Sunday, 3 November 2019

Recipe Round-Up: Vegan With A Vengeance

I don't think it is a stretch to say that Vegan With A Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, is a pretty important cookbook for many of us. Certainly it changed the landscape of vegan cookbooks, and opened up a whole new world (and community) to many vegans. Although there is a new edition out now, I continue to cook from my original copy (that I was able to get signed by Isa when she was in Australia a few years ago... Terry also signed it for funsies). You can see my other posts about this book here.

Tempeh Sausage Crumbles: I used a chickpea and linseed tempeh to make this (which is why you can see chickpeas in the picture), which had a really crumbly texture. I definitely prefer soy tempeh. This is a simple recipe with lots of herbs and some lemon juice to make some tasty crumbles that you can use in a couple of different recipes, or just enjoy how you wish. I did find the lemon a bit strong, so be sparing.
Rating. :)

Tempeh Sausage Crumbles

Baking Powder Biscuits and White Bean Tempeh Sausage Gravy: I put half of the above sausage crumbles to good use in this recipe. I made a half recipe of the gravy, which you can see is very thick. I needed to add some extra liquid to thin it out a bit, and even then it is a solid gravy. But a good flavour, lots of sage. I was only going to make a quarter recipe of the biscuits, but I accidentally added half the fat so then had to add in extra dry and liquid after that. They were a bit tough, and didn't rise much, I suspect due to my errors. But they were still very tasty and great with the gravy.
Rating: :)

Baking Powder Biscuits and White Bean Tempeh Sausage Gravy

Potato and Tempeh Sausage Pizza: The other half of the sausage crumbles went on this tasty pizza. I used a premade crust and pizza sauce, and I did add a bit of FYH mozzarella (Isa says you don't need to, but also says she can't stop you, and I had some to use up). The rest of the toppings are the crumbles, potato, and fennel. My potato didn't cook through entirely, so often an issue I have with potato dishes, but they were cooked enough. A very lovely pizza.
Rating: :)

Potato and Tempeh Sausage Pizza

Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff: This is a great savoury mix of onion, mushrooms (cremini and portobello are called for in the recipe, sometimes they are hard to find so I used white and field mushrooms), seitan, and peas. The sauce has a hefty dose of paprika and nutritional yeast, and is made creamy by soy milk and Dijon. They recipe says it serves 6-8 over pasta, but I found I got four servings for it.
Rating: :)

Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff

Maple Walnut Cookies: I made these as Maple Pecan cookies, because I prefer pecans. They are a sweet and chewy cookie, and are guaranteed to please. I needed to cook mine for about an extra 5-10 minutes (I often find this, I think due to my oven). This recipe uses maple extract, which I now own but didn't at the time of making this recipe, so I just used more vanilla extract. The maple syrup in the recipe still gives loads of maple flavour.
Rating: :)

Maple Walnut Cookies

Orange Rum Tea Cake: This is a sweet and fancy looking little cake, lovely for a morning or afternoon tea. A light orange cake is drenched in a lovely orange rum syrup and then garnished with flaked almonds. Be sure to let the cake sit for a while before serving, so that the syrup can really soak in for maximum flavour.
Rating: :)

Orange-Rum Tea Cake

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Potato and Tempeh Sausage Pizza and Dim Sim

I often eat on the sofa while I watch TV, and Dim Sim often thinks that this is an excellent time for her to come and sit on my lap. Who needs a lap for eating? This always ends up with me holding my plate up high, eating over her. Sometimes it takes her several minutes to settle down, she doesn't care. Here I was, trying to eat the pizza from this very post, but she thought that my lap should be for her instead. Of course she won.


  1. Looks like you got some good uses out of the tempeh sausage crumbles, and the maple cookies sound lovely! What a cute dinner buddy!

    1. I love optimising my use of a cookbook by making as much as possible from one thing!
      Dim Sim is the best dinner buddy, even if it gives me indigestion eating like that. ;)