Chickpea and Spinach Curry


This is a quick and easy vegan (or vegetarian if you use cream instead of coconut cream /milk) curry.


    • Oil for frying  (coconut oil works really well)
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1t garlic flakes)
    • 1 tomato chopped
    • 1 t chili flakes, or to taste
    • 1 t coriander powder
    • 1 t cumin powder
    • ¼ t nutmeg (optional)
    • pinch of clove powder
    • salt to taste
    • 2 cans of chickpeas/ garbanzo beans
    • 1 cup frozen spinach
    • ½ t brown sugar (or to tasted)…   or  try 1 t mango powder for extra flavour



  1. Fry  the onions until nearly soft
  2. Add garlic and chili. Stir well.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook   until they soften ( about 5 min)
  4. Add the spices
  5. Add the chickpeas and spinach
  6. Cook until the spinach is nearly done (about 5 min)
  7. Add the coconut cream
  8. Simmer on a low heat (flavour develops more,  the longer you simmer the curry, but it’s pretty munch done at this point)







Vegan Cheesy Sauce

I based this sauce on this recipe  from Simple Vegan Blog for vegan cheese.  However the recipe calls for 2 cups of potato. This is a bit starchy for me so I used only one large potato and added about a cup of cauliflower.  This is the first time I’ve made this sauce so the different amounts of vegetable can still be played with, though this batch was pretty good. It doesn’t taste “exactly like cheese”. But it is pretty cheesy and a really tasty sauce or dip.


1 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped.
3 medium/large carrots (about a cup), peeled and roughly chopped.
1 cup cauliflower florets (I used frozen
Enough water to boil vegetables.
3 Tbsp – ½ cup olive oil
¼ – ½ cup water
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
½ cup nutritional yeast
½ tsp garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of paprika

Boil the carrots, potato and cauliflower until soft.
Add other ingredients.
Blend (I used a stick blender) until smooth.
I kept the water until I already blended it a bit and added only ¼ cup until I had a nice thick sauce.
You can add more olive oil if you want a richer sauce. 



©lowercase_v 2017




Review: Denny Mushroom Burgers

Pack of 4  Vegan Mushroom Burger Patties.   Frozen foods section, with the vegetarian products. 

  • Vegan
  • GMO Free
  • Soy Free


The original burger patty is well flavoured and when cooked properly has a good texture.  I made a sandwich using the original burger (made in a contact grill)  and whole wheat toast.   It was delicious.   I also tried a burger, cut into pieces, in a stir fry. I might have under cooked it a little, it was okay.

For the crumbed burgers I used proper sesame seed white bread burger buns.  I used mayonnaise as a spread on the buns instead of margarine and added some lettuce, tomato slices and little bit of sweet chili sauce
I cooked the patty in a contact grill (toasted sandwich maker) . On the first burger the mushroom patty was a mushy and probably under cooked, though it looked done on the outside. I couldn’t event taste that it was crumbed.  The burger as a whole was pretty tasty though.  For the second burger ‘n microwaved the patty for a minute, before grilling it in the sandwich maker. This time I could taste that it is crumbed and the texture was somewhat better.

Between the two, I prefer the original. It’s also the healthier option of the two.

To be honest I’d rather just fry a large brown mushroom and bypass the additives. Though these burgers are convenient, tasty and a nice product to keep in your freezer.  I would eat them again. Meat-eaters also seem to like these burgers.

Just follow the cooking instructions.





©lowercase_v 2017 

Review: Quorn Breakfast Rashers

Quorn’s vegetarian bacon.  Price  R36 ( about US $ 2.69)  for a 150g box.
My aunt once told me that my younger cousin was learning to make vegetarian products in Food Technology at school. (They live in the UK and my cousins were born and raise there). She asked if I’ve heard about Quorn (that’s what they were basically making). At the time I haven’t heard of it. I thought she meant quinoa. I have since seen Quorn products in the freezer section of supermarkets. The main ingredient in their products is Mycoprotein  (a protein made from fungi). So far I haven’t tried many of their products, since many of them contain dairy (slight allergy) and I’ve had to avoid eating fungi for a long time.

I saw this macon (mock bacon) product on my last shopping trip and I figured I’d give it ago. I haven’t had real bacon in about a decade and I’ve been looking for a vegan or vegetarian bacon to try.

The slices are frozen together, so you need to partially defrost them to remove a slice.  It fries quickly, though I haven’t tried grilling it yet.
I definitely has a bacon flavour. The smell reminded my of bacon flavored crackers.
The texture is close enough I guess. it reminded me of polony (Bolagna sausage, slicing sausage, lunch meat).  Though, it probably depends on how you cook it.

It tastes pretty good, but I can’t say if “real bacon”  eaters would like it.
Being a processed food, this isn’t something I would consume on a regular basis, but occasionally if I crave bacon,  I would definitely eat it again.

©lowercase_v 2017