Sunday, January 27, 2008

Seitan, Seitan, How I do love thee...

I worship at the alter of Seitan. I am officially a Seitan worshipper. Though I've been some form or another of vegan/vegetarian since I was eight years old I had never tried Seitan until this week. Wheat gluten? Seriously? That's supposed to be good?

I picked up a few vegan cookbooks last week to aid in my culinary journey and so many of the recipes I wanted to try feature Seitan, so I finally broke down and bought some to try. I first tried it in a mushroom and spinach dish that was absolutely delicious! So last night, when I returned home at 10pm to find a starving husband I knew my new friend Seitan would get us out of the pinch.

As I mentioned, I hadn't really been cooking vegan on my own yet-- just sticking to tried and true recipes until I got the hang of it. Last night I was excited to come up with my own dish, and I think it turned out really well. Ian & I loved it.

It feels like it has a bit of French/Vietnamese flavor to it-- but I haven't thought of a cute name for it yet...

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It took no more then 15 minutes from stove to table and it was delicious, I hope people try it out!

On to the recipe, I wasn't measuring anything while cooking last night so these are rough guesses on amounts, but they should hold pretty true.

1 tablespoon Sesame Oil (I'm sure olive oil would work fine too)
1/2 a sweet yellow onion thickly cut
1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms (which my husband the mycologist says are the same as baby portabella's as far as he knows)
1 package Original flavored Seitan, sliced
1/4 cup white rice wine (I'm sure "real" white wine would be good too, but I don't drink it so I never have it in the house)
1 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread

Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over Medium heat. When the oil is viscous (smoothed and thinned out) add the onion. Allow the onion to soften up in the oil (about 3-5 minutes). Add the mushrooms and Seitan and combine well with the onion. Add the rice wine and turn down heat to medium low. Allow to simmer for a few minutes and stir in the buttery spread. Allow to simmer with lid off for about 5 minutes until everything is heated through.

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Truly delicious!

I leave you now with a picture of my husband, excited about the snow and a picture of Lylah our mini- dachshund who is entirely unimpressed by the snow.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Woops...

Hello my neglected web page. I guess in all of the holiday/wedding hoopla, this little guy has fallen by the way side.

But we're back, and better then ever!
And also MARRIED!

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Being married is the greatest thing ever, in my humble opinion. I was finally able to stop using my wedding cake as an excuse and I am now 100% vegan. It's almost been a month (that wedding cake being the last non-vegan thing I've eaten)!

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So while I will still focus this on my baking expeditions, they will now be vegan baking expeditions. I will also throw in some general vegan dishes as I see fit! So lots of posts coming up soon.

Ian's parents gave us the wonderful gift of a honeymoon to Savannah, GA. The couples massages and thrift stores were the high light. I found a wonderful 70's canvas print of two owls, I am currently embroidering it. I'll probably post some of those crafty things here too now.

So, check back soon, and often as I am blowing the dust off of my blogging and will be back in full swing.

Until then here are some pictures from my wedding. I'm glad I wore a wedding dress, I'm glad it wasn't traditional. I really think all of the handmade touches gave it a great feel! We named our tables after our favorite love songs (The Pouges, David Bowie, ect.) and there were lyrics on our cake, our tables, our programs... it was a blast!

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I made the aisle runner out of burlap and felt.

My motto for the day "You only wear it [the dress] once, get it dirty!"
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My only regret from the day? The 85 degree HEAT and not being able to take my wrap off because of my tattoos. I don't regret the tattoos, I regret not giving my parents a harder time about "letting" me show them. Oh well.