Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sushi Roll Edamame Salad

This salad is exactly how Isa Chandra Moskowitz describes it in her book "Appetite for Reduction" - a big, deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl. You can have it with wasabi and soy sauce on the side, to dip each mouthful, if you wish.
The recipe features edamame which are soy beans still in their pods. You can buy these frozen from supermarkets. I found some precooked and frozen ones in Woolworths. Their flavour and texture is exquisite so don't leave these out of the recipe.
As for the nori sheet, I found a pack of nori pre-cut into thin strips, at the supermarket (Coles or Woolworths - I can't remember which one now) in the Asian foods section.

What you will need:
1 cup shelled frozen edamame, thawed
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp agave nectar
8 cups cos lettuce, chopped
2 cups cooked and cooled short grain brown rice
1 small cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1 medium sized carrot, cut into matchsticks
4 tsp sesame seeds
1 sheet nori, cut into thin strips
1 avocado, sliced

For the dressing, mix together the edamame, rice vinegar, and agave.
For the salad, place the lettuce in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the top.
Add the rice over the lettuce. Top rice with cucumber, carrot and sesame seeds. Sprinkle with the nori and add avocado on top.
Dig in!

Monday, 17 February 2014


Many Perth vegans are reporting seeing more and more vegan products popping up in their local IGA stores. Previously, products that could only be found in health food stores, organics stores or other specialist stores, are now available in various IGAs. With this in mind, my partner and I decided to check out an IGA store near us - Gwelup SUPA IGA - and were pleasantly surprised.

We discovered that they had two long aisles of health food products, which included a lot of vegan suitable items, some which we have not seen elsewhere.
In the frozen and refrigerated section, we were excited to see pies from Loving Hut, Tofutti icecreams and cheeses, and Linda McCartney products. 

In the bread section, we found products by Bodhi's Bakery, which was pleasing, as they do some gluten and vegan loaves and rolls, plus the BEST gluten free and vegan pizza bases. 

There is also a good range of non-dairy milks (including my favourite Australia's Own Organic Rice Milk), and enough agave syrup to last you a year.

There was no sign of any Notzarella so we will be contacting them to suggest they stock it, and encourage everyone to do so as well.. Infact, you can lodge product suggestions via their website.

Gwelup SUPA IGA is situated on the corner of Wishart and North Beach Road in Gwelup.
Their opening hours are am to 9pm Mon-Fri, Sat - 8am-5pm, Sun 11am -5pm.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Blue Potato and Corn Salad

This dish is based on the recipe I found in the book "Appetite for reduction" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I changed a few things about it die to personal tastes, availability of some of the ingredients and time and effort involved. Basically, I made it a lot less spicy and took some shortcuts. The outcome was still very pleasing. Just be careful when cooking the potato, so they are not over done. I think I made mine a bit too soft.

What you will need:
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
900g blue (they look purple) potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp grapeseed oil (yes, you can get this at the supermarket)
1 tsp agave nectar (the light kind, not the dark)
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1 can beans, drained and rinsed. (I used black beans, but I think kidney beans or even a 5 bean mix would work.)
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
dash or two of paprika
1/4 cup roasted red capsicums, chopped
Mixed salad greens

Boil potatoes for 5-10 minutes, making sure they are cooked but still firm
Drain and place in a large bowl. Let cool.
Add capsicum, corn, and beans.
For the dressing, mix together in a small bowl, the vinegar, oil, agave, water and salt.
Add the dressing to the other ingredients and toss to coat. Add coriander and paprika and mix gently. Serve over mixed greens.

Herb Roasted Potato Slices

A friend passed this simple, fat free recipe to me. It comes from this website and as you can see, I have altered it a bit to suit me.

6 medium sized potatoes
2 tablespoon of mixed herbs such as marjoram, oregano, thyme, parsley. Cajun spice, basil
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
6 olives, chopped fine

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Slice the potatoes lengthwise in slices about 1/4 of an inch thick.
Put in a medium sized bowl and toss with the herbs, vinegar, and olives.
Mix it for a few minutes so the potatoes slices get well coated with everything. Lay them on a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper.

Bake for 45 minutes. No need to flip them over mid-way.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Everyday Chickpea and Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This recipe is from the legendary vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz's book "Appetite for Reduction : 125 fast and filling low fat vegan recipes". It is, infact, the very first recipe of the book. I thought I would do my best to try as many of the recipes in this book as I could, and this one is a good start.

What you will need for the salad:
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 small red onion, sliced thinly (optional)
4 cups chopped cos lettuce
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
a few leaves of fresh basil, chopped finely
handful of snow pea sprouts
1 carrot, grated

What you will need for the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup cashew pieces
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp agave nectar
3/4 tsp salt

Mix all the salad ingredients together. For the vinaigrette, place cashews in a blender and pulse to chop up. Add rest of the ingredients and blend for about 5 minutes, to get the mixture smooth and not grainy. Add to salad and toss to coat. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up 3 days if a tightly sealed container is used.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Stuffed Iceberg Parcels

This is a flavour packed recipe that was surprisingly filling. My only gripe was that it was a bit tricky wrapping and eating. If you are not keen on all that, I can’t see why you can’t just serve the filling on a bed of lettuce instead.  This recipe is from the cookbook  “Mouthwatering Vegan” by Miriam Sorrell.

What you will need:
Olive or sunflower oil
2 cups cooked short grain or white rice
2 tsp curry powder
Pinch ground cardamom
1 tsp paprika
20 walnuts, chopped roughly
2 small carrots grated
1 small red onion, finely chopped (optional)
8 leaves each fresh basil and mint leaves, finely chopped
4 tbsp sultanas/raisins
10 chopped black olives
Dash lemon juice
Pinch salt
Iceberg lettuce leaves

Drizzle oil in a pan and heat over medium temperature. Fry cooked rice and spices for a couple of minutes and then let cool.
Add rest of the ingredients except the lettuce and blend well.

Heap 2-3 large spoonfuls of filling in the centre of each lettuce leaf and roll up. Use toothpicks to hold together.  Serve.