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Family Dinner

Posted in baking, dessert, dinner on February 2, 2010 by nosferatofu

vegan cookies

This past Saturday my whole family got together for a family night. Dinner, movie and games.

We watched Kintergarten Cop. That movie is so funny with so many great lines, I haven’t seen it in forever and I had forgotten how funny Arnold Schwarzenegger can be!

We also played a round of Apples to Apples. Very fun game, it is best when you know the people fairly well.

I was very busy on Saturday before the get together; the school semester started that day so I was setting up my class online and also working on a business web page for a friend. So….I didn’t actually do much cooking but my mom did a great job.

shepherd pie

On the menu: Shepard Pie (my mom uses that Silken French Vanilla soy creamer to flavor the mashed potatoes and it is SO good), Salad and delicious vegan cookies.

salad rolls

I was so busy taking pictures of the food I didn’t take many pictures of the family, but of course my little cousin loves to pose for the camera (as kids do), so I got a few shots of him (and I couldn’t resist a flower photo):

andrew sipping flower

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Yule Feast

Posted in baking, dessert, dinner, events, holiday, restaurants, seitan on December 26, 2009 by nosferatofu

vegan wellington

I hope everyone had a great holiday filled with delicious food and good company.  I enjoyed 2 days with my family and we ate waaaaaay too much food.  On Christmas Eve I made a shepherd pie.  Everyone loved it.

For Christmas Day, my mom bought a Wellington from Native Foods.  Needless to say, it was absolutely delicious.  It was a pastry crust filled with mushroom gravy, stuffing, yams, onions, mushrooms and seitan.  So tasty.

vegan cheesecake cut

And of course, no feast is complete without dessert, so for that, we had a non-dairy cheesecake with blueberries.  Soooooo delicious.  Can’t wait for the feast to begin for New Year.  Until then…..I treated myself to a new camera, the Nikon D90 and a few new lenses.  And the newest version of Photoshop, CS4.  So……there will be more and better food entries with photos coming in the new year 🙂

salat

Shepherd's Pie

Posted in baking, dinner on May 29, 2009 by nosferatofu

shepherds pie

It’s Friday night and things are getting groovy!  So I decided to celebrate in typical food blogger fashion by making something special to celebrate 2 glorious days of sleeping in and relaxing.

This is a new recipe for me, so there were a few bumps in the road, but it wasn’t a bad first attempt.  I accidentally dumped out all my potatoes down the drain, so I had to start all over, but over all, this was a fun dish to make, and it was a nice chance to get into a “cooking meditation”.  Just chopping, preparing, measuring, and making sure everything is coming along.  This isn’t a great picture, but the light was failing (took longer than anticipated) and I wanted to snap a shot while there was still a bit of natural daylight left.

Ingredients:

4 large russet potatoes, diced
1/2 – 1 cup soymilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable stock
2 onions, chopped
1 large bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 head of broccoli
1 head of cauliflower
1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:

Dice the potatoes and boil them until mashably tender. Mash ’em up, adding a bit of soy milk here and there to make them easily spreadable and smooth.  Add a bit of salt and your favorite seasonings, to taste.  I used sage, rosemary, and some pepper.  Set this aside to work on the vegetables.

Heat the vegetable stock in a large pot, adding the onions and cook them for about 3 or 4 minutes.  Then add the pepper and carrots  and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Add the broccoli, cauliflower and beans then cover the pan and cook an additional 7 minutes.  Remember to stir occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Put the vegetables into a baking dish and spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle with paprika and seasonings. Bake for 25 minutes until hot.  Enjoy!

(recipe courtesty of ChooseVeg.com)

Egg Replacer

Posted in baking with tags , on March 4, 2008 by nosferatofu

I haven’t really gotten into baking yet, but I got to pondering the question: is there a replacement for eggs?

Of course for breakfast egg dishes, tofu works wonders (see my tofu scramble recipe, its awesome). But for baking, you need something that will bind the ingredients better than soy milk or various forms of tofu might.

Armed with the knowledge that there is a veggie replacement for everything, I dug around and found this awesome product, recommended by vegan chefs. The picture on the box, and the box itself is straight out of the 70’s. I love that they simply flipped the bird to snazzy modern graphics and stuck to the old school picture and design. It really fills me with a sense of happiness that not all companies have followed the pack.

I haven’t used this egg replacer yet, but I have it from good authority that it works great, just like eggs when you are baking.

Cheers!