Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekly Roundup

I guess I am still trying to figure out some sort of a schedule for little bloggy here. Ideally I'd update daily, but I haven't set aside the time yet. Which in turn leads to posts such as this one which will be photo heavy and retrospective.

On to the show!

This past week saw Summer peek her sweaty, sunburnt brow from behind the clouds for the first time of the year. Temperatures were toeing the
torrid line of 30 degrees Celsius (86 F) and the ultralow humidity of this prairie city turned downtown into an enormous and cruel sauna.

That meant minimal cooking for me as our apartment is not well equipped to deal with hot weather. I was tempted to bake biscuits and muffins but each sweaty time I opted instead to boil or panfry something tasty instead.

Exhibit A:
Thai Peanut Stirfry. Adapted from this "Best Thai Peanut Sauce" link
Here is my version:
  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter (no sugar or other junk added) creamy or chunky
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1.5 tbsp lime juice
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp sesame oil
  • 1.5 tsp hot sauce (I use Rooster Brand Chili Garlic Sauce)
  • .5 tsp ginger powder
  • 1.5 cloves garlic
Mix together in a bowl or shake in peanut butter jar, making sure all the peanut butter lumps are softened and mixed in. Let sit 30 minutes-1 hour to allow flavours to develop.

After that, it's completely versatile as far as starch, veg and protein. For this particular time, I made jasmine rice and Bribot stir-fried broccoli, cauliflower, cremini mushrooms and garlic. We pour our sauce onto the almost-cooked veg and let it thicken and cook for a bit before serving over rice. I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the coconut milk this time, because I was using up a can from earlier in the week. But it turned out amazing and very filling. Highly recommend you incorporate it in your repertoire.

The night after, we had gnocchi with jarred tomato-basil sauce. Very delicious and Bri was raving the whole time, and I was of course flattered because the man does eat a lot of pasta. Anyhow, it wasn't particularly filling so after dishes were done we decided to make movie snac
ks for during James Bond.

Exhibit B:
Vegan Cheezy Sauce "Fundue" with roasted potatos, mushrooms and pickles.

Honestly, the pickles were a bit weird but the sauce is just so good that it doesn't even matter. I usually make the Cheezy Sauce recipe (from the Veganomicon) but Bri offered to do it this time, and it was divine.

Here's our version of the nutritional yeast gravy:
  • 2 cups prepared veg broth
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (AP flour is fine too)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (depending on saltiness of veg broth)
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes (essential ingredient but we find it's still good if you only have 1/2 cup too)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  1. Whisk flour into broth in a measuring cup and the until big lumps are gone.
  2. Cook garlic in olice oil in small saucepan over medium-low heat about 2 minutes
  3. add thyme, salt and pepper and cook for a few seconds, then add broth turmeric and nutritional yeast and raise heat to medium. Stir constantly with whisk.
  4. It should thicken in about 3 minutes but just turn the heat up if it needs a bit longer
  5. After it had thickened, let cook for another couple minutes, then add lemon juice and mustard. Taste for saltiness, adjust as needed, then remove from heat and cover until you're ready to eat. Irresistable. Keeps well in the fridge for a few days.
If you're unfamiliar with nutritional yeast, this is the time to try it! It's a bit smoky and cheesy in flavour and is a wonderful addition to all sorts of sauces, or even just sprinkled inside a wrap. High in B12 also!

Okay, so this is getting long so I'll be brief with Exhibit C: Back of the Fridge Sushi! Yesterday's dinner earned its name due to the rapidly thrown together fillings I chose. I had my weekly sushi craving but wasn't up to spending $20 on typical boring veggie rolls so after tossing a frisbee with Bri, I set to work on a big batch of sushi.

Fillings included: dill pickles, cream cheese, pickled banana peppers, vine tomato, pepper relish, dijon-Vegenaise, salad greens and barbecue sauce-marinate tofu strips.

Dinner turned out quite tasty in the end but not as good as previous sushi nights at home because I messed up the rice a bit, it was overcooked with too much
moisture which made it tough to cute nicely and the rolls weren't as luscious as they could have been. On the bright side I actually rolled 3 whole regular maki (i.e. not inside out) and they all mostly stayed. Also experimented with some fat rolls, which turned out alright.

If you're interested in making sushi at home I suggest you read and google some sushi rolling videos, that's how I got to this point. The price is so so much lower than
a restaurant and it's really not difficult once you've rolled a few.

1 comment:

  1. like to new blog format
    sign your #2 fan
    I assume Bribot is #1