Vegan Cooking

Vegan cooking is no huge mystery! The biggest tip I can give any budding vegans is this: Choose any non vegan recipe you like the look of - and veganise it! There is only one thing that vegans struggle with when it comes to converting a non vegan recipe and that is the replacement of eggs. If a recipe calls for more than two eggs, it can still be done but more care needs to be given to the process.

I have found that the easiest recipes to veganise contain mincemeat, such as bolognese, chilli con carne, moussaka etc. You can buy vegan mince from most supermarkets and health food shops. You can buy vegan substitutes for most products, which I like as I am not really a super healthy wholefoods kind of a vegan - I tend to mix it up a bit!

Something important to remember is that vegan substitutes vary greatly in taste - some taste truly awful and will make you gag but others are absolutely on the mark and taste delish!

This is the main secret to vegan cooking. Once you have decided which is your favourite vegan cream/milk/chocolate/egg replacer etc, you have it in the bag!

For scrambled "eggs", most vegans substitute eggs for tofu which is mashed up with a sprinkling of turmeric spice. In my opinion, this tastes nothing like scrambled eggs but tastes fine all the same. Especially if you have it on toast with a slice of vegan ham, a few mushrooms and a slice of vegan cheese (the ones you can buy in individual plastic wraps made by Toffutti) and a dollop of vegan mayo!

With all the vegan meat replacement products, it is easy to make lovely vegan stews. Have with mashed potatoes (soya spread is used in place of butter) or chips, potato wedges or roasties. You can use the vegan meat products to make curries and other dishes, so you do not have to miss out on the "meaty" side of being a vegan.

The two ingredients/products which are hard to replace, are eggs and cheese. BUT there is an amazing UK vegan cheese on the market which you can only get online at the moment. You will find that information and all my other favourite vegan foods on this page.

Then we have soya products. Tofu is very versatile but it can be an aquired taste. You can buy tofu in most supermarkets but you can also buy it from Chinese supermarkets if you are lucky enough to have one near you.

Now I have to be honest here. I'm not a great fan of tofu unless it's the kind the Chinese cook and call "bean curd". If you have a Chinese restaurant near you that sells bean curd dishes - give them a try because it tastes amazing!

Cooking Tofu

Many supermarkets are labelling their foods as being vegan nowadays so it is easy to choose vegan products to help you along. For example, Ive noticed that some brands of cooking sauces are being labelled as vegan if you just havn't the time to make your own.

Of course, all the healthy food items such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains are all vegan foods too and the recipe/snack choices with these are endless. You can also eat foods which you wouldn't normally think of as being vegan too - so whatever your needs are, you do not need to feel deprived.