We eat a lot of tofu! I use it in both sweet and savory dishes. That means I’m doing a lot of pressing, to squeeze the water out of the block of tofu. You probably saw the post here about the standard, low-tech way of pressing it. It works, but it’s messy and leaves me with a lot of stuff to wash. It also uses a lot of paper towels.
A beautiful pesto sauce adds both a nutritional and presentation punch to your dishes. Making it is about as easy as it gets. Here’s my setup. Equipment blender squeeze bottle (optional) Ingredients 1 cup raw pine nuts, soaked 2 to 4 hours 2 cups fresh organic spinach, packed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon white Balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon dried basil, or the equivalent fresh salt and pepper Method Put all of the ingredients in the blender.
In keeping with my make-it-from-scratch theme for my pizza, I opted to make vegan mozzarella cheese from scratch. I cheated a bit, because I used the recipe from this book: The book is “Artisan Vegan Cheese”, by Miyoko Schinner. The recipe is on page 44, and it’s called “Meltable Mozzarella”. Note: Read the entire post before you try this at home! This cheese is made in two parts. First you make a mixture of yogurt, oil and water, and allow it to “culture” at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
On Monday, when I made pizza, my goal was to make it as much from scratch as possible. While the dough was a challenge, I already knew I could make pizza sauce easily! You can do this yourself, and don’t have to buy some Frankenfood brand in a jar or can. And best of all: you get to choose the seasoning! This is for a very basic sauce, lightly flavored with Italian spices.
I love pizza. For years I’ve made regular (wheat) pizza dough from scratch without any problems. It was easy and we had home-made pizza fairly regularly. Since going gluten free, anything even vaguely bread related has been quite a challenge for me. But, once I got the flat bread figured out, I was pretty sure I could make pizza crust. Finally! Here’s my setup. Equipment stand mixer with dough hook
We love The Uprooted Kitchen Trailer (food truck?)!!! This is a family owned business, based in a 1968 vintage Avion trailer that specializes in vegetarian cuisine. It is owned by Chad and Erin Romanoff. Chad is a pediatric occupational therapist and Erin is a pastry chef. Their menu includes breakfast, lunch and any time fare. On Saturday’s they are at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market, which is where we discovered them. We had gone to the market to see what all was there, and, of course, looking at food makes you hungry!
I have been mostly without bread products of any kind for months. The problem is that most of the gluten free commercial bread products that I like are not vegan. They contain eggs. In particular, I like the Canyon Bakehouse. I’ve tried their Hamburger Buns and their Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Both are really good. I also like the Sprouted Corn Tortillas from Food For Life. They are vegan and I eat a lot of them, since they are pretty much the only bread-like thing around here.
I recently picked up the October/November 2012 issue of Living Without magazine because it had information about making a Thanksgiving Feast that was wheat and dairy free. In particular, I’m trying to figure out a GF pie crust that works and tastes good. In addition, this issue has five recipes for GF crackers. Since we eat a lot of hummus, I’m always looking for something crunchy to go along with it.
On Sunday, DH made pancakes! He’s not an experienced pancake maker to begin with, and this is the first attempt at vegan, gluten free pancakes. So he had a whole new learning experience! I cheated, and helped out a bit, even though he’s supposed to be making breakfast on Sunday mornings so I get a break. Equipment griddle (cast iron recommended) cookie sheet pancake turner silicon basting brush Ingredients 1⁄2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch