What is up with retro food? The other day I saw a recipe for bananas wrapped in bacon and served with mustard or some other yellow condiment. And lots of putting things into jelly and serving sweet and savoury moosh. I guess there were a lot of bored housewives out there before the days of supporting working women. I hate messing with food presentation too much, while it gets cold or melts…I get nervous when I see smoothie pictures with fruit neatly pressed against the wall of a jar! Perhaps, without another creative outlet I could have worked it during the retro food days. I do already use food as a creative outlet! But I don’t do jelly jumbles.
Vegan MOFO has requested the retro theme on the 9th, and like a good little vegan blogger, I attempted to provide. What resulted was stupid looking, and definitely not how I pictured it. Is it a sun? Or a flower? No, it was meant to be:
The Meatloaf Igloo
In my house, we never had meatloaf, and I really never understood the strange loaf popping up in movies from the US. What is this brown log that every child hates? Does it taste like delicious vegan meatloaf? This one is from veganbandit.com
|I apologise for this strangely blurry picture|
Delicious vegan meatloaf
1 onion, diced finely
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 carrots, dived finely
1 can chickpeas
2 TB soy sauce
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ cup gluten flour
¼ cup veg stock
½ tsp each: basil + oregano
1. In a small frying pan, combine the onion, garlic and carrot. Cook for a few minutes, until smelling good and the onion has become translucent.
2. Dump the onion mix, plus the liquids and chickpeas into a large bowl.
Use a stick blender or mash them yourself.
3. Pour in the spice, crumbs and gluten, and massage it all together.
Begin to knead your dough, allowing the gluten to wake up.
4. Shape into 4.
5. Bake about 20-25 minutes at 200°C, flipping half way through cooking.
6. Serve with mashed potato and veggies. I also made gravy. Actually really yummy!