Goodbye January.​

Hello there,

well that is a 1/12 of the new year nearly done and to celebrate we have a Super Moon thing going on tonight, unfortunately it looks like its going to be cloudy and rainy so I wont be seeing it at all, I shall have to wait for other people’s photographs to drool over.

Did you do Veganuary? If so I am curious to whether you choose to stay vegan or go back to what you were eating before or at less meat? and if your tastes have changed over the 4 weeks at all?

I became vegan before at the end of last year and I was pretty much veggie so it wasnt a huge change for me, I don’t really miss eggs, cows milk or dairy cheese, so I am happy to continue as I am 🙂

At the bottom of the page I have popped a couple of links to a couple of books that have been useful, great recipes that are easy to follow and keep the taste buds happy, nothing worse than bland food in my opinion and these books stop you from getting bored with the same food day in, day out. Variety is paramount !

You may be wondering what the feature picture is today? I shall give you a clue… it hot, gooey and super cheesy…

Yes it is Maccy cheese! but not quite, it is not far off the normal recipe to be honest just a little nutritional yeast and Asda free from cheese.

vegan cheese
Probably the best vegan cheese in the world

I read a review for it last week online, it was raved about and as we were passing through Myrthr Tydfil we stopped as Asda to get some essentials such as crumpets, I had hoped to find some and hidden behind and empty box there they were, obviously other people had read the review and bought a few as well!   It is well worth a try, it is high in fat like cheese so be aware it’s not for those who are hoping to lose weight unless you include it in your diet plan.

It worked really well in the cheese sauce and on the top, it does melt and I sprinkled some paprika over the top as well to give it a smoky flavour, it got the thumbs up from everyone and the dish was scrapped clean 🙂  that is always a good sign that it was tasty.

I served it with mixed roast veggies as it is a high carb dish, I do love chips with my maccy cheese but not this week, I am trying to be good….

Maccy Cheese

For the cheese sauce you will need:

25grms vegan butter or similar

25grms flour

2 tbsp of nutritional yeast

1 tsp of mustard

1 pint of milk of choice, I used almond

Half a block of Asda Free From Mature Cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

Also..

Bag of Macoroni

Half a block of Asda FF cheese

Paprika

The sauce can be made several ways, I am old school and make it in a pan, you can do it in the microwave, but I don’t have one so I can’t guarantee the result.

Method

Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour, the butter and flour will cook together and look like a paste, start to add the milk a dash at a time and allow the paste to loosen, keep adding the milk slowly and stir continuously this will prevent lumps. When you have added about half the milk you can add the yeast and mustard and mix in then add the rest of the milk and cook for another 3 mins, the sauce should be nice and smooth and a mellow yellow, remove from the heat and add the grated cheese, mix in and allow to sit. Add salt and pepper if you need too.

As I was cooking for five I used a whole bag of macaroni, I cooked it off till al-dente and drained it well, as I didn’t want the sauce to go any runnier. Popped it in a large lasagna dish and stirred in the sauce, grated the other half of the cheese on the top and sprinkled with paprika for a smoky topping.

Into the oven for 20 minutes and it comes out looking gorgeous!

Enjoy with either chips, salad or veggies or a combo!  it is very comforting on chilly January nights, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Here comes February.. lets hope it is fun 😀

take care,

Gilly

Vegan Cookbook for Beginners: The Essential Vegan Cookbook To Get Started

 

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