January 2012 archive

Testing w. Terry

This was amazing!

Chinese Sticky Rice with Seitan Sausage Crumbles

I have been having so much fun testing recipes for Terry Hope Romero’s next cookbook. Everything has been amazing so far. I can’t wait for the book to come out.

My favorite recipe that I’ve tested so far has been the Chinese Sticky Rice with Seitan Sausage Crumbles, which is really 2 recipes in one. I made the Seitan Crumbles one day and the Sticky Rice the next. The Seitan Sausage Crumbles on their own were addicting. I was happy that the Sticky Rice recipe only called for about 1/2 a recipe of the Crumbles because I think I ate about 1/2 a recipe of crumbles before I even started making the rice recipe. I can taste them now while typing this all out. Good thing I’m making the recipe again this weekend at Peter’s request. I think he liked this recipe even more then I did.

Terry Tester

Seitan, Almond and Sesame Tagine

Meat and Potatoes, vegan and Moroccan style!  This tagine is the perfect winter meal.  I wouldn’t mind being stuck in my house all weekend due to a blizzard with a big pot of this tagine waiting to be eaten. It was the perfect combination of savory and sweet that I love in a meal.

Coriander Seitan

Coriander Seitan Cutlets

I made this tester recipe to use in the Tagine above. I love spiced seitan recipes, which is why I use a lot of cumin in my own. The use of coriander in this recipe is perfect. As usual, when these were finished cooking, Reno and I promptly ate one of the cutlets as is. Reno declared them to be “delicious!”.

Again…I can’t wait for this cookbook to be released to the world. Its going to be amazing!

Quinoa Pasta (recipe)

Quinoa Pasta

Quinoa Pasta with Broccoli and Sun-dried Tomatoes

It is known in some circles how much I dislike alternative pasta’s. By alternative I specifically mean whole wheat pasta. Good god that stuff is horrible. Horrible! Some things just need to be made with plain ol’ white/semolina flours. By some things includes baguettes, italian breads, ciabatta’s etc. I like to leave the whole wheat for sandwich bread or on occasion veggie burger rolls. With all that said now…I lost my mind while shopping a few weeks ago and bought a box of Quinoa Pasta made by the company Andean Dream. I let it sit in my food cabinet for quite some time because I was sorta afraid to use it and didn’t quite understand why I purchased it. I then decided at the end of last year to use up almost everything I had in those cabinets before I went shopping again and the day came that I needed to use this pasta.

After a search of the fridge and freezer I found 1/2 a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil and 1/2 a bag of frozen broccoli. I set a pot of water on the stove to boil. Just as it started to boil I remembered seeing an episode of Top Chef Masters where Zooey Deschanel was a guest and the chefs had to cook her a vegan, wheat and soy free meal. Michael Chiarello ended up buying some quinoa pasta for his dish and I seem to remember it sticking together and he had to pull all the strands of pasta apart. I wasn’t about to do that so once the water started to boil I added a tablespoon or two of oil to the water hoping that would help it from sticking together and it worked! The rest of the ingredients were sauteed in oil and the pasta was added at the end. I brought it downstairs for a shared meal with my parents and everyone liked it including me!

1 box Andean Dream Quinoa Pasta (fusilli)
cook to package directions adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the boiling water

1 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 pound frozen broccoli florets
1/4 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced, reserve some of the oil from the jar
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a medium size saute pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil. Once heated saute the garlic for 2 minutes making sure not to burn it.  Add the red pepper flakes and cook for 20 seconds longer. Add the frozen broccoli and cook until no longer frozen, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and up to 2 tablespoons of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil and cook until heated through. Add the cooked Quinoa Pasta. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chickpea-Broccoli Coconut Curry (recipe)

Broccoli Chickpea Coconut Curry

Chickpea-Broccoli Coconut Curry

Curry! It has been AGES since I made any sort of curry/Indian food. I use to make it all the time. My pantry was stocked with all types of Indian ingredients and spices. Then Reno started eating “real food” and I stopped cooking a lot of foods that I liked to cook because I refuse to cook two dinners, one for us and one for her. Well I wanted a curry the other night. Knowing she wouldn’t eat the curry part of the meal I took out some of the broccoli before I added the curry spice. Unfortunately I forgot to take out some chickpeas for her as well. At least she ate the broccoli. Not pictured above was some seared seitan that I served on the side. Made mostly for Reno to have more protein with her meal but also for us seitan loving parents. This is a quick dinner to make on busy weeknights when you want something warm and comforting. I’m definitely adding it to our somewhat rotation of regular meals.

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small-medium onion, small diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
4 cups of broccoli florets
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tablespoons curry powder
1 chicken-less bouillon cube
1 15 oz can coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil, over medium-low heat, in a medium-large size saute pan. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the broccoli florets and continue cooking 8-10 minutes until the broccoli is cooked through but still has a crunch to it. Now add in the chickpeas, the curry powder and the chicken-less bouillon cube and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the can of coconut milk. Cook the curry, stirring occasionally, for about 10 more minutes. The coconut milk is thick and will thicken some more as it cooks. If you want you can thin it out with 1/2 cup of water or more if necessary. I personally didn’t thicken mine but I like the thickness. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately over white rice.

I served ours with a side of seared seitan which isn’t pictured above.