Veganism, new and old Vegans, info, support and recipes

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by ddraig, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    Soy sauce, lime juice and maple syrup. If you click on the video, the ingredients are under the YouTube vid.
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  2. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    OK, for various reasons I'm trying to cut down and maybe give up dairy. For a time anyway. As I'm a vegetarian of more than 30 years' standing, that means for all practical purposes I'd be vegan.

    I don't take milk in tea or coffee anyway. But I do love cheese. And I consider pizza the greatest food ever.

    I had bad experiences with fake cheese in the early days of my vegetarianism. That's the early 80s. So things must have improved.

    I did try Scheese (mozzarella style) on a homemade pizza last night. It tasted unpleasantly artificial. I can still taste it today. I'd rather not taste that cheese flavouring ever again.

    So what are the actually good vegan cheeses?

    (Complication: in a recent development, Brazil nuts now make my lips and tongue swell and my throat close up. Possibly some other nuts too. I'm scared to experiment which).
  3. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    try the tesco/sainsbury's own
    there's a cheddar style one from sainsbury's i use on pizzas that works and is much better than cheese
    or there is violife and a few other brands

    some people say to give up normal cheese and leave it a while before trying the gary (vegan cheese)
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  4. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Re tofu, drain and chop it to chunks and put on a baking tray in the oven for 15 20 mins rather than just frying it.
    This makes it go firm and less oily. I then chuck it in the stir fry or whatever right at the end. Also solves the problem of it collapsing during the frying process. Very simple
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  5. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    Probably safest to do a temporary precautionary tracheotomy and run some tests.
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  6. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    Just jab a biro case in, right?
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  7. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    You want a little guide hole first.
    Half a centimetre, horizontal, just between the ridge of the Adam's Apple and the next one down.

    I think.
    Best check youtube.
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  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's pretty much where I am. Giving up milk resulted in a huge improvement in my eczema but cheese remains my Achilles's Heel when it comes to going full vegan.
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  9. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    Tofu - this is my all time best recipe -

    1) Take the tofu out of the package, wrap it in a tea towel or something and put a plate on top, then a few cans of beans on top of the plate. Press it like that for an hour or so.
    2) Make marinade - about 50ml soy sauce, 50 ml water, 2 tablespoon maple syrup / agave, 1 tablespoon balsamic, 1 tablespoon tomato puree, 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (or half teaspoon smoked paprika) 1 tablespoon oil, couple of cloves of garlic, chopped.
    3) Chop tofu into about 10-12 planks, cover with marinade, put in fridge for at least a couple of hours.
    4) Bake at about 200 degrees for 30-40 mins, turning every 15 mins, pouring marinade over each time.

    Now you can use it a variety of ways. Chop into smaller chunks for stir fry etc or leave in planks for sandwich fillings. Great hot or cold. I find it hard not to just gobble the lot.
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    After the travesty of the last thread, it would be nice if we could keep this one on topic no?
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  11. 8ball

    8ball Considerably more oppressed than yow

    Gah! Went on a bit of a nuts tangent.

    We were talking about cheese, I think.
    A good vegan cheese that isn't made from Brazil nuts or another nut that might cause anaphylaxis.

    But enough about the nuts, let's talk about the cheese.
    A good blue vegan cheese. Mmmm.

    edit: Sorry. Gary. I meant Gary.
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  12. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I sometimes throw siratcha in the marinade as well.

    I've got some bloody silken stuff sitting in the fridge. Falls apart the moment the packs opened. Bought it by mistake, but going to have a go at making scrambled tofu in the morning.
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  13. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I'm putting this guy in this thread, he's got at least 20 videos with dozens of vegan recipe ideas and all done as black metal. Most people here will 100% prefer the food over the music, which is fair because some of these recipes are pretty damn good (and very very simple)

  14. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    I still have to find a use for silken tofu too. Yeah sriracha is a good call. Lots of things you can try. But home marinaded tofu is about a billion times better than any of the stuff sold in shops. The cauldron marinated tofu is horrible.

    I have recently got into making tofu fish substitute too. Cut block of tofu in to four steaks, boil for 20 mins in water / juice of lemon / couple cloves garlic / some seaweed. Then wrap each steak in nori (cut to size, it sticks right to it) , then dip that in batter (I make mine with gram flour so gluten free) and fry.
  15. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    One of my mates made me a lovely mushroom soup once with silken tofu. Must get the recipe off her. I fancy trying a pasta sauce with the packet i have festering in the cupboard.
  16. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    I agree with ddraig that Sainsbury’s and Violife are some of the better ones (haven’t tried Tesco): they are made with coconut so should be okay for you allergy wise. I think the most successful vegan cheeses are the coconut-based generally because coconut is one of the only plant foods high in saturated fat so they more closely approximate the texture.

    This is probably my favourite brand but it’s not widely available: Vegan Gouda Flavour in block - Green Vie Foods

    With regard to Pizza, Tesco do a really nice one vegan one (kinda pricey for a supermarket pizza but it’s good) it’s not in the pizza isle but it’s at the end of one of the isles with the ‘free from’ ingredients/meals. Pizza Express has a cheese-free pizza (good) as well as a vegan cheese that can be added to all their pizzas (this one is a pretty good Mozzeralla sub) as do Zizzi.

    Personally, my favourite pizzas are without cheese, and I realised this even before I went vegan. If it’s a good base then the combination of tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil is so flavourful and I can appreciate all the ingredients more than I could if it were smothered in greesy cheese. Black olives, olive tepanade and sundried tomatoes can be added for salt and fat, wilted spinach can be added for moisture etc.

    A few thoughts anyway.
  17. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    Thanks Jeff Robinson. I might try ddraig's suggestion and give up cheese for a while before looking for substitutes. I've had to cut down anyway, so it should be an easy enough step.
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  18. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a good plan.

    If you like making your own pizza this recipe might be of interest.

    It includes a vegan mozzeralla made with cashews so not sure if that will be appropriate for you.
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  19. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    I've been scoping out Tesco and Sainsbury here in Stirling. Typically they have no vegan pizzas, not in any aisle.
  20. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    maybe the frozen bit?
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  21. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    I always make my own pizzas (usually buying the base but not always) and I've never bothered with any of the vegan cheeses either - but cheese was never really something I was into so I don't miss it. You can make great pizzas without cheese, especially if you don't restrict yourself to just a tomato topping, try things like various home made pestos etc.
  22. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    What the hell is "liquid smoke"? Sounds like vape juice.
  23. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    I asked. Nope.

    It's Stirling. Stirling's shite.
  24. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    It looks like soy sauce but it tastes of smoke. Popular in America but you occasionally see it in supermarkets here, especially if they have an 'American' bit in the world foods aisle, containing things like oreos and cheese in a can. I believe it is carcinogenic also but it does taste nice.
  25. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    tbf they're hard to get in most supermarkets. Could try Holland and Barrett - they have frozen vegan pizza in many of their branches. Stirling health food store might be worth checking out. I just looked on their website and they sell a vegan cheese specifically made for pizza, but dunno if they sell actual vegan pizzas.
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  26. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    I know Stirling Health Foods well. It's where I got the bad vegan cheese in the early 80s. And the nasty Scheese I had the other day!

    I usually make my own pizza to be fair. It's just good to have lazy options. And I had a non cheese recipe (with potatoes and rosemary) that I used sometimes anyway.

    As a veggie of long standing, I can attest that the options available to vegans are better than the options that were available to vegetarians when I started being one way back then. But it's maybe akin to being a vegetarian 20 years ago, rather than 35. :D
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  27. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    They have violife in there too I see, that's worth a go I think. I agree with you on Scheese - it should be banned.
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  28. PaoloSanchez

    PaoloSanchez Well-Known Member

  29. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    I'm going to have to just give up cheese, most of the vegan ones make me want to hurl. These incredibly expensive little wonders are the best I've found for just eating, rather than cooking with, for special occasions. TYNE CHEASE | Artisan Organic Cultured Vegan Cheese | Dairy-Free

    Tofu-wise, I like the Tofoo Co. Smoked, prepared like this: Crispy Chilli Tofu by Bosh #Yum #Foodie #Inspiration | Meme on

    I''ve accepted I'll probably never be completely vegan (beer!) but I'm making big strides in the right direction.
  30. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Almost as it sounds. Smoke dissolved in water. Awesome in things like beans and stews.

    I got a big bottle from Amazon. Not super cheap, but a little goes a long way.
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