Thursday, March 20, 2008

A rather large seitanic experience......

I have kept a very well stocked pantry for a while now, and it's still serving me well. Before I go grocery shopping each week, I just go to my old house (for those of you who don't know, I separated from my husband and have been living in a winter rental near the beach since November. Since it's a winter rental, it is completely furnished and I have a small kitchen. This summer, I will be moving to a more permanent apartment and will finally be able to bring all of my belongings "home") My X does not cook, so he will never make use of my vast ingredients.
This enchilada bake is all dressed up and ready to go into the oven. It is a clean out the fridge creation that turned out soooo delicious. Leftover jalapeno hummus and sauted spinach filled this dish, topped with homemade salsa, nooch and jalapenos it was incredibly tasty. In fact, I will definitely make this again. The kids LOVED it, even my chickpea hating son. To be fair, the hummus was made with roasted jalapenos, toasted cumin, lime juice and chili powder.. so the stretch to enchilada filling wasn't too far.
I am so excited about my new job! The energy in the cafe is amazing and I feel like I will be able to do what I love to do the most. Create delicious vegan food! The fact that my boss wants to go into the raw direction is such a HUGE and welcomed challenge for me... We talked today and I brought her samples of of my seitan and other foods... Also, within two weeks, I am going to start a blog for the cafe to let you all know more about it. We will be doing some exciting drawings for free meals for those of you who within driving distance of the Seacoast in NH.. Earth Day will be our big reveal of the newer RAW and Vegan items. The cafe already has a lot of vegan fare, including baked goods.. but we are going to take it up a notch! Woohoo! Fun stuff!

Here's my all american burger.. on lite whole grain bread (trying to get away from the white stuff, even if it is "healthy"..

Seitan Corned Beef adapted from the Everydaydish.... with the addition of certain ingredients and more spices and steaming it in the pressure cooker, this was a crowd please. My son and X loved it and I even kind of liked it.... well, I did like it on my mini pita below, reuben style with baby beet greens.


Here's my seitan "turkey breast", also steamed in the pressure cooker. This totally eliminated the "bready" aspect that some of my testers were not impressed with..
..another mini pita with the turkey breast and smoky garlic aioli

Spiced Ribz, adapted from Simply Heavenly... this is the most comprehensive seitan bookbook out there... with so many ideas. I think this may have been where the original seitan RIBZ recipe got it's start? The sauce was part jarred, part homemade with a spicy sweet glaze. I actually like my 100% homemade bbq sauce better as it's MUCH lower in sugar but still tastes very sweet. (stevia)

There is actually even more food that I did not photograph... seitan cutlets, marinades, dahl... salsa... my kitchen is WAY to small for all of that.. plus the lighting really sucks... as you can tell in certain photographs...

31 comments:

  1. You have been very busy with your pantry ingredients!! I love all this seitan you've made, it's so inventive. =)

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  2. you are so talented! i would love to live near you and eat all yr lovely food!!!

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  3. Yummy, yummy seitan! I've gotta learn to use my pressure cooker like that. I asked for one for Xmas, but I've used it like, 4 times, since then. I keep overcooking things since you can't open it and check on the status of things...do you know any good vegan pressure cooker cookbooks?

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  4. Your seitan all looks so amazing. You'll have to school us a little on your pressure cooking method, sometimes my seitan still gets a little bread-like and I have to start over. The 'turkey' is especially impressive.

    So glad you're excited about your new job!

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  5. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear you are seperated. I hope it's for the best.

    Those enchiladas look wonderful, I'm a huge fan of Mexican food. Mmmmmmm. Did I hear jalapeno hummus?! I want some, spicy food is my biggest vice. Brett has to keep me from giving myself hearburn and indigestion from eating too many habaneros.

    Oooh, I look forward to the blog about the cafe.

    All that food looks so good!

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  6. Well, I live in Memphis, but I'm sure I could make it up just for a day to eat some of your wonderful cafe food (I wish!).

    Congratulations on the job, it sounds ideal for you!

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  7. wow! your new job sounds fabulous, too! will i get to see your raw creations soon? i'm sorry to hear that things didn't work between you and your ex, but it sounds like many positive vibes are up in the air for you!

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  8. Your kitchen's too small, did ya say? I'd be happy to take some leftovers off your hands!

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  9. Wow Melody, not only does everything look amazing, but you seem so happy and inspired. Congratulations on the new job! I only wish I lived closer to stop by the cafe.

    On another note, how did you steam in the pressure cooker? I'm assuming you used a little water in the bottom and a steamer rack, but did you cook it under pressure? Do you mind if I ask you for how long? I'd love to try it this way. Thanks!!

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  10. Julie,

    I wrapped it in foil, filled the pressure cooker with water so it came a little above the steamer and cooked under pressure for an 50 minutes. I also made some cutlets and (which I simmered in broth) and then stored the very firm log in the broth. (I was worried it would dry out..

    The corned beef was wrapped, but I did it two smaller logs and only pressure cooked for 30 minutes. It's really not much faster to do it this way.. but I read in Simply Heavenly about it and wanted to see how it turned out.

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  11. I think your pics always look great.

    That job sounds so fun, I hope I get something like that one day.

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  12. congratulations on your new job! it sounds like a dream come true!

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  13. I'm so happy you got the job! :)

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  14. Thanks Melody! So now that you've tried steaming seitan both ways, which one do you prefer?

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  15. Everything looks so good; your post really makes me wish I could eat seitan again! And congratulations on your new job--sounds fabulous. I'm sure you'll have fun with it!

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  16. ohmygod. Cripes! you're gonna go far girl.

    and you're friends with your ex? KUDOS! that's the way it should be.

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  17. Anonymous12:52 AM

    Give me a break

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  18. Anonymous4:42 PM

    That enchilada looked so tasty!! I'm very happy for you on the new job. I just know that you're going to do good things there. Your talents with vegan food are unlimited. Congrats!!

    Traci Lynn

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  19. Ha! Love the post title - veggie post title of the year award to you, Melody!

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  20. I love your seitan corned beef. I tried the recipe from Julies site and it came out flavorless and icky. I followed it exactly, but somewhere something went wrong. I am so jealous. :o) I am excited for you to have a job you love. I would love to do something enjoyable everyday instead of sit at a desk and push paper.

    Too bad we live so far apart. I would love to take some cooking classes from you. :o)

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  21. You are a seitan queen! It looks so amazing - I have got to try the pressure cooker method. I sure hope they re-print simply heavenly, I have heard so many wonderful things about it.

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  22. wow, I've never seen such a variety of seitan recipes! Good job, that must've kept you very busy!

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  23. Mmmmm... seitan. All your various seitanic creations look wonderful! I can't wait to try your pressure cooker steam method- will you send it around to testers? Man, I've made myself so hungry now!

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  24. Melody that is soooo great about the cafe!! I can't wait to see the blog for it. Hopefully when I'm up visiting family this summer in boston we can head up and try it out.
    All of your seitan dishes look so mouthwatering...

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  25. Mmmmm I do love me some seitan! Everything look wonderful as usual. I am soo happy that you are having a blast at your new job. You deserve it :]

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  26. Sounds like things are going your way. I'm so happy for you, Mel. I hope I get to taste your chow at the restaurant one day.

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  27. Your culinary feats are amazing and ever so droolworthy!

    Congrats on the cafe! Sounds like you are doing well. I might be planning a trip up to NH depending on hearing about my sister's college acceptances and if so, I definitely need to come visit at the cafe!!

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  28. That burger looks so classic and sooooo yummy :)

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  29. Hi again!
    Just wanted to pass on this information ...

    Boston Magazine recently published an article all about us this month - here is the link:

    Oh Soy Tasty!

    If you have a few minutes to spare, could do us a huge favor and read the article and comment at the bottom of the page? We're very excited about getting such great press, especially from a magazine of this caliber. If everyone drops by and leaves a quick comment, soon there will be no doubt in any publisher's mind: YES, readers absolutely do want to know about vegan happenings and developments. Please don't hesitate to repost the article on your blog and spread the world!

    Thanks!
    Emily @ Wheeler's Frozen Desserts

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  30. Congratulations on the new job! What a perfect fit for you!

    All of your food looks absolutely fantastic, by the way. I am still a little bit scared of pressure cookers, but I may need to invest in one in the future! People rave about them!

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  31. I tried that seitan corned beef the way it was on Everyday Dish, and it did nothing for my tastebuds. Maybe corned beef is a different thing the States? Or is it an acquired taste? (I live in Jamaica)

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