Bahn Mì

I doubt that there is a better way to stuff a baguette than vegan Bahn Mì style. I just love these flavours together. It’s traditionally filled with liver paté and pork, but I’ve never had that. So to me, this is the real thing. I marinate slices of pressed tofu overnight in canola oil, sweet chili, soy sauce and sesame oil, and then oven bake it until firm. Then you just load up your baguette with all these goodies:

• a thick spread of crunchy peanut butter (and I mean THICK!)
• oven baked slices of tofu
• thinly sliced cucumber & red cabbage
• pickled carrots
• lots of vegan sriracha mayo
• fresh mint and coriander

It was perfect to use these bake off mini baguettes, because it meant I could eat more than one!

Bruschetta

I’ve seen so many beautiful bruschettas on IG over the last few days, so I had to make myself. With ripe and juicy tomatoes, a homemade sourdough bread and a high quality olive oil I was not disappointed. My husband has grown a few plants of cherry tomatoes this year, and finally we can start picking them!

Blueberry & Redcurrant Scones

Berries, berries, berries? Are you getting tired of it yet? Because I’m not! I found a recipe for blueberry scones by @livinlaveganlife and simply added redcurrants as well. Perfect for a picnic, and that sour twist from the currants was really nice. I love that scones are so easy to make, but tastes like you’ve puts lots of effort into it.

In a food processor, mix 2,5 dl plain flour, 1 dl caster sugar (or other sweetener), 3 tsp baking powder, 0,5 tsp salt, 1 tsp coarsely ground cardamom and a pinch of vanilla.
Next, add 125 g of vegan butter and blitz. Add 1 dl plant milk and mix again.
At last, fold in 0,5 dl blueberries and 0,5 dl redcurrants to the dough.
Divide the dough in two and shape two wheels, about 1,5 dl thick, on an oven tray. Cut 6 or 8 pieces on each wheel, halfway through the dough.
Bake in the oven at 200 C for about 25 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before breaking into pieces for serving.

Caesar Salad

I’ve been dreaming of creamy, delicious caesar dressing for a while. And there it was! I mixed to recipes from @nora_cooks_vegan and @thehiddenveggies. I don’t like the sharp taste of raw garlic, so I sautéed them gently before mixing. I served the dressing (yes – the dressing is the star here!) with Romaine lettuce, fried mushrooms, bread croutons and carrot “bacon”. (I’ll get back with a recipe for that. Fake bacon is great for us like pigs to be kept alive – check out the hashtag #gillagris – hijacked by vegans in an initiative from the great @javligtgott).
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Dressing
2 dl soaked cashews
3 cloves of garlic, sauteed
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp capers, drained
1 dl water
1/4 nori sheet
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Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until very smooth and creamy. Add generously to your Caesar salad. Store any leftovers in a jar in the fridge and use within 2-3 days.

Veggie Waffle Sandwiches

Summer holiday means quick and easy lunches. I had some soft bread in the freezer, so I put a thin spread vegan mayo on one slice, Dijon mustard on the other slice, and stuffed baby spinach, thinly sliced zucchini, tomatoes and pickled red onions between them. Grilled the sandwiches in the waffle maker for a couple of minutes until they were hot and had some lovely colour. Done! Lunch on the table in less than 15 minutes.

Loaded Veggie Sandwich

Who says a sandwich can’t count as dinner? It only depends on what you put in it. If you stuff it until it almost bursts and you have to open up wider than at the dentist’s, I can assure you it’s dinner compatible. This one’s loaded with lettuce, grated carrots, cucumber, almond feta cheese, tomatoes, bean sprouts and beetroot hummus.

Homegrown

This might look like a very ordinary sandwich. But to me, it wasn’t. It’s homemade all the way. Ok, we didn’t grow the grains for the flour or the cashews. But we’ve started the sourdough, baked the bread, made the cashew cream cheese and grown the cucumber and the basil from seeds. And my – didn’t it taste extra special?!

The cashew cream is from when I made the frosting for the carrot cake. I made some extra when trying the recipe out, and took some aside before adding the icing sugar. The texture is so nice and it goes really well with veggies and a pinch of salt on top.