Formally known as The Modern Housewife Series

oh looky! We’ve had a name change! Same sporadic posting but with a new title.

(I’ve stolen my own old blog name,back from when i coded my blog in htmls. It seems more fitting as, lets face it, none of us are housewives but we are at least all vegan. The ‘Gorgeous’ bit is potentially debatable but is in reference to the gorgeous vegan food and whatnot we post about and not about ourselves. Obviously.)

Vegan MoFo: Savoury vegan French toast

Vegan French Toast made savoury, the way it should be. Sweet French toast makes no sense to me. I mean, how do you eat that with tomato ketchup!?

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We try hard not to waste anything ┬áso on the extremely rare occasions when random things are left over I strive to come up with some edible alternative rather than the dustbin or the dog. More often than not we’re talking about pasta (for old vegetables) or soup (for incredibly old vegetables) but for more random items such as seasoned flour and soya milk dip (dry mix and wet mix left over from a severely altered version of vegan yum yum’s fried seitan) these don’t quite cut it. Dip day old bread in the wet mix, and also back into the flour for extra crunch, and once fried you get a French toast which is savoury perfection. It’s also not particularly ‘eggy’ which I like*.

(The recipe asks for Old Bay Seasoning which I haven’t seen in the UK. I throw a whole bay leaf,a tsp ┬ásmoked paprika, 1/4 tsp celery salt, 1/4 tsp mace and 1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and thyme in a spice grinder and whizz it up.)

*As a bit of a footnote the last batch I made used gram flour, nutritional yeast, salt and water and was so egg like that I almost threw up. But if you miss eggs maybe that’s the one for you.

Updates & general maintenance

Hello!

While it might appear very quiet here there is quite a bit going on behind the scenes.

Since moving the blog we’re doing what we can to make it easier to navigate around which is while you will now find a Recipe Index above. We’ve also updated the About page to make it a bit more informative and a little less vague. We’re also gearing up for almost daily posting next month (Vegan MoFo commeth!) so I like to think we’re conserving energy for that. See you then!

Heat wave!

Too. Hot. To. Bake

The thought of putting the oven on and adding to the heat makes me feel quite ill. So at the moment, for me anyway, Bake Month is on hold while I eat salad and ice lollies.

chocolate cake, crackers and pull apart rolls

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A Nigella chocolate cake from her Feasts book made with all my usual ridiculous substitutions: oil instead of butter, soya yogurt instead of sour cream, coffee granules instead of vanilla and just omit the eggs. It turned out beautifully light and moist. The icing was made with random leftovers: some icing sugar, margarine, cocoa powder and some vegan cream cheese that was languishing in the fridge.

The crackers are Chloe Coscarelli's Vegan Goldfish Crackers but I first read about them on MapleSpice Eats blog.  I've never eaten Goldfish crackers but I guessed correctly that the little lady would like these to snack on. They seem to be a hit so far but who knows what next week will bring. I already have plans to vamp up the flavour with more herbs and spices though but it's a good savoury cracker dough to have as a base.

Also inspired by Maple Spice are the pull apart rolls. Debbie makes both savoury and sweet ones and they just looked so good I had to try them. I just used my usual bread dough (250g bread flour, 250g plain flour, 1 tsp yeast, 325ml warm water, 1 tsp salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil) and they turned out the softest rolls ever. 

It's been quiet here of late but I've not been idle. I've been over on my other blog posting about growing and using herbs at home.

Happy new year…and all that

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Happy New Year and all that. Christmas good? Food excellent? Did you all manage to spend time with those you care for and avoid those stressful relatives?

Christmas surprisingly panned out as planned. It was stress free, food was delicious and it was peaceful…except for the drum and trumpet gift for the baby. Yeah, thanks grandparents!

There is no yearly roundup here because, well, let's face it, we didn't start posting regularly until October so we haven't much to go on. There are also no resolutions here. I don't consider making goals or resolutions until spring because it's still too cold and dark just now and frankly I want to continue to eat crap and be introverted and sit in front of a fire.

I would love to go into the new year saying that we have lots of exciting plans for the blog but…ahem…we don't. To be honest we wing it quite a bit (you might have noticed). Still, I'm sure something will occur to us…perhaps.

All I have planned in the next few days readying goods for the charity shop (some of which may have been Christmas gifts…the shame!) and maybe, listing a few things on eBay (not gifts). I'm desperate to clear stuff out the house. We've just endured a 3 month stint of night shifts (my man, not me) and having to creep about the house and keep a baby and dog quiet has taken it's toll on all of us and the tidiness of the house has suffered too. Now we are no longer contained to one room there will be much roaming and exploring (the baby) and organising and cathartic cleaning. I seriously can not wait.