My favourite season is over and we’re now in winter (my second favourite season. Summer comes way last). Except I feel like there wasn’t much of an autumn, or perhaps I just didn’t get out as much as I hoped! In autumn I like to go and take photos of the trees, especially in the gardens around Melbourne but just like the National Gallery of Victoria, or the State Library or whatever, I always end up forgetting and then when I go to do something, everything is over. Same thing happened with the recent David Bowie exhibition here, gahhh!
In My Kitchen for June is some malt extract. I have always loved malt flavours and wish there was a vegan version of Milo, a popular malted milk drink in Australia. I actually planned on buying powdered malt extract but this isn’t sold in supermarkets or bulk stores and in the end I was going to purchase from home brewing supplies websites. But I passed the regular syrup-like malt extract in the shops and ended up getting it instead. I regret not getting the powder as it is really frustrating getting the malt extract out of the tin to measure, especially now in our colder weather! I’ll use this malt in a recipe for this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge, hosted by Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Also In My Kitchen this month are these green cha soba noodles. I haven’t seen this variety before from this brand. I buy the soba and ramen noodles but this is the first time buying the cha soba:
I saw these kale spirulina corn chips in Aldi recently and decided to give them a try. They’re okay, but have that ‘green’ aftertaste that bothers me after a while:
We’ve almost finish this jar of green bean and mustard pickle from 2&5. I bought this from their stall at the Coburg Farmers Market recently:
I tried this ‘vegetarian chicken’ that I found in the freezer section at Global Green Vegetarian Food Mart in Braybrook. The business name has changed but it still says vegan and vegetarian on the storefront:
Now, a question that pops up often, even in vegan/vegetarian circles is “why on earth would veg*ns want a fake meat product!” Well, there are many answers to that! For me personally, I don’t view the mock meats as a meat substitute because I have no desire to eat meat. For me, I view the mock products as food. Mock meats are often made from wheat gluten or soy so in those cases I look at it as a soy based or wheat gluten based food. Same with the vegan cheeses– there’s no desire for me to eat cheese, being dairy intolerant, so I look at the vegan cheeses as a nut based product (or whatever else it is made from).
Other veg*ns eat mock meats because they didn’t give up meat due to hating the taste or texture– they gave it up because of an ethical decision they made not to eat animals anymore. Others like it as a transition kind of food, or because they like the texture in certain meals. Some people can’t stand the sight of it as it reminds them too much of meat. It’s different for everyone!
There’s a vegetarian (with vegan food) restaurant here in Melbourne called Enlightened Cuisine and the following appears on their website:
The concept of using a mock-meat replacement isn’t new. In the early Chinese Imperial dynasties, prior to the Emperor performing his annual prayer for The Kingdom’s prosperity, he was required to practice strict vegetarianism for seven weeks.
So there’s a whole fascinating history there too with the mock meat products and some of my favourite meals with mock meats are here in Melbourne’s vegan restaurants.
In My Kitchen is this hazelnut spread by Pure Harvest. I often put a thin spread of this on some bread or in a wrap with banana and toast it up for the kids. Just saw the cat hair on the lid there:
And In My Kitchen, always when I’m cooking and doing a million things at once, is my baby boy Punky. He’s really sweet but also a very naughty boy. He was born with a little stumpy tail (as was his other brother, but the brother we have and a sister have regular tails). When he is startled and the fur stands up, his tail turns in to a pom pom:
And here’s his brother, who has a variety of names really. You know how cats or dogs sometimes see a carrier, and they know it means GOING TO THE VET so they run away? Not our boys. They love this (rather rusty) carrier, as soon as they see it on the floor they race to be the first inside it. They both juuust fit but still try to sleep in there together so one of them is half hanging out. They purr away in the car too, which is a nice change from our old cat years ago who used to runny-poo-poo in the car out of fright:
Unfortunately my kitchen is the least cosy room in the house because it’s so cold in there (no heating in that part of the house unless we put a portable heater on). When I cook in winter I’m often wearing my jacket and ear muffs because the slightest bit of cold gives me earaches. It sucks to have cook wearing ear and headwear designed for the snow we don’t get in Melbourne!
In My Kitchen is a monthly blog link up hosted by Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef. I’m submitting this blog post of mine for June 2016. While not a vegan-specific event, anyone can join in and you can also discover new blogs, recipes, products, etc!
I often have problems leaving comments for some blogs running on Blogspot. I had got things working but then things screwed up again. I try to reciprocate all comments left here by commenting on other blogs but unfortunately some of my comments don’t seem to make it through, or the comment form keeps kicking me back to a login screen where I’m already logged in, or it defaults to a user profile I don’t want to use despite selecting my proper blog profile, etc etc. So I do apologise for not being able to leave comments on all the blogs!