Despite this, I wouldn't quite call it abhorrence, but lets use that word for the sake of wordsmithery, I still purchase a huge lump of the stuff every time I visit the Asian grocery, and it sits and sits and sits in the refrigerator, being poked my curious housemates and thoroughly ignored by myself.
Then I found Veginity.
I was pointed towards this website by an equally obsessive vegan foodie, and promptly directed Kristy's attention to it. She, in all her Sherlock Holmesesque wisdom, put the puzzle pieces together. Vegan chef + ponytail = Mark from Vegetarian Orgasm (R.I.P). If you ever experienced V.O, you would have been a fool not to sample the delicious cakes on offer, and I'll assume that no fools are reading this blog, because we all know fools cant do Internet. So it was most exciting to learn that Mark is still out there, cooking up a storm and keeping the fires of vegan goodness glowing, or whatever.
Whilst some of the recipes require a membership to view, quite a few are free! And on of the freebies was for a delicous sounding tempeh bolognese. Delicious to everyone except me, I was thinking, but hey tempeh needed to shift out of the freezer, so lets give it a stab!
2 cloves of garlic
1 packet of Tempeh
½ red chilli (to Taste)
50 mls Balsamic vinegar
1 can chopped tomatoes
100 gms Tomato paste
10 gms capers
100 gms artichokes
50 gms chopped sun dried tomatoes
1. Bring a pot of water to the boil on the stove.
2. Place the spaghetti into the water and cook until a knife inserts easily into it.
3. Dice up onions and mince the garlic.
4. slice the tempeh up into small pieces
5. Heat up some oil in a pan
6. Sauté off the onions and the chilli and cook off until the onions start to caramelize.
7. Add the tempeh and the garlic and continue cooking
8. Splash some balsamic vinegar in to the pan and coat the tempeh
9. Add some chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.
10. Add a little water if needed.
11. Add the capers, artichokes and the chopped sundried tomatoes and allow simmer to cook and reduce the sauce so it thickens nicely.
12. Take the spaghetti fruit and chop it in half.
13. Scoop out the seeds from the middle and taking a fork run it around the inside of the fruit to remove the ‘spaghetti’
14. Place the spaghetti on a plate a then top it off with the hot Bolognese sauce.
15. top with some capers as a garnish.
The only substitution I made was using proper spaghetti (actually it was buckwheat fettucine - which is just divine) instead of "spaghetti fruit" because I dont like my luck in sourcing things like that at the last minute. And I added a touch of white wine at the end.
In conclusion, the bolognese was delicious. I cant argue with facts, I actually enjoyed tempeh..perhaps it was because it was all crushed up and indistinguishable (I do believe its a texture associated issue) perhaps because the whole thing was incredible, with a good bite, richness and taste that just got better over time. The mouthfeel, also quite pleasant.
You should really suss out Mark's page for some quality sweet and savoury recipes. I'm currently saving my pennies for a membership!