Of course, I learned several things, so that is good. First of all, if you make the Chicken Style Seitan I posted about several days ago, do not allow it to sit in the marinade for more than 24 hours. With normal seitan the longer, the better. Not so with this stuff. The teryaki chunks were horrific. The texture turned to an awful mush. I tried to make a stir fry out of them.. (I wish I had just tasted the chunks, first... but the bbq seitan is still great and I've let other seitan sit this long and it was fabulous.).. so I made this beautiful stir fry out of asparagus, carrots, red peppers, sugar snap peas, ginger, onion, bean sprouts and the seitan. I threw in some chipotle/tofu/orange sauce (more on that later), cilantro and scallions. It was wonderful, except for the damn seitan. As I sad, I am not one to throw things out, so I figured I could turn this into Asian Veggie Burgers and Spring Roll filling. I took out my dandy hand held mixer and went to town, mixed half of it with breadcrubs and set it aside to cool in the fridge. I took out some spring roll wrappers (which had eggs in them, so I wouldn't even be eating them.. but the kids and husband would love them) and filled a bunch and DUH... the mxture was too hot. I thought it was cool enough (Because, of course, I dirtied yet another dish and spread it out to cool in the freezer).. but it wasn't, so all of the spring rolls split wide open. I was soooo annoyed. Oh... and my oven was on, and I store baking pans in my oven, so they were all over my kitchen table and my kitches was really messy)...
I threw away the spring rolls.
As I just said, my oven was on. This was because I baked bread and burger rolls (at 5am) yesterday. Those came out well, thank the stars or I probably would have cried. Back to my oven.. I hardly ever turn my big oven on (especially during the summer), so when I do, I fill it up. I had started my morning off with a big bowl of oatmeal and soymilk and prunes. For some reason, I wasn't hungry, so I didn't want to eat it when it was done. Not one to waste, I decided to make muffins. If I had only stuck with my original plan to make oatmeal,bran and prune muffins, it would have worked, but I got the wise idea to throw in a can of crushed pineapple and all the juice.... and then I had to add more flour and so on... and I ended up baking 18 muffins that never got done in the middle. Vegan muffins can stick really bad... and these were like freaken glue.. oh and I didn't use any sugar or sucanat, only a tiny bit of stevia. I'm sure that didn't help. More food in the trash, but this time, it took me about 20 minutes just to pry them out of the pans.
But wait.... there's more! I got the bright idea to make a Chipotle Sweet Potato and Asparagus Salad. I made up the dressing with silken tofu, oj concentrate, lime juice, chipotle peppers, a pinch of stevia, cilantro and garlic. It was delicious. the dressing was so good. I'll make it again. Unfortunately asparagus and this mix did not really go over well. I wasted a pound of asparagus and 2 med. sweet potatoes. My husband pretty much spit his out. I didn't think it was THAT
BAD... It's still in the fridge, and I will probably eat it because it's healthy and there and I don't like wasting food. I have a couple of ideas that MIGHT salvage it. I can see mixing it with rice and black beans and habanero sauce for a burrito. I might also stuff some sushi with it.. That might be horrific, or OK... I guess we'll see. bleh..
I made a quart of Chipotle Orange BBQ sauce and that was good.
Made lunch for the kids/husband..
made popsicles for them..
cut up a bunch more watermelon
stuffed my face with the last of the cherries
My kitchen was so trashed. big time trashed. cleaned it up for the thousanth time.. oh, did I mention when I made bread that I knocked over about 1 cup of yeast and 4 cups of flour onto the floor...
and then once the kitchen was spotless (and this was 1pm) my son comes in and grabs a bunch of cut up watermelon in his hands and spills a bunch of the juice all over my fridge, floor, under the fridge and left a trail into the living room??? Who does that? Teenagers are just brainless sometimes. Duh.. get a bowl!
For dinner I made whole wheat angel hair, used the marinara sauce mixed with the last of the tofu-basil ricotta and made a salad. I vaguely remembered reading on Dori's blog (The Bakehouse) that she made dressing with xantham gum to take the place of some fat. So... did smart me get online and find her recipe? NO! I started out trying to make an italian type dressing with a tiny bit of veganaise... but wanted it thicker. I didn't want to add tofu (I couldn't stand the thought of washing out my vitamix one more time) so added some of the gum... obviously, way way way too much! oh my.. So.. I ended up having to get the vitamix dirty and make up the different with soymilk and water.. and now I have almost half a gallon of really funky nasty creamy italian type dressing that is sooo slimy (I'm SURE Dori's dressing is fabulous because this would lend a nice texture in the right proportions.. I will be writing hers down)..
Most normal people would probably throw it away, right? But I didn't. It's in my fridge. I'm thinking it MIGHT work in small batches as a binder or in place of eggs in burgers or to dip seitan or tofu in before coating with breadcrumbs.. but I will try both of these things in very small batches and if it doesn't work, I will throw this away.
This was an odd experience for me, usually I don't have trouble in the kitchen... I mean, we all have things here or there that don't work out (Especially if we don't cook with recipes), but to have almost everything I touched suck so much .... OY VEY!!
Today is a new day...