Saturday, April 23, 2011

Corn Chowder

Day one of my vegan apprenticeship!

I have never made any kind of chowder before and so this was an experiment in more ways than one!  I looked at few different recipes on line and in recipe books and then decided to improvise - always much more fun than following a recipe  :)

The result - Yum!
My husband and I found it really tasty and satisfying.  However if I make it again I think I will add a bit more potato and a bit less stock as it was a little more salty than I usually make soups.

1 small leek or half a large leek chopped finely
3 clove of garlic
Good splash of olive oil
4 potatoes diced
1 stick celery chopped small
1 carrot diced
1 heaped teaspoon dried Sage
1 heaped teaspoon dried Thyme
2 and 1/2 cups corn
4 cups veggie stock
(I used Vegeta powdered stock + 4 cups water)
Another 1 and 1/2 cups corn to add near the end
You can add a little Soy milk to taste if you want

1. Saute the leek and garlic in the olive oil for a couple of minutes.
2. Add the chopped veggies and herbs and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
3. Add the stock, cover, and simmer for at least 30 minutes, until the potato is very soft.
4. Blend - I used a stick blender and did not blend too much as it was nice to have a bit of varied texture.
5. Add the extra corn and heat gently for another couple of minutes.
6. We added a little dash of soy milk directly to our bowls, but it was quite thick and yummy even without the soy milk.


Sarah said...

I have a fantastic vegan corn chowder recipe - will give it to you next time I see you.

Mandy Gardener said...

Yum! I will look forward to trying that one out.
Also, I have been loving The Post Punk Kitchen blog - that olive burger recipe you gave me is from that blog.

Sarah said...

That's a great blog, and I have a couple of isa's cookbooks - Veganomicon and the cupcake one. The chowder recipe is from her latest book, Appetite for Reduction, which I have on my kindle.

Mandy Gardener said...

Ooo - can I have a look at the cupcake book. I have been thinking of buying that one. Adapting most recipes to be vegan-friendly is pretty easy. But cakes seem a bit more tricky. I am hoping the recipes in Isa's cupcake book don't all rely on "egg substitute" as I am just not so keen on that. Looking forward to cooking a lot of her recipes. It is easy to get them off her blog but somehow still more fun to flick through actual recipe books.

Sarah said...

No, they don't use egg substitute at all.