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Recipe of the day: Vegan butter ‘hen’ and candy sponge cake

It’s Meat Free Monday and these two recipes, vegan butter “hen” and a plant-based vanilla sponge cake, are nice to have a good time Vegan Month this November.

Many research studies have proven there’s a rising pattern of individuals consuming much less meat and dairy merchandise and leaning extra towards plant-based and actively chopping down on the consumption of meat.

Vegan merchandise and eating places have gotten extra accessible and tastier. Do this scrumptious vegan butter hen recipe that’s nice for dinner and end off your scrumptious meal with one thing candy.

Vegan butter ‘hen’ recipe:


1 field (380g) vegan ‘hen’ items or tofu, reduce into bite-sized cubes

For the marinade

  • 1 can (400ml) coconut cream
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala spice combine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon recent ginger, grated
  • Juice of 1/2 lime/lemon

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked cashews, soaked in a single day in 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon recent ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala, plus further to style
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoon floor cumin
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dietary yeast
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper, to style
  • Contemporary coriander to garnish

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  1. In case you are utilizing tofu, press the tofu with a kitchen towel to empty the water out of the tofu and reduce it into blocks.
    Mix all of the marinade substances in a bowl and add the ‘hen’ items or tofu. Put aside and let it marinate when you put together the sauce.
  2. Mix the soaked cashews with the water till it turns into a creamy sauce. Scoop a dollop out and preserve apart for garnish. Warmth oil in a deep non-stick pot.
  3. Add chopped onions and prepare dinner over medium-low warmth till translucent. Add garlic, ginger and garam masala, paprika, turmeric and cumin and blend till the onions are coated and aromatic. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, and a pinch of salt to the pan and blend. The tomatoes will launch plenty of liquid. Simmer for half-hour to an hour till all extra juices have evaporated.
  4. As soon as the combination is diminished to a paste, add it to the blender with the cashews and mix till easy. Add further water if wanted.
  5. Return the sauce to the pan and add the ‘hen’ items/tofu cubes together with the marinade. Simmer till the hen items/tofu are cooked.
  6. Add cayenne pepper, dietary yeast, and salt & pepper. Style and alter flavour, including extra garam masala if wanted.
  7. Serve scorching with basmati rice or naan bread.
  8. Garnish with a dollop of cashew cream and recent coriander

Thyme, cinnamon and orange sponge cake

Thyme, cinnamon sponge cake. Image: Equipped

1 single layer, double the recipe for two layers


Canola oil or Spray & Prepare dinner

For the cake:

  • 2 cups nut milk
  • 1 sprig of recent thyme
  • 1 ¾ cups wheat cake flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon floor cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • ⅓ cup olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

For the frosting: 

  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 2 tablespoons nut milk
  • 3 teaspoon orange extract
  • Zest of 1 orange


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Spray a 20cm spherical cake tin with Spray & Prepare dinner or smear with vegan margarine. 
  3. Place the nut milk in a pot together with 2 cinnamon sticks and some recent springs of thyme. Deliver the nut milk to a boil after which flip down the warmth. Let the nut milk simmer for quarter-hour to infuse the flavours. 
  4. Sift collectively the dry substances in a mixing bowl.
  5. Take away infused nut milk from the range and blend 1 1/3 cups of the milk with the remainder of the moist substances in one other mixing bowl. 
  6. Whisk the moist substances into the dry substances till properly mixed. 
  7. Pour the cake combination into the tin and faucet the tin on the kitchen counter to take away any air bubbles. 
  8. Bake cake for half-hour. 
  9. Take away the cake from the oven and insert a cake pin or toothpick into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clear, the cake is completed. 
  10. Transfer to a cooling rack to chill utterly.
  11. Whereas cake is cooking, put together the frosting: Add the icing sugar, vegan margarine, milk, and orange extract right into a mixing bowl. Use an electrical mixer to combine the icing till easy and creamy (begin mixing within the lowest velocity doable and slowly improve). The consistency of the frosting have to be skinny sufficient to unfold evenly over the cake however thick sufficient for it to not slide off the cake. Whether it is too skinny, add extra icing sugar. Whether it is too thick, add extra milk.
  12. When the cake is totally cool, unfold the frosting over the cake. 
  13. Enhance with lemon zest and recent thyme. 

Recipes courtesy of Leozette Roode from Humane Society Worldwide/Africa (HSI)/Africa

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