Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Curry + Cauliflower

Tonight was Indian night at our house. I made two dishes, the first was a Red Kidney Bean Curry from Smitten Kitchen. I followed the recipe except I did not use 1/3 cup oil as called for. That is a ridiculous amount of oil IMHO! I used about 1 tablespoon and it was just fine. This was a nice simple mild curry and I served it with a dollop of coconut cream, but you could use your fave vegan yogurt. I liked this recipe but I think next time I will double the spices to give a more strong curry flavor.

Next up is a Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower. When I first saw this recipe on My New Roots, I knew I had to make it. If you follow the link and see her amazing pictures, you will want to make it too. And you won’t be sorry because this cauliflower was wonderful! I could have eaten the whole head myself! I used full fat coconut milk instead of yogurt. If you are going to try this route, put the can of coconut milk in the fridge the night before. When it’s time to make the marinade, take the can out of the fridge, but don’t shake! Spoon the thick cream off the top and add it to the other ingredients.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

T is for a Traditional Thanksgiving

Hi there. Long time no talk! Just wanted to come back from a long hiatus to show off our Thanksgiving dinner. For the past several years I have done more experimental stuff but this year I really wanted to return to the traditional foods I remember from my pre-veg days. So everything above is the usual awesome fare, with one obvious exception. There was mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, green beans almondine, and to top it all off, mushroom gravy. And for the main dish, something new to me, the Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks from Post Punk Kitchen. Holy turkey that roast was great. The seitan had the perfect chewy texture plus how can you go wrong with a mushroom and leek filling? It may have to become the new family tradition. What made it even more wonderful is that half the meal was made by my BF’s mom. She was kind enough to veganize some of her traditional recipes so that everyone could enjoy them. And enjoy them we did. Everything was delicious!

Time to sign out and enjoy the last few hours of the long holiday weekend. I’ve got a few future posts planned so hopefully (no promises) I can get back into the habit of regular posting.