There are many benefits in riding a bicycle to work, for fun, errands or any reason. An ingredient, gardein (™) Scallopini, has me dabbling glimpses of old cooking memories. Also, inspiring to recreate, yet enhance, to better fulfill my personal Vegan palate.
The connections the brain makes can seem infinite. Sometimes the brain can produce an adrenaline rush consequentially connecting and simultaneously creating an adaptation so amazing, sparks fly mentally like a minor Big Bang. Riding bicycles helps:)
Sautéed in Earth Balance (™) ‘Butter’ were Onion, Celery, Carrots, Bell Peppers and Garlic. Seasoned with Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper and Crushed Red Pepper, this copper skillet literally transformed into a senses enhancing apparatus. Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine and Veggie Broth flooded the veggies with Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, grilled Ⓥ Scallopini, Cayenne, (ready) Garbanzo Beans, Mushrooms and Brown Sugar.
After allowing to cook down, Go Veggie (™) ‘Parmesan Cheese’ and Instant Mashed Potatoes were mixed in to thicken. The pieces of Scallopini were pulled up and covered with Veggies and Sauce before piling Daiya on top. The skillet was thrown into the oven for a few minutes before being broiled to slightly char the Daiya. Scallions garnished this skillet.
The Ⓥ Cacciatore was served with Pasta. Organic Whole Wheat spaghetti was utilized and tossed with Sea Salt, Pepper, chopped Tomatoes and freshly boiled Wild Rice. Parsley to garnish the combination of all of these wonderful ingredients.
Gardein (™) Scallopini was utilized as the “chicken” in this concept. Many of years ago, I made the real Chicken Piccata for hungry carnivores in the restaurant realm. Recipes are guidelines. Normal is boring. No animals were harmed in this Ⓥegan Piccata.
A Garlic Sauce was simmered from mixing Almond ‘Milk’, Earth Balance (™) ‘Butter’, Go Veggie (™) ‘Parmesan Cheese’, Pepper, Cayenne, Garlic Powder and Parsley. Linguine and Scallions were added to the Garlic Sauce and tossed.
The ‘Chicken’ Scallopini was prepared as the the package stated and set aside while the Piccata was created.
Earth Balance (™) ‘Butter’ and sliced onions were sautéed before adding Ⓥ So Delicious (™) ‘Cream’, Chardonnay Wine, Cayenne, Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, Parsley, Sea Salt, Pepper, Mushrooms, Go Veggie (™) ‘Parmesan Cheese’, the Scallopini and eventually Lemon Juice.
Garnished with Parsley and sliced Spinach, this plate was created with ever flavorful Linguine, meatless ‘Chicken’, and amazingly plant based creamy Piccata Sauce.
Multiple (good) Beers were (responsibly) enjoyed and (good) Tunes were (irresponsibly) heard.
Whatever Mexican-style cooking that I have, is unbeatable. However I feel, the ingredients change – adapting cravings, influencing realism. The sense of a certain level of hunger can immensely inspire a spontaneous spark of flavor, economically smartness, picture-perfect food.
There is no time for the numbers and prices. Aldi Black Bean patties, Corn and Hash brown patties were baked to immediately become panfried to create amazing texture and color. Seasonings (Cilantro, Sea Salt, Pepper, Lime Juice, Garlic Powder, Turmeric, Cayenne), Scallions and Kidney Beans were tossed together.
Corn tortillas were flame torched and stuffed with the mixture and fresh Avocado, Tomato, Iceberg Lettuce, Olive and Cilantro.
The Bean Sauce/Dip was reused from yesterday:)
Ⓥ Taco Protein consisted of Garbanzo Beans, Tofu, Boca Ⓥ Crumbles, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Veggie Broth, Sugar, Sea Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Carrot, Cilantro and slight Oil.
The Pizza Pi was constructed deliciously with Bean Sauce, Taco Protein, Daiya, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Olives and Shallot.
A bike ride in light rain was enjoyed with a couple of good Beers.
Happy Sunday. CHEERS
RIP, Anthony Bourdain.
Once, many years ago, in a culinary career attempt, Anthony Bourdain was most inspiring to me-influencing realism and motivation to be oneself.
Coconut milk, Chipotle Powder, Jalapeño, Carrot, Onion, Peppers, Black & Red Beans, Ⓥ Chorizo and Corn were simmered. No additional seasonings were added other than the Chipotle Powder. Refried Beans were stirred in. Daiya was generously dumped in with fresh Cilantro.
With Tortilla Chips tucked underneath the Beanan Daiya, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Jalapeño and Scallions accented and garnished this delicious plate.
Chips were scooped heavy and good Beer was had.