Happy Vegan Weekend

Hi everyone, it’s that Friday feeling as we enter the weekend and getting ready to relax.

Why not treat yourself to a Vegan dish or better still find a nice Vegan restaurant to visit.

Whichever you choose…enjoy!

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Vegan and Valentines Day Meal

There are actually lots of very nice meals ‘Vegan style’ that’s perfect for Valentine’s day and in fact will be much tastier than the usual meat-based, dairy heavy meals.

Below is a nice recipe to try and enjoy.

Carrot Osso Buco

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound red pearl onions
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 very large carrots, cut crosswise 1 inch thick at the wide ends and 1 1/2 inches thick toward the narrow ends
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon dried porcini powder (ground porcini mushrooms)
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared mushroom broth
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large, deep ovenproof skillet, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the pearl onions and cook for 1 minute. Drain and trim the onions, then peel them. Wipe out the skillet.

Step 2    

Return the skillet to the heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the carrots in a single layer, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Add the pearl onions, sprinkle with the curry powder and cook, stirring a few times, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer over moderately high heat for 3 minutes. Add the porcini powder and mushroom broth and bring to a boil. Transfer the skillet to the oven and braise the carrots for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning once, until tender.

Step 3    

Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon the carrots, onions, and sauce into shallow bowls. In a bowl, toss the parsley with the lemon juice and the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the parsley leaves over the carrots and serve.

For desserts, It can only be strawberries without the cream of course.

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Going Vegan Is Great!

As I enter my second month of Veganism I can truly say it’s been a great experience so far.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s taking all my willpower and focus to a whole new level, I  still do feel the urge to dive into a KFC everytime I pass one.

I was thinking, what am I going to do about summer and BBQ’s?

Summer is going to be the biggest hurdle but I am determined to still BBQ it up…VEGAN style!

I will keep you posted on my intended recipes.

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