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Veganuary 2019: Gousto Pecan, Sage & Vegan Cheese Risotto

Posted by HelenEdith on February 14, 2019

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This was supplied with Danish blue cheese, which I substituted with Cheezly Edam Style vegan cheese. I find this one melts the best: even better than Mozarella Style. I wasn’t convinced by the supplied sage and if making this myself, I would substitute a different herb and possibly add dried apricots and substitute pine nuts for pecans. On the whole, apart from the sage, which I would definitely get rid of, this was a very good risotto – and now I know how to make one!

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Gousto Simple Sticky Sausage, Apple & Root Veg Bake

Posted by HelenEdith on February 14, 2019

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I ordered this meal from Gousto during Veganuary 2019 with the intention of cooking it with Iceland vegan sausages instead of the provided Cumberland sausages, however Stephen likes Cumberland sausages, so what I did was went out and bought more ingredients so that I could make this recipe twice. The picture in the oven shows the vegan version on the left and the Cumberland sausage version on the right. The other three pictures show only the vegan version.

We both enjoyed our respective versions of this recipe and this will definitely be cooked again in our household. Now that Veganuary is over, I might even do a version for myself with either poultry or beef sausages, as I don’t ever eat pork; however Stephen never eats poultry and doesn’t like beef sausages, so I will still be cooking this twice over! I may also do a vegan version again. I am keen to consume a significant number of plant-based meals on a regular basis.

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Veganuary 2019: Gousto Two-Lentil Dal & Spiced Aubergine with added home-made naan bread

Posted by HelenEdith on February 14, 2019

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This two-lentil dal needed something more than what Gousto provided, so I went searching for a naan recipe I could make myself wthout using any dairy ingredients. I already had everything, including yeast, in my store cupboard, so I started a foray into yeast baking. The first naan I made was cooked in a pan on the hob and it broke as it went in, so I went looking for a different recipe the next day and found one which cooked under a grill. It only proved once and it puffed up during cooking. I think it might do better with a second prove. I also think I may have hit on how to cook pitta bread!

I wasn’t absolutely sure about the roast aubergine in this, but it was surprisingly good.

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Veganuary 2019: Gousto 10-Min Nifty Veggie Noodles

Posted by HelenEdith on January 18, 2019

10-Min Nifty Veggie Noodles

Gousto 10-Min Nifty Veggie Noodles

Gousto 10-Min Nifty Veggie Noodles with carrots substituted for the mushrooms in the provided recipe as I don’t like mushrooms. The neighbour does, and was pleased to receive them. I thought that my diagonally sliced carrot was far nicer!

This recipe turned out to be eye-wateringly hot. It was still nice for all that, but if I do it again, I will put a bit less chilli in it. I will also add a bit more liquid: I think that cooking the carrot along with the other vegetables in the pot used up more liquid than the provided recipe intended and I ended up with very little broth.

This was also my first experience of Pak Choi. It is interesting to get the opportunity to try some vegetables which I don’t habitually purchase.

This was as good when I had the second portion the next day as when I served it straight from the pot.

Gousto 10-Min Nifty Veggie Noodles

Gousto 10-Min Nifty Veggie Noodles

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Veganuary 2019: Gousto Chickpea, Butternut Squash & Apricot Tagine

Posted by HelenEdith on January 10, 2019

Gousto Chickpea, Butternut Squash & Apricot Tagine

Gousto Chickpea, Butternut Squash & Apricot Tagine

I got signed up for Gousto food boxes and I’m trying some of their plant-based recipes.

This Moroccan-inspired Tagine turned out to be a winner: it tasted as good as it looked.

I saved the second portion for the next day.

Gousto Chickpea, Butternut Squash & Apricot Tagine

Gousto Chickpea, Butternut Squash & Apricot Tagine

It was equally good, although the hot spices had matured a bit and the overtones of mint weren’t as strong.

The one ingredient with which I was completely unfamiliar was baharat, which turns out to be an Arab spice mix. I will have to look out for it, because this is a dish I could prepare without needing to order it from Gousto now that I know how to cook it.

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