Festive Cannelloni with Tofu Ricotta and Pumpkin Spinach

This week is book review week in my scheduled blogs and I have decided to review my own Cook Book Veet’s Cuisine Delicious Vegan Recipes. Yes I love my own cookbook, cooking many of the recipes on the retreats that I catered on over the last ten years. The recipes are simple, all gluten free, all vegan and all delicious. There are over 150 recipes including how to make cashew cheese and sour cream. Also Indian feast recipes, four types of lasagnes, a Balinese feast, many other main dishes, soups, salads, dressings, desserts, drinks, vegetable dishes and a dedicated grain section. As well as a pantry list and a protein guide.

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Spaghetti with Wood Ear Mushrooms and Brussel Sprouts

I’m being brave posting a recipe with Brussels in it as I know that not everyone loves them as much as I do. Don’t be put off though if you are not a Brussels lover as you can use another green veg of your choice or just leave them out all together. This sauce is a beauty. So rich and meaty (in the non animal meaty way).

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Mushroom and Pea Bhaji

I meet people who either like mushrooms or they don’t. I meet people who say mushrooms are fantastic for good health and I meet others who won’t eat them as they say they are not good for you. I am a mushroom lover and my body seems to love them too so I tend to agree that they are good for you. I do eat them in moderation though and would never have them more than twice a week even though I would love to have them every day. How about you, what is your take on mushrooms, how often do you eat them.

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Cabbage Rolls (filled with chickpeas, tofu and mushrooms)

How’s this week been for you all? I have had the most ideal week. Working on a new version of the module one syllabus and on retreat menus has been a slower paced week for me. I have been working regular hours rather than sixteen hour days like I do when catering on retreats. Working an eight hour day has allowed me to have plenty of time to look after myself. The first thing in practicing good selfcare is to cook and eat nourishing, wholesome, organic food. I have had the opportunity to do that this week and experiment with new recipes. I’m feeling good!

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Creamy Mushroom and Silverbeet Buckwheat Crepe (yes they are gluten free too)

Having recently made banana pancakes on the last two retreats I catered on and then again on the weekend during the vegan foundation course, I deemed it necessary to turn the pancake recipe into a savoury crepe recipe. You can fill the crepe with whatever you like but I do feel this mushroom, silverbeet and cashew cream filling is really worth a try.

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Spanish Inspired Share Plates

Living in a town that still has an independent bookshop feels like a big luxury to me. Being time poor I probably only find myself in there six or so times a year. However each time I do visit I walk out with an armful of books. Denise who owns the book shop seems to always have a new vegan cook book in stock so even though I may originally go in to purchase a novel or even just a birthday card I will be drawn to purchasing a vegan cook book or two.

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Spaghetti Carbanara (recipe inspired by our trip to Bali)

I don’t know about you but do holidays or time spent away always run smoothly? If I go to the Osho Meditation Resort they usually run very smoothly and usually everywhere else I go also runs relatively smoothly but then on occasion some holidays have had challenges. At the beginning of this month Makrand and I treated ourselves to twelve days in Bali to celebrate seventeen years of being together.

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A Vegan Take on a Classic Asian Dish

Originating from China everyone says although for years I thought San Choy Bau (or is it Sang Choi Bow? Or even San Choy Bow?) came from Korea as it was two of my Korean students who first made me a vegan version of this dish which is commonly made with pork. Where it originates from is not known, on the internet anyway. However what is known is that ‘Sang Choi’ means lettuce and ‘Bau’ means to wrap.

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Reviving the rice ball

In 1988 I moved from living in the Northern Territory to the big smoke Sydney. I landed a job that gave me great joy, I became a care worker in a group home for developmentally disabled adults. It opened up my world to many things; my very sheltered country being was now experiencing a vividly exciting world, working with people from all walks of life. The care home was in Bondi and I used to walk from the Junction past a health food shop called Manna. This was heavenly for me; we didn’t have a health shop in Darwin. I very often picked up really good organic produce, packets of organic chips and a brown rice ball. I loved these rice balls with the crispy outside and packed with veggies but to be honest now not much flavour.

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Winter Warming French Bourguignon

This week’s blog is for those of you living in the world where it is presently cold. Last week we had some bitterly cold days and all I felt like eating was warm nourishing food. What are your winter warming go to recipes?

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