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Vegan cream of mushroom soup

I was supposed to be going to the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow tonight however as I was not feeling too well I stayed in and made comfort food instead. When I was vegetarian I used to live off cream of mushroom soup and fresh bread. Yummy, comforting, delicious and really good for you. When I became vegan obviously that could not happen anymore. Well that was before this soup! This is vegan, really easy to make and tastes just wonderful! It tastes like there is lots of cream but absolutely no dairy is here.

Ingredients:
350 grams mushrooms roughly chopped (I like to taste my mushrooms so I like big chunks but you can do these as thinly as you like)
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp vegan margarine or oil
2 tbsp plain flour
475 ml vegan milk
700 ml vegan stock
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to season

Method:
1. In a large pot gently saute the mushrooms, onion and garlic until the onions are soft and the mushrooms are turning a golden colour.

2. Add the vegan stock to the pot, reduce the heat to a low setting, cover with a lid and simmer for about 50 minutes.

3. The onions should be soft and mushrooms very gold now. Add in the flour and milk and stir to combine. You should be really careful to avoid lumps so make sure that you stir adequately.

4. When there are no flour lumps add the salt and pepper and place the lid back on the pot. Simmer for about another 40 minutes. Ensure you check regularly to make sure the liquid does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

5. Ensure the soup is seasoned to your taste and serve with fresh bread.

This soup does really well kept in the fridge but does not freeze well. It is easy to make though so that should not really be a problem plus it tastes so yummy you wont need to worry about it not being eaten!

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Vegan mushroom pate

I absolutely love mushroom pate! Only problem with this is all premade mushroom pate in this country come with some sort of dairy ingredient. This pate however tastes like it has cream in it but it is completely vegan, quick and easy to make. It is also very easy to adapt as you can chance the seeds or nuts you use, add herbs, add extra ingredients like sundried tomatoes. Pretty perfect!

Ingredients:

1 chopped onion (as fine or rough as you like)
450 grams sliced mushrooms (any type of mushroom works here so personal preference)
1 clove garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic puree
1 cup seeds (you can use anything here from sunflower seeds to pine nuts again it is personal preference. I use sunflower seeds as they are one of my favourites)
1 cup nutritional yeast flakes (you can add more if you love these as much as I do)
Salt and Pepper to season

Method:

1. Cook the chopped onions gently with a tiny bit of oil or non-dairy butter until they start to soften and turn slightly brown.

2. Add the mushrooms to the onions and cook over a medium heat until the mushrooms start to turn a golden brown. This takes about 5 minutes depending on how hot your pan is.

3. When the mushrooms are a nice brown colour remove from heat and leave to cool completely down.

4. While the mushrooms are cool measure all the other ingredients into a food processor and when they are cool add the mushrooms.

5. Blend all ingredients in the food processor until everything is mixed together. When the pate is at a thickness you enjoy serve.

6. Enjoy!!

As with many recipes this tastes yummy when first made however if you leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours the flavours have more time to mix so it is even better! I serve mine with homemade bread but baked potatoes, toast, crackers all work equally well.