vegetarian

Chocolate coated balls – a recipe

Tl/Dr: Make churroes in ball shape, make spanish hot chocolate as your drink and dipping sauce in one. Buy from op shops. 

I do not own a piping bag. To look at all the food makers of all genres this feels a bit like not having a TV, but in kitchen utencil form.  But this is ok, I have learnt to make do. For example today I decided it had been too long since the sweet yet savoury and oh so delicious taste of churros had delighted my taste buds, so I decided to give it a go.

The Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tbs white sugar
  • ½ tsp pink salt
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • Oil
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon

The method

  1. Combine water, sugar, salt and vegetable oil in a medium pot. Stir mixture until the mixture becomes a paste.
  2. Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Place sufficient vegetable oil into a baking pan.
  3. Roll paste into small-medium sized balls. Or pipe them into a long churro shape. Place on baking pan and put into oven. Cook for approx. 10 minutes or until the mixture looks slightly brown. Drain on a paper towel.
  4. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl/lidded cup. Roll churros in mixture.
  5. Create a chocolate dipping sauce, dip the churros into the dipping sauce, then eat.

I poured the cinnasugar mixture into the chip n dip then rolled it in that. It worked. This recipe made about 13 churro balls, so probably 4 normal sized churros. Making really small balls then minimising cooking time to probably 5 minutes would make for a great party treat.

The sauce was discover whilst on a search for a good, thick, Spanish hot chocolate recipe. Coincidentally this drink can double as a churro dipping sauce. How could I pass uop the opportunity to make my sauce and drink at the same time?

The ingredients  

  • 5 tbs Cocoa
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • ½ tbs corn starch (or in my case corn flour) 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic oat milk.

The Method
1. Combine all ingredients in a deep pot and continually stir on a lowish-medium heat.  Continue this until the mixture is at your desired consistency.

2. Pour delicious hotness all over your churros / dip your churro balls into the mixture in a classy fashion and do not double dip. 

The churro recipe was sourced from all recipes whilst the Spanish hot chocolate X churro dipping sauce came from may I have that recipe. The dipping sauce is supposed to have corn starch, however I used corn flour. The grocery stores didn’t have the starch, I had to improvise. It did not come out drinkable.

The chip n dip is also my latest kitchen addition. Less than half the original price at the local second hand store, still unopened in its box. It’s on its first week and already been used twice. This thing looks impressive on the table. I thoroughly recommend op shopping.

Hope you like the recipe and churroes in their new shape. No offence to regular churroes.

With love,

Summer Tay.

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Day 151: 3.14 For Brunch (Because I’m Aussie)

So it’s been a while. I promised I would be back the moment I had something intelligent to say, and unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be happening, so here I am, babbling. I’m still going to write a post though, so if you’re down for some mind numbingly unintelligent chatter to get you through another work day then here goes:

Do you remember the first time you bought a blender, or that first kitchen appliance you bought and people said “pah, you’ll use it once or twice, then it’ll sit there collecting dust”? But you knew better. Such excitement and dedication as yours never dwindles or dies. Cut to present day and dang if they were not at least half right.

I have not used the blender in weeks, not counting yesterday’s milkshake. The blender I confess, it makes a lot of mess. Especially when I make my beloved avo pesto. There is a lot of sticky stuck avo pesto on the blender base and blades every time. The amount of wastage brings tears to the eyes, figuratively speaking. I honestly thought people who complained about cleaning the appliances where just lazy, non-enthusiastic people who like to whinge about doing anything. To all of those people, I still think that way, however I acknowledge that I am also right there with you. Anything that takes more than 2 seconds to clean well is indeed slightly annoying.

I have yet to unpack the juicer since the move 3 months ago. This is because at first it took a while to find my official juicer cleaner, the cleaner thingy dedicated purely to cleaning my juicer immediately after each use and nothing else. Once that was found, I had to find the juicer. Once that was found, I had to go out. When I came home, poof! juicer had disappeared again. Apparently the spot I had put it in was a mess, it was in the way and it had to be moved to a non-memorised location. Ah, the joys of housemates. Probably easily findable, but I’m not sure where my official juicer cleaner has gotten to now. Not sure I want to know…

I love vegan pies. The only vegan pie to my knowledge is this:

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Buying them from Coles costs about the same as a regular pie from a moderately priced bakery, but you get to cook it yourself. Knowing my cooking prowess, many are probably chuckling “burn it yourself you mean”. But no, I have cooked 2 of them thus far and can honestly say that burning them seems almost as impossible as a Tom Cruise movie being good. Massive props to the company for this please pass your pie making knowledge to the rest of the world.
The inside is mushroom and weird gravy stuffs. Now with 10% more mushy gravy stuffs! Considering how much they have now, they really didn’t make much of a 3.14 before. Huzzah for perfectly timed new product trying!

My best friend, who I visit often, is now eating the exact same cereal I was eating. Key word: was. The whole point of a best friend is to have different foods when you get sick of your own kitchen without the hassle of busy restaurants and expensive menus. Does he not know his purpose in (my) life? He is ruining my brunch!

Now back to the juice. The saddest part in all this is that packaged juice now tastes like coke did after not drinking it for ages. It tasted like why the hell would anyone drink this? I had spoiled myself with my fresh juices of yester-days. So be warned, once you try fresh juice, it will be very difficult to go back. And I’m not just talking the cheap, on the warm shelf juice either, I’m talking the supposed 100% fresh juice on the cold shelf with the pulp still in it and the $5+/2L price tag.. So if the fancy branded fresh grocery store juice is supposed to be good for you, why does it taste so bleh in comparison? Hmmmm…

Well I hope you enjoyed my random rant for today. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something more substantial to say but for now, hooray! Rejoice for I am back (again and hopefully for good).

Summer Tay.

Day 115: The Day I Officially Stop Doing This Daily

For the second time in a row I have been AWOL from my beloved blog and from you. The reason why is the last blog I wrote was long, and it was factual, it was funny, it was good, it was deleted and replaced with a draft for a different piece when I pressed publish. I was not amused, and I did not have the time to re-write. Several days later (aka now) I have officially decided that I don’t want to this every day anymore.

Well I do, but, I have found one personal issue with doing so – the blog feels rushed. Not enough time in the day to properly research a subject, make sure it’s funny and informative and proofread before posting. It is mainly for this reason but also those above that I am only going to post when I have something truly worthy of your gorgeous, intelligent eyes to read. I will also be doing posts of just pictures on occasion. This may lead to more than one post a day. It’ll be so worth it, if I may say so myself.

Brace yourself, awesome posts are coming.

Summer Tay.

In other news, I just found out there are recipes for making tofu taste like real bacon. Trying really hard not to get my hopes up but oh dear holy angels who art on heaven let it be true. (Damn I miss bacon. And cheese. Vegan Cheesy Bacon I will find a way and I will make you and you shall be delicious.)

Day 108: When at War (D106, D107)

Hello my dear readers! No I have not forgotten you, I have simply been internet deprived for several days. How I survived I do not know.

The reason why I was internet deprived, I went to war. It was harrowing. There were many casualties and I for one got hit in several places. Mostly the legs, a fair few to the back, and whoever shot me on the butt 3 times I don’t know who you are, but I will find you, and I will kill you. I’m still walking like Vince McMahon a little bit.

Never-the-less, my full day introduction to paintball was wonderful. I learnt that war is fun, that McDs offer English muffins with jam for breakfast and that this is the only vegan option around at7.30 in the am and that sometimes, on occasion, I can be bad-ass.
Being a derp I just assumed there would be a canteen with chips on offer for a vegan lunch. Nope, vegetarian pizza for $10 or bring your own. My friends brought criskets, so I snacked on that. For those of who don’t know what a *crisket is it is air solidified into a thin rectangular shape. Literally. I highly recommend if you’re on a strict anorexic diet.

Obviously all this took place in the bush in the middle of nowhere and no reception. Once back in civilization you’d think the internet would work on my phone. It did not. I have had no internet for several days and unfortunately no way to write daily. To make up for it, I will make extra posts during the next week to make up quota. There will be adorable pictures.

To playing war and catch up,

Summer Tay.

*A crisket is a cracker. I assume we were meant to put things on top of it to give it flavour, but stuff it, plain crisket air ftw!

P.S. The bruises, oh gosh the bruises. I can barely move my legs. I was told going vegan there would be no bruises. It was a lie 😦

Day 104: Hiltl / The Greatest Restaurant On The Planet (Potentially)

Curiosity got the better of me today and I checked out what is the oldest vegan restaurant in the world? The answer I got was the oldest vegetarian one: Hiltl. This restaurant is not only veg friendly, but it has dishes from practically all across the globe, compliments of it’s perfect placement for world leader summits in Zurich. It was it’s popularity with dignitaries from a multitude of countries that has kept it afloat since 1898. This restaurant sounds like the greatest restaurant to ever exist. Even without going vegetarian this concept would be wonderous for other restaurants to take on. The amount of times you go out with a date bunch of friends and no-one can agree on what type of food should be partaken of. One doesn’t like mexican another doesn’t like carveries and one is allergic to fish (at which point I realise my chances at sushi are over).  With this restaurant, no-one has an excuse to say no. Would it be weird to travel to a country just to experience a restaurant with a globes worth of food genres? Is experiencing restaurants the same as going to countries for the wildlife, wild night life, and monuments, or is my excitement just a little weird? How much is a ticket to Zurich this time of year anyways?

Did a search for best veg restaurants on earth. 83 answers and Hiltl doesn’t even feature. Nothing in the entire of Australia either. Not only that, only a few countries feature: USA, England, South Korea and Germany (yet not Hiltl. Hmph). This was slightly disappointing. I still want to go to there.

Plan: find out where all of the vegan (not all vegetarian) restaurants are in Australia. Ensure to eat at every single one of them and write a review. Vegetarian restaurants where vegan ones are scarce/non-existent. Tastiest road trip ever. Whose with me? 😀

To Hiltl,

Summer Tay.

Day 103: Puppy Love

A friends neighbour gave him and his family puppy minding privileges for today and tomorrow. I do not own any pets. I immediately invited myself over. 

The Puppies, Sal and Sop, love me and only me. Sop follows me everywhere. Sal sits and whinges for her mummy at the window for a few minutes, then turns to look at me. I now have 2 dogs by my side. We’re inseparable. My friend is jealous as puck I love it. 

Naturally I use this opportunity to remind him why animals find me so irresistible: I’m vegan. I’m the only vegan in the house, and I’m the only one getting some puppy love. Ergo, people should become vegan, yes?

I’m going to non-dairy milk this for all it’s worth.

Summer Tay.

Day 101: Fatherly Wisdom

So my Dad thinks that vegetarian and vegan are the same thing. He has been telling everyone who asked what a vegan is (yes, people have had to ask) that it is just another word for vegetarian. Hahahahaha, *facedesk*.

Summer Tay.

P.S. I love you dad, you fill my day with wonder and laughter and joy.

P.S.S. If ayone really wants to know the difference between the two, I’d be happy to oblige with a private response. No judgey.

Day 100: The choc mud recipe

Holy wow worst tasting cake I have had in all my life.  It tasted like the ingredients it was made from – oil and sugar. The fact that I made it myself makes it ten times worse. Should have known from the ingredients it would turn out crap, but all the comments were so happy with their product.

Basically, what I learned from this is, only make the fancy cakes with the fancy ingredients.

Lo and behold, my mum thought it was wonderful. She says, as a compliment, that it tastes like the choc mud cakes from Coles and Woolies. Thanks Mum! *shudders*

I feel almost bad for sharing the link to the recipe, but since others seem to like it maybe you – someone of more culinary skill than I – can have a crack at it.

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Before frosting, after frosting and about to be eaten.

To grocery store cakes,

Summer Tay

 

Day 97: There Once Was A Little Sausage Named Fuhrer.

Hitler. One of the most famous vegetarians of all time. Loved the animals. Especially at midnight. Let me explain…

Adolf Hitler grew up carnivorous. One day he decided to be a vegetarian. You get a brownie point if you know why he went vegetarian.

Because his doctor told him he had to. Because eating meat made him fart and sweat and smell. A lot.

Did he genuinely care for the animals? Who knows. What I have managed to gather however, is that he did not go vegetarian out of a love of animals. Nor did he go vegetarian.

Wait, what? I hear you say. Well, heres the thing see, a vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat. Hitler ate meat. He did not eat it when on official business. He did not eat it when out in public. He did eat stuffed squab when his personal chef made it for him, at his request. And he requested it very often. He also ate Eva’s sausages, also a personal request. He and Eva used to eat them around midnight most nights. Guess even Eva couldn’t escape his gas.

He did say he was a vegetarian though. He did use vegetarianism as a propaganda tool. He did use it as a reason to regale his guests with stories of how the animals are killed. He did take ‘moral highground’ whenever he saw the opportunity. He also continued to eat meat right up until his dieing day.

He did have a cunning plan. He would milk this for all it’s worth. Chuck it into the propaganda machine and turn it into something he could use to further his main cause: himself. When I imagine Hitler, he seems like the kind of guy that if he cannot have meat, no-one can. Once he had to be vegetarian (for the most part) so would everyone else – as many people as he could muster to convert. Because how dare they enjoy something that The Fuhrer cannot. But, I never met the guy, so this is just my conjecture.

Does Hitler being a pretend vegetarian make me want to not be a vegan? No. Does the thought of if he was genuine in being veg, would I stop then? The answer is still no. the fact that this is a concern for people concerns me. If you’re a liberal, did you know George Bush is a carnivore? If you’re a conservative, you do know Obama is a carnivore, right? Either way, todays politicians, totes evil because they’re carnivores. Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is. Hitler wasn’t evil because he attempted a veg diet to cure his flatulence. Hitler was evil because he killed 6 million people and tried to take over the world. Get your head on straight.

If you still feel like Hitlers proposed vegetarianism makes such a diet evil, consider his other policies. He believed in killing black people. This I don’t stand behind. He believed in work-for-the-dole for those without work. This I do stand behind – though I dislike the images of the dolers, who hold their shovels like army rifles and march like well trained army men. Hitler stood for killing people who belong to unions. This I do not stand behind. Hitler stood for providing healthcare for all (German) persons. This I stand behind. Hitler stood for telling a lie over and over again until people believe it (like claiming to be vegetarian). I do not stand behind this. Do you see the pattern? You can agree with someones policies without agreeing to all of them. You can agree with vegetarianism without agreeing to everything Hitler. Reagan, Romney, Obama, they all did it when they proposed universal healthcare. I’m doing it right now.

It is fallacious to suggest that one infamous person’s dietary habits reflect on the character of others who share those habits.Martin G. Hulsey.

On another note, have you ever seen those fridge magnets that say things like “the more I get to know people the more I love my cat/dog/bird/thing” and think ‘naaaw, how cute’? Did you know that it was propaganda expert Joseph Goebbels who coined the phrase? He was referring in part to Hitler, and his love of animals. Still like those magnets?

To me, Hitler was a douche, one who had some pretty nifty ideas and a lot of bad ones. Being vegetarian, not a bad choice. Killing people, not so great.

Hope I didn’t offend anyone with my Hitler talk. It is not my intent to offend, only to entertain and discuss.

Summer Tay.