When I first made this chickpea scramble, it was good, but something was missing. It needed something fresh, but fresh herbs and lemon juice weren’t the answer. Sure, it made it better, but it was still lacking. Then I picked up some lovely fresh pomegranates at a great little greengrocer in the lower Blue Mountains of Sydney.
Pomegranates were the answer indeed. And while I’ve called this a breakfast bowl, it’s also a lunch bowl, and even an any-time-of-the-day bowl.
You’ll love this san choy bau. It’s actually mushroom-free. I toyed with the idea of adding mushrooms for some meatiness but I’m not the biggest fan, and I really want to show you that there’s so much more to vegan meals than mushrooms.
I have been dreaming about getting a good ‘meatiness’ for my tacos before now. Mexican-spiced scrambled tofu wasn’t going to cut it and nor was nut meat, especially after recently discovering I have a mild walnut allergy (just another food allergy/intolerance for the already long list). The secret? A little bit of tofu, a little bit of tempeh, and some baked kidney beans.
A few years ago I came across sweet potato noodles in an Asian grocer and I bought them because they were surprisingly gluten-free. The noodles sat on a shelf in my cupboard for a good six months before I finally settled on what I would do with them: make japchae, also known as Korean glass noodles.
Finding sweet potato noodles can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. Without them I could have gone for regular rice noodles, or even pasta but I decided to push myself towards something even healthier and landed on zucchini noodles.
The day I perfected my recipe for pad Thai was the day I stopped ordering it from Thai restaurants. Another way I describe this recipe is ‘better-than-Thai-restaurant pad Thai’ and when something has a name like that, why would you order in? OK, I know why, because you have nothing in the fridge or pantry, and/or you’ve had a rough day and just can’t. I get it, I’ve been there.
I’ve been using chickpea flour ever since I discovered socca – a crispy flatbread. It gets crispy on the edges and retains moisture inside – with it sometimes having a scrambled egg-like consistency. I knew it would soon become the base of my quiche recipe.
Growing up, my mum’s quiche was the only one I would eat. It had flaky pastry but the vegetables were the real hero. Oh, and those little bits of bacon. Bacon has always been my achilles’ heel.
I toyed with the idea of adding coconut bacon but things were starting to get complicated. I had to let the vegetables shine, just like mum’s.
So, I’m not a soup girl, but here I am again with another soup. My vegan tom yum quickly turned into tom kha (Thai coconut soup) with the addition of a little more coconut milk and a tablespoon of something very unexpected for a Thai dish.
I never got to try shakshuka before I became vegan. It only really popped up on my radar in the last five or so years. Really feeling like I was missing something, I got to work on veganising it. The only problem? What to do about the egg component.
Well, I figured it out and it’s the closest I’ve come to a vegan fried egg, and the closest I am ever going to get without having to add tofu. It’s easy, soy-free and chickpea flour has a good amount of protein, which always helps a vegan out. I still can’t believe I did it, and I’m sharing it with you with a huge smile on my face.
The day I tried pho was the day I realised that soup could be loved. There’s just something about pho that elevates it beyond its competitors. It’s rich and fragrant yet still light.
If you’re gluten-free, you’ll know the struggle of finding gluten-free pizza that tastes as good as non-gluten-free pizza. And, how about the struggle of trying to make it yourself? I’ve tried hundreds of recipes and the end result has never been worth the struggle … until now.
OK, so it might not taste exactly the same as non-gluten-free pizza, but it’s the best (and easiest!) version I’ve reached, and I’m excited to share it with you at last. Especially when you can make it in the time it would take your local pizza joint to deliver a gluten-free vegan pizza that leaves you feeling unsatisfied (we’ve all been there).