Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Vegan's Hundred

This follows on from Jill at Northern Vegan...  100 things you might have eaten .. or want to eat ... instructions:

1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one.
5) Pass it on!

1. Natto 
I love natto (and beer)... there are many things to make.. natto pasta, natto rice, natto toast... make 'natto chahan' - chopped celery, frozen peas, natto, edamame, chopped carrot etc and left over rice to make a simple fried vegetable rice mound...

2. Green Smoothie 
Banana, pineapple, mango plus a tablespoon of blue green algae or spirulina...

3. Tofu Scramble 
Simply Tofu, mustard, turmeric... more complicated - 3 parts - boil sweetcorn in oat milk and then mash - steam cauliflower and mash - tofu broken up .. combine in a pan with turmeric, mustard .. the sweetcorn and cauliflower have good scramble properties.

4. Haggis 
Vegan haggis is really tasty... we buy a couple and feed up to 10 people with it.. vegan or not everyone tends to like it... Not sure how available the original vegan haggis is over there.

5. Mangosteen 
Had this in thailand/cambodia... but not one i would seek out here

6. Creme brulee 
I've had the non-vegan version many times too - i would have to make a non-vegan one .. and i have too many other tasty things to make instead... :)
[Edit 15/Feb/10 - I've found a recipe for this... but yet to try it...]

7. Fondue 
I've not yet made this fondue... glutinous rice flour, soya milk, white miso paste, rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil... i can't remember the rest.. it's from Ana Kichi's Yuru Vegi 10-pun in Japanese and I've not finished the translation of the method... you could rough it from there? try making it like you'd make a cheese sauce - don't boil the miso.. can be frozen into blocks of cheese.. or used to make cheese toast, pasta, lasagne etc..

8. Marmite/Vegemite 
 either.. good source of B vitamins - not just on toast.. add a little to deepen the taste of vegetable soups/pasta sauces etc..

9. Borscht 
didn't like it when i was younger.. but probably would appreciate it after kimchi

10. Baba ghanoush 
anything with aubergines... this plus houmous and warm flatbread..

11. Nachos 
of course...

12. Authentic soba noodles 
Yes... (with kombu dashi) in an authemtic soba restaurant in a mountainous spa town near Ise in Japan... along with tempura'd shiitake and daikon... Also a friend made them at home...

13. PB&J sandwich 
almost every day .. but prefer PB&: houmous (use plain PB no sugar/sweetener); tofu (mix equal weights of tofu and PB); vegannaise (yummy mix) ultimate.. a bread bun... peanut butter... houmous... and sun-dried tomato paste.. with rocket/lettuce and/or alfalfa sprouts

14. Aloo gobi 
Aloo Gobi (potato cauliflower); Sag Aloo (spinach potato); Chana Masala (chickpea masala); Bombay Aloo (spicy bombay potatoes); Bhindi Bhaji; Brinjal Bhaji... that's either the side dish section on an Indian menu or everything i like..

15. Taco from a street cart 
Never seen one... 20 years ago I had tako yaki from a street cart in Tokyo... octopus bits in batter... i have a recipe for vegan tako yaki now...

16. Boba Tea 
Boba Tea? Had to look that up... Pearl Tapioca Tea.. not the tea... but general coconut juice plus tapioca etc found in the chinese supermarket.. yes..

17. Black truffle 
yes.. altho it was psychotropic and in Amsterdam

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 
Peach / Apple / Elderflower / Framboise / Strawberry... yes...

19. Gyoza 
My girlfriend and I made about 50 of them last weekend for a party... plus a nice chili dipping sauce.. finely chop: half a carrot/several shiitake (fresh or dried (rehydrated))/spring onion/garlic/ginger/walnuts .. add a little flour .. use chinese dumpling skins (without egg) .. wet around the edge quickly with a finger dipped in water... add a teaspoon of mix.. squeeze up the edges pinch tight... must be no holes... place them all seam upwards in a frying pan.. with oil... don't let them touch... when the bottoms are crispy, add half a cup of water and cover ... steam for a few minutes and they're done. EasyChili (chopped chilis) / soya sauce / balsamic vinegar for the dip

20. Vanilla ice cream 
in the UK .. Booja Booja .. Ingredients: Cashew Nuts / Water / Maple Syrup / Vanilla Beans .. nothing else added... (also in Chocolate and Maple/Pecan flavours... also have Vanilla Soya and Vanilla Rice and Vanilla Hemp ice creams...

21. Heirloom tomatoes 
Heritage tomatoes in the UK... there's a good shop for these in Sheffield.. Beanies.. they sell all sorts of heritage vegetables

22. Fresh wild berries 
Blackberries grow all over the UK...

23. Ceviche 
i might give it a try...

24. Rice and beans 
Look into 'Chahan' ... chahan is great... also rice covered with green tea and nori... gomasio..

25. Knish 
huh? ... similar to Cornish Pasty, Scottish Bridie, Samosa, Empanada, Rissole, Calzone, Jamaican Patty... love them all...

26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper 
hmm.. sliced thinly with grapefruit pieces in a garlic-rubbed glass bowl

27. Dulce de leche 
hmm.. Provamel make a soya chocolate pudding that looks just like it ... also in vanilla...

28. Caviar 
I've had several versions of the non-vegan stuff 20 years or so ago... and in Japan various roes ... and I have investigated how to make carrot juice or blueberry faux stuff.. but not made it yet... sodium alginate isn't exactly a supermarket/local shop produce...

29. Baklava 
yes... non-vegan and perhaps once a vegan version.. in 'Vegan Baking' book.

30. Pate 
That reminds me... i've got some shiitake pate in the fridge... nyom nyom...

31. Wasabi peas 
someone brought a whole tin to the party last weekend.. i only had a few cos someone else gobbled them up...

32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl 

33. Mango lassi 

34. Sauerkraut 
had it 25 years ago in Germany... bit like kimchi and Borscht.. no? i do crave some now and again but prefer kimchi...

35. Root beer float 
not so keen on root beer/ginger beer... can i just have the float?

36. Mulled cider 
Oh yes... i'll say... Wassail ... now look for the recipe... Old Apple tree, old apple tree; We've come to wassail thee; To bear and to bow apples enow; Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full; Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs..

37. Scones with buttery spread and jam 
Sun dried tomato scones with houmous.. :-)

38. Vodka jelly 
Use the same idea as faux-caviar... straws ... make vodka spaghetti...

39. Gumbo 
Bhindi - Okra - Lady's Fingers - Gumbo... a good ole creole gumbo .. lovely with plantain too..

40. Fast food french fries 
Yes.. but picky about where...

41. Raw Brownies 

42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans 
how posh is that... garbanzo = chickpeas... why not call them chickpeas... fresh chickpeas... houmous.. felafel... panella.. chickpea tofu... yum...

43. Dahl 
Chana Dhal (Garbanzo Soup as it's known to Posh and Becks)... all sorts of dhal is good...

44. Homemade Soymilk 
I have a soya milk maker.. but have only used it to make rice milk / walnut milk / hazelnut milk / almond milk... i should try the soya milk setting...
Heat up some soya milk to 70 degrees exactly .. add a tablespoon of nigari... and leave on the table to cool... then people can eat with a spoon .. a bit of wasabi... soya to dip... nice sweet flavour to it...

45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more 
i didn't buy it .. was it worth that? or it cost that?

46. Stroopwafle 

47. Samosas 
every single day... if i could... yum yum

48. Vegetable Sushi 

49. Glazed doughnut 
have eaten but not craving them... much...

50. Seaweed 
Hijiki makes a good vegan squid ink pasta or carrot salad... kombu in dashi... dulse .. arame .. mekabu .. agar agar/kanten

51. Prickly pear 

52. Umeboshi 
i've been eating these for 20 years... i especially like the nut in the stone... you have to bite carefully to break the stone in the middle .. and you get the tasty and healthy flavoured plum kernel...

53. Tofurkey 
one christmas or two ago...

54. Sheese 
uhuh... and rice sheese too...

55. Cotton candy 
many times .. long ago...

56. Gnocchi 
tasty ... tasty... and easy to make too..

57. Piña colada 

58. Birch beer 
uh? really?

59. Scrapple 
bit like nut roast? or tofu steak?

60. Carob chips 
yup.. should be in the cupboard ...

61. S’mores 
I still haven't tried vegan marshmallows. me neither

62. Soy curls 
"these aren't available here, and I haven't bothered sending away for them." - Jill .. no need .. boil soya milk and carefully lift off the skin that forms ... hang to dry... roll it up and dry... easy to make .. also called Yuba.. I didn't really have to go all the way to Nikko, Japan to buy some but i did...

63. Chickpea cutlets 
You mean Felafel? tasty ...

64. Curry 
needless to say

65. Durian 
nope.. i've seen it for sale in South East Asia .. but not tried it .. or maybe once...

66. Homemade Sausages 
yup... once .. tho they also looked like croquets and burgers ..

67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake 

68. Smoked tofu 
yup .. for many many years

69. Fried plantain 
yup... fried it myself .. with chili oil...

70. Mochi 
You can grill it, fry it, boil it, bake it .. very versatile.. i've eaten it many times..

71. Gazpacho 
so easy to make i'm surprised i don't eat it more often...

72. Warm chocolate chip cookies 
How do they get cold?

73. Absinthe 

74. Corn on the cob 
many times

75. Whipped cream, straight from the can 
soya too! 
i've seen it .. but not bought any...  [Edit 15/Feb/2010 - wrong, i have whippable cream in my cupboard]

76. Pomegranate 
often.. mostly in juice form now... once picked one fresh in France...

77. Fauxstess Cupcake 
i'd make my own...

78. Mashed potatoes with gravy 
nearly every week i have a mashed potatoes and gravy night.. with vegan sausages or pie .. and steamed broccoli...

79. Jerky - Vegan Pepperoni
not interested ... tho the vegan soy/nut peperoni is good...  how about Vegan Chorizo.. by Redwood Foods.

80. Croissants 

81. French onion soup 
yup ..

82. Savory crepes 
Made from Taro potatoes.. here's a recipe i translated from Japanese:

83. Tings

84. A meal at Candle 79

85. Moussaka yup..

86. Sprouted grains or seeds 
I sprout radish, broccoli, alfalfa, sage .. and so on... very tasty... tie some sprouts onto a small block of pressed tofu with a strip of nori for some pretty-looking faux-sushi...

87. Macaroni and “cheese” 
i do wish...
[ edit - found some cheese sauce powder - but prefer to make own]

88. Flowers 
here's another recipe i translated from a Buddhist Japanese cooking book...

89. Matzoh ball soup 

90. White chocolate 
love it...

91. Seitan 
Yes .. first time in a Taiwanese restaurant .. now i buy it in a jar and cook it myself

92. Kimchi 
Often... i had a chat with a man who has a Korean shop in Sheffield .. and he says that most home-made kimchi could have fish paste in it... don't be afraid to ask... most commercial kimchi is not made with fish paste...

93. Butterscotch chips 

94. Yellow watermelon 

95. Chili with chocolate 
it's tasty but firey...

96. Bagel and Tofutti 
yum... blueberry bagel?

97. Potato milk 

98. Polenta 
Sliced polenta pizza!

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee 
maybe ..

100. Raw cookie dough 

I add:

101.  Sicilian Panelle
Chickpea tofu

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