What's for Dinner?

Some photos of dinners past, starting with one of my favourites that I've made a few times now, Soft Tacos with Cauliflower. Cauliflower is amazingly versatile and roasts beautifully. For the taco on the right I used this recipe to make a spicy cauliflower "mince". For the taco on the left I roasted cauliflower with sliced onion, cumin, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and olive oil, pouring in a little vegetable stock too. Both tacos are topped with salsa and homemade chipotle mayo.  I made the tortillas myself too!

There's a great recipe in 1000 Vegan Recipes for quick and easy seitan that you don't need to steam or poach before pan-frying. They're called Soy-tan cutlets (they contain tofu) and I love to crumb them and serve them with homemade Tonkatsu sauce and salad.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad. Recipe from Serious Eats.

I made my own egg roll wrappers - kind of like thin crepes - and filled them with lots of vegetables, tofu, split mung beans and rice noodles. I brushed them with oil and baked instead of fried them. They worked out nice and crispy!

This is a very quick and easy dinner option - Orange and Soy Glazed Tofu with Salad.

You steep some firm tofu slices in salted boiling water, pat dry, then crisp them up in a lightly oiled pan. Add orange juice and light soy sauce as well as a generous shake of nutritional yeast and some ground black pepper, then let it reduce for a bit, turning the tofu regularly. The orange juice thickens into a lovely sticky glaze. Set the tofu slices aside, then deglaze the pan with a little water and use the remaining sauce as dressing for the salad (it's also nice if you add a little drizzle of maple syrup). The salad is avocado, red onion, blood orange segments, cucumber and baby spinach.

Breakfast Time!

Sometimes I think that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. 99.9% of the time, I simply have tea and toast, and I love tea and toast, but sometimes I have fancier fare, and I usually photograph it...

Starting off with some sweet breakfast/brunch dishes, here's some homemade toasted muesli - so much nicer than bought varieties.

Let's face it, any time is pancake time...

When I make waffles, it's usually an extravagant affair involving multiple homemade sauces and toppings. In this case we have orange-cornmeal waffles with strawberries, citrus syrup, chocolate sauce and cashew cream, topped with toasted hazelnuts.  Another favourite is salted caramel sauce.

Rather more wholesome, homemade cashew-soy yogurt with blackberries.

Please excuse the atrocious photo - I was obviously eager to get down to the eating rather than taking pretty pics! I love a cooked breakfast but I have yet to have a decent vegan breakfast at any of the Adelaide cafes I've visited. I made this one day when friends visited for brunch. My version of Tofu Florentine: wilted spinach and toasted almonds over crispy pan-fried tofu, topped with hollandaise sauce (I'm pretty sure I used Bryanna Clark Grogan's hollandaise recipe). Along with homemade seitan sausages, sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and homemade baked beans, served with toasted Turkish bread (and a non-homemade hash brown).

A couple of other breakfast recipes you can find elsewhere on my blog, my version of a tofu scramble, and a tofu poached "egg".