Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Holy Trinity Frittata
1 TBS olive oil
2 TBS each diced shallot, carrot, celery, leeks,
1/4 cup diced shitake mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped kale
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup chopped seitan
2 pieces crumbled tempeh bacon
1/4 cup firm tofu
2 TBS nutritional yeast
2 TBS chickpea flour
1 tsp soy sauce
Pinch turmeric (for eggy color)
1/4-1/3 cup vegetable broth
Preheat oven to 400.
In a cast iron skillet saute the shallot, carrot, celery and leeks in olive oil until softened. Add mushrooms, kale, and vegetable broth and steam a few minutes until kale is cooked. Add seitan and tempeh and heat through until broth has cooked off.
Blend together tofu, nootch, chickpea flour, soy sauce, turmeric, and broth until smooth. The mixture should be the consistency of a thin hummus.
Pour the tofu mixture over the cooked veggies and spread around so it covers the pan.
Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until set. You can smell it when it's starting to brown.
I tried to flip it out of the pan, but it stuck a bit and ended up looking like plain old tofu scramble anyway. Holy yum. This is one of the best experiments I've made in awhile. The consistency is kind of like quiche, so I imagine you could do this in a pie plate for the same effect. I'll be making this again.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Saturday, March 21, 2009
So when my usual blogger pals like non-shampooing Joanna (yes, Jo, really you this time) is off with her Edward Cullen like new BF forcing him to wear her bathrobe and watch Twilight; and River is off saving cats, making awesome food, obsessing over Austen (who doesn't), and travelling the country as a champion ballroom dancer or whatever it is she does (have you ever revealed it?) I get a chance to branch out and find some new cool blogs.
Enter my 2 new blogs to follow this week: Stay Vegan and but what does she eat? check them out. Stay Vegan has an awesome bizarro cartoon and but what does she eat? has some great food porn and a nice review of NYC vegan restaurant Sacred Chow.
Now for the Twilight and technology...
So Twilight was released last night at midnight and I got to watch it the second it was released from the comfort of my own home via the Roku and Amazon on Demand. I got the Roku almost a year ago when it first came out to get the streaming Netflix on my TV. The Roku device is $99 and the streaming is free with a netflix subscription and I still get DVD rentals in the mail. Not every movie is available streaming, but it keeps me in British period pieces, MI-5 and the Office-both British and American. I'm not really British, I just don't get BBC America.
The cool new part is that the Roku also plays movies on demand from Amazon. You can either rent or buy them and they're right on your TV with no packaging waste, shipping, or DVD's to store. Pretty cool huh? I'll probably cancel HBO soon, but I really need my Big Love, Flight of the Conchords, and Bill Maher fixes each week, so I'm not sure I'll replace it just yet.
I'm also an early adopter of the Amazon Kindle. I commute on the train to work, so carrying around a small device that has all my books on it and the New York Times is so perfect for me. It's pricey, but again, you don't pay shipping-the electronic wireless delivery service is free-and books are delivered in seconds. The only thing I've found they don't have for Kindle is Harry Potter and many older vegan cookbooks. I do have the Veganomicon, Vegan Express, Vegan Soups and Stews, this Crazy Vegan Life, and the Thrive Diet on the Kindle. There are more available I just seem to have most of them in book form already. Classics like the complete Jane Austen collection are about 99 cents. Again, no shipping, packaging, paper books to end up in landfills, that sort of thing.
And don't even get me started on how fantastic the ipod is...
OK, back to old fashioned things like sourdough bread. I'm making some now from some sourdough starter. Sourdough is a long tradition in my family and although my current starter came from King Arthur Flour a few years ago, it picks up a nice local New York flavor and each loaf is uniquely my own. There are different yeast strains in every location, so even if you took San Francisco starter and made it anywhere else it wouldn't taste exactly the same.
You can buy starter at King Arthur Flour, but if you would like me to send you some of mine, shoot me an e-mail at jennlynskey at gmail dot com with your address and I'll hook it up.
I'm off to the post office to ship out Mandy's sourdough starter and adobo seasoning...It's my bribe to get some of her own maple syrup. She taps the trees in her yard. That's some local agriculture.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Shredded Shitake Mushroom with broccoli.
And Kristen says of the vegan tofu cheesecake..."Oh, this isn't too bad!"
All in all a totally fun vegan luncheon for meatout day. I gave out fruit leather, vegan gummy bears, and larabars as treats so everyone can have a vegan snack for later.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I've taken up the little one's challenge and tomorrow my co-workers and I will be ordering Vegetarian Dim Sum for lunch and chillin' in the company cafeteria. I'll report back tomorrow.
See if you can convince one person to go meat free for the day, or in my case get many people to go meat free for one meal.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
i'm also copying her all lower case i thing because the already broken "i" button finally totally crapped out and cutting and pasting just the small "i" is way more convenient. Oh, why couldn't i have broken the Q or Z or something!?! Dell is sending me a new keyboard i have to install in my laptop, so that should be an adventure in DiY computer maintenance.
But on to the awesome eggplant bacon. it's just eggplant sliced thinly marinated in any tempeh bacon recipe marinade (i used Bianca's tester marinade that can be yours when her cookbook comes out!). The basic "bacon" marinade is some soy sauce and a little liquid smoke. The VWAV recipe is good, too. i did use a mandolin to slice the eggplant, but it got caught on the seeds and didn't work significantly better than just thinly slicing it with a knife.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
My favorite setian recipe is Joanna’s from yellow rose recipes. I just made the old chicken style cutlets, but when I went to link to the recipe I’ve discovered she’s got a new recipe and site as well.
I kind of multi-tasked here and boiled the potatoes and steamed the Brussels sprouts in the same big pot with the seitan. Then pulled out a cutlet, breaded it in some matzo meal with a little seasoned salt, then sautéed it in a little olive oil. Then I took out about a 1/2 cup of broth from the seitan pot and added a cornstarch slurry to make a quick gravy.
Today’s cooking soundtrack is the Twilight movie soundtrack. I think it’s cute that Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) sings on it. There are bonus tracks from iTunes which include some nice classical music.
There’s also Stephanie Meyer's personal Twilight soundtrack. I’d say it’s the book soundtrack. I mean you can’t go wrong with OMD. Pretty in Pink was the soundtrack of my teen angst.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
If you're not into buying experimental groceries...Tracy at Strawberry Hedgehog has an easy recipe for gingerade on her site. She also makes and sells AWESOME handmade vegan soaps.
I also made some 17 bean soup. Trader Joe's has a 17 bean dried soup mix that has a recipe on it, but you can usually find many bean soup mixes with the dried beans. Just remember that more than 239 beans and you'll be too-farty. Get it? It sounds funnier with an Irish accent...
Uh, the beans seem to have fallen to the bottom, but I assure you this is a hearty bean soup photo.Many Bean Soup
2 cups mixed dried beans with similar cooking times, soaked
2 celery stalks
2 small or one large potato (peeled or not, your call)
4 garlic cloves
1 can chopped tomatoes (big or small depending on how tomatoey you want your soup
1-2 Tbs thyme or Italian seasoning
1-3 tsp salt to taste
Olive oil for sauteing
Chop vegetables and saute in a little olive oil. Add beans, tomatoes, and seasoning and cover with 10 cups of water or broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer with lid partially covered on for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Test beans for doneness and adjust seasonings. You can puree part or all of the soup for a less brothy soup. I added a few dashes of Tabasco sauce before serving.
Today's cooking soundtrack is the Myths of the Near Future by the Klaxons. I saw them at Madison Square Garden in 2007 with Santogold when they opened for Bjork.
Monday, March 2, 2009
So I need to use stuff up and three little nuggets sitting in a big cardboard box isn't doing much for my space issue.
Anyway, I usually whip up some agave mustard sauce or BBQ sauce for dunking the nuggets, but on this snowy evening, I was feeling like something more homey. There's the nuggets, roasted green beans, some radicchio endive salad, roasted brussel sprouts, the sauteed kale from yesterday's empanadas, and some garlic smashed potatoes.
If you don't live near a Trader Joe's or have never been to one or live in a country where there are no TJs, then you are missing out on an experience and some awesome foodstuffs. There's one near my house, but the TJs in NYC is particularly interesting. Since there's only one in Manhattan, it's quite the novelty. I went once and never again. Even on a Monday night at 7:30pm (not today), there were 2 lines that went ENTIRELY around the store. No lie. I'm sure there are people that go as a team and one shops from the line while the other one runs around the store.
I know someone had a recipe for soy nuggets, but I can't remember who/where...if it's you or you have a recipe post a link in the comments.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
1 tsp cumin (optional)