Hoppin’ John

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Each year on my brother's birthday he requests a specifically themed meal for me to cook for him as part of his gift. This year he went for soul food, something I've little to no experience in cooking but to my delight was actually fun to do. Hoppin' John is a classic soul food 'beans and rice' dish which is traditionally made using black-eyed peas and a ham hock. Vegan cooking id often about substitution so for this one I've had to sub in facon and turtle beans as black-eyed peas are near impossible to source in Newcastle. Hoppin' John may look a little strange but the combination of different flavours and textures work perfectly, made even more...

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Peach Cobbler

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 Bringing my soul food series to a close is the delightfully comforting peach cobbler. Cobbler is one of those soul food desserts that just cannot be beat and I was surprised by not only the taste but the simplicity of putting it all together. Serve this one with a whipped or ice cream and you've got a bitchin' winter warmer on your hands. Ingredients 3 cups tinned peaches, drained 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons Nuttelex 1/3 cup soy milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a rectangular oven dish. Pour the peaches into the bottom of the dish evenly. Combine the first lot of brown sugar, flour cinnamon...

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Hush Puppies

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 12 Corn bread is an essential part of any soul food meal, so I decided to make these hush puppies. Hush puppies are deep fried corn balls, which can be served as an accompaniment to any dish and perfectly soak up any flavours floating around on your plate. Ingredients Oil for deep frying 1 teaspoon egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups polenta 2/3 cup plain flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup soy milk Method Heat the oil in a deep fryer or pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and water. Combine the polenta and flour in a large bowl before adding the baking soda, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix in the egg replacer and...

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