Sunday, 2 September 2018

Vegan MoFo 2018 Day 2: 😂 My Dad Wrote a Porno 😂

Vegan MoFo Prompt Day 2: Emoji Inspired

As soon as I saw the Vegan MoFo prompt for today, I knew exactly which emoji I would choose: 😂

Having listened to a variety of different podcasts over the years, I started listening to the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast last year and I can tell you now that I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life as I have done listening to this one! When Paul and I travelled to Peru for a holiday together in January this year, he told me he could always tell I was listening to that one when I would start shaking with laughter on the flight, and eventually he started listening along too to find our what on Earth I was finding so hilarious. Needless to say, he was soon captivated by the bizarre world of Steeles Pots and Pans!

http://mydadwroteaporno.com/

Last week the first episode of the new series aired on Monday and so of course I planned a bit of Belinda Blinked themed food to get us in the mood! It was a real challenge to know where to start though with so many terrible potential food inspirations to choose from. After not too much consideration I decided to rule out the memorable classic of blue cheese fish mousse though - the omnis are welcome to keep that one to themselves!

For a starter we had a version of the famous turkey sandwiches using the Quorn vegan chicken slices served with bubbly, so that we could finally live for ourselves our own slice of "the high life" as Belinda feels that she achieves with the Youngish Man in her hotel room at The Horse and Jockey towards the end of series 1.



For our main, we had my own version of spaghetti bolognese served with vegan chicken Kievs using a recipe from Leila Buffery's blog, reliving her adventures in Texas where very little actual spaghetti actually got eaten and an unforgettable (for all the wrong reasons) dinner at Epsom Hall. If you fancy having a go at making a bit of vegan spaghetti sauce for yourself, you can find the recipe at the bottom of this post.



Finally, to finish off we had some pomegranate cupcakes based on the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes  and Fluffy Buttercream Frosting recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. To make them Belinda-themed, I mixed in some pomegranate seeds and topped them with a single seed in the centre, bringing back memories of those iconic freely hanging breasts described so early on in the podcast.



A feast fit for the Duke of Epsom!;


Recipe: Spaghetti Bolognese ("A Bit of Vegan Spaghetti Sauce")


Ingredients (serves: 4-6)
  • 1 cup dried textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  •  1½ cups hot water, to rehydrate the TVP
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 150g Portobello mushrooms, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 125ml red wine
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 small carrot, grated in at the end
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

In a jug, combine the TVP with the hot water and set aside for at least 10 minutes for the TVP to absorb the water.

In a medium size frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat and then fry the onions for about 5 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and fry for another 3 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes.

Turn down the heat and crumble the vegetable stock over your frying vegetables. Add the herbs and red wine, stir well and simmer for 1 minute.

Tip your rehydrated TVP into the pan and stir well.

Add the tomato purée and stir well.

To finish, stir in the grated carrot.

Serve with spaghetti and vegan Italian-style hard cheese - you can buy vegan cheese of this kind at most larger supermarkets, or alternatively have a go at making your own from cashews using this recipe from the Minimalist Baker website that I highly recommend!

4 comments:

  1. Haha. I'm going to have to check out this podcast!

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    1. It's very, very funny - make sure you start at the beginning or it will make even less sense than usual!

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  2. The spaghetti bolognese sounds great; thanks for sharing the recipe!

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