Blogs, beans and updates.

So I haven’t posted anything for a while as I got sidetracked with other things and the whole “blog everyday” plan fell by the wayside.
Anyway I hope to be able to regularly update this with all the things from my life that i enjoy.

Meanwhile in the vegan snack world, Sainsburys have been bringing out some pretty good vegan options lately and these edamame are one of them.

For £1:65 you get quite a lot for your money, you can have them on there own which is delicious or you can use the salt provided. The salt consists of garlic, chilli and you guessed it salt.
It comes in a little pot and you pour it over the beans and pop the lid on give it and shake and enjoy. Don’t worry if your not a chilli fan I didn’t find it overpowering or too hot I would suggest if in doubt just have them plain or add half the salt.

Overall I think these are awesome and super tasty. The price is pretty good for edamame as they seem to be gaining popularity which has seen the price go up in some places.

If you are a fan of edamame beans give these a go they are rad and you won’t be disappointed.

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Cheese and Potato bake.

Comfort food at its best.

Comfort food at its best.

This for me is one of my ultimate comfort food dishes, its quick, simple and filling.

This is easily enough for two people if serving with a nice crisp salad or if your greedy like me

this on its own makes a pretty substantial meal.

For this recipe you need the following.

3 to 4 medium potatoes (anything that boils and mashes well)

150g of cheezly or other vegan cheese you like. (plus a bit for the topping)

2 table spoons of vegan cream cheese.

Salt and pepper.

1 tablespoon of oil

2 tablespoons of margarine.

1 small white onion.

Nutritional yeast (optional)

To start off  fill a kettle and get it boiling ready for the potatoes.

Next give the potatoes a quick rinse and scrub if dirty.

Now cut the potatoes in half and then in half again, aim for about one inch chunks.

When the kettle has boiled place the potatoes in a saucepan add the water and bring back to the boil.

Next dice your onion as fine as you can and fry with the oil and half a tablespoon of margarine on a low heat

you want the onions to caramelise slowly and not burn. This will make them sweet and lovely.

When the potatoes have come back to the boil turn them down to a simmer for about 20 minutes, keep and eye on them

as you don’t want them to turn to mush.

While waiting for the potatoes grab a small ovenproof dish about 6 inches across by about 2 inches deep, or any small

casserole type dish you have will be fine.

Now i like to add grease my dish with a tiny bit of margarine and season with a little touch of salt and pepper but you

don’t need to.

Check the onions and place to one side if done.

Check on the spuds and turn on the grill to medium heat. Then drain your potatoes and place the saucepan on a heat

proof surface.

Now grab a masher and mash the potatoes until there are no lumps.

Then use a fork to mix in the remaining margarine,

then add the cheezly, cream cheese, salt and pepper and finally the onions.

You want the whole thing to be evenly combined and you should season to your own taste.

Once you have mixed it all up, spoon it into the dish and even out the top with a fork,

then add some cheese to the top and some salt and pepper if you want.

Place under a grill on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes until golden brown.

Tuck in and enjoy.

This i a dish i love to make and its perfect for any time but just feels right in winter.

Its so warming and comforting, also its so easy to adapt.

I love to add some veggie bacon and mayo to make it even creamier.

There isn’t really anything you can do wrong, add whatever you like and make it your own.

This is the first time i’ve ever written a recipe so i imagine there are mistakes galore and parts might not

make sense. If you have any suggestions, comments, improvements don’t hesitate to contact me.

cheeeers

Welcome to my blog.

Hey, so this is the first blog I’ve ever written so it could be a bit hit and miss.

Apart from uploading copious amounts of food photos on instagram im pretty inactive on social media.

Its not that im not a fan, i just dont see much point in posting mundane updates of my daily activities, maybe im just not exciting enough. The point of this blog is to serve as a outlet for my passion that is cooking, and obviously thats vegan food.

Now before you think up that vegan stereotype that goes to protests on the weekends, has dreadlocks and smells questionable, let me stop you. That is so far from what i am, i dont like the taste of meat full stop and the way its produced also is something i dont like.

That doesnt mean i tell others they shouldnt eat it, because to be honest i dont care if they do, me being vegan is a personal decision that i have made, just like they have made the choice to eat meat. There is enough information these days for people to find out how and where their food comes from. They dont need a vegan taking the moral high ground and throwing leaflets at them. I will always answer questions about being vegan if people ask, as most people are intrigued and not always sure what a vegan diet involves.

As a vegan you always have to deal with people who cant or dont want to understand your point of view and that is part of everything in life, I mean i also hate football something which as a male in the uk is unthinkable. My point is that i really dont care what people think about my choice of diet and thats not supposed to come across arrogant its just that im comfortable in my choice and what people say wont change that.

Anyway ive dragged on enough, but i will look to update this as often as i can and plan to put recipes,reviews videos and anything else i find that i like.

Cheers for reading.

Joe, a normal football hating vegan.