We haven’t visited Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop in quite a while. Â Well, to be fair Husband did take the kids recently but he forgot that the Bake Shop is closed on a Monday, doh. Â After the kids beat him up for it, they took it well.
Arthur’s birthday is this week and it appears he has refused my order to stop growing up. Â I don’t think that will stop him writing stories for me on my birthday with titles such as “how to cook a butt” (actually that one was a graphic novel complete with recipe instructions).
For a pre-birthday treat, Husband took Arthur and DeeW to Mister Nice Guy’s today and he came home bouncing around in excitement, because of this lovely thoughtful gesture:
Arthur was given a cinnamon bun for his birthday-in-advance and declares it one of the best presents he’s ever received. Â I haven’t had a cinnamon bun myself in ages so asked Husband to get one for me and it was every bit as delicious as always:
A very mega thank you to Mister Nice Guy and the Bake Shop crew! Â Best customer service ever!
Okay, here are a few “What I ate this week” tidbits. Â There aren’t many because I’ve been sick with no appetite and when I felt okay to eat all I wanted were the oranges and strawberries and bananas.
First up, the Mushroom Pecan Burgers from Dreena Burton’s ‘The Everyday Vegan’.Â I’ve never been lucky with things made from mushroom. Â I like whole or sliced mushrooms but if it doesn’t look like a button shape to begin with, I won’t eat it. Â I can’t bring myself to eat enoki, it falls too much in to the category of alien space food. Â I’ve never been interested in turning mushrooms in to something else (like a burger), instead just preferring them sliced and tossed through pasta or on a pizza. Â And that’s really about it.Â Arthur and DeeW won’t go near mushrooms so I thought I’d be sneaky and whiz them up and put them in burger form. Â The recipe was very easy and contains tahini and hoisin sauce. Â I used oats instead of the breadcrumbs:
I liked them but the kids weren’t keen which was pretty frustrating as this is a really good recipe. Â I suppose they may have eaten them in a bread bun but I want to avoid giving them bread (or gluten, specifically) wherever possible. Â It’s worth noting Dreena includes a ‘version 2’ recipe in her book Let Them Eat Vegan and you can see those burgers here.
Still, it means I got to have the leftovers to myself, this time in corn tortillas with salsa and vegan sour cream with coriander:
For the first time ever, I made myself tofu scramble. Â Up until now I was never truly convinced that ‘tofu’ and ‘scramble’ belong in the same sentence. Â Kind of like apricot chicken. Â Or any of those ‘fruit’ flavours in the Cadburys family block. Â I had some tofu that had been defrosted and pressed (I think it was firm tofu) so I just crumbled it and fried it up with a pinch of curry powder and black salt. Â I haven’t used my black salt much and boy when I added it to the tofu scramble, could you smell egg! Â It smelt and looked so much like scrambled eggs that I had to sit there for a few minutes trying to will myself to eat it. Â I added some of the coconut bacon I’d make and some rocket (I love rocket, yeah-eh) along with a little bit of vegan mayo. Delicious!
More burgers from Let Them Eat Vegan!, this time the Lentil Walnut Burgers. Â The recipe calls for green lentils but I only had brown and they still tasted great. Â There’s also diced apple (though I grated it) which adds a little sweetness without being too sweet. Â I really liked these:
I saw these green curry soups at Aldi. Â I love green curry but not as a soup so I put most of it (but not all the liquid) on brown rice. Â It wasn’t very good, a bit too sweet and the vegies too blergh looking and I gave up after a few spoonfuls. Â Then felt a bit crappy because I’d put a couple of these soups (the red curry variety as well) in a bag of goodies for my sister’s birthday:
Woolworths sell these pakoras in their freezer section and they were over a dollar off so I grabbed some as a snack to have back at my mum’s house. Â They tasted fine enough but were too dry when reheated:
I made the Pecan Date Nibblers from Let Them Eat Vegan! as an experiment for a short family holiday we have coming up. Â The sweetness comes from the dates and maple syrup though next time I will cut the maple syrup way down as they were pretty sweet. Â Arthur loved them, DeeW not really. Â I added pumpkin seeds to the mix:
I made my sister a lemon slice using Mel’s recipeÂ but because I was plain old lazy I didn’t include the dairy free margarine and instead just dumped the condensed soy milk in without heating it. Â I’ve never used the vegan version of condsensed milk and like the dairy version it’s basically massive sugar overload in canned form. Â Does it stop one from having a big spoonful? Â Not usually:
I’m hoping that my food blog posts (well, my cooking I should say) for September will be far more interesting because of Vegan MoFo. Â I’m looking forward to trying lots of recipes from my cookbooks, especially raw recipes. Â See you then!