Oriental Cash(tof)ew

Happy Tuesday, readers and picture viewers. I hope your socks are as warm and comfortable as mine, if not more. To me, nothing is more rewarding than working hard all day only to get home to prepare a wonderfully delicious Vegan meal. Play with your food.

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Oriental Cash(tof)ew was created winding down from a busy and productive workday with a couple of Good Beers and Fun with Food.

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Tofu was marinated in Vegan Garlic Sauce, grilled, marinated in Vegan Garlic Sauce some more and than diced. Raw Cashews were pan-fried in super light oil before adding the diced Twice marinated Tofu. In this stir-fry, ingredients on hand were utilized. Seasonings instead of fresh ingredients were used.

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Frozen Veggies were in the mix. As well as Garlic, Onion, Ginger & Poblano Powders, Balsamic & Rice Vinegars, Sesame Seed Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. Rice Noodles & Soy Sauce were the final additions to this amazing mixture of ingredients.

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Cheers.

Ⓥ Linguine

Tofu is an extremely versatile and underrated ingredient. Twice Garlic marinated Tofu was the basis for this and another concept. In-between marinating sessions, the Tofu was Grilled. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_5cafUNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_5c5aUNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_5cb4

Linguine is and always will be my favorite noodle. Nothing beats Linguine cooked al dente to be finished cooking with its starches in a sauce. Here, I used Earth Balance ‘butter’, Garlic & Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Peppers, Parsley and Ⓥ ‘parmesan cheese’.

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I saw a video online this morning on how to make a Taco Bell Crunchwrap. Craving Pasta constantly, I adapted an idea to make something absolutely edible. Pasta plated to be consumed with hands and a fork.

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Quick and easy Garlic Daiya Bread was prepared using Bread, Earth Balance ‘butter, Ⓥ ‘parmesan cheese’, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, Parsley and Daiya.

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On a Tortilla Daiya was double-stacked to be smothered with Ⓥ Linguine nice and neatly.  Daiya side down Garlic Daiya Bread was put on top of the Ⓥ Linguine pile. The Tortilla was folded over the Bread and pan-fried on both sides.

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This was fun, quick, extremely easy and ever rewarding. Cheers!

Maple Balsamic Sriracha Potato Medallions

These Potato Medallions were prepared to seriously be the dish with a side of a sandwich. These Potatoes were sliced, boiled, roasted and panfried before adding a single ingredient. The ingredients added were: slight Oil, Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dill Weed, Sesame Seeds, Riced Cauliflower, Balsamic Vinegar, Sriracha and Maple Syrup. Garnished with Pea Tendril, the sandwich complimented the Potatoes with ingredients such as: Meatless Brat, Dough, Pea Tendrils, Daiya and Smart ‘bacon’.

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Happy Wednesday

Yesterday was a fun-filled awesome day. With some lows and some extreme highs. I awoke at 4:00am thinking that I was late for my 6:30am shift. At 5:45am and around 25 degrees F, I commuted via bicycle to work. Dressing in various layers, the commute was absolutely comfortable.

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#WORKHARDPLAYHARDER

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The sun was present throughout the day. Being a sunshine addict, I suited up after my shift (without all of the layers) for a beautiful November day and rode on to enjoy a few hours of remaining daylight. After picking up a 4-pack of beer, I ventured to a wildlife refugee before heading to a brewhouse for a few more amazing beers.

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Fall into Winter months are progressively dying, cold and dreary. Utilization of warmer//brighter days is a must, in my book. Overcoming the cold and the death is essential to becoming stronger and prepared for any further difficult situations.

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It is game time. Here in the midwest, the next five months will not be pleasant. Optimism and drive will get me through.

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Cheers to an early Spring.