Extended absences = more food

Sorry for the epic absence from Mad About Udon. I’ve been flitting around the province again, though I’ve got a lot of food porn to post. I’ve been fueled by VEGEMITE, thanks to a kind gift from my friend Jon’s mother. She brought me back half a kilo of this wonderful, tasty, nutritious product from Australia. Thanks, Jon’s mom! Now I can resume finding the answer to my sorrows at the bottom of a jar of this black, gooey marvel. *drool*

Onto the food! First up, junk food!

Cinnamon-heart vanilla cupcakes. I just took the Golden Vanilla Cupcake recipe from VCTOTW and added smashed-up cinnamon hearts. This was a practice recipe for Valentine's Day, and they really kicked ass.

Carrot Cake cupcakes with Maple Icing from the Happy Herbivore.

Carrot Cake cupcakes with Maple Icing

O.B.‘s mother sent over this recipe for Date Cookies, which I easily veganized. Unfortch, I don’t have the recipe handy, but I’ll add it in the next post. I brought a batch of these to the campus newspaper I used to work at, and everyone loved them! I used Iranian dates.

Date Cookies

I’m constantly modifying my favourite banana bread to make it lower-cal, since it’s a constant staple in my house.

Banana Bread

Here’s the newest version of Maureen’s Low Cal Banana Bread:


1 cup soy milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1.25 cup whole wheat
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each of baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Earth Balance (margarine), softened
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Sucralose
2 tsp vanilla
5 mashed ripe bananas


Heat oven to 350 C. Grease a 9X5 inch pan. Whisk soy milk + lemon juice, and set aside. In a bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat butter, applesauce, and sugars with an electric mixer until light. Beat in vanilla and bananas. Stir in flour mixture alternatively with soy milk mixture. Mix and pour into pan. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Apple crumble... soooooo good!

Apple crumble recipe from here.

Okay, okay, now onto the non-junk food.

I got this jar of pumpkin curry sauce from William-Sonoma. It was on sale from $16 down to $6! It was so delicious, too.

We simmered the pumpkin cury with mixed veggies and TVP slices, and served it over brown rice. It was excellent! (But I definitely wouldn't pay $16 for another jar).

Mango curry dressing

Another batch of mango curry dressing.


1 medium (or 2 small) mangoes, pitted
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil from a dark bottle (I used half oil half water)


Blend until smooth.

Oriental Green Beans

Oriental Green Beans


1 ½ pounds green beans, trimmed
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oriental sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced (I use 1 teaspoon chopped garlic from jar


1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook green beans until just tender, 4-5 minutes.
2. While beans are cooking, in a small bowel combine soy sauce, oil and sugar; stir and set aside.
3. Drain beans, set aside.
Spray wok or skilled with nonstick cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until softened, 20-30 seconds. Add green beans; cook, stirring and turning constantly, until well coated, about 2 minutes.
Add soy sauce mixture; continue to stir and turn until most of the liquid is absorbed, 1-2 minutes.

The Happy Herbivore’s awesome Chana Palak Masala:

Rural Vegan’s Happy-Chicken Noodle Soup:

This was super yummy, perfect for winter and for sick days!

Quinoa tabbouleh

Quinoa tabbouleh!!  I love this recipe so much. This makes a great potluck dish. I brought this tabbouleh, along with a bag of whole-wheat mini pitas, to a ski hut in Gatineau Park for a potluck dinner after cross-country skiing, and everyone liked it! Recipe from here.

Super-quick Tomato Basil Cream Pasta from VeganYumYum:

One word: amazing.

A batch of pancakes from Gwenyth Paltrow’s recipe off her website, GOOP:


Peanut “chicken” noodles, off of Mediterrasian.com:

(chicken = pan-seared tofu cubes)

This recipe didn’t come out so great because I stupidly subbed natural peanut butter with regular peanut butter. The PB overpowered the WHOLE recipe, and it wasn’t peanutty, it’s was peanut buttery… big difference! Because of the salt and sugar in PB, it kinda compromised the recipe. I’d make this again but using natural PB and less of it.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Happy Friday!


22 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl said,

    No worries!! Your posts are ALWAYS beyond worth the wait – holy yum x100000 to EVERYTHING :-)

    Happy Friday to you too!!

  2. 2

    BitterSweet said,

    There are so many tasty things going on in this post, I don’t even know where to start! :)

  3. 3

    Shelby said,

    Cupcakes (creative idea, I love it!) + Carrot Cake Cupcakes (I’m inspired to go make some now!) + Banana Bread + Cookies + Pumpkin Curry + Noodle Soup + Pancakes = HOLY FREAKIN YUM!

    Everything looks so amazing and was worth waiting for, thanks for the ideas and recipes!

  4. 4

    glidingcalm said,

    oh my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    so many delicious eats in this post…….i don’t even know where to start! the cookies, the BANANA BREAD (AHH MY FAV), the peanut noodles, the tabbouleh- ANOTHER FAV, omg the apple crumble………..AND AHH PUMPKIN CURRY SOUNDS SOOO GOOD. Too bad I’ve never even been inside a Williams sonoma!


  5. 5

    penguincakes said,

    I love vegan yum yum’s super quick tomato basil pasta sauce, it’s so great but what I really want to say is:

    vegemite is like the food of champions. I had it for breakfast this morning (with nuttelex on my toast), and I love it. I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t vegan. Also vegemite creates such divided opinions here, either people loooove it or they hate it, there are no inbetweens.

  6. 6

    All your junk and non-junk food looks delicious! Quinoa! I have recently re-fallen in love with quinoa all over again! :)

    Wow, I didn’t know Gwyneth Paltrow had a website with recipes! The pancakes look amazing!

  7. 7

    The recipe for low-fat banana bread is great! I need to get working on my banana bread skills again… And well, in general all pics are super yummy! You certainly know how to eat well!

  8. 8

    I’m so hungry after this tour of all your amazing food!

  9. 9

    Carrie said,

    Wow – it all looks so great! Particularly the cinnamon hearts cupcakes – yum!

  10. 10

    Celine said,

    fueled by vegemite! I love it. beautiful foods you’ve got there. my belly was merely making squeaky sounds before, but now it’s rumbling, big time.

  11. 11

    Meg said,

    So much yumminess! I am very intrigued by the pumpkin curry and the carrot cake cupcakes with maple frosting!

  12. 12

    Ricki said,

    Wow, talk about some uber-tasty looking meals!! I love pancakes, too–but I thought Paltrow WAS vegan??

  13. 13

    Steffi said,

    food overload! I also love how well quinoa works for taboulleh.

  14. 14

    Sharon said,

    HOLLLLLLLLYYY delicious!!!! Everything looks amazing! Love the cupcakes, curry and everything!!!

  15. 15

    shellyfish said,

    Wow Maureen! You may have been gone, but you have been a busy bee in the kitchen! Holy crap! First off, hourrah for Vegemite love, and that pumpkin curry sauce? Dear lord…now I need to go check out Rural V’s soup recipe…

  16. 16

    Hi Maureen! Thank you for your comment on my blog. I have a question for you since you mentioned Vegemite. Is Marmite or Vegemite similar to the nutritional benefits of nutritional yeast? I don’t much about vegan eating but I am interested in nutritional yeast but it’s hard to find here in England. Marmite, on the other hand, is everywhere. Do they have similar b-vitamin benefits?

  17. 17

    Thanks for getting back to me on that! You are so sweet to offer to send me some. I’m going to check the bulk food stores like you suggested and do a bit more research before I ask that of you, but thank you so much :) Your post on Vegemite is great…I’ll look for that, too!

  18. 18

    Aimee said,

    Everything looks wonderful!!

  19. 19

    Love the cinnamon-heart vanilla cupcakes! Everything else looks super yummy too! Wow!

  20. 20

    coulditbeseitan said,

    apple crumble! pumpkin curry!! yes!!

  21. 21

    Zlamushka said,

    guys, you ve been on a cooking spree I can see :-) Yums, love homey food (especially when it is not so unhealthy like yours :-) I have been vegan for two years and then somehow went off track. Now I am in the first third of my 21-day vegan challenge and am loving it :-) feel so much better. Great to see this many people blogging vegan,. you guys are a great inspiration to me :-)

  22. 22

    Katy said,

    Mmmmm, pumpkin curry? Sounds perfect!

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