13 January 2018

Facon muffins


We have kept sampling the Astrid och Aporna veggie products, and this morning it was the fejkon's turn. I made English muffins with potato rostis, cheese and facon, and they were quite excellent for breakfast. I'm sure that these sandwiches will keep us going for a while.

How has your weekend started? I just want to mainly relax this weekend, as there is a busy week ahead, and also after the whole festive season, it's just nice to be at home. I think we'll go to a museum this afternoon and for a little stroll. It's a bit chilly and cloudy today, but should be nice to go out a bit.





Enjoy your weekend!

Your VegHog

9 January 2018

In My Kitchen in January

This is it, a new year... also in the kitchen. Last year I got a new kitchen by moving countries, so I'm excited to see what this year brings. I hope you've all had a good start into 2018.

I've been eating out and at friends' places way too much lately, and therefore my own kitchen has been quiet. Here are still some new items that I'm quite happy about.

We can buy some of these vegan Astrid och Aporna products in our local supermarkets, but we made a trip to Sweden just before New Year's Eve, and visited their own supermarket in Malmö. It was truly a vegetarian's paradise, there was so much good stuff and even reasonably priced. I also love the animal characters on the packaging. I will go back there hogging soon and I'm sure that you will be seeing a lot of these products on my blog! Actually the Not Dogs were already made with the Astrid och Aporna vegan chorizo.
 

Smoky vegan cheese and facon - a good breakfast coming up soon!


 These sausages are really very nice quality.


I want to try all their different burgers.


Dried soya beef - this should be interesting.


Vegan "chicken" bits that look nice and chunky.


I got this Meyers Grøn Mad vegetarian cookbook for Christmas, and I can't wait to explore it more. Meyers have a few bakeries and delis in Copenhagen, and now they have collected some of their favourite veggie recipes to this book. 
 




Here are some of the dishes that I've cooked at home lately, but I haven't been eating so healthily. There have been cheesy game chips with veggie Schnitzel, vegetarian lasagne and homemade pizzas, all very comforting!




I will share this post with Sherry from Sherry's Pickings, who is hosting the In My Kitchen challenge.


Have a nice week everyone!

Your VegHog

Not Dogs


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a really nice festive season and have been able to start the new year well. I've been slowly back to the normal routine, but the whole end of year felt very busy. At least I got to go to Finland briefly to celebrate Christmas, and then we had some of my partner's family members for a visit over the New Year. I'm actually quite happy to be back to normality, cooking some normal food again and just chilling at home in the evenings. I have no health resolutions for the new year, but I'm trying to make economical food at least in January. What about you? Are you having a vegan or an alcohol free month etc. to start the year off?

It was also my 5th blog anniversary on Sunday, but due to some internet problems I wasn't able to post this then. I can't believe that it has already been five years! Thank you so much for reading my blog over all these years! It has been such a nice time and I have made some really good blogging friends.

I made these Not Dogs, vegan hot dogs, with the tastiest vegan chorizo sausages by Astrid och Aporna. Hot dogs of course are an important street food in Denmark, and actually it isn't too hard to find a veggie option. I however prefer making my own ones. 
 

Not Dogs with an optional mac'n'cheese on the side
Serves 4

Ingredients

4 vegan chorizo sausages
4 hot dog buns
1 red onion
1 red pepper
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
Handful of mixed shredded cabbage and kale

Method

Prep the fillings first. Cut the pepper into small cubes and the onion into rings and cook them in oil until soft. Press in the garlic. Cook for a while and season with salt and pepper. Briefly also add the cabbage and kale to the pan. However I prefer keeping these fresh and crisp, but you can also cook them a bit, if you like.

Fry the vegetarian sausages and heat the buns. Fill the buns with the sausages and other fillings and serve. Enjoy!




Your VegHog

31 December 2017

My Legume Love Affair #114 Round up


I was privileged to be able to host the last My Legume Love Affair challenge for 2017, and here is the round up of the #114 edition. I appreciate each and every entry very much, as I know that you’ve all been very busy this month. Let’s have a look at the beautiful vegan and vegetarian dishes now.

Archana from The Mad Scientists Kitchen shared tempting looking Fried falafel served with hummus. You’ll always get me with a good falafel, and homemade ones are quite special. She added some extra legumes by serving the beautiful falafel with hummus.


Shaheen from Allotment 2 Kitchen posted a dish with Pomegranate Molasses Bulgar,Chickpeas, Red Chard and Seitan 'Meat'. The dish is full of good and hearty ingredients, and it’s just right for this dark and cool season.


Sowmya from Tuma’s Tongue Treats cooked healthy Panchkuti Dal/Panchratan Dal/Panchamel Dal. This dal looks so tasty and it’s fully of protein goodness and all sorts of pulses.


Sadhna from Herbs, Spices and Tradition shared a warming Black-eyed beans curry. It really does look very comforting.


My own recipe was a Hummus and lentil mac'n'cheese. I got curious about using hummus as a base for the mac’n’cheese sauce, so I developed this dish. I also used lentil pasta to make it even more rich on legumes.


Thank you everyone so much for your recipes! I wish you all a healthy and happy 2018!

Your VegHog

22 December 2017

Lentil shepherd’s pie


Here is my rustic lentil shepherd’s pie. It’s vegetarian, but also very easy to veganise by just substituting the butter in the mash. I think that this kind of pie could be also nice for the Christmas table.

I used black garlic in this recipe, but also normal garlic would be fine. Also the broadbean crush can be substituted by more lentils or other pulse crushes. Have a look at the recipe below, if I got you interested.

Lentil shepherd’s pie

Ingredients

500 g potatoes
25 g butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup beluga lentils
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup dried broadbean crush
2 carrots
4 onions
4 cloves of black garlic
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable stock powder
1 tbsp vegetable stock extract

Method

Boil the potatoes until done and mash them with butter, salt and little of the potato cooking water. Set to side.

Chop the onions into half rings and caramelise them in the rapeseed oil until they are very soft and brown.

Chop the black garlic finely and add it to the onions.

Peel and cut the carrot into small pieces, and also add it to the pan.

Add the seasoning and the vegetable stock extract, and some liquid.

Add the lentils and broadbean crush. You can also cook the beluga lentils separately for a while, as they take a bit longer to cook than the other pulses.

Let simmer until everything is cooked nicely.

Place the lentil mix into an oven dish and cover it with the potato mash.

Bake at 180 C for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!



Your VegHog

21 December 2017

Roasted vegetables & Getting into the Christmas spirit


Are you fully getting into the Christmas spirit? I'm slowly getting there, although I've been very busy and there is still one toilsome day at work ahead. Then tomorrow evening we will be heading to Finland to celebrate Christmas with my family. Let's hope that there will be a lot of snow. I would love to hear what your plans are for Christmas?

I'm a little bit sad to leave my cosy Christmas nest behind, but it'll also be nice to be home and relax. I've got two trees in the apartment that we will be keeping well into January as per the Scandinavian tradition. One is only a tiny table tree, but it makes such a great dinner table centrepiece. We also got a slightly bigger tree, which is still quite compact. It has been decorated with diverse animal ornaments in a quite rustic way. Of course there are plenty of hedgehogs on there!

Then over to the food. 'tis the season for roasted vegetables, if any. I made this small platter of roasted potatoes, carrots and brussels sprouts and served them with hummus. I'm still a little bit indecisive, which vegetables I should roast for Christmas. Are you having them on the side and what mix are you going with?

Have a lovely festive season!





Your VegHog

18 December 2017

Farewell Copenhagen Street Food


Copenhagen Street Food market on Papirøen will be closing this week. These are indeed very sad tidings, because I absolutely love that place. Their rental contract simply ran out and the city has new development plans for that prime location. Luckily the street food market has found new premises a couple of kilometres away from the original location, so there is hope for us Copenhagen foodies. Of course it won't be a copy of this market, so in this shape and form, the market will never come back.

I paid a sad last visit to the market and had food from some of my favourite stalls. Few years ago, when I visited the market for the first time, I had coffee first of all, and today I ended my round at the very same stall. I was very emotional. How can food do this to us! I have some very good memories from that place and I hope that there will be a worthy follower.

Anyway, I wanted to share some photos with you from the good times I had there. Some are from yesterday, and some are a bit older. 





These Colombian vegan happy burgers are so great, crispy quinoa patty or pulled seitan with crunchy fresh veggies with beautiful sauces. What's not to like!




Il Matterello's fresh pasta dishes were my favourites from the very beginning. They have opened a new restaurant just around the corner from my house, so I'll need to visit them soon.







The vegan and vegetarian pizzas from Madenitaly are wonderful. The selection is never boring and it's hard to choose a favourite. This time I had a very tasty potato and truffle pizza and my partner had a seitan ball pizza. Both were amazing, and I could have chosen so many more. I really hope to see this company around in the future.






Falafel platter from Fala Fala was just amazing, too much good stuff on there.