Vegan since 1975, I decide to answer the question, "What DO you eat?" These posts tell about some meals and recipes my family and I have enjoyed over the years.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sweet and Sour Tofu and Vegetables


SWEET AND SOUR TOFU AND VEGETABLES is a quick and easy dish to prepare that is colorful and filling, served with rice and some greens. This dish served five.

Use a rice cooker to cook up two cups of jasmine rice with four cups of water, with a bunch of chopped collards in the steamer above.

In a bowl mix together two tablespoons of organic corn starch in two tablespoons of water, adding most of a fifteen ounce can of organic pineapple chunks and juice. I let the boys drink and eat some of it. Also, I only had rings, so I chopped them up.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vegan Shepherd's Pie


I never made a SHEPHERD'S PIE before, vegan or otherwise, but somehow I got it into my head yesterday that I wanted some. I consulted my Fannie Farmer cookbook to see what was in it normally, and then I just substituted what I wanted to use instead. One member of the family remembered it from cafeteria lunches as having a layer of corn under the potatoes, so you could do that if you wanted to, but it's not what I did. This didn't take long to make, but I had all the required ingredients on hand.

Most problematic for those of you without a constant supply of soy pulp from making soy milk every few days would be the soysage, which is made with the left over soy pulp. I was thinking it could also be made with partially cooked beans, though I haven't tried that yet. I was picturing soaking and cooking some beans for about half an hour, then grinding them in a food processor, before using them in the soysage recipe.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cherry Mousse Tarts


 It's President's Day and I wanted to make a cherry pie again (see last year's recipe), but my buying club out-of-stocked my frozen cherries today, and when I stopped by the co-op they didn't have any fresh, frozen or canned. All they had was organic Tart Cherry Juice, so I bought some of that and while driving home tried to think how to use it to make a pie. Something gelled with agar flakes, also known as kanten, a seaweed product? Or a pudding made with arrowroot powder or organic corn starch?

I decided in the end to make CHERRY MOUSSE. I made eight little pie tarts and two big glasses of mousse.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Vegan Sushi How to Make It Video



Last night I made some VEGAN SUSHI which isn't hard to do. Sushi means pickled rice and doesn't require any animal products.

I like this meal because it only uses two pans. The tofu can be fried in a cast iron pan, and the sushi rice can be cooked in a rice cooker with the vegetables steaming above it, or it can be cooked in a saucepan with the vegetables right on top of it. The vegetables will rise up to the top as the rice cooks, and then can just be pushed aside to access the rice when assembling the sushi.

My tofu, though extra firm, fell apart during cooking last night. This wasn't so bad, as it was hidden within the confines of the nori wrapper during assembly. I cooked the tofu strips, or in my case, pieces, in olive oil and seasoned it with tamari.