Tofu Bolognese

tofu bolognese - vegan

First time I have made a vegan version of the traditional bolognese sauce, we served it on the day off at the yoga retreat and it went down a storm and it’s sugar free, dairy free, meat free, gluten free (if using tamari and not shoyu) – it’s practically angelic!!

Shopping List
Plum Tomatoes
Onions
Carrots
Firm Tofu
Tamari (or shoyu)
Fresh Basil
Garlic
Capers
Dried Origano 
Dried Marjoram
Salt
Olive Oil

Break up your tofu into little pieces and cover in the tamari, you need enough to turn the tofu dark brown.  Leave to marinade until later (you could even leave marinading overnight in the fridge).
Take a quarter of your tomatoes and half of the carrots, roughly chop and then place in a roasting dish with a couple of garlic segments, cover in oil and salt and place in the oven to roast for about an hour.
Dice the onions, great the remaining carrot, finely slice two more segments of garlic and roughly chop half of your fresh basil.
Heat some oil in a large saucepan and sauté the garlic until soft, then add the basil, and stir and then the onions and carrot and a large pinch of the dried origano and marjoram.  Stir well until onions and carrots are soft.
If you have time peel the remaining tomatoes (place tomato into boiling water until skin splits and then slide skin off being careful not to burn your hands). Then roughly chop and add to the saucepan.  Chop the capers and add to the sauce.
Leave to simmer for about an hour, stirring every now and then to prevent burning at the bottom.
When the roasting tomatoes and carrots are ready, remove from the oven, place in a bowl and blend with an electric hand held blender – then add to the bolognaise.
Now is a good time to have a taste – add salt, more herbs, maybe even a little tamari if needed.
In a separate pan or wok, heat a little oil and then stir fry the tofu with a little salt until cooked and beginning to crisp (don’t stir too often, let it brown a little)
When the Bolognese is tasting delicious stir in the cooked tofu, chop the remaining basil (leaving a few leaves to garnish if you wish) stir into the sauce.

Serve with some brown rice noodles if you want to avoid pasta.

Almondaise

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Super simple vegan, raw, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free recipe for a really yummy mayonnaise.  This was made at the yoga retreat last week, as I couldn’t find the recipe I kinda made it up as I went along, and it turned out rather yummy.
As you can see this was very popular, I didn’t have time to take the photo before it had all gone!!!  This recipe is especially for Olga :-) x

Shopping List
Almonds (soaked)
Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rice Milk
Sweet White Miso
Wholegrain Mustard

Leave the almonds to soak overnight. I used a cup of almonds, a cup of oil, a cup of rice milk, less than half a cup of vinegar, a couple of spoons of mustard and a spoon of sweet white miso.  Then I added a bit more of each in varying amounts once blended and tasted.

Place all the ingredients high powered blender (vitamix is fantastic for this job) and blend away until smooth.  Make sure you taste before adding to your bowl, or coleslaw, or jug, or chips!

Chocolate Peanut Fudge

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yum yum yum yum yum yum yum!!!!

Shopping List
Dates
Coconut Oil
Cacao Powder
Carob Powder
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Salt (maybe if needed)

I used equal amounts of dates, oil and powder (mixing the two powders together)
Chop dates and remove stone, then soak in hot water for about 20 mins to soften.  Place the soften dates, coconut oil, cacao and carob powders in a blender and blend until smooth (takes seconds) Have a taste now, does it taste chocolaty enough?  Carob is more bitter so if it you like your chocolate bitter you know what to do.  Place this paste into a bowl and stir in the crunchy peanut butter. Have a taste now, does it need salt?

Place this mixture into a non stick cake tin and place into the fridge to cool and set.  When firm, cut and devour!!!

ps – cacao contains caffeine so best eaten a long time before bedtime (if you are caffeine sensitive you can always use more carob and less cacao)