Friday, August 31, 2007

simple food pics..

This is a wrap, ready to be rolled. My new and improved Seitan Turkey Breast, Smoky Dijon Aioli, Baby Spinach, Cranberry Sauce and tomatoes.

I've been tweaking my turkey breast to make it just a tad more user friendly.. and I'm happy with the results. I will be sending this off to my cookbook testers.
I also tweaked my cutlet recipe a tad, and have 32 cutlets, marinating in a Chipotle BBQ, Teriyaki and Vinaigrette for a BBQ tomorrow, along with veggie burgers, which will be grilled. I didn't take any pics of those.. but you'll see them at a later date when we eat them all!

TVP Taco Salad, with a homemade taco 'cheez' and spicy ranch dressing. My kids wrapped this up into a burrito.. and it was all good.

Banana Pina Colada 'Ice Cream'.. sugar and fat free.. perfect for a sweet breakfast or a nice after dinner treat. My kids like to eat this for snacks after school and since it is made with frozen bananas, soy yogurt, frozen pineapple, coconut extract and spices, I let them. I love my Vita Mix.
Quinoa Salad.. simple, easy, healthy and delicious.. but I am bias. Quinoa is my favorite grain.
I am sad to say that a former co-worker has been leaving rude comments on my blog. It comes as quite a shock to me. If it continues, I will be using the comment moderation feature here.
Kate, I guess I need to spell it out for you again. I did not, and would not EVER steal any recipe. I give credit where credit is due and you did not come up with the idea of using Agar, Tofu and Tofutti in Cheesecakes. (not to mention I have never seen your recipe)
This restaurant has used that combo and inspired my own recipe long before I ever met you. I think you KNOW the reality, given our conversation about this matter. Also, the Candle Cafe cookbook uses an agar and cream cheez mixture in their recipe. My Kicked Up Chocolate Mint Cheezecake was my very own creation. Think about it, Kate. If I had "stolen" your recipe, why in the world would I have told you about the contest I entered for fun? oy... don't you have better things to do that make ridiculous comments on my blog?
Onto a brighter subject.. I am having a BBQ tomorrow and am looking forward to it. I will be cooking up a storm, but have not completely decided on my menu. I am inspired to use what I have in the house and not shop and make myself nuts for this event. The Seitan Cutlets and Veggie Burgers are definitely going ont he menu.. and a big salad.. and maybe some cupcakes... I guess we'll see what happens. I'm sure I'll be posting pics!
I love my new job. I may end up working more hours than I thought.. but I'm OK with that... It's a lot of fun and I'm learning a lot... it's always fun to have a job within your field of interest.


  1. I am so sorry that you have someone treating you in a nasty way. Why do people have to be mean? I love everything. I am hoping to cook tomorrow, but between wedding plans (14 days) and heat (103 here today) I am running low on gas. DH said today that he is going to get tough with me and make me cook. (I was complaing how I feel yucky eating fast processed food). I have to try your recipes. They are all so good. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Hi Melody!

    I can't wait to test your turkey breast seitan. I haven't gotten any tester emails from you recently so I just wanted to make sure you have my email vivaciousvegan (at) gmail (dot) com.

    The idea of it in a wrap with smoky dijon and cranberry sauce has my mouth watering. I always loved Thanksgiving style sandwiches.

    I'm sorry to hear about your former co-worker. I'm nowhere near the kind of talented chef you are and even I've heard of Agar, Tofu, and Tofutti for cheesecake. You rock Mel. Don't let her drag you down.

  3. Melody, I am so happy that you are loving your new job--that is wonderful! Don't let your old co-worker get you down. Just concentrate on your new job and don't look back.

    I cannot wait to test out the seitan recipe--I have been trying a bunch of different recipes for seitan lately, but have not found one that I love yet...


  4. Melody, this post looks fantastic as always! I can't wait to try your turkey breast seitan recipe. Oh yes, and I love the pina colada ice cream!

    Let me echo everyone else--you're an amazing cook, and an amazing person besides. I know you didn't "steal" anyone's ideas--agar, tofu, and Tofutti are not a rocket-science combination. I hope that this frustrating situation works itself out soon... but don't be stressed or upset. Just keep doing what you're doing!! :)

  5. Mmm, turkey seitan, look tasty! And I totally second that quinoa is the best grain out there.
    That's too bad that your ex-coworker feels the need to lash out. Sounds like there is some serious jealousy involved from her side...

  6. I also can't wait to test that turkey seitan- it looks so good! Hope your BBQ goes well- have a great (rest of the) weekend!

  7. Mel she has issues and there is no reason for you to need to give it any attention at all. She is only hurting herself. I am so so happy that you love your new job!

    You just keep getting better at the photography and the food looks amazing :)

    You might be getting a request from a list member on the HGP for holiday breakfast vegan ideas so I thought I'd give you a heads up! :)

  8. oooh, that wrap sandwich, taco salad, quinoa salad, and ESPECIALLY that banana-piña colada ice cream look fabulous!! the presentation alone, of your dishes, is exceptional - I wish I could taste it! haha.

    that's terrible that your former co-worker is so immature - you are a PHENOMENAL chef, and do NOT need to take that kind of rubbish from anyone. continue your cooking and baking greatness, and let that person turn dark shades of green with envy!

    I'm glad to hear that you ARE enjoying your new job :0)

  9. Your icecream looks great (as does everything else)!