Well I'm feeling a little under the weather today so I figured I'd post some long overdue foodporn.
I go through cookbook phases where I'll make a bunch of stuff from one and not others, and then switch after a while. I went through a Joy of Vegan Baking phase not too long ago; I think it was because I was so excited about going to Germany to work in an archaeological dig this summer, because I made Apfelkuchen and Apfelstrudel. The Apfelstrudel (which I am capitalizing because now that I know German, I capitalize all of my Nouns) was a little harder for me. I used sucanat, which didn't seem to melt as well for the topping. I'd never used phyllo dough before, which was a fun learning experience - it wasn't as scary as I thought! And I hardly ripped anything. I used whole wheat phyllo which gave it a 'healthy' flavor; I think next time I will use regular. It was still really yummy and JP gave it an "om nom nom nom nom nom" (5/5 noms).
Crunchy appley goodness
The Apfelkuchen was sooooo easy and so yummy. The only annoying part was slightly cooking the apples but it's so worth it, it makes the cake so suculent and tasty. I again used sucanat, which made my cake kind of brown but it was exactly how I remembered it in Germany. It was my first time using a springform pan; damn those suckers are convenient!
We wanted to eat it all in one sitting
I made biscuits and gravy for the second time but decided to use a recipe other than the VwaV; I liked the VwaV version but I found the gravy to be too thick (probably due to me not blending enough, I'm gonna make it again). This one (from the VFF) was okay. The biscuits were excellent and puffy and wonderful. The gravy however took for-freaking-ever. Also, because the grocery store was out of plain West Soy, I used plain Pacific Soy and Jesus FUCK was that a mistake. It made the gravy sweet, it was pretty dang nasty. JP and I put our heads together and added a shitton of salt, black pepper, two crumbled vegan Trader Joe's sausage patties, thyme, sage, and basil, and salvaged it but will definitely NOT be using Pacific Soy again. Still, it came out alright.
I'm pretty sure we ate all the biscuits that day
I wanted to give a shoutout to my newest favorite quick meal. I had a really freaking busy term (UO's on the quarter system, so I just finished finals last week and begin a new term on Monday), and spent way way WAY too much time stressing out. Enter peanut tofu and stir-fried bok choy. When I got home from school, I would press a block of tofu for an hour or longer, depending on how late it was. Then I'd chop it up into little cubes, throw it into a pan with some peanut oil, and let it get nice and brown on one side, and then flip them all to get all nice and toasty on the other side. About this time I'd take my bok choy and chop it all up (leavs AND stems - 2 veggies for the price of 1!), throw it in a pan with some sesame oil, salt, pepper, and tamari, and let it cook down. Right before I took the tofu out of the pan (if there's a lot of leftover oil you can drain it, I just never really used very much), I poured some store-bought peanut sauce all over it. Easy as pie, and not super unhealthy. Sometimes if I was feeling fancy I'd make some quinoa or brown rice to go with it. Best meal in the world if you're typing in specimen names for Old World cercopithecids for hours on end and realize at 9pm, that maybe it's time to cook dinner. If I haven't already convinced you of my love for that which is bok choy, allow me to elaborate. It's cheap, easy, delicious, and super healthy. It goes with freakin' everything. It smells amazing while cooking. Leftovers heat up nicely. I'm having a love affair with it and we're going to have a green leafy crunchy stalky lovechild named Filbert.
How noble, how simple thou art!
So now on to the fancy stuff. Kelly and I both came home to our parents' in California for Easter. Unfortunately I didn't take NEARLY as many pictures as I should have on Easter, because there was a ton of yummy vegan food. Kelly and I were in charge of making brunch that morning, which was Easter Pie, which I stumbled upon at VegCooking while looking at Italian food recipes. It's like a cross between a breakfast quiche and a potpie. Everyone loved it. The crust was hard to handle but so worth it, very flaky and 'butter'y and melt in your mouth. The filling is tofu, spices, parsley, and Lifelight 'sausage' - and is just amazing. We loved every second of eating it. I ended up adding some tumeric to the recipe to make the tofu a little more yellow. The sausage didn't crumble super well, but I liked it that way because it made these lovely little spicy sausage pockets! Also, instead of using 1/4 cup soy parmesan, I used 1/2 cup shredded FYH cheddar. I liked it.
Kelly made some lovely potatoes for breakfast as well, using the VwaV recipe but frying instead of baking them, for extra fatty goodness!
The final product! Mine was the only piece that didn't have its crust break in some way. It's not superpretty but it was very yummy. Like quiche with extra crust. Who doesn't love piecrust? Terrorists, that's who.
One last picture of the pretty table with Tina the grumpy cat in the b/g
Unfortunately I neglected to take a picture of the lemon cheesecake with fresh strawberries that I made from Joy of Vegan Baking, or the vegan Hummingbird Cake my mom and dad made. Both were astoundingly delicious and Mom and Dad both agreed that the Hummingbird Cake tastes even better when made vegan. Oh well, next time
That's all I got for now. I'm going to go poke Kelly to update more.