Vegan Mofo 2019: Pastry / Veganising The Nordic Baking Book

Today we move on to pastry which is an area I’m not exactly well versed in. But I try, and also I cheat.

Julstjärnor – Finnish Puff Pastry And Plum Stars

Vgeanised by being a cheating cheater who cheats and never makes her own puff pastry. The cheaper Jus-Rol is made with veg fats instead of butter.

star
Turns out that constructing these based only on a line drawing was a little difficult and my fist batch can out looking like… well like a symbol that isn’t appropriate. Thankfully, after a quick google my second batch turned into a beautiful star. The taste fantastic. Plum is an amazing jam.

Hindbærsnitter – Danish Glazed Raspberry Squares

Veganised by replacing the butter with Naturli block and using oat milk to bind the pastry rather than egg.

jammy

So far in these write-ups of my experiments I’ve been using the Swedish words for the baked goods. I’m doing it in the hopes that one of the words will stick and I’ll have gained at least one word of a foreign language out of this project. Which I’m mentioning because this is Danish instead.

I wish I’d used a mix of Trex and Vitalite for the sweet shortcrust rather than the Naturli block. It was incredibly hard to work. But when cooked and used as the bread in a fabulous jam sandwich it was perfect. Thankfully I only made a half batch because we ate them all very, very quickly.

That’s it for pastry, tomorrow we’ll be looking at bread. Brace yourself. I’ve baked a lot.

 

Vegan Mofo 2019: Cake / Veganising The Nordic Baking Book

I’ve only explored a couple of the recipes from the cake chapters. I’m still a little bit confused by the whole concept of coating the baking pan with breadcrumbs. But I put my fears behind me for a couple of simple bakes.

Kardemummakaka – Cardamon Cake

Veganised by replacing the butter with Naturli block, removing the egg and replacing the sour cream with Alpro yogurt (the extra liquid that the yogurt contains works to replace the egg as well as the sour cream).

cardamon

Who can resist cardamon cake? Soft beautiful sponge with the beautiful fresh taste of cardamon and sprinkled with pearl sugar.

Mannagrynskaka – Semolina Sponge Cake

Veganised by swapping out the yogurt with Alpro and the butter with Naturli block.

rasberry

Just looking at this picture makes me smile. It’s a beautiful summer cake with a brilliant texture from the semolina and the bright burst of raspberries. I think this one is going to go into my regular rotation.

That’s all from cakes, for now. Tomorrow is pastry!

Vegan Mofo 2019: Biscuits / Veganising The Nordic Baking Book

I first saw The Nordic Baking book in real life in Portree in a shop called ÒR. I couldn’t actually afford it at the time because I was busy buying about five other books (and the rest of the stock — everything in there is gorgeous!) but the Nordic Baking Book played on my mind. I ended up buying it full price in Waterstones in town as soon as I got paid — I couldn’t wait for our next trip to the Hebrides.

The Nordic Baking Book is a collection of baking recipes from around the Nordic Region. Obviously. It’s a documentary book so all the recipes are in their traditional form. You know, not vegan. But I can work with that. I’m trying to veganise one recipe a week out of there. Both this week of Mofo theme and my experiments started with biscuits.

Blondkakor – Peasant Shortbread Cookies

Veganised by replacing the butter with 1/3 vegetable fat (Trex) and 2/3 margarine (Vitalite)

Buttery shortbread studded with whole almonds. Leaving the skin on is something I wouldn’t think of doing for a cookie but it really brings the almond flavour. The only issue is they don’t keep. Turns out that isn’t a problem though.

Chokladsnittar – Chocolate Cuts

Veganised by replacing the butter with Naturli Block

choccuts

Chocolate shortbread studded with pearl sugar. These babies didn’t last very long either. So delicious. They aren’t strongly chocolatey, just light and sweet and perfect with a hot drink.

Mandelskopor – Almond Rusks

Veganised by using Naturli block instead of butter, and eggs replaced with 4 teaspoons of flax, 6 tablespoons of oat milk and an extra 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.

almond rusks

I needed another almond hit. The idea leaving the skin on the almonds is something I haven’t come across in my usual Anglo-American baking. It’s the best thing ever though. I worried if the skins would add a funny texture but you don’t notice it. All you notice is the incredible almond taste. So I had to try these Almond Rusks, and they did not disappoint.

I’m afraid that’s all of my biscuit experiments for now but I’m having so much fun here that I doubt they’ll be the last.

Vegan Mofo 2019 Kitchen Tour / Wild Woodgas Stove Recipe: Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Stew

I’ve shown off my kitchen in previous years so let me show off my new kit.

stoveinhand

Isn’t it cute? It’s a Wild Woodgas Stove and I bought her a couple of months back.

stove

Why? Well mostly because Torbay Council frown on setting open fires on the beach so I bought it to contain the flames. It’s also super light weight, and you can pack it, its fuel and your matches into a cute little billy can. We take it out for supper on the beach once a week. Then on Friday I post a recipe on here.  You can find the past recipes here and this week we have a Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Stew.

stew

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Stew

Spice Blend

2 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together and pop in a container.

In The Wild

One can of chickpeas
One can of baby carrots and peas
Jar of passata
Water
Your container of spice blend
A lemon

Drain the veg and chickpeas and add them to the pan.

You want to cover the veg and chickpeas with a 50/50 mix of water and passata. Don’t panic: you don’t need to be absolutely precise. Then add in the spice blend.

chickpeastew

You just need to get everything piping hot and then squeeze on the juice of half of the lemon.

Serve with some flatbread.

Vegan Mofo 2019: Introduce yourself

It is, once again, the Vegan Month of Food. A whole month of blogging and Instagramming all about vegan food. So lets start with the introductions.

us

First of all I’m Clare (the red head) early thirties, newly unemployed, food obsessive. My other half and our other writer is Kate; brunette, mid thirties, web developer. We like to eat out, watch TV, walk just about everywhere, look at cute animals, drink hot chocolate and play with Lego.

We love to eat Indian food, pizza, and anything baked, and we’ll try any vegan mac and cheese recipe at least once. In the last year I’ve started to started to drift my (embarrassingly large) cook book collections towards more general titles enjoying the challenge of veganising the recipes as well as leaning new techniques and food from cultures I wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to.

books

Right now I’m obsessed with Magnus Nilsson’s The Nordic Baking Book. It was book love at first sight and my goal is making at least one recipe from it a week until it begs me for a divorce. My other cooking project right now is wild cooking. On the woodgas stove or on an open fire if nobody is going to catch me.

So that’s what you can expect from us this month: fire, baking and vegan food.

Wild Woodgas Stove Recipe: Twist Bread Hot Dogs

My wild cooking project wasn’t the only cooking project I’m working on over the summer: I was also working on veganising recipes from the Nordic Baking Book. The two combined with Pinnbrôd. Or at least that’s what it’s called in Sweden. When I posted it to instagram I was told the German word is Stockbrot.

Both the Nordic Baking Book and Wild Baking recommend making the bread twists fat enough to slip a cooked sausage in; lubricant may be required. Just as god intended. Vegan sausages are better though. They don’t take as long to cook, so you can just wrap the dough round the sausage and by the time the bread is done the sausage is too.

twist sea

The challenge then is getting the stove to the right temperature. You’ll want to burn it down until there are no more flames. The other trick is to find the right size of sausage. The Taifun cocktail sausages are perfect for the size of the stove.

To Make The Dough:

1 cup of plain flour
Two big pinches of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons of water

Mix the dough together just before you go out, and pop in a container.

In The Wild:

Dough
Hot dogs

Allow the flames on the stove to die down and work while the embers are still hot.

Place the hot dog on a skewer.

Break off about a tablespoon of dough and roll it out. Wrap it in a thin layer around the hot dog.

Cook over the embers, twisting constantly until the bread is cooked through.

twist

Wild Woodgas Stove Recipe: Potato Curry

Each year I set myself a summer project. In the past I’ve learned how to spin, sewn one dress for every week of the six week holidays and, of course, each year I aim to get the flat so tidy I never have to clean again.  This year my challenge is to cook outside more often. As a result I’ve bought myself a Wild Woodgas Stove.

with a veiw

I’m aiming to get one new recipe written up each week that’s been cooked on my new stove. This first one is for a mild, sweet and sour potato curry. It’s in two parts. First you cook the curry paste at home, then you add some water and a can of new potatoes out in the wild to make it a meal. I use the term ‘wild’ loosely. Theses recipes aren’t necessarily going to work for backpacking. It’s more cooking-but-a-little-lazier and with a great view.

Potato curry

This serves two, with flatbreads for dipping

To make the paste

1 tbsp oil
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of black mustard seed.
Pinch of Asafoetida
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
5 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of tamarind paste
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Heat the oil over a medium-high heat. When hot add the cumin and mustard seed.

As the mustard seeds start to pop, add the asafoetida, sugar, tomato, tamarind, and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Add coriander and turmeric. Turn the heat to low and reduce the water. The paste is done when it just coats the bottom of the pan – if you drag a spoon through it it should leave a gap in the sauce.

paste

Let it cool and then jar it up.

In the wild

1 can of boiled new potatoes
Water
Your jar of curry paste

Drain the new potatoes and add them to a pan.

stovecooking

Put in the curry paste and enough water so that the potatoes are almost all covered.

Pop the pan over the fire and heat until everything is cooked through.

cury