Sunday, September 30, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 30: Swan Song

Today is the last day for Vegan Month of Food 2018. Our prompt is "kitchen tour." We are not ready for that because of the hurricane. Instead, I shot a video for you on egg replacers as someone suggested I do this when I asked "what would you  like to see?" There are so many more vegan egg replacers than there used to be even just a couple years ago, it can be confusing for sure. I don't use the same replacer for every application. I have issues down here with the relentless heat (especially in summertime) and year round humidity. I've refined what works best for me. In different climates, different things may work better for you. Here's a picture of most of the different items I use. Scroll down for the video as well as a link to a really nice chart of measurements and applications for almost all the viable egg replacers you'd ever want to use.

Here's the link to the egg replacer chart I really liked:

Thank you for following the bouncing ball for Vegan Month of Food this year. Hopes are I'll be back one way or another for 2019, with any luck. This blog is always up and running, feel free to throw suggestions my way. I'll be writing a little more frequently, a lot is happening right now with the preparations for reopening, it's been a long road with a few more miles to go, but it's nice to be working with furniture designing instead of having conferences with lawyers.

See you soon!
Vegan love to you and yours, always.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 29: BRUNCH!!! (and a dead panini press, boo hoo)

Today we're talking about brunch. It's neck and neck with breakfast for my favorite meal. Brunches are typically associated with holidays, occasions and Sundays in my world, but really every day is an occasion for brunch. I was simply going to post a few pictures of the millions (millions?) of photos I have from the years of food photos I've made for guest breakfasts and special occasions. By the time 5 minutes had passed, I was overwhelmed and couldn't even begin to choose. In frustration, I reached for Isa's "Vegan Brunch" one of the best cookbooks of all time (mine is so shopworn it's actually in 3 pieces now), made myself an omelette and called it a morning.

That right up there? That took all of about 15 minutes. From scratch. It's a gluten free vegan omelette made from silken tofu and chick pea flour. Chick pea flour? No need to buy a special ingredient, take your high speed blender (not a regular blender, no way) toss in some dried chick peas and let it rip. What gives this the eggy flavor is kala namak salt. For filling, I used what I had from MoFo leftovers: tofu ricotta, diced artichokes, kale and mushrooms. Those potatoes are pieces of leftover tater tots I had waffled in the iron for a failed effort on one of the themes. The bread is gluten free vegan DeLand (now back in stock at Food for Thought) and the mango.... show stealer.... I've still got about 1 dozen South Florida mangoes in my fridge. By keeping them in my fridge til the day or 2 before I want to eat them, I've been able to make my very last seasonal delivery extend by several weeks. The only thing that would've made this breakfast better is if someone made it for me.

Meanwhile, in sad appliance goings-on.... as I was flipping this omelette in the pan a large crash occurred about 8 feet over. I looked over and saw my little grill press exploding into bits on the floor. RIP little panini press, it was too good to be true when you entered my life. I lovingly transported you from the thrift in Moab all the way to your new home in the Keys, and used you maybe 6 times if I include last night's picnic sandwich post. Your plates are still in the dishwasher from last night's MoFo, you didn't even get to complete your last bath time scrub. HOW did this happen? Suffice to say... if you happen to see the other happy vegan out and about in town today, maybe give him a hug. There is no love coming my way today... it's his fault my panini press is in RIP-land. Between the one Irma stole, and this one, perhaps the Universe doesn't want me to panini press things. Ever.

RIP panini press. I am going to miss you, sniff sniff.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 28: Let's Picnic

We're going on a picnic today, or realistically we're faking going on a picnic today. I had to work, no picnic for me, but I did want to eat when I got home and the other happy vegan was famished after another long drawn out day with zero food. I dragged out the little panini press I picked up while in Moab and set to making different sandwiches using some things I had on hand, filling in the blanks with purchases.

What I had already was:

hummus (my first batch in over a year!)
cilantro cream (tofu based)
pesto (walnut based)
balsamic dressing

 What I purchased was:

Miyoko's sun dried tomato and garlic cheese (half price!)
marinated artichokes
baguette loaf bread
roasted red peppers

I cut the baguette and filled each piece with a different combo of all the above, just randomly mixed things up. Then I jammed them on the panini press and heated through so everything thoroughly melted together:

I also made rigatoni pasta (other than wagon wheels, the best pasta ever) since the store where I'm at actually had organic rigatoni imported from Italy sitting right there on the shelf calling out to me with love. I had a little bit of pesto left, so I mixed it all up with some of the artichoke hearts I diced. See how beautiful it looks?! Tasted even better. I also picked up a bag of Vegan Rob's cauliflower puffs. Really if you buy ANY Vegan Rob's you'll be super happy, but these puffs and the turmeric chips are my favorites so far (although the rice flips do suck, so it's not entirely true that they all are great.... just that one, meh).

All those things travel well, and are delicious cold or room temp. The sandwiches can be made the day before, and the pasta 1-2 days before.

I'd love to go on a picnic. I'm about 15 years overdue. The sun is shining, I think it's best we all make hay.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 27: TV Dinner

"TV dinners, there's nothin' else to eat...
TV dinners, they really can't be beat..."

So, today we're talking TV dinners. Curl up on the couch, Netflix, and our own version of a TV dinner. It's really a comfort food kind of thing... not a whole dinner.

I'm a mashed potato and gravy kind of gal. That's all I want if it's comfort food. See?

Mashed potatoes, skin on
Soy Milk
Tons of black pepper
And the vegan gravy recipe noted outside the caption
A happy zone for me

I like them lumpy, but I'll eat them smooth. I don't care, as long as they're vegan, potatoes are life. Here's the gravy recipe I really love, I have no idea who to credit this to, but if anyone knows, please fill me in, I'm not looking to jack someone else's recipe as mine:

2 cubes vegan poultry bouillon (I use Edward & Son)
3 cups water
3T vegan butter
3T flour, plus more to thicken
1/2 tsp vegan poultry seasoning (pretty much all poultry seasoning is vegan, but double check)
cracked black pepper to taste

Heat the water and bouillon, stir til dissolved. Heat a pan over low/medium heat and whisk butter/flour til smooth and a roux forms. Pour the bouillon water slowly into the pan, whisking as you do so you don't get lumps (lumps are evil). Keep over medium heat til it bubbles, whisking to thicken... adding flour by the tablespoon til it's your desired consistency. When thick, remove from heat, whisk in seasoning and pepper.

Yepper, this is the real deal in my world.

"I like 'em frozen but you understand
I throw 'em in and wave 'em and I'm a brand new (wo)man, oh yeah"

Did you know Robert Palmer did a recording of this song too? :)


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 26: Holiday Time

Today's post is dedicated to holiday times. I do believe it's actually what is our own favorite holiday, in case I'm wrong, we'll cover that at the end.

Endless Summer baby!!!! True love forever and ever! Really, is this ANY surprise?!!!

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake
Sweet Vegan Biscuit Recipe
Organic Strawberries Marinated All Day in a Touch of Organic Sugar
RediWhip Non-Dairy Almond Whipping Cream
My favorite holiday is the First Day of Summer; Summer Solstice; Litha for the Pagans out there. I'm a simple gal.... ocean, sunshine, palm trees, beach, boat, breezes. Cats on beaches. Deer on beaches. The smell of sun tan lotion and ice cubes clinking in glasses. Moonlight. Heat, the more the better. Humidity, no problem if it comes with sunshine. Get my drift?

With summertime comes vegan strawberry shortcake.

The end (Almost. Refer to the PS...)


PS: for those that missed it, and you're thinking "the holidays" as in what many think of.... please go back a few days to my Day 18 post.... you'll be rewarded with about 10 pounds of Miyoko's Unturkey for your holiday.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 25: Happy Birthday To Me (and to all the fellow Virgos!)

Happy Birthday Virgo! Let's have some cake!

In case ya haven't figured it out, today's prompt is Birthday Bash.... what do we eat on our birthday?

Want to get to know a Virgo. Good luck with that. Fellow Virgos understand. I searched around a tiny bit and found some traits alleged to be attributable to Virgos. I chose some of my favorites, tee hee:

Reliable. Perfectionists. Strong dislike of incompetence, especially in others. Self-destructive (partially due to need for perfectionism). Introverted. Smart. Need for intense structure. Doers, not talkers. Worriers. Loyal to a fault (unless crossed). Hard workers.

Well then. I guess that sums it up.  Happy Birthday from one Virgo to all the rest.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Vegan Month of Food 2018 Day 24: Crunchwraps for Potluck!

Today is about what to bring to a potluck. We had a prompt for that (I think) over the summer, when I talked about the gluten free vegan tofu Rubens I brought to a potluck around July, along with the vegan tempeh Rubens I made. The most epic potluck sandwich has already been covered, so what to do?

I made my own version of a vegan crunchwrap. The cafe I'm in made them as a lunch special last week, boy oh boy were they delicious, they sold out (of course). I wanted to use some of the Unturkey I have left and season it but I didn't have the right seasonings for a good taco mix. Instead, I used my own version of a cilantro cream, along with Daiya pepperjack, and some of the Miyoko's wet buffalo mozzarella I made (but didn't showcase, since I didn't have basil for the Caprese salad last week). Actually, these were great, not as creamy as the ones in the cafe from last week, but super delicious none the less. If you make these at home, I highly suggest using a large tortilla. I used a smaller one. My ingredients were the vegan cheeses above and the cream (on mine... the other happy vegan swears cilantro will kill him, after making everything taste like soap), beans, tortilla shells, roasted onions and red peppers, avocado (minimal on mine, maximum his) and tomatoes. You can use anything you want pretty much. Fold it up like a flower, and brown both sides til golden in a pan with light oil or veg spray. I had mine with a little dash of the cilantro cream drizzled on top, he went with a drizzle of balsamic dressing. These are perfect for potluck. Once they cool, they are easy to cut into small single serve sections, wrap them up in paper wrap and you are good to go.

This was my version of a vegan crunchwrap.
Best for you to go with a larger tortilla.
You can see I had to fill the center of the "flower" with a small piece.
VERY tasty!
Oh, there was lots of deer butt this afternoon.
These little guys always make me smile.
There's a fawn in there... can you see the fading spots?
I did manage to spend a few minutes looking at the sky today too.