A question that has befallen me a surprising number of times surrounding my veganism is: “Would you ever cook meat for your significant other?”, and while the answer is always a resounding “no”, many often follow this up with the all too familiar “what about eggs?”.
Truth be told, this one has given me a moment for pause in the past.
Why? Well, firstly because I used to be pretty damned good at making eggs if I do say so myself, scrambled in particular a la Gordon Ramsey with a ton of butter and creme fraiche (my arteries are constricting just thinking about it). But mostly because if my SO were trying to cut out the majority of animal products from their diet but only ate eggs, I would find that a lot easier to get on board with than a bevvy of steaks and fillets (read: dead animal carcasses) being grilled in the same kitchen I prepare my own food in. Basically – if I had to, I could live with eggs.
That said, I don’t think that I could or would ever again, cook a non-vegan meal for anyone, SO or otherwise. It would completely violate everything I stand for. Furthermore knowing what I do about the effects of a diet laden with animal products on health and chronic disease, I wouldn’t be able to subject someone I love to a meal that I wouldn’t deem good enough to eat myself. While having a fully vegan kitchen has long been a dream of mine, I’d be happy to settle for an omnivorous one, complete with veg-specific cookware, knives and cutting boards and designated veg-only sections of the fridge and freezer.
In any case, on to today’s egg-inspired recipe.
The best (and sometimes worst) recipes are the ones that are a result of the reckless throwing of ingredients together in a haphazard manner, hoping that the result will be either a gastronomical success or at worst, remotely edible. I am happy to report that today’s recipe can be classed as the former. Part
Part omelette and part tofu scramble, this vegan frittata was the result of a desire to whip up a brunch meal that was savoury and satisfying – and let me tell you, that it was. I’d go so far as to say this was the best vegan eggless dish I have ever conjured up, as confirmed by B, who has been subject to many a chickpea omelet and tofu scramble.
- Half a 14 oz block of extra firm tofu
- ¼ cup cooked chickpeas
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
- A splash of water, 2 tbsp or so
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp sea salt (or more, to taste)
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 large potato, peeled and finely cubed
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- ½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
- ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped parsley
- 1.5 tbsp coconut or olive oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 190 C.
- Start by sauteeing the garlic and onions together in a large pan on medium heat, stirring for about 3-5 minutes until golden. Add in potatoes, season with salt and pepper and sautee until softened, about 5-7 minutes, before adding in the remainder of the vegetables.
- While your vegetables are cooking, in a blender or food processor, whizz together the tofu, tahini, chickpeas, non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, turmeric, and seasonings to create your "eggy" base. It should be fairly thick and have the consistency of a light pudding. Feel free to taste test for seasonings and adjust as needed.
- Once the rest of the vegetables have started to soften, fold in the tofu base and stir through ensuring all vegetables are well coated. Stir in the chopped parsley at this point, then give your pan a good shake to even it out. Allow to set for 5 minutes or so on a very low flame before transferring to the oven to cook for another 15-20 minutes or until golden and the edges start to come away from the pan.
Served alongside a spread of organic olive bread (thank you, Le Pain Quotidien) cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, olives and baby rocket, this dish was a winner.
It also makes for great leftovers, and if anything the wondefrully savoury flavours only seem to intensify once it’s left to sit for a while. My favourite thing about it is its texture which is almost velvety and creamy on account of the sauteed potatoes and silky tofu.
If there’s one adventurous meal you try this weekend for brunch, let it be this!
Until next time, dear readers.