Ⓥaco Salad

I’ve blogged it before and I’ll blog it again. Improv cooking sometimes allows truly great ideas to flourish. And having fun with your food is unreal, interesting and extremely entertaining. Perhaps, not always a success, but worth it most of the time.

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From time to time, I do not wanna go to the grocery store. And that alone (maybe a beer or two, also) is my spontaneous/improvisational motivation. Cook and create with what you have on hand. I have strong belief that in a prior life, I was a Mexican chef. Furthermore, I always non-subconsciously almost hoard Mexican cuisine ingredients. A past life is the only way that I can explain it.

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Hopslam:)

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I’ve had some good beers in the last weeks. I had enjoyed my first ever Hopslam on draft. I’ve had it in bottle before, which is great. The preservation and balance in keg is unbelievable. Hopslam is made out of Bell’s Brewing in Galesburg, MI. It is a DIPA (double india pale ale) made with honey. FIND IT. ENJOY IT.

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Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth

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Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.

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Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, diced and slightly charred
  • Radish, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Lime, juice
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Oil/BalsamicVinegar/RedWineVinegar/Sriracha

Mix.

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Rice ingredients:

  • Rice, Basmati – browned and cooked
  • Broth
  • Leftovers (mostly beans)
  • SeaSalt/Pepper

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Veggies ingredients:

  • Potato, chopped
  • Celery, sliced
  • Carrot, sliced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, mmmm
  • Corn, browned
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Daiya, slices for garnish
  • Rice

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Ⓥaco Salad ingredients:

  • Tortilla, baked as taco bowl
  • Lettuce, iceberg – sliced
  • Spinach, sliced
  • Jalapeno, roasted and deseeded/skinned
  • Vegenaise, mmmmm
  • Seitan, chopped
  • Relish, mmmm
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Cilantro

Build.

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Happy Friday! Spring is approaching!

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Be safe.

BBⓋ Ⓥuality Ⓥuest

   
 
Mixing bicycles, (good) beers and (great) food together is a powerful combination. And at that, not everyone is Vegan and definitely not even Vegetarian. I have learned most people are well aware and can somehow relate to Vegetarianism. It’s Veganism that overwhelms the carnivorous mindset. I try my best in any situation to influence people to better the planet and in bettering themselves.

   
   
Does that mean I should spend money and time on Vegan food to share? You’d better believe it!

   
   
I’m a huge fan of LightLife products. And their Smart Dogs are outstanding! I brought enough Smart Dogs to share and more than enough Ⓥasta Salad to share.

  
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Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Rosemary/FennelSeed, crushed
  • Corn Meal
  • Cayenne/Thyme/Turmeric
  • Tomato Paste
  • Broth
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • BayLeaves/Celery/Onion, for cooking in
  • Non-Dairy Cheese Cloth

411: Mix wet ingredients together and mix dry ingredients together and then mix wet and dry together. Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘Cheese’ Cloth and bake in Lasagna pan two hours flipping halfway in Broth. Remove from cloth immediately and store, add color or use!

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WildTurkey 101 BBⓋ sauce ingredients:

  • Chipotle Adobe, chopped/mixed/liquified
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Garlic/Onion/Serrano, diced and roasted or roasted and chopped
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sriracha/BalsamicVinegar
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/OnionP/GarlicP
  • Tomato Paste
  • Broth
  • Wild Turkey 101, after a few sips 🙂

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Shots:

  • Bring everything to a boil and simmer for hours.
  • Strain or do not strain, depending use.

   

 Italian Dressing ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/Oregano
  • Garlic cloves, peeled & slight cut into

Two parts oil to one part Vinegar which is ⅔ Red Wine Vinegar and ⅓ Balsamic. Let marinate for days.

  
Ⓥasta Salad ingredients:

  • Rotini, tri-color & slightly overcooked
  • Daiya, ‘Cheddar’ slices-chopped
  • Black Olives, whole & then quartered
  • Italian Dressing
  • Cayenne
  • Cucumber, deseeded & diced finely
  • Radish, diced
  • Celery Seed
  • Sunflower Seed, shelled & unsalted
  • Spinach, basil-like sliced 🙂

Mix & add dressing as late as possible.

   
    
   
   
 

Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

Today I purchased the cardboard refrigerated Biscuits for the first time in my life. It took me a minute to find Vegan Biscuits, but thankfully they are out there. And they were very simple and tasty. They complimented my Gravy extremely well. I’ve made bread a few times from scratch and I do not like to bake. Store bought Bread is well worth it to me.

Let’s Go.

  
Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth

   

   
Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.

   

 Groovy Gravy ingredients:

  • Cashew ‘Milk’, mmmmmm
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Garlic & Onion, diced and dry roasted
  • Seitan, diced and sliced for garnish.
  • Tofu, soft
  • Raw Cashew, boiled, strained and chopped
  • Cauliflower, roasted and chopped
  • Eggplant, sliced, roasted and diced
  • Potato, diced and roasted
  • Rosemary/SeaSalt/Pepper/Sugar
  • Lime, juiced
  • Instant Mashed potatoes, thickening agent 🙂

   
   
Roast everything and bring to appropriate consistency, simmering. Serve HOT with Biscuits.

  
Happy Monday!

BreakⓋast Tofu Scramble

Hoppy IPA Day! I trekked via Trek CrossRip Elite (Darth Vader) to a bar that I have not been to since age 20, yesterday, to try a super local brewery’s brews.    The brewery is Radium City Brewing out of Ottawa, Illinois. The beer that I tried and the only beer the bar had left was Passing Time IPA an American IPA with citrusy hoppy goodness at 6.9%. It was very good. I gave it 4.25 bottle caps on Untappd. And because this is a very hoppy day and I’m off of work, I made breakⓋast this morning!    It was absolutely delicious, hence, me blogging all over your face. And I wanna share some pictures. I love taking pictures and my photographic eye has seemed to evolve to another level over the past year.    I made two different Scramble batches in the last week. The first being a Seitan Tofu Scramble and this one without Seitan, but including Eggplant, Cashews and Zucchini. Both Scrambles were basically made the same way and both delicious. That’s the nice thing about scrambles, stir-fry, soup or anything along those lines, throw in them whatever you want or have on hand.      Slightly before the first batch, I made Cauliflower Mashed. And then after taking a few days trying to learn how to spell “cauliflower”, practicing manually writing and typing “cauliflower’ and after many failures and shed tears of disappointment, I decided to give up and just eat the Cauliflower Mashed inside a baked potato. Just like my spelling, I need to master the Cauliflower Mashed and not rely on auto-correct. It would be cool if there was an auto-correct-chef. But, then like the occasional craziness of auto-correcting texts, I’d screw up baking a cake and it would wind up sauerkraut infused cake or something crazy. I’ve only made from-scratch carrot cake twice, but I hate baking. I can handle bread.    I also used already made Pita Bread and made BreakⓋast Pitas with the first batch. Homemade Pita Bread is still by far better than store bought even if it was made there at the store. It was whole wheat and still very good. IMG_8398

Seitan ingredients: -Vital Wheat Gluten -Vegetable Stock -Tomato Sauce/Paste -SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP -Sunflower Seeds, shelled and slightly crushed -Rosemary, dried and slightly crushed -Fennel Seeds, wholly moly -Carrot and Onion, rough chopped -Bay Leaves and Thyme -Non-dairy Cheese Cloth 😉 IMG_8318IMG_8317 Hail Seitan: -The first thing done was bring a pot of Broth, Carrot, Onion, Thyme, CRP, Thyme and Bay Leaves to a slow boil. Simmer. IMG_8319 -I mixed the Fennel Seeds, Rosemary, Seeds, SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP, Vegetable Stock and a little Sugar and Cayenne together in a big bowl. I put the very very very Vital Wheat Gluten in a separate, yet bigger, bowl. I then poured the liquid greatness with the gluten hand kneading slowly but efficiently until a loaf is formed. I wet the non-dairy cheese cloth with water and then spray the loaf with non-stick spray and roll it up. IMG_8316
-Put into a lasagna pan and pour half of simmering Broth onto raw Seitan roll keeping Bay Leaves and veggies in broth and not on top of non-dairy cheese cloth.
-Bake for 2-2.25 hours flipping over halfway and adding remaining broth, if needed. IMG_8345
-Once complete, unwrap Seitan from non-dairy cheese cloth like the plastic surgeon did for Joker in the first Batman movie from 1989 with Jack Nicolson and Michael Keaton. Just don’t smash a mirror or continue to give Batman hell. Wrap the not so funny, but seriously delicious Seitan in foil and refrigerate. Use how you’d like.
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Cauliflower Mashed ingredients:

-Cauliflower, organic & chopped, roasted

-Corn, roasted -Onion, diced & roasted

-Carrot, finely diced & not a lot

-Potatoes, diced & roasted -Cashews, roasted -Tomato GUTS, leftover from Pico Ⓥ Queso -Seitan, diced -Cilantro, chopped -Scallions, finely sliced Garlic, minced roasted slightly -SeaSalt/Pepper/ChipotleP/Cayenne/GarlicP/OnionP -Almond Milk -“Cheese”, I used Go Veggie dairy-free Mexican style -Corn Starch


 Steps:  -I roasted Veggies and simmered Almond Milk. I added seasoning and then roasted Veggies. I then added “Cheese” and Corn Starch, as much as needed, for correct consistency. I enjoyed it chunky and not fully mashed, but I would go about it a little differently. I would keep it oil-free, though. -For the Cauliflower Mashed Stuffed Potato, I roasted a couple of Potatoes on parchment paper face down. I then cleaned out most Potato flesh and threw in with Cauliflower Mashed and put in the empty lifeless Potatoes and broiled with a little “Cheese” on top.


 Scramble ingredients: -Tofu, firm -Raw Cashews -Garlic, minced -Onion, chopped or sliced -Various Peppers, I used green, yellow, orange and red small sliced -Potatoes, diced and niced (made-up word;) -Eggplant, diced -Kale, frozen chopped or freshly chopped -Kalamata and Manzanilla Olives, finely diced and Juice/Brine -Sport Peppers, finely diced and Juice/Brine -Portabello Mushrooms, sliced -SeaSalt/Pepper/Fennel Seeds -Balsamic Vinegar -Avocado, sliced thick -Large Tortilla shells, soft -Daiya 🙂 -Canola Oil -Lemon, juiced


 The BreakⓋast Adventure: -I heated some Canola Oil in a pan and basically added everything as I prepared it. And grilled the Avocado slices on my cast iron skillet. The order of operations after heated oil go; Cashews, Potato, Garlic, Eggplant, Onion, SeaSalt/Pepper/Fennel Seeds, Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Olive Juice and Sport Peppers Juice, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Kale, finely diced Olives and Sport Peppers, Tofu and Daiya. -I steamed the Tortilla shells and stuffed them with the scramble greatness. I put directly on pan with parchment paper, Tortilla folds down, and baked for 12-60 minutes.


Definitely closer to 12 than 60 minutes. I then threw them on the cast iron skillet and gave them a nice mark. I cut in half, put on plate with more scramble topped with grilled Avocado and took a picture before destroying the Vegan greatness.


 I was at work one night devising breakⓋast ideas and googled Vegan meat replacements. The internet is never 100% correct, but it was telling me that there was Vegan Morning Star “Bacon” and “Sausage Links” at the local Hy-Vee. I was super excited until I physically looked on the packages in the Health Department (my home) at Hy-Vee and noticed they were not Vegan. I was disappointed, but thought of these kickass ways to eat Vegan BreakⓋast and saved some money. I first was introduced to the Tofu Scramble from Vegan Zombie. Check ’em out!


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Happy Thursday and Hoppy IPA Day to all! Go for a bike ride, hike or walk, enjoy a good beer and take a few pictures!

Kale-Seitan Greekwich 

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Title: Kale-Seitan Greekwich 
Daily Ride: Commute
  
I have found another Big Muddy Brewery beer in the Pale Ale. And it is a bomber and was under $5. It’s a very good PA with a nicely well balanced 6% ABV. 
  
Last week I tweeted Heidi Watney on how much I enjoy her baseball highlights on MLBN Quick Pitch. One, she’s good at her job and two, she is gorgeous! Anyways, she favorited my tweet! It was basically a kiss on the cheek and I can now die happily. Go CUBBIES! 
  
I made this meal with leftover Mediterranean-Style Seaitan because when I make Seitan, I fucking make Seitan for a week. 
Kale-Seitan Greekwich w/ Belgian Endive:
  
(Use ORGANICS, whenever possible)
  
Kale-Seitan Greekwich ingredients:
-Seitan, chopped (Scroll down)
-Fresh Kale, chopped dicely 
-Hearty Bun, sliced in half
-Fresh Ginger, diced
-Fresh Garlic, diced
-Veggie Broth
-Spicy Mustard
-Kalamata Olives, diced
-Capers, halved
-Onion, diced
-Feta cheese
-Mozzarella cheese
-Sunflower Seeds
Obviously you’ll wanna already have your Seitan ready to go before continuing. I Chose to dry roast the diced Ginger, Garlic, Onion and Sunflower Seeds before combining all with the Feta Cheese to obtain a good, not bad, warmth. I used the Mozzarella with the bun only. I toasted the insides of Buns before adding a decent amount of Mozzarella cheese and then slightly toasted to melt that cheese. Combine. And. Take. A pic. Before enjoying. 
  
ALSO, CHEESE IS NOT NECESSARY. 
  
VEGAN AND NON ANIMAL IS ONLY FOR THE STRONG. 
  
Chipotle Balsamic Belgian Endive ingredients:
-Belgian Endive
-Sriracha Cock Sauce
-Balsamic Vinegar 
-Better Oil
-Chipotle seasoning
-SeaSalt/Pepper
-Belgian-Style Beer, consumed with a little set off to the side 😆
I combined everything and I used Ommegang Gnomegang with the Endive. I coated both sides of those Belgian bastards. And roasted face down ass up. Season again afterwards with at least Sea Salt. 
Seitan ingredients: 
-Corn Meal
-Tomato Sauce
-Vital Wheat Gluten
-Herbs/SeaSalt/Pepper
-BROTH
-Non Dairy Cheese Cloth 
-Fennel Seeds
Mix ingredients and wrap in cheese cloth and place in pan w/ Broth and seasonings and bake for two hours turning Seitan over after 60 minutes. And cool.
I need a new FATBIKE and these are two candidates:
   

 

I rode today on the road. And know I am wriding about it because I was the wrider. It was super cold this morning and still feels like fall. I threw on some armwarmers and full finger cycling cloves. And wrote on. #RideOn