August 31st, 2010

Coconut Sugar, and TVP/TSP questions

Has anyone tried coconut sugar? I saw it in my tiny health store, but it's a little pricey for me right now. Pros or Cons? Does it even taste like coconut? If it tastes like coconut, I would love to use it in baking, or even on my oatmeal with some tropical fruit. Mmmm...coconuty.

And what's the best way to prepare TSP? I tried it with a veggie marinade, but it sucked up too much marinade and was so very salty. I won't repeat that mistake again. Soak it plain, and then just a spoonful of something for flavour, right?

Also what is the perfect texture of tvp? I mean, maybe I cooked it incorrectly, but the chunks had a weird spongy yet stringy texture. Did I cook it wrong, or is that how it's supposed to taste? Could is it a brand thing? The only tvp/tsp available in my area is *runs to kitchen* Now Healthy Foods Textured Soy Protein. If they are both "plain" is there a taste difference between textured soy protein and textured vegatable protein? 

When I can, I'm going to order some different tvp brands/flavours. Is there a clear taste favorite I should look into?