Tofu Steaks with Homemade Black Bean Tofu 

Tofu Steaks with Homemade Black Bean Tofu

Every vegan knew what we can get the protein from our food. Soybean, tofu is the main source among them.

I love tofu in my cooking, today I make my own tofu with the black bean for a change. The ingredients are so simple because only have a mixture of black beans and normal soybeans, and I use the rice vinegar for the coagulant. It sets beautifully. But I forgot to sieve the soymilk twice. The texture looks a bit rough for my saying. But the taste remains the same.

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Vegan Lavender Shortbread (without butter)

Vegan Lavender Shortbread (without butter)

Hi, everyone, sorry for missing nearly a month. I am back in my own world again.

Firstly of all, I need your help. Can anyone tell me what is the difference between shortcake and shortbread? Even I did my research from the world of the internet, not really a good explanation that I can find!

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Morel (Morchella Vulgaris) Braised Tofu 羊肚菌紅燒豆腐

Morel (Morchella Vulgaris) Braised Tofu 羊肚菌紅燒豆腐

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The nutritional value of this Morel (Morchella) is very high as the price!

According to the internet information, there is fresh and dry Morel on the market, but the most important thing is that it has wild and cultivated points, and the effect is very different. It is best used for anti-cancer, immune-enhancing, gastrointestinal, phlegm, etc…

 

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Vegan Chocolate Chips

Vegan Chocolate Chips

This is the one I want to make a long time ago, just wondering when it started on my to-do-list?

Nevermind, I am going to wipe off from the list today!

Chocolate chip is the essential item for baking a chocolate cake or making cookies. And I always think to buy the vegan chocolate chips are too far expensive to me. That’s the reason I always want to make it myself.

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Vegan Butter

Vegan Butter

I have quite a few experiments to make Vegan butter and with my key lime bars before. Those two recipes adapted two different ingredients.

Today’s recipe is not the same as before. They contain almond flour and nut milk with coconut oil and vinegar. Warmly suggest you get the refined coconut oil to avoid the strong coconut taste. I did a little bit of research to find which coconut oil is refined. The most common brand is the Pure KTC coconut oil, that’s is the refined one. But you need to be careful, except the Pure one, the others are virgin, extra virgin, organic virgin all are not refined coconut oil, it means that these few oils have the aroma of coconut smell. KTC coconut oil you can get it from the Sainsbury supermarket in the UK easily.

Also, highly recommend you to get a silicon butter mould, it will be much easier to get the butter out of the mould after the butter solidify.

Wish you have happy baking, enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Petra. A great to find her blog, a Holistic Nutritionist.

Vegan Butter

Ingredient: 

  • 8 tbsp Almond Flour
  • 10 tbsp unsweetened cashew milk, (I use almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Pink salt
  • 1 tsp coconut vinegar (I use Apple cider vinegar), or (you can use lemon juice instead)
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • 1 cup Refined coconut oil, melted

Method:

  1. Place almond flour, nut milk, nutritional yeast, salt, and coconut vinegar into a blender and blend until smooth. The mixture should be completely smooth without any grainy bits.
  2. Pour in the refined coconut oil and olive oil then blend on full speed until velvety smooth and light. Blend the mixture for at least 2 minutes so a lot of air gets in.
  3. Pour the vegan butter into a butter mould or silicone mold. Place it in the fridge and let it set. Depending on the size of your container, it might take several hours for the butter to solidify.

Note: 

  1. You can use this vegan butter just like you would regular butter. However, not recommend using it when high temperatures are involved. This includes frying, broiling, and grilling.
  2. Store leftover butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (The shelf-life will be shorter if using homemade almond milk. The butter will last for however long your homemade milk lasts). For longer term storage, freeze the butter in silicone ice cube trays. Once set, squeeze the butter cubes out and keep them in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Vegan Apple & Ricotta Cheese Tart~GF

Vegan Apple & Ricotta Cheese Tart ~ Gf

It is stealthily entering to the frosting winter after the happy Halloween. Do you like this weather? I like the autumn more actually! Looking at the tree’s leaves turn into brown, then gradually to yellow. And gently falling on the road or lawn without any notice.

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Halloween Spider Web Pumpkin Tart ~ Gluten-free

Halloween Spider Web Pumpkin Tart, gf

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Nearly forgot about it, silly me! Although I saw all the Halloween stuffs like costumes, sweets, decorations, and buckets as well. But…

What will be your fancy costume this year? A vampire or a mummy? A skeleton or a spiderman? But I like to be a pumpkin, why? Because I look like a pumpkin already! hahaha :p

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Vegan Apple Custard Tart ~ Gluten-free

Vegan Apple Custard Tart~Gluten-free

Now is the apple harvest high season, what will you do with the apples?

We pick up a lot of different species from a huge apple orchard. Some of them I will storage in my garage by wrapping them individually with newspaper, it can keep for a longer life.

 

Part of the apples, I like to make it into applesauce for cake making later. And the others I would make tarts,  crumbles or cakes. And today, I would like to make it a little different, I mess up with custard and apple puree in a tart with different layers.

In the meantime, I decided to make it healthier with low in fat, less sugar and without gluten. What do you think?

First, I need to prepare the crust, it is gluten-free without any flour, just oat flour, dates and walnut for the main ingredients.

Pre-bake the crust first to make sure is not a soggy bottom. Then cook the apples like applesauce. Or I have the other idea if you don’t want to do lots of work. You can just slice up the apple and arrange all the slices on the baked crust like a pinwheel pattern, then cover with the custard, and bake. Isn’t that easy and save you lots of precious time!

But I have to advise you to make a smaller size if you haven’t a lot to feed. The reason is when the tart gets cold, the crust will get moist back.

Vegan Apple Custard Tart~Gluten-free

Ingredient:   24cm tart tin

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates⠀
  • 1/2 cup walnuts⠀
  • 1-2 Tbsp water or coconut oil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/160C in a fan oven.
  2. In a small food processor, process the oats, pitted dates, walnuts, water, and coconut oil until a dough forms and the mixture holds together when you pinch it with your fingertips.
  3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before baking.
  4. Line a parchment paper over the crust. Fill with dry beans, rice or pie weights.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and the parchment paper. Return to oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. Allow cooling before filling.

Apple filling:    

  • 2 Apples, diced
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup or Raw brown sugar
  • 1  tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp of Vegan butter, optional
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Ground nutmeg, optional
Method: 
  1. Put the diced apples, sugar, butter and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until the apples soft and turn a slightly brown. Off heat.
  2. Pour the apple mixture in a food processor, add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth purée. Pass through a fine sieve. The purée should be thick and sticky like a jam, if it’s too thin, transfer to a pan and cook on a low heat until thickened. Set aside.

Vegan custard:

Ingredients:   

  • 3 cups non-dairy milk (divided into 2 cups and 1 cup.)
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch or tapioca starch
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp Vegan butter

Method: 

  1. Place 400ml nut milk in a saucepan, add sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, Turn on medium-low heat.
  2. Put the remaining 200ml milk in a bowl, add cornstarch, stir to combine. When the nut milk is boiling, turn down the heat. Add the cornstarch batter into the cooking custard slowly, keep stirring and let it cook until thickened. Remove from heat and pour over a fine sieve, and press through to a smooth custard. Then add the vegan butter in and mix until melted.

Assembly:

  1. Preheat the oven to 110°C/gas mark 1/4.
  2. Put the apple puree over the tart case. Then pour the custard over. Bake the tart for about 1 hour. Allow cooling to room temperature before slicing.

Roasted Aubergine/Eggplant ‘Steak’ with Miso & Tahini Sauce 味噌麻醬烤茄子扒

Roasted Aubergine/Eggplant ‘Steak’with Miso & Tahini Sauce 味噌麻醬烤茄子扒

Would you think it is steak? It tastes like real steak, I know I shouldn’t say so, but it tastes so good with the texture was so real.

This is the easiest way to get a super delicious dish in a quick way. Few ingredients with few steps. Would you think this will be your quick dinner after work?

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3 Mooncake Fillings ~ Pandan Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste, White Bean Paste(班蘭蓮蓉,紅豆茸,白豆茸)

3 Mooncake Fillings ~ Pandan Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste, White Bean Paste(班蘭蓮蓉,紅豆茸,白豆茸)

A week later the 24th of September will be the annual Mid-autumn Festival 中秋節.

Few months ago, people have started to prepare all sorts of mooncakes already. All the famous & popular bakery in Asia, like Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. They started to sell all different mooncakes on the market. And people just acting crazy as they usually are, they lined up the long queues for days to buy those mooncakes from the famous bakery.

Then, as impetuous as I was, I nearly made them as well, only nearly but I didn’t, cause I haven’t make time to do it!  :p

Now, it is only just a week away, such mean it and rush for it. Although time is precious to me, I knew I still need to jump in.

The day before, I collect all the ingredients for the three different types of mooncake fillings, all standby to me for the next day to take action. And I blend 100g of pandan leaves (cut into pieces) with 500g of water in a blender. Pour into a soybean bag to drain the juice.

The first one is the pandan lotus paste, the second one is the red bean paste, and the last one is the white kidney bean paste. All beans soak up with water and finish the cooking but without mix up with other ingredients. And all ready for today.

All those pastes are low in sugar. So you can add more sweetness for your own like. I get inspired the recipe from this videos. Watch it if you interested.

The Pandan lotus paste, the red bean paste & the white kidney bean paste are all the same way to make. 

Ingredient & Steps:

  1. 150g Dried lotus seeds, washed
  2. 600g water to cook with lotus seeds until soft, drained and mashed. Then sieve through a fine mesh. Put in a clean wok.
  3. Mix 15g of glutinous rice flour with 3 tbsp of water, stir well. Pull into the wok with 75g of pandan juice, 100g of light brown sugar, a pinch of salt and 100g of neutral oil like rapeseeds oil or peanut oil (people usually use the peanut oil for more flavour).
  4. Turn on medium to low heat, cook the lotus paste. Keep stirring constantly and cook until the mixture all turn thicken. Off heat and wrap into a piece of cling film to let it cool completely. Keep in the fridge for later. And the paste will turn firmer for easy to handle.