Monday, 23 May 2016

Pasta with Pumpkin, Omelette and Parmesan (Vegan)

"What will I make for dinner?" I asked Sylvia as I pottered about the kitchen after her bath.  I try to be organised enough to know what I will cook of an evening but it doesn't always happen.  It is pretty useless to ask a 7 year old who turns her nose up at so much that I cook.  Yet there is nothing wrong with a bit of democracy.

While I gathered up bits and pieces for dinner she watched news headlines on ABC3 that are aimed at kids.  We try not to have the news on in our house while Sylvia is around, though occasionally she hears it on the radio.  She is fascinated by it.  If only like Noni Hazelhurst suggested, it did not paint the world as such a violence, sad, black place.  And don't get me started on politics and all the inadequacies of our politicians.

So I was surprised as Sylvia watched her kids news that she said accusingly that I had not told her there was an election on.  (As an aside, our MP of 20 years is retiring and it is exciting that our area might actually have a proper contest in the forthcoming federal election next month)  Not only did she tell me that she loves elections but she asked if she could help me vote. 

Sadly Sylvia did not get to vote on dinner.  Her suggestions included pizza and sausages.  She highly approved of the pasta but was a bit reluctant about eating the pumpkin and spinach on the side.  Not too reluctant, I was relieved to observe.  E and I really enjoyed this dinner made from odd bits and pieces that needed using.  It was a bit easier to make, given I had leftover omelette and the pumpkin was put on to roast earlier.

Today is a significant day in the preparations for the federal election.  It was the closing date to enrol to vote.  For those unfamiliar with the Australian political system, voting is compulsory.  So as Sylvia expressed her enthusiasm for the election, I was hopeful that in the not too distant future, she will be just as enthusiastic about enrolling to vote when she turns 18.

I am sending this to Healthy Vegan Fridays with congratulations to Kimmy for reaching the 100th week, Meatless Mondays at Tinned Tomatoes where Jac had posted some interesting posts for UK National Vegetarian Week last week, and Pasta Please.  I am delighted Jac at Tinned Tomatoes is now running Pasta Please with a new co-host, Chris at Thinly Spread, who is hosting this month.  For long time bloggers, you might recognise this event as the one that grew out of Presto Pasta Nights that Ruth at Once Upon a Feast held years ago.

More spaghetti recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Avocado pasta (v)
Cheesy peas pasta (v)
One pot pasta with chickpeas and zucchini (v)  
Soy bombs and tomato sauce on top of spaghetti (v)
Spaghetti pie (v)
Spaghetti with silverbeet and cauliflower grematola (v)

Pasta with Pumpkin, Omelette and Parmesan (Vegan)
An original recipe from Green Gourmet Giraffe
Serves 2

Spaghetti for 2 people (measured on a spaghetti measurer), cooked
1/2 butternut pumpkin, peeled, trimmed, cubed and roasted
1 onion, finely sliced and fried til well cooked
1/3 batch of leftover vegan omelette (see recipe below), diced
drizzle of olive oil, optional
squeeze of lemon juice, optional
vegan parmesan (see recipe below)
2 good handfuls of spinach, chopped, to serve

While roasting pumpkin think about what to do, fry up onions and while they are slowly cooking, cook the spaghetti.  Push cooked onions to one side and heat up omelette and pumpkin on frypan.  (NB the omelette works best if it has cooled first so it is easy to cut.)  Mix omelette and vegies together.  Serve the spaghetti in bowl with a drizzle of oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Serve omelette-vegie mixture alongside it and lots of chopped spinach.  Scatter with a generous spoonful or two of parmesan.

Tofu besan omelet
From Green Gourmet Giraffe

300g silken tofu, drained
6 tablespoons besan (chickpea flour)
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon mirin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion granules
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch black salt
1-2 tsp canola oil, for frying

Blend tofu, olive oil and mirin in tall large jug using a hand held blender.  Heat frypan and swirl around the canola oil.  Pour omelette into frypan and cook 10 minutes on low heat, then a further 10 minutes with a lid on frypan.  Use an eggflip or spatula to check it does not stick to frypan and then flip onto a large plate.

Vegan parmesan cheese
From Green Gourmet Giraffe, slightly adapted from Minimalist Vegan

1/2 cup cashews
2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 tsp salt flakes
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Blend in high power blender until ingredients are blitzed to a powder.

On the Stereo:
The Best of the Pogues


  1. I love meals made from the bits and bobs you have in your house and it turns out so well. The besan omelette in particular looks really good!

    1. Thanks Joey - it is very satisfying to use up what was about - was glad I remembered I had leftover omelette

  2. OH yes our politicians. What a woeful lot they are....
    Anyway back to the food, this looks good and sounds like Sylvia gave it a go at least which is good :)

    1. Thanks Lorraine - politicians - pfft! and yep am happy if sylvia gives something a go

  3. I love the idea of serving the omelette chopped up with the pasta. It sounds like a lovely dish!

    1. Thanks Corina - as someone who has never liked eggs I have never thought of eggs with pasta but this vegan version worked well

  4. We always take F along when we vote and when she was three she wanted to fill out the ballot card. She wanted cross out every option, of course. There was quite some screaming and fighting going on when we told her she couldn't do that.

    1. Thanks Mihl - we often take sylvia to vote and it is in her school - the art deco hall is gorgeous but now I think it feels part of her life in more ways than one - though she would also scribble over the ballot paper if I let her and now she reads she would probably want to discuss everything I wrote on!

  5. OH GOD HOW FAST CAN YOU DELIVER THIS TO BRUNSWICK? Also: we have the Pogues on repeat a LOT, it's suprising how fast a three-year-old develops an Irish accent.

    1. Thanks Veggie Mama - love the pogues - got the best of album at fitzroy market and found it is pretty much the same as another pogues best of we have but still it is the pogues so can't complain :-)

  6. I agree about the news, I rarely watch/listen to/read the news because it is all so depressing, and not something that I want my kids exposed to :( although I love Sylvia's enthusiasm for voting, haha! I was enthusiastic about voting when I turned 18, but as each election turned out to be bitterly disappointing, my enthusiasm has pretty much faded...

    1. Thanks Kyra - I used to watch the news a lot before sylvia was born and now if she is not about when it is on I find it quite a treat to watch it but that is probably enough now. I think voting has been quite dull living in a safe seat and it is quite exciting to actually have a possibility of more than one party winning in this election.

  7. I can't believe Syliva, at the age of 7, is interested in news & politics already? She's going to be a game changer!!! Love it =)
    "For those unfamiliar with the Australian political system, voting is compulsory."
    I did not know that. I have mixed feelings on whether America should do this or not.
    And to be honest... I didn't realize there was an election going on. I'm watching the politics going on in the United States and it's taking all of my attention. Scary stuff going on over here.

    Politics and news aside - your dish sounds good! It actually even sounds a little fancy given you just used up random things in your fridge (I love meals that turn out well when I do that - it doesn't always).
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays!! And thanks for the shout out =) I'm pinning & sharing. Have a fabulous week Johanna.

    1. Thanks Kimmy - on the ABC (govt run) kids channel they have a kids new which sylvia loves and it is a lot more positive than the regular news which just shows that it doesn't have to be violence and heartache. I do get mixed feelings about compulsory voting - I think it is great that people have to think about voting in theory but in reality I think there are people who vote because they have to but then don't do the thinking about it and are swayed by the wrong things (eg how handsome is a politician or a soundbite on the news). And yep the pasta was a little fancy because I had prepared some ingredients earlier!


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