June 20th, 2006

Thai Yellow Curry

So I found a recipe for Thai Yellow Curry, and I got all the ingredients, except for the yellow curry paste. What I did get is yellow curry powder. Will this work, and if so, how do I turn this powder into a paste. And if it won't work, where is a good place to look for the paste. The nearest thai-food market is way too far away to go to, although there is a wholefoods sort of near by, but that is far away too.

Appetizers! Tofu Wontons and Spiced Rice Phyllo Parcels

Hey all! I'd like to share a couple delicious recipes that omnivores too, just love. Over a year ago, while still vegetarian, I went several times to a local fast food chinese place that had a variety of vegetarian things, including tofu wontons. I haven't been back since turning vegan, though they are very likely vegan anyway. My mom started making her own tofu wontons. We had to get different wonton skins once I went vegan (these are labeled as "dumpling skins" and are circular, not the traditional square), but the wontons are still delicious. I have started making these for parties and such, and everyone loves them! So:

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And my second recipe came about of necessity. I've sort of earned a reputation for bringing delicious food to fiestas, but I was short on time and had no ideas for this one. So, examining my ingredients, I came up with this- a kind of greek hybrid. It has a filling similar to what you would find in stuffed grape leaves (dolmas), but is wrapped in phyllo pastry (ok, phyllo isn't really quick, but I sort of cheated on the thawing process with very light zaps in the microwave).

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Enjoy! I swear, both of these recipes are amazingly delicious.

Fast and nummy pasta

I've been craving casserole lately - the kind with loads of cheese and veggies and chicken. Time to come up with a substitute to make my inner child happy. I also had very little time yesterday, so I came up with this. Apologies for the lack of measurements - it is a very forgiving kinda thing, so just go for the texture you like best.

1 box Road's End Organics Shells and Chreese, cheddar style
frozen mixed veggies, about half a bag
2 Gardenburger flame grilled 'chicken' patties
Earth Balance margarine
'milk' of choice - I used Silk Enhanced
nutritional yeast
Garlic Gold and Garlic Gold oil (this is not a necessity, but wow, the flavor! I love this stuff. Mince up some fresh garlic - maybe 3 cloves - if you don't use this.)

Boil the pasta for 6 minutes. While that's going, fry the patties in oil, about 2 tablespoons, then remove them from the pan and put in the veggies and garlic, if using. Be careful, as the frozen veggies will make the oil spit a little. Chop the patties up and add those back into the frying pan. Keep it on med heat, until the veggies are thawed and the patties are a bit browned.
Drain the pasta, and in the saucepan add about 1 cup 'milk', the sauce packet, about 1 tablespoon margarine, a tablespoon of Garlic Gold (yes, I love it, but it can be left out), and about a 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast - do this a bit at a time, since you don't want it too dry. Go for saucy. Mix it all up well, then add in the pasta and the contents of the frying pan. Mix again and serve! Yum Yum!
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Blackened tofu sandwich

This was SO good!

2lbs of extra firm tofu (press all the water out and cut into four slices)
olive oil
one vine ripe tomato
crusty bread
one avocado
6 tsp garlic powder
6 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
any lettuce (i used red lettuce)

Dip tofu in olive oil then coat with spice mixture. Fry in some olive oil on high heat until blackened on both sides. Top with lettuce, tomoato and sliced avocado.

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Lentil burgers, 3 questions

Lentil Burgers!
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
3 cups water
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup button mushrooms, finely chopped
1/3 cup carrot, shredded
1 stalk celery, minced
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Thyme
1/4 teaspoon Sage
1 teaspoon Tamari
1/4 cup unbleached flour
1/4 cup rolled oats or bread crumbs
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

In a medium saucepan, bring the lentils and water to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and cook for 30 minutes until tender. Drain. In a medium skillet, steam the onion, carrot, mushrooms, and celery in the water, stirring to prevent sticking. Mix all of the ingredients together. Shape into patties and cook on a lightly oiled skillet, or bake in a 400 oven for 30 minutes. Turn once to brown on both sides.
Suprisingly kid friendly! Plus they tasted like Boca with the benefit of fresh veggies. The peanut butter and mustard sound weird, but trust me, it's good.

Now the questions:
Is there a way to replicate the junk-food Ramen noodle packet meal in a more healthy manner? I was thinking of replacing the noodles with angel hair or spaghetti, but what can I use for the seasoning? I was thinking soy sauce mixed with water, and some onion and garlic powder.
#2: Is there a good way to get a really ripe peach off the pit? I had a perfect one the other day and squished most of it trying to cut it.
#3: Maybe I'm the last person to know this, but isn't bonito flavoring (found in a lot of quick asian noodle meals) a fish flavor? I looked it up in the dictionary... can someone confirm or deny? Thaaaank you.

Ice Cream Maker

I couldn't find this in the memories...

I'm considering buying an ice cream maker.  I really like ice cream & sorbets.  So(y) Delicious gets a little expensive and I thought an ice cream maker could be a good investment.  Home made sorbets could be a good way for me to get some more fruit in my diet. 


1. Any reccomendations?  I don't want an expensive one...or one that needs that salt
2. Does anyone have one?  Is it worth the investment?

what to cook with mashed taters!?

i know i know, it's a stupid question
but my mind is totally blank
the Boy and i bought a brandy new hand mixer and of course need to test it out on some mash potatoes =]
sooo i'm not sure what we should make with them
any ideas? preferrably easy ones with easy recipes
my first thought is meatloaf but i haven't found a recipe i really liked (yet)/would like some more ideas just incase something sounds better
sooo any ideas?