I can’t believe today is the last day of vegan MoFo, its gone so quickly!
Today’s theme is a fusion challenge! I’ve had the recipe I made tonight saved in my Feedly (the RSS reader that I’ve used since Google Reader (RIP!)) for the past 3 months just waiting for an excuse to try it out. I really really love dumplings and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly!
Check out the full recipe here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/red-lentil-dumplings-recipe.html
These dumplings are filled with a red lentil and roasted tomato filling (very Mediterranean – I thought anyway!) wrapped in dumpling wrappers, making this a perfect fusion dish! The only thing I changed was the cooking method; I steamed them first to make sure the wrappers were fully cooked, pan fried them and then added some water back into the pan to re-steam the wrappers so they weren’t too tough! They were perfect!
On the side is a spicy soy sauce dressing mentioned in the recipe, I found the method for making it in this recipe (http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/golden-potstickers-recipe.html) but of course I hadn’t read it in advance so I didn’t have fresh chillis so I used a teaspoon of sriracha.
Jeanette and Gary liked them too! There was so much depth of flavour, and I really enjoyed the process of making the mix and folding the dumpling wrappers. I am so lucky living in Manchester, I have access to so many food shops including (useful for this case!) chinatown. It’s excellent. Can you tell I spent my childhood living in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere?!
The filling was so delicious that I ate the leftovers on crackers like pate. In fact I think I might make the filling again just for this purpose! Might be less labour intensive than folding all those dumplings!
Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s fusion challenge and have eaten some really good food!
As I’m already out of the country (currently in Cambodia!) I thought I’d quickly post about the foods that I’ve taken with me on my trip to South-East Asia!
Lots and lots and lots of nakd bars!! Basically I decided that I would immerse myself in the local food as much as possible and just take a few snacks to tide me over and so far its done me well. I also brought a big jar of peanut butter ‘for the protein’! Ha! Nothing to do with the peanutty deliciousness!
I also took some of these beauties to the airport. They were amazingly delicious and I was so grateful to have some fresh fruit for my journey.
I wish Vegan MoFo had been last month so I could make the most of today’s theme!
I’ve visited this idea before on my blog. Cooking exclusively from things you already have in the house. I’ll be honest, in my house it’s not really an issue, I store a LOT of food in my house across the cupboards, freezer and fridge! This meal came about today when I had 15 minutes to cook and eat before I left the house!
Yum! Doesn’t look too shabby does it? And it has 3 portions of vegetables and 21g of protein.
Frozen vegetables to the rescue! I’ve recently started expanding my frozen vegetable horizons (I think that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever said!). We now regularly have spinach, corn, peas, edamame and green beans in our freezer. It makes quick meals a LOT easier (except for when I have dumplings in the freezer).
This isn’t even going to be a real recipe, as its based on a humble pot noodle. I don’t eat much ready-made stuff but it can be soo useful when you’re short on time. I literally just simmered the vegetables for 3-4 minutes, rehydrated the noodles and mixed them together.
Topped with sriracha and chopped coriander, this was quick, easy and (although not the best thing I’ve ever eaten) pretty tasty. Maybe one day I’ll make my own take on a pot noodle, I’m sure it could be done and probably be a bit tastier.
See you tomorrow! So little time left…
Today’s theme is to talk about your favourite cuisine. I’m really looking forward to reading about everyone’s favourite foods and hopefully get to try some new cuisines that I hadn’t thought of trying before. As for me I guess my favourite food is that from South East Asia, which is pretty handy as I’m currently in Cambodia :) Yeah sorry, I guess I’m cheating a bit with a pre-composed blog post, but I’ve missed so many days of vegan MoFo that I wanted to try and manage a few more posts before the end.
A new Pho restaurant (Vietnamese!) has opened in Manchester, so of course Gary and I had to go check it out as soon as physically possible.
The tofu and mushroom bun noodles
Phở nấm rơm, also known as Enoki, shiitake & button mushroom noodle soup
The bun noodles came with nuoc cham (fish sauce dressing) on the side that they happily replaced with a ginger soy sauce for me to make it vegan. Very delicious.
I made the pad thai from Isa Does It when my mum came for dinner.
It was very very good!
I also made the Watercress, Coconut, Lumpia Spring Rolls from Vegan Eats World when my girls came over for lunch the other week. They were really really amazing!
You roll them up like little buritos and bake them in the oven until they’re gorgeous and crispy. The dipping sauce that goes with them is divine but I added 1/4 cup water to dilute it a little so it wasn’t too salty.
Note to self….eat more south east asia food like the recipes below:
I really have to buy this cookbook that Joey talked about on Day 12 for the theme of favourite cookbook. As you can tell I love asian cuisine so a cookbook dedicated to these flavours sounds amazing to me!
Hope you’re still enjoying vegan MoFo!