Frys’ Soy and Quinoa Country Roast

Frys Soy and Quinoa Country Roast

A Review

Cost: About £5.60
Serves: generous 3
The roast is vegan, as are all Frys products.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this roast, but don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with a Frys product so decided to give it a try.
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Inside Look – Vegan Cheese

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Here is a run down of the vegan cheeses we use (and a couple that we don’t use) at Fairfoods.

Vegan Cream Cheese

In cheesecakes, our favourite vegan cream cheese is Tofutti Creamy Smooth Original for the incredible taste and the texture it gives to cheesecakes. We use it in our passion fruit cheesecake and chocolate caramel cheesecake.

Toffuti Creamy Smooth Original

Bute Island Original Creamy Sheese

For stuffed cherry tomatoes, the following vegan cream cheeses work well:

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Film Review – Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Produced and directed by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn (2014)

My star rating: 5 stars

What the film is about
Cowspiracy looks at the environmental impact of animal agriculture and presents the case strongly with statistics, graphics, interviews and some humour thrown in.

cowspiracy graphic

Kip Anderson is the main narrator and the film features Howard Lyman (former cattle rancher), Michael Pollen and Michael Klaper among others.

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Vegan Pea and Paneer Curry

“I recently attended my friend Lotje’s wedding and sampled some of your super delicious food. I was bowled over by your amazing red vegetable curry and I wondered if there was any way you might share your recipe? Your curry was the talk of the wedding!

Kathleen Fournier, Barcelona”

A cornerstone of Fairfoods is that we like to share stuff – recipes, resources, knowledge – so here it is. The combination of creamy (vegan) cheese, tangy tomato and lots of fresh spices and herbs packs a real flavour punch. It is adapted from a recipe in Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking. The vegan cheese does tend to melt so it’s not exactly the same as paneer which stays firm, but it still works really well.

vegan pea and paneer curry

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Book review – Prashad Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking

We’ve tried out nearly 20 recipes from Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Kaushy Patel, and it gave us lots of inspiration when we were planning an Indian pop up night.

Listed below are all the recipes we’ve made from the book, with notes and a star rating from 1-5. As you can see from the number of recipes made, I really liked this book, more about that at the end.

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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with pesto

These are great on a buffet, they look cute and have lots of flavour. Use the best quality cherry tomatoes you can find, cheaper ones tend to be lacking in flavour.

Equipment and ingredients for stuffed cherry tomatoes

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Inside Look – Frylight

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Frylight

Frylight is a low-fat cooking spray which also happens to be very non-stick, more so than regular vegetable oil. So we spray it on baking trays sometimes before adding pizza, cookies or whatever it is we are baking. It is especially good with pizzas – we make our own bread – if the bread dough sticks to the tray it rips the pizza and ruins it. Frylight seems to solve this problem. We also use it for baking sausage rolls and other pastries, and focaccia bread.

Frylight

Plus points

  • Very non-stick
  • All the flavours we have seen are registered as vegan with The Vegan Society

Minus points

  • More expensive than using regular vegetable oil

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