Walnut - peeled and revealed

posted 8 Sep 2013, 17:15 by Oliver Slay

I've added a new post to my blogspot blog..  one day I'll make my own website and bring all these sites together... 

Learning Hungarian - discovering the Hungarian vegan movement

posted 25 Aug 2013, 11:13 by Oliver Slay

I started learning Hungarian a couple of weeks ago... and having done a few basics.. I'm now studying all the food names.. and in doing so I am uncovering a very big vegan / vegetarian community of bloggers in Hungarian - many of these have some really inventive recipes ... as an explorer of veganism internationally I have to delve even deeper.

So I am building up a list of Hungarian vegan blogs for anyone to go and look at... If you are using Google Chrome as a browser it will ask you if you want to translate - for many recipes and posts, that's fairly good at getting an idea of what is going on... 

I'm off to Budapest this week... and will be cycling around Lake Balaton.. so hopefully I will be prepared for travelling and buying foods in the shops... write to me on twitter: @oliverslay if you have any good tips...  or other good vegan blogs I can look at... 

My First Tofu

posted 12 Jul 2013, 20:56 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 12 Jul 2013, 20:57 ]

This was my first ever attempt at making tofu (in 2011)... which I discovered is about as easy as boiling an egg - although it takes a lot longer :-)

1/2 cup of soya beans were rinsed, soaked for about 8-10 hours.. then blend them up with soaking water..  pour into a saucepan.. add 1.5 cups of water and blend.
Blended beans in water - this is called 'namago'

Heat this up slowly to 185F stirring occasionally - when it reaches 185F it will bubble and rise up - turn off the heat.  Stir the foam back into the 'go' ... then cook on a low heat very gently for 10 minutes...  then let it cool.  Pour into a sarashi bag (muslin bag) and squeeze out the soya milk.
This produces about 3 cups of soya milk (tonyu) and a small muslin bag of soy lees (okara)

okara can be fried up with savoury foods.. or made into vegan fish cakes with onions and vegetarian worcestershire sauce (or Hendersons) (find a recipe for okara fish cakes online...)

Stuffed Tofu Roast

posted 12 Jul 2013, 20:37 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 12 Jul 2013, 20:39 ]

Just dug out a photo of our Vegan Xmas stuffed tofu roast... 

tofu stuffed with celery / onion / soya and breadcrumbs.. 

with a tasty mustard and maple syrup dressing... 

I've added the recipe to my vegan recipes section.

Blueberry and Orange Cake

posted 12 Jul 2013, 19:56 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 12 Jul 2013, 20:01 ]

This can be made into muffins or as a cake... 

All-vegan... made from soya milk, tofu, oil, orange juice, orange extract, flours and blueberries...

it comes out quite fluffy in the middle...

if only I could afford to buy so many blueberries all the time :-)

Vegan Thai Chocolate Cremes

posted 15 May 2013, 05:20 by Oliver Slay

vegan thai cream egg

New reciped added for Vegan Thai Chocolate Cremes - no cream and not really Thai...

An explosion of flavours of mango and coconut with a hint of lime, followed by the kick of chilli...

New recipe added: Choc-tomatoes

posted 24 Mar 2013, 12:28 by Oliver Slay

A new recipe added for chocolate-coated sweet tomatoes... from the Nobu Vegetarian Cookbook.


Kansha: Celebrating Japan's Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions

posted 2 Apr 2011, 17:54 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 25 Nov 2013, 07:11 ]

This book by Elizabeth Ando covers Japanese vegan and vegetarian traditions, and I thoroughly recommend to all vegans in the West any book that covers this style of cooking... 

There's a lot that we can learn from Classical Japanese Buddhist cooking styles... and the new emerging modern vegan traditions... 

KANSHA is Japanese for 'appreciation'.  So she created a local food-tasting society and named it 'Kansha Club'.

One of the recipes is Glazed Eel Look-a-like... I spotted this in a Shoujin Ryori cookbook.. I can't wait to get this book...

The accompanying website is at: 

A previous book also and online culinary workshop - although this book is not 100% vegan or vegetarian:

WASHOKU means literally 'Japanese food' or you can interpret the WA = 'harmony' as on the website.. it's ambiguous .. 

Home-made Tempeh

posted 6 Mar 2011, 07:07 by Oliver Slay

I've been wanting to get into making tempeh for a long time... but did not have a source of tempeh starter...

Last night I met up with Andy in Sheffield who used to make tempeh to sell... and he re-ignited my quest to find a good starter source... 

He said he got his from a brewery (Murphy's in Nottingham)... I wondered where else I could get it... and in Europe I found:

They sell different starters for making tempeh with other grains aside from soy beans...  (chickpea tempeh...)

I'll cover this in more detail on my Vegan Food and Products page... in the near future...



posted 17 Feb 2011, 11:08 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 17 Feb 2011, 11:11 ]

I've moved most of my vegan blogging items to http://vorgster.blogspot.com/  ...

This website still contains various topics - see the menu under Navigation to the right......->


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