Friday, 26 May 2017

Rose Elliot's Bloody Mary Jelly (vegan)

Apparently it is British Tomato Week.
I am a little surprised as my greenhouse seedling specimens are not even the length of my hands and those that I picked up from a garden nursery have only just begun to flower.  I guess other parts of the country, tomatoes are thriving under poly tunnels.  Not in this part of Wales, where on days I am still wearing layers.
I had originally bookmarked to make Bloody Mary Jelly around the Christmas or New Year festivities, but  then thought, what is wrong with now?!  Oh and before you read any further, I must highlight that this Bloody Mary Jelly is made with a carton of tomato juice picked up for a different recipe, but never did and noted over the weekend that it was reaching its best before date.
The recipe for Bloody Mary Jelly comes from the British Empress of Vegetarian Cooking - Rose Elliot.  Many of the modern vegetarian and vegan cookbooks appearing on our shelves in the UK will have been influenced by Rose Elliot, whether they choose to admit it or not is another thing.  

Rose Elliot was one of the first vegetarian British food writers that I ever came across and I probably have more cookbooks from Rose Elliot than any other, well why not she has written over 60 vegetarian and vegan cookbooks.
Back to this Bloody Mary Jelly.  I did not use Tabasco, I find it harsh.  I ended up using a hot chili sauce called Electric Mud that I picked up from the Cardiff's Riverside Food Market in Cardiff by Chris Fowler.  Potent stuff, a little goes a long long way. 

These Bloody Mary Jelly's were  well impressive and would definitely be welcome at a table when you want to impress guests.  They're best made not too far ahead and kept in a cool place rather than the fridge. Also these are set with a vegetarian gelatin, Vege-Gel, which you can get from most supermarkets in the UK and if you didn't know, Bloody Mary's contain vodka., so only suitable for grown ups.  
Other Fresh Tomato Recipes 
Tomato Recipes
Fresh Tomato Lasagne
Tomato, Strawberry and Puy Lentil Curry
Oven Baked Tomato and Rosemary Risotto
Harissa Tomato Potatoes with Black Pudding
Red Rice Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
Cherry Tomato Tart

I am sharing this Bloody Mary Jellies CookBlogShare hosted by Every Day Healthy Recipes.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colourful BBQ Cauliflower Salad Bowl

I have to throw my hands up and admit that I have somewhat lost my blogging groove.  At the same time I have also found myself uninspired in the kitchen, I am not begrudging this at all, in fact I am a little thankful for it as it has allowed me to both cook those bookmarked recipes as well as peruse cookbooks from my burgeoning bookshelf,  to which I have to confess I have added some more cookbooks. 

For those of you who read my blog, will know that I went to the last Bristol Vegfest at the weekend.  Whilst there, I picked up some vegan cookbooks including Kristy Turners But I could Never Go Vegan and  But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan.
I had considered last year to put them both on my Christmas wish list, but then for some reason decided  not to as I had other vegan and vegetarian cookbooks that I wanted more, but then when I saw both of them at the Vegfest.  I was finally swayed to get the cookbook as my blogger friend Johanna who cooks much like I do at home, was making recipes on her blog and commenting, even fellow blogger Faye Veganopoulous was recommending it.  Both Faye and Johanna have cooked extensively from them.

That evening when I returned home after the Bristol Vegfest, feet up, sitting in front of the TV with a glass of wine and paging through the cookbook very slowly, I knew exactly what I wanted to make first.  It was the s BBQ Cauliflower Salad , not only did it look delicious, I had most of the ingredients to hand. 
The following day, this BBQ Cauliflower Salad was made. The salad is smothered with a vegan blue cheese dressing and some oven baked onion rings, but I found the  BBQ Cauliflower substantial enough on its own and quite hearty lunch after a spell in the garden Sunday afternoon.  It was quite easy to put together with ready made BBQ sauce.
The cookbooks have some vegan recipes that are new to me, especially those made with sauerkraut (as I never know what to do with the jars I bring at home), Jackfruit Crabless Cakes and the Savoury Corn Cheesecake but some not so much like Chickpea Scramble, Chickpea Fries,   Faux Tofu Fish and Chips. I have been making my own and Tofu Fish and Chips inspired by Something Fishy that started their vegan fish and chips business in 2008 now almost 10 years later its appearing all over blogosphere and in cookbooks.

Still the cookbooks have enough inspiration for me to have finally wanted a copy of my own. The next bookmarked from the cookbook are Samosa Cakes and the Sunflower Sausage. 
For the full BBQ Cauliflower Salad Recipe - see here. 

To read Green Gourmet Giraffes Review of But I could Never Go Vegan  see here
And to read Veganopoulous review of But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan click here

Monday, 22 May 2017

Green to Red Gooseberries

Its almost a month ago, when I showed you progress in the garden plot. 
Today a little more as some plants have gone into the ground, but many plants are still in pots.

Before I go further, I have to admit these photographs were taken last week before the rain came pouring down and much more has grown and sprouted since, including the weeds!
The climbing bean frames are finally up
Beneath these are climbing purple beans, the yellow beans and runner beans have not yet germinated, partly because the seeds were old and partly because I sowed them late, but I am hoping for some more.  On the bean frame at the back are Climbing Alderman Peas.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Bristol VegFest 2017

For the fourth year running, we went to Bristol Veg Fest and yes, it rained.  We still enjoyed the day.

So many vegan food stalls were missing including, some favourites like Ms Vegan Cupcake, Lettices, Mheat, Loving Hut, The Happy Maki, Chai Wallah, and Vegetarian Caviar Club - I was a little disappointed as I have been wanting to get my mitts on some jars of vegan caviar for special meals.  
  But there was still loads to see, including some favourites Vegan Sweet Tooth,