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A few weeks ago, I made the Curried Tofu recipe from Veganomicon. I ate it on sandwiches with curried Veganaise, and it was… ehh… okay. But then I had a little bit left over, and decided to cube it and make this salad with it, and it was awesome!

Curried Tofu & Zucchini Salad

When I originally made the salad, it was sans zucchini, but I thought it looked like it needed some sort of green vegetable in it and had some extra zucchinis from when I made my pizza on Friday. I thought about putting green beans in instead, and bet that would be really good, but zucchini is what I had and it was good, too!

Curried Tofu
from Veganomicon

1 pound extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed

For the marinade:
1/2 C vegetable broth
3 TBSP rice vinegar
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP soy sauce
1/4 C curry powder
1 tsp cumin seeds

In a large mixing bowl, combine all marinade ingredients and wisk together. Marinade tofu for about an hour (or up to overnight), flipping about halfway through.

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Place tofu on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 10 minutes. Place in the broiler for about 3 more minutes for extra chewiness.

Curried Tofu & Zucchini Salad:

1 recipe Curried Tofu
1/3 C carrot, shredded
2 TBSP vegan mayo
1 large or 2 small zucchini (or green beans, or both!)

Once the tofu is finished and cooled, mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate for about an hour before eating (unless you’re really hungry, in which case by all means go ahead and eat it right away!).

This is a good recipe for those of you who like me are only cooking for one person, as it does not make a whole shitload of food that you need to figure out how to gobble up before it goes bad.

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My parents are away for the weekend, so like any teenage girl would, I decide to bust out the cooking skills and blast my (classic rock) music.

Okay, maybe that’s not what your typical 18-year old girl would do when left with the house all to herself for the weekend, but that’s what I did anyway. My friend Mary came back from college this weekend, so I decided to have some friends over and make pizza. I had a really awesome idea for buffalo pizza, for which I had specifically bought Teese when I was in DC, and was excited to make it.

Everything was going very well. I made the dough, made the buffalo tofu (somewhat similar to what I posted a few days ago) and sauce, and assembled the pizza. I put it in the oven for the specified time, and was trying to figure out how I was going to make two different pizzas when I only had one pizza pan (I had enough dough for 2 pizzas, and wanted to make a more standard pizza for those who might not like the buffalo tofu).

When the pizza was ready to come out of the oven, I tried to maneuver it out with hot pads but was not used to a) it being on the bottom rack or b) a 500-degree oven. I almost got it out, and then… the tipping point. The whole damn pizza, pan and all, flipped over and landed upside down on the rack, spilling all of its toppings onto the bottom & door of the oven as well as between the hinges of where the oven opens.

Oven Disaster

Cue me screaming expletives at the top of my lungs.
Cue me starting to bawl hysterically, frightening my poor kitten half to death.

This is what I spent all day on, using the vegan cheese I can’t (to my knowledge) get anywhere around here, trying to make something nice for my friends, myself, and my blog; ruined. A huge mess that I had no idea how to clean up. I’m not going to lie, my first thought was “how can I salvage this??” But it soon became apparent that salvaging was not an option.

Of course I knew I needed to take a picture of the disaster so I could document it here, but couldn’t remember how to work my camera, I was so hysterical. Ruining food is one of the things I hate the most… Wasting my time, wasting my energy, and most of all wasting the food itself. I had been really excited to see how the pizza would turn out, since it was something new and fun.

40 minutes later, my friends started arriving and, being the most awesome friends in the world that they are, calmed me down and even cleaned my oven (…and floor…) for me. I had put the ruined pizza on a cookie sheet, and was just throwing the tofu on top as I pulled it out of the depths of my oven. We joked that we would feed it to Mike, as he was the last person to arrive.

Salvaged Pizza

Mike arrived and we offered the pizza to him, but did not actually feed it to him. We all enjoyed leftover gaycake, and as they were finishing it off I made a second pizza (thankfully I was planning on making two anyway), topped with the rest of the Teese, zucchini, roasted red pepper, and black olives.

Teese Pizza

This time, I had Mike remove it from the oven for me because I did not trust myself, and it got out of the oven and onto our plates (and into our bellies!) safely and deliciously.

Slice of Teese Pizza

By the end of the night I found myself laughing as hysterically as I had previously been bawling. But damn, I really want to know how my buffalo tofu would’ve turned out… I guess I just need to buy some more Teese.

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Trick Or Treat

October is half over, meaning Halloween is coming quickly (who’s excited?? I am!!). This means lots and lots of candy, whether you’re trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or just partying. So I’m going to devote this post to my favorite “mainstream” vegan candies (meaning hard-to-find and more expensive things such as Go Max Go bars or Endangered Species bars are excluded).

Peanut Chews are probably my favorite popular vegan candy. Peanut butter & chocolate, what could be better? (ooh, sidenote: Hot Tamales, also made by JustBorn, are also vegan & not bad either)

Image from bulkcandystore.com

Image from bulkcandystore.com

Sour Patch Kids are a close second, though. Sour = love.

Image from westernconcession.com

Image from westernconcession.com

Skittles. Of course I love Skittles. Taste the rainbow! These have just recently become vegan, they used to have gelatin in them.

Image from sodahead.com

Image from sodahead.com

Rainbow Twizzlers. Again, rainbow. Of course. I was never a fan of regular Twizzlers, but the rainbow ones are pretty good. And no, I’m not biased because they’re rainbow.

Image from deviantart.com

Image from deviantart.com

Smarties. What can I say? A classic. Also a favorite at my hippie parties.

Image from insidesocal.com

Image from insidesocal.com

Swedish Fish. While not as good as the Canadian Swedish Berries (even though they’re the same exact thing, just in a different shape), I’m putting them on my list anyway.

Image from westernconcession.com

Image from westernconcession.com

Don’t worry, I’ve got something a bit more exciting for tomorrow’s post. This has just been an off week for me.

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Okay, guys. I’ve been pretty busy lately, so it’s time for me to post a really quick & easy dessert-type tortilla recipe. I get home from dance pretty late on Wednesdays (usually around or after 10:00 pm), and am always hungry for something quick & easy after all my dancing.

Tonight we had one tortilla left, so I decided to take a tip I heard a while ago and make cinnamon tortilla strips. I smothered the tortilla in Earth Balance margarine and sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar, then broiled it. I took it out of the oven and cut into strips, and drizzled with chocolate sauce. I bet it would’ve been awesome with some strawberry sauce or something, but I didn’t have any and like I said… I was looking for something quick and easy. Strawberry sauce is easy, but I was feeling lazy.

 Tortilla Strips

Hopefully soon I will have more time to make more exciting foods, but this shows that it can be really easy to make simple, tasty, vegan food. Simpler can be better!

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As you know from my previous post, I went to Washington, D.C. this weekend for the National Equality March with some friends (another vegan and 2 omnis). I’ll talk more about the march itself in my next post, but first I want to just talk about all the awesome food I had while down there.

Our first stop was Rockville, MD to visit Pangea. They’re an online store that sells lots of awesome vegan stuff, and they have a small storefront in Rockville. I got some vanilla chai body lotion & chai chapstick (I love chai!), mozzarella Teese to make tempeh wing pizza (hopefully Friday!), some chocolates, and a button that says “Vegan girls rock.”

They also had a free booklet, “The Vegetarian Guide to Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Areas,” that had more than 350 listings and really came in handy when we were deciding where to eat.

California Tortilla

We ended up eating dinner at California Tortilla in Rockville, which from the description sounded a lot like Cali Burrito back home (mentioned in my top 10 restaurants entry). Verdict: Cali Burrito is WAY better. This place wasn’t horrible or anything, just nothing awesome. Jen, Rob, and I got veggie burritos with guacamole. Rob’s was so big, it stood up by itself! (*sigh…* insert obligatory “that’s what she said” joke here)

 

Breakfast on Sunday morning was a Sticky Fingers cinnamon bun and coffee. My mom is always looking for coffee in a real mug when she goes out for coffee, so she would’ve been happy here!

Sticky Fingers Bakery
Sticky Fingers Bakery case
Sticky Fingers Sticky Bun

All day Sunday was spent marching and rallying, so we didn’t have time to eat again until a late dinner. The rally ended at about 6pm, and Jess and I were both hungry for Pizza so we went back to Columbia Heights for some Pete’s Apizza. The four of us shared a soy cheese pizza with eggplant, and everyone (including the omnis) loved it!

Vegan Pizza

The eggplant on top was crispy, like eggplant chips. I didn’t ask, but the cheese tasted just like Teese… making me thankful that I bought some Teese at Pangea with which to make pizza, since I experienced how awesome it was. Go Pete’s!

Pizza slice

When we got back to the hotel, it was time for some gaycake. I already posted this in my previous entry, but for good measure I’m going to post another one here. See, this is the gaycake actually in DC! Errr… Arlington, anyway.

Gaycake

It was enjoyed by all, and Jess even had some for breakfast on Monday morning.

On Monday we checked out of the hotel and drove into DC for lunch. We found ourselves in Georgetown, so ate at Harmony, a pan-Asian restaurant. The menu was awesome, because practically everything could be veganised by replacing the meat with faux meat. I got sweet & sour “chicken,” which was the only Chinese food I ever ate back before going vegetarian (I was never a big fan of Chinese), and it was awesome!

Vegetarian sweet & sour chicken

We then hopped on the metro at Foggy Bottom and went back up to Colombia Heights to visit Sticky Fingers again, because Jen wanted to buy some Teese (which she ended up not doing, even though I told her she’d regret it and she told me today she wished she’d gotten some). I got a mocha cupcake, which was really good.

Mocha cupcake

I also got a cranberry orange scone, even though I don’t generally like cranberries. Lisa is always raving about the scones at Sticky Fingers, so I wanted to get one, and this was the only kind they had. I took it home to eat, and had it earlier today with some Earl Grey and it was to die for! Moral of the story: Always listen to pandas with cookies (and scones).

Sticky Fingers scone

On our way home, we decided to stop in Gettysburg, PA for dinner because we were running rather late. We stopped in a used car parking lot to decide where we would go, but when we tried starting the car again… it wouldn’t. We ended up walking down the highway a bit to Ruby Tuesday, because it was a hell of a lot better choice than McDonald’s. The waitress was really nice, and put up with all our questions even though she had only been working there for 2 weeks. We found out that the guacamole was vegan, so Jen & I shared the appetizer. It was really good, but I was tired & worried about Chloe (my car) so it didn’t even cross my mind to take a picture.

There was so much vegan food in DC we didn’t get a chance to eat (including quesadillas at Sticky Fingers or being able to visit Soul Veg at all), but I had such a great time & love activism so much that I have a feeling I’ll end up going back to DC sometime! Although, maybe I’ll take a different car (in case you were wondering, Chloe eventually made it home okay, just a little later than the rest of us did).

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Where would Kanye interrupt me? When I’m making a gaycake. “Yo, I’m really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but… nahh girl, you’ve made the best vegan gaycakes of all time. Nevermind.”

It’s 2:30 in the morning and I just finished decorating my latest gaycake. I’m spending the weekend in Washington, DC with my friends because we’re going to the National Equality March on Sunday, so of course I had to make a gaycake for the occasion!

Soon after I decided to go, I knew I had to make some sort of gaycake for the event but didn’t know how I wanted to decorate it. Then suddenly one day as I was in the bathroom (best thinking gets done in that room, I swear… especially in the shower!) it dawned on me: Make the gaycake be an image of the National Equality March Logo!

National Equality March logo

So that’s what I did. I may or may not have more pictures later, but like I said it’s 2:30 in the morning… so this is what you get. I’m very happy with the cake.

Gaycake IV: National Equality MarchCake

I’m thinking of having a gaycake decorating contest on my blog.

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This must be good, because I set off the smoke alarm making it! It startled me half to death, even though I knew there was no fire and I was just setting it off, and when I told my dad (who had been outside and didn’t hear it beep) he was just happy to hear the smoke alarm still worked. Yay broiling!

I’m in love with Katie’s tempeh wingz, but am much more likely to have tofu in the house than tempeh. So I decided to make buffalo tofu that is very very loosely based off the tempeh wingz recipe. I’m also striving for like this buffalo tofu I had years ago at Whole Foods that was really good. So in essence what I came out with is a non-breaded buffalo tofu bite.

Buffalo tofu

Ingredients:
1 lb extra firm tofu, drained and pressed

1/3 C hot sauce (I use Texas Pete’s)
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Earth Balance margarine, melted
2 tsp ketchup
salt, to taste
Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces. In a shallow bowl, mix hot sauce, thyme, and garlic powder. Marinate the tofu in the bowl for about an hour or up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400. Place the cubes on a lightly greased or sprayed pan, setting aside the marinade for later. Bake tofu for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for 10 more minutes. Broil 3 more minutes for extra chewiness.

While the tofu is baking, mix the Earth Balance, ketchup, and salt with the reserved marinade. When the tofu comes out of the oven, mix it with the sauce and serve.

Buffalo Wing Wrap

These are really good on wraps–I had mine on a wrap with Veganaise, spinach, tomato, and onion. Enjoy!

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