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I made vegan mayonnaise, and it was good.

5 Oct


You’re sceptical, I can tell.

But I’ll be honest. There are many dairy/egg alternatives that bear no resemblance to the animal product they attempt to make redundant. Soy milk is good, but it doesn’t taste like cow juice. I bared with soy yoghurt for a while, but I never was quite able to shake the idea that it had something in common with what I imagine liquid cardboard may taste like.  Carob is definitely not a patch on chocolate.

But, at the End of the Road Festival a few weeks ago, Man Woman and another man and woman (though not the) discovered home made vegan mayonnaise at the stall that sustained us, the  Wide Awake Cafe. At first I thought it was some kind of garlicky yoghurt, but when I went to enquire – dressed appropriately hippie in a alpaca beanie and large shawl from the Oxfam shop – the cafe staff said it was indeed vegan mayonnaise and home made, so I could not buy it anywhere.

This made me sad. But then they told me the recipe. Then I was happy. They didn’t give proportions, and mine are only a guess, but if you fiddle around with it, you’ll get to the business. It actually tastes like mayonnaise and is probably a good deal healthier.

Vegan mayonnaise

  • 1/2 C unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 C sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed (optional)

I tried to whisk the bastard, but it was having none of it. The blender did the trick.

Chili oil and sauce for Man

17 Sep

Man likes to think that chili sauces and oils are like democracy: works in progress.  But, unlike democracy, a good chili sauce shouldn’t be hard work, simply throw together a few basic ingredients and let time and or a blender do all the hard work. And then tinker around the edges until you’re happy with the heat level, consistency and additional flavours, if any.

Man Woman have many chili based products in the kitchen, but here is a basic chili oil and sauce Man threw together recently after picking up a packet of habaneros from Brixton market.

Chili oil for man

  • Seeds of 8 habanero chilies
  • 2 whole seeded habaneros, halved
  • 250ml olive oil

Place ingredients in a glass jar and leave for about 4-5 days.

Man likes to shake jar occasionally, although Woman disapproves, believing that time will see the flavour develop through. She is probably right, but a good shaking won’t do any harm.

After 4-5 days, simply strain the chilies out of the jar, so that all what remains is the chili oil.

The chili oil should last as long as the oil usually would – a long time. Great to use as a substitute for normal oil when making pasta sauces for a kick, drizzle on pizzas, and just about anything else you care to add a little heat to.

Chili sauce for Man

And now, with the left over chilies. Man put them in a saucepan with 8-10 cloves of garlic, salt, a can of tomatoes, a tablespoon of sugar, a pinch of paprika and dash of (vegetarian) worcestershire sauce (soy sauce can also be used). Leave over heat for about 15 minutes then blend.

What’s that? Yes, two chili sauces for the price of one! This should keep about a month but best to freeze a little if you want it to last as the sauce has a potent kick which will see you use it sparingly but one hopes, often.

And remember, tinkering is always an option.

Estimated cost: 70p for the chilies; about £1 of olive oil and 70p for the can of tomatoes for use in the second sauce.

Musical accompaniment: something to help shake the jar. Something Latin.

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