Veganissimo! for NYE: scallion pancakes, Lancashire Hotpot and Lemon Self Saucing Pudding

I’m really enjoying Leigh Drew’s Veganissimo!  I’ve already blogged about the Chocolate Mousse Tart (YUM) and today I made a few more recipes.

First up were the Scallion (spring onion) Pancakes.  Very easy to make and I halved the recipe as I only had a few skinny spring onions.  I didn’t make the suggested dipping sauce, instead I mixed up some soy sauce with kecap manis.  Yum!

scallion pancakes

For dinner I made the Lancashire Hotpot, using the suggested tip for a ‘hotpot pie’ by putting some pastry on top.  I had some puff pastry to use up.  First you cook everything up in a pot: carrots, celery, leek, onion, mushrooms then add your extra bits and some canned beans (I used butter beans).  Easy!  Here’s the hotpot before I put the pastry on:

vegan lancashire hotpot


vegan lancashire hotpot

2 4 6 8 bog in don’t wait:

vegan lancashire hotpot

Truthfully this is the second time I’ve made the Lancashire Hotpot, the first time was without the pastry top but my photos turned out so terribly bad, worse than usual, that I decided to make it all over again  😉


I’m a sucker for self saucing puddings.  I think they’re the reason why I am so slack with giving up sugar.  I was happy to see this recipe in Veganissimo! because I LOOOOVE lemon saucy puddings.  Again, this was very easy to make.  I did have the “am I doing something wrong here” moment when I made up the batter because it was way runny compared to every other self saucing pudding I’ve made.  I cooked it for about eight minutes longer than suggested (and the pudding sprang back, as the recipe says).  The bit between the cakey part and sauce on the bottom worried me for a minute because I wasn’t sure if it was uncooked batter, but after about forty minutes in the oven and the batter being not-high to begin with, it was certainly cooked.  Any longer and the sauce would have really dried out.  I’m wondering if I actually overcooked it.  Oh well, I gobbled it down regardless.  I think it would go so well with coconut icecream which alas, I don’t have:


Thanks Leigh, if you ever read this!  I’m loving these recipes 😀

We’re not doing all that much tonight (New Years Eve), the plans are for the kids to stay up late watching a couple of movies then we will go fireworks hunting.  Which means we’ll probably end up in a shabby suburban park somewhere, watching silly people set off pissweak fireworks.  Our house is at the higher point of a hill and we get a good view of the city, so hopefully we can just walk to the end of the street and see the official, legal fireworks there.

So long (for now) and have a fab New Years Eve!



German Lentil Stew from Happy Herbivore Abroad

A new cookbook arrival:


It’s summer here in Melbourne.  Which means I got sunburnt last weekend in the hot sun but two days ago I was sitting here in winter clothes and my dressing gown because I was so cold.  And today it’s 37C (98.6F).That’s Melbourne weather for you.  Christmas Day last year started off quite hot, a cool change came through and then we had golf ball sized hail and warm clothes on all in a few hours.

So I haven’t read through Happy Herbivore Abroad yet.  I did look at the first recipe a few days ago when it was cold in the house (as in, put on your dressing gown and heat up a wheatbag cold) and said right I’m making that as it’s perfect cold weather food.

That first recipe in the book is German Lentil Stew.  I had all the ingredients, measured out the lentils and when rinsing them noticed bugs in the new packet I just opened.  Sigh.  So I had to use French lentils instead as that’s all I had.  So, I present German Lentil Stew… with French Lentils:


I wouldn’t say it turned out a particularly pretty looking dish, as the potatoes were a cacky colour from the lentils, but for a simple lentil stew this hits the spot.  I liked the addition of lemon zest.  I love lentil dishes and would make this again for sure!

Okay, time to go unpack all my purchases from Savers  🙂