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Thursday, June 14th, 2007
10:50 pm
Wild Fermentation

Last Sunday was the big day for the Sandor Katz fermentation workshop in Staten Island.  Sandor is doing a series of presentations this summer.  He will be on the west coast for most of July so if you can, check it out!  

I am not sure what I was expecting for Sunday but what I got, exceeded my hopes.  My husband ended up taking the class with me and we were both very inspired.  The workshop was scheduled to run for about three hours and it was held inside of a large community home.  The hostesses were Dana and Karen Joy.  They were very kind to open up their living space so we could all benefit from what Sandor had to teach us.  The house was old and charming and had lots of room!  There is even a small series of gardens in the back that all of the residents tend to.  We got lucky because Dana let us take home some home grown bok choy!  

Sandor is all about showing poeple how easy it is to get back in touch with our meals and eachother.  His ideas encourage a sense of community and throws government cautions to the wind!   The average American exists on preservatives and antibiotics when really we should be consuming more local produce and making peace with the organisms that we are waging a war against.  They are good for us!

Wild Fermentation is as much of a wake up call as it is a cookbook.  Sandor shares his experiences living in Short Mountain Sactuary which I found to be absolutely amazing.  The recipes focus on creating fermented foods in your home.  Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds!  There is a little bit of everything from yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, miso and mead.  The two main focuses of the workshop were mead and kimchi.  We each took turns stirring the honey and water together and then we all chopped fresh veggies together to make the kimchi.  Everyone got to take a jar home and right now, we have two jars fermenting on our counter.  Everyday they taste even more delicious than the day before!  I can understand why the average Korean consumes a quarter of a pound of it a day!  

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
12:07 am
Niblets
Well, I ended up taking another unforseen break.  My computer was having issues with the USB port so I had no way of uploading pictures.....and trust me....these posts are much more tedious to create without pictures.   What's food porn without pictures?!  We've gone too far to turn back to using our imaginations ;-)

I really don't have any sort of theme to this post.  I just have a few little projects going on right now.  The biggest development is that I joined Weight Watchers with my man this month.  I am on week four of trying to feel my way out of my pit of deprivation that I normally dig myself into once I start a diet.  Chris always likes to mockingly remind me that this isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle.  That always makes us both laugh.  It's easy for him to have a little breathing room, he is able to take in quite a few more calories than me per day!  Not to mention, he is dropping it like it's hot!  The weight is falling off of him!  I'm not worried about it or anything.  I guess the fact that women lose weight much slower than men is supposed to help us build character?  At least self acceptance!  

So anyways, our meals have been pretty straight forward lately without a lot of extra frills.  We do eat in a lot more often now so I have really been putting a dent in the new pots and pans we got for the wedding.  It's been really great, so far, because our diet has gotten much healthier!  We both eat a lot more fruits and veggies and we try to stay away from lots of processed stuff.  Here is a typical example....


Another big thing I've gotten into lately is pickling and fermenting.  I made some bread and butter pickles a few weeks ago with a recipe I got from ReadyMade magazine.  It said that we could sample them after a week so we cracked open a jar and I decided to try them the way they were obviously intended to be eaten...


I ended up with a lot of extra bread since we are both cutting back.  The problem with fresh bread is that ir goes really quick!  I decided to throw together a bread pudding for tonight after I was inspired by a post in the vegan cooking community :-)


This weekend, I am taking a fermentation class in New York.  The class is being taught by Sandor Ellix Katz who is the author of two amazing books that I cannot recommend highly enough!  His second book, The Revolition Will Not Be Microwaved is page after page of eye opening dissections of the the average American diet.  Most of it is already common knowledge to veg folks but it still manages to pack a revealing punch.  I can't wait to meet Sandor and to learn more about fermenting foods at home!!!  I am hoping that this will be the inspiration for a whole new branch of this blog. 

Current Mood: creative
Monday, May 7th, 2007
10:43 pm
And Miles to go before I Eat!!!

Well, it looks like I was absent longer than I anticipated.  

As promised in the last entry, this post and several others to come will be dedicated to a subject that I hold near and dear to my heart as someone who likes to eat.  

"I'm going to ______ for the weekend, any good places to nosh some veggie grub where I won't be chained to the friggin' salad bar!?"

It seems like there are always fantastic veg*n options if you are willing to do a bit of research.  I am always researching different options in the Philly/Jersey/NYC area and I am lucky that I live in such a progressive part of the country where alternative lifestyles are encouraged and catered to.   It isn't difficult at all to find good veggie food in this area but since Philly and New York are both so big, it's easy to get totally overwhelmed with options!  

There are other parts of the U.S. where some tofu isn't quite so easy to come by but there are a few glimmers of light in the meaty abyss of the southeast.  As a cornbred/cornfed southern girl, I am no stranger to fried chicken and barbeque and they weren't easy to give up.  Luckily, turnip greens and pinto beans are in the clear!  It's also very easy to make vegan cornbread!  As long as I have those three things, life is good!

I grew up in northern Alabama including a year and a half in Birmingham and spent the last three years before I moved to New Jersey living outside of Atlanta.  I recently went home to visit my family and stopped over in Huntsvegas and the Magic City to say hi to some friends.   I was armed with my camrea and an empty stomach and spent a good part of my time documenting my adventures in dining, On the Road style!



Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, March 23rd, 2007
1:31 pm
Spice Grrrrl
Alrighty....last night I decided to break free of the doubts and fears and try to make some Indian food from scratch.  I'd read several things online plus different parts of cookbooks that I have on the subject.  PLUS, I have been doing field work and have managed to aquire a spice box, filled with mysticism and wonder.  Wanna see?



I am well aware that I have the wrong mustard seeds but I plan to remedy the sitiation when I get back from my trip! ;-)  I am going to be away for two weeks visiting family so I am not sure when my next update will be.  I will be back [at the latest] by mid-April.  



I plan to start postic pictures of different veg meals that I have in different cities and siting different restaurants that I like.  I have the resources and images for NYC and quite a bit for Atlanta.  There are many many other sources for where should I eat when I visit such and such city and now here's one more!  ;-)

Current Mood: peaceful
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
9:01 pm
Vegan McMuffin
It's a shame that lately, I have been falling back on more and more faux meats.  I usually don't eat them that often but I have been put in so many different situations where I am the only one not eating freshly grilled steaks or sausage, peppers and onions or turkey that I guess I am going through a little withdrawl.  Luckily, the fake stuff satisfies my craving and no body gets hurt!  



This was my brunch from Saturday.  Tofu scramble and 'sausage' on a delicious whole wheat english muffin.  Whole Foods sells the most awesome english muffins!  

The blackberries are from Costco.  You can get a rather large container for less than $6.00.  Blackberries are one of my absolute favorites!  The orange is organic from Whole Foods.  A bit pricey [$1.24 each] but well worth the money.  They have been knocking my socks off lately and luckily they have also been keeping me away from junk and sweets!  

We have been eating out a lot lately so that explains the lack of posting.  Plus, we've had a few reruns.  To top of my list of excuses, I have just been embarrassed by my increase in analogue consumption! ;-/  I guess I should be proud it wasn't an actual dead animal.

Current Mood: dorky
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
3:07 pm
Analogue Pie!
When I moved to New Jersey, there were several adjustments I had to make.  The weather, the people, jughandles, the FOOD!  There is a pizza/Italian joint within a half of a mile no matter where you are!  It's pretty amazing.  Not big corporate chains either!  Tons and tons of mom and pop shops.  The only other thing that can compare would have to be the insane amount of Dunkin' Donuts there are up here!!  They are everywhere!

I have definately been schooled in pizza since I moved here.  First of all, when my mother-in-law calls Squan Tavern, she orders pies, not pizza.  My husband has a particular soft spot for pizza with meatballs and mushrooms.  The first time I heard this, my mind started racing.  I was expecting for them to open up the box and to see balls of meat all over the pizza, er, I mean pie.  Well, it turns out they slice the meatballs and it works really well.   They don't have the option to put meatballs on pizza at all where I am from so it was totally new to me. 

That is where my inspiration came from for this:



Never fear, it's all vegan!!  :-)

The crust is premade from Trader Joe's.  

The sauce is an 8 oz. can of organic tomato sauce with oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  

The pepperoni is obviously the fake stuff that you can get at any grocery store.  

The meatballs are sliced Trader Joe's brand.  I baked them and sliced them to put on the pizza.  I might recommend just letting them thaw and slicing them.  They were a little narly from being cooked twice but they tasted fine. 

I got seriously burned when I tried Follow Your Heart cheeze last year.  I thought it was disgusting!  I was sorta scared off of cheese substitutes for a while but then I decided to get brave and try the Vegan Rella that I had sitting in my fridge.  I opened it and immediately noticed it smelled like mozerella!  It was firm too.  I grated some and sprinkled it on top of my pizza.  I tried it and was pretty darn impressed!!  Definately not bad!!!  As you can see, it melted too!  It was sorta creamy instead of stringy but it tasted fine and everyone enjoyed the pizza.  The whole thing was demolished!  

Tonight I am taking a raw food class so hopefully that will yeild some new inspiration for the blog.  I would like to do a weekly raw food night. 



Current Mood: good
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
5:57 pm
Let him eat cake!
This weekend was my father-in-law's birthday.  Last last year, we made him a chocolate.  This year, he said he wanted something with strawberry so I decided to give the man what he wanted!  I actually had a tough time choosing what sort of cake to make him.  I considered a danish cake with strawberry filling but then people who don't like strawberry wouldn't really have it that good.  I decided to try to make a vegan pound cake.  I had never really made a pound cake before [much less a vegan version!] so I was a bit nervous about screwing up my husband's dad's birthday cake!  I decided to take a chance!  

My father-in-law is a super health nut.  I didn't bother making a big deal out of the fact it was a vegan cake because it's pretty much a given that anything I bake is gonna be cruelty-free.  He mostly appreciated the fact that it had no saturated fat or anything of that nature.  

I found this cool bundt pan in the clearance aisle of T.J. Maxx for seven dollars.  I have a rose but I didn't think that was very manly so now I have two choices of shapes for cakes which is nice!  The cardboard wrapping came with a recipe on the back so I kept it and just added vegan substitutes for the cream cheese and the sour cream and eggs.  I know there are several options for vegan egg replacers so I went with Ener-G.  It worked really well because the batter was a borderline dough by the time it was ready.  I didn't bake it the same day, however.  I mixed the batter on Friday night before we left since I knew I would have all of the ingredients I needed in my kitchen.  I put it in a bowl and covered it with plastic wrap for the trip.  I didn't want the batter to get too firm while it was waiting to bake so I did not keep it in the freezer.  It stayed out on the counter at room temp.  I rubbed some Earth Balance on the pan and dusted it with flour.  It baked and came out of the oven to cool.  When it was time for it to be taken out of the pan, it popped right out with no fuss at all!!  I was pretty amazed because I was prepared to fight for it!  

Here is the finak result:





Current Mood: creative
Monday, March 5th, 2007
5:06 pm
Ethiopian Goodness
I actually cooked this dinner last week but wanted to give the blog a breather since I was posting like crazy. 



Whole wheat injera
Ye'Abesha Gomen [collard greens]
Yekik Alich'a [split peas]

I got this book for Christmas and it is such a fantastic resource for anyone who loves Ethiopian food.  All of the recipes on my plate are in there.  Traditional injera is made from teff flour but I had to get rid of mine because of a moth infestation back before we moved.  These are made from whole wheat pastry flour and a little bit of white flour with a pinch of baking soda and salt.  The book has many different versions of injera and most of them required much more planning ahead [which I didn't do other than soaking the split peas!].  The wheat ones were pretty much mix and cook.  The recipes call for much more flour than I needed [1.5 lbs] for three people so I just used between 2-3 cups of flour and added water.  The trick is to make sure they batter is really thin!  Pour from the outside going inward and let it cook through.  Don't flip it!  My husband and I recently went to an awesome place in New Brunswick that was recommended to us by some friends and we both loved it!  I got a carry out menu so I could remember the names of the dishes I had so I could look them up in my book later.   This is two of the four veggie dishes that I had.

This was my first time cooking Ethiopian so I am still very much a n00b.  If you would like some info from a more seasoned cook, I recommend kittee's website.

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
12:39 am
Lotta Enchilada Goodness


I don't know what the deal is with my camera...this picture looks right out of a  low budget  movie.  



Current Mood: creative
12:13 am
A Classic Never Dies
My inlaws hooked me up with this compilation a while back called Mob Hits.  It's music from all of the major mobster movies and it is so fun and cool to have in the iPod to toss into various mixes.  The songs bring back a lot of memories for my husband because his Poppy Vince used to sing a lot of them.  They tickle me absolutely pink when we play them.  

I decided to que them up the other night to play in the background while we dined on this....



A classic Italian sterotype!!  

Whole wheat pasta topped with my special tomato sauce that I have managed to perfect over the past few years.  I remember the first time I ever made this sauce for Chris and I was so nervous!  He comes from an Italian family and his momma's cooking is tough to beat!  I still can't do it!  :-)  She makes these stuffed mushrooms that are to die for. 

The 'meatballs' are the Trader Joe's meatless kind.  There is a rumor that they are made by the exact same company that makes Nate's.  The bread is also a TJ's special bake at home type deal.  I buy them and keep it in the freezer until needed or else they get moldy rather quickly.  They go perfectly from freezer to oven so have no fear.  

The salad is from Costco.  You can get a HUGE bin of organic spring mix for seven dollars.  It's glazed over with a mixture of balsamic vinegar and oil.  

I was tempted to nuzzle over one of the meatballs with my nose but I resisted the urge.  ;-)

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
8:08 pm
PPK BFFs

Spanikopita and Falafel wtih tahini sauce from Vegan with a Vengance

Saturday night we had supercarrotand sam16over for dinner.

Since our living/dining space is tiny, I decided a nice, informal finger food fest was in order.   I had been dying to try making the VwaV spanikopita so I figured this was a good excuse.  I was quite intimidated by the whole filo folding process.  I have only used it one other time to make baklava for Chris years ago for Christmas right after we met.  The sheets dry out really fast once they are exposed to air so I covered them with a damp towel while I was folding each morsel.  I got one of these bad boys just for the occasion.  Fizzle recommended it in the book!  :-)  I lucked out and found it at Marshalls and the funny part is that I was specifically looking for one.  Since a hodge podge place like Marshalls is usually a hit and miss, I figured it was meant to be that I own one!  You do have to pump it a lot [sorta like a Super Soaker] but it does do the job nicely!  

The filling is a bit time consuming as well.  Don't skip draining the tofu!  I got two bunches of organic spinach from Whole Foods.  I am always amazed at how much the leafy greens cook down.  Between draining the tofu and chopping the spinach and fresh dill and cooking it down then letting that cool to room temperature, I'd make sure you have at least four hours set aside to do it all right.  It really is worth it though!  The final filling mixture is delicious!  I let Chris try some and he said "What kind of cheese is in this?"   No cheese!  Just a damn good recipe that makes sure you don't miss the feta one single bit.  I personally don't like feta that much anyways so no loss!  

The book has three different ways to prepare the spanikopita and I was brave and tried the first option which was to fold them individually.  Actually, I am pretty sure the second option is more tricky but the first one kept me plenty busy!  The recipe makes an official assload of little spinachy triangles.  I had to bake them on two seperate cookie sheets.  While the spinach was cooling, I made the falafel since that has to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes once it's done mixing.  I have been baking it lately instead of frying and it comes out great!  Put them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350-375 for about 12 minutes on each side.  

Having these two awesome dishes in one sitting has convinced me that they are soul mates.  Best friends forever!

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, February 24th, 2007
1:49 pm
Saturday Afternoon is Right for Brunch!

The king cake recipe made enough dough for two but since I only made one, I had to figure out what to do with the leftover dough!  It was too labor intenstive to let it go to waste!  I decided to use it to make a special brunch for the family.  I was aiming for them to taste like the Pilsbury Orange Rolls and it was pretty damn close!!!  

You too can make beautiful vegan orange rolls by modifying

kittee's recipe and adding some orange essence.  I made another batch of the cinnamon filling for the cake but added the zest from one orange.  I made the icing and instead of vanilla extract, I added orange [and a little food coloring!].  I rolled the cake up and sliced it.  Then I baked the rolls at 375 for about 15 minutes.

 

Happy weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Current Mood: full
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
11:38 pm
Fit for a King!!!
I couldn't wait until tomorrow to post this....

Look at my beautiful King Cake!!




Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!!!  I am sure this cake will help make me fatter! 

Current Mood: excited
2:13 pm
The Secret's in the sauce!
I typed this post up once already and I lost it!!!!!!!!!!

I had totally forgotten to post one of the stars of last weeks dinners on my blog so I figured it wasn't too late to share!  What we have here hatched from me not wanting to throw away my leftover seitan since I worked so hard to make it!  I had previously made it into wings for the Superbowl and had several leftover.  I had mad cravings for a BBQ sandwich so I decided to chop up the wings and see how it would work!

I simmered the bits in Earth Balance with liquid smoke and smoked paprika.  I then let it stew in homemade sauce that I made from this recipe.  This can easily be made vegan by using Earth Balance and I found anchovy free worcestershire sauce at Whole Foods.  This is not your average sweet and fluffy BBQ sauce.  It is sassy and tangy and perfect.  I have been using this recipe for a long time and it is always a hit.  

I hate broccoli so I have to find ways to sneak it past my radar.  I topped the BBQ with a broccoli slaw marinated in a mixture of white vinegar, sugar, celery salt, garlic powder, mustard powder and pepper.  I just let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.  It was a perfect accent to the seitan and didn't set off my alarm!  ;-)



As you can see, there are also baked beans but those are from a can so no sweat (Trader Joe's organic baked beans for 99 cents!).  The buns are from a brand called The Baker and I must say that they were fantastic!  They were not cheap but they were worth the money.  Heavenly whole wheat clouds of goodness!  I put a little bit of Earth Balance and garlic powder on them and let them sit on the skillet for a few seconds.  I froze the rest of them and I hope that it works out!  

The final result earned an enthusiastic thumbs up from the hubby.  It knocked my craving out of the park and made for some lousy leftovers because there weren't any!


Current Mood: satisfied
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
6:31 pm
Heart and Soul Food


Our Valentine's Day Dinner.  Nothing too fancy but I guess the blue cornbread is a little on the exotic side ;-)

Here we have a marinated portabella steak with all of the fixins.  Each steak was marinated in a sandwich bag with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sage, oregano, garlic and a little salt for about an hour before being seared in my beloved cast iron skillet.  The rest of it is pretty straight forward organic goodness.  The collards were freshly chopped and boiled with a little Celtic sea salt.  When they are cooked and I turn the heat off, I drizzle a little flax oil into the water for extra nutrients and taste.  It makes a big difference!  The potatoes are mashed with a little sea salt, Earth Balance and rice milk.  The beans are from a can :-)  I always season my beans with garlic powder and cumin.  Nothing more, nothing less.  

My daughter is crazy about Scooby Doo so we added the card for a little bit of flair!  

Hope you all had a great day.  I am getting a Soymilk maker and I couldn't be happier!  That will provide for plenty of ammo for the ol' food blog! 

Current Mood: flirty
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
10:04 pm
Fast and Furiously Good


This dinner literally takes 20 minutes or less to prepare!  I always try to have a few packs of udon noodles on hand in my fridge because they are already cooked and you can do so much with them!!!  Throw them in soups or stirfry and add whatever you want!

Not all udon is created equally so read the package before you buy!

The special for tonight is udo stirfry with tofu, bok choy and mushrooms.  I have some Turkish friends who refuse to eat bok choy because bok is the Turkish work for shit.  Oh well, their loss!  It is a fantastic veggie!  

If you are blessed to have a Trader Joe's near you, you may or may not have noticed the Exotic Mushroom Blend in the produce section.  It is less than four dollars and you get three different kinds of fresh mushrooms.  I can usually use one pack two to three times.  I saw on a cooking show a while back that you are not supposed to wash mushrooms before cooking them!  I simply brush them off a bit and go to town.  

I choped the choy and cooked it in a skillet with shoyu, garlic powder and white pepper.  I added the mushrooms once the greens cooked down a bit.  A few minutes later, I added the noodles and another shoyu splash.  In a seperate pot, I browned the tofu a bit and then tossed it in with the rest of the gang in the other pan.  

That's it.  It is way more complicated to clean up after than it is to cook! 

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
7:16 pm
Over the Rainbow
Last night's dinner was inspired by glancing over at my potatoes that I purchased about two weeks + ago and seeing that they were in the beginning stages of growing legs and walking away!  I had two packs of organic baby potatoes.  Trader Joe's carries a nice bag of mixed potatoes and as you can see, one of them is purple!  They also have a nice pack of organic baby sweet potatoes.  I normally don't do both on the same night but it was necessary this time!  :-)  I like having baby potatoes because it's still plenty enough to fill up the crew and they don't occupy nearly as much space as grown up potatoes.  


The problem now is that I just shoveled down all of the leftover fries [the reheat nicely in the oven] and am not at all hungry for dinner.  :-/  D'oh!

Current Mood: full
Monday, February 5th, 2007
12:55 pm
I'm Back!!!

One of my resolutions for the New Year was to revive the food journal.  Well, it's only the first week of February so I think I squeaked past with barely any time left for it to count!  ;-)  Survey says? 

For the better part of last year, I had to get a job which left me NO time to prepare anything other than beans and rice with prepackaged Trader Joe's Indian Fare.  But then we had to move so my hubby [I got married since the last post too ;-)] could start a new job and now I am a SAHM again with much more time on my hands.  It's a good thing too because this post took the entire weekend to pull together!!  

Unless you live under a rock, you all know about this thing called the Superbowl that took place over the weekend.  I decided to make a slew of yummy vegan junkfood for a house full of omnis.  Vegan or not, you can't go wrong with stuff that is bad for you.  

The menu:  agave mustard wings, hot wings, Nate's meatless meatballs with dipping sauces [marinara and BBQ], polish sausages with homemade sauerkraut, pigs in a blanket, seven layer taco dip.  For dessert, we had three different cuppers from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.  Buy this book if you haven't already!!!  It rocks.  We had the banana split, the Elvis version of the banana split and the agave cupcake with super natural agave icing.  My mother-in-law is diabetic and I wanted her to have something special.  They were definately great.  They had a caramel cake type of taste to them which I really enjoyed.  

After all of this, I need to remember my other resolution which was to diet and lose weight!  ;-)

Current Mood: rejuvenated
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
3:26 pm
Father's Day Brunch
Well, I know it isn't Father's Day anymore but I wanted to post the awesome breakfast I made for my fiance! It definately took a lot of time and effort but the results were very much worth it!



Crepes with Cashew Creame and Blueberry Pomegranite Topping with Tofu Scramble



Crepes were intimidating to me for a while but I have this 8" pan that I got from my grandmother that is the perfect size. I have had problems using it in the past so I rarely try to do anything with it now. I almost gave it away and now I am glad I didn't since I found the perfect use! If you brush the pan with a little oil between each crepe, they don't stick. Despite the fact that the suckers are really thin [or at least they are supposed to be!], they are actually pretty tough and I didn't rip any of them! The recipes for the cream and the crepes are all from Nonna's Italian Kitchen. Layer them between sheets of wax paper to keep them from sticking together.

The tofu scramble recipe is mine and I will share it with you. Take a brick of firm tofu [don't use silken because the taste really isn't as good!]. Drain it the best you can and then smash it up. Get a frying pan going on the stove with some Earth Balance. When it gets good and hot, throw the tofu in and stir it around really good. Sprinkle with: a dash of turmeric [for color], 1 tablespoon of black salt [this is KEY. This is what really makes it taste like eggs!] and a good sprinkling garlic powder. Cook it until all of the liquid is gone and the tofu starts to brown a bit. Top it off with fresh ground black pepper and serve HOT!


Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
3:01 pm
Tastes like chicken!
I was talking to my Oma yesterday on the phone while I was cooking dinner.  She asked me what I was making and I basically tried to explain the concept of seitan to her [she's catholic so I had to choose my wording carefully!].  She laughed and laughed at me.  I could hear her talking to my Opa and my cousin saying "Avery is cooking up this wheat stuff and trying to make it taste like chicken!"  *sigh* 

Well, as promised, I did some chicken flavored seitan last night!  I was going to make chicken and dumplings but damn if I didn't have a craving for wings so I decided to do that instead.  I have done tofu wings in the past but I really wanted to see if it would be better with the seitan.  WOW!  I was really excited during dinner and I am amazed I didn't give myself a stroke loading up on hot sauce!  Gotta love Franks!  I used the same recipe for ranch dressing as in the tofu wings post.  The best part about these wings is that they are boiled and baked instead of fried!  I had seen a post on Vegan Lunchcast about seitan wings and he recommended baking them for about 30 to 40 minutes to make them chewier and to give them a slightly crisp outside.  I did that and it really did make a big difference!  He also has much more in depth seitan tutorial if you check out his blog.  He uses a standing mixer though. 

We bought three boxes of the wheat gluten so I cracked one open.  I decided to get a little creative with it this time and I added a little garlic powder, sea salt and nutritional yeast.  I also threw in a pinch of Italian seasoning.  When I added the two cups of water, I also put in some lemon juice [one lemon's worth].  For the broth, I used this recipe.
I have it in a jar premade.  It works pretty well.  I am going to try the Rapunzel boullion cubes next time and see which is better.  Instead of cooking two big chunks of gluten, I pinched off little pieces and boiled them.  They floated up to the top after about an hour and I took them out.  Again, I put them in the fridge to cool off for a bit before I baked them.  Here are some pictures...


I also tried a little something different!  I had some jalapeno peppers that were about to go bad.  I had every intention of making stuffed poppers out of them so I decided to give it a go. 


Are we rockin' the appetizers or what? 

Current Mood: contemplative
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