June 9th, 2006

Sentient Broccoli

Homemade Chinese-style Dumplings!

Last week, a couple of friends hosted a potluck event and I decided at the last minute to make Chinese-style dumplings. I'd never made them before even though I've wanted to for a very long time, but I happened to have a package of wrappers in the fridge from a recent trip to the Asian superdupermarket, and I just decided to go for it. I made it all up as I went along, but they turned out great! Plus it was fast -- I had a first batch assembled in under a half-hour. The feedback was wonderful and even self-proclaimed tofu-haters really enjoyed them.

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Pancake help

I've checked through the memories here as well as various recipes for making vegan pancakes (How it All Vegan and Egg Replacer), but I can never get them to turn out right... unless they're all supposed to have gooey insides and have gross textures. When I wasn't vegan, I never had problems making pancakes right. Hopefully there's a way to make vegan pancakes just as good!

I've tried the typical methods used when cooking non-vegan pancakes
I've tried putting a lid on top while it's cookin
I've tried placing the pancakes in a 200f oven after they're done cookin
I've even made sure I cooked them long enough by burning both sides

None of these methods have fixed the problem. I'm starting to become convinced there simply is no way to make a good vegan pancake. Convince me otherwise?