Tempeh and Ale Pie

I’ve never actually had steak and ale pie, but wandering through one of the many festivals that happen in downtown London, I saw a vendor selling an assortment of British meat pies and thought I really wanted to make one.  The recipe still needs some tweaks before I’m ready to share it, but just imagine this – succulent cubes of marinated tempeh, potatoes, carrots and peas smothered in a savoury ale-and-Marmite gravy, topped with a fluffy, flaky, buttery crust.  Sound good?  Damn right.

Perhaps the most disgusting photo posted on NVL yet.  It really was delicious, though.

I’m trying to get back into the good habit of making fruit smoothies.  This one had banana, vanilla soy protein powder, soy milk, orange juice and some giant handfuls of wild blackberries my dad picked for us, hence the brilliant colour.

– Crystal

Cauliflower and Mushroom Pot Pie with Black Olive Crust

…I really have no idea.

This might be the dish I would choose as my last meal if I were on death row or something.  It’s creamy, delicately herbed, warming and really stick-to-your-ribs.  The black olive flecked biscuit topping creates a wonderful balance for the creamy filling.  It’s from Veganomicon, which, if you don’t own already, you really need to.

And it’s so good that I didn’t get a chance to photograph it before we ate it all.  Oops!  Next time.

I did find it posted online for those of you without the cookbook, find it here.

– Crystal