February 18th, 2010

Chicken-style Seitan Cutlets

Today I offer up my latest recipe for chicken-style seitan cutlets. I made half this recipe into vegan fried "chicken", which is pictured above. The rest I have frozen. I also froze the broth. I intend to make a ch'eitan noodle soup at some point. They would also be good chopped and added to stir-fries, stews, casseroles, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Two things about this method of cooking seitan (because it's easy to muck it up and end up with spongey tripe-like blobs). 1) Make sure the liquids you add to the dry ingredients are cold. 2) Make sure that the broth is cool before both adding, and removing the cutlets from the pot. I don't pretend to know the food science behind these tips, I just know they are the truth. Deviate from these instructions at your own peril.

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Stubborn Cookies

So here's the deal:

I'm baking the chocolate cookies from VwaV at the moment, but for some reason...they're not doing anything. Ok what I mean is that I put them in the oven 20 minutes ago (they're supposed to be done in 10 minutes) and they're still ball shaped.
Does that have anything to do with the fact that the dough was totally crumbly, and I ended up adding some canola oil to make it stick?
My cookies have never been this weird before, help! I'm craving cookies people!

Edit: Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try soy milk next time. They turned out with a weird sandy texture, which apparently my boyfriend loves, so at least I have someone who'll eat them!

Help with diabetic recipes

I know I just posted yesterday, but I need more help! (And all the recipe suggestions were wonderful, thank you!!, and I can't wait to get rid of all my leftovers tomorrow!)

So if you remember, this Christmas I did the Harry Potter themed Secret Santa. Well, one of my coworkers in particular absolutely loved the idea, and her birthday is next week. I really want to make her something special, but I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas because she is diabetic. I have loved talking to her about what she can and can't eat (I love that there's someone else at my work that eats differently!) and I have learned a lot about diabetes. Plus, she's never made fun of me being vegan, other than the good-old-fashioned stuff. So she deserves a birthday treat.

The great thing is that she loves dark chocolate. The darker the better apparently. Which is perfect for vegan desserts. She also loves mint and peanut butter with chocolate. I thought for a fleeting moment about making more peppermint patties or peanut butter cups, but it was a very fleeting moment and I started having heart palpitations and panic attacks and all that. That's definitely a once-a-year undertaking. She also told me that with the new insulin that she's on she can have normal flour.

So any ideas? I poked around online but the only sites that I saw that looked trustable didn't really have anything, and I don't know how to work with regular recipes, dealing with the sugar and all.

Thanks again!!