Thursday, April 19, 2018

BBQ Tofu and Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Dinner 04/17

BBQ Tofu and Portobello Mushroom Pizza

BBQ Tofu and Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Much like our Flatbread Pizza video from a few years ago, we still like to make a big batch of flatbreads, then top them with whatever we have in the fridge -- this time it was some portobello mushrooms that we pan-fried, then hit with our BBQ Sauce.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Penne with Arugula and Sausages

Dinner 04/16

Penne with Arugula and Sausages

Penne with Arugula and Sausages

Liz picked up these cute mid-century modern bowls last week so we used them for tonight's meal -- brown rice penne, wilted arugula and Tofurky Italian sausages topped with a little pasta water and nooch in the pan for seasoning...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy Pancakes with Edamame

Dinner 04/15

Happy Pancakes


Happy Pancakes with Edamame

As I was taking these pictures -- the tornado sirens went off, briefly interrupting dinner. The way this "spring" has been going, that seems par for the course...

Happy Pancake filling

The recipe is from Food & Wine, using smoked tofu strips, carrots, scallions, Enoki mushrooms and bean sprouts, subbing tamari for the fish sauce.

Happy Pancake in Wok

Here they are in the flat-bottomed wok, cooking away -- the bean sprouts were added at the end of cooking and the pancakes were ever-so-gently folded in half.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Strawberry Crepes with Chocolate Sauce and Powdered Sugar

Breakfast 04/14

Strawberry Crepes with Chocolate Sauce and Powdered Sugar

Strawberry Crepes

Sometimes, just a picture will do...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pizza Puffs, Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Salad

Dinner 04/13

Pizza Puffs

Roasted Cauliflower

Kale Salad

Pizza Puffs with Roasted Cauliflower

Although we're not actively testing cookbooks these days, we still like to pick up the new vegan cookbooks from our library and give them a spin -- tonight's meal came via the Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields.

Kale Salad

The Kale salad is from Christopher Kimball, we subbed agave for the honey, but otherwise it's made we want to eat kale salads again, so that's nice ;)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Smoked Tofu Goulash with Biscuit Dumplings

Dinner 04/12

Smoked Tofu Goulash with Biscuit Dumplings

Smoked Tofu Goulash with Biscuits Dumplings

A much-love veganized recipe, straight from Food & Wine from March 2013.

We cut the tofu in 8 cutlets, marinate in tamari for a couple of minutes, then toss in the seasoned flour and fry until crispy, cut them into strips and then follow the rest of the recipe as written, substituting vegan versions 1:1 for the rest of the ingredients in the recipe (butter, stock, sour cream) and it's delightful...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Broccoli, Spinach, Tomato, Zucchini and Lemon Zest, 15 Bean Soup

Dinner 04/11

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Broccoli, Spinach, Tomato, Zucchini and Lemon Zest

15 Bean Soup

Farfalle Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, Zucchini and Lemon Zest

A quick spring-like (because, of course, it snowed today) pasta bowl with things that needed to be used in the fridge. There's a bit of white wine, veg broth and soy sour cream for the sauce to round out the sauteed onion, garlic and zucchini. The roasted broccoli, tomatoes and spinach were added at the end to heat through and mixed with the lemon zest and parsley.

15 Bean Soup

We also defrosted a 15 bean soup that Liz made late last year, vacuum sealed (we still do that for bulk items like pierogies, ravioli and hatch chiles) and frozen -- because we were also joined by our son and daughter-in-law* who came over for dinner.

* oh yeah, we haven't done the blog in a while... they got married this year. ;)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dang Quesadilla

Dinner 04/10

Dang Quesadilla

Dang Quesadilla

You know we couldn't come back and not have a Dang Quesadilla. ;)

Two tortillas stuffed with pan-fried mushrooms, sauteed red onion & garlic, Daiya mozzarella then pan-fried until crisp and topped with soy sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Dessert 04/09

Lemon Oil Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Another rehearsal night, so here's dessert instead -- straight out of Chloe's Vegan Desserts. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream. We just used a regular cake pan, because I didn't feel like digging out our collection of Bundt pans. ;)

* seriously, we have, like 10... because of course we do...

Monday, April 09, 2018

Oyster Mushroom Po' Boy with Roasted Cauliflower

Dinner 04/08

Oyster Mushroom Po' Boy

Roasted Cauliflower

Oyster Mushroom Po' Boy

We picked up some gorgeous Oyster Mushrooms Friday so we made Po' Boys with cole slaw and a side of roasted cauliflower and hot sauce. Lots of hot sauce.

po' boy prep

We used our usual three-pan method:

Pan 1: Seasoned flour (about 1/2 cup, with salt, pepper, smoked paprika to taste)

Pan 2: Cornstarch Slurry (1 tbs. cornstarch and 3 tbs. water, more if it stars to seize up)

Pan 3: Equal amounts of bread crumbs and cornmeal (about 1/2 cup each), nooch and a little thyme and pepper.

We tossed the mushrooms briefly with a splash of tamari, then into pan 1 until coated, straight into pan 2 until wet, then pan 3 tossed and pressed lightly into the nooks and crannies of the mushrooms to evenly coat.

After that, they were deep-fried in Peanut oil at 365F, until the bubbling has stopped -- about 3-4 minutes.

Served on a flatbread with cole slaw and hot sauce.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Broccoli with Orange Sauce

Dinner 04/07

Broccoli with Orange Sauce

Broccoli with Orange Sauce

The broccoli was stir-fried. For the orange sauce: start with 1 tbs. of sunflower oil in a wok, quickly stir-fry 2 cloves of minced garlic, about a 1/2" of microplaned ginger, 1 small diced jalapeno, 1 tsp. five-spice powder and 1 tsp. Szechuan peppercorn (about 45 seconds). Whisk in the juice of 2 oranges (about 1/2 cup), microplane the zest from the oranges, add a splash of water, 1 tbs. rice wine vinegar, 3 tbs. brown sugar and bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, whisk 1 tbs. cornstarch with 2 tbs. of water, then whisk it into the sauce. Add a splash of tamari to taste. Eat already!

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Spaghetti with Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad with Diced Apples, Roasted Beets and Raisins

Dinner 04/06

Spaghetti with Meatballs

Garlic Bread

Salad with Diced Apples, Roasted Beets and Raisins

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Cheesy Garlic Bread

Liz made her classic red gravy, er, sauce; used some of the focaccia from the other night to make cheesy garlic bread under the broiler; and on the side, a huge salad with iceberg lettuce, roasted beets, diced apple, raisins and (Daiya) blue cheese dressing.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Cheesy Garlic Bread and Salad with Roasted Golden Beets, Raisins and Blue Cheese Dressing

Since we've been gone, there's a new vegan grocery store that opened in Strongsville, OH called AVE MKT (you may have seen them in VegNews). In addition to a variety of cupcakes and other vegan goodies, they carry the best selection of hard-to-find items that we used to have to get via mail order -- like Match Meats.

For the meatballs, we used Match Meats Ground Beef (bonus! gluten-free!), mixed with day-old Einkorn bread (softened with soy-milk), shredded onion, garlic, ground fennel seed and red pepper flakes. They were shaped into 1 1/2" balls, and pan-fried in olive oil in our flat-bottomed wok, then transferred to the warm sauce. Using the entire package, we ended up with 21 meatballs (a.k.a. tomorrow's lunch).

Friday, April 06, 2018

Banh Mi with Roasted Broccoli

Dinner 04/05

Banh Mi

Roasted Broccoli

Banh Mi with Roasted Broccoli

Revisiting an old favorite tonight, Banh Mi -- a.k.a. "Vietnamese Seitan Baguette with Savory Broth Dip" straight outta Veganomicon (we tested this recipe 10+ years ago*? Yikes!)

Obviously, we used (Cherry) Smoked tofu in place of the seitan and focaccia in place of the baguette (because those are the things we had on hand), but it's awesome anyway, anyhow, anywhere. Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Onion, Cucumbers, Vegan Mayo, and a five-spice powder infused mushroom broth round it out.

* Want to feel old? Our daughter was four when we started the blog. She's now 20.


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Leftovers (French Lentils, Braised Carrot, Roast Potatoes, Fried Tofu)

Dinner 04/04

French Lentils

Braised Carrot

Roast Potatoes

Fried Tofu

Leftovers (French Lentils, Braised Carrot,  Roast Potatoes, Fried Tofu)

Eagle-eyed readers will recognize this meal as leftovers from Easter dinner. As I didn't really go into any of the recipes and prep, this is a chance to catch-up.

The French lentils were pressure-cooked -- 1 1/2 cups of lentils and about 2 1/2 cups of veg stock. One little extra thing we do at the beginning is to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pressure cooker and lightly brown a half of an onion studded with five cloves and a bay leaf. Then we add the rinsed lentils, the veg stock, a splash of tamari and pressure cook for 16 minutes at 7.5 psi (or the first ring on our pressure cooker).

For the Braised Carrots: Peel the carrots, and put them into a sauce pan large enough to hold all of them in a single layer. Add water about half way up the side of the carrots. Add 1 tbs. of soy margarine. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover loosely. Cook until the water completely evaporates and only a little soy margarine is left on the bottom of the pan. Add the carrots and whatever soy margarine is left (you can also add an additional 1 tsp. soy margarine if it looks like it needs a little more)to a gratin dish add salt and pepper to taste, and braise for 15-20 minutes in a 350F oven.

The potatoes were cut into 1-inch chunks, tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 450F for 30-35 minutes. The oven was turned off, the potatoes were taken out and tossed 1 tbs of soy margarine and put back in the oven until service.

The tofu was first smoked (the more things change...) (with Cherry and Maple wood chips), then pan-fried, cut into strips and pan fried again and finished with tamari.

As for why we were having leftovers, I had band rehearsal and needed to leave early (this will be a reoccurring theme going forward this month).

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Tofu Ras el hanout, Braised Cabbage, Fried Chickpeas, Sopa de Ajo and Shishito Peppers

Dinner 04/03

Tofu Ras el hanout

Braised Cabbage

Fried Chickpeas

Tofu Ras el hanout, Braised Cabbage and Fried Chickpeas

Big chunky smoked tofu cubes coated (with cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, salt & pepper) marinated for 30 minutes, then pan-fried until crispy. The cabbage was slow-cooked with onions and garlic, smoked paprika, salt and pepper, with a splash of sherry near the end. The chickpeas were simply wok-fried in olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and finished with a splash of tamari.

Shishito Peppers and Sopa de Ajo

Sopa de Ajo

Shishito Peppers

For a starter, we whipped up a batch of Sopa de Ajo -- olive oil, garlic, day-old bread, paprika, wine, salt & pepper, veg stock) paired with Shishito Peppers (de-seeded, wok-fried on high heat until blistered, removed, then hit with salt and a squeeze of lemon juice).

Monday, April 02, 2018

Ye Olde Stir-Fry 2018 Version

Dinner 04/02

Ye Olde Stir-Fry 2018 Version

(Steamed Rice, Seared/Steamed Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Mushrooms with Hoisin Sauce, Tea-Smoked Tofu, Carrots, Steamed/Seared Bok Choy Shredded Yuba, Wilted Spinach with Sesame Seeds topped with Cucumber, Scallion and Kimchi)

Ye OldeStir-Fry 2018

Much like Heraclitus said "You can never eat the same stir-fry twice"* -- every one is slightly different and tonight's was no exception. We rely on the "what needs to be used in the fridge" scale which gave us Seared/Steamed Brussels Sprouts as the leading veggie (paired with shiitake mushrooms and a hoisin sauce)...

Brussels Sprouts

Topping it all off is Liz's (by now) standard homemade Kimchi.


* I'm paraphrasing here.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Easter 2018

Easter 2018 04/01

Crepes (filled with French Lentils, Grilled Asparagus, Button Mushrooms, Cherry & Maple Smoked Tofu)

Braised Carrots

Roasted Potatoes

easter 2018 crepes asparagus braised carrots potatoes

English Pea Soup

easter 2018 pea_soup with crouton



easter 2018 baklava plate

This is not an April Fools post, but the first day of a (scheduled 30 day) Pop Up Blog


Monday, July 14, 2014

Bourguignon, Green Beans, Tapanade, Radishes, No-Knead Bread and Chocolate Sea Salt Tart

Dinner 07/14


Green Beans



No-Knead Bread

Chocolate Sea Salt Tart

Bourguignon and Green Beans


Bread, Basil and Radishes

Quartered Radishes

Chocolate Sea Salt Tart

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Sweet Potato Burgers

Dinner 07/08

Sweet Potato Burgers

Sweet Potato Burger

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tofu, Mushroom, Tomato and Zucchini Kebabs with Squash Blossom Fritto Misto

Dinner 07/06

Tofu, Mushroom, Tomato and Zucchini Kebabs

Squash Blossom Fritto Misto


Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bloomin' Onion

Dinner 07/03

Bloomin' Onion

Bloomin' Onion

Gadgets come into your life, sometimes they get used, sometimes they sit in the box, lonely until the day you rediscover them and use them for their intended purpose.

Today was that day.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mushroom Quinoa Burgers

Dinner 06/29

Mushroom Quinoa Burgers

Mushroom and Quinoa Burger

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Korean BBQ Tofu, Summer Rolls, Radishes

Dinner 06/11

Korean BBQ Tofu

Summer Rolls


Korean BBQ with Summer Rolls

Radishes with Greens

Friday, June 06, 2014

Glazed Sugar Snaps (from Vegan Finger Foods)

Appetizer 06/06

Glazed Sugar Snaps
(from Vegan Finger Foods)

We picked up a copy of Celine Steen & Tamasin Noyes excellent book "Vegan Finger Foods" and the first recipe that jumped out at us was these yummy glazed Sugar Snap Peas

Saturday, May 31, 2014

BBQ Tofu Tacos

Dinner 05/31

BBQ Tofu Tacos

The tofu was smoked for 30 minutes with Pecan wood, then tossed with tamari and pepper, dredged in a flour, salt, pepper & smoked paprika mixture, dipped in vegan buttermilk (soy milk & vinegar), and dredged again. Finally it was deep-fried at 375°F, removed, drained and tossed in a wok with a spicy, sweet & sour BBQ sauce.

The corn taco shells were grilled and stuffed with the tofu, shredded cabbage, sour cream, vegan cheese and more hot sauce.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ravioli with Tomato Sauce and Roasted Broccoli

Dinner 05/23

Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

Roasted Broccoli

It's been a while since we made ravioli -- mainly because the last time we made some they lasted for more than a year.

This time we took the same basic dough recipe (below) and filled them with a combination of TVP (texturized vegetable protein), smoked tofu (crumbled, fried and splashed with tamari), sauteed onion & garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg, oregano and thyme.

Ravioli Dough

2 cups Einkorn flour (or AP flour)
1 tsp. salt
1 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. vegan cream cheese
1/4 cup water (add more if needed)

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl, until a dough starts to form. Remove from the bowl and on a clean surface that's been dusted with flour, knead on countertop for 5-10 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and let rest at room temp for 15 minutes.

Here what we wrote the last time:
To assemble, we used a pasta roller attachment on our KitchenAid (as shown). You start on thickness number "1" and after each pass, change the setting until you eventually roll it to a "4" using the Einkorn flour -- if using AP flour you might get to a "5" -- although with a hand cranked roller we've gone as thin as a "6" or "7" (YMMV).

To finish, we topped it with a somewhat spicy tomato sauce and roasted broccoli on the side.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Papaya, Tofu and Rice Noodle Salad with Black Sesame Seeds

Lunch 05/19

Papaya, Tofu and Rice Noodle Salad with Black Sesame Seeds

A delightful lunch salad made from leftovers (cut tofu fried for a second time) and papaya cut into strips, tossed with a rice wine vinegar and sesame oil dressing and topped with black sesame seeds.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Corn Dogs

Dinner 05/10

Corn Dogs

Corn Dogs, people... Corn Dogs!!!

(did I mention the Corn Dogs? because... Corn! Dogs!)

Gluten-Free dogs dipped in batter, deep-fried and consumed in a hurry.

The batter is adapted from here, using Einkorn flour, rice milk, half the sugar and deep-fried at 365°F

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Vanilla Cupcakes

Dessert 04/26

Vanilla Cupcakes

There was a long, long time after testing recipes for the Isa & Terry's "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World" cookbook that we didn't made cupcakes. Things are better now. ;)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hickory-Smoked Tofu with Collard Greens, Braised Carrots, Grilled Asparagus, Pea Soup with Croutons, Knotted Dinner Rolls

Dinner 04/20

Hickory-Smoked Tofu with Collard Greens

Braised Carrots

Grilled Asparagus

Pea Soup with Croutons

Knotted Dinner Rolls

Starting off with the pea soup we have made many times, this year the peas have a slightly better chances of staying afloat on the croutons. ;)

The main plate had braised carrots, grilled asparagus...

...and hickory-smoked tofu stuffed with collard greens and mushrooms, along with...

...the ever popular knotted dinner rolls.