The End of the VeganMoFo 2013

This is the last day of VeganMoFo 2013. The month sure passed quickly, and we managed to blog something every day. As you know, we had chosen a region for each week and every day we cooked something from that area. Here’s a map (via Wikimedia Commons) about our virtual culinary travels (click to enlarge):

ColoredBlankMap-World-10EWeek 1 is blue, week 2 is pink (the location of Mari El Republic is estimated), week 3 is green and week 4 is red.

Each week we found something we’ll definitely make again. Some of our new favourites are Jerk seitan, Pumpkin pie of Mari El, Pörkölt, Maqloobeh and Armenian lentil soup. If you try our recipes, please let us know. We’d like to hear how you liked them.

My favourite thing in this mofo has been http://www.randomofo.com. It’s a site that shows you a random blog of a fellow mofoer. Without it I wouldn’t have seen as many great blogs as I did. I don’t know if it will work after this month, so check it quickly!

Macaroni Pie

Macaroni pie is a cheesy macaroni casserole that is eaten everywhere in Barbados. Vegan version is easy to make with nutritional yeast. A common way to make it is use long pasta tubs and break them into smaller pieces, but elbow macaroni or other pasta is fine too.

Quite possibly every western culture has their own version of mac pie, like Mac’n’cheese, “Kraft food” (we were told Canadians know it by the name of the most famous manufacturer), even Finnish makaronilaatikko belongs to the same family. The barbadian version naturally has mustard and chili peppers in it.

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Macaroni Pie

250 g macaroni (long tubs broken in smaller pieces)
water, salt

sauce:
4 dl oat or soy milk
3 tbsp wheat flour
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
0,5 dl oil
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 heaping tbsp ketchup
0,5-1 tsp cayenne
salt, white pepper

optional toppings:
bread crumbs
melting vegan cheese

Boil the macaroni according to instructions on the package and drain. Grease a dish and spread the cooked macaroni in it.

Make the sauce: Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan. Heat on medium (medium-high) heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce starts bubbling and gets thicker. Pour the sauce over macaroni and stir a little to let the sauce flow everywhere between the macaronis. Sprinkle with bread crumbs or melting cheese if you want to. Bake about 30 minutes in 200 Celsius Degrees.

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Carib’ Jerk Seitan

This year’s Vegan MoFo is nearing its end and as always, the best things come last. For an ultimate Saturday experience we have something all over the Carib’. Jerk(y) seitan, rice and peas and a nice salad. The marinade for the seitan is very spicy and if you’re not accustomed to hot foods, you might want to adjust the amount of chili to your taste. The marinade recipe is from Michael Harwood’s book Super Hot Chili Pepper Cookbook. The original recipe uses chicken, which we substituted with seitan from FatFree Vegan Kitchen blog. Rice and peas were available pretty much everywhere when we were in Barbados and they serve as a nice very protein-rich supplement for the spicy seitan. And on the top of it all, the salad brings some freshness to the whole package.

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Jerk Seitan

1 batch seitan ribz

jerk marinade:
1 small habanero pepper
6 lemon drop peppers
6 riot peppers
1 tsp ground all spice
1 tsp ginger powder or 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves
1 small shallot
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp strong mustard
0, 5 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp apple vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt, black pepper
oil for frying

Chop the chili peppers coarsely and quickly blend them. Add rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Put the seitan and marinade into a plastic bag and rub the marinade on the seitan pieces. Marinade in a refrigerator couple of hours.

Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the seitans on both sides until browned.

Simple Rice and beans

6 dl water
salt
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp vegetable broth powder
4 dl cooked black beans
3 dl rice

Bring the water to boil and add rest of the ingredients. Simmer until all the water has been absorbed (about 20 minutes).

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Bajan Tofu Balls

We were on honeymoon on Barbados last March, and we had great time there. It’s autumn here, and the colder the weather gets, the more I miss Barbados.

Deep fried fish cakes are commonly eaten on Barbados. We were also offered them on our hotel’s rum punch party, but naturally we skipped them. We bought a small Bajan cook book from Pelican Village, and among other Barbadian recipes it had also a recipe for fish cakes, so we had to try to make them with tofu. Tofu worked fine, and I think our version is easier to make, because you don’t have to boil the salted fish several times. Mustardy Bajan pepper sauce is a great accompaniment for these tofu cakes.

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Bajan Tofu Cakes

250 g tofu
1 sheet nori seaweed
1 small onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp hot pepper sauce
1 tsp each: thyme, marjoram and dill
2 tsp baking powder
2,5 dl wheat flour
1,5 dl soy or oat milk
salt, black pepper and white pepper
oil for deep frying

Finely crumble the tofu in a bowl. Cut the nori in small pieces, I like to use scissors. Peel and finely chop onion and garlic. Mix all the ingredients together, add little more milk if needed.

Heat the oil and deep fry the cakes. Use two spoons to drop small balls (about tsp) to the oil and deep fry them on both sides until nicely browned. Serve with Bajan pepper sauce.

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Trinidad Corn Soup

Soup is often served as a starter, but in Finland it’s usually the main course. According to what I’ve read recently, in Trinidad soup is served as a main course too. Trinidad Corn Soup is filled with peas and vegetables, and you won’t miss a main dish after eating this. I read many recipes and made my version based on them. They all included corn, split peas, corn dumplings, chili pepper and carrots. Potatoes and coconut milk also seem to be popular ingredients. Sweet potatoes and chickpeas can be used too.

The soup is usually made with sliced corn ears, but barbecue season is over and whole corns weren’t available anymore, so we used canned baby corn instead. If you have fresh corn ears, slice them and add to the pot at the same time with dumplings.

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Trinidad Corn Soup

2,5 dl split peas
water
1 onion
3 garlic cloves
1 celery stalk
1 tbsp oil
1 bell pepper
1 carrot
2-3 dl pumpkin cubes
1 scotch bonnet or other hot chili pepper
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp lovage
1,5 dl frozen corn
1 can baby corn

dumplings:
0,75 dl cornmeal
0,5 dl water

Soak the split peas overnight. Rinse.
Peel and chop the onion and garlic, chop celery. Heat the oil in pot and sauté onion, garlic and celery until onion is soft. Add 1,5 l water and bring to boil. Meanwhile peel and dice the carrot, and chop both peppers. When water is boiling, add peas, chopped vegetables and herbs. Simmer about an hour or until peas are soft. Use a handheld blender to puree the soup. You can puree it completely smooth or leave it chunky.

Make the dumplings: Mix cornmeal and water together to get a thick dough. Add bit more either ingredient if needed. Form into small balls. Season the soup with salt and pepper and add dumplings. Simmer 10-15 minutes and add both corns. Simmer 10 more minutes, adjust seasoning and enjoy.

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Healthy Cookies

We tried Rasta Wife’s recipe today. When we were planning the dishes for this year’s Vegan MoFo, we deliberately tried to avoid using too many I-tal recipes, as it would’ve been… well, just too easy. However, since we didn’t want to completely dismiss those recipes, here are some nice cookies we found. Hope you enjoy them too!

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Apple Cinnamon Drops

5 small apples
0,6 dl oil
3,5 dl wheat flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
3 heaping tbsp brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 dl chopped walnuts and raisins (optional)

Peel and coarsely chop the apples. Blend them with oil until smooth, add a little water if needed. You should have 3,5 dl puréed apple. Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the apple mixture and stir well. Put drops of dough on baking sheet and bake in 200 Celsius degrees 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Nicaraguan Cabbage Salad

We found this recipe and decided to try it. It was quite basic cabbage salad, but more vinegary than I’ve made before. We refrigerated the leftovers and had them for lunch next day, and the flavour of chili pepper had grown much stronger. Keep that in mind if you prefer milder chili taste and want to make the salad hours before serving.

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Ensalada Repollo

500 g cabbage
1 carrot
1 l boiling water
2 tomatoes
1 red onion
1 dl white vinegar
1 dl water
1 jalapeño, serrano or lemon drop chili pepper
salt

Shred the cabbage. Peel and coarsely grate the carrot. Put them in a bowl, add boiling water and let sit 5 minutes. Drain well and squeeze out excess water. Chop the tomatoes and onion. Finely chop the chili pepper Combine all the ingredients and allow to marinade an hour or two. Serve chilled.

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