It’s A Vegan World: British (And Blueberry Jam)



I know, I know, you’re looking at that headline and wondering, British food? British vegan food? Is she off her rocker?

It’s true that British food has long suffered the bad reputation of being, well, boring. But let’s not be quick to judge. After all, who gave the world sandwiches, scones, jams, pies and muffins? And potato chips, which are just about my favorite food in the world.

The Brits, of course.

What’s more, modern British cooks like Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson, to name just two, have breathed delicious new life into the food of the land. And the sizeable populations of immigrant communities in Britain — led by Indians– have contributed their own rich flavors to the local cuisine. In fact, former foreign secretary Robin Cook once declared Chicken Tikka Masala Britain’s national dish! :)

Of course, chicken tikka masala or anything chicken or animal-related is not allowed into this event, as you well know. But feel free to come up with vegan versions of any meat-containing dish, or just any vegan dish as we explore the cuisine of yet another country.

Lavi of Home Cook’s Recipes just concluded It’s A Vegan World: Moroccan, and the roundup should be up shortly on her blog.

Meanwhile, here are the guidelines for IAVW: British–

-The deadline is July 31, 2009.

-These foods are no-nos in vegan cooking, so please leave them out: honey, butter, eggs, cheese, ghee, milk, yogurt (basically no milk-based products), gelatin, and, of course, no meats or fish. Vegan meat or cheese substitutes are fine.

-The recipe should be cooked for this event. You can cook any recipe that would either be traditionally British, or have roots in typical British cuisine (including Scottish, Irish and Welsh), or classified as, say, British-Indian or British-any-other-country. But while the dish could have originated from these other countries, it should now be considered uniquely British. For instance, see this recipe for Golden Zucchini Balti. Balti is a type of Indian curry that’s distinctly and uniquely British.

-Link back to this announcement, and feel free to use the logo below.

-Non-bloggers are also very welcome. Just send me your recipe and a picture.

-As for bloggers, send me an email with your post to myveganworld[at]gmail.com. Include these details:

Your name

Blog name

Post url

Photograph (any size)***

To go with my announcement for It’s A Vegan World: British, I thought I’d whip up some Blueberry Jam to slather over those scones and muffins.

This is one of the easiest jams you can make. There’s no need for thickeners like pectin. All you need is blueberries, sugar, and some lemon or lime juice.

Have a great Fourth of July weekend everyone!
Blueberry Jam

Ingredients:

1 pint blueberries, washed and dried

1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (vary based on how sweet your berries are)

1 tbsp lemon juice

Zest of 1 lemon

Combine the blueberries and sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. (Slice or crush the blueberries first if you want a finer-textured jam. I like mine chunky and textured, so I use them whole).

When the sugar melts and the juices of the blueberries start to flow and bubble, add the lemon and zest.

Crush the blueberries carefully with a potato masher or the back of a ladle.

Continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes until the juices have thickened.

Allow the jam to cool and transfer to an airtight jar. Store in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

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18 thoughts on “It’s A Vegan World: British (And Blueberry Jam)

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    Parita

    July 3, 2009 at 6:55pm

    Nice choice, i was planning to bake a british scone now have to try a way to make it vegan!!

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    Pavani

    July 4, 2009 at 2:32am

    Great choice for IVAW.. Blue berry jam looks yum.. Have a great weekend Vaishali.

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    kahliyalogue

    July 4, 2009 at 7:44am

    Lovely excuisite Blueberry jam mmmm! Interesting theme for the event..I must admit I dont seem to know much about British cuisine..what a challenge! :)

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    Simran

    July 4, 2009 at 8:08am

    Guess what? I am hosting AWED this month, and I picked British cuisine too (will announce it on 6th once Sweatha’s AWED SWiss is over)

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    Sharmila

    July 4, 2009 at 8:51am

    I just made some mango jam. Balti is an Indian curry that is British?! Wow! :-)

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    Stephanie

    July 4, 2009 at 12:27pm

    The blueberry jam looks very good! it’s a Vegan World sounds like fun, July is going to be busy for me, but I’d like to join in if I can think of something interesting to make!!
    Peace, Stephanie

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    Priya

    July 4, 2009 at 2:22pm

    Great choice Vaishali, will send my entries as usual:)

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    Vaishali

    July 4, 2009 at 4:48pm

    Parita, I’ll be looking forward to that scone recipe.

    Pavani, thanks!

    Priya: Scottish dishes are definitely allowed, as are Irish and Welsh. Looking forward to what you cook up!

    Kahliyalogue: Thanks. And I hope you take up the challenge!

    Simran: Great minds, I guess. It should make it easier for participants to have the same theme for two events :)

    Sharmila, Mango jam sounds delicious. Send it on!

    Stephanie, Hope you will participate. Looking forward to your post!

    Priya, thanks! I know I can count on you, girl.

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    Anonymous

    July 4, 2009 at 7:12pm

    Awesome recipe with easily available ingredients. Thank you.

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    Soma

    July 4, 2009 at 11:26pm

    Oh this is mouthwatering. i made strawberry preserve last week.. got a lb of strawberry for 99 cents.. could not believe it! we can never save our blueberries.. they are all gone so soon that i cannot ever get to make anything with them.

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    sowmya

    July 5, 2009 at 2:04am

    jam looks wonderful..will tryt send in somehing before I go on a break..

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    Curry Leaf

    July 5, 2009 at 5:40pm

    Great Choice Vaishali.Its also AWED:English this month.Surely expect my entry.Thanks for including scottish or welsh as well.Time to dig up those.Enjoy

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    Vidya

    July 10, 2009 at 2:24pm

    This would be a good challenge for me coz I’ve never cooked/baked anything British. Would love to articipate. Will try to find something.

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    Priya

    July 24, 2009 at 10:35pm

    Vaishali, When is the deadline for the “It’s A Vegan World: British ?
    I will try to participate.
    Also I admire the profile writing “I love animals, and I love great food. But I don’t care to mix the two.” Perfectly said.

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    Vaishali

    July 24, 2009 at 10:40pm

    Priya, the deadline is July 31. Looking forward to seeing what you cook up!

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