Thursday, April 30, 2009


After making the seitan from the last post, Jesse got all excited reminiscing about gyro meat and how much seitan reminded him of it. He just had to make a seitan gyro! I've never had a gyro, but I love falafel sandwiches so I figured it would be tasty. He made another batch of VWAV seitan with marjoram and some Greeky spices, tabbouleh, and tzatziki with soy yogurt! It looked really good, but... I really didn't like it. I think the problem was that I didn't like the tzatziki on the warm sandwich. I liked everything individually, just not in one sandwich. Jesse, on the other hand, ate gyros for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the next two days! Boys are so weird!

gyro-style seitan cookin' up

Dinner's ready!

Happy almost-Friday, everyone! xoxo Chelsea

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hail Seitan!

I buy seitan every now and then, and I especially like the Cast Iron kind, but I've always been intimidated by the idea of making it at home. Baking is my biggest kitchen challenge, and I think it was the whole kneading the dough part that freaked me out. The recipes being more than a page long didn't help, either... After having baking successes in the last few months, I decided to try out seitan! I used the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance (omitting the lemon zest), and it was wicked easy, cheap, and tasty!

Seitan blobs on the stove forever! I got bored so...

I took a picture of my new shoes. Cute, huh? $6 at Ross!

And I needed a drink with all that waiting! Vodka, natural soda, and canned berries are a good combo! :)

Still simmering... time for a Cookie photo shoot!

She loves the camera!

Finally, it was all ready! I simply sliced and sauteed the seitan, and served it with salad and the Crash Hot Potatoes that Jessy and Shellyfish have featured on their fabulous blogs - what a dinner! Even though I didn't cook the potatoes long enough to properly squash them, it was good eatin'!

Mmm mmmmmm!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Crunky testers and CHOCOLATE!

I tested two side dishes for Vegan Crunk's upcoming cookbook this week - Mess O' Greens with Turnips and Mashed Sweet Taters. Both of these recipes were freakin' delicious, but seriously - the greens recipe would be worth the purchase price alone! I doubt I will ever make greens another way again. I enjoyed them with baked tofu. Oh yeeeeaaaahhhhh.

More greens n' turnips with a tempeh sandwich

I told you I really like 'em! I made them again last night to go with Jesse's new favorite sandwich - marinated tempeh and onion. I found some Annie's marinade's at Grocery Outlet a few weeks ago for $1.49! I should have bought more...

Pretty place setting!

I spent a few hours yesterday reclaiming the dining room table for eating. Well, most of it at least. There's still a drill press on the corner of it. You see, living in a one bedroom apartment, our dining room also serves as our office and Jesse's workspace/hobby space. Moving and organizing everything was a pain in the butt, but the room feels twice as big and it just makes me happy! Yay :)

Chocolate pancakes topped with Special Cocoa Spread and maple syrup and hashbrowns

I did a swap on the PPK last month, and got a box full of awesome stuff from New Jersey! One of these awesome things is a chocolate spread from Israel, very similar to Nutella but without the nuts. It is quite delicious on pancakes as well as on cookies, in a peanut butter sandwich, and of course - right out of the jar! I am in chocolate heaven!!!

Happy Easter if you celebrate, and if you're a heathen like me - you should eat some chocolate anyway! xoxo Chelsea

Monday, April 6, 2009

My first sushi!

Why have I not made sushi before? It is so super duper easy! A few weekends ago the Radical Cheerleaders for AR had a fundraiser party, and one of the squad members made a ton of sushi for it. I was inspired when I heard how cheap it was!

A few pointers:
Rice Vinegar is a must. Just cook your sushi rice in a rice cooker, then mix in about 2 T. of the vinegar. Voila!
Use some Tofutti Cream Cheese. I forgot I had it in the fridge until I was on my 2nd roll!
Don't buy wasabi in a tube. It's weird. The powdered kind is actually good, just mix it with water to make a paste.
Have a little container of water nearby when rolling to rinse the sticky rice off your fingers. It will also help to seal up the end.
Play around with the arrangement of rice and veggies. I never figured out how to get the veggies in the middle instead of on the side, but I will! Have fun!

Ready to roll!

My first couple rolls

So cute! Except for the weird wasabi! haha

Don't forget dessert! Strawberries and bananas with leftover ganache from VWAV Raspberry Blackout Cake. And a boozy concoction of coffee liquor, vodka, and chocolate almond milk :)

A couple nights later, Jesse made some fancy sushi that put mine to shame! haha Behold:

So pretty! That's baked tofu and marinated tempeh on the nigiri, and miso soup on the side :)

Nigiri close up

Have a great week, everyone! xoxo Chelsea