Monday, December 4, 2017

Vegan Christmas & Holiday Gifts

the best gift is... meeeeeeee!
Hey, Microcosm has the 6-pack of my cookbooks on sale again for $25, a real bargain...
or order from your local bookstore!

and this chocolate cookbook can be bought here from the publisher...
or cheap at Amazon or from the bookstore.

Hurry hurry to get it in time, today is the day!

Or if you're really ambitious you can buy a dinner from me for someone, although then you'd also have to get me a plane ticket lol... anyhooo...

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Leftover Ideas

Even though it is a bit after Thanksgiving, I had a lot of leftovers of a few things, and as the holidays are upon us, and the food is all pretty similar, here are a couple of decent concepts to make something else out of them.

Leftover Turnovers
for this, use the tart crust recipe from the previous blog post on here, except double the baking powder, leave out the sugar and add a tsp. of curry powder
divide into 6 or 8 dough balls and roll them out on a floured board into circles of the thickness you prefer.
Onto these place any of the following in an amount small enough that you'll be able to fold them over: leftover brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans or green beans casserole, gravy, veggie ham, roasted squash, corn, peas, etc. And any combination you like.
Fold the dough over the filling, fold the edge and press the edge with a fork or something to make a nice pattern. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and baste them lightly with oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, or until browned, check a bit earlier in case your oven runs hot my dear.

Leftovers Soup
This is easy, 2-3 cups of leftovers, might I suggest sweet potatoes and greens, mixed with 1-2 C. broth (more if you like) and pureed, then heated. Some new herbs and minced onions can jazz it up, as can new spices or other random vegetables- obviously you will want to cook that for a bit if adding raw vegetables

Leftovers Meatballs/Croquettes

Mashed potatoes, stuffing or green beans casserole mushed alone or together and then formed into small balls and fried in light oil, turning until browned. These are easy and great, some additional seasoning or binding agent may be a good idea depending on how firm your leftovers are to begin with.

Leftovers Sauces/Gravy

Gravy or Cranberry Sauce can be mixed with a favorite chile sauce and heated if you like, to use as a drizzle over any of this stuff.
Cranberry sauce is also very good mixed with chutney that you like or into a fruit salad or with a mustard.
Gravy with any vegetables, mixed and put in the pie crust (use less baking powder) can make either large pasties or if done in a pan, a pot pie.
Or you can mix the gravy with okra, tomatoes, herbs, chilies, and whatever else and make a gumbo and serve with seasoned rice.

Leftover "hamm" slices roll w/ vegan kreem cheeze and chopped pickles or olives and eat them like that, or baste with cocktail sauce or cranberry sauce and bake them.
Anyway, hope that helps!

PS- the picture is of leftover sweet potato-greens soup, chile gravy sauce and stuffing balls

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pecan Soy Chorizo & Chocolate Tartlets

This is an easy sweet and savory that is good to cheer you up over the winter.
The easiest way of all is to use some extra pie crust, soyrizo and chocolate chips  but if you insist make pie crust from scratch by combining
1 1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (to taste as usual)
then add 1/3 C. oil or margarine and tiddle around with your fingers until it forms crumbs
now add 2-3 Tbsp. cold water or almond milk until it forms a dough, use more liquid if need be, do not over mix

to make soy chorizo easily, heat some oil in a skillet and crumble in
1/2 lb. tofu, even better if it is baked or pre fried tofu
it might be easier just to grind it up in a food processor if you don't trust yourself not to leave big gnarly chunks in there, which you don't want
1 minced garlic clove
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 -2 tsp. chili powder
salt, pepper and soy sauce to taste
a bit of liquid smoke couldn't hurt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. tomato paste

stir that around until it is cooked to your liking and adjust seasonings

Next you will want a mini muffin tin with twelve little guys in there
lightly oil and then press small balls of the dough in to make a crust, gettin' all in there to push it up the sides, etc. until the crust is the thickness you want and there aren't any holes
Place a tsp. or more (depends on how full ye want it) of the soyrizo in each crust, followed by a few
semi-sweet chocolate chips

top with chopped pecans mixed with tajin or taco seasoning and drizzle lightly with oil
bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until done (crust should be browned but not burned).
cool on a rack for a few minutes before popping the little buggers out
you could also add dates to this mess or use different nuts or sauteed mushrooms or huitlacoche or roasted eggplant instead of the stupid chorizo
happy munching!
obviously it makes twelve, if you have leftover ingredients make more
you should probably eat them all yourself, sharing is overrated