December 2nd, 2005

Potluck Party!

I've been surfing around the community's memories.... but haven't found necessarily what I'm looking for (though I'm not sure exactly what that might be!).

I'm going to a potluck dinner tonight and I want to bring some kind of a nice vegetarian side dish. (Apparently the main dish is going to be spaghetti) I was thinking of some sort of greens. Anyone know of some sort of excellent green bean or broccoli recipes? I was thinking maybe green bean casserole, but that might be a bit heavy given that we're also having spaghetti....

Thanks in advance!
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Hey guys, just writing to tell you about Zatarain's mixes. I just discovered this stuff like a week ago, and was excited to try things like gumbo and jambalaya. I hadn't had either before! I made the jambalaya with imitation chicken strips, and it was so good I could live off of it.

Viva! USA has this to say about the mixes:

Zatarains produces many vegan Creole entrees and seasoning mixes. Don’t be fooled by the meaty name, they’re guaranteed vegan: Black-eyed Peas and Rice Mix, Black Beans and Rice Mix, Brown Rice Jambalaya Mix, Dirty Rice Mix, Dirty Brown Rice Mix, Red Beans and Rice Mix, Spanish Rice Mix, White Beans and Rice Mix, Red Bean Seasoning Mix, Creole Seasoning, Blackened Seasoning, Blackened Paste Mix, Jambalaya Pasta Mix, Red Beans Paste Mix, Jambalaya Mix, Vegetarian Jambalaya Entree (frozen).

*Some of these items may contain ‘ham flavor’. This flavoring does not contain any animal source ingredient.

Mmmmmm food. If anyone knows how to make stuff from scratch that tastes like this (particularily the black beans and rice!) I'd be eternally greatful for a recipe. :)

Chai cake without chai/white cake/frozen fruit in cake

In honor of my AP European History teacher's 28th birthday tomorrow, and us studying the French Revolution, I was going to make him a cake.
I want to make a white cake with blueberries and chopped strawberries, and some kind of white icing that I can add food coloring to (red and blue so I can make it look like the French flag). I bought frozen blueberries and strawberries to use because fresh looked mushy. Will they be okay to use once they're thawed out?
I wanted to make Kitee's Chai Cake (found in the comments) but I forgot to pick up chai bags at the store. Can another type of tea be subbed (I have Earl Grey, green tea, and some lemon dieting tea) and still taste good with the strawberries and blueberries or should I just find a plain white cake recipe to use?
I was also going to bake it in a disposable loaf pan so it'll be smaller. Will that work? If I end up just making a white cake, should I use a butter cream frosting? I'm so awful at matching up icing flavors and cake flavors, and I'd really just rather not ice it, except for the whole flag thing.

Please Please Please & Thank You!

Roasted Green Beans With Slivered Almonds

This is a cavalier take on a recipe from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein:

1lb green beans, topped and tailed
1/8 c. lemon juice
1/8 c. olive oil
Handful or so slivered almonds

Heat oven to 375F-ish.
Put beans in large bowl and pour liquid over them
Mix well until beans are covered
Put the lot in a roasting pan/cast iron skillet
Put in the oven for 20 minutes
Take out of the oven and throw in slivered almonds, mixing well
Put in oven for a further 20 minutes
Also good cold.