March 6th, 2006


Confronting Brussel Sprouts

In all of the movies and T.V. shows, if you truly want to get a child to object over dinner, give them brussel sprouts, right? I have avoided them for all of my life. My mother never made them and to be honest, I have never tried them before. We were at the Korean Market and I picked up a few veggies. Out of curiousity, I decided to pick up a package of fresh brussel sprouts. The just looked good to me for some reason. I have no clue what they taste like and I am not really sure how to cook them. I checked the memories but didn't get much feedback on these mysterious orbs. I want a yummy recipe that is possibly kid friendly [although that might be too much to ask so just gimme the best that you have ;-)].


green tea soba noodles

I recently purchased some organic green tea soba noodles on impulse. what should I do with them?

I figure they've got a flavor that may not go well with just any sauce, but I could be wrong.

do they taste like regular soba noodles? are they actually infused with green tea?

oh, they were green. they're noodles. I couldn't resist.

edit: I found these lovely pictures and this, in case anyone else wants to try them!
Fire faerie

Tofu question

To preface, I have looked through the FAQ and the tags, with no luck. I could have sworn there was a recipe that someone had posted saying, 'look! easiest way to prepare tofu ever' either fried or sauteed in an oil or sauce to prepare the tofu for stir-fry recipes. Is there anyone that knows what I'm talking about?

Also, I wonder if there is a best method of cubing and preparing tofu without it crumbling. I've had better luck with the silken extra firm Mori-nu brand (such great packaging) than Nasoya.

Thanks for listening, sorry if this is a repost.

fantastic quiche!!!!

I havent volunteered a recipe on here in so so long. But finally I am and its one that I swear is worth the time ive taken! I have tried making quiches and 'onion tart' type things before, but they have all turned out tasting tofuish and the texture was all wrong. FINALLY i took a deep breath, and used *firm* silken tofu and created some mini quiches that tasted perfect! Now Ive made a big one *below* yum yum yum!
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split pea veggie soup recipe--no pics!

this is adapted from the natural healing cookbook:

split pea vegetable soup

1 cup dried split peas (i used half green and yellow split peas)
4 cups water
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1-2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, sliced or chopped
4-6 scallions or 1/2 cup onion, chopped
6 shrooms, chopped
2 tbsp tamari
1 tsp cumin powder
4 cloves garlic, chopped

place peas in water in a large pot. puree the tomatoes on low speed in a blender or food processor and add to the peas with the other veggies and the seasonings. bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until peas are tender, about 45-60 minutes. serve hot.

this was really good--even the picky eaters loved it!

all-in-one-meal ideas?

I have some time tonight to make a week's worth of food, but I don't know what to make. I am trying to pack as many nutrients and fibre into a meal as possible because I am lazy - basically I go for the all-in-one meal, hence stew or casserole or soup. I usually make those and freeze portions for the week, but I am out of ideas… soup is getting old too, is there something I can make that's tasty, exciting and fun?

I have:
Soy milk
A block of silken tofu
Half-can of chickpeas
Half a butternut squash
Can of corn
Half a portobello
Pasta sauce

And basic pantry stuff, and minimal spices including curry powder.

Any and all suggestions wanted! Please and Thankyou!

Worthington/Loma Linda CANNED (!?) 'meats'

Okay. So I finally gave in to my curiosity about this seemingly disgusting food (canned meat, real or fake, has always seemed really insane to me) and bought some. I bought one can of the 'burger' and one can of the hotdogs. the burger is what i whipped out first. basically you open the can on both ends, press said burger log out, slice, cook.

it tastes funny. but i want to like it and i think i can like it! so, my question for you guys is:

do you have experience with these canned burgers? is there anything i can add to them other than condiments to make them taste better? so far i've thought maybe sesame oil in the frying pan...not sure though.

any reviews or tips about ANY worthington farms canned 'meats' (i still cant believe it every time i type it!) would be greatly appreciated. i'm stuck in this spot where thinking about what i just consumed makes me sort of want to gag, sort of want to eat more. help!

Roasted Tomato Borlotti Bean Soup

I've been away from this group due to a fabulous summer holiday, but I'm back to LJ and ready to get back to cooking! I concocted this little soup for dinner tonight:

Roasted Tomato Borlotti Bean Soup

1 Can of Borlotti beans, liquid reserved
3 small tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Olive oil, drizzle as desired
A pinch of oregano, for sprinkling
Salt & pepper
2 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp quality curry powder
1/2 tsp vegetable stock powder
1/4 cup of reserved liquid
1/4 cup of water

Cut tomatoes into 4ths, arrange on lightly oiled baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano, powdered black pepper and garlic salt. Sprinkle chopped garlic over tomatoes. Put in oven and grill until peel can be separated from fruit, about 15-20 minutes.

After tomatoes have cooled, transfer to blender and add remaining spices, tomato sauce, bean liquid and water. Blend until smooth. Add more water and/or spices if desired.

Heat and enjoy!
  • jess_k

Easy fakechicken parmisan(sp?) tortilla lettucey thing

random + creative = yum!

Today I threw together something quick that came out surprisingly good...
Take a vegan fakechicken patty, heat it up, then put a tortilla down in a toaster oven.. put the fakechicken in the middle, pour over enough spaghetti-or-marinara-sauce to cover it, and cover with one layer of Tofutti fake-mozarella-cheese (omg..the first dairy-free cheese I've tried and LIKED) Heat in toaster oven (or regular oven) at like 360 - 380 degrees until the naked border of tortilla gets brown and crispy. Take it out, put some fresh lettuce decoratively on the plate, and ta-dah!
Cut bites out of it like slices from a pizza and tear off a piece of lettuce and put it on top.
Holy crap it was good. And quick and easy :D