Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kitchen Therapy and Cat Recovery

My boy, Knot, is recovering from a ruptured bladder. He is doing better and I found myself at home a lot more this week.

Since running across Emmie's dolmades, I slowly collected all the ingredients and compared various online recipes...still working on my ultimate recipe, but these did just fine. They are better served warm. In terms of adding pine nuts- I would give them a light chop. Next time- chopped seitan or TVP.

It was really cool to eat them after such little effort. Rolling them was quite a quick process. Methinks I may never go down the street to the neighborhood Greek restaurant for a fix again.

On Monday, I realized I had to be at work in the afternoon and had about an hour. Sauteed peppers, mushrooms, kale, garlic, ginger, and green onion. I hit it with a few dashes of tamari, rice wine vinegar, Asian crushed pepper, and sherry. Tossed in a bit of cooked udon noodles (which cook fast) and there you go...

Oh and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seed oil and actual seeds.
Fast Udon Noodles with Veggies

I know the photo isn't the best, but it was worth mentioning.

Finally I found a recipe I had printed out for chili a while back. Didn't bother taking a photo, but it will be mentioned in the future. Perfect opportunity to bake corn bread. Using Colleen Patrick- Goudreau's recipe with a huge, roasted jalapeno- it was awesome. Sweet and spicy.

All the dried goods...

Jalapeno Corn Bread

Love me some kitchen time.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Sea of Sushi

How i miss my little camera...just found these and realized they were never given recognition...

Vegan Sushi

Shitake mushrooms sauteed in sesame oil
Red bell
Baked sweet potato
Green onion
PPK's spicy tempeh recipe

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Because they're good....

Finally got around to trying Isa's version of Le French Toast and it was yummers. I would only add a bit of spice to the batter next time... but that's just me...
"Fronch" Toast

And I do love my rice bowls...I believe it to be Candle's marinade for the tofu and various veggies and a dash of sesame seeds...

Tofu Rice Bowl

It's always fun to play "restaurant" and imagine what I would pay for the dishes...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This just in...

Busy month...back in the kitchen, but a few old reliable dishes...nothing to shoot over...

There was that one night, when we were hungry and tired and looked in the cabinet...a little fideo, a can of vegetarian refried beans...a few leaves of spinach, mushroom caps, and maybe onion...oh-and tortillas (store bought)
Fideo Dinner Delight

And Blueberry Pancakes..because they make a cold morning a good way...

And finally...everything is relative as Gabriel says...but I love when it all comes together in a pot and eventually in my belly...memories of airport food

Warning: Cabbage overload may cause discomfort...

Bake tofu- drained, cut in cubes, tamari drips and oven

Sauteed garlic (2 cloves) and 1/2 of an onion in sesame oil
Add veggie stock...
A few hits of tamari, sherry, and mirin
Sliced shitake shrooms (might try dried next time)
Add whole head of cut up broccoli and 1/2 of a cabbage (chopped)
Korean chili powder
Cooked udon noodles
Baked tofu
Finished by adding green onion stalks (cut in half)

Udon Tofu and Veggie Soup

A big pot took care of many meals...