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I just went to Coles and bought this:

20170723_160737.jpgBefore that I was reading this:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/simple-and-awesome-homemade-saute-sauces/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/simple-and-awesome-homemade-saute-sauces/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/plant-based-recipes/homemade-vegan-butter-palm-oil-free-soy-free/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/how-to-make-perfect-seitan/

I couldn’t find a few ingredients at Coles, such as vital wheat gluten, zanthar gum, guar gum, sunflower lecithin, brown rice vinegar, arrowroot powder and seitan.

Recently I added pasta to my diet after not having it for many years (I don’t know why). My brother cooked a nice pasta sauce in high school which we’d often eat after we got home from school, so I’ve been making it as well. I recently bought a slow cooker which I used for my second batch. I left it on on low while I went to work for a day, leaving at 9:50ish, but it was a bit burnt when I got back at around 6:30. How I cook it: add diced onion (I use half an onion) and garlic with olive oil to a pan and simmer until brown. I didn’t have garlic for my first two batches. You can also use garlic paste and onion paste (which I got from the Indian section of the international aisle) which reduces preparation time and is actually cheaper than buying fresh garlic and onions. As you can see in the above photo, I’ve bought some. I’m yet to see how the taste compares. Add diced celery (I use one stick), cook until soft and translucent. Then add diced carrots, canned tomatoes (I use two cans), and herbs. I’ved used an italian herbs mix and two bayleaves (Hoyts brand from Coles). You can use a food processor to dice the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. (You’d have to blend them one-by-one, or in the steps that you add them).

Because I liked the taste, I think that has motivated me to make my food tastier, which I guess is a bit harder or at least harder to find out about if you’re a vegan.

So I did some reading with the above links, and plan to expand my culinary repertoire! I’ll probably post dishes as I make them!

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