February 8th, 2006

Swiss chard wintery-soup

Lately, I have been feeling really burnt out on vegetables. Not all vegetables, just my usual lettuce-cucumbers-broccoli-carrots-peppers that I tend to eat on a regular basis. This week while grocery shopping, I decided to break free from my rut and buy only veggies that I do not eat regularly (except for celery, which I never eat because I hate it!). I've enjoyed swiss chard in the past, and whipped up for lunch this hearty soup. It is loosely based on a recipe from the Field of Greens cookbook.

Serves 2-3 (makes enough for 3 bowls worth of soup)

1 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 medium red potato, chopped
6 baby carrots, chopped
3 leaves swiss chard, with leaves separated from stems and both leaves and stems chopped
1/5 block firm tofu, cubed
2 to 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
Half a lemon
1/4 cup white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium or large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and sautee until onion becomes translucent. Add potato, carrots and stems of the swiss chard. Sautee for about 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add tofu and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until potato becomes al dente (not mushy!). Add lemon, white wine and swiss chard leaves, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Serve!

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TV show...need recipe ideas

Hi everyone,
it would be great if you could give me some input, just some brain storming needed:

There's this national TV show over here in Germany called Das Perfekte Dinner - five "hobby chefs" have to each play host for the other contestants for one evening and proof that they can present the perfect dinner. The other contestants are the jury for hospitality and cooking skills. I applied via email last week and the casting company called me monday for an interview by phone. It is very likely that I'll be on the show...maybe it'll even happen by the end of this month. Help!

So - as a friend of mine put it, make something exotic, something traditional and something creamy with chocolate, to show the variety of vegan food.

I'm currently leaning towards soup/salad for entree, sweet potato filled crepes with seitan/tempeh,...(?) and/or VwaV's maple glazed potatoes and string beans plus...? for entree, dessert is easy, a chocolate cheese cake, or cheese cake drizzled with chocolate, or cheesecake in chcocolate cookie crust.

I am a bit at loss with the main course,...and also if a coconut soup/orange salad (just read fatfreevegans latest post) would be OK before serving a more traditional entree...?

Thanks you all!!!

older than dirt

my twin room mates - one of whom is vegetarian, the other of whom is not - are turning 22 tomorrow and my other room mate and i (the other room mate being a hardcore carnie, me being veg) are throwing them an "Older Than Dirt" party, complete with (haHA!) dirt cake.

ive searched through the archives and various websites, but i'm struggling to find a veg version of the stuff. does anyone have a recipe, esp. one that will please the non-veggies in the apt?

chocolate silkshake

so i have been looking at this recipe on the back of chocolate silk packages for some time, but never wanted to make it until now. (its 90 degrees here in CA). ITS AWESOME! here it is...

chocolate banana silkshake

1 banana, frozen and sliced
1 individual package chocolate silk soymilk

1. blend
2. DRINK!

I ignored their adding of sweetner b/c it is already very sweet. I also added 3 ice cubes to make it even colder. :)
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Veganize This!

I have a challenge for you guys. Big challenge, I might add.

I posted a new recipe on my veggie recipe site today (here).

I want to make most recipes vegan or veganizable on my site.

This one is a recipe for an amazingly delicious traditional Jewish food. It is vegetarian but not vegan. It needs to lose the butter, eggs, and egg noodles. What's the best way to do it?

If there are several ideas I will cook each one to see what's best and tweak them as necessary. Then I can post the best result in this community so everyone can enjoy it.