The problem with sushi…

October 5, 2009

I used the tempeh recipe from V’Con and the rice and fillings were great, plus I added in some carrots, cucumber, and wasabi (because I only made sushi for the wasabi!) I highly recommend the tempeh recipe, and I think the rice is fairly standard, but I just didn’t love it. I guess maybe it’s because I was never much of a fish/seafood person, but the nori just doesn’t do it for me. I loved the filling, the rice, and the combination of textures but fishiness just kept overpowering everything else. I’ve seen the neat little flavored soy wrappers in the grocery store but I think they’re like a dollar per sheet, far beyond my budget. Maybe next time I should try onigiri, if nothing else it seems like a big fun mess, I’m just not sure how to manage a “filling” of sorts.

Anyway, it was fun to make and surprisingly easy. The only part that didn’t work out so well was the cutting…I guess my knives just weren’t sharp enough, I tried out a few different ones with no luck. Oh, and I even managed to roll a beautiful inside out roll only to have it squish into oblivion when I tried to cut it. Here it is in all its misshapen glory:

If you aren’t overly sensitive to the taste of  “the sea” and you’ve been scared to try your hand at sushi making, I say go for it, it’s easy to make and fun. Then again I’m always up for anything that lets me make a big mess.

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Survey

October 3, 2009

This quiz is from Whoa Wren and I thought it would be a fun post for today.

1. Favorite non-dairy milk? Plain Silk,  I really can’t find another that I like the flavor of and is readily available (and affordable!!) nearby.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook? Something from The Urban Vegan, tamales, and plenty of apple desserts. I love fall!

3. Topping of choice for popcorn? Salt and lots of freshly ground pepper

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? Black bean and pumpkin soup-I think it was a Rachel Ray recipe. I know a lot of people love that flavor combo, but I just couldn’t eat it.

5. Favorite pickled item? Pickles. Yeah, I’m not too adventurous there. I did just check out Wild Fermentation so maybe that will change. I doubt it though.

6. How do you organize your recipes? Organize? That sounds like a great idea, I’ll try it some time!

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? Some compost, some trash. I need to get a second compost bin/pile started so it can be all compost.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)? Tofu, self-replenishing cupcakes, and coffee (is that food?)

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood? My granny eating my black eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day when my mom wasn’t looking.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream? Right now Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean. I don’t really eat too much ice cream, though.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance? It’s a tossup between my food processor and my KitchenAid mixer…the food possessor is used more often and for more variety, but I use the mixer for fresh bread…okay, that’s like picking a favorite child.

12. Spice/herb you would die without? Cumin and fresh black pepper.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time? I have the Student’s Vegetarian Cookbook and a few other veg cookbooks from years ago when I tried vegetarianism for the first time (as an adult) but I never use them anymore. For Omni cookbooks I have a BH&G cookbook from 2000 when my husband (then boyfriend) and I had our first apartment.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? Seedless black raspberry

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend? Strawberry Tallcakes from VCTOTW

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? Tofu!!! I love the seitan and temeph, but they just aren’t versatile like tofu.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)? Dinner, just because it’s much less rushed. Unless you count cookies and cupcakes as meals..

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator? Dog treats, lunch boxes, flashlight (hm, how did that get there??)

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. Blueberries, strawberries, cherries

20. What’s on your grocery list? Some constants are bananas, brown rice, beans, tofu, and soymilk. Beyond that I switch it up.

21. Favorite grocery store? Ingles locally, EarthFare if I feel like driving a little further.

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet. I can’t think of anything right now…I guess I would like to find a cheesecake that suits my snobby palate.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3? I really need to get up on my blog reading, there are so many I get overwhelmed and just don’t know where to start. I’m sure that will all change now that I’m figuring out this new fangled blog reader stuff.

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
I don’t buy very much candy…I do like keeping Ghirardelli chips on hand for baking “emergencies”

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately? I don’t really do extravagant, I have to keep a pretty tight budget. I guess to me the vegan cheese in my fridge could be considered extravagant in my sad little realm.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with? I’m really not afraid of working with anything…I’m a big dork so I get excited about working with new things.

I’m really enjoying reading all the great posts, but wow! Every time I open Bloglines I have over 100 feeds–I was behind today so I’m at 286 unread, but I’m determined to make it through. I’m new to the whole commenting/following/blogging thing but I’m loving it! There is such a great sense of community and so much delicious looking food out there it’s like heaven!


VeganMoFo Post#2

October 3, 2009

I’m still kind of nervous about this whole blogging thing,  I am iffy about everything from my not so great camera, my inability to make up my own recipes and my lack of time to write up brilliant posts.  Then I realized– this doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m not trying to get fame or notoriety-I just want to share my love of the wonderful world of food that has opened up to me. I think that’s why this month is such a great time to start blogging-starting in MoFo pretty much forces me to jump right in and go. If I didn’t have a deadline of sorts I would probably put it off and make excuses about how busy I am or how that picture is a little off.

Just to give myself some direction for the days when I am in need of inspiration I reorganized  my pantry and cabinets and made a list of things that really need to be used up. Some are foods I love and just forget about (quinoa, masa harina) and others, I’m at a loss for what to do with (coconut flour) so hopefully at the end of the month I will have used each of  these at least once!

  • masa harina ( love it but all the good stuff seems so time consuming!)
  • panella
  • barely malt powder (for something other than twinkies or bread)
  • glutinous rice flour
  • spring roll wrappers
  • nori
  • thin rice noodles
  • quinoa
  • wheat berries (I just thought sprouted wheat berry bread would be great…didn’t turn out so awesome for me)
  • black rice
  • coconut flour
  • hot chili oil
  • coconut extract (somehow I have three full bottles…)
  • unhulled and black sesame seeds (I always forget about these)
  • dried black eyed peas
  • pistachio pudding
  • barley

If you have any good ideas or favorite recipes with these, let me know!!