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Cauliflower Curry

I made the most fantastical thing Fridayish night! I bought some cauliflower and just knew I had to do something with it.  So I got home and poked around at cauliflower and curry recipes and decided that heck… I can’t screw this up.  So off to the kitchen I went.  All that I had planned for was just putting cauliflower in curry sauce.

Almost 1 head of cauliflower

1 can tomato sauce

1 can diced tomatos

Almost a whole package of curry chunk things

Half a can of coconut milk

Some parsley

Some cilantro

Rice!

So lookig in my cupboard, I figured I could dump the sauce and diced tomatoes together with the curry stuff.  I figured that would be nummier than just melting the curry in water.  Then I found coconut milk and looked at the lable and saw it mention curry and I was like “A’ight! gambling time!”

Awhile later I had this delicious lovely fantastic brew of perfect tasting curry.  I mean wow.  But then I realized that my half can of coconut milk wasn’t quite half a can, so I dumped in a tad bit more to even things out.  Sadly, this completely changed the taste of my curry.  It was way too creamy… or something.  So I added MORE CURRY and then it was too salty and bleh.  Added more water, sacrificing my nice thick blend and… ehh.

So I went to add a bit of parsley and cilantro.  Unfortunately I added 3 to 4 times more of each than I wanted… but after stirring and tasting it was like O.O  it was very strange.  So I cooked it a bit longer and decided it was ready for serving (after doing up some rice of course).

By the time it cooled enoug to eat, it just had this amazing flavor.  It was very… interesting.  And the cauliflower was at this not-quite-musy-cooked stage and just had its own amazing totally off the wall flavor.

The next two days of leftovers was heavenly.  The flavor just got better and better.  Funny enough though, it didn’t really taste a whole lot like curry.

So I’m looking forward to this again.  I hope to be able to repeat my blunder.  If not, I’ll have a regular tasting curry that will be delicious too!

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Somewhat Nummy Noodles

May 22, 2009 2 comments

Woo! still busybusybusy! I’ve been running around like a head with my chicken cut off.  Doing things! Gogogo! doitdoitdoit! GIT ‘R DONE! Last night I help Coug clean out his geek closet space and his geek room.  We piled everything by the front door and today we hauled all the geek stuff off to Next Stop, a computer recycling/thrift store.  We got back and started gathering up more stuff.

I stopped long enough to make something I’ve been wanting to try.  I probably wouldn’t have done it if I haven’t been in Git ‘R Done mode.

What You Need:

Halfish pound of noodles you like

Some cream cheese

Some butter

Some Pesto

Small handful of TVP.

Various seasonings (I used thyme, oregano, random other stuff)

Preperation:

Prepare a tea bath for your noodles.  Fill a pot with water, dump in herbs, bring to boil.

Dump in noodles.  And TVP.

Get noodles to that almost done phase.

Drain noodles.

Plop in some butter and cream cheese.  Stir in to melt.  I kept putting the cream cheese in until the noodles were looking white.   Don’t forget some pesto.  I taste tested this a lot along the way.

Added some salt.

Um… eat! ^-^

I’m finding that its actually yummier the more I eat it.  Probably because its cooling down.  This would be great chilled.  And with more cream cheese.  And with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

So yeah… next time probably double or close to double the amount of cream cheese.  Maybe some more pesto.  Either add a lot more TVP or none at all because from what I can tell its not really doing anything.

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Xeen's TVP Burger

So I took this recipe, printed it up, and only used like… half of it :-p

1 cup TVP
3/4 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Hot Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt stuff
1/2 Liquid smoke
1/2 Cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Tiny bit of Better Than Boullian

Mix everything together (minus the Better).

Boil a cup of water and dissolve Better in it.

Dump boiled water over mixture.  Mix it up real goodlike.  Let it sit an cool to absorb everything (5 to 10 minutes).

Form patties according to your desire and fry ’em up!

Ok mine came out really extra thin because my mixture was barely holding together.  Next time… I’ll be changing things a lot.  Like a bit less water.  Less salty items…

I served this with gouda cheese, mustard and ketchup.  It would be loads better with BBQ/tankatsu sauce and some salad but nooooo I don’t have these magical things of wonderment.

Oh yeah, as far as texture… its ok I guess… not as chewy as my TVP sausages.  Even with double patties on my bun, it kinda disappears.  But.. guh, salty!

But yay for TVP!

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Vegetarian Sausages!

May 17, 2009 1 comment

Recipe from Cooks.com.

I had to work on the colors of the pic ’cause it was looking like baby shit patties, not sausage ^-^

These came out… pretty well.  I was scared to try them :-p  I kept waiting for a male to come around because they make great guinea pigs.  But after none would show, I started nibbling on one.

This recipe uses textured vegetable protein a small variety of spices and eggs.  It could easily be vegan with an egg substitute like… flax seed oil? I could have that wrong.  I don’t remember off hand.  The texture of the mix was very strange.  It could barely hold together so I was confused about how it would work.  But frying made them stick together properly ^-^

I used a course TVP… I have a finer, I’ll have to try it next time ’cause the texture felt big… and obvious.  I guess I could always try adding a bit more water and letting it soak longer.

The taste is nearly exactly like a sausage, though! As well as the texture! Down to the chewiness and the edges being a little crispy.  So that’s pretty neat ^-^  Whats turning me off is the weak taste and this weird aftertaste like… not quite rancid, not quite bitter… I don’t know if its a spice doing that or all the oil.

I’ve never used turmiric before sooo it could have been that?

I’m eating these just dipped in ketchup but they would be soooo good in tankatsu sauce!

I’d be happy to try this again, but differently.  I’ll have to plan it out carefully.  I don’t know exactly how to change it…

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Spicey tempeh – burritos!

May 10, 2009 1 comment

Omfuckingnomnom.

Spicy tempeh from the Veganomicon cookbook.  Go buy the book, unless your credit card is supposed to be frozen right now 😉

This is my 2nd time making hot glazed tempeh.  The first time I made it, I made messy rice to go with it.  But I didn’t quite have everything to make the messy rice.

Things I did differently this time included frying the tempeh a bit more hardcore this time.  Last time I was a wimp about it.  I also drizzled leftover marinade sauce on top of the tempeh before flipping it.  I didn’t do this every time I flipped, but maybe half the time.

How I’m eating it tonight: I took a fork and coarsely chopped half of a triangle.  I put a thin layer of whipped cream cheese on a thing of Flatout bread and dumped my chopped tempeh in it, rolled it up and inhaled my creation ^-^

It would have been a lot better with some salad on it, maybe even some flax seeds… but I tossed out my salad today.  It was… slimy and gross.  Which is why I think my beef roll up tasted really wrong the other day.  Eww.  Poor wasted salad 😦

Hahaha.  I had beef on a sandwich yet I cook from the Veganomicon :-p

Anyway.  I’ve ate 2 of these tempeh burritos.  They’re really good! I’m looking forward to more ideas on how to eat this, other than just picking it up and eating it as is.  It tried that and it was way too extra spicey, thanks to my new trick 🙂

If I had more tankatsu sauce it would really make a good burger ^-^

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