I know that you must be as sick of this heat wave as I am. My hair is a fizzy mess, our air condition is running non-stop, and every weekend is spent hiding indoors watching marathons on Netflix (if you haven’t heard of Wentworth, do yourself a favor and start watching…). It’s actually, physically, literally, seriously too hot to cook. And when I feel like that, which isn’t very often, I make gazpacho. It’s soup-salad. It’s refreshing. And it goes so well with wine and Spanish guitar music.
Simplicity. It is something we crave at work, at home, and in all aspects of our daily lives. It is also something that I systematically destroy in my own life. I have a knack for making things way more complicated than they need to be. For example, whenever we have holidays or family get-togethers, I always volunteer to bring a ton of food. I’m not talking about, “Yeah, I’ll bring fruit salad and potato chips and guacamole and ice cream” (weird combo, I know). I’m talking about a pie with a homemade crust and ravioli in fresh pasta plus homemade barbecue seitan.* It’s always very much appreciated, and I love having a ton of vegan food options for myself, but it’s a lot of work!
A few weeks ago I came across an article about radishes. Yes, I do read articles about radishes and “baby” carrots and how to properly season a cast iron pan. No hiding my nerdiness here. What’s more, this article on thekitchn.com about radishes really made me think. Apparently roasted radishes are the vegetable that is missing in my life. When I read that, my first thought was, “Whoa! Big statement there, my friend.” I’m pretty sure I am not missing any vegetable in my life, and if I was, it wouldn’t be those watery, bitter slices that hide in my salads for no good reason. I could certainly eat more snow peas, or eggplant, or collard greens, but radishes?! I was skeptical…
One of my favorite parts about developing vegan recipes is putting together something that non-vegans will enjoy. It’s not always about finding something that fills the meat or dairy void. I’m more focused on finding something that has a lot of varying flavors and textures so that every bite is exciting. These herbed seitan gyros with vegan tzatziki are certainly that. Crispy herbed seitan topped with a cool and tangy tzatziki and juicy tomatoes. They may not be traditional in any way, but I like to imagine this is what all street food in Greece is like.
Last week, work took me to Omaha, Nebraska for a few days. I can’t say too much about Omaha as most of my time was spent on a plane or in a meeting, but I did get to enjoy a fantastic dinner at Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vegan restaurant, Modern Love. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a lot of photographs of my food as I was having dinner with a work colleague.
One of the dishes I had was the Mac and Shews – a to-die-for combination of vegan mac and cheese, pecan crusted tofu, barbecue cauliflower, and kale. The mac was slightly sweet and reminded me of butternut squash. The tofu was cooked perfectly, and the combination of barbecue, pecans, and mac and cheese was the definition of comfort food.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you know the one question on everyone’s lips as soon as you tell them you don’t eat meat. You know the question before they even know they are going to ask it. You’ve heard it a trillion times. No – a gazillion times…
Ever get a craving for a big bowl of salty ramen noodles? You know those noodles you would get for 25 cents out of your dorm vending machine late at night? This recipe will totally satisfy those cravings, and it is (probably) healthier than the original. Hey, at least it’s vegan!
I had grand plans for my very first blog day. I planned on getting up early, shopping for the freshest ingredients I could find, and leisurely cooking in a sparkling clean kitchen. My plan was perfect, but I failed to take one thing into consideration – I couldn’t have any less motivation on Sunday mornings. None. I usually spend hours stretched out on the couch, snuggled up with Tonks, and drinking coffee into the late afternoon while watching episode after episode of Malcom in the Middle.