Home Cooking: Potato Rosti with Vegan Franks and Creamy Tomato Soup

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Another recipe I tried recently was Lush Route’s potato rosti with store bought vegan franks from SuperNature. This recipe requires some work but the end results was some lovely crispy rosti which was yummy!

Ingredients
3 Medium/Large waxy potatoes (I use golden delight)
3 Sprigs of rosemary
¼ cup butter (I use earth balance)
Salt & Pepper
Sunflower Oil (for frying)  I used canola oil

Instructions
1. Rinse, peel and grate your potatoes (try to do long grates across the whole grater for longer pieces). Squeeze out the water, then place in a clean tea towel and pat out any extra water. Place in a bowl.

2. Pull the rosemary of the woody stalks, and chop to a fine grain. Add the rosemary, along with room temperature butter to the potato, season with salt and pepper (I use a lot of pepper but not too much salt as it isn’t very good for you).

3. Mix all of the ingredients together (I just use my hands – wash hands prior!) until well combined. Preheat oven to 180c.I also made a cream tomato soup to go alongside this dish and the taste was not as great as I expected it to be. Somehow I prefer my tomato soup sour instead of it being cream. But it was a really simply recipe and a quick soup to whip up.

4. Heat a shallow amount of oil in frypan (be careful of hot oil, hold your hand a few inches above the pan to feel the temperature of the air but be careful if the oil is bubbling as you might get splashed) when hot enough, add a scoop of the mixture (about a tablespoon) to the pan in a clump, and pat down with your utensil until about 1-2 cm’s thick all over. Let each rosti cook on one side until golden brown and stuck together, then flip and cook for only a minute or two on the other side. Repeat this process for each rosti, adding them to a baking tray after each one is cooked – second side down.

5. Place the tray of rosti’s in the oven and cook for another 5-8 minutes until crispy and golden on both sides.The reason I use the oven and the pan is firstly so that I can arrange other foods whilst they are remaining warm, and secondly to crisp them up a bit more. Add your rostis to your preferred hot breakfast dish, or simply eat them on their own! (I used this method as well and it worked!)

Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup

Prep time:  5 mins
Cook time:  5 mins
Total time:  10 mins

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
1 clove Garlic (peeled)
1 Shallot (peeled)
2 – 28 oz cans Peeled Whole Tomatoes
1 cup Almond Milk (I used coconut milk instead)
1 tablespoon fresh Thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
1 tablespoon Celery Seed
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (plus additional for finishing, optional)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in a blender
Blend until smooth
Heat up and serve
Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

SuperNature has moved! They are now at B1 of Forum Shopping Mall

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SuperNature contacted me recently to inform me of the good news. They have moved to a bigger and more convenient location at Forum shopping mall! The super mart looks much bigger and more spacious than before and continues to bring in wholesome and quality organic offerings which I have reviewed previously. We also bought 2 new unique snacks which are their latest products which we will post in a week’s time!

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They have also gone a step further to indicate dietary stickers on each items for easy shopping and for people who have special dietary needs.

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They even have shopping trolleys too so you will be able to shop with breeze even with your kids along.

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There is also a new Supernature cafe that is right beside the cashier counter. Although the selections are quite limited for the time being, the salads were really fresh and used all the ingredients found in the store. We hope the team continues to bring in more vegan/vegetarian options with their awesome vegan selections in stores which will be one of a kind in Singapore. Imagine using Daiya mac & cheese, vegan cheese sandwiches options..etc or even tofutti raspberry cheesecake:)

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We tried 2 freshly made juices. Hubby Ro had Green day made of celery, apple and cucumber $10.50. While I had Cool Down made of watermelon, cucumber and mint $10.50. Our favourite was definitely the Cool down drink. It reminded us of morocco and was really refreshing. We also tried a sample portion of organic grilled vegetables with parsley oil and organic wild rice salad. At $20 for a portion, it was definitely not on the cheap side but the flavour and quality of the items were quite unique and definitely super fresh!

Thank you once again to SuperNature team for this food tasting session. We cannot wait to visit them again to stock up on some lovely vegan sausages for the christmas season.

SuperNature Flagship Store
583 Orchard Road #B1-05/09 Forum The Shopping Mall
Singapore 238884
Tel: +65 68457399
Fax: +65 6735 0366
E-mail: sales@supernature.com.sg

Opening Hours: 
10am – 7.30pm daily

 

SuperNature (Mother & Child)

Tel +65 68547390

Home Cooking: Tofutti Vegan Cheese Ravioli with basil olive oil and tomato sauce

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The one item we were dying to try was Tofutti vegan ravioli $14.50 for 12 jumbo pieces from Supernature and we waited for the weekend to make them. The instructions were really simple. I boiled a pot of water and added a generous amount of salt in them (About 1 tablespoon). Once the water started boiling, I added the ravioli one by one, stirring them as they popped in to prevent it from sticking to each other. Once all the ravioli started floating to the top, I waited 8-10 minutes for it to be cooked. I sieved them up and plated it. Next I added 3 tablespoons of tomato pasta marinara sauce, and sprinkled parsley leaves and basil olive oil over them. And voila, the dish was done in less than 15 minutes!

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Hubby Ro found the skin of pasta slightly thick but he loved the texture and creaminess of the cheese in the ravioli. It was mild and tasted quite similar to mozzarella cheese. The fillings were really full and some cheese oozed out while I was sieving them.I found it too cheesy actually and he ended up eating the entire dish! For a romantic vegan night out, this packet for two is way more affordable as compared to dining out at a restaurant which usually do not even serve vegan cheese ravioli!

Vegan Shopping Paradise- SuperNature by Club 21 at B1 Forum The Shopping Mall

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The lovely folks at SuperNature  invited me over to their spacious supermarket a couple of days back to check out some of their new offerings! I was really excited and was keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I can find vegan cheeses such as Tofutti, Daiya, Earth Balance etc which are commonly used in overseas vegan food blogs. Guess what, THEY DO!!! And their selection of products was simply too good to be true in our sunny small island! Sadly, they do not sell these items in their online shop. Hopefully, they will soon as their current location is not very convenient for someone without a car.

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The supermarket is neatly organized and I spent so much time just oggling at all the different food products ranging from dry to wet and frozen items. Be prepared to spend hours there on your first visit to soak in the awesome organic range they have.

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Right at the entrance, lies the star attraction of the supermarket. All the vegetables and fruits are specially selected by Juliana, the store manager who is the buyer for all the fresh produce. She strongly recommends customers to come on Monday as all the fresh greens and fruits are shipped in weekly by air freight and comes in small quantities. Unlike other supermarkets, where I often find a spoilt vegetable bunch in the plastic packaging, supernature organics checks every single item and goes through them everyday to make sure that every single packet you purchase is the best. The high prices of the organic vegetables means you save money having to wash them with a vegetable wash, less wastage, it is way healthier than pesticide grown greens and most importantly they are shipped in directly from certified organic farms with no extra storage time. I heard that by wednesday or thursday, most items usually sell out! I just missed fresh figs which were wiped out when they first arrived.

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Currently, most greens and fruits come from US and in less than a month, the australia season kicks in with new offerings. I spotted so many unique vegetables and wished I could buy them all home. I saw tequila peppers which reminded me of watercolour paintings, purple carrots, rainbow carrots, chard rainbow, kale leaves (they are the best selling item in the store) and baby broccoli (another hot selling item) and so much more. They also have an online shop where they sell farm boxes ranging from western produce, asian produce, baby catered produce to juice produce right to your door step. The regular box is priced at $70 (25-31 items) and the large box at $90 (38-42 items). They provide free shipping with a minimum spending order of $70 and above. Besides shopping comfortably at home, they also offer a free membership card to their loyal customers (min purchase of $150) for their support and customers can get up to 5% off and earn points at their supermarket or when they shop at any club21 boutiques in Singapore.

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They also have organic fruits and I had the chance to try the crunchy pear starkrimson which had a floral aftertaste to it. We paired it with ice wine and it was perfect!

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They also have a range of local greens which are usually used in chinese cooking dishes and they looked super fresh. I got some nai pak for my grandma and the taste and texture was yummy. They are also famous for their giant onions too! Another item to try would be organic bananas, we tried organic ones before and they definitely taste better and work wonders for baking goods.

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Besides fresh produce, Supernature organics is a one stop shop for people with special dietary needs. They have items for people who are lactose intolerant, gluten free products and they also have an in-house nutritionist who help people plan their meals.

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There were so many items which we could hardly find in Singapore using really healthy ingredients. They have the widest selection of vegan health bars I have ever seen!

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I spotted chestnut flour, egg replacer to mushroom pate and even nigari for making your own homemade tofu!

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The frozen section got me completely excited. I could not believe my eyes when I spotted so many different varieties of vegan cheeses in one shelf. They have vegan cheese shreds, slices, mock hams slices, mock sausages, earth balance vegan butter in different flavour, cream cheese and the famous vegenaise mayonnaise.

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I went crazy shopping for them and left the place a super happy lady. In the next few posts,  I will be sharing some recipes using some of the ingredients gifted to us by Supernature. This media shopping trip was made possible by the sweetest folks at Club 21 and I want to specially thank Alicia and her team for this great opportunity and Juliana who taught me so much about organic produce within such a short time frame. They will also be moving to a more convenient location at Forum Shopping Mall end of this year with an organic in-store cafe too! We cannot wait and hope they will have some great vegan food offerings!

SuperNature
583 Orchard Road #B1-05/09 Forum The Shopping Mall
Singapore 238884
Tel: +65 6304 1338
Fax: +65 6735 0366
E-mail: sales@supernature.com.sg

Opening Hours: 
10am – 7.30pm daily

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