Thursday, 28 May 2015

YAM AND 'EGG' (VEGAN)



I have to emphasise the fact that this is vegan and that no chickens were involved in the making of this dish because, I mean, come on... how scarily similar does this look!? I've long known of tofu scramble, but this is my first time trying it out at home, using a baking technique I learnt from the kitchen of Raw/Vegan (any Londoners out there visited yet?)

Yam and egg is a staple in most Nigerian households. So iconic is this dish that I'm surprised I'm only just getting round to sharing a vegan version on the blog. I've written a bit about yam in a previous post, which you can find here. I've also got a delicious yam pottage recipe. And a rustic yam burger recipe (yes, you read that right). And I've used them in a colourful canapé recipe as well. So now we arrive at this easy as pie dish that we love to eat for breakfast, lunch OR dinner.

Anything really is possible in the world of vegan cooking and with a touch of adventure and experimentation in the kitchen, there's no reason to miss out on anything. I am thrilled to share this alternative to a classic that I and many others have grown up with.























Ingredients

- Yam (cut into thick round slices; outer skin peeled) - allow 2-3 slices per person
- 1 pack regular tofu (not silken)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
- 1/2 red pepper (chopped)
- 1-2 large tomato[es] (liquid centre scooped out; flesh finely chopped)
- 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (finely chopped)
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- salt and pepper to taste


Start by boiling the yam in lightly salted water until soft. Be careful not to over boil so it doesn't turn to mush.

Crumble the tofu onto a baking tray and sprinkle with turmeric to achieve that golden eggy colour. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until most of the liquid has dried out. This will stop the scramble from being soggy.

Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan and add all the chopped vegetables and stock cube. Cook until the vegetables are slightly tender. Take the tofu out of the oven, crumble it some more if needed and add to the frying pan. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Taste and season as needed. Add a touch more turmeric if necessary. **If you want to make this oil-free, simply cook off the vegetables in a little bit of liquid stock until tender and mix in with the baked tofu.

When the yam is cooked, drain any excess liquid. Serve with a generous helping of your tofu 'scramble'. Enjoy!



Wednesday, 20 May 2015

HARISSA BUTTER BEAN SPREAD (spiced! REVIEW)


spiced! is a new company specialising in natural, vegan, and gluten-free spice pastes. Follow @spiceduk on Twitter for regular updates and visit spiced! founder Tom's blog for more info on the spice pastes and other cool vegan lifestyle topics. 

I was sent three lovely blends to try:
- North African
- Caribbean
- South Indian


Now, I love me some North African flavours and so I knew which one I'd want to tuck into first. Instead of a regular curry or an attempt at a tagine, I decided to make something a little different: this rich, intensely flavoured bean spread. It's a simple recipe that's perfect in sandwiches, on toast, flat bread and even crackers. While I look forward to using the other spice pastes in future recipes, this review will focus on the North African blend.

So, what does it contain? One pot is filled with harissa, coriander, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, onion, water, dried ginger and dried garlic.


As it's raw, it's important to cook off the spices in order to properly release the flavours. 
I have to say that the earthy, smoky tones after frying off the spices livened up this recipe to no end and I just know that this is something I'll be making again. The taste is bold - just how I like my food - and its the ideal thing to have on hand when those savoury food cravings kick in.

Let's talk about the packaging. The pots are nifty and easy to store in stacks (which helps me save space in my fridge!) It is also clearly labelled, with all the spice ingredients listed, information on proper storage method and date of production/expiration. There's a transparency to this minimalist format that I really like - what you see is what you get; no hidden nasties!

I'd encourage you to give the spice paste a try. The great thing about it is that you can be as inventive as you like. You can give this butter bean spread recipe a go, or add it to your curries, soups and tagines. Options, options and more options!

I'll be trying the Caribbean blend next, so keep an eye out for that. Hope you enjoy this recipe!





Ingredients
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp spiced! North African paste
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tin butter beans (drained)
- dash of lemon juice
- salt/pepper to taste
- Fresh mint (optional)

Fry the chopped onion in coconut oil (medium-high heat), then add the spice paste and tomato purée. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes to release all the spice flavours.

Add the butter beans, lemon juice and seasoning (to taste).

Transfer to a large mixing bowl and mash until you reach a spreadable consistency. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary (particularly if the butter beans are unsalted).

Spread on toast, crackers or flat bread and finish off with some chopped fresh herbs such as mint, if you have any lying around.

Keeps for 3 days in the fridge.





Saturday, 16 May 2015

JUBELLA LONDON GIVEAWAY WINNER


This has been one of the most exciting giveaways I've hosted to date and I want to thank everyone who participated via Twitter and Instagram. On Twitter alone, we had over 160 entries (!), which is just phenomenal and a testament to how desirable the Jubella kitchen set is. If you still aren't clued up on Jubella, then check out my review here, and visit their official website here.

So without further ado, a massive congratulations to @SistahInTheRaw on winning the giveaway! I hope the set brightens up your kitchen and most importantly, brightens up your day!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

VEGAN CELEBRATION CAKES

Baking occasion cakes for family and friends is turning into something of a habit, and a fun one at that. So I'm putting it out there that if you would like a fully vegan, scrumptious celebration cake for you or someone you love, then you can always get in touch. You'll have to be based in or around London, as that is where I currently reside. Whatever flavour, shape, size or 'free-from' option you're after, I'm all ears and will see to creating something that will brighten up your day :)

My latest creation was this 4-layer chocolate and banana cake covered in chocolate and raspberries for a friend's birthday. More pics of stuff I've baked below. Yum!






Friday, 1 May 2015

JUBELLA LONDON REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!!

A special thank you to Jubella London for injecting a whole lot of style and class into the Vegan Nigerian kitchen. I'm talking about this gorgeous kitchen set consisting of an apron, oven gloves and pot holder (more pics below) - all designed using high-quality West African print fabric.

So what do I love most about the Jubella London kitchen set? Quite simply, every item is impeccably made, with a clean, professional finish.

In terms of the brand as a whole, I admire the creativity behind every design, as well as the homage to the vibrant colours and cultures of West Africa. The set I received is truly an appropriate fit for a foodie such as myself who is also concerned with reflecting these qualities in the recipes I create and share. I'm sure you'd agree with me that the pattern is bold, fun and just plain beautiful!

I cannot recommend this brand enough. Go and have a browse through their online store and be amazed at the various designs that skilfully bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary. You won't be sorry :)

Find out below how you can WIN a custom-made set for yourself, your mum, your sister, your friend... or whoever!


Giveaway: Apron & Oven Glove Matching Set

We are giving away a set of our newest style of Apron & Oven Gloves to one lucky winner. The set we are giving away is made using a traditional print fabric from Ivory Coast in rich tones of burgundy, navy blue, forest green and brown. All hand made in the UK

Giveaway rules: 

Entry via Instagram - Follow @jubella_london and @vegannigerian and repost* giveaway photo

Entry via Twitter - Follow @jubellalondon and @vegannigerian and RT* giveaway photo

*when you RP & RT, all tags and hash tags must be included- @jubella_london @vegannigerian #jubellalondon #vegannigerian



One lucky randomly selected reader will win a matching Artisan Apron & Oven Glove set.

Winner will be announced: Saturday 16th May 2015.

Good luck!