Vegan Sticky Red Onion and Sausage Bake with Gravy and from Milk and Honey Teriyaki Tofu Balls. My final Tempeh Cheatballs in Tomato Stew bore little resemblance to either recipe. I came across using Cheatballs instead of meatballs recently and it quite amused me. I wasn't sure if I say tomato sauce or tomato stew but I felt with the addition of a few vegies, it looked more stew than sauce.
tofu bacon. I meant to try it but forgot.
- I had a dream recently of being served dinner in a restaurant. I saw a movement on the serving plate. With horror I realised it was crawling with witchety grubs (Aussie bush tucker). I needed to tell them I was vegetarian. The I realised I was at vegan restaurant Smith and Daughters. I spent some time in my dream and when I awoke puzzling over how they could make vegan food move when they served it.
- Sylvia is really into the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries by Robin Stevens, which I am reading to her. We have been enjoying reading them over the school holidays. She wakes me up first thing in the morning asking me to read to her. We are currently reading one called Arsenic for Tea. When E was bringing it home from the library, she said to me "I hope dad brings Arsenic home". Perhaps this is why in the USA, it has been renamed Poison is Not Polite.
- We sauntered along to Coburg Carnivale on the weekend. It had less of a community feel than previous Carnivales. The highlight was the Little Wooden Caravan. We were kindly squeezed in though it was almost booked up. There were a series of puzzles, each leading us to a key to open a locked box with another clue. It was great fun and I enjoyed that it included some of the photos of historic Coburg.
Kimmy and Mary Ellen for Healthy Vegan Fridays, Jac for Meat Free Mondays and Cindy for Gluten Free Fridays.
More tempeh recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Chesapeake tempeh cakes (v)
Pumpkin and kale soup with tempeh crumbles (gf, v)
Tamarind Tempeh with Noodles (v)
Tempeh and corn soup (gf, v)
Tempeh and pumpkin lasagne (v)
Watercourse Foods tempeh burger (gf,v)
Tempeh Cheatballs in a Tomato Stew
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Serves about 6
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely sliced
400g tin diced tomatoes
1 carrot, sliced into batons
1 red capsicum, sliced into batons
1/4 cup tofu bacon marinade
good pinch of salt and pepper
3 tbsp besan
2 tbsp tofu bacon marinade
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves, chopped
200g chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 onion, finely chopped and fried
Start on the Tomato Stew: Heat oil in a heavy based frypan and fry onions for about 20 to 30 minutes until soft but not melting. I had my onions fried for the Cheatballs but if I hadn't I would fry an extra onion with the sliced onion and when they were done I would chop up a third of the fried onions for the Cheatballs.
While onions fry, squeeze moisture out of tempeh and crumble into mixing bowl. Mix in besan, marinade, nutritional yeast flakes and spinach. Blend chickpeas and fried onion and mix into the tempeh mixture. Set aside while completing the Tomato Stew.
Meanwhile, microwave carrot batons in a covered dish with a little water for 30 minutes. When onions are done (set aside some for the Cheatballs if required), tip in diced tomatoes, precooked carrots, capsicum, tofu marinade and seasoning to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
Pour tomato stew into a large roasting tin. Shape heaped tablespoons cheatballs mixture into balls and dot in the tomato stew. Spray the tops of cheatballs with oil spray. Bake for 30-60 minutes until cheatballs brown. (I served mine after 40 minutes and liked them but I liked them more the second night when they were baked again for 30 minutes. If I had a grill or broiler in my oven I might grill them for 5 minutes at the end.)
On the Stereo:
50 the Golden Jubilee Album: The Seekers