Monday, June 30, 2008

Seitan Curry

1/2 recipe PPK seitan
(I added cumin and coriander to the broth-tomato paste mixture but it didn't change the taste much)

dash coconut milk
dash Worcestershire
½ tsp curry paste
½ tbsp peanut butter
¼ cup veg broth
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Curry Sauce:
1 tsp red curry paste
1 can coconut milk
dash (vegan) worcestershire
1/3 cup broth
2 tbsp brown sugar
¼ cup whole Thai basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

5 mushrooms, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
1 1-inch chunk ginger, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 green onions, chopped

Cut the seitan into small chunks and let it sit in the marinade while you prepare the curry sauce and the vegetables. Brown the seitan with the marinade in a tablespoon of oil. Heat the curry sauce until it begins to boil and add the vegetables and the browned seitan chunks. Simmer for 15 minutes and serve with rice.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spicy Cucumber Salad

1 cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 shallot,minced
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
dash sriracha
dash (vegan) worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped

Combine all of the ingredients except for the peanuts. Let it marinate for an hour. Sprinkle with peanuts just before serving.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cucumber Sake Cups

Easiest cucumber cocktail ever. I just scooped out the center of a big chunk of cucumber (leaving the bottom, obviously) and filled it with sake. Mine were pretty small; they probably held a bit less than an ounce of liquid. The original recipe tried to get all fancy and add extra fruity flavors to the drink but I think the hint of cucumber you get from drinking the sake out of a cucumber is all the extra flavor it needs.

Sandra Lee's version

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lentil, Radish, and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese

I was all excited about making these two recipes but when I finally got off my ass to make them, my asparagus was moldy because I got the nasty crap at Whole Foods instead of the Farmers' Market after finding out on Thursday that it mysteriously switched to Wednesdays. So I combined the recipes.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Seitan Cacciatore

16 oz seitan, chopped
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup roasted red pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, diced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
3/4 cup veg broth
3 tablespoons drained capers
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

Sprinkle the seitan pieces with the flour to coat lightly. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the seitan pieces to the pan and saute just until brown on a few sides. Set aside. Add the pepper and onion to the same pan with some more oil and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano. Return the seitan chunks to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the basil on top and serve over pasta.

Adapted from Giada's Chicken Cacciatore.