Fishless fingers & crispy kale, a budget friendly meal idea.

fishless fingers

Today I’m cooking my favourite fishless fingers and crispy kale, so I thought you may like to follow along. It took my husband a very long time to even try tofu as ‘everyone knows it tastes like sh*t’ he said. I’m inclined to agree that restaurants have no idea how or the slightest motivation to produce tasty tofu dishes. When I visited Taiwan about 15 years ago, I realised what I’d been missing out on. Each day the locals would cycle to collect their fresh tofu and soya milk. It was simply delicious and that’s why I make my own milk at home to enjoy this protein packed plant milk without all the additives and preservatives.

Fishless fingers or meatless Schnitzel, tofu works well.

Tofu tastes of absolutely nothing, a lot like chicken. It will take on the flavour of any spices added to it which makes it a very versatile ingredient. The beans are cheap and if you subscribe to my channel you will be able to see all the amazing ways to use this cheeky little bean.

Tofu is a great option for budget friendly, vegan family meals.

I get lots of comments from people telling me that vegan food is expensive, and this always puzzles me. The block of tofu I’m using in this meal is just over $2/€2, which I think is cheap as a protein source for a family meal. I served it with crispy kale, steamed broccoli, stir fried veg (carrots, green beans, onion and sweet red pepper). I could talk about tofu all day, stay tuned for more recipes and chitchat.

If you liked my easy fishless fingers you can browse my other recipes by clicking here, or head on over to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day. #tofurecipes #veganfood #veganrecipes

Momo style Nepalese dumplings.

Momo dumplings Nepalese

Momo dumplings, steamed or fried are one of my favourite comfort foods. Easy to make in just a few minutes, they are great dipped in your favourite sauce or as a perfect addition to soups and stews.

When I travelled for work, I always made time to take a cookery lesson with a local in their home. When I was in Taiwan, I learned how to make several local dishes, plus the added bonus of these Momo dumplings as the cook’s husband was Nepalese.

All the Momo ingredients are mentioned in the video, but I’ve listed them below for your convenience.

For the Momo filling

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 7 mushrooms
  • Thumb sized piece of Ginger 
  • 2 scallions / spring onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 leaves Chinese cabbage
  • 1 cup extra firm tofu 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon curry power
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter 
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour 
  • Salt and pepper 

Finely chop everything into a course paste by hand or in the food processor.

For the dough

  • 2 cups brown flour (use white flour if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Warm water

Mix the flour with the coconut oil, then gradually add warm water until you have a stuff dough. Knead for 5 minutes then leave to rest for 10 minutes, covered with a tea towel. Roll out then cut out discs using a cookie cutter or a glass.

Place a teaspoon of the filling into the centre of each disc, wet around the edges and seal like a pasty/empanada/dumpling. Don’t worry if they look messy, as long as they are sealed they will taste amazing!

Steam for 8 minutes to a wonderful soft dumpling.

Or, brush/spray with oil and air fry for 8 minutes until crispy.

I make a dip for my Momo dumplings with; soy sauce, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, chopped fresh spicy chillies and coriander. I usually eat too many – they are just too good!

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day.

Homemade food for dogs.

dogs

My dogs are not vegan they do eat meat but not every day. Dogs are omnivores (not carnivores) and can thrive on a plant based diet. This is an example of meals I prepare for them based on what’s in season. I add vegetable pasta occasionally to keep it interesting for my dogs and weight on my one girl who is very active.

It’s cheaper for me to prepare their food than buy good quality food from the store. Plus I really enjoy making it and watching them gobble it down at lighting speed!

Safety & longevity.

There are no food safety regulations for dog food in some countries and dangerous substances such as antifreeze have been found in some, so be sure to check the list of ingredients. I have owned Pointers (hunting dogs) for 30 years. Each of my dogs has lived to 17, even though the life expectancy for their individual breed is 10 years.

Dogs are omnivores not carnivores.

Dogs, like humans, are considered omnivores, which means they have the biological capability to derive nutrients from both plant-based and animal-based sources. This classification is based on their anatomy, physiology, and dietary behaviour. Here’s why dogs are considered omnivores:

1. Dental Structure.

While dogs have sharp teeth suitable for tearing meat, they also possess flat molars at the back of their mouths, which are used for grinding plant material. This combination of teeth allows them to consume a variety of foods.

2. Digestive System.

Dogs have a relatively short digestive tract compared to true carnivores like cats. This digestive system is adapted to process both animal and plant matter efficiently. Additionally, dogs produce enzymes necessary for breaking down carbohydrates, which are found in plant-based foods.

3. Natural Behaviour.

In the wild, dogs are known to scavenge and consume a diverse range of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and small animals. This dietary flexibility reflects their omnivorous nature and their ability to extract nutrients from various sources.

4. Nutritional Requirements.

Dogs have specific nutritional requirements, including essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, which can be obtained from both plant and animal sources. A balanced diet that meets these requirements can be achieved through a combination of plant-based and animal-based ingredients or solely through plant-based ingredients with careful supplementation.

5. Adaptability.

Dogs have demonstrated adaptability to different diets throughout history, depending on the availability of food sources. Domestic dogs have lived alongside humans for thousands of years, consuming diets that often include a mix of plant and animal-based foods provided by their owners.

Overall, while dogs have historically been associated with a carnivorous diet, their biological characteristics and dietary behaviours support the classification of dogs as omnivores. This understanding underscores the importance of offering dogs a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich ingredients, whether from plant or animal sources, to support their overall health and well-being.

#healthypets

Coconut & raspberry pudding – dairy free & vegan friendly

coconut & raspberry pudding

Great as a dessert, even better as breakfast, my simple coconut & raspberry pudding, which is dairy free and vegan friendly.

You will need;

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut

Check out my YouTube video, on how to make this simple pudding. You can make it in advance and it will keep well covered in the fridge for a few days.

I am inspired by all the fresh produce at my local market in Tavira. Today I picked up a large punnet of fresh raspberries and couldn’t wait to get home to make this delicious dessert. I divided the mix into three, 2 desserts for today, and 1 breakfast is ready for me tomorrow. I will add a little bit of home made granola to create a delicious and filling plant based breakfast.

Let me know if you try this recipe. I don’t add extra sugar to the milk mixture, but you may like to add a teaspoon of sugar if you have a sweet tooth.

It’s very hot here today, too hot for cooking, but this simple dish is perfect chilled to enjoy under the shade of a carob tree. The dogs are shuffling around the kitchen to keep cool, so it’s Ginger and Bird my Hungarian Vizsla you may be able to hear in the background.

I don’t use exact measurements, use a tea cup if you don’t have a proper cup measurement – its the same thing!

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day!