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#Italianfood theme 23rd october 2014

Ciao a tutti!

It was an all Italian affair at the last #Veganrecipehour. Talk about belly rumbling! Oh my goodness! There was some amazing dishes to drool over.

Let’s get straight to it and have a look at this Italian classic from @Ephemerienne Insalata Caprese is one of my top choices.

Vegans can’t have creamy things right? Nah, wrong! Take a peek at this #zucchini fettuccini with creamy #cashew sauce from @apriltui.

How about a nice #Lasagne? Oh yes! @LeicVeggie shared this yummy dish with us. Here is another recipe from @FettleVegan. This time for a #Spinach and wild #mushroom #lasagne with #basil #almond cream. Yum!I love the sound of this #glutenfree offering from @Sentientchef. This is a lovely #lentil lasagne with #cashew cream sauce. @VeganLass also shared her top Lasagne recipe.

On the Pasta theme, check out this #rawvegan version of a #Tagilatelle marinara with ‘cheese’ Gorgeous! Or a very veggie  Spaghetti #squash pasta? I love this stuff! Thank you @FettleVegan

This #sundriedtomato sauce from @apriltui sounds like a great versatile recipe. This pesto also sounds totally tasty.  Or an #Aioli #rawvegan. That will keep the Vampires away!  this #kale #pesto suggested by @VeganStella sounds so good! She replaced the Parmesan with cashew nuts. Here is another pesto from @FettleVegan. This time it’s a #Hemp seed #basil pesto.

How about some #pasta to go with those Pesto’s? @SlowClubCookery has it covered.

This 30 minute meal from @Vegancoaching looks very tasty! Pasta in a creamy #basil sauce. Why not try this Pasta Primavera from @Yogivegetarian. Tasty! I say Yum to this Spaghetti Aglio e olio Alla Oppo (garlic and olive oil) from @emisgoodeating.

You can’t go wrong with #Pizza! I like the look of this suggestion from @BatsandBaking. This Pinwheel #pizza from @TheFriendlyfig looks amazing! This #Taco night pizza from @Leicveggie looks rather special too. I’m positively drooling over this amazing @Fettlevegan pizza! Take a peek at this stunning Smoky Autumn Pizza from @Yogivegetarian.

You will find #gnocchi on most Italian menu’s. This #Pumpkin option looks lovely. Thanks @TheMoralMunch. Or a #sweetpotato version from @Yogivegetarian.

A lovely warming bowl of #Minestrone sound good? I believe it sounds great! Thank you @emisgoodeating.

How about an #Affogato to round it all off? Yum! Thank you @Ephemerienne! These Vegan baked Zeppole from @emisgoodeating look fab! or a nice  Orzo coffee to finish. Aaand breathe out…and change into elasticated waist trousers ;o)

#fennel theme 15th May 2014

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to another ’round up’ from #veganrecipehour! Our theme on 15th May was #fennel! This included both the bulb and seeds. One of the issues that arose on the night was that many people felt they should be using this sweet, flavoursome aromatic veg a bit more! Lets hope we can inspire!

I personally didn’t like #fennel for many years. Or at least didn’t think I did! But, I stand by my belief that, one can usually find a cooking (or not=eat raw!) method that agrees with our taste buds! Its just a matter of finding out how YOU like to eat it! I found that I prefer fennel (bulb) wither griddled and cooked quickly so that it caramelizes and goes sweet and yummy! Or, slow cooked in a #Tagine is so yummy!. I Love to throw the seeds into a #cabbage/#kale and #leek stirfry or into Veggie soups. For me, it gives it that tasty ‘lift’. I also really enjoy a #fennel #tea. Here is a DIY guide!

Image#Fennel Foeniculum vulgare is actually part of the #celery family and is a hardy perennial Herb. It is used in the famous drink #Absinthe. #Fennel is frequently used as a breath freshener, after dinner digestive and to treat flatulence!

#Fennel is very low in calories its pretty high in #fibre and has no #cholesterol! Its also #heart friendly! Providing helpful levels of the electrolyte potassium. Helps combat High blood pressure!

So, lets press on with these wonderful recipe suggestions!

Thank you once again to the wonderful @ephemerienne for these lovely ideas! ‘#Tomato and #fennel #soup‘, ‘ #Fennel and #Pear #Salad‘, and ‘#tofu Babette’, thank you! 

Some amazing recipes were suggested by @SasonalShaheen. This one sound so tasty! ‘Fennel and #blackolive #risotto‘ Another Risotto recipe suggestion came in from @Theflexitarian. This one is a bit different as it uses #Quinoa. It has none Vegan ingredients but these can very easily be substituted. It seemed a shame not to share such an interesting idea!

How about this recipe idea? ‘Bulgur wheat salad with fennel, sweetcorn and apple’ as suggested by @Vegsoup4thesoul. What an amazing blend of flavours!

An absolultely fabulous suggestion was shared by @elenabedfordfennel & brown rice sushi’ That looks and sounds sooo nice!

Check out this #blog entry from @VeganChatRoom. Its all about their trip to the @WildebeestCafe in #Falmouth Featuring a ‘#Chestnut, #fennel #Tarragon #Ravioli’ Wow!

How about an amazingly hearty sounding suggestion of ‘Chard and Fennel with Blackeyed beans from @SeasonalShaheen?!

Fancy a bit of #couscous? This ‘Garlicky #sausage and #potato with #fennel#’ recipe will hit the spot! Or a lovely ‘#fennel and #chickpea #tagine‘ From @fullbelliesOAB.

These are simply superb! ‘#fennel and #seitan Dogs‘ From @veganYackAttack via @veganfoodchat.

You can catch up with more amazing suggestions and chat on twitter if you search #veganrecipehour or follow us @veganrecipehour.

Lets round it off this week with some fab quotes from the night…Happy #fennel eating all!

@VeganDiaries #Fennel :my favorite is to sauté it with black greek olives, simple!’

@SeasonalShaheen I tend to enjoy #Fennel fresh, thinly sliced in salads, but I do cook with it sometimes.’

@TheFlexitarian love #fennel raw just sliced in salad. Also lovely roasted with olives & tomatoes (a la Provencale)..’

@LeicVeggie Not a recipe per say but I love pizza topped w/roasted fennel & onion, kalamata olives, tomato sauce & portobello shrooms’

@vegsoup4thesoul Top tip for preparing fennel to roast. Hollow out with an apple corer, trim base flat so it stands up, add white wine!’

@vegsoup4thesoul Flavour-wise #fennel goes beautifully roast alongside carrots & parsnips :)’

@vegsoup4thesoul Fresh #fennel is lovely in coleslaws & in a simple salad w watercress & thinly sliced oranges (little hemp oil to dress)’

@M0nsterG1rl Thinly sliced fennel&apple, covered in fresh lemon juice & a sprinkling of salt.Can’t get enough of it-super fresh&juicy!’

#Asparagus theme Thursday 1st May 2014

Hello and welcome to another #veganrecipehour round up.

We had an awesome #asparagus theme on 1st May 2014. I have been totally convinced that I like #asparagus now and have already had it a couple of times in the last week!

So, what is so impressive about that spear shaped vegetable?

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It seems the Mighty Asparagus officinalis is very good for you indeed. Asparagus is whats known as a Perennial (meaning the plant lives for more than two years. Its image has been recorded as far back as 3000BC by the Egyptians! It is low in calories and sodium and is made up of around 93% water. Importantly it is a great source of B6. It makes up around 7% of a of a 100g portion. As well as Vitamins C,E, folic acid, calcium, iron and magnesium to mention a few benefits! Thank you to @VeganStella for sharing this …informative article! Now we know! Hehee! But Asparagus also lends a helping hand to your urinary system, helping to kep your Kidneys in tip top health. (link)

 

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Convinced? Lets take a look at some recipes then…

Many people seem to prefer #asparagus in its simplest form. This recipe shared by @CymruFigan showcasing the veg in a beautifully simple way, losing none of its amazing flavour! Or how about this lovely recipe for ‘Roasted Asparagus Salad with Chickpeas and Potatoes‘. @heavenlyskin told us that they enjoy it griddled with #garlic. Mmm tasty!

How about a #paella? Take a peek at this recipe from @theflexitarian. They also shared this idea for ‘aparagus #tofu scramble‘, as well as this gorgeous recipe for ‘Asparagus and new #potato salad in #caper #pesto dressing’ Yum! How about trying it in a soup? @lilmissmeatfree shared this delicious recipe for ‘Asparagus, pea and rosemary soup‘! @yogivegetarian shared this lovely recipe for ‘Asparagus tart‘ using a #gramflour eggless filling. Thank you to @JasmineTrinity for sharing her suggestion of an ‘Asparagus #pizza‘ Fab!

@JustinLaurenXO told us how they really like making a huge veggie roast w/ potato, onion, carrot, pepper, garlic, asparagus etc w olive oil and spices! Lovely idea! Thank you once again to the lovely @createagoodlife for sharing a favourite of theirs ‘Asparagus with #maple #tahini dressing‘ Wowee! Hope to try that soon! #glutenfree

We had some awesome suggestions from the lovely @seasonalshaheen. ‘Zesty Asparagus and #pinenuts‘ as well as ‘ Asparagus and #radish #pasta‘ Thank you for sharing!

Once again this is a shapshot of the amazing #vegan recipes that were shared on the night. Be sure also to have a look at @flavourphotos photographs that were shared! Amazing! You can find these and other tweets by clicking here and looking throught the tweets or searching under #veganrecipehour and/or #asparagus.

Remember everyone…..

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Have fun!

#aubergine #eggplant theme 20th March 2014

Thursday 20th March #veganrecipehour theme was all about the #aubergine.
It seems that people have mixed feelings about this beautiful shiny purple veggie.
I personally have mixed feelings! I do like and enjoy eating them though. It is true that the texture can be a little but challenging. Undercooked, it can ‘squeek’ on the teeth and overcooked, it can be a little on the slimy side. I believe with all veg, even the things we don’t like, if we try them enough and in different recipes then eventually we will find a way to enjoy them! I enjoy roasting them in herbs and spices, chopped into cubes with slices of onion and either potato/sweet potato cubes or chickpeas.
I’ve got my #aubergine ready and i am raring to go!

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So, Do you call it Aubergine or Eggplant? This is an really interesting article which is worth a read!
What’s even more interesting is this list of 208 eggplant varieties! Who knew!
I love this little picture for information about Aubergines.

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Thank you to @rawVeganista for pointing us in the direction of this information about #aubergines
so, now we know why we should be eating it, lets discover more about how to eat it!

Two fabulous recipes came in from @lilmissmeatfree @ElenaManighetti who suggested two classic aubergine recipes  ‘Quick and healthy fake parmigiana‘ Suggested by @ElenaManighetti ‘Greek lentil mousakka‘ fabulous!

Some wonderful suggestions from @Ephemerienne (requires translation) Such as ‘Eggplant and cauliflower balti‘  ‘Aubergine slices‘  ‘Asian Tofu and Eggplant’  ‘Aubergine soup‘ thank you!

Thank you to @segmentedsarah1 for a tasty recipe suggestion. ‘aubergine no meat balls‘ that’s something I have never tried and will definitely be giving it a go!
@lilmissmeatfree suggested a stuffed aubergine recipe. ‘Spicy stuffed Aubergine with lemon tahini Couscous’ Gorgeous!

Thank you so much to @VeganDisco for suggesting this very yummy sounding ‘curry’! This is ‘Baingan Bhurta‘ (Roasted Eggplant) You cant really go far wrong with a big plate of that! Another curry idea came in from @KerryMacuska  ‘Raw Eggplant curry over parsnip rice’ Amazing! How about a nice Aubergine chutney to go with them?
@Jasminetrinity suggested a really attractive and yummy looking ‘Aubergine and Bean rolls’ recipe yum!
Eggplant bacon?’ yes, you heard it right! Thank you to @KerryMacuska for this intriguing recipe! (swap honey if you wish)
Chinese Aubergine‘ Seems like a great idea!  thank you @B-boheme!

Eggplant chips‘ Anyone tried them? No, me neither! I will be doing soon though!
Thank you @jagrazi!
Ever tried a #raw Aubergine?  check out thie blog post from @RawVeganista telling us all about it! I never thought raw Aubergine could look so appealing! Thank you!
Another tasty #raw recipe was suggested by @KerryMacuska ‘Eggplant “Tortilla” w/Guac and Mixed Veggies’ Very nice!

I hope you have found something you fancy trying! Remember you can find more suggestions and recipes by searching #veganrecipehour on #twitter!

To round up, here are a few quotes from the night,

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‘@Veganbandb Berenjena frita is in all tapas bars, breaded fried aubergine, it’s vegan friendly and yummy with a drizzle of agave!

@myfridgie I don’t really cook with aubergine. I find the texture a bit odd :s But I have to admit Baba Ganoush is pretty great 🙂

‘@eating_veggie Anyone use aubergine as a thickener? Roast them up, remove the flesh, blend and add to your sauce, works a treat!

‘@ZoeAnderson Roast aubergine and chickpea stew fromand my homemade ratatouille in the slow cooker’ Yum!