ZB's Vegan Recipes

Here's where you can find some fun, tasty and generally pretty easy-to-make vegan (and often low GI) recipes. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sydney Vegan Bake Sale - July 25

Remember the Sydney arm of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale and how well it went? Well, we've decided that we're going to run a regular bake sale, with the profits to different animal charities every month (or whenever we run them).

To kick off this fabulous plan, we're going to be at the Newtown DIY Markets on Saturday July 25, from 8am to 3pm (or when we sell out!!), with a wonderful range of donated vegan baked (and hopefully some raw) goods...

I'm planning on making my signature sweeties, melting moments, as well as a couple of types of choc chip cookies, and I'm hoping to get the time to make some cherry pies and (possibly) custard fruit tarts.

If you want to keep up to date with the Sydney Vegan Bake Sale is doing, there are some great internet resources:

The blog - Sydney Vegan Bake Sale
The tweets - SydVeganBkSale (while you're there, feel free to follow me also - ZuckerBaby is my name everywhere!!)
Facebook - Sydney Vegan Bake Sale and the event July Sydney Vegan Bake Sale While you're on Facebook, come and join Vegan Sydney!!
If you want to help out, by either baking/making something, or by relieving us so that we can run away to get coffee/food/go to the loo, email sydneyveganbakesale@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing lots of folks there!! It'll be another great day for Sydney's vegan community!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

I love it when a plan comes together

Ever since I started this new diet thing, I've been noodling about with a macncheez replacement recipe. I started off with an idea lifted from Veganomicon's Mac Daddy, which uses a cheez sauce made from stock and nooch, and adds crumbled and flavoured firm tofu to the sauce and pasta to provide body and depth.

Since I wanted to use firm tofu as the centre of the casserole, I couldn't use white beans in the sauce to thicken it, so decided on cauliflower as a nice thickening agent.

Below is the tasty result of my random trains of thought....

Cheezy Tofu & Cauliflower Bake


Flavoured Tofu
  • 150g firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs
  • 2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cheezy Cauliflower Sauce
  • 170g cauliflower
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon mixed savoury herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 20g sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius.

Flavoured Tofu

Crumble the tofu to a mixture of textures - small bits, larger bits, and all bits in between. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Set to one side.

Cheezy Cauliflower Sauce

Steam the cauliflower until tender. Put the cauliflower, crumbled stock cube, water and lemon juice into a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat, and simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is falling apart. Take off the heat and cool for five minutes. Whizz until smooth and thick with a hand blender.

Place back on the heat and add the rest of the ingredients, mix well. Simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Layer the flavoured tofu and cheezy cauliflower sauce in a small casserole dish. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top and drizzle with the olive oil.

Bake until bubbly and the top has crisped a little, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

I ate this with a green & mushroom salad, tasty good times.