objects, I was treated to loads of tasty food throughout the day.

After a solid 3 hours of loading the van we needed to refuel. We headed over to La Panella for a mushroom pie and apple scroll (no picture). We then headed to Hot Jam Donuts which is located in the middle of Preston market, next to the fruit and veg stalls, and ordered a bakers dozen of hot jam donuts ($7.50)

These are everything hot jam donuts should be with a healthy coating of the original superfood, white sugar, and injected with jam that squirts out as soon as you bite into it and nearly burns your hand. Delicious.

Once I polished off a few donuts, after eating the mushroom pie, we returned to the task of moving for another 4 hours during which I finished off my apple scroll, that was covered with healthful MCTs from the coconut, and another donut.

DINNER - Las Vegan

Later that day I joined Mark and his wife for dinner at Las Vegan and was looking forward to a great meal.

We started with a bowl of chips with 3 types of dips. These were a tad disappointing with some of the chips being undercooked and crunchy, but the dips were nice.

Next up were the rice balls. For some strange reason, I've always found the idea of satay sauce slightly disgusting and have avoided it for most of my life, even though I really like peanuts by themselves or in sweet dishes. However, my disgust proved to be unfounded when it came to these rice balls with their excellent crispy texture. Points lost with the accompanying salad only containing one olive :(

Much like Lou Ferrigno with his training poundages in Pumping Iron, my appetite was not satisfied and I wanted more food. Luckily, I had also ordered a chicken schnitzel burger with the rice balls. The schnitzel itself was fine but the bun seemed to be a bit too doughy for my tastes, but that is only a minor criticism of an otherwise awesome burger.

Since there is always room for frozen treats, we headed to Fritz Gelato where I ordered a 4 scooper. As expected, this was good.

Fritz Gelato
334 Bridge Road,

Las Vegan bakery
22 Smith St Collingwood

Hot Jam Donuts
Preston Market