from Vegan Vittles by Jo Stepaniak
1 cup textured vegetable protein granules
1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
1/2 teaspoon onion granules
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 cup almost-boiling water
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce (I like to use the reduced sodium kind)
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
Place the first eight ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and toss them together. Pour the hot water into a small mixing bowl or large liquid measuring cup; add ketchup and soy sauce and stir until blended. Pour the liquid into the textured vegetable protein mixture and stir until well combined. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Add the peanut butter and mix until it is well incorporated. Stir in the flour and yeast flakes and mix thoroughly.
Shape the mixture into four flat patties and cook in a skillet sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I guess he's sporting the gangsta look. Do they make suspenders for little kids???
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I found these beauties at http://raescreations.etsy.com - aren't they lovely? Everything in her shop is fabulous, I could have spent a lot more but I showed restraint. Since I make so much jewelry myself, it's very rare for me to buy jewelry from someone else; in fact, I honestly can't remember the last time I did! I guess that says something about how much I like this ring. I can't wait to get it in the mail!!!
Thai Style Tofu with Broccoli and Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (more if you are crazy like that)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh minced cilantro
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
dash of red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
a bunch of broccoli, cut into pieces
14 oz. firm or extra-firm tofu, excess water pressed out, cut
a little soy sauce
a little olive oil
soba noodles (or rice, whatever you want to serve it on)
Lightly brown the tofu pieces in the olive oil. Sprinkle some soy sauce on the tofu as it cooks. Add the broccoli and a splash of water and cover to steam broccoli a bit, or just continue to stir-fry.
To prepare peanut sauce, combine coconut milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, pepper, garlic, cilantro, ginger, red pepper flakes, and lime juice in a small saucepan. Mix well with over low heat until warm.
Serve broccoli and tofu over noodles or rice, and top with peanut sauce. Yum yum!!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Here are the links to the items listed:
In other (non-Etsy) news, I made InsomniacChef's Garlic Spinach and Chickpea Soup last night. I cheated and just threw all the ingredients in a crock pot, and it was quite good. I think it would have been even better if I'd followed their instructions. Later this week I'm going to try their recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato and Cabbage Curry - I'll let you know how it turns out.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Mmmm, yummy. And speaking of yummy, here's what we had for breakfast this morning:
Vegan Blueberry Pancakes
1-1/4 unbleached white flour (or a mix of white and whole wheat pastry flour)
2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
egg replacer equivalent to 1 egg (I use Ener-G egg replacer powder)
1-1/3 cup soymilk
3 tablespoons canola oil
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, prepare the egg replacer, then add soymilk and canola oil and blend thoroughly. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until lumps are gone. Pour into pan and place blueberries on top of each pancake. Cook, flip, cook, and eat.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
My grandparents came over for dinner tonight and I cooked biscuits and gravy. It was good, except I totally burned the second batch of biscuits, which was oh so very sad. Here's the recipe, which I adapted from a recipe on VegWeb.com.
Vegan Southern Biscuits & GravyYou can use any biscuit recipe you like, or if you're lazy, buy some of the premade ones (are any of those vegan? I don't know), but if you really want a super yummy meal, make these:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 medium onion, chopped
One 9-ounce package Gardenburger breakfast sausage patties (or other vegan brand), thawed and chopped
3 tablespoons unbleached white flour
3 cups plain vegan soymilk (Silk is my favorite brand)
salt and pepper to taste
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and saute for a few minutes. Add chopped breakfast sausage and cook until slightly browned and heated through. Set aside skillet.
In a large saucepan, make a roux (I know, fancy schmancy) by mixing 3 tablespoons of flour with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to make a heavy paste. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for a few minutes, then slowly add soymilk to the mixture, stirring with a whisk to prevent lumps from forming. Simmer, stirring often, until mixture just begins to thicken. Add sausage mixture and stir a bit longer. Add salt and pepper to taste (you may find that it needs more than you expect).
Sweet Potato Biscuits
2 cups unbleached white flour (I wish they were as good with whole wheat flour but they're not. sorry.)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unrefined sugar
5 tablespoons cold vegan margarine
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (I use just a little less than one full 14-oz. can)
1/3 cup soymilk
Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add the margarine and use a pastry cutter to mix until the chunks are smallish. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix mashed sweet potatoes and soymilk, then add to flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix) and turn onto a floured surface. Knead just a few times and flatten the dough to 3/4" thick. Cut into circles and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. mmmmmmmmmm...............
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
1-1/2 cups whole spelt flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup soymilk
1 egg substitute (I use EnerG Egg Replacer), prepared
3-4 carrots, grated
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
You know the drill... mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients (including carrots and walnuts), then mix dry into wet. Do not overmix. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray and fill to the rim with batter. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thank you, Abby! You rock! www.whitepaintandribbons.etsy.com
And another great find from www.TexasBeauties.etsy.com!
Now if anyone hears me talking about buying another purse, please restrain me. Really.
Monday, April 16, 2007
First, some pics of the boy, taken on a recent trip to San Francisco (so much fun!):
Exciting news of the day... I got a big shipment of beads today from my supplier in India, and wow, are they ever fabulous!!! I am so excited to get them photographed and up on my Etsy site (www.BestBeads.etsy.com). Plus I get to play with the beads myself! Mmm, pure beady goodness. Unfortunately I won't be able to play with my new treasures much tomorrow, but come Wednesday, it's going to be a beadapalooza.
Also in today's mail, a super-terrifically-fabulous little purse/tote bag that I got from Abby at www.whitepaintandribbons.etsy.com - happy day! I can not even describe the deliciousness of this little purse, so I will have to take some pictures and post them soon. You will be jealous.
And a recipe. I'm going to keep this one super easy so you won't be intimidated by my mad kitchen skillz.
Beer BreadIt's really yummy, you've gotta try it! Trust me.
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp. organic sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 can beer (12 oz.)
Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients, then mix in beer. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray or grease with canola oil. Pour mix into pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then finish cooling on rack.
Please don't be put off by the multiple abrupt subject changes... you'll get used to it.