Posts Tagged ‘Appetizer’

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Salty, Buttered, Vegan Scallops.

April 21, 2010

I’m not too big to say there is one or two things I miss from the old days of meat eating.  It’s always seafood.  Lox and scallops.  There are a few veg scallops that seem okay I guess.  There’s this one from Worthington, which I think is the only legit package (owned by Kellogg’s).  There are a few that have done the King Oyster mushroom route.  I made some a few moths ago and they were pretty good.   None of mine looked as good as The Chubby Vegetarians, or the first one I ever saw from Ladyvoxx on The PPK.

I’ve been using a lot of tofu since I recently found theFresh Tofu Inc., tofu.  It’s a totally different tofu.  It’s like westsoy, but better.  I like regular tofu, but when you try stuff like Fresh Tofu Inc., it’s like going from Gin Blossoms to The Beatles.  You can find a way to be snobby and alt in anything, even tofu.  I bought these little cookie cutters a while ago, and used them to cut the tofu into scallop shapes.  Saute them until they have some color in a little vegetable oil.

The butter is important.  Earth Balance gets really clear, and just sort of turns into oil when heated up.  To keep its creaminess, I added some cornstarch.  A few tablespoons or eyeballed, depending on how much butter you are using.  I also add salt, Earth Balance lacks that as well I think.  Whisk it and then add minced garlic after you start to get a creaminess going.  After you plate them and pour the butter on, squeeze a fresh lemon all over the tops.

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Best Vegan Chicken Salad Ever? U-Betcha!

March 29, 2010

I’ve been tinkering with this chicken salad for the past 3 weeks.  Made it about six times now.  It started out with just shitake mushrooms and veganaise.  At this point, it appears I’ve created a monster.  Gentle Giant, you know.  Here’s what you will need.

Tools :

  • Food Processor
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Smoker (you don’t have to smoke the tofu, but it really adds to the overall flavor)

Ingredients :

  • 1/4 lb Shitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Brick of Extra Firm Tofu (Preferably Fresh Tofu Inc. or Westsoy Tofu sold at most Whole Foods)
  • 1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 1/2 Cup Dill Pickles (diced)
  • 1 Tbls Garlic (minced)
  • 3 Tbls  Yellow Mustard
  • 3/4 Cup FYH Veganiase
  • 4 Tbls of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbls Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tbls of Earth Balance Butter
  • Soy Sauce for sauteing

Method :

I do this all in stages, being there’s a lot of food processing that goes on.  First get your mixing bowl out and once something is done, just throw it in.  If you are going to smoke the tofu, start that first, it takes about 30 minutes. Pulse the garbanzo beans until they are shredded.  You don’t want it to be mushy or anything like hummus.  You want it to resemble tuna or chicken a little.  Empty into the bowl.  Clean and slice the shitake mushrooms and saute them in 1 Tbls of Earth Balance.  When they are cooked, add a few splashes of soy sauce.  Throw them in the food processor, and again, just pulse a few times until they are well chopped but not too much.  Toss them in the mixing bowl.  Dice the onions and pickles small and throw them into the bowl.  When the tofu is done smoking, cut them in to squares and saute in 1 Tbls of Earth Balance until browned.  Splash soy sauce over the tops of them until they are thoroughly covered.  Put them in the food processor and last time, just pulse until chopped to the consistency of diced chickenish.  Throw them in the bowl.  Add the spices and veganaise/yellow mustard.  Chill for atleast an hour.  Serve with club crackers (I didn’t have any for the picture), pita bread or squared wheat bread.

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How can I love you, if you wont lie down?

February 26, 2009

Boy oh boy, having a real job really makes life dull.  Although my job is probably the only one that exists in the nine to five world that I could ever imagine going to bed at midnight for.  Everythings felt very scattered and fast for the past month, and I’m just now starting to feel like myself again.  Well not the old self that could stay up drinking until 5am, and get on the post punk kitchen to post drunk naked pictures of myself, but familiar none the less.  We haven’t really made anything that amazing, but Sarah made these incredible cupcakes.  This was her first successful vegan baking, and it turned a lot of heads at the party.

Here’s our three legged dog tofu,  playing xbox while were cooking.

This is a dinner we made one night that was simple but good.  Fake bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, smoked tofu (not the dog), and veganaise.

This is a lil thing i threw together that involves filo, vegan cream cheese, a basil leaf (next time ill use a spinach leaf), smoked tofu, and sriracha.

and last, we had a bunch of people over the other night and made a ton of vegan sliders.  The recipe for the burger is from Vegan dad.  Everyone ate the shit out of these.

Stay tuned, I’ve got some contests coming up where you guys can win things!  I plan on starting a weekly thing starting in march, where I will be giving away very cool stuff for free!

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Red potato & Yukon Gold Hash Browns w/Spicy Roasted Garlic Ketchup

January 20, 2009

– Red & Yukon Gold Hash Browns w/Spicy Roasted Garlic Ketchup

– English Muffins w/Cumin Dill Sour Cream, Diced Olives and Sweet Peppers

– Pan Seared baby bananas w/Roasted Red Peppers & chives

Hash browns were invented by the ancient rednecks of Georgia in 1773.  They were at one point used during sex games, where the redneck would  place a batch of shredded potatoes on his womans stomach, believing that “her body was so smokin’ hot”, he could actually cook them on her.  Of course, this is just a legend.  Usually nothing would happen, and the two would just end up having sex in a pile of shredded potatoes, and onions.  However, stories like these that my parents told me growing up, always claimed a big piece of my heart.

I threw this together while in the grocery store.  The hash browns are just shredded red and yukon gold potatoes, as well as some cut onions.  Browned them on a skillet with some oil, salt and pepper and of course, smoked paprika.   Make sure and lay a few paper towels over the potatoes after you shred them, and get as much of the water out of them as you can.  The ketchup is put in a blender with sriracha, roasted garlic, some lime juice and s&p.

The English muffins were toasted and had some earth balance and roasted garlic (literally spread on there!).  The sauce was made with tofutti sour cream, cumin, dill, salt and peper, and a dash of sriracha sauce.  Mix it well and  lay it over the English muffin.  Green, kalamata olives and sweet red peppers were diced, and laid on top.

The baby bananas were pan seared in earth balance with salt and pepper.  Laid over them is roasted red peppers and sliced chives.

Dig in!  Like most meals that people suggest wines with, I suggest this to go with a warm     Heileman’s Old Style.

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Curry Sweet Potato Fries w/ Spicy Mango Chutney Ranch

January 19, 2009

I’ve never made sweet potato fries, and I love curry. I had been reading that the sweet potato fries turned out mushy, so I decided to go with the baking at 450 degree method. I boiled the potatoes first, then cut them into fries. Toss them in curry and cornstarch, salt, sprinkle some smoked paprika, and throw them in the oven. Make sure to lay foil on the pan, and spray it good with some pam, or they will stick bad. I baked them for a while, and turned them about every 10 minutes. While they were baking, I put some earth balance in a pan, melted it down, and added some curry and lime juice. Let that cook on high for minute, then turn it off until the fries are done. For the sauce, I just mixed some vegan ranch with some mango chutney, lime juice and s&p. The fries turned out pretty crispy. I dipped one in the chutney ranch, smacked my girlfriends ass really hard while chewing, and said, oh shiiiit. The ranch really makes this one.

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Fancy schmancy Vegan Macaroni and “Cheese”

January 14, 2009

I’ve always been very attracted to macaroni and cheese. It’s really fattening, and delicious. Macaroni and cheese has always been to me, like that gross girl you banged in college, and you never told your friends about. I know what you’re saying, “awwww, that poor macaroni and cheese! You’re such a typical male chauvinist faux pig! “. Okay, okay, maybe you’re right, but it’s a good analogy and you know it. Growing up, we added hotdogs, and maybe even sometimes, some salt and pepper. Being that I’m now awesome, I have decided to make my own, gourmet style.

I searched around the google for a very short time, and found 3 recipes that gave me a little vegan boner. First, I was on the “food porn” section of the Veggieboards forum. After having a few pretentious lol’s at what people considered “food porn” (i.e. microwavable amy’s vegetarian in a box meals((literally)), I found an awesome vegan macaroni and cheese dish. It’s a bit bland, but none the less, very delicious looking. I then dug deeper. Cause I’m an investigator.  I don’t just settle for the bullshit. I’m into it. Sorry, that came out wrong. I wanted something to show that I’m way more hip, and don’t need to live in Brooklyn to have a vegan blog. I next found a recipe for macaroni and cheese that had morels and lobster in it. Then I found one that put sweet potatoes in it. I nearly shit myself with  ideas. I replaced the lobster with sun dried tomatoes, and used soy creamer, instead of soy milk. Capers anyone? Hell yeah, I did. Sauteed the sun dried tomatoes and morels in some vegan butter with garlic, and caramelized the sweet potatoes into little squares. Baked it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and made out with my girlfriend for 9 minutes while waiting. This is the best macaroni and cheese you will ever have. “oh, i add tvp to my mac & cheeze”. Shut up pervert. Make this, and stop watching real chance at love.

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Stuffed avocados & grilled asparagus w/horseradish sauce

January 14, 2009

Did you read this article? Oh, you didn’t. Well let me just put it to you like this.  Avocados are gonna be 2009’s new gas prices. According to the article, the weather was hotter than normal last June, which means we’re all gonna be typing in green beans on the produce button in the u-scan lane’s. Not to mention, I accidentally read what some person named “don” wrote on the comment section below that made me puke a little in my mouth.

Don said…

I have not been buying any avocados anyway–because all the avocados ,tomatoes,and other produce are from Mexico—and I refuse to buy any produce from Mexico because from what I have read and heard –Mexico uses sewer water in many places to water the crops.

Now true, don could be that guy or girl, thats in the supermarket wearing a hemp purse, and patchouli, listening to Sigur Rós on his or her organic i-pod. Either way, I still thought about it while making tonights side dish. Being that avocados are practically gods handjob of the earth, I made them anyways.
Scoop the avocado out, carefully, and set it aside. Dice up the tomato and the avocado, and toss them in a bowl. Add 3 cloves of minced roasted garlic into the mix, and carefully mix everything. Put everything back into the avocado skins, and drizzle a generous amount of nutritional yeast over the top. Next add some salt and pepper, some smoked paprika. I drizzle some Tabasco sauce over the top, but that just if your feeling crazy. The Asparagus was cooked in a cast iron pan, with some vegan butter and garlic. The horseradish sauce was mixed together in a bowl :

1 cup of veganaise

2 tbls of horseradish

1 tbls of garlic powder

1 tsp of bragg (or soysauce)

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Lay it out and make it look pretty, I added some sriracha sauce too. Believe me you dont want people calling you a racist.