April 4th, 2007

vegan quiche

for this recipe ...

Artichoke and Spinach Quiche
• 1 onion, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 2 containers firm tofu, pressed
• 2 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp pepper
• 2 tbsp fresh basil, minced
• 1 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and patted dry
• 1 6 ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained
• 1 pre-made pie crust
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Sautee the onion and garlic in the olive oil.
Blend the tofu, soy sauce, salt, pepper and basil until smooth. Add the spinach
and artichokes to the tofu mix and stir to combine.
Pour the mix into the pre-made pie crust.

Would I use SILKEN firm tofu or the water packed stuff? And do you think cubed
potatos would be a good addition or not so much?

South Beach Diet?

Okay. So I'm making dinner for a few people and trying to accommodate everyone. And my problem child is someone who is on South Beach. I'm done and over on the throw together stirfry. And I always seem to end up making black bean pizza in this instance. So is there anything else out there that i can make? Or is it just impossible to be on this diet [and have me cook for you]?

Seitan and Broccoli stew

I'm quite new to this and only heard of seitan last week, when someone linked to a 'Praise Seitan!' bumper sticker somewhere. To be honest, that's the reason I made this meal. So if someday I see that bumper sticker, or t-shirt, or whatever, I can feel justified in buying it. The fun of saying 'oh yeah, we had satan for dinner last night' also factors in. Yes, very mature.

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Classic Italian Easter food

Today in my Italian class we got a recipe for Colomba (which means dove, like the bird), an Italian cookie-type dessert traditionally made for Easter. I'd love to try making it, but the recipe calls for NINE eggs, and I'm unsure as to how to veganize it without it falling apart.

Here's the recipe:

1.25 kg flour
450 g butter
350 g chopped, candied fruit
300 g sugar
120 g milk
50 g yeast
60 g powdered sugar
1 peel lemon, grated
9 eggs
a pinch of salt

I can translate the recipe too if anyone wants it. I'm mostly concerned with the eggs - when I usually make cookies/cake/etc, I'm a huge fan of using applesauce, but it seems like it wouldn't work at all in this situation. Any suggestions?

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