September 3rd, 2004



Mango Tomato Salsa

Tomatos and mangos are perfect right now. For both, look for the really ripe ones. Go for the vine ripened hot house tomatoes, and if possible organic for both. It's more expensive, but this makes a pretty big batch... you'll save a ton over store bought stuff no matter what. And this is so much tastier!!

1 1/2 large mangos or 2 small, chopped
5-6 small tomatoes, chopped
1/2 large green pepper, chopped finely
juice from 1 lime
1/2C fresh cilantro, minced
1/2-1 jalapeno pepper, minced really well
Salt and pepper to taste

You should have a bit more tomato than mango in there.
I used 3/4 of a jalapeno. It's fairly spicy to me, anymore would be a too much. But, I'm a wimp. ;) If you like spicy food, or are planning to use this as a condiment (I eat it plain of heap in on tortilla chips usually) you'll likely want more.

Make it a few hours in advance so the flavours mix. Still great right away though.

red ribbon rice (modified)

from the vegetarian family cookbook.

1.5-2 cups water
1 cup raisins
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic
1 tsp or so rosemary (i used basil, it was good too)
tiny bit of salt
1 cup white rice
1 red bell pepper (i used carrots instead)
1 cup walnuts

put water, raisins, nutritional yeast, garlic (pressed) rosemary (basil, in my case) and salt in a pot. when it boils, add rice. cook until done, 15-20 mins. (the recipe said 1.5 cup of water to 1 cup of rice, but i found that it was too little, you might wanna make it 2 cups.)

slice the pepper (carrots in my case) thinly, it's supposed to be like little strips. chop the walnuts. add to the rice, stir and serve.

this is supposed to just be a side dish, serving 4-6. if you're broke though it works as a whole meal. we had it as a whole meal (together with steamed broccoli in a mix of lemon juice, oil, garlic and water), and it served 4.
summer city

vegan gyoza

i have always been a big fan of gyoza (potstickers, chinese dumplings). they were probably one of the most difficult things for me to give up when i stopped eating meat (and later, animal products). sure, a lot of restaurants have veggie gyoza, but i've never found anything that i really like.

these, however, are heavenly. i have never tasted anything this good. my friend jocelynn buys them in huge packs at costco, and the website says they're available at several other stores as well.

fine choice foods. their gyoza are vegan, and i believe one of their packs of spring rolls are vegan as well. i'm not sure if they're available in the states, as they're made in richmond bc, but if you find them, do try them! i was very impressed. we baked some up for dinner, which was great, and then later, had some fried in canola oil, which was awesome. they come with a really great dipping sauce, as well, so you don't have to flouder around trying to make your own (although i do that anyway). they're precooked and just have to be heated up.

edited to add a list of ingredients...
dough: wheat flour, water.
filling: cabbage, sui choy, vermicelli (bean starch), canola oil, carrot, soy flour, shitake mushroom, straw mushroom, corn, salt, ground sesame seed, green onion, sugar, sesame oil, soy bean oil, yeast extract, guar gum, spices
sauce: water, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt, .01% > sodium benzoate, brewing starter), dark soy sauce (water, soy beans, salt, flour, sugar), canola oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, salt, ground sesame seed, guar gum, yeast extract, spices