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Polenta ‘Bruschetta’ and Smoky Tempeh & Bean Stew & Dumplings

Polenta ‘Bruschetta’ and Smoky Tempeh & Bean Stew & Dumplings Posted on 17/09/20132 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Good GRIEF! Some unknown force is trying hard to prevent me from achieving my Vegan MOFO aims! My hotspot wi-fi collection died, so I put my blog pictures onto my external hard drive to use at work, and then that didn’t work either…

I have ordered a dongle, but mercifully tonight my hotspot connection returned! So please forgive this small cluster of posts….

This post covers my very delicious lunch and dinner from Saturday…. For lunch I took the creamy polenta recipe from the tremendous New Complete Vegetarian and topped it with a bruschetta style mix of onion, garlic and tomatoes…

I’d also treated myself to some tempeh from Unicorn Grocery, so I decided to make a smoky stew with dumplings for dinner.

For a vegan, I was scared of tempeh for quite a long time. Let’s be honest, it looks a bit like a slab of mouldy brains right? I think I decided it must be off the first time I bought it, and it was only after I read about giving it a wee sauté in water (to get rid of the bitterness) that I started cooking with it properly.

I used smoked paprika and spicy chicken seasoning in this stew, along with fresh tomatoes, red peppers and black eyed beans.

I made the dumplings with self raising flour, vegetable margarine rubbed in to the flour, a pinch of salt and enough cold water to make a dough.

Sadly my horror film schedule has been thrown out but I hope my incoming dongle will enable me to return to blogging normality!

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  1. The look of tempeh freaked me out for a while, too. I've tried a few different ways of cooking it, though, and I like it now. 🙂

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